It’s not uncommon to feel a slight sense of anti-climax after your wedding day…but factor in a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience and you’re guaranteed plenty more to look forward to! Forget your average fun-in-the-sun beach break – we’ve rounded up seven unusual, exciting and dare we say it, pretty epic honeymoon ideas that will take your travels à deux to a whole new level.
A little of what you fancy in Costa Rica
The couple that plays together stays together, and where better to cut loose than Costa Rica? This rugged Central American country is still considered to be off the beaten track when it comes to international tourism, but we suspect that won’t always be the case – so get ahead of the curve before the rest of the world discovers this dreamy destination.
You’ll find a little bit of everything here for adventurous explorers – from tropical trekking (25% of the country is blanketed in dense jungle) to secluded beaches; expert surf schools to meditative yoga retreats. Peel back the layers of stunning Costa Rica and make some incredible memories.
The ultimate African adventure
Vast, beautiful and always surprising – Africa is a continent of contrasts and diversity, making it the dream destination for couples that thrive on exploration.
The ultimate African escape starts with a stay at Kenya’s luxurious Giraffe Manor, a five-star colonial hotel that doubles as a sanctuary for endangered Rothschild giraffes, before upping the animal ante even further on a gorilla trek in ruggedly beautiful Rwanda. Travel south to the Zambia-Zimbabwe border for an adrenaline-fuelled helicopter ride over the mighty Victoria Falls, before ending your journey on a serene note, stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies above Tinyeleti Tented Camp in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Ambitious? Absolutely. Worth every moment? Undoubtedly.
The edge of the world in Antarctica
Considered by many as the final frontier for today’s travellers, a cruise around Antarctica is a truly unique experience that guarantees a honeymoon you’ll never forget.
Vast, remote, dramatic, stunning – these are landscapes that will be etched on your brain forever. Frozen expanses studded with towering icebergs, silent sunsets that take your breath away, imposing mountains that soar above mysterious marine mists… words really do not do the Great White justice. Antarctic wildlife is generally unafraid of people too, making up-close encounters with yawning seals and playful penguin colonies just as wow-worthy.
Under the canvas in Mongolia
Embrace the wilderness of the imposing Asian Steppe, with an under-canvas adventure in memorable Mongolia, a country renowned for its rich, nomadic culture and cinematic vistas.
Leaving behind the vibrant capital city of Ulaanbaatar, head deep into the grassy tundra of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to experience peace like nowhere on earth from under the domed roof of your cosy ger (tent). Dine on hearty mutton dishes and moreish dumplings before saddling up to explore Mongolia’s sweeping scenery on horseback. Make time for a soak in Tsenkher’s natural hot springs before you leave – the mineral-rich waters are reputed to stimulate the immune system and improve the circulation, leaving you fresh for your return flight home.
The amazing Amazon rainforest
The majestic Amazon rainforest is home to 10% of the world’s known species, covering over 2.5 million square kilometres and stretching over nine South American countries – the most famous, and arguably the most accessible of which is Brazil.
A hideaway jungle lodge makes for a comfortable base from which to explore; alternatively, a cosy riverboat berth for two enables you to glide peacefully along the Amazon River, soaking up the jungle’s incredible biodiversity à deux from the deck. Pack hiking boots and a sense of adventure – trekking the jungle on foot is a must, while expert-guided tree climbing gives you an unparalleled bird’s-eye view of the lush canopy below.
Tasmania and the mesmerising Southern Lights
We’ve all heard of the Northern Lights… but did you know that nature puts on a light show just as spellbinding in the Southern Hemisphere too?
Head to Tasmania to catch the magical Aurora Australis, the breathtaking result of solar winds interacting with the earth’s magnetic fields – the island’s rugged natural beauty makes this the perfect destination for some stunning stargazing. Soak up the scenery with a trip to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, where ancient rainforests, crashing waterfalls and alpine vistas await; equally atmospheric is haunting Port Arthur, a former convict settlement. Tasmania is a top-class foodie city too, so be sure to sample some freshly shucked oysters and award-winning whisky and wine on your way.
The journey of a lifetime on the Trans-Siberian Railway
There’s just something wildly romantic about the century-old Trans-Siberian Railway – one of the greatest travel adventures the world has seen, straight from the golden age of railway travel.
Splash out on a private en-suite sleeping cabin aboard a luxurious Golden Eagle train, which also features a sumptuous restaurant car and an all-hours bar lounge with a live pianist in the evenings. Winding through Russia, Mongolia and China, a roll-call of incredible panoramas awaits; depending on your journey, highlights include the sweeping Gobi dessert, awe-inspiring Kremlin, icy Lake Baital (the oldest lake in the world) and the historical Great Wall of China – with the opportunity to alight at several destinations and explore even further.