Honeymoons that focus on more than just you and your marital bliss are huge. After the madness of your wedding, immersing yourself in a new culture and cause is the perfect way to return to the real world, relax, and do something meaningful too. Sol y Luna not only offers a gorgeous escape in Peru’s Sacred Valley, but 100 per cent of the hotel’s profits goes towards their foundation to help underprivileged children and families. The Sol y Luna school stands adjacent to the property so you can stop by to meet the local kids and see the benefits of your stay first-hand.
For a honeymoon that everyone will want to hear about, opt for an adventurous destination combination with a difference, for example, the arid-red landscapes of Chile and Antarctica’s White Desert. Start with some hiking and photography at Atacama Desert while staying at Awasi – a superb Relais & Chateaux property where rooms come with a private guide. Next, embark on an Antarctica Cruise across the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands. Lastly, complete your trip on the shores of the Antarctic Peninsula watching whales, seals, and penguins.
A safari is already a popular option for honeymooners (indeed, bets are on that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be heading to Africa), but today’s take is about more than simply ticking off animal sightings. Venturing into the wild offers up more excitement than ever combining wildlife, adventure, conservation and cultural activities, and luxury accommodation. For a unique experience, the banks of the Selinda Spillway in Botswana present trekking, kayaking, buffalo spotting in the bush and night nature drives. Extend your trip with a visit to Cape Town for some amazing food, wine, and romance.
We’ve had pop-up bars, shops and offices – in 2018 we have the pop-up honeymoon. For the ultimate in romance and exclusivity, simply choose your destination which will then determine your accommodation which comes in the shape of a superswish tent – think state-of-the-art design, all modern comforts and a distinct quirky cosiness. Whether you venture to the salt flats of Bolivia, the lush Thai jungle or the sand dunes of Morocco, your honeymoon hideaway will be set up specifically for you with the option of switching your location should you wish to vary your vistas.
Back to basics
Setting off for some pared-back serenity is perfect for newly-weds craving simplicity, peace and authenticity. Nestled in Costa Rica’s luscious rainforest, the Canopy Honeymoon Suite at Pacuare Lodge is the definitive tropical hideaway for those seeking total escape thanks to its treetop location, private bridge access and towering views. Alternatively, Gobi Nomad Lodge in Mongolia offers deluxe “gers” that come with charming traditional features, comfy beds, en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and heaters. More adventurous couples can swap the “ger” for staying with a local nomadic tribe for a few nights.