Some couples go with packaged resort holidays. Others head to populated romantic cities for a post-wedding getaway. And some, head for an island, even if they will be rubbing elbows with other honeymooners left and right. On my own honeymoon, I wished that I had realized the Greek islands would be swimming with plenty of prying eyes, including the just married set. Honeymoons are supposed to be private and remote, but all too often they are inundated with crowds on overpopulated corners of the globe.
In a world where it seems no stretch hasn’t been explored, discovered or written about in guidebooks, there are still those slivers of secrecy for honeymooners, where you can hole up in a French village of a few hundred people or plop down in a South African game reserve with just you, your spouse and a few giraffes. If you don’t want to settle for a packaged resort holiday or battle the other honeymooners for romance in popular cities and on well-known islands, several pockets of privacy around the globe still exist, lending those ideal honeymoon escapes away from prying eyes.
Perched on the island of Oahu, Kailua identifies as a small beach community on Windward Coast. The town itself covers in boutiques, restaurants and a crescent shaped beach. Those sands are infamous, specifically Kailua Bay Beach. Often referred to as one of the best beaches in the world, Kailua Bay Beach features 2.5 miles of soft silky sands. For the couple marrying in the winter seeking a warm climate, Kailua makes for a good choice due to its perfect year-round climate.
Honeymooners looking to find a remote hideaway amidst the area’s lush landscape and white sand beaches will find just that at Paradise Point at Kailua Bay. The oceanfront estate might sound familiar due to its former bigwig vacationer, President Barack Obama. The President and his family made Paradise Point at Kailua Bay their vacation home from 2008 to 2011. Couples seeking presidential like privacy can rest easy knowing Paradise Point at Kailua Bay is up to the challenge. Amenities on site include advanced security, a secluded lagoon style pool, cable television, Internet, a media room, a personal chef and even activities such as sailing and golf courses nearby.
For honeymooners seeking remote romance, they must first find locations the guidebooks have even passed over or forgotten. Madremanya, Spain is one of those places, a small village in Catalonia. Located in a northeastern corner of Spain, this preserved medieval hill town is often ignored from the masses, mostly due to its size. The population of Madremanya is just a few hundred people, making it the perfect evader of the guidebook toting set. The area surrounding Madremanya clouds in medieval villages, hilltop monasteries and a sunny disposition. Honeymooners are also always within reach of civilization if they want it as Girona is about an hour by car and Barcelona is a 90-minute train ride away.
If you want to hole up in this remote village in Catalonia, Can Bassa caters to those seeking privacy. The former 14th century agricultural estate is now somewhat of a boutique, luxury hotel with more personality and privacy. The retreat boasts amenities such as a wine cellar, massage services, bicycle rental services and free Wi-Fi. There are three main suites, which open up on to a garden and patio area. If you seek more privacy, you can rent out one of Can Bassa’s five cottages. With two bedrooms in each and each cottage decorated differently, you can return for several anniversaries and stay in completely different accommodations each time.
Waterberg, South Africa
Couples seeking a remote honeymoon location will find the Observatory in Waterberg, South Africa checks all of the boxes. The retreat sits on the Leobo Private Reserve in northern South Africa. The Waterberg area is known for its ancient mountains, biodiversity, ancient rock art and also the large herds of wildlife that call the stretch of the country home. The Reserve spans 12,000 acres.
Newlyweds don’t have to rough it even all the way out in the Waterberg wilderness. The Observatory is a complete luxury safari lodge, proving ideal for a honeymooning couple. The lodge is equipped with two suite-like bedrooms. The master comes complete with a private outdoor shower. In addition, newlyweds can take advantage of the heated infinity pool and outdoor fireplace. As one would expect from its title, stargazing is king at the Observatory. You can even book your own astronomer to show you around the sky up above. Couples who want to view hippos, giraffes and zebras can go on a game-viewing safari by way of horses or a Land Cruiser. To ensure this honeymoon hideaway is truly remote, the Observatory is only rented out on an exclusive basis, meaning you don’t have to share this stretch of South Africa with anyone but a hippo or two.
Home to only a few hundred people, like Madremanya, Baron, France has dodged the write-up of guidebooks. The small village sits at the crossroads between Cévennes, Provence and Languedoc. The village itself looks out on the ruins of Chateau de l’Arque. Covering the area are vineyards, panoramic plains and hillsides littered with oak, fig and olive trees. This South of France hideaway makes for a fine romantic getaway that few even know about.
If you want to rest up in Baron’s luxury, you can stay at La Maison d’Ulysse. The 17th century fortified farmhouse was once home to locally known archaeologist and poet Ulysse Dumas. Today, it markets to romantics as one of France’s finest high-class guesthouses. Amenities include a solar heated swimming pool, Turkish bath and Mediterranean dry gardens to enjoy. Couples looking to get away from the rest of the world can appreciate La Maison di’Ulysse’s remote, natural and restful perch in southern France. The historic property boasts just 6 rooms to keep things intimate and private, with 4 of those rooms serving as suites.
Which one of these remote honeymoon hideaways would you pick for your just-married getaway? Share your pick with us in the comments below.