With so many honeymoon locations to choose from so many destinations around the world, how do you choose? We have curated a list of 20 of our favorite off the beaten path honeymoon locations from around the world which include everything from luxury safari camps, private islands, villas, glamping venues, boutique hotels and eco resorts.
Located less than an hour flight from Johannesburg, on its own private reserve in Kruger National Park South Africa, Singita Lebombo offers just 7 suites perched high above the trees for that ultimate safari camp experience. Singita sets the standard very high for attention to detail and customer service. No element goes overlooked at Singita Lebombo. The food, beverages, setting and game drives are 5 star from start to finish, all of which is inclusive of each stay at Singita Lebombo Lodge.
Just a quick 20 minute speed boat ride from Male International Airport, Gili Lankanfushi is conveniently located in the Male Atoll in the Maldives. Gili Lankanfushi is a honeymooners paradise. Each of the overwater bungalows are an impressive 2,000+ square feet of living space fully equipped with an overwater deck, games, sound system in each room, rooftop deck and of course bamboo beach cruisers to get around the island. If you like fresh seafood and sushi you will be in honeymoon heaven at Gili Lankanfushi. The motto is “no news no shoes” so be prepared to lose your shoes upon arrival as shoes are not worn anywhere on the island.
In Galle, a bustling beach town about an hour south of Colombo, you will find Cape Weligama which is the newest addition to Sri Lanka’s luxury hotel scene. Cape Weligama offers an all inclusive experience featuring a five star dining experience and traditional Sri Lankan Cuisine. In addition to two resort pools, each room has its own plunge pool so you can enjoy your villa like it's your home away from home.
Set in the village of Ahualulco del Mercado, Jalisco just 90 minutes from Guadalajara. Hacienda El Carmen's stunning architecture and 26 uniquely designed rooms are just a couple of reasons honeymooners are drawn to this off the beaten path destination. Enjoy world class cuisine and wine as well as relax and take advantage of the on site spa which offers an array of treatments. Hacienda El Carmen is also perfect for destination weddings as it offers many event spaces throughout the property.
Jawai Leopard Camp is an eco resort that offers just 8 luxury tents for the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity. Each tent has its own private deck for gazing out into the grasslands. Dinners are served under the stars where couples are surrounded by lanterns and candles in the most romantic of settings. Venuture out on morning and evening game drives and spend your days relaxing at camp.
Cayo Espanto is a private island resort just off the coast of Belize. Honeymoon like the celebrities at this uber exclusive resort. With just 7 island villas each including their very own butler to assist you with your every need. Every villa also includes a private plunge pool ideal for enjoying a cocktail during sundown. Cayo Espanto is like unlike anything else in Belize.
For couples seeking a culinary adventure, but looking for something a bit more off the beaten path than Italy, Stellenbosch and the South African Winelands are just for you. Located just 45 minutes from Cape Town, the Clouds Estate is conveniently located near dozens of wineries making it a perfect homebase for wine tasting. Relax on the open deck after a day exploring the vineyards and tastings to soak in the mountain views. The Clouds Estate and Stellenbosch offer a great option to add on to a honeymoon in Cape Town.
For adventurous couples a visit to Livingstone and Victoria Falls is a bucket list must and what better time then on your honeymoon. Tongabezi is located 25 minutes from Victoria falls and from the heart of Livingstone. Each cottage and villa are designed completely different with decor from all over Africa which enhances there romantic tree house feel as each space is perched over the Zembezi River. We suggest the Tree House or the Nut House, two honeymoon suites that will make you never want to leave.
A visit to a private island resort would not be complete without a helicopter ride in. A stay at Quilalea is complete with relaxing in hammocks, sipping beverages from coconuts, and eating fresh seafood only found in the waters off the coast of Mozambique. You are certainly on island time when at Azura Quilalea.
For couples who love to camp or glamp and are looking for a truly unique glamping experience then Bamurru Plains in Humpty Doo Australia is the perfect venue. Each of the 9 suites sit on different areas of the property providing complete privacy for all of the guests. Expect to see wildlife galore as this is one of the most wild rich regions on the content.
Encuentro Guadalupe is located 2 hours south of the border from San Diego in Mexico’s wine region, Valle De Guadalupe. Just 20 eco pods scattered throughout the mountain side for a modern take on “glamping”. Spend your days wine tasting the Guadalupe Valley and evenings on your private deck enjoying a fire with a bottle of wine. Encuentro Guadalupe is a great off the beaten path destination for couples looking for a "minimoom" or honeymoon destination close to home.
While most honeymooners are visiting the Amalfi Coast and Venice, we suggest a visit to Sicily. Rich in history, delicious food and wine, Sicily is not to be missed and a stay at Monaci Delle Terre Nere is reason enough. With 19 suites scattered around the gardens and courtyard this historic yet modern villa is perfect for honeymooners looking for a truly unique and exclusive honeymoon venue in Italy. Monaci offers yoga, pilates, cooking and wine classes and all the produce comes directly from their onsite garden. Monaci offers a truly off the beaten path experience on this iconic island.
The Wild Rabbit is a truly an unparalleled honeymoon option. With just 12 rooms, this boutique hotel is a great option for foodie couples planning an England getaway. The Wild Rabbit is located in the Cotswolds, England and is known for its Pub and Restaurant.
For our adventurous couples who appreciate a more modern accommodation, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi is just for you. Rooms Hotel overlooks the stunning Caucasus Mountains of Georgia in this off the beaten path destination of Europe. Spend the days out on quads or bikes exploring the mountains and spend your evenings enjoying the spa, lounge, bar, library and casino. The overall decor at Rooms Hotel offers a perfect balance of rustic touches and modern hip designs.
The Caves Wine Lodge is located at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Argentina in the wine region of Mendoza. Surrounded by breathtaking landscape and over 900+ wineries, Mendoza and the Caves Wine Lodge is the perfect honeymoon destination for wine lovers. Caves Wine Lodge has 14 suites which include family villas, vineyard villas, honeymoon suites and luxury rooms.
If you are dreaming of an overwater bungalow honeymoon, but want to avoid Tahitti, Bora Bora, and the Maldives, consider Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia. Song Saa is an untouched paradise with just 27 overwater bungalows each with their own plunge pool surrounded by white sand beaches and lush forests. Each room offers complete privacy for a once in a lifetime romantic getaway.
For honeymooners looking to get rejuvinated, a visit to Aro Ha retreat located on Lake Wakitupu in New Zealand is the ideal choice. Aro Ha is an all-inclusive health retreat which includes 5 star cuisine, daily yoga, hikes, kayaking and more.
Casas Na Areia is located in the fisherman town of Comporta and offers just 4 beach bungalows. Enjoy the comforts of a hotel yet experiencing glamping on the white sandy beaches of Portugal. No shoes are necessary as there are no floors in any of the bungalows.
Kaya Mawa is located on Likoma Island, a remote island in Malawi Africa. Kaya Mawa offers 12 unique chalets and cottages throughout the island. Kaya Mawa is a perfect place for relaxation but also offers an abundance of activities like snorkeling and scuba, kayaking, sailing, kitesurfing and quad biking.
Can Bassa is located in the small Catalonian village of Madremanya, not far from Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain. Can Bassa offers 8 rooms including 3 suites and 5 cottages. Each room has its own unique design and personality. Although Can Bassa is a private villa, many luxuries of a boutique hotel are offered including: spa services, wine cellar and wine tasting, daily breakfast and much more. Enjoy the stunning views from every angle of the property, sip local wine from the region and just take it all in.
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