Most honeymooners won’t be hard-pressed to find relaxing destinations for their newlywed getaway. However, if your idea of relaxing is much more on the active side of the spectrum, finding a honeymoon destination that sings to your fit soul can be a bit of a challenge. For couples who want to actually keep fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle even on their honeymoon, you don’t have to leave your nutritious habits back at home. From hiking through Patagonia to practicing yoga in New Zealand, we have rounded up some unique destinations that speak to healthy nut honeymooners.
You can live out your Wild West fantasies in rugged and serene Montana. With a state motto of Live and Let Live, Montana surprises some couples seeking a healthy and active honeymoon destination. With its great variety of wildlife, Montana has become a haven for outdoor adventures. You can roam glaciers, cruise down ski slopes, fish on trout filled streams and perhaps best of all, hike through a national park or two. Glacier National Park falls within Montana’s borders, offering up plenty of natural scenery to get out and move about, from soaring peaks to icy lakes and streams. Part of Yellowstone National Park also places in Montana, lending plenty of forests, high altitude lakes and spewing geysers to get to know on foot.
Where To Stay
Just 35 minutes from the Missoula Airport, the Resort at Paws Up finds a home in Greenough, Montana on 37,000 acres of scenic landscape. Accommodations include private residences and luxury tented suites. The suites perch on some of the most scenic spots on the property, offering en-suite bathrooms and 1,000 square feet of space. What makes the Resort at Paws Up appealing for your healthy honeymoon are the loads of adventures offered for active pursuits. You can horseback ride, hike 10 miles of the scenic Blackfoot River or join one of the cattle drives on this working cattle ranch. In addition, you can explore all that Western Montana offers by fly fishing, clay shooting or going on an ATV tour.
Thanks to Argentina’s many climate zones and wide range of terrain, you won’t be sedentary too long after touching down. In the South American country, you can windsurf, surf, horseback ride, ski, scuba dive, kayak, fish, hike, and bike. A haven for outdoor activities, Argentina enchants health-seeking couples with its landscapes to traverse. Salt flats, wetlands, deserts, forests and some of the highest Andes peaks make Argentina not just special, but legendary. The Argentine Patagonia presents perhaps the country’s most epic active adventures from climbing to trekking to kayaking through this sparsely populated region at the south end of South America.
Where To Stay
Perched at the base of the Andes in Mendoza’s Uco Valley, the Vines Resort and Spa offers 22 villas for overnight stays, ranging in size from 1,000 to 2,700 square feet. Some perks include private decks and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. For couples seeking health and wellness, the Vines delivers with a state of the art gym on the property. Perched above the lush vineyards with views of the Andes, you can burn off lunch on the treadmill, elliptical machine or weight equipment all with a great view. The Vines Resort and Spa also helps you maintain your wedding shape with an outdoor climbing wall, yoga classes and trails winding through the vineyards.
Welcoming more than 2 million visitors each year, the small country in Oceania is practically set up for health conscious honeymooners. New Zealand might be small, comparable in size to Great Britain or Japan, but it is mighty when it comes to activities and jaw-dropping scenery in which to do them. You can partake in it all on New Zealand from rock climbing to caving to trekking to paragliding. You can even be a bit more daring with your active pursuits and bungee jump or skydive.
However, most healthy honeymooners come to New Zealand for the hiking. The country claims the title of one of the best hiking destinations on the planet, offering up nine Great Walks. You can traverse the country’s volcanic plateau, temperate rainforests, fjords, beaches and mountain ranges throughout these nine walks. The Milford Track is the most famous, commonly deemed the finest walk in the world. In addition to the Great Walks, New Zealand lends not one but 14 national parks in which to strap on your hiking boots and burn some calories through forest, mountains, lakes and beaches.
Where To Stay
In the Southern Alps of New Zealand, healthy honeymooners are often drawn to Aro Ha. Just 40 minutes from Queenstown International Airport, the wellness center places an emphasis on balancing both Zen-inspired luxury with eco-friendliness. Framed by mountain peaks and forests and overlooking the famous Lake Wakatipu, Aro Ho leads a wealth of life-transforming wellness programs. Activities at the luxury property include yoga sessions overlooking the lake, hiking through forested sub-alpine landscapes and a program of body treatments and mindfulness practices. The 8 suites on the property outfit with earth-friendly organic linens and are all constructed with sustainably sourced buildings materials.
The all-inclusive wellness experience also places emphasis on what you eat during your honeymoon. Couples can feast on carefully planned menus with organic, locally grown foods. Aro Ho also caters to all sorts of healthy fans, from vegetarians to vegans to raw food enthusiasts.
The land of Buddhist temples and palm fringed golden beaches makes for an unsuspecting honeymoon location for many. However, Sri Lanka delights in its obscurity and relishes in its treasures. Filled with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the island comprises of verdant jungle and superb tea. While a quintessential Southeast Asian holiday hotspot, Sri Lanka is not just a lazy beach destination. You can cycle, swim, sail and surf around the country, all in a day’s worth of honeymooning. A favorite fit activity in Sri Lanka is actually quite simple, cycling the country’s magnificent coastline. You’ll work up a sweat all while appreciating peddling through over 2,000 years of culture.
Where To Stay
For your honeymoon in Sri Lanka, you can hole up at Ani Villas in the central south coast. Perched atop a bluff with commanding views of blue water, the oceanfront resort features contemporary tropical architecture. Featuring two main villas, you can select from 15 suites offered.
Ani Villas appeals to active couples for its amenities and activities honed in on personal wellness. The property boasts a fully outfitted gym where you can train with the on-site personal trainer. You can partake in yoga and meditation instruction at Ani Villas or head out on mountain bikes with the staff through local villages. The resort also lends a tennis court, basketball court, and lawn games.
Harking back to bygone ages of the state of the Arabian Gulf, Oman presents a peaceful and safe oasis for your healthy honeymoon. Showcasing the hospitality of the Middle East, Oman is a place of mountain villages, pristine beaches, stunning sand dunes and towering mountain ranges. Thanks to its very makeup, Oman proves ideal for outdoorsy couples looking to keep moving on their honeymoon.
Oman is also a great place to flip your fins. As a leading diving destination, you can expect to traverse some of the region’s most pristine underwater landscapes and marine life. Couples can keep their waistlines slim and trim as well by hiking through Oman. The country contains an extensive network of hiking trail, particularly Western Hajar.
Where To Stay
Set on the north Musandam Peninsula in Oman, Six Sense Zighy Bay Resort ideally positions just 120 minutes from Dubai. Offering up indigenous village style accommodations, guests appreciate dramatic views with mountains on one side and the sandy beaches of Zighy Bay on the other. Honeymooning couples can choose from several different villas and suites on the property, some offering personal sand gardens with outdoor patios and private pools.
Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort appeals to healthy and fit couples with its wealth of wellness programs. Treatments are tailored to your needs and provided by global practitioners and expert yogic masters. From nutritional programs to sleep assistance, the resort lends personalized programs depending on your fitness and wellness goals. Six Sense Zighy Bay Resort can also set up experiences for the active couple from snorkeling to paragliding to mountain biking.
Located at the northeastern tip of America, Maine dazzles honeymooners seeking active escapes by its very makeup. Its rugged shoreline, dense forests, and lakes open up the possibilities for getting outside and being active. Perhaps most notably, Acadia National Park lends couples mountains and rugged coastline to explore on their own. You can hike up Cadillac Mountain or kayak on Long Pond. The North Woods area of the state, extending north from central Maine, is a playground in the winter months for skiers and in the summer appeals to canoeists and hikers.
Where To Stay
Settled into Maine’s scenic Southern Coast, Hidden Pond places in the city of Kennebunkport. With a passion for nature, relaxation, luxury, and privacy, the property outfits with individual cottages scattered among fir and birch trees. The 60-acre area at Hidden Pond lends itself to healthy and fit seeking honeymooners. Guests can explore the many nature trails on site, kayak around the resort’s namesake pond or cycle around the area. In addition, you can burn off even more calories in one of the two heated pools on the property.
What makes Hidden Pond even more appealing for healthy conscious couples is its open-air eatery Earth. Considered one of the top restaurants in the Kennebunkport area, Earth is led by award-winning chef Ken Oringer. You will feast on only the freshest local ingredients throughout the many unique dishes offered.
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