Unique Honeymoon Destinations

If you are worried about losing friends on facebook then you may want to stop reading this and just start planning your Hawaii honeymoon now. If you can care less and want to make your friends extremely jealous of your honeymoon then here are the top unique honeymoon destinations around the world that will make every facebook friend and Instagram follower jealous (and possibly unfriend you).

1. Mendoza

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Casa De Uco Mendoza Luxury Boutique Hotel

Start off your honeymoon by sampling some of the best Malbec in South America in the picturesque region of Mendoza. With endless vineyards at the base of the Andes mountains, the views are unlike any other wine region in the world. Horseback ride through the vines, spend the day on a biking wine tour and enjoy some of the best Argentinian food the country has to offer. Mendoza also has some of the best honeymoon accommodations in the country.

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2. Atacama Desert, Chile

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Alto Atacama Chile Honeymoon

San Pedro De Atacama is known for being one of the driest deserts on the planet and while you may be turned off by the idea of honeymooning in a desert, Atacama offers a lot more than just dry heat and endless sand. The Atacama Desert has some of the best sunsets and stargazing in the world. For adventures, spend the day sandboarding in death valley, walk through the El Tatio geyser, float in a salt bath in Salar de Atacama, or simply drink pisco sour’s while watching the Andes turn pink. San Pedro De Atacama also offers some of the most luxurious all-inclusive off the beaten path accommodations in all of Chile.

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3. Patagonia

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: The Singular Patagonia Honeymoon Venue

Not only is Patagonia one of the most picturesque places on the planet but it's also a romantic hideaway for couples looking to go off the beaten path(well...except for when it's time to update your facebook status and see how many friends you might lose). Torres Del Paine is one of the wonders of the world which makes it a must visit when in Patagonia. Hiking, scaling glaciers, and luxury glamping at its finest are a few of things to expect when honeymooning in Patagonia.

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4. Easter Island

Unique Honeymoon Destinations Easter Island

Image via Explora Easter Island

Easter Island is a Chilean Island just off the coast of Santiago. Famous for its giant stone statues, this UNESCO world heritage site is an off the beaten track bucket list destination that should not be missed. Consider a 4-day Easter Island excursion with Explora for a truly unforgettable experience.

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5. Machu Picchu

Unique Honeymoon Destinations Machu Pichu Peru

It’s very rare to come across a travel bucket list that does not have Machu Picchu on it. Machu Picchu is another UNESCO world heritage site that will guarantee great photos to make your friends jealous. This ancient Inca empire sits in the middle of a tropical mountain forest and is an architectural masterpiece. For a truly unforgettable visit to Machu Picchu, take the luxury train, Hiram Bingham from Cuzco to Machu Picchu where you can experience old-world luxury. Start your day with brunch and live entertainment on board and after a long day of exploring the ruins, hop back on the train for dinner and relax on your journey back to Cusco.

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6. Galapagos Islands

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Ecuador

Image via Ecuador Tourism Board

For nature and animal loving honeymooners a trip to South America would not be complete without a visit to the Galapagos Islands. Located just off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos is home to many creatures that cannot be found anywhere else on earth.

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7. Columbia

Unique Honeymoon Destinations Casa-San-Agustin-Cartagena-colombia

Image via Casa San Agustin

Colorful Columbia is an Instagram lovers paradise. With its vibrant buildings, cobblestone streets, bustling energy, and beautiful beaches, makes it a great honeymoon destination. Colombia can also make a great stopover in route to another destination in South America.

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8. Iceland, Norway, Finland: Northern Lights

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Ion Hotel Iceland Northern Lights Luxury

It's no surprise that Iceland has been getting a lot of attention in the traveling world these last few months and it is well deserved. Iceland and Norway have so much to offer honeymooners. Take a dip in the hot springs, stay in an open air igloo to witness the Northern Lights, and plan to take some of the best photographs of your life #nofilterneeded (& a guaranteed drop in jealous FB friends).

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9. Tanzania & Zanzibar

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: zanzibar africa estate

I have heard people say,

Go to South Africa for the luxury safari camps but go to Tanzania for the animals.

We have to disagree with this statement because Tanzania is the place to go for both. While the animals are essentially why you go to Africa for a safari, the luxury camp experience is not something to cut corners on. After frolicking with giraffes and getting close with lions, head over to the island of Zanzibar or one of the luxury private islands off the coast for the relaxing end to your honeymoon. Your photos will sure to amaze and be ones worth framing when you get home.

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10. Gorilla Trek in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking Uganda Honeymoon luxury safari

Image via Uganda Tourism Board

If you really want to make your friends jealous, plan the ultimate Africa experiencing by adding Uganda to the above itinerary to get up close and personal with our closest relatives, the Gorilla.

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11. Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: tongabezi zambia

Not only does Victoria Falls happen to be one of the largest falls in the world, it’s also one of the only waterfalls where you can risk your life and sit on the edge of the devil's pool. Only a dozen people are allowed to make their way to Livingston Island each day and have the opportunity to sit at the edge of the falls. Your photos will either make your friends jealous or be in awe that you had the guts to risk your life on your honeymoon(or possibly questioning your mental health).

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12. Maldives + Sri Lanka

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: gili-lankanfushi-maldives

Maldives may be known as a honeymoon destination and it is well deserved. Overwater bungalows, the clearest water in the entire world, an abundance of sea life, amazing cuisine, pure relaxation, are just some of the many reasons why the Maldives make for a great honeymoon. No matter how good or terrible of a photographer you are, you are guaranteed to take the best photos of your life in the Maldives and #nofilter is needed. To top off the ultimate Maldives honeymoon, hop on a quick hour flight over to Sri Lanka to experience culture, wildlife, tea plantations, and incredible Sri Lankan curries.

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13. Italy | Tuscany + Cinque Terre + Amalfi Coast

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Castello Di Vicarello

Start your honeymoon off on the Amalfi Coast sipping limoncello in a seaside retreat. The Amalfi Coast consists of 13 cities and runs about 25 miles of gorgeous cliffsides, blue water, storied homes, churches, and storefronts which line the cobblestone streets right on top of one another. It’s the Italian screensavers you see, the picture perfect colorful paintings of Italy (yes that’s the Amalfi Coast). From the Amalfi coast, head north to Cinque Terre for a completely different seaside Italian escape. Indulge in seafood and everything pesto, as you hike from one town to the next until you have visited all 5 villages. Stay in an apartment for a truly local experience. From Cinque Terre head to Tuscany for an unforgettable Italian countryside experience. Stay in a villa overlooking the vineyards, learn to make pasta and wine, and take a drive to some of the many hilltop towns Tuscany has to offer.

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14. Turkey + Georgia

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Luxury Hotel Kazbegi, Georgia

If you are looking for a truly unique off the beaten path honeymoon that's full of culture and adventure, and will surely make your friends jealous, a honeymoon in Turkey and Georgia may be perfect for you. Start your journey in Istanbul and visit mosques, sip Turkish coffee, and maybe indulge in a Turkish bath or two. Then head to Cappadocia for the most picturesque hot air balloon ride of your life. Spend a few days in the village of Sirince for wine and olive oil tasting. From Turkey, head north to Georgia to the town of Kazbegi. Enjoy European small town charm with the scenic mountains as your backdrop. Kezbegi is an outdoor adventurous dream with great hiking, mountain biking, and Heli-skiing.

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15. Siem Reap + Cambodia + Luang Probang + Laos

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Angkor Wat

Image via Amansara

Angkor Wat is one of the most remarkable ruins that still exist on the planet and if it’s not already on your bucket list, it’s time to grab your pen and add it. You could spend days exploring every corner of Angkor Wat. After a day of exploration, head into Siem Reap via tuk-tuk for great food, nightlife, and shopping. From Siem Reap take an hour flight to Laos where life slows down. Wake up early to witness the monks receiving their daily offerings, ride bikes through the town like the locals, spend your evenings at the local night market, and float down the Mekong river.

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16. Lake Louise + Quebec City + Canada

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Lake Louise Banf National Park

Image Via Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

While many Americans may overlook our neighbor as a possible honeymoon destination, we say think again. Not only is Canada close for U.S. citizens but it has some of the most picturesque lakes and towns, making it a great destination for honeymooners looking to take some stunning photos. Banff National Park offers the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and romantic charm. Spend the day hiking or canoeing on the lake and your evenings cuddled by the fire. Lake Louise is an Instagram lovers paradise with its turquoise blue water, scenic mountainscapes, and photogenic docks and canoes. From Lake Louise, head to Quebec City where you will feel like you were just teleported to a small town in Europe. Stroll through the cobblestone streets, eat lots of cheese and chocolate and take a visit to one of two ice hotels in the world.

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17. Queenstown New Zealand + Uluru Australia

Unique Honeymoon Destinations: Matakauri Lodge New Zealand

From stunning scenic lake views and adventure to the wild Australian Outback, this is a honeymoon itinerary that will have you saying WOW! Start in Queenstown New Zealand and stay at one of the few luxury boutique hotels and retreats located on the water where you can spend your days hiking, taking scenic helicopter rides, or get an adrenaline rush bungee jumping. Spend your evenings kicking your feet up while sipping New Zealand wine by the fire. From Queenstown, head back to Australia for an outback adventure in Uluru. Stay in a luxury safari camp with views of Ayers Rock, ride camels in the desert, and enjoy 5-star cuisine in the middle of the desert.

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