Most people wouldn’t immediately think of Iceland for a honeymoon. But you’re not most people. And what makes Iceland such a natural wonder — namely, its unearthly landscapes — also makes it one of the world’s best adventure honeymoon destinations. Hiking, biking, snow sports, even diving in a glacial lake where two tectonic plates meet — from this modern boutique hotel, an hour outside of Reykjavík, all this is at your feet and more.
A more typical Thai honeymoon would involve some easy living on a Phuket beach. But like all the best adventure honeymoons, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort offers something you can’t find anywhere else. Here, at the confluence of the Sop Ruak and the Mekong rivers is the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet — and we think “Elephant Camp” speaks for itself.
Honeymoon adventures come in a variety of speeds. This particular safari camp, where you’re surrounded by tortoises rather than cheetahs, proceeds at a gentler pace. But for a couple of naturalists, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin is the definition of adventure — and here you’ll live rather more luxuriously than he did.
A beautiful, luxurious, modern boutique hotel in one of the world’s most unforgettable landscapes, the Atacama Desert of northern Chile — what more could a couple of world travelers want? Activities range from the sedate, like birdwatching, to the rather more strenuous, like volcano climbs. Frankly, anything you do in this otherworldly landscape qualifies as an adventure.
The whole ghost-town-meets-Westworld vibe is what gets most of the attention at Dunton Hot Springs, but if you’re climbers, cyclists, skiers or trail runners you could do a lot worse for an adventure honeymoon destination than the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado. In summer, you’re less than an hour from Telluride…
Imagine A River Runs Through It, but — fortunately for your new marriage — without a young Brad Pitt. Fly fish, ride horses, or snowmobile by day, and cozy up in front of the fire by night. It’s no Cancún, but for a couple of honeymoon adventurers that’s most definitely a good thing.
Volcano tours, guided safaris, reef dives — Zanzibar’s got plenty to offer an adventurous couple. And when, at the end of the day, all you want is to watch the sun set over the pool, cocktail in hand, and retire to the luxurious seclusion of your colonial-style suite, Essque Zalu Zanzibar’s got you covered.
Between the Atlas Mountains and the city of Marrakech, this “peasant palace” offers access to the more adventurous side of Morocco — horseback rides, hikes, mountain-bike trips, even a falconry show, if birds of prey are your thing. Perfect for a honeymoon that’s a bit outside most people’s comfort zone.
Coles Bay, Tasmania may be coastal, but it’s no soft-sand resort. Saffire Freycinet looks a bit like a landed spaceship, a strong contrast with the pristine nature that surrounds it. You can lounge around the spa like a typical honeymoon couple, or you can sail to a nearby island, explore the beaches by quad bike, even visit with actual Tasmanian devils, in addition to all manner of hikes and nature walks.
And then there’s Oman. The Alila name is an indication that they’ve got the whole luxe-and-stylish boutique-resort vibe locked down. All that remains to be accounted for is the jaw-dropping mountain scenery, complete with an infinity pool that’s perfectly placed to take it all in. And for your daily adventures, the caves, canyons and mountain trails are there for the taking.