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Hotels for an Adventure Honeymoon

There’s the typical honeymoon, where you take it easy, lounge by the pool, order in room service, and spend most of your time in nothing more than a bathrobe. But for a proper adventure honeymoon, you’re going to need a hotel that’s a little more adventurous than your typical beach resort. That’s why we’re here.

ION Adventure Hotel - boutique hotel in Iceland
Selfoss, Iceland
ION Adventure Hotel

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.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort - boutique hotel in Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

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.

Galápagos Safari Camp - boutique hotel in the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galápagos Safari Camp

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.

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa - boutique hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa

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.

Dunton Hot Springs - boutique hotel in Colorado
Dolores, Colorado
Dunton Hot Springs

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…

Triple Creek Ranch - boutique hotel in Hoi An
Darby, Montana
Triple Creek Ranch

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.

Essque Zalu Zanzibar - boutique hotel in Zanzibar
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Essque Zalu Zanzibar

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.

Le Palais Paysan - boutique hotel in Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco
Le Palais Paysan

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.

Saffire Freycinet - boutique hotel in Coles Bay
Coles Bay, Australia
Saffire Freycinet

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.

Alila Jabal Akhdar - boutique hotel in Oman
Nizwa, Oman
Alila Jabal Akhdar

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.

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