Relaxing on a tropical beach under a swaying palm tree might be the traditional honeymoon image – and there’s no denying it’s tempting to chill out after months of wedding planning. But if a fly-and-flop honeymoon doesn’t tempt you, there’s more choice than ever for newlyweds this year. Check out the most exciting alternative honeymoon ideas for 2016, as told by Jane Anderson from 101 Honeymoons!
There’s far more than just the famous canal here. From incredibly diverse wildlife and clear turquoise seas to Panama City’s sleek chic, the Central American country has an added incentive to visit with new adults-only Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa. Opened in January, the all—inclusive beachfront hotel has five gourmet restaurants and a spectacular infinity pool.
Find out more: Holiday Place offers seven nights from £919 per person on an all-inclusive basis, including flights.
A honeymoon closer to home needn’t mean missing out on romantic luxury. Family-owned Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District has new Spa Lodges for couples, where your own private en-suite spa includes a treatment area, steam room, sauna and hot tub within a walled garden. Gazing out to the surrounding moorland, it’s easy to believe you’re the only people around.
Find out more: Gilpin Lodge’s new Spa Suites cost from £615 per room per night on half-board.
Luxury wilderness in Patagonia
Since the BBC Patagonia series in November, this stunning stretch of wilderness is the hottest way to head off the beaten track. This new itinerary from Enchanting Travels takes in the cosmopolitan culture of Santiago de Chile, the wild Atacama Desert and beautiful Torres del Paine National Park, with plenty of luxurious touches as you head away from civilisation.
Find out more: Enchanting Travels’ luxurious 11-day Patagonia honeymoon costs from £6,160 per person including internal flights and some meals.
Enjoy a French folly
Staying in a unique property is the ideal way to keep your honeymoon individual with some fantastic new options in the south of France from Oliver’s Travels helping you do just that. My top pick is gorgeous Mas Amour near Mirepoix in the southern Pyrenees. The romantic 18th century folly is set in parkland for a romantic retreat, with chef service available.
Find out more: Oliver’s Travels offers Mas Amour with rental costing from £595 per week.
Off the beaten track in Kenya
A safari honeymoon is already a once-in-a -lifetime trip but secluded safari lodge Ol Malo adds some unforgettable extra magic. New for 2016, you can fly into the bush in their helicopter to sleep under the stars, watch the sun set from the heart-shaped cliff-edge bath or spot animals drinking at the waterhole from your own treehouse.
Find out more: Turquoise Holidays offers this “Out of Africa” honeymoon from £3,899 per person including 3 nights at Ol Malo and 4 nights at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara Camp on an all-inclusive basis. All flights and transfers are also included.
Five-star mountain escape
More and more couples are looking for honeymoons away from the beach, according to Classic Collection. The five-star Alpenpalace Deluxe Hotel & Spa Resort near the Italian-Austrian border is a perfect Alpine alternative. From gourmet meals to wellbeing and beauty treatments, plus hiking and biking in the beautiful mountains, it’s ideal for outdoorsy couples.
Find out more: Classic Collection offers a week at Alpenpalace Deluxe Hotel & Spa Resort from £1,480 per person based on two adults sharing a palace mountain view room on a half board basis, also including private transfers and return flights from London Gatwick.
Private villa in Tuscany
Swap Tuscany’s famous rolling hills and vineyards for the equally lovely coast. Not far from Porto Santo Stefano with its beautiful bay and colourful waterfront houses, one-bed villa Attico has its own private terrace looking straight out to the sea and paths straight down to a secluded beach as well.
Find out more: To Tuscany offers a week’s rental of Attico from £1,053.
Private tour of Burma
Since opening up to tourism, Burma has featured on list after list of the world’s top destinations. To see the country in luxury, the Experience Travel Group has introduced a new private tour that’s perfect for honeymooners visiting the unmissable temples of Bagan and Inle Lake plus Mandalay and Yangon, with the option to hot air balloon over the countryside too.
Find out more: The Experience Travel Group’s private tour of Burma costs from £3,384 per person for 14 nights including international flights, private transfers and B&B accommodation.
Croatia’s coastline has a chic new addition this year with Hotel Navis coming to Kvarner, where the contemporary boutique hotel’s floor-to-ceiling glass lets you gaze out to sea. As well as its own restaurant and spa on site, there are free shuttles to nearby Opatija for its nightlife and bistros.
Find out more: Completely Croatia offers seven nights from £866 per person on a B&B basis – flights and transfers included.
Total eclipse in Indonesia
For a whirlwind wedding and honeymoon in March, you’ve chosen the perfect month to see the solar eclipse over Indonesia. Cruise to Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan on a traditional river boat where you can enjoy the view without light pollution, as part of a private tour through Borneo and Java.
Find out more: Audley Travel offers a 14 night Heart of Indonesia private tour of Borneo and Java costs from £3,180 per person including flights, transfers and hotel accommodation. Aside from the river boat cruise, highlights include the Hindu temple of Prambanan, Borobudor, Mount Bromo, the wild Kalimantan orang-utans and a stay in quaint Malang.
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