For lots of couples, ‘honeymoon’ means lazing about on a remote paradise beach somewhere with a cocktail in hand. As alluring as that image is, spending an entire honeymoon in this sedentary state doesn’t appeal to everyone…
We’re seeing a trend emerging of more experiential healthy honeymoons, so we’ve got Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in wellness holidays worldwide, to share their best honeymoon destinations for active couples.
From rainforest hikes in the Caribbean to stand-up paddle boarding in Hawaii for a healthier start to your married, lace up those walking boots, dust-off that tennis racket and get those hearts racing!
Best for Spa & Sport, Mexico: Rancho La Puerta
Spoiling sporty newlyweds with a choice of over 50 daily fitness classes, this healthy honeymoon retreat is nestled amongst the breathtaking mountains of northern Mexico. From level appropriate tennis clinics to volleyball, there is plenty of variety to keep both him and her entertained. Unwind after an active day with a calming yoga class, before relaxing together with a naturalistic spa treatment. The rustic romance of your own private ‘casita’ allows newlyweds to revel in the seclusion of these serene surroundings.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Rancho La Puerta from £2,685pp. Price includes full board, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.
Best for All-Inclusive Health & Fitness, St. Lucia: The BodyHoliday
Set on the stunning paradise island of St Lucia, keep active after your big day at this all-inclusive health and fitness retreat, surrounded by tropical rainforests and natural waterfalls. From jungle mountain biking to ocean kayaking, begin married life fighting fit as you explore the island through a variety of land and watersports.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at The BodyHoliday from £2,140pp. Price is all-inclusive, with a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Best for Surf & Yoga, Costa Rica: Florblanca
Leave the daily commute well behind you as you learn to ride a different kind of tube on a surfing and yoga honeymoon in exotic Costa Rica. From this palm fringed beach retreat, take to the tropical waters during private surfing lessons with expert surf school instructors. Back on dry land, stretch out tired muscles during Vinyasa Flow yoga lessons in the open-air studio and revive with a coconut scrub at Spa Bambu. Retreat to the treetops in your own private honeymoon house and embrace your romantic surroundings.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Florblanca from £2,235pp. Price includes breakfast, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Best for Sport & Fitness Training, Thailand: Thanyapura
If you’re an active duo, banish the boredom of too many lazy beacj days for a sports and fitness honeymoon on the idyllic Thai island of Phuket. With world-class aquatic, tennis and triathlon facilities, you and your loved one can train like athletes. Boasting some of the world’s top sports and fitness coaches, reach your health and fitness goals together with expert sport performance training. Keep active with cardio tennis and TRX suspension training before reviving with an expert sports massage or a dip in the 50m Olympic swimming pool.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Thanyapura from £1,380pp. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Best for Golf & Tennis, Portugal: Penha Longa
Dating back to the 14th century, this enchanting historical retreat on the Estoril coastline of Portugal offers a romantic setting for a golf and tennis loving honeymooners. Polish your golfing skills on one of three spectacular championship courses (including a 27-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr) or ace your game with private tennis lessons and group tennis clinics. Reconnect during complimentary group classes from yoga to meditation and harmonised your bodies and minds during holistic spa therapies.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Penha Longa from £1,305pp. Price includes breakfast, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Best of Culture & Adventure, Morocco: Morocco Discover Recover
In the land of snake charmers and maze-like souks, Morocco offers an exotic alternative just south of Europe for avid culture vultures. Adventurous honeymooners can explore the charm of this beautiful country with a wide selection of tours and excursions, from hiking the Atlas Mountains to exploring the souks and palaces of Marrakech. Join a traditional Moroccan cookery class and experience rope-sliding across cliffs, before recovering at a luxury wellness retreat with beach front yoga, surfing and holistic spa treatments.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 10 nights in Morocco from £1,620pp. Price includes breakfast, a Discover Recover programme, return flights and transfers.
Best for Personalised Wellness, Thailand: Kamalaya
Following months of wedding planning stress, rejuvenate together in paradise with a personalised approach to wellness at the stunning retreat of Kamalaya. Nestled in a valley overlooking the southern coast of Koh Samui, this award-winning wellness retreat offers a stimulating environment for personal growth and long term healthy transformations. With wellness programmes tailored to support individual aspirations, revive with Ayurvedic spa treatments and wellness activities at this spiritual retreat, built around a cave temple Buddhist monks used to use a place of meditation.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Kamalaya from £2,502pp. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Best for Beach, Spa & Well-Being, Antigua: Carlisle Bay
Begin your happily-ever-after on the tropical shoes on Antigua on a beach spa honeymoon designed for rejuvenation and restoration. Looking out to the private beach, retreat to the couples room in the award-winning Blue Spa to indulge with spa therapies from reflexology to full body massages. Offering the perfect balance for active couples, explore with rainforest hikes and watersports from sailing to paddle boarding. End your day with a candlelit dinner for two on the jetty, followed by a film in the luxury cinema room.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Carlisle Bay £2,715pp. Price includes breakfast, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Best for Scenery & Outdoor Activities, New Zealand: Aro Ho Wellness Retreat
For newlyweds who can’t get enough of the great outdoors, reconnect with nature during an adventurous honeymoon in New Zealand. Embrace this stunning setting as you embark on breathtaking sub-alpine hikes to world heritage sites, practice yoga overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and support each other during TRX strength training in incredible eco-friendly studios. Take the time to unwind during daily meditation sessions and therapeutic massages before enjoying nutritious and delicious organic cuisine, harvested from the onsite gardens.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 4 nights at Aro Ha from £3,485pp. Price is all-inclusive, with an adventure wellness programme, return flights and transfers.
Best for Hiking & Fitness in the Mountains, Utah: Red Mountain Resort
Strap on your hiking boots and spend your honeymoon discovering the blazing scenery of the Red Mountains of Utah. Welcoming each morning with daily guided walks and hikes, explore further afield with horseback riding and mountain biking. Take in your stunning mountainous surroundings during group classes including yoga, kickboxing and Tai Chi. After an active morning mountain hiking, treat sore feet to a healing reflexology massage or awaken your senses as you indulge in a Canyon warm stone massage.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Red Mountain Resort from £2,085pp. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Best for SUP, Yoga & Kiteboarding, Hawaii: Lumeria Maui
An eternal honeymoon favourite, escape to the shores of Hawaii and begin married life at this wellness retreat on the beautiful island of Maui. Set your adrenaline racing as your ride the Pacific waves during kiteboarding lessons, or take a gentler approach with stand-up paddleboarding lessons from local expert guides. Yoga classes will improve your flexibility and balance which are in high demand for both of these popular aquatic escapades. Set amongst enchanting tropical and edible gardens; relax together during a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage in the luxurious spa.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 5 nights at Lumeria Maui from £1,625pp. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes and return flights.
Best for Biking & Hiking, Italy: Ti Sana
Explore the rolling hills of Lombardy, as you and your loved one embark on romantic biking and hiking excursions at this breathtaking wellness retreat in Italy. Breathe in the fresh air as you explore the natural beauty of Adda river park during heart pumping bike rides and Nordic walking trips. Refuel with organic vegan culinary delights before joining in with an inspiring cooking session, yoga or martial arts class. With excursions to nearby Milan, this wellness sanctuary offers the best of both worlds to active newlyweds.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Ti Sana from £2,198pp. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
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