From hikes up mountains in Japan to paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe, there are a wealth of adventurous honeymoon destinations for active couples. For when a pool-side all inclusive just doesn’t cut it.
Best Honeymoon Destinations for Active Couples
Traditionally, we hear the word ‘honeymoon’ and conjure up an image in our minds. Lazy days in the golden sun, lounging about on a remote beach, cocktail in hand. As alluring as that daydream can be for some, spending more than a day in this sedentary state doesn’t appeal to everyone.
Introducing the active honeymoon. In recent years we’ve seen an increase in newly-weds jetting off for adventure and action.
Whether your dream is a rainforest trek in the Caribbean or paddle boarding in Hawaii, we’ve compiled a list of the best honeymoons for active couples. So lace up those walking boots, dust-off that tennis racket and get ready to jet off on your first holiday as a married couple.
Best for Spa & Sport, Mexico: Rancho La Puerta
Sporty newlyweds are spoilt for choice at Rancho La Puerta with over 50 daily fitness classes. Get your blood pumping in the day with some tennis or volleyball. Then, unwind with a calming yoga class and a naturalistic spa treatment. This healthy honeymoon retreat is nestled amongst the breath-taking mountains of northern Mexico. Although active, the romantic side of this holiday won’t suffer. Revel in the seclusion of these serene surroundings in your own private ‘casita’.
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
If you’re looking for an adventurous honeymoon destination, look no further than St Lucia. Paradise and activity in one. This all-inclusive health and fitness retreat is surrounded by tropical rainforests and natural waterfalls. Every type of adventure is at your finger tips, from jungle mountain biking to ocean kayaking.
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
Florblanca is an idyllic surfing and yoga honeymoon in exotic Costa Rica. Take to the tropical waters for private surfing lessons, followed by yoga lessons in the open-air studio. Then, why not revive with a coconut scrub at Spa Bambu. Not forgetting that honeymoon romance, you can retreat to the treetops in your own private honeymoon house.
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
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, you can reach your health and fitness goals together. Get your heart pumping with TRX suspension training before reviving with a sports massage and a swim in the 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 is an enchanting historical retreat on the Estoril coastline of Portugal. Penha Longa offers a romantic setting for a golf and tennis loving honeymooners. Three spectacular championship courses (including a 27-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr) and private tennis lessons and group tennis clinics. Reconnect during complementary group yoga and meditation classes and unwind with 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
Morocco Discover Recover, based in the mystical city of Marrakech, offers something different for honeymooners. The Atlas Mountains present a hiking challenge for active couples and the souks are mazes for you to explore. You can do everything. From a traditional Moroccan cookery class to rope-sliding across cliffs. There’s also a luxury wellness retreat with beach front yoga, surfing and a spa.
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 is the stunning retreat of Kamalaya. Nestled in a valley overlooking the southern coast of Koh Samui, this award-winning wellness retreat is ground for personal growth and long term health transformations. Kamalaya offers wellness programmes tailored to support individual aspirations. A 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 shores of Antigua. A beach and spa honeymoon designed for rejuvenation and restoration. This award-winning Blue Spa offers therapies from reflexology to full body massages. The perfect balance between activity and relaxation, there are opportunities to do rainforest hikes and watersports too. End your day with a candlelit dinner for two on the jetty, and perhaps 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
If you can’t get enough of the great outdoors, New Zealand is utopia. Embrace a stunning setting whilst embarking on breathtaking adventures. Sub-alpine hikes to world heritage sites; yoga overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakatipu; TRX strength training in incredible eco-friendly studios. Daily meditation sessions and massages will revitalise your body, as well as the 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
The Red Mountains are a brilliant honeymoon destination for active couples. Strap on your hiking boots and spend your honeymoon discovering the blazing scenery of the Red Mountains of Utah. You can welcome each morning with daily guided hikes or explore further afield with horseback riding and mountain biking. Mountainous landscapes surround yoga, kickboxing and Tai Chi classes. After an active morning, maybe you can treat yourself to a healing reflexology 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, begin married life at a wellness retreat on the beautiful island of Maui. The Pacific Waves will welcome you active couples to kiteboarding and stand-up paddle boarding lessons from local expert guides. Yoga and spa treatments, of course, are also on site. Set among enchanting tropical and edible gardens.
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 at this breath-taking wellness retreat in Italy. Bike rides and Nordic walking trips along the Adda River make this the perfect active honeymoon destination. As well as yoga and martial arts classes! Ti Sana gives you an opportunity to refuel with organic vegan culinary delights and join in with inspiring cooking sessions. 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.
For more info, visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891.
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