One of the most memorable trips of your life, a holiday to Benidorm just doesn’t cut the mustard in this case. We want an experience so unique that it blows our socks off and can provide us with tales to tell for years to come. Here are five amazing off the beaten track honeymoon destinations which will keep you firmly on your toes. Don’t forget to pack a camera because the scenery is simply breath-taking!
Cabo Polonio Hostel
Wedged between tourist hotspots Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay can be forgiven for experiencing a little bit of middle child-syndrome – making it the perfect alternative for your honeymoon adventure. Cabo Polonio is the country’s best kept treasure that is slowly being revealed. A backpacker’s paradise, you can totally switch off in this mellow little village – there’s no electricity and no internet cafe! Sitting on a magnificent beach overlooking the Atlantic ocean, sand dunes and nearby islands, is local resident Alfredo’s rustic hostel. Lit by candlelight and solar power, back to basics has never looked so hip. Enjoy surfing lessons, explore the dusty streets barefoot or experience the local wildlife which is famed for its sea-lion colony.
Why you’ll fall in love: Lazy days spent overlooking the beach on a hammock and cozy dinners by the woodstove on a stormy night.
Just west of Lisbon, lies the magical town of Sintra. Set amidst the pine covered hills of the Serra de Sintra, this is a fabulous option for a mini break after your nuptials with many budget airlines offering low-fares. Get lost in the facades of the fascinating palaces and gothic architecture. A visit to the 19th century Pena National Palace is a must to swoon over the whimsical views of the rippling mountains and dewy forests.
Why you’ll fall in love: The dramatic scenery could be hot off the pages of a fairytale fable. The definition of romance.
Similar to Kenya, yet without the influx of tourists, Tanzania has so much to offer. Whether it’s to experience the African culture or go on safari, Hatari Lodge is way off the beaten track and is a mecca for couples looking for an adventure. A luxury bush hotel with majestic views of Kilimanjaro, buffalo and giraffes roam freely in the distance – and you certainly won’t be short of activities. Don’t miss out on a day trip to Lake Natron. It’s flamingo central. Enough said.
Where: Arusha National Park, Tanzania.
Why you’ll fall in love: Hollywood meets African glamour. Every corner of the lodge exudes 1960’s retro thanks to Hardy Kruger who made the area his home following Hatari being filmed there.
The main town in southern Iceland, a trip to Fridheimar is the ultimate experince for foodies. When you aren’t busy exploring the geysers and various falls on this volcanic gem, enjoy a charming meal inside a greenhouse where four different varieties of tomatoes are cultivated. Taste some of the delectable desserts including homemade tomato ice cream and green-tomato and apple pie with whipped cream or end your day with a daring Bloody Mary. During the summer months enjoy a horse show with a difference set to lively Icelandic music.
Why you’ll fall in love: Foodie heaven. Oh and the scenery ain’t too bad either.
Faralda Crane Hotel
Okay, so Amsterdam isn’t exactly off the beaten track. But this is the zaniest hotel we have ever seen! Plus industrial chic is all the rage lately. And just in case you get bored, release your inner daredevil by doing a 35 meter free fall from the sky. Now that is pure class.
Why you’ll fall in love: It’s a boutique hotel. In a crane. Duh.