A honeymoon is a once in a lifetime special occasion where you can spend time with your partner and just relax, away from the usual routine of life. But going on a honeymoon to a lesser known holiday destination might be chock full of surprises. These experiences are different and unexpected from the usual tour and travel packages of mainstream travel destinations. Want to know about some of these options for a not-so-typical honeymoon? Read on.

Kenya

The view of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, Kenya
The view of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Wild, untamed and remote; these words are synonymous with Kenya. The country is bursting with wildlife, covered with pristine forests, and is full of beautiful sandy beaches bordering turquoise waters. But don’t be fooled by its rustic charms as you will get to experience that world through luxury packages complete with fine dining, privacy, and sumptuous stays, all in the lap of romantic scenery. Book your flight tickets, book a resort, and you’re done.

Bali

Getting the honor of being called one of the World’s Best Islands by BBC Travel in 2011 is a validation not many get. But Bali, with its million-dollar villas and five-star resorts, shows a panoramic world full of oceans and waterfalls. The name itself has become synonymous with serenity and calmness, all thanks to the white soft white sand filled beaches bordering azure blue oceans.

Don’t be mistaken, the fun doesn’t just end here as there is plenty in store for people who want thrills. You and your partner can participate in water sports or perhaps go for a visit to the monkey forest. After all the fun, if you get tired then try out some pampering couple massages or dine into the best of world cuisine. Also, a pro tip: don’t miss out on tasting the world’s most expensive coffee while you are there.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia

You must have heard of Bora Bora and Tahiti for sure. But the fact that these South Pacific island clusters are the ultimate exotic getaway must have alluded you. So, which one should you choose? Bora Bora is definitely the most expensive of all with its scenic turquoise ocean views. Want to splurge out for an experience of a lifetime? This should be the one.

Hainan Island, China

Hainan Island, China
Hainan Island, China

An underrated travel destination with much to offer, Hainan Islands is just what you need if adventure is on your mind. Stay in a comfortable yet simple tree house resort while going out to explore the bounties of the place – start off with a hike close to the Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone suspension bridges. Perhaps you want to take a break from it all? Hainan has got you covered there with its tropical beaches and luxury resorts.

Cook’s Island

Comprised of 15 small islands, this country offers one thing which most other tried and tested destinations fail to – privacy and intimacy as the islands have a very small population. The picturesque oceans combined with the island’s idyllic sensual climate gives off a welcoming vibe. So, if you want a peaceful and relaxing honeymoon away from everyone’s eyes – this neatly tucked away paradise is the place to choose.

Hvar, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Are you still reeling from the World Cup upset that Croatia almost pulled off? How about forgetting that grief by visiting the country itself. Party during the vacation with your partner and enjoy some delicious seafood while there. Done partying and want some respite? This place located right beside the Adriatic Sea has you covered. Take a stroll through the lavender fields or go for a swim in the calm glittering waters. Want privacy for some soft moments? Don’t worry as this place is where romance happens.

Aruba

Aruba

Picture this: You and your partner walking on pristine white sand beaches, traveling to other islands by boat or perhaps snorkeling in clear blue waters. If this is your ideal vacation, then Aruba is the destination for you. Located off the Southern Caribbean Sea and grouped with Bonaire and Curaçao, this part of the ABC islands has a fantastic holiday experience to offer. Boasting of a temperate climate, this place is perfect for visiting all year round.

Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel, Guatemala

A must visit destination for all who set out with the motto of exploring and experiencing the uncharted. Located near Lake Atitlan and also nestled in the lap of mountain peaks, Panajachel offers panoramic views like no other. You can enjoy a romantic sunset picnic if you want to laze your time away. Or, if you crave thrills then going for swimming, kayaking, and parasailing in the blue lake waters will be fulfilling.

Fiji

A name which is synonymous with paradise is bound to be one as well. Perfect for honeymoons, this South Pacific archipelago has a place for everything – from expensive to budget resorts. In this paradise of blue, you can enjoy seeing the coral reefs, going for scuba diving, or enjoying ecotourism with your partner. Want to do something quiet? The soft, white sand beaches will always be there to sink your feet in.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

This central American country attracts honeymooners with the promise of a tropical rainforest getaway. Engage in trekking, bird watching, rafting, surfing and hiking to take in the fresh air of this place. Experience the natural bounties as you relax on its blue beaches and share intimate moments with your partner. A place rich not just with beaches and forests, but also with waterfalls, volcanoes and national parks. You will be spoiled for choice in here.

Offbeat destinations are all about exploring the place and its hidden treasures. Honeymoons are the perfect opportunity for this since you can experience and see the place together. Thus, creating a lifetime of memories which you will live together.

Author: Marina Iermolaieva

I’m Marina Iermolaieva, I love traveling with friends and independently, and prefer ocean and mountains more than an overcrowded city. One day, I’m going to have a very long journey of self-discovery and healing. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

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