For many, tropical beaches and five star luxury resorts or comfortable villas are the only parameters that exist when planning a honeymoon, but we think honeymoons should be adventures that offer new and eye-opening experiences. Step into married life by stepping out of your comfort zone, this is our philosophy towards honeymooning. We’ve been thinking about the best ways to bring a unique experience and truly memorable adventure to celebrate your nuptials. We’ve come up with our list of our top 5 things to do to make your honeymoon that bit more special, ensuring that you return home with memories that will last a lifetime.
Private boat cruise in Kerala
Take a private cruise through the calm backwaters of Kerala on a traditional kettuvallam complete with your own chef. The peaceful surroundings will mesmerise and provide the perfect environment in which to unwind after many months of wedding planning. Spend your time relaxing on deck whilst the panorama slowly drifts by. Experiencing the tropical wetlands in this unique way will feel much more indulgent than simply checking into a hotel.
The dense, lush greenery or canopy of stars are the perfect dining backdrop as your chef introduces to you aromatic Keralan dishes. A centuries old trading post, on the Malabar coast overlooking the Arabian sea, Kerala has a rich culinary heritage. Be sure to try a Keralan seafood curry or Malabar Biriyani.
Nature is the main attraction, in particular the colourful and abundant wetland birdlife, however, anyone wanting to explore the cultural side of Kerala will also be well catered for. A stop at the historic trading port, Kochi with Dutch, Portuguese and British influences, all of which have all left their mark in the city’s architecture.
Stargaze in Chile
The cult of stargazing is tied to the origins of the human story; we are all stargazers. A journey into the Chilean wilderness to observe the glittering dust trail of the Milky Way during your honeymoon is an unbeatably romantic experience.
Due to the low level of rainfall in the Atacama Desert, the skies are consistently clear (the Atacama is the driest of all the Earth’s deserts with some parts having no history of recorded rainfall). In addition, it’s at high altitude and not hampered by much light pollution, meaning conditions are almost perfect for stargazing.
A Tailor-made Honeymoon to the vineyards of Chile & Argentina can take you to the Atacama, with many other stargazing opportunities en route. Dine alfresco, gaucho style, enjoying a traditional asado accompanied by Malbec from a local vineyard. An authentic taste of remote Andean life, for adventurous spirits this trip is a perfect honeymoon.
Similarly, in Patagonia you can watch the stars from inside your own private eco pod after rewarding days of trekking around the lakes, on the Perito Moreno glacier with Cerro Torre in the backdrop.
Get a massage together in Sri Lanka
There’s nothing is more relaxing than a massage; every honeymoon should include at least one personal pampering session. At the heart of Sri Lankan culture is the practice of traditional ayurvedic healing, making a massage a genuine experience rather than just a spa session.
Sri Lanka is an excellent place to honeymoon for many reasons, you can combine the beach, ancient cities, scenic hiking and safari. What’s more, It’s possible to get around the island with light travel days, meaning you can maximise on time spent doing activities.
On a tailor-made tour with us, you can stay on a tea estate and spa in Ella, enjoy yoga classes as well as a full menu of treatments on offer. With Little Adams Peak nearby, we suggest a morning hike, followed by yoga and a couples massage back at the tea estate.
Take a cloud canopy walk over the Ecuadorian Amazon
Stay on cloud 9 even after the excitement of the big day has passed. You can, quite literally stay in the clouds when you head to the Ecuadorian jungle where you can take a canopy tour through the mists that hang in the treetops.
The Amazon remains a wild frontier – and captivatingly mysterious as a result. We are still discovering species hidden within its dense jungle. It’s an exciting destination for curious couples looking for an intrepid experience and break from modernity. Get back to nature, indulge in some wild river swimming and enjoy watching breathtaking sunset hues mirrored by the river before the starriest of skies emerges.
On a Tailor-made tour of Ecuador with us, you will stay at the Sacha lodge, nestled deep within the world’s largest rainforest where you will have everything you require to feel comfortable. For couples that love nature and are looking for an experience that’s off the beaten track, the Ecuadorian jungle is where you need to go.
Take a Latin dance class together
Learn to tango together in Buenos Aires, Samba in Rio or Salsa in Colombia or Cuba. If you are considering a honeymoon somewhere in Latin America make sure you take a dance class together before you head out for a romantic meal and onto a dance club where you can show off your newly acquired skills.
If you are thinking about booking a honeymoon through our Tailor-made team and are interested in a class, let your consultant know it’s a honeymoon you’re planning and they may be able to organise a complimentary class. Don’t forget to also ask for advice on where to find the best restaurants in town for a romantic meal for two afterwards!
No matter which destination or style of adventure resonates with you and your partner the most, make sure that you spoil yourselves with a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, featuring plenty of luxurious lie-ins and comfort. Let our Tailor-made team know that you are planning a honeymoon as they may be able to arrange a complimentary treat and make suggestions on the best places to go for romantic walks and meals.