When a cookie-cutter honeymoon just won't cut it, plan a honeymoon adventure to begin your married lives that matches your unique style. Check out these unique honeymoon destinations from all corners of the globe, including a South African safari and a jungle escape in Belize.
Located in San Ignacio's Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a luxe jungle getaway with plenty of style, thanks to the personal touches added by owner Francis Ford Coppola. The location may be far removed from civilization, but there's no roughing it with meals prepared from the harvest of the sprawling organic garden and the Waterfall Spa that's equal parts fancy and eco-friendly. Revel in married life on a hike to the hidden rock pools on the trail leading to Big Rock Falls or just laze the day away by the freshwater infinity pool. Book the Honeymoon Package for a stay in the well-appointed honeymoon cabanas coupled with all meals, a horseback-riding adventure and excursions to the area's Mayan ruins, including a 4WD off-road trip to the Mayan citadel Caracol and a canoe trip through remote Mayan caves.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Set off on a unique honeymoon safari exploring the wilds of South Africa's famed Kruger National Park. Royal Malewane's 6 suites promise the ultimate luxurious wildlife experience; the resort also features indoor and outdoor safaris, private plunge pools and a wooden deck with a thatched gazebo where you may even observe wildlife over your morning tea. By day, set off in an open Land Rover with experienced guides and trackers to get up close to Africa's Big 5 - buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard and lion. When the sun goes down, it's time for dinner al fresco near an animal watering hole with culinary treats and wine pairings that may be customized to your tastes. Infuse your honeymoon with even more fun by taking a hot-air-balloon ride, spending a day at a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center or playing a round of golf.
Tofino, British Columbia
If you and your new spouse are feeling blasé about the typical beach honeymoon, opt for an outdoor adventure at the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino. Active honeymooners will find there's little time to laze in a beach chair with activity options including salmon-fishing, whale-watching, surfing, sea-kayaking or soaking in nearby Hot Spring Coves, depending on the time of year you visit. When you're ready to unwind, indulge in newlywed pampering at the Ancient Cedars Spa with a side-by-side massage with a view of the ocean, or enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by the wood-burning fireplace at the Driftwood Lounge. And if you can't bear to begin married life without your 4-legged family member joining you, bring along your pet for the trip and some pampering, too, at the resort's Pet Shower Station, featuring comfy bedding and treats galore.
Aman Sveti Stefan
Plan a refined and elegant honeymoon on the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro, a Mediterranean escape that is gaining popularity with globe-trotting Westerners. Sveti Stefan is an intimate coastal getaway befitting royalty. The posh stone estate on the small islet was once a popular vacation spot for the rich and famous in the 1970s, playing host to starlets like Sophia Loren. Amanresorts took over and reopened the doors in 2008, rolling out rooms slowly, beginning with a collection of 8 posh suites at Villa Miločer, and drawing attention back to this Balkan paradise. Honeymooners are granted plenty of privacy in the suites and guest cottages and can enjoy the natural beauty of the pristine beaches framed by towering mountains and lush forest. As Aman completes its undertaking, the resort lives up to its glamorous past with fine restaurants and a spa where you can forget every last pre-wedding stressor with an indulgent massage.
Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay
Kick off your married life by immersing yourself in a new culture in Vietnam's Nha Trang with the perfect mix of mountains and sea. Each room is a romantic sanctuary with wide-open windows overlooking the sea and cool rock formations as well as top amenities including personal mini wine cellars and oversized hand-crafted wooden soaking tubs. Most suites have private sundecks and plunge pools, while the Water Villa with Rockery has a ladder that descends straight into the water, making it ideal for snorkeling. Couples can indulge in spa treatments at the open-air spa with a massage or Tai Chi class and then slip away for a sunset cruise around Nha Phu Bay aboard a traditional Vietnamese wooden boat complete with champagne and canapés.