Adventurous couples often take their intrepid spirits with them after they have tied the knot. As such, activity-focused honeymoons have become wildly popular over the last few years. Instead of sedate honeymoon destinations involving sipping pina coladas poolside or laying on a sun-drenched beach, newlyweds are choosing packages that include adrenaline-pumping activities as part of their daily itinerary. The following locations are sure to generate pulsating excitement.
Ladera Resort, Soufriere, Saint Lucia, offers a “Love by Land and Sea Package” that is ideally suited for the couple looking to take their love to new heights (and depths). This package includes four nights in either a Hilltop Dream Suite or Paradise Ridge Suite, round trip luxury airport transfers and sparkling wine to toast on arrival. Once settled into their suite, couples can then take a guided hike of the Gros Piton Mountains and a diving excursion with a hosted picnic lunch. A daily dinner at Dasheene is also included along with a romantic star gazing amenity complete with a blanket, cushions, wine candles and rose petals for lovebirds to enjoy from the privacy of their cliff-side suite.
Couples getting married at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, are able to include an exciting Alaka’i Nalu Ocean Experience for either just the bride and groom or the whole wedding party. They can choose from an ocean charter where they’ll be taken to secluded beaches and secret snorkel spots, or jump in an outrigger canoe where they can explore the Ka’upulehu coast. Either opportunity can allow the wedding group to get better acquainted through adventure, or give the bride and groom private time to add yet another memory to treasure. The bay at the resort is perfect for ocean activities as it’s slightly protected from high surf and home to many marine animals including spinner dolphins, Hawaiian sea turtles, tropical fish and manta rays. In the winter months, guests may even see a humpback whale breach from their boat or canoe while out on the water.
A favorite destination for honeymooners and golfers alike, Pebble Beach Resorts offers guests a completely curated stay at this iconic resort. Among a variety of activities available, playing a round on one of Pebble Beach’s world-renowned golf courses is a must. The resort’s Equestrian Center is also a great way for newlyweds to soak up the natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula and legendary 17-Mile Drive. As an added bonus, Pebble Beach Resorts’ location along Central California’s rugged and breathtakingly beautiful coastline provides couples with a chance to observe a rich array of wildlife. Bird watchers can expect to see anything from terns to great blue herons in the sky, while otters and sea lions can be spotted in the water throughout the year. Best of all, many species of whales make their way past the resorts and golf courses in their annual migrations, adding plenty of excitement to an outdoor honeymoon at Pebble Beach.
Located on a private archipelago of 14 volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, just 20 miles from the coast of Panama, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is an exclusive outpost for the new explorer and adventurer. Couples have access to all 14 islands and have the opportunity to snorkel with a school of pilot whales. Upon arrival, an ‘Adventure Concierge’ is on hand to arrange excursions for newlyweds to make the most of the archipelago and the surrounding waters. Snorkeling and scuba diving activities and required gear are all-inclusive of the nightly rate. Guests can finish off a day of water adventures with a private beach picnic all-inclusive as well. Islas Secas provides plenty of options for exploration as guests can navigate the group of islands to take part in various activities. Boats are provided as forms of transformation taking visitors to Coiba National Park, the spa, or to partake in water sports and activities.
Volcanoes Safaris‘ Bwindi Lodge, just a one-hour flight from Entebbe, Uganda, introduces a newly refurbished Bwindi Lodge which is a true hidden gem located on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. All eight guest accommodations — also known as ‘bandas’ — plus the main lodge and dining area have been beautifully renovated and the brand-new addition of the Forest Spa, Humula mw’ Ishamba (from the Rukiga language, which means “relax in the forest”) invites guests to enjoy locally inspired treatments. Couples receive the amazing opportunity to come face-to-face with Uganda’s critically endangered mountain gorilla. Trackers are sent out ahead of time so your group is not aimlessly wandering the park. Once the gorillas are spotted, guests have 60 minutes to observe them at close range. Although observers are not allowed to get closer than 25 feet, often the younger juveniles will come close to visitors, as they are curious and playful.