Newlyweds who desire to disconnect from the world while on their honeymoons will discover secluded paradises that range from soaking in cliff-side hot tubs to dining in a private outdoor bungalow in the heart of the rainforest. Perhaps sailing the Seven Seas on a luxurious yacht with all the amenities of a five-star hotel is more to your liking. The following destinations offer honeymooners all the privacy they need.
Bequia Beach Hotel, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
At just seven square miles with about 5,000 residents, there are no traffic lights, no neon signs, no chain hotels or restaurants, no golf course and no gated communities. Bequia, a sun drenched little island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, offers an abundance of natural beauty, pristine sandy beaches, lush green hillsides and a magnificent harbor filled with turquoise blue waters. Bequia Beach Hotel, a tucked-away family-owned luxury resort, provides a laid-back environment catering to guests who want to truly disconnect and enjoy an authentic Caribbean escape, reminiscent of yesteryear.
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Andamans
A perfect honeymoon retreat, the resort resides on Havelock Island in the Andaman Islands, home to some of the world’s most remote islands. Amidst the jungles of giant mahua and padauk trees, 50 contemporary villas encompass a 46-acre estate complete with whitewashed wooden walls and curvaceous roofs inspired by the homes of the indigenous Jarawa tribe. Guests can star gaze from the comfort of each room that features muslin-draped four-post beds and deep bathtubs with glass-paneled ceilings. Just behind the tree line, the fine white sands and crystal clear waters of Radhanagar Beach await.
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, Arenal, Costa Rica
Enveloped in lush green dotted with colorful, exotic flora, and spread across 900 acres of thick rainforest near Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa offers honeymooners a rainforest escape unlike any other. Upon arrival newlyweds slip into plush bathrobes (which are worn throughout the resort) and head to the thermal mineral springs, where they can soak in the natural pools with temps that reach 105°F or visit the spa for treatments rendered in private outdoor bungalows tucked away among the trees. For an ultra-romantic dining experience, newlyweds can book the Ephemeral Table in a private outdoor bungalow in the heart of the rainforest surrounded by tropical flora and the sounds of nature at night.
Casa Palopó, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
This off-the-beaten-path gem, perched on the shore of Lake Atitlán, is a private home turned luxury boutique hotel that offers breathtaking views of Lake Atitlán and the three magnificent volcanoes that dot its shore as a serene backdrop for a remote getaway. Newlyweds seeking a truly unique honeymoon experience will find true pleasure at this 15-room boutique property. Honeymooners can treat their tastebuds to authentic Guatemalan cuisine by local celebrity chef Eduardo Gonzalez, enjoy being truly immersed into the local culture and Mayan traditions.
Ecoventura’s Theory, The Galapagos
The islands of the Galapagos, long revered by nature lovers and marine conservationists, is quickly gaining traction among honeymooners as companies like Ecoventura introduce new five-star vessels to its fleet. The Theory features ten cabins with rainfall showers, plush robes and oversized panoramic windows for couples to soak in the changing scenery. While on-board, newlyweds can relax in a hammock or daybed on the sundeck, indulge in gourmet four-course Ecuadorian cuisine, hit the Jacuzzi, enjoy the open bar or break a sweat in the fitness center.
The Gangtey Lodge, Bhutan
Bhutan takes great care that the landscape and culture remain unspoiled, thus preserving the secluded and mythical atmosphere that encompasses Bhutan. The Gangtey Lodge offers a luxurious home base for travelers seeking to explore the mysterious and unknown Gangtey Valley. The Lodge’s seclusion makes it a perfect retreat for couples looking to reconnect with each other through spiritual, adventure, wellness and culinary offerings. Gangtey Lodge guides provide guests with a truly unique and meaningful travel experience through activities such as prayers at the Shedra, Buddhist meditation classes, breakfast and a blessing at the Gangtey Monastery, traditional Bhutanese hot stone baths, an in-suite spa or a hike to the breathtaking 360 degree views at the top of Lawala Pass.
Kachi Lodge, Bolivia
Opened in May 2019, Kachi Lodge is the only hotel located on the Uyuni Salt Flats, which stretch across 4,050 square miles of Bolivia’s Altiplano. Its domed, modern architecture gives the feel of a space station in the center of vast, arid flats with unobstructed views of starry skies unpolluted by light, noise or distractions. With no available wifi, couples can connect with each other at a whole new level of solitude. The Lodge features six minimalist, stylish bedroom pods, each with a private bathroom, soft carpet, comfortable bedding, central stove heating and beds centrally placed for optimal views of the flats and the endless Salar sky. Adventure at the lodge includes downhill mountain biking on the edge of the Tunupa Volcano. Delectable local cuisine is provided to Kachi Lodge guests by the Gustu Restaurant in La Paz.
The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, Alaska
Olympic ski gold medalist Tommy Moe and Alaskan heli ski pioneer Mike Overcast, owners of The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, redefined big mountain adventure when they began offering trips to this untouched region of the world. The remote complex is within eye shot of two 11,000-foot volcanoes and Denali, North America’s tallest peak. From the minute the floatplane delivers clients to the front door of the Main Lodge, the staff customizes the experience to all interests and abilities. Guests have private helicopters at their disposal for heli skiing and adventures that include fat-tire biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, wildlife viewing and glacier trekking. Newlyweds can choose from a variety of accommodations that feature luxury amenities and rustic-modern, Alaska architecture.
Playa Cativo Lodge, Costa Rica
The Lodge is a luxury all-inclusive beachfront eco-lodge located in the remote rainforests of Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast. With the backdrop of calming ocean waves and ample wildlife, the property’s open-air deluxe and premium accommodations offer prime exposure to one of the purest and most wholesome destinations in the world. Designed with precious hardwood and colorful artisan-crafted tiles, guest rooms come complete with indoor terraces, rain showers, first-class biodegradable amenities and endless views of the lodge’s stunning beachfront gardens and one of the most untouched rainforests on the country. The lodge is ideal for honeymooners, with eight of the premium plus guest rooms offering a private outdoor terrace and plunge pool.
Pelorus is a luxury tour operator started by Geordie Mackay-Lewis, and Jimmy Carroll, two ex-British Army Captains turned experiential travel and yachting specialists. Private Adventures seek out the most remote destinations such as Antarctica, where couples can walk among a colony of emperor penguins, abseil down ice-cliffs, kayak and paddle-board around icebergs and ride tenders into hidden coves where no one else has ever been. Newlyweds who enjoy water will love Patagonia’s appeal, as rivers cascade down enormous mountains, inland lakes are a vibrant turquoise and huge glaciers dominate the horizons.
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