Honeymoons are so often the part of a wedding that a couple look forward to the most. After months of stressful planning and organising, finally there’s a chance to getaway and spend some carefree time together, away from everyone else. More often than not, the honeymoon is also the biggest holiday a couple will take together, so finding the right destination is paramount.
If following in the footsteps of countless other newlyweds doesn’t float your boat, then listen up! We’ve put together a few of our most unusual honeymoon destinations and activities for you; from deserted island escapes to wilderness and adventures, there’s an original edge to each of these trips…
Pine forest wilderness in Sweden
Escape wedding stresses and the hustle and bustle of everyday life on a honeymoon to Sweden. Here the countryside is vast and wild, covered in pine forests, and broken by lakes and colourfully painted wooden houses. Peace and quiet is easy to find, and spending time so close to nature is what Sweden is all about. One of the best places to discover this has to be the Treehotel, in the North of Sweden. Situated so far north that summer months enjoy the midnight sun and wintertime brings lots of snow and the Northern Lights, the Treehotel is an exceptionally unusual type of hotel. Accommodations are, quite literally, tree houses, each totally unique in design, ranging from the UFO, to the Mirror Cube. Activities range with the seasons, but there’s always plenty to do outside making the most of the nature.
Dhow safari in Mozambique
The Mozambique coastline is well known for its natural beauty; long swathes of white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise sea, all with a laidback atmosphere. While admiring this from the beach is enough for some, there are far more fun ways of exploring the area. Sailing and kayaking private tours are available, guiding you and your new spouse around the islands off the northern Mozambique coast. Navigate between some of the country’s most remote islands which are accessible only by boat in traditional dhow sailing boats and kayaks. Once on a deserted island you can explore on land or water; discovering what’s on the island or snorkelling and diving the stunning waters and unexplored reefs.
Trekking in Bhutan
If you fancy something totally different, an immersion in to a new culture and are up for an adventure, look no further than Bhutan. Nestled between Tibet and India in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan remains largely unchanged, rich in Buddhist culture and traditional lifestyle. The landscapes here are absolutely spectacular; soaring mountain ranges, flower covered meadows in the lower foothills, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and traditional architecture throughout. There are so many activities for you and your loved one to try; from archery using traditional bamboo bows to trekking, mountain-biking along 12,000 ft mountain passes to white-water rafting. One thing’s for sure; you won’t be bored in Bhutan!
Explore Oman’s wadis
If you like the idea of combining a beach flop, luxurious accommodation, stunning surroundings, and adventure on your honeymoon, then Oman is it! The Muscat coast has over one thousand miles of untouched pure white sand beaches, and dolphins swimming in the clear sea. Snorkelling, sailing, and diving are available here, and the shoreline hotels offer immaculate luxury accommodation. Away from the seashore, the land is mainly mountains and deserts, which can be explored on a private 4×4 safari with a knowledgeable guide. The country is also known for its dramatic wadis; deep valleys or gorges, ideal for climbing and abseiling. Sleeping out under the stars and desert driving is possible in the dune areas of the desert too.
Original Travel, who wrote this post specialise in tailor-made holidays. For further information or to ask about your honeymoon, please visit the website. I especially like the look of the Tree Hotel in Sweden – that photo is amazing!