22 Dec 2015
Alternative Honeymoon Ideas
There’s a good reason classic honeymoon destinations are so popular – but if you’re looking for a trip to remember with a difference, try our top five alternative honeymoons.
Calling itself “God’s Own Country”, the southern state of Kerala is a fascinating and tranquil slice of India with its tea-covered hills, historic trading ports and famous backwaters. Escaping on a houseboat to sail these waterways is a must, watching the scenery as you relax in the sun, but there are also wild elephants, fascinating snake boat races and boutique hotels such as the Malabar House in Cochin, Neeleshwar Hermitage in Malabar and Aanavilasam in Thekkady.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Japan really is unique – along with its mix of high-tech city and historic culture, subtropical beaches and skiing in snowy mountains, there’s also plenty of romantic places to escape. Think romantic hot springs, wandering under the cherry blossom and sleeping in traditional ryokan. Inside Japan Tours can even arrange a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony at one of Kyoto’s Shinto shrines as part of their honeymoon itineraries.
Image credit: Kyoto Tourism
For a trip that’s out of this world, Tenerife has a rather unexpected draw for honeymooners: it’s one of the best places in the world for stargazing. Named a Starlight Tourist Destination, the Teide Observatory on the island’s peak is perfect for gazing into the heavens. The luxurious Hotel Jardines de Nivaria has also been voted one of Spain’s most romantic hotels with a honeymoon package offering you (or your wedding guests) some extra special experiences for your stay.
Image credit: Tenerife Tourism Corporation
The youngest country on Earth (geologically speaking), Iceland has a unique mix of stylish city chic and incredibly wild landscapes – plus some very romantic thermal baths. Both BA and easyJet are launching more flights to Reykjavik while Discover the World now flies to little-visited Eastern Iceland. Sleep somewhere equally unique - the Dyrholaey lighthouse opened to private guests this year, Original Travel can arrange a stay in the secluded Westmann Islands, or Architect’s Cottage in the capital dates back to the 1900s.
Image credit: Visit Iceland
With new BA flights from May 2016, Peru, a fascinating South American country, is even easier to visit. Between the famous site of Machu Picchu and Lima, with its reputation for gourmet food, you can take a new cable car to the pre-Inca ruins of Kuelap and visit the capital’s reopened art museum plus there are plenty of gorgeous places to stay. At Mountain Lodges of Peru, the new deluxe lodges include cultural adventures, while the Explora group of hotels has a new boutique property in the Sacred Valley opening in 2016.
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