After months of planning and stress to pulling off the perfect wedding – nothing is sweeter than boarding a plane to your choice destination. While sipping a cocktail on a white sandy beach will never lose its charm, more intrepid honeymooners might want to consider planning a getaway that is a tad more adventurous. And we are all for that. Honeymoons don’t have to be just about that all-inclusive resort and lazing away, they can also be an opportunity to see and experience with your partner something that you would have never done otherwise. So if you are looking for something a bit different for your first vacation as a married couple, we’ve chosen three honeymoon destinations that are both beautiful and bold.
Yucatan Peninsula: Beaches, caves and wildlife
If you seek exotic surroundings, white gleaming beaches, great food and plenty of attractions, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula might just be what you are looking for. Although Cancun and Playa Del Carmen are the most well known Yucatan destinations. We say: No Way! There is absolutely no need to drop by these over populated and super touristic cities. The true magic of the Yucatan can be found in the charming Island Isla Mujeres (a 40 minute ferry ride from Cancun) and Tulum (2 hours south of Cancun). Isla is a great place to rent a mopad and go exploring. The Island itself is rather small but has numerous fun attractions and plenty of low key bars, restaurants and beach hangouts and can be a good starting point to your trip. The real deal however is in Tullum – a several mile stretch of powdery white beaches and dense jungles and where some of Mexico’s most pristine and scenically beautiful beaches can be found. There are plenty of great accomodation options in Tulum and lots of adventures to enjoy: diving or snorkeling in one of the many Ceynote’s (underwater caves with crystal clear water), surfing the waves, touring the nearby nature reserve where pumas, jaguars parrots and other wildlife abound and lots more. Tour operators in Tulum will have all the info you need for your once in a lifetime experience. Our recommendation: the cave diving/snorkeling is a must!
Iceland: Northern lights and breathtaking sights
It probably isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when thinking of your honeymoon, but with one of the most magnificent landscapes in the world, a honeymoon to Iceland can be nothing short of amazing. The nordic Island abounds in stunning scenery and new adventures at every twist and turn – from volcanic craters to lava flows, hot springs and gorgeous waterfalls. Although the summertime might be better in terms of weather, the winter in Iceland brings with it the Northern Lights, an awe-inspiring experience and something that you and your love will remember forever. Some highlights in Ireland include dipping in the blue lagoon, trip to the snow capped volcano cone where Jules Verne based his journey to the center of the earth, whale watching, crossing into the arctic circle and ofcoure the northern lights mentioned above.
Zanzibar: Safari adventure and stunning beaches
From freezing Ireland, Africa’s pristine wilderness regions, golden beaches and tropical islands are what sun loving honeymoons are all about. Zanzibar is especially favored for those looking for a combination of beaches and adventures. Romantic hot spots lie hidden along its coastlines and deep in its sprawling wilderness areas. You can take a boat safari in the Indian Ocean, explore the famous red monkey park and spices jungle and still have time for R & R on some of the world’s mpst beautiful beaches. Hatunot will be teaming up soon with Israeli travel company Melenik who specialize in custom romantic african honeymoons. Visit us next week for more info on exclusive honeymoon deals just for Hatunot readers.