Couples who are looking for more than just rest and relaxation while on their honeymoon won’t have too much trouble finding the ideal spot. The world is full of honeymoon resorts offering a wide range of activities, from golf to fishing and skiing to SCUBA diving. Our list of the best honeymoon destinations includes tropical, dessert, and mountain terrains, so you’re sure to find a spot to satisfy your needs.
Honeymoon Destination: The Caribbean
Resort: Sandals Resorts
Activities: Each of Sandals 14 Caribbean locations (Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia and The Bahamas) offers sports and adventure enthusiasts the Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours. The program includes deep-sea fishing, catamaran sails, dolphin encounters, mountain biking and dune buggy off-roading excursions.
Pricing for tours varies depending on resort and activity. Visit sandals.com for more information on the Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours offered at each resort.
Honeymoon Destination: Hawaii
Resort: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Activities: Enjoy the best of Hawaii through the Ritz-Carlton’s Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program. Guests can hike through the Hawaiian rainforest, snorkel in Maui’s coral reefs, take underwater photography sessions, and enjoy a wide range of both land and sea activities.
Pricing for activities ranges from $25 to 249. Visit ritzcarlton.com to learn more about the Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program.
Honeymoon Destination: Greenough, Montana
Resort: The Resort at Paws Up
Activities: New for the 2011 season is an adult-only camp at Paws Up, Moonlight Camp. The six romantic canvas tents have luxurious amenitie, including plush bedding, gourmet cuisine, private restrooms, and a camping butler. While roughing it is not how we would describe this camping experience, those who love the outdoors are sure to enjoy the resort’s menu of wilderness activities, which includes hiking, golf, fishing, badminton and yoga, all included in your room rate. Horseback riding, mountain biking, sporting clays, and ATV adventures are available for an additional fee.
The rate at Moonlight Camp is $820 per night for two guests and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visit pawsup.com to learn more about the activities and amenities available.
Honeymoon Destination: Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Resort: Keystone Resort
Activities: If you’re planning a winter-themed honeymoon, there’s no better place to enjoy the slopes than Colorado. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowmobiling are sure to keep you busy during the day, and an evening sleigh ride will set the mood for a romantic night. But don’t shy away from Colorado when the snow melts. Fly fishing, horseback riding, hikes, and river rafting are just a few of the non-winter activities you’ll enjoy during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.
Activity pricing varies on the season’s schedule. Visit keystoneresort.com for information on accommodation and activity rates.
Honeymoon Destination: St. Lucia
Resort: The Landings St. Lucia, A RockResort
Activities: Many resorts offer sailing excursions, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and hiking, but this 19-acre, luxury honeymoon destination also offers Tranopy Sky-Rides, a Treetop Challenge Course, and Tropical Jeep Safari. These three adventures will give you an opportunity to see St. Lucia from both land and aerial views. After your daily adventures, relax in your private villa, on the beach, or by the side of one of the resort’s three pools.
Pricing varies per activity. Visit landings.rockresorts.com to learn more about the resort’s full activity menu.
Honeymoon Destination: Hamilton Island, Australia
Activities: The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and the go-to Honeymoon Destination for underwater wildlife watching, diving, and snorkeling. While there are a number of hotels and resorts to stay at in the area, Qualia is located on the only island with its own commercial airport. Explore the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy boating and sailing, or stay on land and relax by the pool, picnic on the beach, or play a round of golf.
Rates vary on season and accommodations. For more information on the Great Barrier Reef and related activities visit qualia.com/au.
Honeymoon Destination: Africa
Tour Company: Extraordinary Journeys
Activities: Africa boasts dozens of locations for safari adventures in a variety of countries, but how do you know which location to choose? Extraordinary Journeys specializes in safari itineraries and will help you plan the perfect one to fit your interests. In addition to the traditional African safari, couples can go chimpanzee/gorilla trekking, enjoy game drives, kayaking, tennis, snorkeling, scuba diving, biking, horseback riding, balloon rides, and more. Couples can also register with Extraordinary Journeys and have their wedding guests gift them activities to take part in while on their honeymoon.
Rates vary on customized packages. Visit extraordinaryjourneys.net to learn more about customizing your African honeymoon and registry details.
Honeymoon Destination: Turks and Caicos
Resort: Grace Bay Club
Activities: In addition to being one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious properties, the Grace Bay Club offers a number of complimentary activities (windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and biking). Runners will enjoy the Running Butler, 3- to 8-mile morning runs along the beach and a paved road, offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Guests can also schedule an early run at the time of their choice. For those who prefer a sea adventure, the resort offers three types of fishing activities: Bone Fishing, Bottom and Reef Fishing, and Deep Sea Fishing. Plus, the chefs at the Grill Rouge will prepare what you catch!
For rate information visit gracebayclub.com
Honeymoon Destination: Taos, New Mexico
Resort: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
Activities: Taos offers adventure seekers a wide variety of activities including white water rafting, llama trekking, hot air balloon rides, skiing, rock climbing, and mountain biking. All of the above can be coordinated through individual companies in the area so have your hotel’s concierge arrange your itinerary. If you want a little rest and relaxation while your honeymooning stay at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa and schedule an appointment for a massage or a dip in one of Ojo Caliente’s famous springs.
Rates vary on activity and spa package. Visit ojocalientesprings.com to learn more about room rates and spa packages.
Honeymoon Destination: Belize
Resort: Turtle Inn via Absolute Belize’s Hammock Honeymoon Itinerary
Activities: One of the most romantic and adventurous honeymoon destinations in the world, Belize offers couples a chance to relax on the beach or plan a variety of activities on land or at sea. Absolute Belize can help you plan a custom vacation complete with accommodations and activity schedule. Water sports include sailing, kayaking, para-sailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing. Adrenaline junkies can zip line through the jungle, explore caves, or dive the world’s second largest barrier reef. Nature lovers can explore nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and the ancient Mayan culture.
Honeymoon Destination: Costa Rica
Resort: Stay in Costa Rica’s Los Sueños resort
Activities: Los Sueños manages luxury properties couples can rent including bungalows, a large estate, a villa, and condos. In addition to accommodations, they also offer vacation packages for those looking to explore the natural beauty of the country, enjoy a romantic getaway, or take part in a fishing expedition.
Rates depend on the package you choose and accommodations. Visit stayincostarica.com for more information.
Honeymoon Destination: La Paz, Mexico
Hotel/Resort: CostaBaja Resort & Spa
Activities: Set on the Sea of Cortez, CostaBaja Resort & Spa offers a mix of relaxation and sporting activities. Guests at the 5-star property can take in a round of golf at the Gary Player Signature-designed 18-hole course, lounge by the pool or on the beach, or enjoy one of the many water activities offered: SCUBA diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing. Marina Village is home to one of Mexico’s finest marinas offering charter services, fine restaurants, shops and galleries.
Rates vary on room type. Visit costabajaresort.com for information on room rates, specials and packages.