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With the wedding season almost upon us, boutique accommodation and ‘hip hideaway’ specialists www.i-escape.com have named 10 of their favourite ‘off the beaten track’ honeymoons. Newlyweds bored of the usual ‘fly and flop’ options can instead experience the thrill of a real adventure or a taste of a truly unique destination.
From safari beach breaks in Tanzania and close volcanic encounters in Iceland, to zip-lining in a Costa Rican National Park and deserted beach escapes in the Cyclades - there’s plenty to tempt honeymooners seeking a unique post-nuptial escape.
Prices in the collection start from £57 per room per night for an eco-escape in Bali, and highlights from the ‘off the beaten track’ honeymoon collection are outlined below. The full collection can be viewed here www.i-escape.com/secluded-honeymoons
For adventure-seeking newlyweds...
Sand and Safari – Saadani Safari Lodge, Saadani National Park - Tanzania
The Saadani Safari Lodge offers a unique combination of safari and beach, where honeymooners can spend the morning bathing in the Indian Ocean before jumping into a 4x4 to spot lions and hippos in the afternoon. Tented cottages sit just steps away from the lapping shore, and the recently opened Siri Suite is designed specifically for honeymooners, complete with private plunge pool, an outside kitchen area with a chef, a bar and even a personal butler. Perfect for those seeking a great safari holiday, with a touch of added opulence.
Prices from £324 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a full-board basis (including one motorised game viewing per day).
Volcanic Vacationing – Ion Hotel, Thingvellir National Park - Iceland
Adventurous honeymooners will love this Scandi-chic hotel which opened last year in the rugged Thingvellir National Park. Surrounded by moss-covered lava fields, geysers and steaming rivers, honeymooners can spend their days exploring a true wilderness. Try your hand at glacier hiking, snorkel in the icy-clear waters of the Silfra rift, swim in the famous Blue Lagoon or even venture down into the chamber of a volcano. In the evening, you can watch for the Northern Lights, cocktail in hand, through the hotel bar’s panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows..
Prices from £144 per room per night, based on 2 sharing, on an accommodation-only basis.
For eco-conscious newlyweds...
Rainforest and Rafting –Monte Azul, Chirripo National Park - Costa Rica
An upmarket eco-retreat (with just 4 very private casitas) hidden amongst the forest in the remote southern highlands of Chirripo National Park. Much of the food grown on the 100-acre plot feeds the guests, there are no TVs or radios, all staff are from the local community and a tree is planted for every visitor. Newlyweds can spend their time hiking to hidden waterfalls, white-water rafting, zip-lining through the forest or taking the plunge with some wild swimming - a seriously slick escape for tranquillity-hunters and adrenaline junkies alike.
Prices from £161 per room per night based on 2 sharing, on a bed-and-breakfast basis (including a personal concierge service and complimentary organic coffee from the Monte Azul plantation).
For newlyweds looking for all out escapism...
Remote and Romantic – Croft 103, near Durness, Sutherland - North Scotland
Honeymoons don’t get much more remote than this - Croft 103’s two self-catering boltholes reside in a romantic corner of northern-most Scotland. Around 2-3 hours’ drive from Inverness, you can be sure there won’t be anyone, or anything, here to disturb the peace. Each cottage is super-sleek with a modern kitchen and walls of glass looking out onto unspoiled views of water, mountain and sky. Bike or hike around the wild countryside, stroll along empty beaches, and spend peaceful nights watching the weather draw in across the loch - there are even outdoor bathtubs, where you may catch a glimpse of the illusive aurora borealis as you soak.
Prices from £215 per cottage per night, based on 2 sharing, on an accommodation-only basis.
Tranquillity and Tanning – Onar, Andros, Cyclades Islands - Greece
Think Robinson Crusoe meets European beach break – the 9 stone cottages that make up Onar, on the east coast of Andros, couple calming interiors with a secret setting well away from the tourist trail. Set on a sleepy Cyclades island, they’re a leafy stroll from a stunning, secluded beach and offer newlyweds a true detox from modern life: technology is limited, food is local and it’s so quiet you’ll feel like you’re on a private island resort.
Prices from £141 per house per night, based on 2 sharing a Small House, on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
And that’s not all; i-escape has plenty of honeymoon destinations for those looking to get ‘off the beaten track’. Here are a few more favourites from the collection:
Awasi Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Designer villas with killer views hidden in a national park commonly dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.
L'Iglesia, El Jadida, Morocco
A restored Portuguese church with a cool retro vibe: perfect for culture vultures wanting to explore this quiet corner of Morocco.
Areias do Seixo, Costa de Prata, Portugal
The apotheosis of eco-chic and just 35 minutes from Lisbon: sensational décor, an unspoilt location and a fabulous spa.
Bambu Indah, Ubud, Bali
Beautifully restored antique Javanese houses set amongst organic gardens and rice fields, overlooking the Sayan Valley.
Cas'almare, Favignana island, off Sicily, Italy
A small, chic hotel on the spectacular coast of tiny Favignana, near Sicily; a secret summer haunt of in-the-know Italians.