Taking it easy isn’t every couple’s idea of romance. As the world of adventure sport expands, so increasing numbers of newlyweds are marking the start of their marriages with adventure honeymoons.
Fancy a Himalayan hike instead of a Portsmouth picnic? Sea kayaking rather than sunbathing? A trailhead lodge in New Zealand rather than a Travelodge in Newcastle?
This blog lays down two of the best adventure honeymoon experiences in the world.
We look in-depth at the destinations themselves, the activities they have to offer, how they might suit loving couples specifically – and a safe option. Whatever you do, don’t discount Paris – if you don’t share the adventurous dream, go to Paris. Works everytime!
It’s true that, in recent years, parts of Bali have turned into sluggish tourist traps of surf bums and loudmouthed boozers.
However, the eye-catching mountains, beaches and jungles of this Hindu island have so much to offer the more daring honeymooners amongst you. You’re best off hiring a jeep to explore the green and unspoilt interior of Bali – its relative small size (95 x 69 miles) means you can get round pretty fast.
Gunung Agung is one of those volcanic mountains that you’ll find on the front of every guidebook to Bali. Its appearance is impressive enough, but the white water rafting available in its foaming, river-fed gorges is just as high-quality. There are also a half dozen crater lakes to explore and quintessentially Balinese stupa-style beach temples to look out for.
Once you’ve been on the water, you’ll want to get in it. More biodiverse than the Red Sea and the Caribbean combined, the Coral Triangle is adjacent to Bali’s north coast.
Off Puri Jati and Lovina you’ll be plunging into 3000 species of fish and 600 species of coral.
After a heart-pounding day of exertion, you can settle down for a luxurious spa treatment at Amankila, named ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by Conde Naste Traveller magazine out of hundreds of Bali Villa Rentals – what a romantic way to round off the day.
For the Love of Trekking
Couples who have been on a trekking honeymoon in New Zealand say that the experience brings them close together. You spend a lot of time together and you have to help and support one another all the way.
The Tui trail on the South Island involves low elevation hikes on Routeburn Track, cycling the Hawea-Wanaka riverside trail, a jet boat ride up the Wilken River and a long sea kayaking sesh on Milford Sound.
Not many couples complain of boredom after that.
Not for You?
If these are too adventerous or just too far, there’s one city that satisfies everytime when it comes to romance: Paris. Take a look at Paris Vacation Rentals and pick up a bargain.
You’ve a life of adventure ahead, take time to appreciate what is arguably the most romantic city in the world and do it in Summer – the Parisians all go on holiday; you’ll have the place to yourselves!
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