Whether you’re seeking a quiet, soulful soak beneath the Northern Lights, a challenging trek across an ancient glacier, or a day of fly-fishing in icy rivers, Selfoss, Iceland, is the adventurer’s ultimate honeymoon destination. Less than hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Reykjavík, set against a backdrop of majestic mountainous lava fields, ultra-modern ION Luxury Adventure Hotel boasts captivating contemporary architecture and an indoor/outdoor natural spa—with easy access to all the attractions of “the land of fire and ice.”
Where to Stay: ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
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Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji tend to get all the attention when it comes to honeymoon-worthy nations in the South Pacific Ocean, but have you heard of New Caledonia? This special collection of islands is actually an overseas territory of France and very different from other South Pacific destinations. With a distinct indigenous culture, a French Riviera-style atmosphere, and luxury boutiques—as well as top-notch surfing—it’s an exotic little piece of France.
Where to Stay: Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Golf Resort & Spa
Be it Cabo or Puerto Vallarta, you probably know a handful of people who’ve gotten married or honeymooned in Mexico, but Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, gets our vote for best Central American ‘mooners destination. A lake in the Guatemalan highlands surrounded by blue mountains, misty volcanoes, and Mayan villages, Lago de Atitlán is staggeringly beautiful, remote, and the deepest lake in Central America. The locals call it “el ombligo de mundo”—the belly-button of the world. Old Mayan trails and nature reserves offer challenging hikes, and adrenaline buffs can jump from high rock faces into the deep blue water.
Where to Stay: Laguna Lodge
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With the 2014 World Cup behind us and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics ahead, Rio de Janiero is having a very big moment in the sun—and the tourists are flocking. But just a two-hour drive northeast of the city’s bright lights and busy streets lies an oasis of calm: Armação dos Búzios, Brazil. With rocky hills and stunning beaches, the little beach town offers the coastal atmosphere and cultural flair of Rio—without all the hustle and bustle. Designed by celebrated Brazilian architect Octavio Raja Gabaglia, Insólito Boutique Hotel is also a major draw for locals and guests alike with eclectic antique/modern design elements and a happening beach lounge.
Where to Stay: Insólito Boutique Hotel
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