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The 25 Most Unique Honeymoon Spots Around the World

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I’m sure by now we all know that I crave anything but ordinary. From tree houses in the depths of South Africa to private islands in the crystal blue waters of the Maldives, there are some incredible honeymoon retreats I have visited over the years and many I still wish to experience (fingers crossed for my actual honeymoon!) If you’re anything like me and you’re looking for an out-of-this-world experience, here are my top picks for the most unique honeymoon spots around the world!

Singita, South Africa

I first visited Singita in 2013, on my year-long solo adventure around the world. Since then I have been back to their camps in Tanzania to witness the great migration and believe me when I say there is no event in my life that will ever come close to this experience! This collection of safari camps is highly regarded as one of the most luxurious options, so be sure to start saving your pennies for the honeymoon of a lifetime! My favourite camp in South Africa is Singita Sweni, and my favourite outdoors camp was in Tanzania, glamping in tents under the stars.

Singita Sweni

Nihiwatu, Indonesia

For sure one of my top three hotel experiences worldwide over the past few years has been Nihiwatu, a tree-house, yoga-loving health retreat in Indonesia. Leaving Bali behind, you can escape the madness and land yourself on Sumba Island, just a short flight from the tourist-heavy streets of Bali and smack bang in the middle of local, rural life. The resort features all-inclusive meals, yoga, horseback riding and a spa retreat separate to the resort. Hello happiness!

Nihiwatu Resort

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Hotel La Montana, Chile

If you’ve got a wild imagination and a sense of wonder, you don’t need to look any further than Chile as your honeymoon destination! One of my favourite countries to date, Chile is so diverse that you can be hiking in the world’s driest desert one day and trudging through thick layers of snow in Patagonia the next. One of the more ethereal honeymoon destinations in Chile is Hotel La Montana (or simply, the volcano hotel), complete with a rope bridge in the forest! Bliss!

Hotel La Montana

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Chalkley Treehouse, Sabi Sand

I’ve always said that safaris have been the most incredible experiences of my lifetime (I doubt this will ever change), and my absolute dream honeymoon destination is to venture back to the continent of Africa and experience more of this incredible land. Could anything be more adventurous and romantic than sleeping under the stars, with the sound of zebras and lions trailing off in the background!?

Chalkley Treehouse Sabi Sand

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Norfolk Island

Perhaps the most surprising destination in the Pacific for me has been Norfolk Island, where I travelled with my partner after a trip to Europe for a little R&R. If you’re an Aussie like me and find yourself on a budget, this is a great destination close by (a 2 hour flight from Sydney) and affordable to enjoy. Most of the attractions on the island are natural swimming pools, beaches, or simply cruising around the island in a moke beach buggy. Absolute perfection!

Norfolk Island, Australia

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Royal Davui, Fiji

Fiji is hands down one of the happiest and most humble places I have been. The people are warm, friendly, and will go out of their way to ensure you enjoy your time in their country. Royal Davui is one of the most luxe resorts to check in to, set on a private island with just a handful of rooms that each face the ocean with incredible views. You can arrive by boat or chartered helicopter flight (fancy!)

Royal Davui

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Aruba

Beaches filled with flamingos – how could you say no to that!? Aruba is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean and with photos like that – it isn’t hard to see why!

Giraffe Manor

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Giraffe Manor

You’ve probably seen the pictures and the good news is they aren’t photoshopped – Giraffe Manor in Kenya is REAL! The beautiful estate has become a top pick for honeymooners in previous years, as more and more travellers are seeking unique, one-of-a-kind honeymoons off the beaten path. With giraffes at your window sharing breakfast, how could you beat it!?

Giraffe Manor

Taj Exotica, Maldives

Our trip to the Maldives last year was nothing short of incredible. We arrived late at night, stepped off the plane, and without even leaving the airport we were on a shuttle boat to our resort – Taj Exotica. Most of the resorts in the Maldives are set on their own private islands, seemingly placed in the middle of the ocean. The water is some of the clearest you will find the world over, making it perfect conditions for snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, and kayaking. I don’t normally like to return to the same place twice, but I could certainly make an exception for the Maldives!

Taj Exotica

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Le Sirenuse, Positano

Positano could easily be my favourite place in all of Europe and surely the most romantic place we have ever travelled to together. With beautiful sunrises and sunsets in all shades of purples and reds, this was one of the most incredible views to wake up to. As always in Italy, the food was a major highlight and the surrounding region is best explored by vespa (so long as you trust your husband and his driving skills!)

Le Sirenuse Positano

Pangkor Laut, Malaysia

I never expected Malaysia to be one of the most romantic destinations I have visited, but as soon as you arrive at Pangkor Laut Resort, you can see why! Like something out of a movie set, the overwater bungalows are the perfect setting for an island escape.

Pangkor Laut

Zermatt, Switzerland

If you’re more of an adventurous type and don’t want the typical “beach, cocktail, sun” honeymoon, then reverse the psychology and take to the slopes! A winter destination is equally romantic in its own right, especially if it involves skiing, hot cocoa, and hearty Swiss food! Zermatt would have to be my top pick for the slopes as you will find so much to explore in the mountains and plenty to keep you busy back in the town.

Zermatt Switzerland

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Colmar, France

No word of a lie, this is the most magical little town you will find in France. Colmar was on my travel list for at least a couple of years before I finally made it to the Alsace region of France, located near the border to Germany. Colmar is romance in every sense of the word – the architecture, the food, the blooms in Spring and the nearby vineyards to explore by bike.

Colmar France

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Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

Over recent years (and a few Lord of the Rings films), New Zealand has become the epitome of adventure travel. But the scenery is just the beginning! Without a doubt the South Island has adventure down to a fine art – with the likes of ski slopes, bungy jumps and scenic flights being a staple on most itineraries. Fly yourself to Queenstown to be at the centre of it all and if the budget allows, you cannot do better than Matakauri Lodge (one of my favourite resorts in the entire world. Period.)

Matakauri Lodge New Zealand

Explora, Patagonia, Chile

If you want the full Chilean experience in the luxurious setting of an all-inclusive lodge, then you can’t go past Explora. There are three base camps in the collection: one in Patagonia, one in Atacama Dessert, and one on Easter Island. If you want to see Chile in all of its glory (this is one of the most diverse countries in the entire world), then I would suggest doing all three. Each camp includes your meals, daily guided tours, and beautiful accommodation. You can’t beat it.

Explora Camps

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Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Our visit to South Australia this year quickly put the destination straight to the top of our favourites list. After spending a few nights on the mainland, we flew over to Kangaroo Island to escape the big smoke, hire a car and explore. KI is easily one of the most romantic destinations in all of Australia and Southern Ocean Lodge is at the pinnacle of luxury lodge escapes. The lodge includes accommodation, meals, mini-bar, daily guided tours, and an open bar (yup, DIY cocktails are encouraged!)

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Europe is my personal pick of romantic regions the world over, but it is also one of the most common (which for me is not a bad thing but with the title of this blog post suggesting “unique” honeymoon spots, I’ve made a conscious effort to avoid a whole list of European destinations!) If you do decide to make Europe your honeymoon choice, you absolutely cannot miss the chance to explore Slovenia! Not only does this country have Europe’s most underrated capital, but it is also home to one of the most romantic

Lake Bled Slovenia

Scottish Highlands

Mythical and mysterious, the Scottish Highlands might not be the first destination on your list of potential honeymoons, but if you’re up for something a little different (and invariably cooler than beach destinations), then you won’t regret an escape in the North of Scotland!

The Scottish Highlands

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Budapest, Hungary

As one of the most encapsulating capital cities in all of Europe, Budapest is as romantic as big cities come. With a turbulent history, one wouldn’t expect to find the same level of architectural beauty as you can find in Paris, but believe me when I say it is here! Budapest is also relatively affordable compared to Western European capitals, thanks in part to Hungary keeping its own currency.

Budapest Hungary

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

For anyone who has stepped foot on this majestic island a 2-hour flight off the coast of New South Wales, you won’t have any trouble agreeing that this is one of Australia’s best hidden secrets! Tourists are capped at 400 people at any one time, making this the perfect getaway if you’re looking for ultimate seclusion.

Lord Howe Island

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Mo’orea, Tahiti

When you think of Tahiti as a honeymoon destination, it would be easy to think straight to the iconic Bora Bora, one of the most popular honeymoon destinations across the world (and believed to be where the overwater bungalow was invented). However after visiting Tahiti this year and experiencing a few different islands, I would have to argue that the best honeymoon is to be found in Mo’orea! This island is much more cultural and authentic, but still offers beautiful beaches, plenty of jungle to explore, and incredible French cuisine.

Mo’orea Tahiti

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Freycinet, Tasmania

Although I’m a little bias (being a Tasmanian myself), I truly believe Tasmania has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the entire world. Undeniably one of the top picks is Freycinet, located on the East Coast but feeling a world away from reality.

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Lapland, Finland

If you’re after a winter honeymoon destination reminiscent of Narnia, Lapland should be at the top of your list. With reindeers, igloos and everything in between, a trip to the north of Finland is sure to be talked about for decades to come.

Finland

The Cotswolds, England

Road tripping around the English countryside is one of the most romantic drives I have ever endured and nowhere is that more so than around the Cotswolds. The region is filled with history, charm, and some of the most beautiful thatched houses you ever did see!

The Cotswolds, England

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The Norwegian Fjords

Last but not least, how could one not fall in love with Norway! As one of the most expensive destinations in Europe, a great way to see the fjords is to book a cruise and hop-on-hop-off as you explore different villages and towns throughout the coast of Norway.

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

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    Travelen
    May 7, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I love this post! I can read it again and again..!

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    Nancy
    May 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Amazing post Brooke! I would definitely choose Fiji but it’s actually a very hard choice with all these awesome locations!

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    Rachel Baylis
    April 29, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I love this list! Giraffe manor looks incredible – has been at the top of my bucket list for some time now!

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    Rachel
    April 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

    These all look amazing! I don’t know how you could just pick one!

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    Kishan Jangid
    April 27, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.

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    Natasha - A Global Stroll
    April 25, 2017 at 10:20 am

    All of these are absolutely amazing! If I had to pick…that treehouse in Africa is one of my top 3 for sure! and Positano?! It reminds me of when I went on a day trip to Capri – so beautiful! Thanks for all the inspiration 😀

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    Daphne
    April 25, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Honeymoon in Maldives is definitely a dream of mine. Great list, gonna send it to the boyfriend 😛

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    Janina
    April 21, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Love this list!!!
    XO JANINA

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    melbin cresto
    April 20, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the information about the beautiful honeymoon destiations

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    Bella WW
    April 19, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    If you have already traveled to all these wonderful places and you haven’t had your honeymoon yet, I can’t even imagine what a wonderful place you can find for it. By the way, would you be willing to go back to one of these places in your honeymoon?
    P.S. My top 3 favorites are Norfolk Island, Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia and Freycinet, Tasmania

    • Brooke Saward
      April 23, 2017 at 8:59 am

      I think I would want to go somewhere new for my honeymoon! I’ve been saving Greece for a while but have decided to travel there this year… so who knows where i will end up! xx

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    Joyce
    April 19, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Love all of these but Chile stands out to me the most! Maybe because I haven’t yet been to South America. I can’t wait to go!

    • Brooke Saward
      April 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Oh you will loooooove Chile! For sure my favourite place to explore in South America!

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    Danielle Theriault
    April 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    You have compiled such a great, unique list here! I’ve only been to a few of these destinations and they were all great. The others look amazing as well! There is no better way to build a strong marriage than by traveling, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing! |

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    Agness of eTramping
    April 18, 2017 at 7:18 am

    These are some breathtaking destinations for traveling! The pictures are breathtaking!

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    Holly Miller
    April 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Love this post, all these places look incredible!
    I was just wondering what platform or app you use to create your photo collages, like the featured image on this post? 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      April 23, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Hey Holly! I use Canva for these 🙂 xx

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        Holly Miller
        April 23, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        Great! Thanks Brooke 🙂

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    Rahul Digital
    April 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    That’s pretty cool

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    Michael @ Mile in My Glasses
    April 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous images, Brooke! I’m loving this list! Maybe one day if I ever get to be engaged I can come back to this post for some inspo! Ha! All these places are so beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!

    Happy FriYAY!
    Michael

    • Brooke Saward
      April 23, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Michael – hope you had a great Easter too! 🙂

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    Jannike
    April 14, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I wouln’t mind going with my honeymoon to Nihiwatu, it looks super nice!

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    April 14, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    some cool destinations:)

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    Luminita
    April 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    What a great list! I’m having a hard time choosing between Lapland, Positano, Nowrway and Scottland. Perhaps a honeymoon around the world? 🙂

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    Shawna Davison
    April 14, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Brooke! Long time reader- first time commenter. Where were those pictures of the Cotswolds taken? I went to school in Wroxton, England and the castle-like structure looks very similar to my school- Wrotxton Abbey. However the Cotswolds are up there on my list of favorite places! Such a beautiful region, only shadowed by Ireland in my book!

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    Linda Lou
    April 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Thank you for the wonderful photos and places to go to for a honeymoon. I was very happy to see my home island Aruba made it to your list! If anyone is interested in a Honeymoon in Aruba, I recommend The Old Man and the Sea Ocean Villas; wonderful overwater and beach villas with a private beach and stunning views over the crystal clear Caribbean Sea, see

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    jordan @ dancing for donuts
    April 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    thank you for sharing all of these gorgeous photos!!! i’m absolutely dying to honeymoon in the maldives (although i’m not engaged yet so i’m not quite sure why i’m even thinking about that…haha) but indonesia also looks so incredible! my parents honeymooned in aruba and they loved it. honestly i’d go to all of these places for any occasion, let’s be honest 🙂