Can’t wait to get away from your desk? Aching for some alone time with your family? There’s an entire world out there. Make your next trip unforgettable. We’ve put together a list of our Top 10 most exciting destinations from around the world. These hidden gems provide the perfect setting for quiet moments, with a hint of adventure thrown in, and a twist of the exotic for good measure. From the crystalline waters of the Galapagos to the edge of the Amazon jungle; from the ski slopes of the French Alps to the majestic plains of East Africa–sit back and let us guide you on a tour around the world to your next travel adventure.
Lush Amazon Tranquility
The tranquility and lush surroundings of the Amazon rainforest Cristalino Jungle Lodge provide an opportunity to relax and renew at this off-the-beaten-path honeymoon destination. The lodge borders the Cristalino River and is designed to complement the impressive natural surroundings. Guests stay in upscale bungalows featuring verandas complete with a hammock and private outdoor shower. View the lush leafy canopy and birdlife from an observation deck, or head into the jungle for a guided tour and the opportunity to experience the rainforest floor on a day hike. Go canoeing on the Cristalino River, or lie in the sun on a floating river deck. At the end of your day, the rhythm of the rainforest will lull you to sleep, with sounds of the river flowing close by.
Unforgettable African Elegance
The ultimate vacation experience must be an African safari. Recalling the elegance, and intrigue of a bygone era, Sayari Camp in Tanzania represents the epitome of sophistication. Set in the Northern Serengeti, Sayari treats guests to beautifully appointed and elegantly furnished tented rooms with rich mahogany floors, en-suite showers and carved ceramic tubs overlooking a private veranda and the uninterrupted African wilderness beyond. Lift off at dawn in a hot-air balloon flight over the dramatic landscape. As you gently touch down on the vast plains, enjoy a champagne breakfast. Head off on a game viewing drive and experience the raw beauty of the African wilderness. Watch as a herd of elephants wallow in a muddy riverbank or catch a lion hunt at close range. Cool off after your safari as you relax around the pool with unparalleled views across the Serengeti, watching the sun set on another perfect day.
Colonial Escape in the Tropics
If a Caribbean beach vacation is your dream, you’ll have plenty of sun and sand at St Lucia’s majestic Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. Situated in the Eastern Caribbean, Sugar Beach lies in the majestic valley of the Pitons. Accommodations include beachfront bungalows, elegant luxury villas, and private guest rooms, offering elegant plantation styling with a contemporary sensibility. The resort is spread across more than one hundred acres of tropical forest unsurpassed for its natural beauty, with the only white sand beach in the area. Disappear over the horizon on a luxury yacht for a day out at sea, or marvel at the underwater life on a scuba dive. Indulge in a special couples’ spa package including an unforgettable private morning trip to bathe in St Lucia’s very own volcanic sulphur springs.
Provincial Pleasure in Mongolia
Adventurous travelers seeking a really out-of-the-way destination need look no further than Three Camel Lodge in Mongolia. Built in the heart of the Gobi Desert according to environmentally and culturally sustainable development guidelines, Three Camel Lodge offers a blend of adventure and sophistication, combining traditional style with superb service to create the ultimate expedition experience. Each deluxe ger (lodging) features a king-size bed, fine fresh linens, plush camel hair blankets, traditional hand-painted furniture, and wool rugs, along with a wood-burning stove.During the day, visit local nomad camps, examine dinosaur fossils at paleontological sites, explore the Mongolian mountains and valleys by camel, or travel to remote regions by yak and kayak. Spend your trip indulging in a Mongolian-inspired aromatherapy massage with local herbs and incense harvested from the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountains.
Let the inspirational expanse of Patagonia fill you with awe as you explore one of the last truly remote regions of the world. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa in Chile sits on a bluff where the South American lowlands meet Lake Sarmiento. The hotel’s award winning architecture showcases a magnificent view of the Torres del Paine National Park. The interior décor, furnishings, and textiles are hand made by Chilean craftspeople, using natural materials from the region. Tierra Patagonia has a casual and friendly ambience, providing travelers with the choice of mingling or seeking out a quiet corner to relax and get away from it all. Head out on a Patagonia trail hike, cycle on a mountain bike exploration, enjoy the sights and sounds by horseback, or paddle around on the sparkling water by kayak.
Australian Outback Odyssey
Take in the vast landscape as you sip cold drinks under umbrellas and the watchful eye of Australia’s most famous landmark. Wade in the cool waters of a pool set in one of the country’s most picturesque settings. Located in the Australian outback, with the iconic sandstone Uluru rock formation in the background, Longitude 131° is a luxury wilderness camp. Experience the remarkable changing colors of the entire desert landscape and the spectacular sight of Uluru and Kata Tjuta at sunrise. Accommodation is in private luxury tents complete with fine linen, king-sized beds, and commanding views. Visitors have the opportunity to put together customized itineraries or to join in regular small group activities ranging from spa visits to gorge walks.
The Canadian Wilds
Boasting five-star cuisine, spa treatments, and lavishly decorated and furnished accommodations, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, set deep in the Canadian wilderness, belies the remoteness of its location. Learn how to surf at a pristine beach, visit Flores Island on an escorted hiking trail, explore white water kayaking in a fresh rushing mountain-fed river, or sneak off to private inlets and hidden coves on gentler waters by sea-kayak. Consider a candlelit dinner just for two in the games tent, or a tandem massage overlooking Bedwell River. Climb into a romantic horse-drawn wagon, which will whisk you off to a secluded beach with your travel companion. If relaxed adventure, soft beds, blissful quiet and long days are your dream trip, then this wilderness resort destination near Vancouver is the place for you.
Majestic Sri Lanka
Once the ancestral estate of local nobility, Ulagalla Resort in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, features a 150-year-old mansion at its center. With twenty private ecologically-built villas spread across acres of lush greenery, guests enjoy a nature-based adventure, while immersed in upscale accommodations. Sample the best of Sri Lankan hospitality and experience unparalleled luxury with king-sized beds, soft linen, comfy sofas, and wooden floors. On a half-day excursion, you can climb through the orchid-festooned forest to take tea among the remains of ancient stone bathing-pools, bridges, and courtyards while monkeys chatter at you from the treetops. Return to Ulagalla after sunset for cocktails and dinner. Take an evening excursion with a local guide to a nearby Buddhist temple under the light of a full moon, where you can observe and participate in the traditional rites such as lamp lighting and offering floral tributes. Surrounded by natural beauty, this Sri Lankan resort will treat you like royalty.
Island Escape to the Galapagos
Located on Isabela Island, one of the least populated places in the Galapagos Islands, Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel affords you the opportunity for total relaxation of mind, body, and spirit. Isabela serves as the ideal base from which to explore the incredible natural surroundings and outlying areas and islands. Venture out and explore Tintoreras, a set of small islets filled with hidden coves and beaches. Marvel at the abundant marine life as you come into close proximity to the endemic Galapagos penguin, white tip sharks, sea turtles and sea lions. Relax poolside, after an active day, enjoying each others’ company, or stretched out reading a good book. The hotel is decorated with locally sourced materials from the island presented in an aesthetic that finds the perfect balance between nature and modernity.
An Alpine Affair
Perched at the top of the Chamonix valley, in the French Alps, Hôtel les Grands Montets provides the perfect location from which to explore the ski slopes and stunning natural surroundings. The chalet-style accommodation exudes an understated provincial elegance combining rustic wooden elements with plush natural fabrics. Offering special packages for winter and summer holidays, spa treatments, and a Jacuzzi overlooking Chamonix, there is ample opportunity for honeymooning couples to sneak away for private moments or to join in fun group activities with other guests. The village of Argentière, a mere ten minutes’ drive from Hôtel Les Grands Montets, offers something for every culinary taste, from local traditional fare to sophisticated international cuisine and Michelin-rated gourmet restaurants–a perfect setting for the perfect honeymoon.