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The Most Romantic Hotels in Ireland

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For honeymoons or for just because—the Emerald Isle’s most romantic hideaways. Our top most romantic hotels in Ireland.

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Craving A Ski Honeymoon? These Canadian Mountain Towns Are Perfect For You

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While these five adorable towns are a ski overs dream, they also offer something for the couple seeking a cozy col=weather getaway.

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5 Reasons to Honeymoon at Ashford Castle

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Ashford Castle, located on the west coast of Ireland, is where luxury, history and the luck of the Irish come together.

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All the Most Romantic Spots in Park City, Utah

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This is where you need to eat, stay and play in Utah’s winter playground of Park City, Utah.

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6 Unexpected Foodie Honeymoon Destinations for Foodie Couples

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Travel to a foodie honeymoon destination that offers top-notch hotels, romantic scenery, perhaps a good spa or two, and above all—exceptional eats.

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6 National Parks That Are Perfect For Honeymooners

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As couples continue to move away from cliché, pre-packaged honeymoons, the natural grandeur and adventure of our national parks seem more alluring than ever. And while each and every national park has something unique to offer, some are still better than others. For your honeymoon, it’s best to steer clear of the tourist crowds, but still have the amenities and offerings for a comfortable, private, romantic experience. Here are a couple of the parks we recommend exploring. Go ahead—the great outdoors are calling.

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If heat is what you’re after for your honeymoon, there is no better place to do it than the heart of Death Valley, where temperatures can skyrocket well into the 110’s and 120’s. But don’t fret—thanks to a renovation and the unveiling of some adorable, wonderfully private casitas, the elegant The Oasis at Death Valley has never seemed cooler. When it’s too hot to do anything but relax during the day, you can luxuriate in their spring-fed pool. And one the sun goes down and the temperature levels off, enjoy a drink on the outdoor stargazing deck—with hardly any light pollution in the area, Death Valley is also a spectacular place for you and your spouse to watch the stars.

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It has long been said that “Virginia Is For Lovers,” and the quieter towns in the state’s Shenandoah Valley are perfect fodder for a road trip honeymoon. Fly into Richmond, pick up a car, then make your way through Monticello wine country, Charlottesville, and all the charming little Shenandoah Valley farm towns that are as American as apple pie. The historic, newly-renovated Blackburn Inn in Staunton is a great place to set up shop. Located just steps from heart of one of the south’s most charming small towns, there is plenty to do by way of theater, dining and antiquing. And with easy access for day trips into Shenandoah National Park for day hikes, sweeping mountain views, and long lazy trips down the iconic Skyline Drive.

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There are few landscapes more quintessentially American than the rolling hills of Tennessee—and the best way to experience them is to wake up in the privacy of your own standalone suite in the heart of them at Blackberry Farm. Not only is the farm-to-table food absolutely out of control (the property is part of Relais & Chateaux), but the miles and miles of hiking trails and easy connection to the national park makes for countless days of exploring one of the South’s most treasured landscapes.

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Nothing beats the rugged scenery and untamed landscapes at this northwestern Montana national park. It’s a year-round destination with no shortage of activities. The ideal place to stay is Grouse Mountain Lodge, which is located eight miles from the national park and just seconds from the heart of adorable Whitefish, which has plenty of restaurants, bars and shopping to keep you occupied as you rest between outdoor excursions.

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Waterfalls, river rafting, hiking, stargazing, natural wildlife… there is ample adventure to explore at Yosemite, and at just a three hour drive from San Francisco International Airport, it’s one of the country’s more-accessible national parks (and consequently, a great thing to combine with some time in Napa or maybe the Lake Tahoe, as well). For romance and privacy, consider opting into the Honeymoon Package at Tenaya Lodge. It includes a couples’ massage, a bottle of Champagne upon checkin, and a rose petal turndown service.’

See more: America’s Best Resorts for a National-Park Honeymoon

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It’s quite rare to find a privately-owned lodge inside of a national park, but Sheldon Chalet is on a parcel of privately land that predates not only Denali National Park, but also predates Alaska’s statehood. Getting there is a bit of a challenge (you have to helicopter in, there is no other way) but once you arrive at the lodge, you have arrived at one of our country’s best examples of backcountry luxury. The staff greets you with a Alaska-seafood and champagne reception, and nights are spent by the comfort of a crackling fireplace as the aurora borealis dances all around you. And best of all—there are only ever 10 guests at a time, so privacy is hardly an issue.

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Romantic Road Trips

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The quintessential honeymoon involves candlelit dinners, tons of champagne, perhaps a long stroll or two on the beach, and lots of private time away from work, in-laws, and post-wedding worries. But who says that means staying put in one place? Sure—some couples are more suited to unpacking their bags and setting up camp in a single destination. But in a time when experiential travel has become so overwhelmingly popular, wouldn’t it make sense to go on a choose-your-own-adventure?

It all boils down to what you want from your honeymoon. If sitting on a beach for a week is your vibe, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! But if you and your better half are the kind of couple who likes to get out and explore, a road trip honeymoon could very well be the answer. Hitting up a variety of places on a road trip opens up the possibility to stay at multiple vastly different properties—especially ones that might not be weeklong destinations in themselves, but are still delightfully romantic nonetheless.

Planning a romantic road trip, of course, is no small task. You’ll want to avoid impersonal interstates and frustrating traffic patterns at all costs, and depending on hotel availability and such, you might need a fair amount of flexibility in your plans. But the good news is that the world is vast, and by driving from one place to another, you’re likely to see more of it—and likely to make some unforgettable memories along the way. As the old saying goes, it’s not the destination, it’s how you get there.

Here are a couple of especially romantic road trips that could easily be tailored to suit your honeymoon needs. Buckle up!

Virginia: An Easy, All-American (But Still Romantic) Road Trip

While Virginia might not sound like an exotic destination, trust us—there are plenty of winding country roads, dramatic oceanfront seascapes, and rolling mountains to inspire romance on any honeymoon. Start by flying into Richmond, where you can pick up a car and then it’s a quick drive out towards the Chesapeake coast. The Hope & Glory Inn is a great place to spend a couple of nights and get your oyster fix by visiting the nearby Rappahannock Oyster Company and Merroir Tasting Room. Next up, drive west to experience Monticello, America’s oldest viticultural area, where Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards steals the show with its sweeping landscapes and farm-to-table restaurants. And next up, head over to the Shenandoah Valley where there are numerous small towns to explore the further west and south you head into the state. Our favorites include the Blackburn Inn in Staunton, the Martha Washington Inn & Spa in Abingdon, and the surprisingly chic Western Front Hotel in St. Paul on the edge of coal country. Just make sure to drive the country roads that parallel Interstate 81 so you’re getting an up-close and personal view of this gorgeous part of the country. At one point, you’ll actually be further west than Detroit, and from there, it’s not much further until you cross the border into Tennessee for a flight home.

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South Africa: From Winelands to the Garden Route

An African road trip—what could sound more exotic than that? Cape Town has become a hugely popular destination for honeymooners, but staying in Cape Town is just a fraction of what this part of South Africa has to offer. Rent a car in the city, then make the easy drive up north to the wine lands, preferably Franschhoek where you can stay in Elton John’s favorite room at the over-the-top luxurious La Residence. Or if you want something a little more key, stay at La Clé des Montagnes Country Lodge; designed by local interiors powerhouse Jacques Erasmus, it’s designed to look and feel like your fanciest friend’s country house. After a couple of days of wine tastings and wonderful meals, it’s time to head to the coast—where just two hours away is the seaside town of Hermanus. There you can check into Grootbos, a private nature reserve, luxury lodge, and truly one-of-a-kind place to experience. The views of the mountains meeting the ocean here are some of the best in the world, and are sure to spark more than a little romance. Grootbos also offers safari-style game drives where you can learn all about the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the most important ecological biomes in the world. Even if you aren’t a plant-lover, you’ll walk away from two nights at Grootbos feeling like a botanist. Next up, it’s time to drive further East along the coast to the Garden Route, one of the most famous road trips in the world, where there is no shortage of scenery or adorable little seaside towns to explore (we recommend Knysna and Wildnerness). On this trip you’ll encounter the bustling energy of Cape Town, the quiet oenophile luxury of Franschhoek, the magical nature at Grootbos and the wild scenery of the Garden Route. By the time you reach Port Elizabeth, you just might want to double back and do it all over again.

See more: Skip the Airport Lines: These Are Honeymoons You Can Drive To

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Canada: Untamed Mountain Majesty

There’s a reason that it was rumored for a time that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry would honeymoon in the Canadian Rockies: the landscape here is one of the grandest and most unspoiled in the world. Start by flying to Calgary (which has many direct, quick flights to numerous American airports), where you can beat your jet lag with a night or two in this prairie city that has one of Canada’s most exciting food and music scenes at the moment. From there, it’s a quick ninety minute drive to Banff, where brunch or tea at the Banff Fairmont Springs Hotel is essential. You can stay here for a couple days of hiking or skiing, and then pop over to nearby Lake Louise to snap a picture in front of the iconic glacier-blue waters. And when you’re ready to hit the road, take the scenic Icefields Parkway north over the mountains (where the views are truly out of this world), and you’ll find yourself in the adorable remote town of Jasper. And while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex unfortunately did not bring their Fairmont Jasper Lodge honeymoon plans to fruition, it’s still fun to pretend they did—with fireplaces in each room and a luxurious spa fit for couples’ treatments, you’ll feel like royalty nonetheless. When you’re ready to head back to Calgary, it is perfectly acceptable to drive back the way you came, and trust us, you won’t mind having to drive the Icefields twice. But whatever you do, make sure to stop for a quick recharge at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa for a proper hot springs experience before catching your flight home.

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Where to Stay for a Grand Canyon Honeymoon

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It’s a national treasure, a geological wonder, and a landscape that has inspired artists for generations—there isn’t anything in the world quite like the Grand Canyon. Whether you and your spouse are of the thrill-seeking variety, or more low-key and relaxed, there are plenty of ways to experience the grandest of our nation’s landscapes. Here are a few of our favorites.

For a Central Location

The Little America Hotel is Flagstaff’s best hotel for a few reasons. Not only did it just complete a major renovation, but its unique position boasts easy access to Flagstaff’s historic downtown, Grand Canyon National Park, Red Rock State Park, and the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest. The combination of comfortable, contemporary rooms with an unbeatable location make the Little America an ideal perch for a longer honeymoon to the area, so you have plenty of time to take advantage of everything Flagstaff has to offer. The hotel also boasts an impressive 500-acre private forest, with trails that connect to the greater Flagstaff Urban Trail network—great fodder for long, romantic walks together. And after a long day of exploring, take a soak in the year-round outdoor hot tub, surrounded by ponderosa pines.

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For the Ultimate Luxury

A 2.5-hour drive might sound like a long time, but we promise it will fly by when you’re driving across the vast expanses of desert between Utah and Arizona. Plus, if it’s luxury you’re after, there are not many places in the Southwest that can compete with Amangiri, a favorite with elite travelers and celebrities alike (Kanye and Kim Kardashian West have visited, and Emily Ratajkowski honeymooned there). The hotel’s ultra minimalist concrete architecture blends in seamlessly with the landscape, setting the stage for some epic alone-time with your spouse. At only two and a half hours north of the Grand Canyon’s less-visited North Rim (which you can organize as a day excursion from Amangiri), it will feel like you have the entire canyon all to yourself. And once you get back to the hotel, you can let loose with a couple’s massage at the sublime, 25,000 square foot spa, which incorporates Navajo healing traditions for an unforgettable spa experience.

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For a Bird’s Eye View

“You’re not just close, you’re there,” says the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges’ website—and it couldn’t be more true. If it’s proximity you’re after, consider checking out one of the numerous lodges this company operates directly on the South Rim of the national park. Could there be anything more romantic than falling asleep with your own private fireplace and a sunset view over the Grand Canyon, long after the day-trippers have gone home? El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge are the most striking cliffside accommodations in the group’s portfolio. Just understand that what you’re gaining in scenery and exclusivity, you might be giving up other things to do—it’s not like there’s a cute town you can walk into for dinner if you get bored of the hotel’s restaurants. You’ll have a bird’s eye view, for sure, but this option is best for honeymooners looking to spend just two or three nights at the Grand Canyon.

See more: Why You Should Honeymoon in Canada—and 5 Trips to Consider

For the Adventurous Couple

If it’s a unique high-adventure honeymoon you’re after, then there is only one place to consider: Phantom Ranch, the only accommodation that exists below the rim of the Grand Canyon itself. It is reachable only by mule ride, by a challenging multi-day hike in (and then out) of the Canyon, or by rafting the Columbia River. You’ll have to reserve early, as this tiny eco-lodge books up as much as a year in advance. And while Phantom Ranch might not have much my way of frills, bells, and whistles, the thrill of waking up just the two of you in the heart of the Grand Canyon will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Planning An Elegant London Honeymoon—Here’s What You Need To Know

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Meghan Markle’s wedding! Princess Eugenie’s wedding! The Crown season 3! The U.K. seems to be having a bit of a moment right now, especially when it comes to romantic things like royal weddings. And while some might scoff at the idea of an urban honeymoon, the fact of the matter is twofold: London is still very much the center of the world, making it an ideal layover on your way to Europe, Africa or Asia; and something about its charming neighborhoods and

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Where To Stay

There are so many iconic hotels in London that it can be hard to choose just one, but when it comes to planning a romantic city honeymoon, the Corinthia Hotel London offers unparalleled service and style. Located just steps from Trafalgar Square, Mayfair, and the banks of the Thames, the location is wonderfully central yet nestled on a quiet block, an ideal home base for long, leisurely strolls with your loved one. There is an in-house florist that can literally make all your dreams come true (like fresh roses delivered daily to your room) and the hotel can also arrange for breakfast-in-bed with your own dedicated waiter. They also offer one of the best English tea services in town—complete with a fabulous champagne cart and all. For a stay that is quintessentially glamorous London, without feeling dusty, the Corinthia is the best.

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Where To Eat & Drink

As one of the world’s gastronomic capitals, there is no shortage of exceptional—and exceptionally romantic—restaurants in London. Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden has a fire place and a ceiling covered with cherry blossoms, and a contemporary French menu that will leave the two of you swooning. The newly-opened Kerridge’s Bar and Grill not only draws a crowd for its vaulted ceilings and Instagram-worthy design, but has drawn serious buzz for its elegant take on English cuisine (try the monkfish tail in treacle with whisky-cured cabbage). Noble Rot is another foolproof spot for contemporary British cuisine. The minuscule dining room at Quo Vadis is infinitely cozy and romantic, and the smoked eel sandwich is a cult favorite.

The city has plenty of spots for a sexy nightcap: Scarfe’s Bar inside the Rosewood Hotel London; Northall Bar where Jennifer Lawrence made a cameo in “Red Sparrow;” and the explorer-themed concoctions at Oriole, often listed among the best bars in the world. And if you’re in the mood for a spot of dancing, try your luck at the infamous Mahiki, where Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank was formerly manager.

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Where To Stroll

There would be nothing more quintessentially London than to go for a long, aimless stroll across the city. The Royal Parks located in the middle of town offer over 5,000 acres of lands to explore as well as unparalleled people watching, and if you check out the Historic Royal Palaces website, many of the offered tours can be privatized for you just the two of you. After you’ve ticked central London off the list, it’s time to explore other neighborhoods: quintessential Notting Hill and the world’s largest antiques market along Portobello Road; the adorable bookstores and florists in Hampstead; then the too-hip-to-quit shops in Shoreditch.

Of course, a little post-wedding retail therapy couldn’t hurt either. Fortnum & Mason, a longtime supplier to the Royal Family, is a specialty food shop known for its “hamper” picnic baskets, and is a great store for some souvenirs and to get lost in for the afternoon. And at Selfridge’s, you can arrange a decadent shopping session in one of the over-the-top private suites (where none other than the Duchess of Cambridge herself is rumored to shop).

See more: 11 Surprisingly Chic Urban Escapes for Your Honeymoon

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Where To Tea

Just tea for two and two for tea… any London honeymoon should include lots of long, lazy afternoon teas. And with so many fabulous choices around town, you could spend a week at tea and still not see them all. Whether you’re a purist looking for the best leaves, or you’re more in the mood for champagne with a side of tea, there’s heaps to choose from: the alpha-and-omega tea service at Claridge’s; a posh, modern tea service complete with champagne trolley at the Corinthia; the low-carb, low-fat “tea-tox” at Brown’s (but where’s the fun in that?); the elegant, traditional tea in The Ritz’s extraordinary Palm Court; and the effortlessly cool, contemporary tea service at the Ham Yard Hotel. A proper British afternoon tea can be so indulgent, you may need to skip dinner, but no matter—you and your honey can always go for a long, romantic walk through one of the city’s many parks to work off all those finger sandwiches.

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6 New England Honeymoons That Are Perfect For Fall

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The history, the foliage, the cuisine—there are few places more enchanting than New England in the fall. The shoulder season between summer vacations and winter ski trips is an ideal time to come and escape the crowds. But knowing the difference between Newport and Newburyport can be a make or break for planning a good New England honeymoon this time of year. The good news is, whether you’re looking for an adventurous mountainside retreat, or a cozy oceanfront escape, there are still endless ways to enjoy this extraordinary region. Here, a few of our favorite romantic places to honeymoon in New England this fall.

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Two Cape Cod Institutions

Driving to Cape Cod can be a nightmare during the summer, but this time of year you will cruise right over the Sagamore Bridge without any issues. And while the mountains further north in New England can get pretty chilly this time of year, the ocean surrounding Cape Cod tends to keep things a little more temperate later into the season. Two of the best hotels that remain open year-round are Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster and The Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham. But why choose one? Rates are more competitive this time of year—do a couple nights at each, then you can compare which one feels cozier!

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Iconic White Mountains Retreat

When it comes to historic hotels that have continuously operated their entire existence, that are still enviable destinations, there aren’t many hotels in New England that can compete with the truly iconic Mount Washington Hotel, currently known as the Omni Mount Washington Resort, this National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and has enchanted visitors to the White Mountains ever since. And thanks to a 2009 renovation, it now has one of the largest spas in the region, which incorporates local New England botanicals into its treatments—taking couples massage to a whole new level.

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The Berkshires

There is no shortage of activities in the Berkshires in the fall—antiquing, art galleries, theater, festivals, leaf-peaping, so forth—and no shortage of hotels, either: the epic Italianate mansion hotel Wheatleigh; the Red Lion Inn with its endless hallways lined with antiques; the decadent Blantyre, which has the only Champagne Salon by Dom Pérignon in North America; and, the endlessly enchanting Stonover Farm (where one suite is actually a refurbished 1850 one-room school house).

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Nantucket Without The Crowds

Insiders know that the best time of year to visit Nantucket is the off-season. While it might not be ideal beach weather, there is still so much to do and see here once the crowds have dissipated. It’s easier to get restaurant reservations, hotel rates are more competitive, and you can walk the entire length of Surfside Beach without seeing a single soul. The Wauwinet stays open most fall weekends until December, and the iconic Jared Coffin House in the heart of town stays open all year round. And luckily it’s still fairly easy to get there—direct flights from New York continue through the first weekend of December, and you can fly from Boston year round.

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Maine, The Way Life Should Be

Mount Desert Island located just off the coast of Maine is the perfect place to find some privacy. Acadia National Park covers most of the island, and the scenery is unlike anything else you’ll see in the northeast—the mountains come right up to the ocean, and are the highest waterside peaks on the eastern seaboard this far north of Rio De Janeiro. While many of the biggest hotels close during the colder months, this is the perfect time of year to visit one of the many owner-operated B&B’s. Spend a day hiking (or better yet, driving in the comfort of a warm car) through Acadia National Park; then warm up with a bottle of wine by the fire.

See more: These International Off-Season Destinations Are Perfect for a Fall Honeymoon

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A Quaint, Quintessential Vermont B&B

If it’s a Gilmore Girls kind of vibe you’re after, look no further than the Inn At Weathersfield. Nestled in a the sleepy southeastern corner of Vermont, it’s surprisingly accessible from both Boston and New York but still feels remote and peaceful. There are plenty of hikes within a short drive, and the inn is just a stone’s throw from the adorable town of Woodstock and everything it has to offer. Best of all? The owners Marilee and Richard Spanjian couldn’t be more charming, and are more happy to do whatever it takes to make the two of you feel at home. After your honeymoon, you’ll certainly come back to visit again and again.

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Why You Should Honeymoon In Canada—And 5 Trips To Consider

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Let’s be honest: Americans tend to overlook Canada. It’s cold, not as “exotic” as other international destinations, and, frankly, it gets a bad rap for being a bit sleepy. But make no mistake: If you’re willing to peel back the surface, there is just as much in Canada by way of adventure and romantic landscapes as anywhere. While it might not be able to compete with the hot sandy beaches of the Caribbean, for instance, there is more than enough to cater to honeymooners, from adventure seekers to those who just prefer to camp out with some privacy in a beautiful hotel. Play your cards right, and you can even take advantage of a pretty stellar exchange rate (as I’m writing this story, it’s hovering around a generous 1 USD to 1.30 CAD). Here, just a handful of exceptional honeymoon spots that should make you think twice about our neighbor to the north.

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A Remote Seaside Escape

If you could go to the ends of the earth for your loved one, would you? This tiny island along the easternmost edge of North America is a study in remote luxury. Getting there isn’t easy, but the challenge of it all makes the reward that much sweeter. The best place to stay is the Fogo Island Inn, a masterfully modern building built directly onto a rocky shoreline. No two rooms are decorated the same, and each one filled with plenty of cozy, locally made quilts and pillows, as well as—best of all—floor-to-ceiling windows so you can watch icebergs float by from the comfort of your own bed. If it was good enough for Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk in the early days of their courtship, it’s good enough for us.

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The Far, Frigid North

Tell any Canadian you’re headed to Manitoba for your honeymoon, and even they will be sure to raise an eyebrow. Then tell them you’re headed to Churchill in northern Manitoba, and they’ll quickly become envious—this is one of the few places in the world where human settlements are within easy reach of the migration routes of polar bears. Churchill Wild operates a series of luxury eco lodges in the area, and the best two are Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge and Seal River Heritage Lodge, both part of the prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Would there be anything more adventurous than having your morning coffee as a polar bear walks by your window? It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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A Wine Country Unlike Any Other

A world-class wine region in Canada—who knew? For the wine-loving couple, consider a couple of nights in the Okanagan Valley, the stretch of land between the Rockies and Columbia Mountain range that stretches from Vernon in the north to Oliver in the south. This surprisingly warm and arid region is excellent for growing fruit and has made a name for its growing viticulture scene. There are tons of wineries with accommodations, like Bighorn Ridge, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Hester Creek Estate Winery, and Silver Sage Winery. Fly into Kelowna or Penticton, or better yet, rent a car in Vancouver, then take the scenic route through the mountains. It’s an easy add-on to any Western Canada itinerary, whether you’re coming from the Banff/Lake Louise area or the Vancouver/Whistler/Pacific area.

A Charming, Luxurious Train Ride

What could be more romantic than an old-school train journey? Rocky Mountaineer operates on a series of lines between Vancouver, Kamloops, and Banff and Jasper, passing through the most beautiful, untamed swaths of the Rockies. On board, the hosts are the real stars, narrating the entire journey with stories about geology and Canadian history, as well as making you are never without a drink in hand. And while this isn’t a sleeper train as in the case of many other luxury trains around the world, Rocky Mountaineer is a partner with Fairmont Hotels and offers a seamless porter service to get you from train to hotel and back again in style (there are, truly, red carpets involved). The only downside? The customization—hotels, length of journey, terminus, origin, so forth—results in dozens of different itineraries. So when you’re done, you may very well be itching to do it all over again on a different route.

See more: 7 Pulse-Pounding Adventure Honeymoons

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Grizzly Bear Safari

You don’t have to fly all the way to Africa to go on safari. During the warmer months, when salmon begin to spawn, the region of Bella Coola in central British Columbia becomes home to one of the world’s most highly concentrated populations of grizzly bears. The experts at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge do an excellent job of running professional, ethical grizzly bear “safaris” as well as operating a comfortable, luxurious backcountry lodge. So if you’re in the mood to come face-to-face (within reason) with some of the most wild and exciting beasts on the planet, consider a visit to the Great Bear Rainforest.

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7 Pulse-Pounding Adventure Honeymoons for Adventurous Couples

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You deserve a romantic honeymoon after months of wedding planning. For many couples that means laying by the beach sipping cocktails, but for those that just can’t say no to a rush of adrenaline, it means seeking the perfect adventure honeymoon location. These days, there’s more to a vacation than just relaxing, couples are looking for adventure honeymoon destinations where they can really share a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From swimming with sharks in Australia to an off-the-grid desert trek in Morocco, we’ve rounded up 7 adventure honeymoon ideas.

A Road Trip At World’s End

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The most rugged, remote parts of Patagonia are best accessed via car, but planning your vehicle rental, accommodation, and itinerary can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, Quasar Expeditions offers both guided as well as self-drive Jeep Overland Safari Tours, which are essentially turnkey luxury road trip itineraries. Whether it’s scheduling which excursions you’ll do along the way, or perhaps making sure you’re only doing the most challenging and thrilling hikes en route, Quasar can help plan every stop along the way. The romantic option would be to self-drive and meet your guides at each stop, that way you and your new spouse can focus on having this extraordinary landscape to yourself between adventures.

Come Face-To-Face With Endangered Gorillas

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This honeymoon is about as opposite from “sitting on a beach all week” as you can get. Fly in to the Rwandan capital of Kigali then drive a couple hours north to Volcanoes National Park. There, experienced guides will bring you on a challenging hike through thick, humid forest filled with stinging nettles and who-knows-what hiding in the bush, but all that travel and all that work will be well worth it when you come face-to-face with a family of endangered mountain gorillas. Volcanoes Safaris’ Virunga Lodge is the area’s pioneer for sustainable luxury tourism, and their views of the Virunga Massif are truly like something out of a Photoshop ad, but a handful of new properties catering to honeymooners have also opened up in the area, including Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate Lodge and Governors Camp Collection’s Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. If it’s an adventurous honeymoon you’re after, you can’t really do much better than a life-changing trek through the African jungle.

Dual-Sport Days That Are Close To Home

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When it comes to an adventure honeymoon that’s still romantic, yet a bit more accessible than flying halfway around the planet, there are few places that can compete with Lake Tahoe—the area is just 40 minutes from Reno and 3.5 hours from San Francisco. While the lake’s south side is a better fit for casino-lovers and bachelor parties, North Lake Tahoe is still very much a quaint retreat ideal for active honeymooners. Plus, go at the right time of year (usually around spring) and you can experience the locals’ cherished “dual sport days,” when you can ski Squaw Valley in the morning then boat around the lake all afternoon. World-renowned Alpenglow Expeditions offers private backcountry tours that will bring even experienced skiers to their knees in the best possible way. And if you need a decadent hotel at which to rest your legs afterward, the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe can tailor-make your honeymoon stay with rose petals on the bed, bottles of champagne, and couples massages at the spa. But if it’s privacy and water views that you’re after, try renting one of the gorgeous lakefront homes managed by Tahoe Luxury Properties.

Bike Across The Scottish Highlands

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The Scottish Highlands are an oft-overlooked honeymoon spot, perhaps due to the shortage of beaches and sunny weather, but whether you two are Outlander fans, Royal Family enthusiasts, whisky lovers, or just outdoorsy people, there is a lot to see here. A bike tour is the best way to experience the challenging climbs and exciting descents of Scotland’s rugged landscape, and you’ll notice things and experience the country in a way you wouldn’t be able to even from a car. There are several companies that operate here, but Wilderness Scotland hits the mark between turnkey service and local insight. Offering fully customizable tours, guides are able to privatize and customize any itinerary, so newlyweds’ options are limitless: go as quickly or as slowly as you’d like, stop at as many whiskey distilleries as you can stomach, and even incorporate a couple stops at Royalist favorites like Balmoral and Glamis Castles. After your tour, splurge on a couple of nights rest at one of the Highlands’ extraordinary estate resorts, like Gleneagles, where you can shoot clays and have as much tea as much as your hearts desire.

A New Challenge Every Day At New Zealand’s Adventure Capital

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Located in the heart of New Zealand’s most rugged part of South Island, the charming small town of Wanaka has long been insiders’ go-to spot for adventure tourism. If you can dream it, you can probably do it in Wanaka. Heli-hiking, bungee jumping, watersports of all types, glacier climbing, even the world’s tallest via ferrata climbing course through a waterfall (aptly entitled “Lord of the Rungs”); all of these activities and more can be found just a few minutes from the heart of downtown. You could easily spend at least a week here doing a different activity every day and not running out of things to do. While there are a couple of cute hotels to rest at each night, the best thing to do is rent a turnkey luxury home rental from Release Wanaka—the ones with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Wanaka offer some of the most sweeping, romantic views on the planet (check out the pictures from @garypeppergirl’s wedding there if you don’t believe us).

Swim—Sustainably!—With Whale Sharks Through Untouched Coral Reefs

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Whale shark swims are not a novelty — they can be done in Mexico, Thailand, a couple spots in the Caribbean, Fiji, and so forth — but there are very few spots in the world where you can do it guilt-free, knowing your actions aren’t harming the animal. While it’s pretty remote, Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is one of the most pristine coral reefs left, and the Australian government goes to great lengths to make sure what little tourism is there is regulated so as to keep it that way. Operators like Ningaloo Whalesharks can take you out for a private whale shark swim, and if you schedule it right, you might even find yourself swimming in the middle of a humpback migration at the same time. Sal Salis, one of the only places to stay in the area, brings new meaning to the term “barefoot luxury,” with a totally sustainable yet utterly luxurious glamping camp set up in the heart of Cape Range National Park. It’s definitely further than hopping a flight to the Caribbean or Cabo, but seeing this extraordinarily human-free landscape makes the trip well worth it.

See more: Up-and-Coming Honeymoon Destinations by Couple Personality

Off-The-Grid Desert Adventure In Morocco

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Morocco has become a well-worn destination for many travelers, but so much of the country remains untapped. Heritage Tours, a leader in custom-designed private travel, is uniquely positioned to help adventure seekers unlock this part of the Sahara, in part because they operate Thaalab Sahara, a private encampment one day’s drive from Fez. Once reaching this remote and luxurious camp, guests can indulge in camel rides, dune surfing and wild dune buggy rides. The best part? It’s so private that the two of you will have what seems to be the entire Sahara to yourselves.

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6 French Honeymoon Ideas You Should Consider Instead of Paris

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There are few things not to love about Paris. From the history, to the architecture, to the language and the food, it’s always at the top of honeymooners’ wish lists. But Paris is hardly the only honeymoon spot in France, and if you’re the kind of couple who like to do things a bit differently, we encourage you to set your sights beyond the City of Lights. Getting outside the big city will illuminate all sorts of charming aspects of French culture, from the joys of a cozy aprés-ski in the mountains, to eating fresh oysters in the seaside villages of Brittany. So when it comes to planning your honeymoon in France, there are plenty of places to love—and be in love.

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French Alps

Dramatic landscapes, outdoor adventure, charming villages—if these sound appealing to you, perhaps you should consider a trip to the French Alps. Flying in and out of Geneva is probably the easiest way to get there from the States, and from there you are in prime position to explore Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Verbier, and Megève. The L’Hermitage Paccard is a decadent experience with unparalleled views of the Alps, and the W Verbier has a bit more of a scene going on in case you want to have more options by way of restaurants and nightlife. The Cheval Blanc in Courchevel is the region’s grande dame of hotels, and the fifty-five room Four Seasons Megève has all the walnut-paneled walls and fireplaces you’d expect from a luxury property in this neck of the woods. Obviously winter sports are the region’s main draw (“apré-ski” is a French term, after all), but these little towns also have a dedicated community of hikers and mountaineers in the warmer months. Wherever you end up staying, your concierge will be able to arrange all sorts of beautiful hikes and such so you can make the most of your stay.

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Brittany

This is the seaside France you’ve been dreaming of, with swaths of beach, magical castles, abundant seafood and limited tourists. The waterfront town of Mont-St-Michel is probably one of the most-photographed places in Europe, but there are also plenty of other places to explore as well. Markets stock a variety of artisan products such as cider, honey, cheese, lemons and pastries which lend themselves well to picnicking. Drive up through St-Malo and go ten miles east to the village of Cancale, world-famous for centuries for cultivating oysters. There are plenty of spectacular waterfront hotels here, like the Hotel Castelbrac, on the edge of a cliff with just twenty-five rooms with sublime sea views. Whether it’s boat tours or even surfing lessons you’re after, Brittany Tourism is a wonderful resource for activities. If you long to be by the sea, but away from the crowds, this is the place to do it.

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Loire Valley

Some experts estimate that humans have lived along this stretch of the Loire River for over thirty thousand years, so there is definitely no shortage of history here. As an important agricultural hub for the country, there are also some extraordinary traditional French restaurants to explore – you’ll never find as thick, as fresh and as fragrant asparagus as you will here. Plus, the regions abundance of castles make it a must-visit for any history buff. The recently-renovated Relais de Chambord is a boutique property located on the grounds of the iconic Chateau de Chambord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s best-preserved castles. Staying on-site gives you the unique advantage of experiencing the grounds before and after opening hours, so you the two of you can ditch the crowds and have the entire castle grounds to yourself.

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Provence

A feast for the senses, with perfume factories, lavender fields, wineries, farms, and all sorts of fabulous thing to eat and drink. If it’s wine and especially mouthwatering rosé you’re after, consider staying at Château de Berne, a Relais & Chateaux property with an award-winning restaurant, enviable wine cellar, Cinq Mondes spa, infinity pool, and 500 hectares of property ripe for hiking and biking. It’s a Provençale paradise you won’t want to leave.

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Bordeaux

It’s the winemaking capital of France and one of the most critically-acclaimed wine regions in the world, but the chateaux and wineries of Bordeaux are also the most romantic setting for an epic honeymoon. Consider bouncing around between a few properties here, feeling your way around the province. The InterContinental Le Grand Hôtel Bordeaux, the Château Grand Barrail and the Château de Mirambeau are all delightful and romantic places to stay. The concierges at any of those hotels will be more than able to help put together a fabulous itinerary of winery tours and restaurant reservations together for you.

See more: Everything You Need to Know About Honeymoon’ing in the Fairytale French City of Aix-en-Provence

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Languedoc

Travel insiders can’t stop talking about the Languedoc-Rousillon region, which stretches from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region all the way to the Spanish border. There are plenty of Roman-era ruins to explore, such as the ancient walled city of Carcassonne and the iconic Pont de Garde aqueduct. And the closer to Spain you get, the more Catalan influence you’ll find in the cuisine, making for a truly unique part-French, part-Spanish experience you won’t find anywhere else. While the region has similar warm weather to the neighboring Côte d’Azur (where you’ll find St-Tropez, Antibes, Cannes, so forth), it is markedly less touristic. It’s the ideal place to wander around ancient Roman ruins and get lost exploring small villages. Château les Carrasses is a fabulous hotel and vineyard located in a 19th-century castle, and L’Hôtel Particulier Béziers is an adorable 9-room property set in a classical French “hôtel particulier.”

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French Riviera Honeymooning: Everything You Need To Know

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To Catch A Thief, the Cannes Film Festival, Impressionist painters and the jet set…. There are few places more iconic or glamorous than France’s Côte d’Azur. It’s a place where you can practically smell the romance on the air, and one that has been attracting honeymooners for decades. From the well-worn spots to the lesser-known enclaves, there is so much to explore here, and so much to enjoy together as newlyweds.

All trips originate at Nice Côte d’Azur airport, and it’s up to you how far east or west along the coast you want to explore. All the best spots basically land you between Monaco to the east and St-Tropez to the west, with a few notable exceptions just a few miles inland. While there is a train connecting most of these towns, a car is still the best way to not only get around, but to really experience the dramatic ups-and-downs of the landscape here. Bopping around from town to town – one night here, two nights there – is one of the great joys of visiting this region.

Even if casino gambling and Formula One races aren’t your thing, it’s worth visiting Monaco for at least a night just to take in all the glitz and glamour of it all — fur coats, jewels, and cars that all cost more than your house. It’s fabulous. Try staying at the Monte Carlo Beach hotel, a seaside respite away from all the hubbub of downtown. If you prefer to stay in the middle of the action, you can’t get much more central than the decadent Hôtel de Paris. It’s hard to go wrong in Monaco. Just know that experiencing all this glamor has its cost, as nothing comes cheap on this part of the coast. After you leave, stop for a drink at one of the many beach clubs at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and take some time to walk around the winding streets, peeking over hedges at the old-money estates. If you can swing it, a night at the Grand Hôtel Du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, known for its extraordinary service and world-class wine collection will be worth every penny.

Before driving into Nice, it’s worth stopping for a meal at one of the half-dozen or so harbor front restaurants in Villfranche, a tiny village just over Mont Boron that is mainly a locals spot. Hiking Mont Boron is a nice, easy morning or afternoon hike, and offers splendid views of the ocean and surrounding towns.

Most people stop on the tiny peninsula of Antibes, but the secret here is to keep away from the tourist hordes and stay in the tiny village of Juan-les-Pins. It’s there at the Hotel Belles Rives. that F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed while writing Tender Is The Night, and it’s there that every movie star doing the Cannes film festival stays at the nearby Grand Hôtel Du Cap-Eden-Roc. Antibes is a major sailing hub, so there are all sorts of yacht excursions and day sails you can organize many of those through the town’s tourism board’s website.

Keep driving south past Cannes (there aren’t many romantic places to stay, you’ll see — it’s very much a city on the water), and get ready for the epic scenery to begin. The drive along the coast to Fréjus is winding and steep, and a wrong turn could easily land your car in the Mediterranean. There are countless places to stop for some local cheese, an ice cream or a glass of rosé. Take your time on this drive and soak in all the scenery, much of which looks like a Monet brought to life. Drive through Sainte-Maxime and you’ll find yourself on approach to Saint-Tropez, where there is no shortage of fabulous, luxurious, romantic places to stay. The Hôtel Sezz and Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez are classics (albeit pricey), and located in the heart of town, with easy access to countless restaurants, cafés and shops. If you’re looking for more of a pastoral retreat vibe, consider one of the exceptional hotels located in the foothills above town, like the Hotel MUSE. While many people come to the town of Saint-Tropez to see and be seen, one of the best things to do is grab some bikes, pack a picnic, and drive up and away from town into the hills. It’s easy to find a quiet spot in the woods, in a vineyard or on a beach here, and you’ll be amply rewarded with some privacy in this exquisite setting. That said, whatever you do, don’t leave St-Tropez without visiting the quintessential beach clubs along Pampelonne Beach, like the iconic Club 55—the scene there is too good to pass up, as you never know whose yacht will anchor here to grab some rosé.

But it isn’t all about the coast here in the French Riviera, surprisingly, because going just 5 or so miles inland can yield great rewards. Consider Grasse, largely considered the perfume capital of Provence. You can do a factory tour of the legendary Fragonard perfume house, and stay at the rustic-chic Bastide Saint-Antoine, a Relais & Chateaux property with a critically-acclaimed restaurant. Also worth seeing is the town of Vence (Louis Vuitton just staged their Resort 2019 show there), where you can stay at the Château Saint-Martin & Spa. This mountainside oasis is far from the traffic and stress of nearby Cannes, and has one of the best spas in the south of France.

See more: Everything You Need to Know About Honeymooning on the Italian Riviera

It’s places like these, where you can sleep with the windows open and hear nothing but the wind, that will make your honeymoon truly memorable. Voilá!

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A Private Fiji Honeymoon Island As Sustainable As It Is Luxurious

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There are Fiji honeymoons, and then there are Fiji private island honeymoons. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in New Zealand just a three hour flight from this tropical paradise, chances are you’ll have to fly halfway around the globe to experience what all the fuss is about, and the fact of the matter is, they don’t call this place paradise for nothing. It’s an extraordinary place to honeymoon, and Fiji has something for every couple—whether that’s pulse-pounding adventure, or just laying out on a pristine beach with nobody else in sight. But buyer beware, because not all Fiji resorts are created equal.

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Enter Kokomo Private Island Fiji. A new standard-setter in tropical luxury, this high-end resort has been causing a stir in the tropical luxury world since opening in March 2017. Not only does it have all the bells and whistles you would expect, or perhaps demand from a resort of its caliber (beachfront villas, five-star dining, exceptional service, so forth), but its multivalent commitment to sustainability makes it a luxurious and compelling proposition for sophisticated travelers today.

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The experience begins at Nadi International Airport, where a Kokomo employee escorts you to your private helicopter transfer. Swooping over volcanic mountains, the ride continues 40 nautical miles straight over the sea before you notice Kokomo, a tiny island with a couple of villas strewn about. Activities abound, such as waterfall hikes, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and an indulgent spa which can accommodate couples’ treatments. But if you’re the honeymooner who just wants some alone time, you can always just soak up the sun from the comfort of your own beachfront villa.

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Owned and built by Australian real estate mogul Lang Walker, Kokomo has been a passion project in sustainable development since the beginning. The design of each villa embraces local Fijian traditions, made from the finest local building materials such as timber from local plantations and stone from the island. Furnishings are clean and contemporary, and each beachfront villa has direct, private access to the water as well as a private pool and outdoor shower. Every inch of this place is so gorgeous, you hardly need to leave your room, and knowing that it was built to conserve energy and minimize carbon footprints makes this an indulgent yet guilt-free experience.

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Something else to consider is that 90% of Kokomo’s staff are local Fijians. While some tropical island destinations tend to import their workers (i.e., nearly every resort in the Maldives), giving back to the local communities by way of sustainable job development creates a sense of community that is difficult to replicate. In short, the service you’ll receive is generally more enthusiastic about the destination. From the moment a Kokomo employee greets you in Nadi and escorts you to your helicopter transfer to Kokomo, to the moment the wait staff lines up to sing the tearjerking Fijian farewell song “Isa Lei,” you will feel an intense, personal connection to the staff. Whatever sort of honeymoon you are looking for, experiencing the service here adds an instantly memorable emotional dimension to your trip.

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Kokomo also puts a lot of effort into sustainable food sourcing—which makes sense, once you start considering the complex supply chains required to bring things like cheese, or herbs, or meat all the way to your plate in the middle of the South Pacific. Their Dock To Dish fishing program was commended by the United Nations Foundation for being the first of its kind in Fiji. Fish used in the kitchen is almost exclusively sourced from small, local fisheries, including one all-female fishery from a nearby island that uses traditional handling methods of fishing from shore. A Coral Garden Restoration Project managed by Kokomo’s staff marine biologist creates a safe place for nascent corals to propagate before being placed back on high-risk sections of coral. It’s an exciting project and a pretty rare endeavor for island resorts, but one that is necessary—Kokomo sits almost entirely surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the longest continuous reefs in the world. Minimizing their impact to prevent coral bleaching and death is crucial. And if all of this weren’t enough, there is also a five acre produce garden on premises, which when at full capacity, can supply close to 80% of the island’s needs for lemons, limes, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, and more. So when you are enjoying a meal at Kokomo (and trust us, you will enjoy every meal here), you can identify where everything on your plate came from.

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See more: The Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in Fiji

As travelers become more and more sophisticated, sustainability issues posed by island resorts become more complex and apparent. Where does the food come from? How far does it travel to get here? Who built this? And who is working here? Luckily, Kokomo has answers to all of these questions. Your honeymoon might come at a price (with villas starting at $2500 per night), but it’s worth shelling out a few bucks here, because you’ll know that every penny goes towards keeping this slice of paradise beautiful forever.

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