Planning a secluded honeymoon away from the crowds may seem like a daunting task, but we love discovering the more secluded corners of the planet. So we’ve hand-picked our favorite off the beaten track bolt-holes, for a seriously under the radar romantic escape…
Hoanib Camp & Kulala Lodge, Namibia
Where – Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei dunes.
Why it’s great – Namibia’s rugged moon-like landscapes and diverse wildlife makes for the perfect destination for an intrepid and under the radar honeymoon. Hoanib Camp has opened up the remote northern region of the skeleton coast that before has remained virtually inaccessible, boasting only eight tented suites each with their own secluded terraces. Experience the remote setting and be at one with the stunning natural surroundings without any disturbances.
From the camp explore the coast from the skies in a light aircraft and enjoy a picnic lunch on the coast surrounded by haunting shipwrecks. You’ll also be in the prime location to spot rare wildlife, such as the desert-adapted rhino, lion and elephant.
In the southern part of country at Kulala lodge, take a romantic hot air balloon over the expansive dunes at sunrise and hike up the notorious Big Daddy Dune, the highest sand dune in the world, topped off with having your bed set up on the roof of your chalet to sleep out under the incredible star lit skies.
Sumba Island, Indonesia
Where – East Nusa Tenggara, Eastern Indonesia
Why it’s great – Located in eastern Indonesia, the island of Sumba is one of the biggest islands in the East Nusa Tenggara region, yet remains one of the most untouched. Apart from being one of the set locations for the T.V. series ‘Lost’, Sumba is known for its beautiful and virtually deserted beaches and great surf, and is dotted with local tribes who have a unique and interesting horse culture rooted at the heart of their heritage.
Hole up at eco-chic hideaway of Nihiwatu – the perfect post nuptial retreat to unwind on the pristine beaches or from the comfort of their private pool. From Nihiwatu hike deep into the paddy fields to visit local villages of the Sumbanese people to learn about their unique culture or take a surf lesson with a local guide.
Where – Yunnan Province, South West China
Why it’s great – Compared to the urban megalopolis of Beijing or Shanghai, Yunnan offers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle and experience unique ethnic tribes and Tibetan cultures, set in some stunning mountainous and remote landscapes. In the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang Old Town, gain an exclusive insight into China’s ethnic population of the Naxi people, taking the opportunity to experience a Naxi orchestra performance where locals gather to play Taoist temple music that has fast become lost in other parts of the country.
For a romantic base from which to explore the region we recommend a stay at The Banyan Tree Lijiang, where local design has been utilised to create an elegant mountain retreat. Feeling even more adventurous? Trek out into the foothills of the Himalayas or navigate the Tiger Leaping Gorge visiting hill villages on the way.
Sanctuary Baines Camp, Botswana
Where – Moremi game reserve on the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Why it’s great – If you’re looking for a romantic and secluded safari break, Botswana is the one for you. Offering incredible game and intimate lodgings, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp blends seamlessly into the magnificent Okavango Delta and with just five luxurious suites you’ll instantly feel at one with the breath-taking nature and wildlife that surrounds it.
Embark on a game drive, walk with elephants or get up close and personal with the water dwelling wildlife in a mokoro canoe safari, the perfect way to spot hippos and crocodiles on the river. For an added touch of romance in the African bush, we recommend having your four poster bed wheeled onto your private veranda to sleep beneath a blanket of stars.
Gal Oya National Park & Uga Bay
Where – East Coast, Sri Lanka
Why it’s great – Far off Sri Lanka’s usual tourist trail – the east of the country offers a rare chance to explore the virtually undiscovered national parks and jungles. Gal Oya eco-lodge in the heart of Gal Oya National park which is ideal for intrepid honeymooners looking to experience raw natural Sri Lanka, away from the crowds.
Unlike the other larger National Parks, Gal Oya is home the Sri Lanka’s largest lake and offers water based safaris as well as land – think herds of elephants bathing and leopards hiding in the trees. We also love the walking safari up into the remote jungle, meeting with local indigenous communities the Veddah Tribe – one of the only tribes left in Sri Lanka.
Following on from a few nights in Gal Oya National Park, head to the coast to the luxury beach-side hideaway of Uga Bay to explore the historical sites in Batticaloa or ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites in Polannaruwa.
Folegandros & Sifnos Islands, Greece
Where – The Cyclades Islands
Why it’s great – These islands are perfect for an unspoiled, traditional Greek Island experience. The rustic island of Sifnos offers a glimpse into traditional Greek island life, where you’ll be greeted with white-washed villages, secluded beaches only reachable by dirt-road, and 227 churches and monasteries spread around the island.
Known to many as the island of flavors, the island’s main town of Apollonía is the ultimate place to embark on a culinary voyage through the local tavernas, with some of the most mouth-watering Greek food we’ve ever tasted. Part of the Cyclades archipelago, Sifnos offers a laid-back retreat compared to the hustle and bustle of nearby Santorini and Mykonos, where beaches such as Chrisopigí beach are home to crystal clear waters – take a dip below the towering monasteries overhead.
Folegandros is known for its amazing, unspoiled, almost primitive natural environment and boutique hotels, as well as its hidden beaches where you can expect to enjoy stretches of sand to yourselves.
Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador
Where – The Ecuadorian Andes
Why it’s great – For a unique cultural honeymoon experience stay at the historical Hacienda Zuleta nestled deep in the spiritual Andes Mountains Range. This romantic bolt-hole is a charming, authentic working hacienda with 14 elegant rooms that exude a classic Ecuadorian feel – think cozy fireplaces, unique antiques and private gardens and terraces, perfect for absorbing the awe-inspiring Andean scenery.
Saddle up with Ecuadorian cowboys and ride into volcanic landscapes, visitng pre-Inca ruins, which is just a taste of the long-standing heritage and tradition that you’ll be enthralled by whilst here.