Sweet Escape: 4 Unique Honeymoon Ideas
The term ‘honeymoon’ dates back to the 5th century, where calendar dates where determined by moon cycles. But how did it morph into what we know it was today? In the 19th century the married couple would do a ‘bridal tour’ of the surrounding countries, visiting friends and family that were unable to attend the wedding. Nowadays, honeymoons are synonymous with sun, exclusivity and a chance to unwind post-big day. Here’s how you can do all of those things mindfully, for a unique trip that gives back to their communities too.
FOR THE ADVENTURERS
Hanli Prinsloo of #brandtotrust I Am Water Ocean Travel takes you free-diving with some of the world’s most majestic animals. Swim with humpback whales to dolphins in the South Pacific, for a unique way to see the big deep blue. The company helps to conserve our water, teaching local children about the seas and its animals too, so that your honeymoon will directly benefit our seas.
FOR THE CULTURE-LOVERS
Whether it’s a night-time trek through the Amazonian rainforest or learning how to weave like a local, this Peruvian adventure by #brandtotrust Aracari Travel is a two-week holiday you won’t forget in a hurry. Staying at eco-friendly boutique hotels and wildlife lodges, this takes you up close and personal with their ways of life and cultures. Designed to enrich the communities with the benefits of tourism, each hotel and guide are supported by your being there – for a honeymoon that is sweet for everyone.
FOR THE ATHLETES
Not ready to slow down yet? Book a Wildfitness retreat, for a chance to exercise your body and mind. From low-impact movement to yoga, they encourage you to go device-free and meals are designed to make you feel at your best. Their latest spot in Menorca is a must-see, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. Menorcans have a passion for proudly preserving the island’s natural fauna, abundant wildlife and culture and it’s the perfect place to recharge after a busy year.
FOR THE ROMANTICS
Set the mood and indulge in some you-time, with a honeymoon to Casas de Coro, Portugal. One of the most beautiful landscapes in the Iberian peninsula, Rusticae Hotels are a revolutionary company that have had a major impact in Spain. Rural tourism focuses on the value of the cultural heritage; the gastronomy, the landscapes, the craftsmanship and the natural spaces – and what better way to spend your time together than relaxing in beautiful surroundings, or taking a cruise up the Douro river with a bottle of Quinta do Encontro Rosé Brut?