There was a time when honeymoon couples were happy with a room on a beach and thick curtains. Now couples are demanding so much more, with many embarking on adrenalin-packed adventures.
Tour companies say the reason is that people get married later in life and many newly-weds are already well traveled. For a truly memorable honeymoon it's not enough to find a quiet beach resort.
Hence the rise of adventure honeymoons that combine thrills with romance, giving couples the chance to climb mountains, sleep under the stars in Africa or go kayaking amongst whales.
Black Tomato has pioneered adventurous honeymoons in the UK and says its most popular destinations include New Zealand, Borneo, Patagonia, Nepal, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.Founder Tom Marchant says:
Sue Bell, Product Director at Turquoise Holidays, says:
A lot of honeymooners want an experience that is challenging and involves a sense of achievement. They want to tick a few things off their bucket list. Some want hardcore adventures such as a trek through the Sarawak and Mulu National Park in Borneo, while others are looking for 'soft adventure' which may include staying at a private tented camps in Africa.
Essentially, I think the trend we are seeing is that honeymooners do want to enjoy an adventure, but in relative comfort. You might call it 'roughing it in style.'
From a safari point of view couples can say they 'slept under canvas', tell their friends they had a bush dinner and slept under the stars, when the reality is that they were served by a team of waiters, drank cocktails while watching an amazing sunset then retired to their king-sized bed set on a treehouse platform.
* Jane Anderson is Editor of 101 Honeymoons
Could you combine two of Africa's iconic wildlife experiences in one trip? Why not, it's your honeymoon after all. Come face to face with mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Virunga Volcanoes National Park then search for lion, leopard and cheetah in Kenya's Masai Mara.
This incredible expedition takes honeymooners from mountain summit to the Pacific Ocean on one continuous journey. En route, couples climb the imposing Tres Monjas, explore remote Andean cowboy routes and negotiate some of the most challenging white water in the world - a unique journey through one of South America's last frontiers.
The unique and quirky Red Kite Tree Tent in Wales gets couples close to nature and one another in this three-metre sphere hanging from the trees. Explore surrounding woodland, wild swim in the natural pools and come back to your cosy tent with log burner, a fire pit by the stream and an outdoor shower. Ultra romantic for truly adventurous couples.
Weaving through the mighty Andes aboard an Orient-Express train, exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu and cycling past the ancient Inca terraces of the Sacred Valley, this luxury Peru honeymoon is packed with once in a lifetime adventures.
French Polynesia is home to turquoise lagoons, lush volcanic islands and sparkling white sand. For many it's the most romantic destination on Earth. Charter a boat with or without a crew and explore hidden coves and beaches, catch fresh fish for dinner, enjoy scarlet sunsets and star studded night skies.
Namibia is one of the world's last great wilderness countries. Visit the sand dunes of the Namib Desert or see the wildlife of Damaraland and Etosha National Park. Take an early morning hot air balloon ride over Sossusvlei sand dunes, and marvel at Namibia's stunning aerial views on a fly-safari travelling by light aircraft.
Combine the ancient delights of Istanbul with adventure in the National Park of Cappadocia. Spend three nights in Istanbul at the waterfront boutique hotel, the Sumahan on the Water, before flying on to Kayseri in central Turkey, the staging post for the National Park of Cappadocia. Activities include trekking, mountain biking and horse riding along various trails through valleys and cliffs. The highlight is a three-hour sunrise balloon flight over the area with a champagne breakfast. Stay in one of the boutique 'cave hotels' such as Les Maisons de Cappadoce.
Would you spend your honeymoon helping to build a house for a needy widow and her children? Don't worry, it's not all hard work. You'll be staying at the fabulous Sindabezi Island plus you'll experience white-water rafting, a wildlife safari, kayaking the Zambezi and sipping champagne in a rock pool overlooking Victoria Falls. Not so rough, then.
An adventurous honeymoon in Costa Rica can include white-water rafting on the scenic Pacuare River, plus the chance to witness eruptions at the Arenal volcano and marvel at the wildlife on the Osa peninsula.
Combine luxury with adventure in a stunning tented eco-lodge set amongst the dunes by Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Watch humpback whales while you breakfast, snorkel with sharks, turtles and tropical fish and dine under a canopy of stars.
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