There isn't a more exciting time to get away with your special someone than post nuptials. If your wedding is coming up, maybe you're dreaming about escaping to the flawless, white-sand beaches of the Caribbean, Thailand or even Greece. We understand; we love the idea of a sunny, tropical, relaxing honeymoon as much as the next hopeless romantics!
With that being said, we have searched high and low for some out-of-the-box, unique honeymoon ideas for those of you who are looking to mix it up on their post-wedding romp. After all, the excitement and sense of adventure you'll feel after your dream wedding is the perfect time to try something new and step out of your comfort zone with the love of your life. Here are nine atypical, but awesome, honeymoon destinations to check out because, like... everyone goes to St. Barts...
-- Riley Kirkpatrick, Oyster.com
1. Geneva, Switzerland
Whether you're interested in a day trip to Gruyeres for a cheese and chocolate tasting, or you'd simply prefer to roam the streets of one of Europe's most stately cities, Geneva has you covered. Famous for its hallmark fountain, the Jet d'Eau, Geneva is guaranteed to dazzle you and your honey as soon as your land in this Swiss cultural hub. With incredible scenery, history, and culture, Geneva is sure to leave even the most weathered traveler (or honeymooner!) delighted, giddy, and falling in love. Visit the Cathédrale St-Pierre and the Palais du Nations, or even just enjoy a walking tour of the old city. We promise, Geneva won't disappoint.
Our Hotel Pick: Hotel President Wilson
This property commands spectacular views of Lake Geneva, luxurious rooms with modern amenities, an outdoor swimming pool, and a beautiful spa that uses high-end Creme de la Mer toiletries.
2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Often referred to as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is dripping in the charm and sex appeal that newlyweds are seeking in a honeymoon destination. The energy in Buenos Aires is like no other. But, then again, since it's the birthplace of the Tango, what else could you expect but a sensual city with a romantic air, right? Buenos Aires boasts incredible food, particularly at Argentinian steakhouses and European-style cafes, in addition to beautiful open-air markets, stunning cathedrals and small lane ways that are sure to make you and your partner fall in love all over again.
Our Hotel Pick: CasaCalma Wellness Hotel
This is an eco-friendly boutique hotel sporting vertical gardens, an honesty bar with organic products, and standout bathrooms in the suites. The luxurious bathrooms feature two-person jetted tubs, separate walk-in showers, and, in some, private saunas.
3. Dubrovnik, Croatia
If you're Game of Thrones fans like we are, you're likely already familiar with the epic scenery and old-world charm that is Dubrovnik. The beauty and romance of Dubrovnik's old town is undeniable. Comprised of marble streets, beautiful Baroque buildings, and surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is guaranteed to inspire and amaze you and your partner during and after your honeymoon in this ancient city. Offering tours of the primeval walls and forts, a modern cable car that brings you to nearby Mount Srd, boat tours of the nearby Elafiti Islands, and wine tours at the Island of Korcula, Dubrovnik has everything honeymooners could dream of.
Our Hotel Pick: Villa Dubrovnik
A luxurious boutique with stunning views overlooking the sea and cliffside, this hotel has suites that include hot tubs and extended terraces. The property also features a spa and bio-sauna, a turkish bath and an outdoor pool.
4. Vancouver, British Columbia
Though Vancouver is far from tropical, this coastal seaport city has all the makings for the perfect romantic getaway for the active couple. A 30-minute drive from Vancouver City are the North Shore Mountains, comprised of three ski areas: Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. In addition to opportunities for skiing and other outdoor activities like whitewater rafting and hiking, Vancouver boasts a bustling arts scene and undeniable charm that will leave newlyweds excited, relaxed, and invigorated during their special trip to Canada.
Our Hotel Pick: Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
A hip and luxurious stay downtown, offering opulent decor, the Shangri-La has large floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city, and massive granite and marble bathrooms with separate showers and tubs.
Botswana is one of the best safari destinations in the world. The land of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife on earth. From elephants to antelopes to big cats roaming free, this savannah paradise has the makings for a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experience. Why not visit for your honeymoon?! The prices of the luxury hotels in Botswana are nothing to scoff at, but for those of you who are able to make the trip, we can guarantee that you won't regret starting your marriage off with this adventurous bang.
Our Hotel Pick: andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
An ultra-remote property, andBeyond features tented suites -- all of which come with big soaking tubs, as well as indoor and outdoor showers. There is a stunning open-air common area with views of the delta and wildlife, and tasty Pan-African dishes are served.
Guatemala is a Central American gem equipped with natural and historical beauty that is sure to deliver an unforgettable honeymoon. Not only does it boast incredible National Parks and stunning active volcanoes, but Guatemala's history as a Mayan civilization is enchanting and romantic in and of itself. Home to an abundance of diverse ecosystems, not even two percent of Guatemala's total land space is urbanized. Whether you and your other half want to scale the volcanoes in Antigua, explore the ancient ruins of Tekal near Guatemala city, or take a dip in the flowing river water of Semuc Champey, there are numerous activities to be found.
Our Hotel Pick: La Reunion Golf Resort and Residences
La Reunion sits in the shadows of four volcanoes. Rooms are modern and spacious with incredible views. Bathrooms boast soaking tubs and private outdoor showers and the property also has a stunning infinity edge pool.
7. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, a vast and sprawling marketplace and the home to many exquisite mosques, palaces, and gardens, is an exotic locale for a honeymoon. A treat for the senses, Marrakeh sports beautiful, contrasting colors in the architecture, bustling and fragrant spice markets and flavorful cuisine. If you feel you may tire of the hustle and bustle that characterizes the city, not to worry: There are natural wonders in the region for those of you looking for outdoor activities. A day trip to nearby Ouzoud Falls will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to brave beautiful Marrakech once again!
Our Hotel Pick: Riad Farnatchi
This riad has a prime location in the heart of the old city. The property features nine unique suites with fireplaces and luxurious baths, a beautiful spa and hamman, and excellent cuisine.
8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap has become a major attraction over the years, so it can become quite crowded... but Siem Reap, and Cambodia in general, has luxurious and stunning accommodations, and extremely kind locals, that help to completely balance out the hectic, big crowds heading for Angkor Wat. The beautiful properties in Siem Reap successfully create quiet and tranquil oases, and it's this combination of the serene environment and the booming temple ruins that we believe make Siem Reap an ideal (and atypical) honeymoon getaway.
Our Hotel Pick: Heritage Suites Hotel
Suites all have open plan rooms with roll-top bathrooms and saunas, private stone gardens, and outdoor showers. Upscale dining is available on-site.
9. Cape Town
Cape Town has something for everybody, and that includes newlyweds, who can soak up some sun and take in incredible scenery. With a booming cuisine and wine scene, Cape Town boasts an innovative food culture. In addition, there are also tons of outdoor activities: Take a ride on Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or, heck, even go cage diving with great white sharks in Simon's Town. Trust us, Cape Town has the sun, culture, scenery and cuisine that every newlywed couple looks for in a honeymoon destination, and a whole lot more!
Our Hotel Pick: Pepper Club Hotel and Spa
The property offers a full spa and sauna and a small outdoor pool. There is a restaurant and cool piano bar on-site. The property also features a private beach club off-site.