Unconventional Romantic Getaways

Big Fat Indian weddings, although absolutely fabulous, can also be quite tiring. After the hustle and bustle of all the events and ceremonies that an Indian wedding entails, a spectacular honeymoon is exactly what you need! While everyone knows that Paris, Venice, Phuket, Switzerland and Greece can make great honeymoon destinations, we’re here to tell you about some slightly more offbeat locations that you can visit. From the Sahara Desert to the Northern Lights, we present our top five picks for unusual honeymoon destinations for you and the love of your life!

The Deep Blue Sea

If you’re a water baby, the small South Pacific island of
Bora Bora should be your destination! Part of French Polynesia, this tiny island is surrounded by sand-fringed islets and a picturesque turquoise lagoon that is protected by a coral reef. For your stay at Bora Bora, you must book an aqua-centric resort. With choices of beach resorts and over-the-water bungalows built on stilts over the lagoon, the famous Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora is the ideal venue for your stay. Built on one of the islets, in the shadow of Mount Otemanu, the resort has an iconic assortment of over-the-water cottages that are widely considered among the most picturesque places to stay. Known as the Jewel of the South Seas, the island is ideal for couples on their honeymoon, as it gives you a feeling of having escaped to a private oasis, tailored justfor your special moments of bliss.

The shark and ray snorkelling experience is a visual spectacle, as you get to snorkel in the shallow waters of a vibrant coral garden, feed sharks and stingrays and swim alongside them. If water sports are your thing, you could also try wakeboarding, waterskiing, mono-skiing, or tube-towing. The island has a rich cultural history, and a cultural tour here will help you discover island legends and even see WWII cannons. Those who prefer an active lifestyle can scale up Mount Pahia or Mount Otemanu, and go for a safari tour as well. Also make sure to visit the main village, Vaitape, where you’ll find some great local restaurants and a host of stores where you can grab some souvenirs!

Blanketed in White

Is cosying up with your new spouse and stepping out to see a blanket of white snow and snow-capped hills your idea of a perfect honeymoon spot? If yes, forget the Himalayas, forget Canada, and fly straight to the sparsely discovered Finnish region of  Lapland. Known for its vast subarctic wilderness and ski resorts, this region is just the place to visit when you want to escape the warm Indian climate. There are vast expanses that are uninhabited and open for exploration, for when you’re feeling like an adventurous pioneer. The pure air, blue skies, and white landscape can overwhelm you with its vastness. The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon that takes place above the Arctic Circle during the summer months. Imagine gazing at the deep orange sun, just above the horizon all night long; it is truly an experience of a lifetime.

If you want to stay close to the unadulterated nature of Lapland, the village of Inari’s well-preserved and uncrowded environment will be your best bet. You can ski, sled and even spot reindeer here. However, when you’ve gone all the way up the globe, you might as well visit the home of Santa Claus! Rovaniemi is the capital of the region of Lapland and home to the museum of Arktikum and the Science Centre Pilke. It also offers a unique reindeer and husky safari for all the animal lovers. Don’t forget to visit Santa Park, where you will get to see Santa and his elves, along with shops and an igloo hotel for a typical Eskimo stay. The one thing that can’t be missed on this trip to Lapland is the Northern Lights. After a two-hour drive from Rovaniemi, you’ll reach a camping spot on the shore of a lake. Here you’ll take in the indescribable spectacle of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, which will make your honeymoon the most memorable experience of your life.

Intricately Arabian

Morocco is a beautiful country in Northern Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s distinguished by a unique mixture of Berber, Arabian and European cultures. The best time to visit this country is during spring (mid-March to May), when the valleys are lush and green and hiking isbe quite a treat. Can’t decide between the beach and the mountains? Morocco’s diverse topography offers you beaches along the North Atlantic Ocean, the Atlas Mountains, and even the Sahara Desert! The locals are friendly people with a rich culture. And the pretty winding streets between quaint little houses, impressive towering mosques, and endless sand dunes of the Sahara Desert will take your breath away!

With its rich historical and cultural lineage, the city of Fes in Morocco is a favourite of scholars and artisans. There is an intangible rawness in the city, where 70,000 people still choose to live. The world’s largest car-free urban area, it’s one of those cities that you could instantly fall in love with! The Chefchaouen Medina is another place to visit where you can experience the essence of Morocco. The blue-white buildings and terracotta along with the winding paths of the compact area give off a vibe like no other. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could visit the High Atlas or Idraren Draren that encroaches on the Sahara on its south side. But wherever you go and whatever you do in Morocco, don’t miss the Djemaa El Fna. Marrakesh’s main square, here you’ll witness something to feast your eyes on everywhere you look. By mid-morning you will hear snake-charmers’ flutes, and by sunset you will smell the wafts of delicious food as the restaurants fire up their grills, and musicians serenade you all night long. This will surely be an experience of a lifetime!

A Hiking Adventure

A little town tucked in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwestern Vietnam; Sa Pa is the perfect honeymoon destination for the modern-day active and adventurous couple. The main activity here is trekking, so the ideal thing to do would be to land in Hanoi and then trek to Sa Pa. Once in Sa Pa, make sure your itinerary includes exploring the Muong Hoa Valley with its magnificent scenery, traversing the suspension bridge over the river and checking out the little village structures. Catch your breath as you delve into the sumptuous Vietnamese cuisine in local restaurants and stay at a village home stay for an authentic experience. You can then launch yourselves into a countryside of cascading rice terraces and little hill-tribe villages that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a different world… because you have!

Apart from hiking, Sa Pa offers breathtaking views of the plunging valley with mountains towering on all sides. And on days when the rolling clouds restrict your view, the locals will enthral you with regional legends, folklore, and warm hospitality. A visit to the Sa Pa market is certainly recommended, as you’ll be able to witness the real flavour of the Sa Pa community and hill tribes. When you’ve had your fill of the culture, the crisp mountain air and adventurous hikes, treat yourself to a limousine ride back to the city of Hanoi so you can experience the beautiful ride back down in the lap of luxury!

The Colours of Fall

We know the United States is a relatively common travel destination, but hear us out. The northeastern state of Vermont is primarily forested and known for its beautiful natural landscapes. And the sweet state of maple syrup has more to offer than meets the eye. It consists of 251 towns and cities, some of which bear names like Berlin, Jamaica, and Peru that will make you cross-check the continent you’re in. While the larger cities like Burlington, Montpelier, and Stowe have some amazing tourist attractions, it’s the smaller towns – the ones that you could drive through in the blink of an eye – that really give you a unique experience.

The best time to visit Vermont would be during the fall season, when the leaves start to turn. With forests covering much of the state, and the abundance of maple trees, Vermont explodes in shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. There’s also the traditional fall celebrations that include harvesting fruits and vegetables, visiting farms, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and even game hunting if you have a quick eye. Fishing, camping, hiking, horse riding, and biking on the byways are also essential parts of a rich Vermont experience. If you have a thirst for knowledge, the history, heritage, and arts of the state have been well-documented and displayed in several museums spread across the state. Honestly, can you imagine a more picture-perfect honeymoon than to wake up with your beloved partner in a quaint wooden cottage, surrounded by blazing colours and the smell of the maple woods?

- Tanya