Editors' Picks: Five Out-of-the-Box Vacation Ideas for Couples

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
Nicaragua couples' vacation

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Are you planning a destination wedding, an enviable honeymoon, or just craving ideas for a totally unique trip with your significant other? Check out our favorite, one-of-a kind locales! Be the first of your friends to venture to one of these unexpectedly romantic destinations.

Nicaragua

"Nica," pictured above, has the same beach-meets-rain-forest landscape and eco focus as Costa Rica—with far fewer tourists. Explore the stylish Spanish-colonial city of Granada and the laid-back Pacific coast, home to howler monkeys, sloths, and a scattering of honeymoon-worthy resorts, including Mukul, a luxe 37-room oceanfront gem that just opened this February.

Japan

Japan couples' vacation

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Tokyo is heaven for foodies, but after you've eaten your fill, move on to Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital with a step-back-in-time setting. Wander temples and pagodas, spot geishas in kimonos, and bunk up in a ryokan, a traditional inn with tatami-mat floors, sliding paper doors, and futons for beds.

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

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This South Pacific island nation has screensaver-amazing turquoise lagoons and superb snorkeling to rival Tahiti's. And though you won't find many resorts that do the whole over-water bungalow thing, the digs you will find come at more wallet-friendly prices. P.S. Loads of Aussies and Kiwis honeymoon here, and because of ties to New Zealand, English is one of the official languages.

Germany

Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle

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Grand hotels and scenic wine country aren't limited to France and Italy. (Hello, Riesling.) Rent a car and drive the Romantic Road, a 250-mile stretch that winds past fairy-tale Bavarian towns and ends at Neuschwanstein (the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle).

Qatar

Qatar couples' vacation

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The skyline of Doha (the capital of this tiny Middle Eastern country) is changing by the minute—and the boomtown vibe is totally intoxicating. Ride ATVs over sand dunes on a desert safari, then come back for pampering at a five-star-resort oasis. Heading to the Maldives or Seychelles? Consider this the perfect multiday layover.

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