Honeymoons

Honeymoon Resorts for Nature-Loving Couples

Get close to nature—and each other—at a wildly luxurious eco-resort

Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts' Bedwell River Outpost,
Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Toss out everything you remember about camping: restless nights with twigs digging into your back, the ever-unpopular tent-raising ritual, canned soup eaten straight from the tin. At the Outpost, one of two Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts on western Vancouver Island, the only twigs you'll encounter are the ones decorating the headboard of your four-poster bed. And the only tents are canvas cathedrals appointed with antique furnishings and propane stoves. Canned soup? How about island delicacies like hours-fresh Pacific halibut, goat cheeses from the nearby village of Ucluelet, and fresh-baked salmonberry cobbler—all served up on china and crystal in the rustic-yet-chic surroundings of the dining tent. Better clean that plate: Ecoluxury this good doesn't come cheap.

But as fabulous as it is to wake up each morning to asparagus-brie omelets and fresh fruit, the real reason to visit the camp lies a stone's skip beyond your private deck—Strathcona Provincial Park and the crystalline waters of the Bedwell River. The property is so gorgeously isolated, you have to take a 20-minute boat ride from Quait Bay, the Outpost's floating sister resort, to get here. So go ahead: Stroll along the river banks or go mountain biking on old mining roads; paddle off on a guided whale-watching expedition or saddle up for a horseback ride past ancient spruce groves. (Peek in the knapsack with your names on it and you'll find salmon-salad sandwiches and rain gear, just in case) Or simply settle into a cedar-plank hot tub to sip some local ice wine and soak in that showstopping Vancouver Island view. All-inclusive doubles from $6,912 for three nights, the minimum stay, May through October; 888-333-5405, wildretreat.com.

Four Seasons Guanacaste, Costa Rica

At first glimpse, the province of Guanacaste, with its lush tropical forests and pastures of cattle, appears an unlikely host to a new Four Seasons. But though this Pacific-coast region has been home to ranchers for centuries, today's plainsmen are joined by ecoluxurians who venture to the tip of the Papagayo Peninsula for a new brand of ritz and relaxation. As howler monkeys play in the trees, iguanas bask on the rocks, and leatherback turtles nest on the beach, guests quickly slip into Costa Rica's patented spirit of pura vida (pure life).

Your initiation begins with a slow round of golf at the Arnold Palmer-designed course, followed by an up-tempo afternoon of outdoor adventure—horseback riding, diving, and deep-sea fishing are all offered here. Still no goosebumps? Venture inland, strap yourself into a harness, and glide along cables through the forest canopy, or take an excursion to the majestic—and very active—Rincón de la Vieja volcano.

As your week winds down back at the "ranch," so will you, with long soaks in the ubiquitous plunge pools and long looks at the extensive spa menu. Rain-forest mud mask, anyone? Languorous paddleboat rides on the bay side of the peninsula prove the perfect counterpoint to vigorous swims in the open ocean. But if you're too tuckered out to try either, a seaside dinner for two by tiki-torch light will help you build up some precious energy for later. Doubles from $435, January through April; 800-332-3442, fourseasons.com/costarica.

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