Honeymoon Resorts for Nature-Loving Couples

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Wit's End Guest Ranch, Resort & Spa, Bayfield, Colorado

Sometimes the best surprises appear at the end of the road. Witness Wit's End, a gem of a hideaway that's tucked into the edge of Colorado's largest wilderness area, just 24 miles northeast of Durango. Couples retreat into turn-of-the-century log cabins with stone fireplaces, knotty-pine woodwork, and fluffy down comforters, emerging to find luxuries that the early homesteaders never could have imagined: elaborate, multicourse meals, outdoor whirlpools, and soothing massages. Surrounded by the majesty of aspen and pine trees, meadows, and 12,000-foot granite peaks, the 550-acre property is home to an Orvis lodge that specializes in fly-fishing. If angling isn't your thing, you can always opt for challenging trail hikes through the high country, or—if you're rodeo-curious—stunts like calf roping, barrel racing, and steer wrestling.

The staff at Wit's End serves up romance with an outdoorsy spin, whether it's a morning saddle-up followed by breakfast in a meadow; a horse-and-carriage transport to a private dinner; or an overnight trip to a secluded spot with campfire meals cooked by a personal chef. Back at the ranch, enjoy candlelight dinners, dancing, and even karaoke at the Old Lodge at the Lake, a hand-hewn log barn dating back to 1859, which is now the centerpiece of Wit's End life. After dinner, guests shoot pool in the converted hayloft, eventually migrating to the Colorado Tavern's cedar-log bar, with its dance floor, antique player piano, and cut-glass mirrors salvaged from London's 19th-century Crystal Palace. As for which cottage to waddle home to, cabin 7 does have its own waterfall and wraparound deck. But there's also cabin 17, where you can sway on the porch swing while looking out at a trout pond, and cap off the night with a blaze in the massive stone fireplace. Doubles from $225, May through August; 800-236-9483, witsendranch.com.

Footprints Eco Resort, Tobago

You shop at EMS. You've been known to hike. But how much do you really love nature? You'll find out for sure after a stay at Footprints Eco Resort, a seven-room hideaway blended into the forest along the shore at Tobago's Culloden Bay. The designers were dedicated to conservation, so the buildings are constructed from rough-hewn, unfinished teak and recycled local hardwoods. You can stay in the main house or try a thatched-roof villa—some front the Caribbean, others are higher up on a ridge. To minimize the impact on the environment, all are built on stilts and connected by elevated walkways.

The hotel offers plenty of ways to bond with Mother Earth. You might snorkel along the rocky shore, or swim in the island's only saltwater pool. Hike among the birds, butterflies, and flowers of the forest. Marvel at the views of the Caribbean from the hammock on your deck or your villa's solar-heated hot tub. Sample tasty Afro-Creole specialties like coo coo served with callaloo dip while dining under the stars. Then, as you retire to your air-conditioned cottage, or head for a dip in your plunge pool, you'll agree that even in the wild there is a place for creature comforts. Doubles from $115, December through April; 800-814-1396, footprintseco-resort.com.

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