Obviously it’s fun to go fancy in a five-star hotel or resort, where the beds feel like sleeping in the clouds and the amenities make your jaw drop over and over. But what if you could have those very same perks without being restricted to four walls? With the way glamping has taken off around the world, adventurous lovers or stargazing enthusiasts have their pick of epic destinations in which it’s possible to snuggle up much closer to nature. Here, a few of the top ways to immerse yourself in the great outdoors, while ensuring your honeymoon stays as luxurious as you’ve always fantasized.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Hawaii
Honeymooners at this gorgeous new westside Oahu resort can have the best of both worlds if booking the spacious 3,840-square-foot Presidential Suite. Not only do they get their choice of plush beds inside (there are two bedrooms), but exclusively on the fourth-floor Sky Terrace staff will set up a customized open-air bed where you can dream to a soundtrack of the Pacific Ocean with the twinkling stars above. Those staying can also indulge in La Perla’s Suite Dreams special, which means a curated trio of lingerie sets delivered with paired sweet treats and Champagne.
Paws Up, Montana
If there’s anywhere that’s made glamping famous it’s The Resort at Paws Up, in the heart of Montana’s cattle ranching country. They even have honeymoon tents, which are more secluded than the rest, and offer the same opportunities to make once-in-a-lifetime memories while engaging in activities like horseback riding and hot air balloon rides. You can even book a private candlelit gourmet picnic dinner—where else can you find that?
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexico
At this dreamy Los Cabos resort, stargazing is always on the menu, thanks to telescopes on each of the villas’ rooftops. But with the romantic Sleeping Under the Stars offering, couples can also have a king-size bed on the penthouse suite’s rooftop terrace, along with a bottle of bubbly, flowers and a constellation guide.
Ventana Big Sur, California
Big Sur is one of the most iconic places to glamp (or sleep in a treehouse, like at Treebones or Post Ranch Inn), and now there’s one more option, courtesy of top resort Ventana Big Sur, which this fall opens 15 tents in a 20-acre redwood forest canyon, which come with plush beds, hot and cold running water, fire pits, daily housekeeping and even nightly turndown service with hot cocoa and s’mores kits—the best of both worlds.
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
If you’re up for going a bit wild, fly into Sumba island (one hour from Bali) and book the Marangga villa, the most intimate option at a resort that flawlessly blends luxury with authentic rustic experience (think riding horses on the beach, hiking to waterfalls and the spa). Your backyard will be the Indian Ocean and the world-class Occy’s Left surf break, there’s a two-person soaking tub, and in addition to your canopied indoor one, there’s an outdoor bed overlooking a seaside cliff, where virtually no one can see you.
Under Canvas Zion, Utah
Adventurers will appreciate the veritable feast of adrenaline and beauty surrounding this brand-new 196-acre safari-inspired glamping resort mere steps from Zion National Park, which includes five custom tents that feature custom Lodgepole pine and Douglas Fir bed frames with magical mattresses and pillows by Internet sensation Casper, which ensure the quality of your sleep is as good as the quality time you spend not sleeping in this bucket-list destination.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
It would be impossible not to feel changed after an experience at this property, which sits near the border of Thailand, Burma and Laos. Featuring just 15 ultraluxe tents hidden in a bamboo jungle, this resort designed by the renowned Bill Bensley affords guests intimate and special opportunities that embrace nature, like planting saplings, foraging for herbs in the verdant jungle, caring for elephants and indulging in the open-air spa.
&Beyond Botswana Mobile Camping Expeditions
&Beyond is an authority in African safaris, meaning they provide their guests with the most over-the-top opulent experiences that essentially cater to their every whim. Their permanent camps give lovers intimate access to the best of places like the Serengeti, but their mobile camping options take going off the grid one step further with spacious expedition dome tents (with en-suite bathrooms) in different locations, and staffing them with a butler, housekeeper and expert chef.