9 Adventurous Honeymoons for the Thrill-Seeking Couple

Dream about these daring honeymoon spots

Updated 03/02/18
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Honeymoons are supposed to be all about relaxing, getting pampering, and soaking in the romance. Well, for thrill-seeking newlyweds, the idea of laying on a beach for a week might just drive them mad. Luckily, there are plenty of adventurous honeymoons to suit even the most thrill-seeking pair while still indulging in a little romance. Here are 10 daring, but dreamy adventurous honeymoon ideas.

Ride through the Ecuadorian cloud forest

It takes hours to get to the remote 22-room Mashpi Lodge, but it’s worth the trek. Couples can participate in a number of on-site activities such as guided night walks through the jungle or try the tandem Sky Bike through the canopy, which dangles from a 656-foot cable in the forest. After a day outdoors, newlyweds can retire back to their suite complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and watch for chattering monkeys to pass by.

Fish for piranha in the Amazon

Nothing says romance like fishing for piranha, right? Delfin Amazon Cruises takes you deep into the Peruvian Amazon where you’ll get to partake in daily excursions like kayaking, swimming near pink river dolphins, searching for sloths, and fishing for the monstrous-looking fish. Back on board, you’ll be treated to top-notch Peruvian cuisine, spa services, and a windowed cabin where you can watch the jungle pass you by as you lay in bed.

Sleep in a glass pod in New Zealand

From day hikes and helicopter rides to invented thrills like commercial jet boating, bungee jumping, luging, and zorbing, these thrills, New Zealand has firmly cemented itself the Adventure Capital of the World. They’re even adventurous when they sleep. Yes, couples can stay in PurePods, which are made totally of glass (even the roof and the floor) meaning you can experience nature with no one else around. You’ll park your car over a half-mile away and hike to the isolated pod for the evening. Meals can be provided, or guests can bring and cook their meals.

Camp among the redwoods in California

Who wants to stay in a fancy hotel when you can stay in a fancy tent in the redwood forest? Ventana Big Sur provides the best of both worlds with their Canyon Glampsites. Reachable only by foot, you’ll have to trek to your secluded campsite where a luxury safari-style canvas tent awaits. Spend the night roasting s’mores over your fire pit or skip over to the main property where you can enjoy ocean-view dining at The Sur House or indulge a treatment at the spa.

Stay with an indigenous tribe in Borneo

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To really get off the beaten track, why not spend a full day with members of the Iban tribe through a one-of-a-kind experience offered by Audley Travel. The ancestors of headhunters (they beheaded their enemies to show their strength), invite honeymooners to sleep in a large communal space, partake in some of the traditional dances, and hike through the nearby forest, showing you how to use a hunting blowpipe.

Search for wild tigers in India

Couples staying at the Mahua Kothi, a Taj Safari Lodge, are positioned just twenty minutes from the Bandhavgarh National Park, a renowned tiger reserve. Spend the day on safari looking for tigers, leopards, and sloth bears in the stunning Indian park before retreating to your kutiyas—traditional jungle village hut—where you can enjoy a private meal or swim in the pool.

Become a cowboy in Texas

Firearms and romance might not be a combo you’d think of immediately, but the Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington, Texas made it work. Adventurous staying at this nine-room Relais & Châteaux property get to go horseback riding, golfing, fishing, and can even try clay target shooting. After living out your inner cowboy and girl fantasies, you’ll enjoy a farm-to-table meal at the only Forbes Five Star restaurant in Texas and can take a dip in your private plunge pool.

Eat a private Out of Africa-style picnic in Kenya

Live out the love story of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford's Out of Africa at Angama Mara where some of the most romantic scenes were filmed. Couples will stay in a luxury tent on the stunning Oloololo Escarpment—a highly sought-after piece of land—get access to the reserve via a private track, and get a massage on a private balcony. Best of all, you can escape to a nearby hill for a private picnic where you have to radio call for a pick-up back to the lodge.

Learn falconry at a castle in Ireland

With its misty rolling green hills and historic castles, Ireland has all the makings of a storybook honeymoon. But for duos who want a little more adventure, stay at the Ashford Castle from the 13th-century. On the 350-acre property, you’ll get to ride horses, play golf, and take a course at the country’s first school of falconry. Your busy day of activities ends with a candlelit five-course Table d'hote meal and a stay in one of the suites or a lakeside cottage.

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