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2017 Brides Honeymoon Awards: The Top Adventure Lodges Under $350

We teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuoso to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world.

Picking the perfect honeymoon is no easy feat—countless romantic destinations, endless hotel options, limited vacation time and the struggle-is-real challenge of finding the perfect place to please both you and your new spouse. Where to begin? Well, right here. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuoso—a global network of more than 15,000 luxury-travel specialists—to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Whether you're looking for bucket-list hotels and resorts, far-flung beaches, the top cruise lines for couples, inexpensive honeymoon ideas or unexpected honeymoon-worthy locales, you’ve come to the right spot. Presenting our 2017 Honeymoon Awards—dive in to see the best adventure lodges under $350!

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1. El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

Here’s how you know an adventure honeymoon is right for you: 1. You’d gladly wake up at 8 a.m. to hike a mile to a blue waterfall. 2. Your ideal version of bonding is by zip line at 350 feet. 3. You’d rather make your own chocolate from raw cacao than buy it at a store. If you agreed with any of the above, book a room at this remote 500-acre cloud-forest lodge, where you can immerse yourselves in nature while in your riverside suite’s outdoor whirlpool, make a day trip to Arenal Volcano National Park to soak in natural hot springs, explore mountain landscapes on a horseback-riding excursion, learn the art of tortilla-making from a Bajos del Toro local, and indulge in a rain-forest aromatherapy massage. (Rooms from $310; elsilencio.com)

Courtesy of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

2. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru

Inkaterra may not have the same name-recognition as a Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton, but when it comes to honeymooning in Peru, it's the only brand you need to know. With properties in Cusco (Inkaterra La Casona), the Sacred Valley (Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba), and the Amazon (Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica and Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción), you could essentially plan an Inkaterra lodge-to-lodge trek and see all of Peru on your honeymoon. But if you only have to choose one, make it Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Shrouded on 12 acres of cloud forest, this boutique lodge—with 83 whitewashed adobe casitas at the base of the sacred Incan site—will feel like a remote oasis. All the better to get back to nature and experience the real Peru. (Rooms from $249 per person, including breakfast, dinner, and guided excursions; inkaterra.com)

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3. Blancaneaux, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize

This countryside adventure lodge is the perfect contrast to Coppola Resorts' beachfront sister hotel, Turtle Inn. Set on a hillside above the Privassion River, each of Blancaneaux's 10 cabanas and seven villas has high thatched ceilings, Japanese-style tile baths, plunge pools, and screened porches. (You can even stay in Francis Ford Coppola's private estate—when he isn't staying there himself.) Take a trip down to the river to jump off boulders (Insta-worthy moments, for sure) or just stay put and swim in the infinity pool. Meals are spent at the main restaurant, Montagna, specializing in Italian dishes, or a second Guatemalan-focused restaurant, both of which use produce sourced from the lodge's organic farms. (Rooms from $289; thefamilycoppolahideaways.com)

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4. Treehouse Lodge, Limón, Costa Rica

If you dream of sleeping in a jungle canopy, try this treehouse resort in Costa Rica. Each villa/bungalow has an indoor-outdoor feel, with an friendly, all-wood design. As you walk from your villa to the beach or to the restaurant for breakfast, expect to find all sorts of wildlife along the way—from toucans and sloths to capybara, crabs, and iguanas. (Rooms from $200; costaricatreehouse.com)

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5. Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa, Queensland, Australia

Unplugging among nature is the biggest draw at this remote adventure lodge on the Daintree River, over 30 miles from bustling Port Douglas. Expect only the sounds of jungle life as you post up in one of 15 "bayans," or rainforest houses, which are spread out across the property at heights ranging from the rainforest floor to the canopy. (Rooms from $263; costaricatreehouse.com)

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6. Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge, Rivas, Nicaragua

Set midway between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific coast, this bungalow-filled hideout has all the makings of a luxury honeymoon. Take your pick among the forest and beachfront villas—each of which is crafted with reclaimed wood or bamboo, features a three-walled den to bring nature from the outside in, and many with a private plunge pool. Start each morning with a Central American-style breakfast (gallo pinto, spicy eggs), washed down with a Nicaraguan beer. (It's your honeymoon, after all.) (Rooms from $265; morgansrock.com)

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7. Garonga Safari Camp, Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

Few honeymoon experiences can top the romance of a safari. Sitting side-by-side in a 4x4 jeep, you search for sightings of the Big Five, share the memories of being up-close-and-personal with some of the world's most majestic animals, then relax in the afternoons by a pool with a good book, and cap the night with a home-cooked meal and glass of wine. While many safari camps charge pricey per person rates, Garonga is an affordable yet exclusive camp in the greater Makalali Conservancy, just west of South Africa's famed Kruger National Park. Here, the design reflects the natural surroundings, with muted tones, a thatched-roof on the main lodge, and 12 tented suites. Expect to get even closer to the wildlife on walking safaris, in addition to your morning and afternoon game drives in the Makalali concession. And in case all that sitting in the jeep causes weary muscles, there's an on-site spa, offering aromatherapy, reflexology, and massages. (Rooms from $350; garonga.com)

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8. The Lodge at Chaa Creek, San Ignacio, Belize

This 365-acre private nature reserve straddles the Macal River and the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Guided nature walks (you may even spot a jaguar!), treks to blue holes and waterfalls, canoe excursions on the river, and horseback rides are central experiences at The Lodge at Chaa Creek, which has 23 palm-thatched cottage, plus Garden or Treetop suites, featuring oversize soaking tubs, spacious patios, and some with outdoor showers and Jacuzzis. When you're not hiding out in your exclusive abode, go for a meal at the palapa-roofed dining pavilion, book at treatment at the hilltop spa, or sunbathe by the 60-foot outdoor pool. (Rooms from $195; chaacreek.com)

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Courtesy of Glamping Cononici Di San Marco

9. Glamping Cononici Di San Marco, Italy

When you think of Venice, Italy, you probably imagine the Grand Canal, cute cobblestone streets, and romantic gondola rides through the tiny waterways. You probably don't think of glamping. A stay at this tented property in the Province of Venice, however, seeks to change all that. And once you take a look at the chic, upscale design (each tent has a different look), you'll probably change your plans altogether. (Rooms from $135; glampingcanonici.com)

Courtesy of Hotel Si Como No

10. Hotel Si Como No, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Verdant jungle landscapes surround Hotel Si Como No, a 58-room lodge on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast—as do stunning beaches and warm ocean waters. Spend your days on hikes, waterfall and canopy tours, kayak and catamaran excursions, and sport fishing outings. (Rooms from $250; sicomono.com)

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