The word "honeymoon" instantly conjures up visions of palm tree lined beaches, Parisian picnics and romantic gondola rides. And while destinations such as Hawaii, the Caribbean, Italy and France will forever appeal, there are certainly more options out there for the recently wedded couple. Today's roundup of unconventional honeymoon destinations is intended for those who want to curb traditional locales and instead venture to somewhere they might not have otherwise considered.
History-Meets-Modernity in Tokyo
If one of your favorite meals together involves sushi, it only makes sense to head to Tokyo on your honeymoon. Beyond the world-class cuisine, Tokyo is at once one of the most modern, innovative, tech-savvy cities in the world and also home to a timeless, centuries-old history and culture. In this one city, you'll find ancient, soul-satisfying temples as well as buzzing districts perfect for people watching (Harajuku) and electronic gazing (Akihabara). There are lots of places to stay, of course, but we're highlighting the Palace Hotel, located in the heart of Tokyo, for its curated "Romancing Tokyo" experience that'll help take your honeymoon to the next level.
Glamping Getaway in the Redwoods
Some have described a visit to the California redwoods as a "spiritual experience." These mighty, massive trees make you realize how small you are, but also make you feel like you're at one with nature. If you and your partner lean adventurous and earthy, perhaps a stay at Ventana's rustic-meets-luxurious Redwood Retreats may appeal to you. You'll stay in one of 15 safari-style canvas tents, which come with cabin-inspired décor, a king bed to get you off the ground, rugs to keep you cozy, a picnic table and everything you need to dine.
Galapagos Grace Kelly Yacht
The Galapagos Islands remain one of the most difficult-to-get-to destinations in the world. It can be challenging, sometimes even impossible, to organize a trip completely on your own because of how isolated the islands are, and because of some strict regulations. The Quasar M/V Grace Kelly Honeymoon Yacht does make it easier for you, though, if this is something you've always wanted to do. They've secured permits from Galapagos National Park that allow their private yachts to visit important island sites and they depart from two locations: San Cristobal Island and Baltra Island. Each departure locations offers a different, one-week long tour, and you can combine them for a two-week, comprehensive site-seeing getaway, as well. If you're a duo that's all about getting off the grid, while still enjoying the luxurious side of things, this is the perfect honeymoon for you.