Blog Contributor: Amanda Goetz, Founder & CEO of Availendar
Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today we ask you to put down the registry scanner, step away from the Pinterest boards and take a moment to dream about your long-awaited honeymoon.
Let’s all step outside the comfort zone of the “couples-only” resorts and try a radical and exciting approach to this once in a lifetime trip. We found five destinations that are so remote, I am pretty sure they can only be reached through a wardrobe to Narnia. These best kept secret honeymoon locales will make you forget all about the wedding stress and make everyone jealous of your post-nuptial Instagram feed.
Honeymoon Destinations: A Walk on the Wild Side
Located in northern Tanzania, the Singita Sasakwa Lodge provides expansive views over the Serengeti plains and its abundance of wildlife. The lodge blends authentic European Style with Eastern African influences, and creates an old-world luxurious setting – a little Gatsby-meets-Lion King. Couples can spend the morning getting up-close and personal with zebras, cheetahs, lions and elephants during a professionally guided game drive and then spend the afternoon relaxing in the spa sipping on wine from the Singita cellars. If you thought people were animals at your wedding, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Honeymoon Destinations: Not Your Childhood Tree House
Juvet is a boutique hotel in rural Norway set on a steep natural levee and allows for total immersion in nature. Seven unique cabins are set in a valley between two snow-capped mountains, as you perch above the Valldoal River. Each accommodation features a floor-to-ceiling glass pane that runs the length of one full wall so you can admire the serene landscape of birch trees, rushing rivers and stunning mountain terrain. Since you can’t be seen from any of the other houses, you can fully give in to any temptation to strip down and be one with nature.
Honeymoon Destinations: The Quintessential Honeymoon
There are some spots that just scream honeymoon bliss and this is definitely one of them. The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives is on an exclusive, private and romantic island, lush with tropical plants and encircled by the clear blue waters of one of the largest lagoons of the Maldives. Since this resort is only accessible by boat or seaplane, you will have no choice but to just relax and take in the tranquil sounds, soft sand and warm sun.
Honeymoon Destinations: Santa’s Backyard
Ever the gracious host, Santa opens up his arctic circle home at Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in northeast Finnish Lapland, allowing you to honeymoon under the beautiful Northern Lights, tucked romantically away in your very own igloo. Quite the juxtaposition as you enjoy steamy dates at a bar made entirely of ice or the world’s largest snow restaurant. During your stay at Kakslauttanen you can try exhilarating winter safaris by reindeer, husky, or snowmobile. My favorite part is being nestled inside one of the 20 thermal glass igloos while taking in stunning views of the Aurora Borealis. Oh and they actually have Santa’s home now open to the public, or you can play Mr. & Mrs. Claus by renting it out for the evening, magic reindeer and all.
Honeymoon Destinations: BYOD- Bring Your Own Donkey
I had the pleasure of planning an event at the lovely Chora Resort on the untouched, tiny island of Folegandros, Greece. This remote location boasts only 667 inhabitants and is closed to car and motorcycle traffic. To reach the Mama-Mia-esq church perched atop of a cliff, couples will have to walk or borrow a donkey. The quiet romantic atmosphere at the Chora Resort perfectly complements the magnificent view of the vibrantly blue Aegean Sea. 24 residences are spread throughout the 3,500 square miles of property surrounded by lush gardens with tropical trees and colorful flowers – also known as heaven on earth dipped in olive oil.
Author: Amanda Goetz is the Founder and CEO of Availendar.com: a site helping brides and event planners access the availability calendars of reputable vendors in the event industry. Availendar is currently in beta and being rolled out in NYC. If you are a vendor, bride or event planner please visit www.availendar.com to request an invitation.
Contact Amanda at Amanda@availendar.com or @availendar