20 September 2018
Exploring off the beaten track destinations doesn't mean skimping on romance. Embark on a safari adventure in the wilds of Africa or discover the incredible natural phenomena of Iceland for a honeymoon you'll never forget.
Try a luxury safari lodge in South Africa for a secluded honeymoon surrounded by incredible wildlife. Opt for Mateya Safari Lodge to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Madikwe Game Reserve from one of only five suites, or choose Amakhala Game Reserve and experience the Big Five roaming freely in this extraordinary conservancy.
Travel Counsellor Julie recently stayed at a lodge bordering Kruger National Park; "It was like stepping onto a very glamorous film set. On the wooden deck stretching ahead of me was a long white linen covered table set for lunch overlooking the dry river bed where at any moment lions, elephants or even leopards might appear. The scene was breathtakingly beautiful of a kind I’d seen in glossy luxury travel brochures. The Lodge itself was stunning and modern. Already I never wanted to leave!"
Iceland is the original 'land of fire and ice', a stunning country of contrasts with its hot thermal springs, spectacular geysers and active volcanoes. Experience its natural wonders on an unforgettable helicopter ride, embark on a whale-watching adventure in Faxaflói Bay, or take a snowmobile tour in the Golden Circle.
Travel Counsellor Niamh highly recommends a tour of the Golden Circle; "It is absolutely a must do and gives you a fantastic sense of Iceland. We started out with a visit to the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in all of Europe. The sound and the power of the water was just incredible. We then headed to the Great Geysir area to see the magnificent Geysir Strokkur spout about every 10 minutes up to 30 metres in the air. You could stay here all day watching this and the bubbling hot water in the ground."
Sri Lanka is an incredibly beautiful island in the Indian Ocean, made up of a mountainous landscape framed by sandy golden beaches. Experience the country's fascinating ancient culture in Sigiriya, explore the picturesque tea fields that surround Kandy, and discover Sri Lanka's diverse wildlife that includes its famous elephant population along with leopards, monkeys and crocodiles.
On a recent holiday to Sri Lanka, Travel Counsellor Petra was enthralled by the town of Galle; "It's historic and beautiful, and I loved walking around - shopping is surprisingly excellent there. For the more adventurous people, hikes, bike trips, surfing, diving, river rafting, and gem mines are within easy reach and for the culture vultures, temples and history are everywhere in Sri Lanka. More and more spas, yoga retreats and wellness centres are opening across the island as well."
Well known for its lush forests and palm-fringed beaches, Bali has a rich and intriguing culture that's ideal for honeymooners looking for both an idyllic retreat and the chance to experience incredible natural beauty. Explore the ancient Hindu temples that are scattered throughout the island, and experience traditional Balinese dance and music in Ubud, Bali's cultural centre.
Travel Counsellor Ksenia has holidayed in Bali multiple times, and keeps going back; "Bali is an incredible place where your body and soul will be rejuvenated. I have personally been there twice and honestly, will go there again and again. There is something about those green rice fields, clear waterfalls, and Indian ocean with its changing tides."