Get Off the Grid: Three Outdoor Honeymoon Destinations Guaranteed to Appeal to True Explorers
These extreme outdoor escapes are also supremely luxurious.
Not every couple dreams of a beach honeymoon. If you and your soon-to-be spouse fall into this camp, consider an adventurous honeymoon somewhere breathtaking—and remote. Whatever you do, don't confuse the idea of adventure with roughing it: These three extreme outdoor escapes are also supremely luxurious. Be sure to travel light, like true explorers: All your essential gear (lofty shearling blankets and world-class wine lists included) is already there.
Stay in a swirling snow globe near the summit of Denali, North America's tallest peak. The five-suite Sheldon Chalet, pictured above, has panoramic windows, so you get screensaver-esque views whether you're curling up in your furry-pillow-topped king bed or feasting on sweet local oysters and king crab in front of the fireplace. From September to April, the Northern Lights electrify the sky. Catch them at night, then rise ready to rappel, snowshoe, sled, and sauna in the Last Frontier's coziest corner.
Post up at Ambergris Caye, the country's largest island, or the Placencia Peninsula farther south. Both offer laid-back excursions (kayaking, paddle-boarding) far from the crowds. On Ambergris, Matachica's 30 thatched-roof palapa rooms were just redone by the duo behind the cool Canadian accessories line Want Les Essentiels. At the Coppola family's Turtle Inn, on Placencia, book one of 25 rustic villas or Coral Caye, a private isle where you can have your own butler and chef.
You'll be glad you planned to visit the first five-star digs in the Uyuni Salt Flats, an otherworldly expanse of white-salt desert studded with epic rock formations and flamingos (yes, flamingos). Kachi Lodge arrived in May as if from outer space, with six dome-style guest rooms and hyperlocal cuisine from Gustu, Noma cofounder Claus Meyer's outpost in the capital, La Paz (which is an easy hour-long flight away). Spend your days exploring the wide-open space by bike and—since the sky is inky black and there's an on-site telescope—stargazing into the night.