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11 Honeymoons for Adventurous Newlyweds

Article by Jeff Ficker 09.02.2016

Marriage commemorates the beginning of all kinds of new experiences together. So why not infuse your honeymoon with that same spirit of adventure? You can lie on a beach anytime, but for this special, once-in-a-lifetime occasion, take an exotic, far-flung journey to celebrate your new nuptials.

1. Polynesian Adventures

Your oars glide through the crystal-blue water in tandem; your breath inhales in your snorkel at the exact same moment; and each side of your canoe lands in the ocean at precisely the same time. Yes, you’re in love — not only with each other but now with your surroundings — as you’ve embarked on an incredible Hawaiian honeymoon. And that’s not all: Polynesian cuisine and local activities make your time in the Hawaiian Islands an adventure to remember. 

Couple unwinds in a hammock overlooking the ocean

2. The Beauty of the Desert

There isn’t anything quite like the expanse and wildness of the desert. And the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona is as wild as it gets — yet with an uncanny ability to quietly nourish the soul. The tranquility of a morning hike, with leisurely stops to bird watch and spot wildlife, followed by a night sky unlike any you’ve ever seen. The stargazing in a clear, cloudless sky inspires a breathlessness that promises to restore, refresh and ready you for your lifetime together. 

A couple hiking in the steep desert landscape surrounding the resort hotel

3. Tropical Thrills in Puerto Rico

Put on your walking shoes and enter the natural treasure that is Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Home to the historic Rockefeller Nature Trail, which provides the perfect way to marvel at the paradise that is Puerto Rico. The 11-mile trail winds through forests, beaches and secret coves, enhancing what you’ll come to know about the eco-resort’s many wonders, including an open-air spa that extends into the treetops. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program offers unique opportunities to see and experience the best of land and sea, such as snorkeling, hiking and an archeological site that exists on the property. 

4. Ski-in, Ski-out

You haven’t really skied until you’ve skied in Lake Tahoe, California. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is the perfect perch from which to begin the supreme ski honeymoon and adventure. Personal mountain concierges are there to guide you from your suite to the trails, providing the ultimate room service anywhere. If you want a break from skiing but don’t want to miss any fun, activities such as ice skating, snowmobiling, dogsledding, snowshoe full moon hiking and so much more is readily available. 

Skiers glide downhill with the resort in the background

5. Aquatic Adventures in the Caribbean

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is perfectly situated between St. John and the British Virgin Islands, and a sail on Lady Lynsey, a luxury, 53-foot catamaran, enables guests to see it all. Island hop to your heart’s content, then take some time to picnic onboard, snorkel in the turquoise waters, and pop over to St. John for a romantic dinner before returning to your home base in the Caribbean. 

The sun shines through the sail of a boat on the water

6. Thailand’s Treasures

Yoga by candlelight and acoustic musical concerts at sunset are the perfect complements to daytime kayaking voyages across the Andaman Sea or a jungle exploration through a National Park that culminates in a trip to the top of Naga Mountain. Steal away for a day to Hong Island, one of the best-kept secrets in the region, for a visit to its lagoons and incredible sightseeing — far from any crowd. The natural beauty and unadulterated charm of Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will remain imprinted on your body, mind and soul for a lifetime, providing the perfect mixture of peace and discovery. 

7. Southern California Sun and Fun

The surf is always inviting at California, where it’s always a good time to relish and revel in the seemingly endless days of sunshine. The seaside artistic haven of Laguna Niguel offers a wonderland full of sandy coves, which are part of a seven-mile stretch of coastline that is ripe for discovery. From surfing to whale-watching to eco-adventures that bring nature up close and personal, this intimate escape is an experience you’ll remember forever. 

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel couple overlooking beach

8. The Romance of Rural Europe

For honeymooning couples, it can be hard to resist the romance of the countryside. Penha Longa Resort in Portugal offers outdoor adventure with a dash European charm. Situated on a national nature reserve near Lisbon, this former monastery and royal retreat is now a bucolic outdoor playground with a 27-hole golf course, miles of gardens and countless hiking opportunities. Craving a little a beach time? Sun and sand are just 30 minutes away.

A tall wooden gazebo and group of lounge chairs

9. Wild and Exotic Bali

There are few places on the planet more magical than Bali, and The Ritz-Carlton, Bali offers countless opportunities to enlighten and enhance your chi. From daily yoga and stretching classes to temple tours to aqua tai chi and the opportunity to learn the art — and meditative aspects — of Balinese weaving, there are many ways to feed your soul and nourish your spirit. The spa, which is surrounded by a lush traditional Balinese garden, blends local culture, nature and tradition into its distinct wellness program, combining ancient methods with modern techniques. 

A couple with their arms around each other walking down a paved walkway surrounded by the ocean

10. A Mountainside Escape

Few locations in the world offer top-notch, year-round activities quite like the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. From seemingly limitless cross-country and downhill skiing options all winter long, to hiking, biking, rafting, fly-fishing and every warmer-weather activity you can think of, there is no finer place to push yourselves to the limit of pleasure and enjoyment. This exclusive area of Beaver Creek Mountain is the perfect launch pad for any outdoors activity under the sun, and, the best part is you get to experience it together. 


11. Grand Cayman’s Sporty Side

Take a private sail for just the two of you in the translucent waters of the Caribbean; challenge each other to a round of golf on the Greg Norman-designed, nine-hole course; or play a match of singles on one of the tennis courts with programs designed by the premier tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman offers it all, and allows you to reconnect in a private, poolside cabana or indulge yourselves at La Prairie Spa, where signature treatments include the Caviar Massage and Island Dream Body Treatment.

View from below of a boat on the water under a blue sky

Explore These Honeymoon Destinations

  • Kapalua

    Location Maui, Hawaii

    Experience A resort rich in cultural traditions and a warm Aloha spirit.

    • Unique ocean activities for everyone
    • Distinctive beach and poolside cabana offerings
    • Newly reimagined guest rooms and suites
  • Dove Mountain

    Location Marana, Arizona

    Experience A luxury wellness resort that heals through eco-holistic remedies.

    • World-class hiking and mountain biking
    • Spa therapies honed by ancient remedies
    • #1 Spa in Arizona by readers of Condé Nast 
  • Dorado Beach

    Location Dorado, Puerto Rico


    • Family-friendly West Beach with dining at Encanto Beach Club and Grill
    • The quiet East Beach near Positivo Sand Bar and COA
    • Land- and water-based activities with Ambassadors of the Environment
  • Lake Tahoe

    Location Truckee, California


    • Lake Club with watersports and a private pier
    • Ski Valet and Mountain Concierge
    • Champagne bar and other après-ski experiences
  • St. Thomas

    Location St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands


    • Luxury accommodations with sea-view terraces
    • Redesigned infinity pool and family pool with slide
    • Aquatic center with snorkeling, catamarans and paddle boarding

  • Phulay Bay

    Location Krabi, Thailand

    Experience A luxurious spa sanctuary with an aura of serenity and surrender.

    • Unique private dining experiences
    • Local and cultural activities
    • Discover the natural scenery of Krabi
  • Laguna Niguel

    Location Dana Point, California


    • Eco-adventures highlighting surfing and artist-studio tours
    • Marine-inspired spa treatments
    • Dining that showcases ocean views and organic menus
  • Penha Longa Resort

    Location Sintra, Portugal

    Experience A quintessential retreat among rolling hills and mountain lakes.

    • A palazzo estate steeped in history
    • Unlimited championship golf experiences
    • Set within a 1355 monastery
  • Bali

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience Beautiful cliff tops overlooking the Indian Ocean and white sands.

    • Tropical paradise with lush landscapes
    • Spacious cliff top villas with private pools
    • Exotic dishes made with local flavors
  • Bachelor Gulch

    Location Beaver Creek, Colorado


    • Unparalleled ski-in, ski-out access
    • A 21,00 sq. ft. spa with locally inspired therapies
    • Three- and four-bedroom penthouse residences
  • Grand Cayman

    Location Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Experience The natural beauty and soft sands of Seven Mile Beach.

    • Turquoise waters blend with a cerulean sky
    • Decadent seafood at Blue by Eric Ripert
    • Greg Norman-designed Ritz-Carlton Golf Club