5 Things To Do On Your Riviera Maya Honeymoon

Thanks to its many white-sand beaches, jungle terrain, awe-inspiring historic attractions, and countless luxury resorts, Mexico’s Riviera Maya remains an ever-popular honeymoon destination.

Below we’ve listed five of our can’t-miss activities and experiences while visiting on your honeymoon trip of a lifetime.

Where to Eat

Hartwood – You’ll dine under the stars beneath swaying palm trees at this picturesque spot. The restaurant uses wood burning ovens and open grills to prepare fresh, local food (from grilled fish to pork belly). Meanwhile, the beach huts, whitewashed roofs, wooden tables, and candles all add to the romantic atmosphere.

Where to Drink

Gitano – The jungle merges with a club atmosphere at Gitano, one of Tulum’s hottest restaurants. Overall, it’s a terrific choice for capping off the night with mixed drinks and light snacks. Couples have a long list of terrific cocktails to choose from, however our favorite is the Stardust, made with mezcal, dark rum, pineapple, papaya and a homemade coconut cream.

Where to Stay

Habitas Tulum – We’re huge fans of this boutique hotel, which just opened in 2017. The eco-friendly retreat — situated on one of most spectacular stretches of sand in the region — features an elegant bohemian design and glamping-style accommodations. Among the top highlights: fantastic dining on the beach, a seafront infinity pool, nature trails through the jungle, and a private beach.

What to Do

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve – This massive reserve was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an astounding home to thousands of species of fauna and flora. Couples can take part in snorkel tours, fly fishing, sunset birdwatching, and even an ancient Mayan tour that combines visits to historic sites with unique outdoor activities like snorkeling.

Bike Tour – With countless historical sites, dreamy beach scenes and ample jungle terrain, the Riviera Maya is a fantastic place to embark on a bicycle tour. Many excursions such as Tulum Bike Tours incorporate food stops, unique shopping detours, and even a dip in a breathtaking cenote along the route.

 

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Top Honeymoon Resort Swimming Pools: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

Newlyweds visiting Italy won’t want to miss this incredible honeymoon experience.

Located in the heart of Lake Como and surrounded by spectacular mountain terrain, Grand Hotel Tremezzo features one of the most dazzling swimming pools on the planet.

The “Flowers Pool” is nestled among palm trees and tulips in the hotel’s garden area, also the quietest and most secluded section of the property. The setting offers extraordinary views of the lake and nearby Grigne mountains.

After taking a dip in the refreshing waters, honeymooners can sit back, relax, soak in the views, and enjoy delicious food and drink from the hotel’s wood-fired pizza restaurant, T Pizza.

This is one honeymoon experience couples will be looking back on for years to come.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo
www.grandhoteltremezzo.com

 

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Honeymoon with a View: Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam

Our latest edition of “Honeymoon with a View” takes us to historic Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Canal District, the stunning Ambassade Hotel is set within 10 beautiful canal houses built during the 17th century.

Overall romantic, comfortable and elegant, the hotel boasts 56 cozy rooms — many of which feature incredible views of the canal — along with exceptional dining and bar options, plus an impressive art gallery.

While situated in a quiet section of the city, the hotel is still nearby to top restaurants, museums, and other notable attractions, making it a great home base for newlyweds looking to explore “Venice of the North.”

Room: Grande Suite

View: Herengracht canal, one of three main canals in Amsterdam’s city center.

 

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Winners Revealed for Wanderable’s 2018 Honeymoon Story Contest

Congratulations to Claudia and Mitch, winners of the 2018 Wanderable Honeymoon Story Contest! The newlyweds, who recently traveled to Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia for their getaway, have won $500 towards a first anniversary trip.

We’d like to say thanks to all the newlyweds who shared their incredible honeymoon stories! Stay tuned to Wanderable’s Honeymoon Blog and our Instagram page (@wanderable) as we’ll reveal the Top 5 finalists in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, read below for a few highlights from their honeymoon story along with a link to their honeymoon registry.

“Sometimes you just have to drop everything and go, and what better time to go than when you’re young and in love? Claudia and I were married on December 29th, 2017, and, thanks to Wanderable and our closest friends and family, we embarked on a two-month, three-country honeymoon on January 2nd.

We chose Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia because 1) we are both Spanish speakers, 2) we wanted less tourist, trendy destinations where we could be more active, and 3) we can’t visit Claudia’s home country of Venezuela due to current political issues. Below are the top things we learned.

You’re married, now; there’s no excuse to be shy.

When you’re traveling in the developing world and trying to be adventurous, you tend to do things (and eat things) that can get you into trouble. In Lima, we tried a 17-course tasting menu at a restaurant called Central and stayed in an Airbnb with a shared bathroom; we ate piranhas, octopi, and sea foam, among other things. Lima is the best place to eat on the continent, but it’s not the best place to go to the bathroom, especially not in an emergency situation. That’s when you get over your squeamishness with your spouse and some of their most unpleasant bodily functions. You have to. You’ve entered into the sacred bond of holy matrimony in sickness and in health, and if you’re not down with the sickness, you get over it real quick. I’ll never forget the look on my wife’s face when I got into our tent after a long day of hiking on the Inca Trail. All she said was “You smell,” but her face said, “I am MARRIED to that smell?” That was early on in the trip. We got used to it all by the end, and that’s love, I tell you.

 

Saving and budgeting are easy even though currency math is hard.

Between Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia over the course of two months, we had budgeted about $6,000, or $3,000 per person. We took more buses than planes and stayed in Airbnb’s wherever possible. Each country has it’s own currency, however, and each currency has it’s own conversion rate.

In Peru that rate is about 3 soles to a dollar. Bolivia’s boliviano is about 13 to one, and Colombia’s peso is a whopping 2800 to one. Math has never been my strong suit, and I was constantly overreacting to restaurant menus in Colombia — “They’re charging WHAT?” Oh wait…that’s reasonable.” Luckily Claudia was there to correct me. I’m very glad to be back in the United States where there’s much less math to do.

Altitude sickness is real, and it is NOT spectacular.

We spent much of our trip in the Andean highlands of Peru and Bolivia. After departing Lima for Cusco on January 7th, we were at least one mile above sea level until we arrived in Medellín on February 1st. That included, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and cities on both sides of the Peru-Bolivia border, and La Paz and other cities in Bolivia. We got very familiar with altitude sickness and its symptoms. Those include shortness of breath, headaches, nausea and exhaustion. You react to it like this:

– “This isn’t so bad. I’m a little short of breath, but I’m ok. Oh wait…I’m still sitting on the plane, and I haven’t tried to do anything.”

– “Holy crap I took three steps and I’m panting.”

– “How can I possibly grab a bag AND walk with it??”

– “I’m going to need a lot of breaks.”

– “The breaks aren’t working.”

– “Maybe eating will help. Maybe I’ll throw up.”

– “I threw up.”

– “Give me allllll the coca leaf tea, please.”

– “Now I feel good enough to nap! And oh my goodness do I ever need a nap.”

– “We’ve literally been here less than an hour.”

Eventually after a nap, you do feel better. You’re body adjusts. We got to the point where we were able to complete the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and we were the fittest couple in our group (not so humble brag). When we finally got back down to sea level, we were ready to run a marathon (just kidding).”

 

Stay tuned as we’ll be posting Mitch & Claudia’s entire honeymoon story in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, be sure to check out their spectacular honeymoon registry page.

 

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Wanderable Real Honeymoon Registries: Best of Asia

Have you started designing your honeymoon registry this month? Gather some fresh ideas and trip inspiration by browsing a few of our favorite recent registries created by real Wanderable couples.

The following couples traveled to popular honeymoon destinations throughout Asia, including Bali, Japan, and Thailand. Simply click on their registry pages below to trace their incredible journeys.

Hannah & Blake (Japan)

Highlights from their incredible trip include saké tasting in Tokyo, visits to local izakayas, a Japan Rail Pass for access to the country’s bullet trains, and even a stay at a ryokan, which is a traditional Japanese inn.

Rachel & Trent (Thailand)

These newlyweds enjoyed a little bit of everything on their honeymoon to Thailand. Registry favorites include a beachside Thai massage, a snorkeling and cliff jumping tour of Maya Bay, and a traditional Thai cooking class.

David & Steven (Bali)

We love their use of colorful photos and creative gift descriptions. From Scuba classes to restaurant tasting menu experiences, these newlyweds embarked on a honeymoon to remember forever.

 

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