Wanderable’s Picks for Glamping Honeymoons

Once upon the time, luxurious canvas tent lodging was only found on the far away sands of exotic (and pricey) African safaris, but in the last decade, glamorous camping, or “glamping” has taken the travel world by storm. Whether it’s in heated yurts, decked out RVs, tree houses nestled upon forest limbs or spacious tents complete with feather beds and down comforters, alternative lodging has created a way to enjoy the outdoors with creature comforts and without the creatures.

Glamping provides a great honeymoon option for couples who want to experience nature, star strewn-skies and wildlife, but want to cuddle up in a warm bed together each night, because, let’s face it, there’s nothing too romantic about back aches and bug bites. Best of all, many glamping sites are eco-friendly and sustainability focused. Here are Wanderable’s picks for our favorite glamping spots for honeymooners.

The Resort at Paws Up

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Photo by Paws Up

Greenough, Montana, www.pawsup.com

Price: Luxury tents starting at $1,075/night

Comfort factor: Lavish. Your own private camp butler will be at your beck and call to help you get those marshmallows cooked just right.

Why we love it: This property, dubbed “The Original American Safari,” offers 37,000 acres of glistening Montana wilderness with mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV trails and a river for fishing, kayaking, rafting and tubing, so there is plenty to keep active couples busy all day. When honeymooners are ready to retire for the night, they can settle into one of the lavishly appointed six safari-like tents in the Moonlight Camp with ensuite bathrooms, a dining pavilion and even a butler. 

Treebones Resort

Photo by Treebones Resort

Photo by Treebones Resort

Big Sur, California, www.treebonesresort.com

Price: Ocean view yurts starting at $229/night

Comfort level: Moderate to high. The yurts feature queen beds but are a short walk to the lodge for showers and restrooms.

Why we love it: Couples staying in these delightful oceanside yurts along the California coast can enjoy the iconic views and nature of Big Sur like campers, while still settling in to warm beds each night. The resort’s slogan is “nature with a little nurture,” and each yurt features plush comforters, running water, electricity and a small sink. Honeymooners can sip wine on their yurt’s private redwood deck and stargaze the night away to the sound of waves and sea lions. The sustainable paradise has a pool, bathroom and shower facilities, and offers eco-tours and kayaking trips. Couples can even have a maussese stop by to ease their weary muscles after a long day of hiking.

STF Kolarbyn / Eco-Lodge

Photo by STF Kolarbyn

Photo by STF Kolarbyn

Skarsjon, Sweden, www.svenskaturistforeningen.se

Price: Forest huts starting at $150/night

Comfort factor: Bare bones. These rustic huts offer no running wanter or electricity, just the light and warmth of your self-built fire.

Why we love it: With no electricity or running water, these huts nestled in a Swedish forest glen may be the furthest stretch for the term “glamping,” but there is something so utterly romantic about tucking away together into these hobbit-like dwellings with their fireplaces and sheep skin rugs that we had to include this eco-lodge on our list. Adventurous honeymooners will collect their own fresh stream water and chop nightly firewood together before baking fresh bread on the fire and then picking blueberries right off the dwelling roof for dessert! The eco-friendly lodging is built off the land and is surrounded by beautiful lakes and hiking trails, and couples can even go on a moose or beaver safari, or relax in the property’s floating sauna on Lake Skärsjön. Note that sleeping bags are required, but can be rented for an additional fee.

White Pod

Photo by White Pod

Photo by White Pod

Les Cerniers, Switzerland, www.whitepod.com

Price: Pods starting at $390/night

Comfort factor: Luxe. The pods feature Scandinavian style bathrooms and luxury linens.

Why We Love It: White Pod’s eco-friendly pod-shaped tents cover the hillside looking over the Swiss village of Les Cerniers, with breathtaking views of Lake Geneva. The structures are carefully insulated and situated on wooden platforms to keep the couples nestled inside cozy warm, with the aid of wood burning stoves. Honeymooners can partake in a variety of activities from snowshoeing to skiing to dog sledding before settling in for evening drinks at the alpine escape’s beautiful chalet.

Bangkok Treehouse

Photo by Bangkok Treehouse

Photo by Bangkok Treehouse

Phra Pradaeng, Thailand www.bangkoktreehouse.com

Price: Canopy nest starting at $215/night

Comfort factor: Moderate to low. These open-air nests have queen beds but no hot water and are only reachable by foot, bicycle or boat.

Why we love it: We saved the best for last. This awe-inspiring property is just moments outside the mayhem of Bangkok but offers an unparalleled natural sanctuary with its “View with a Room” lodging option, allowing honeymooners to sleep under a canopy of stars and greenery in a bed perched 23 feet in the air. The Bangkok Treehouse offers farm to table meals, a natural pool, and free bike rentals to explore Bangkok’s “green lung” region. It should be noted that this eco-nest does not offer hot water, electricity or fumigation against insects, just the opportunity to get lost under the canopy of night air together. 

Now that we have piqued your interest, get lost in wanderlust with the hundreds of places to glamp around the world. Sites to start looking include listing aggregators Glamping Hub and Glamping.com, and the popular property sharing site AirBnB even has a pre-made Glamping Wish List that has us drooling over tipis in Ireland and gypsy caravans in New Zealand. The stars are the limit. 

Where to Wander When: Beach Edition

Weather can have a huge impact on any vacation, and since you only get one honeymoon, you want to plan around it carefully. While an occasional downpour may give you two an excuse to cuddle up in your bungalow, you don’t want to be trapped indoors for your entire stay and miss out on all the activities you have been dreaming up on Wanderable. To help you get started with your beach honeymoon destination planning, here are our picks for where to wander when.

January

CostaRica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Costa Rica stays driest between December and April, so January is a great time to head to Central America and enjoy this lush, tropical rainforest covered country without too much rain.

Avoid: While the country’s “green season” from May to November is a beautiful time of year, it takes a lot of rainfall to get everything so green. Serious sun seekers should steer clear.

February

Jamaica

Negril, Jamaica

While the climate can vary daily and regionally, Jamaica sees some of its best beach weather from January through March, so planning a February honeymoon will sneak you in to enjoy it before the spring break rush (you don’t want to be having a romantic dinner next to a bikini contest).

Avoid: May, October and November are the three rainiest months in Jamaica.

March

CaymanIslands

Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands

March is a beautiful time to honeymoon on the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean, with mostly dry weather and cooling trade winds to keep high temperatures at bay.

Avoid: The Islands see the most rainfall from June through November, although there are plenty of nice days throughout the period.

April

Cabo

Los Cabos, Mexico

This oasis on the Baja Peninsula offers great weather nearly year round with an average of upwards of 350 sunny days a year, but spring promises some of the best beach weather with less scalding daily highs.

Avoid: Honeymooners who don’t enjoy extreme heat should avoid visiting during the late summer months when the temperature can soar to over 100 degrees and rain is more common. September boasts a small risk for hurricanes.

May 

Kauai, Hawaii

While Kauai is a great destination year round, visiting in the spring means skipping the summer and winter high-seasons, and rates go down even though the island is seeing some of its best weather of the year. This means plenty of sunshine, less crowds and a more affordable upgrade. Honeymoon Suite?

Avoid: Kauai is a pretty safe bet throughout the seasons, but you are likely to see more rain between December and March.

June 

Bali

Bali, Indonesia

The white sanded beaches of Bali stay driest from May to September, so June is a great choice for a long-distance trip to this exotic honeymoon escape.

Avoid: Bali’s wettest season typically runs from October to April.

July

Santorini

Santorini, Greece

This sun soaked Greek island is warmed up and ready for beach-goers in July, making Santorini a great destination for Europe-bound summer honeymooners who don’t mind dealing with crowds.

Avoid: During the winter months of November through February, temperatures drop to the mid 50s taking sunbathing off the table.

August

LosAngeles

Los Angeles, California

With an average daily high of 84 degrees and lows in the mid 60s, August is a great time to enjoy Los Angeles’ beaches and squeeze in a side trip to Disneyland.

Avoid: During November through February you may be seeing more sweater weather than bikini weather, although the winter is still sprinkled with nice days.

September

Croatia

DubrovnikCroatia

September is a great time to visit Croatia’s beautiful beaches: peak-season has dwindled down and temperatures are still beach-worthy yet less blaring than in August.

Avoid: Cooler weather sets in from November through February, and your bikini is likely to remain in your suitcase.

October

BoraBora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

October marks the tail-end of high-season at this idyllic Polynesian island, and the crowds start to thin while the rainy season is still at bay.

Avoid: During the winter months of December through March, rainy season settles in and honeymooners will be easy targets for the swell in mosquitos common this time of year.

November

Maui, Hawaii

November marks the beginning of winter which means there is a chance for a little more rain, but Maui is a great destination year round, and visiting before the holiday season can lead to a more relaxing and affordable honeymoon.

Avoid: Maui is a relatively safe bet throughout the seasons, but you are likely to experience more rain between December and March.

December

KohPhiPhi

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

If you are honeymooning during the holidays, crowds and higher rates will likely be part of the experience, but on the bright side you will have more people around to wish you well!  The rainy season has all but come to a close in December, and it is a great time to fall in love with Thailand’s swoon-worthy Southern beaches.

Avoid: The rainy season runs from July to October, putting your beach time in peril.

A friendly disclaimer: these tips are carefully selected based on research, but opinions on the best months to visit locations vary source by source. Once you have a spot in mind do your own research to make sure it’s aligned with what you want from your honeymoon, and remember it never hurts to bring an umbrella, just in case!