Honeymoons with a View: National Park Destinations

For couples who  prefer the views of towering mountains to towering buildings, dips in fresh water lakes to chlorinated pools and falling asleep under a canopy of glimmering stars instead of city lights, opting for a nature-oriented honeymoon destination can be the perfect way to celebrate your new life together amidst an awe-inspiring backdrop. Today Wanderable presents our picks for some of the best national parks around the world for honeymoons with a view!

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Zion National Park, Utah

Why we love it: Utah’s oldest national park is known for its magnificent canyons and breathtaking views. Weave your way through the Navajo sandstone walls together and duck behind a rock to sneak a kiss. Active honeymooners will love the park’s endless hiking possibilities with over 100 miles of backcountry trails.

When to go: May, September and October are great months to explore the park and avoid Utah’s sweltering mid-summer heat.

Stay: Want creature comforts? Cozy up together after a long day of hiking in the Buffalo Vista Honeymoon Suite at the Zion Mountain Ranch and enjoy a king sized bed, fireplace and jacuzzi tub for two. Or if you prefer getting back to the basics,  set up camp at the Watchman Campground which offers easy access to the park trails, nicely sized lots and some shaded sites.

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Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Why we love it: This picture speaks a thousand words and yet only captures the smallest fragment of this park in Southern Patagonia’s charm: with staggering peaks, wind-swept hills,  bright blue glaciers and wild horses, Torres del Paine is the kind of place you can get utterly lost in together on your honeymoon, in the good kind of way. Couples can opt for a day hike to reach the park’s iconic towers, or spend five days tackling the park’s popular “W” route together.

When to go: October through April brings the warmest, hiking friendly weather.

Stay: Honeymooners looking to really indulge during their stay need look no further than Hotel Salto Chico, which is located in the heart of the park and features sweeping views, gourmet dining, on property stables and deluxe, television-free rooms.  The more adventurous types can opt to trek through the park and nestle into in their own tents or in the “refugios” (lodges) scattered along the route.

Banff National Park, Canada

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Why we love it:  Canada’s oldest national park is nestled amongst the Rockies and filled with alpine landscapes, pristine waters and views for days. Bike enthusiast honeymooners can take advantages of the park’s paved trails, while hiking routes will take you to dazzling waterfalls and glaciers. End your afternoon soothing your aching muscles together in the park’s natural hot springs.

When to go: Summer months bring the park alive for hiking and biking, while winter months are better for couples interested in snow sports.

Stay: Luxury minded honeymooners can unwind at the Fairmont Banff Springs, known as “The Castle in the Rockies” with a word class spa, fine dining, and lavish suites, while the Two Jack Lakeside Campground has covetable plots along the lake for honeymooners open to sleeping in the great outdoors.

Would you consider a National Park for your honeymoon? If so where in the world would you choose?

5 Amazing Over the Top Honeymoon Suites

Today’s feature is a guest post from the experts at Oyster.comOyster’s mission is to deliver unbiased, expert information about hotels and make it easy to discover the perfect destination. Oyster sends trained reviewers to visit, comprehensively photograph, critique and rate each hotel reviewed on Oyster. The honest, undoctored photos and in-depth reviews from hotel experts allow you to see exactly what you’re getting — before you arrive. They’ve visited over 3,000 hotels in 40 countries, including popular honeymoon spots in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. 

Most newlyweds want to stay in a seriously swag suite on their honeymoon — and who can blame them? After all, for many of us, a honeymoon is one of the only times we’ll get to live it up in such luxurious fashion. These five honeymoon suites come with all the bells and whistles one could ask for — from private pools to dizzying views.

The Honeymoon: Hong Kong
The Suite: Extreme WOW Suite at the W Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is a fabulous urban destination for those couples seeking out incredible, modern architecture, world-class shopping, and Michelin-starred dining on a nightly basis. And the W Hong Kong is in the heart of the tourist district, Kowloon, and features all the funky extras you’d expect from a W as well as an unreal, souped-up version of the stateside Bliss Spa chain. And the Extreme WOW Suite not only has all the high-tech essentials that seem commonplace in Hong Kong, but also has a fully-stocked kitchenette, spacious closet (because every outfit was carefully planned and considered), and dizzying views of the harbor.

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The Honeymoon: St. Lucia
The Suite: Two-Bedroom Villa at the Ladera Resort

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Unlike more developed Caribbean islands, such as Aruba and the Bahamas, the sparsely populated island-nation of Saint Lucia still maintains a sense of unspoiled, exotic beauty. Its landscapes of pristine beaches and mountainous terrain are among the most stunning you’ll find anywhere in the Caribbean — especially so at the Ladera Resort, where views of the twin Pitons seem endless. Privacy is paramount here — there are just 32 villas on the property — and most rooms have private plunge pools. Want a bigger watering hole to splash around in? Try the Infinity Lagoon Pool, which may very well take your just-wedded breath away.

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The Honeymoon: Paris, France
The Suite: Honeymoon Suite at Hotel Le Bristol

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If the City of Lights doesn’t seem romantic to you, well, then, you’re just not romantic. Paris is a premiere honeymoon destination — great for culture-lovers and fashionistas alike — and thus requires a rather perfect stay. Look no further than the famed Hotel Le Bristol, which exudes luxury from the moment you step in the marble lobby. Make sure to take a few cuddly pictures in the hotel’s epic private gardens or on the glass-housed sun terrace; however, the Honeymoon Suite is where you really get the full “five-star” experience: Each room is impeccably furnished and decorated, the balcony provides glorious views, and the bed is supremely comfortable — despite a slightly dated comforter. But the real highlight has got to be the incredible bathroom, which we’d just die for with its well-lit vanities, bidet, and deep soak tub.

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The Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos
The Suite: The Beachfront Penthouse Suite at the Gansevoort Turks & Caicos, a Wymara Resort

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Turks and Caicos has a reputation for being one of the most exclusive Caribbean islands, and deservedly so. The Beachfront Penthouse Suite at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is one of the island’s sleekest and swankiest options. Partiers will appreciate the hotel’s live DJ sets on weekend nights, but those seeking seclusion won’t have a problem in a private suite that spills out onto the pristine beaches of Grace Bay. And should you two decide to get out of that incredible bed (or tub, as the case may be), your buffet breakfast is au gratis. Bring on the bacon, y’all!

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The Honeymoon: Puerto Morelos, Mexico
The Suite:  Preferred Club Master Suite at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa – All Inclusive

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Puerto Morelos, located halfway between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, offers the perfect balance of the two, more touristy regions, blending a party atmosphere from the Spring Break Capital with a beachy, relaxed vibe. Perhaps one of the most luxurious all-inclusives in Mexico, the Dreams Riviera Cancun — a true megaresort, with over 400 rooms — tends to attract families with its myriad entertainment options. But couples shouldn’t falter: the attractive, airy guest rooms are downright romantic. Teak wood and marble floors create an ambiance of understated elegance, and the massive bathrooms (all with separate showers and Jacuzzi tubs) are a real treat.

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Creative Honeymoon Registry Designs

We see hundreds of beautiful, unique honeymoon registries created by couples every month on Wanderable, and so today we wanted to highlight some of our recent favorites for your own entertainment and inspiration!

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Couple: Rachel + Paul

Destination: Paris, France

Why we love it: The backdrop. This charming map of Paris is such a romantic way to tie in a honeymoon destination with a registry theme, and the the R+P welcome note to guests and its heartfelt message is a great personal touch.

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Couple: Jenna + Mike

Destination: South Island, New Zealand

Why we love it: Customization. We love how how Jenna and Mike used their own photos to represent each of the experiences they are asking for, making it so gift givers can really visualize them on the adventures they are helping to fund.

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Couple: Ioulia + Aaron

Destination: Around the world

Why we love it: The travel theme. Ioulia and Aaron’s Save the Date makes a picture perfect background image for their Wanderable registry, and what better way to show their mutual love of travel to their wedding guests. All aboard the Wedding Express!

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Couple: Maria + Dan

Destination: Caribbean

Why we love the registry: The brilliant meme theme. At Wanderable we love all things tech and broke into collective hysterics after seeing Maria and Dan’s clever use of internet memes to represent their various experience requests in their registry. From the Ryan Gosling’s “Hey Girl” to the use of LolCats, the birthplace of internet memes, this couple has created a registry that is sure to get as many laughs as contributions!

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Couple: Lily + Danny

Destination: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Why we love the registry: Adorable background photo. This black and white snapshot of Lily and Danny makes the perfect registry background image. It is hard to resist giving gifts to a couple with who can wear mustaches so well.

Do you have a creative registry that you would like to share with the Wanderable blog? Email us at hello@wanderable.com – we would love to hear from you!

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

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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

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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.