The Pacific Northwest begs for honeymoon getaways. With weather that is conducive to snuggles, warm fires, endless cups of hot cocoa or coffee and a plethora of areas to take amazing adventures with the one you love. We have set our sights on four of the best places to visit on your honeymoon to this wonderful, sometimes mystical location called the Pacific Northwest.
Mount Rainier National Park
PLACES TO GO: Mount Rainier has five developed areas: Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and Carbon/Mowich. Although the level of development in these areas ranges from basic -little more than a campground and picnic area- to extensive -hotel, restaurant, visitor center, campgrounds and picnic areas- each can serve as a base for exploring the rest of the park. THINGS TO DO: From hiking and climbing, to wildflower viewing and ranger-led programs, there are a variety of things to do at Mount Rainier.
Olympic National Park
PLACES TO GO: Olympic National ParkAt Olympic, forest, coastal, and mountain ecosystems combine to create a spectacular wilderness park. Designated as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, the park serves as a living laboratory for scientists and students, as well as an incredible natural playground for visitors. Millions of people visit Olympic each year to experience its beauty, diversity, and many opportunities for adventure, exploration, and recreation. Come explore, whether for a few hours or a lifetime. Your trip planning starts here! THINGS TO DO: These amazing outdoor include boating, fishing, tidepooling, camping, hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, night sky programs, and art/photography.
The Methow Valley
PLACES TO GO: Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade mountain range, the Methow Valley is the Northwest’s most popular destination recreation area. With each changing season, there are new sights to see, fun things to do and an ever-changing landscape to explore. THINGS TO DO: Explore summer and winter trails, bike and hike the Methow, bird watching, horseback riding, rent a cozy cabin, or settle into a nice lodge.
PLACES TO GO: Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range. THINGS TO DO: Biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoe, swimming, camping, and simply enjoy the wonder around you.
OPULENCE & LUXURY AWAITS AT MOLORI SAFARI
Are you an adventurous couple looking for a non-traditional honeymoon retreat? You search ends here with Molori Safari. Molori Safari offers a high level of opulence and luxury while exposing you to a once in a lifetime journey in the South African great outdoors.
The word ‘Molori’ meaning ‘to dream’ in the local language of seTswana, truly captures the essence of Molori Safari, recognized throughout the world as one of South Africa’s most luxurious game lodges. This five-suite retreat, originally built as the owner’s private family retreat, was constructed in 2007 in the heart of the 75,000-hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. In 2009, the owners decided to open the property to the public, at which point the retreat received a complete makeover transforming it into the intimate and luxuriously chic lodge it has become today. Situated northwest of Johannesburg in South Africa’s North West province, the reserve borders Botswana. The lodge offers breath-taking views of an expansive valley and the Dwarsberg Mountains, as well as an abundance of bird life and game including the Madikwe “Super Seven” which is the Big Five but includes the highly endangered wild dog and cheetah.
At Molori Safari, the well-heeled discerning traveller in search of absolute privacy, luxury and relaxation, who has experienced much and expects the very best, will find it a retreat that offers extraordinary personalized service, style and comfort. The Molori experience is about every need being anticipated from beginning to end and is continuously evolving to provide guests with a fresh perspective. The Molori experience includes basking in opulent, luxury suites with floor to ceiling glass retractable doors that allow nature in, thrilling game drives and bush walks led by award- winning guides, mouth-watering cuisine under the African sky and luxury spa treatments hemmed in by the bush - all personalised to guests' own preferences and time. The Molori Safari experience will leave everlasting memories, ones that our guests will carry with them for a lifetime. It is the perfect destination for those in search of a bespoke luxury safari experience.
Boasting an aesthetic that blends local elements with well-placed international design, the lodge’s warmth, charm and comfort reigns supreme in the five meticulous open-air suites, thoughtfully distanced from each other to offer maximum privacy. All of the suites boast spacious wooden decks, private infinity pools, fireplaces, and floor- to-ceiling glass walls which fully retract to ‘let nature in’. The interior style is local-chic and designed to soothe guests with neutral palates, streaming natural light and exceptional furniture by Fendi, Kenneth Cobonpue and Philipp Plein. Additional in-room amenities include spotting telescopes to observe wildlife, iPod docking systems, espresso machines, wifi and mini-bars. Both of the premier suites (named Ngwedi and Lesedi) measure 2500 sq. ft. each (inclusive of indoor/outdoor space) and the family premier suite (named Sephiri) measures 3300 sq. ft. (inclusive of indoor/outdoor space). All suites feature a large living area, fireplaces, bedroom and bathroom with heated flooring for the cooler months, and infinity pools. The split-level Sephiri Suite, ideal for families, has two bedrooms, each with their own private bathrooms. The decks that extend from these suites are outfitted with luxurious Dedon daybeds for ultimate relaxation.
Molori’s two presidential suites, the Metsi suite, which measures 6400 sq. ft. (inclusive of indoor/outdoor space) and the two-bedroomed Molelo Suite, measuring 6670 sq. ft. (inclusive of indoor/outdoor space) are breath-taking, both in size and opulence. While the Metsi suite contains one master bedroom and bath, the Molelo suite features two bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom. Each presidential suite also features one or two dining areas, a service kitchen, spacious lounges, fireplaces, two additional guest bathrooms, walk-in closet, rim-flow bath, an outdoor shower, private infinity pool and jacuzzi. Both suites boast their own library/study equipped with a laptop and a collection of National Geographic magazines dating back to the 1940s, as well as a flat screen television equipped with satellite TV and DVD player. All guests are encouraged to take advantage of the two infinity pools and heated jacuzzi at the main lodge, as well as the retreat’s second rim-flow heated jacuzzi, situated on the highest mountainside deck for optimal wildlife viewing. Guests can truly unwind with a cocktail, a book or a cigar on Molori’s many relaxation decks, including the prized reading and star decks which also feature Dedon daybeds. The main lodge library offers a large selection of popular books, and a well equipped humidor for guests to choose from various imported cigars (available at an extra cost). Also available in the main lodge is satellite TV and DVD player.
The Molori Spa & Fitness Centre encompasses the natural beauty of the surrounding African bush. Peaceful music, contemporary décor and indigenous incense set the relaxation stage for a full suite of massage and aromatherapy treatments. All spa services are available in either the serene indoor treatment room, outdoors on daybeds, or for a truly unrivaled experience, in our outdoor treatment deck in the bush. Alternatively, guests can enjoy private spa treatments in their own suites. The air-conditioned fitness centre is well equipped with state-of-the-art treadmill, bike and cross-trainer machines, dumbbells and weight machines, as well as Pilates and yoga equipment. A spacious steam room and Nordic sauna overlook a cold ‘chiller’ pool and are the ideal complement to any workout or treatment.
All guests are encouraged to live out their dreams at Molori Safari, seeing and experiencing the vast African and escape themselves. The Molori team is happy to suggest any number of activities and can customize each to fit every guest’s own personal schedule. Activities include game drives and bush walks, Super Seven by night, bush breakfasts, bush boma and sunsets, as well as family programs focused on intriguing and entertaining the youngest of guest.
Molori Safari also offers their Dream Honeymoon Escape for the more adventurous couple looking to have an experience that will last forever. The Dream Honeymoon Escape includes three night at Molori Safari cocooned in one of the romantic premier suites and receive the following amentities:
50% off return flights from OR to Tambo to Madikwe on Charter Africa
A bottle of champagne on arrival
A soothing massage on our spa bush deck or your venue of choice
Complimentary upgrade to our Presidential Suite subject to availability
A private vehicle subject to availability
Romantic turn downs & sundowner surprises
A romantic picnic on our star deck or in your suite
Your dream getaway awaits. There is absolutely no way you will be disappointed by what Molori Safari has to offer. Book your trip now at firstname.lastname@example.org!
ESCAPE TO ST. KITTS & NEVIS
St. Kitts & Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It's known for cloud-shrouded mountains and beaches. Many of its former sugar plantations are now inns or atmospheric ruins. The larger of the 2 islands, St. Kitts, is dominated by the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys and rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails.
Imagine an island that has set aside more than a quarter of its land as a National Park, with a rainforest that is actually expanding in size rather than shrinking. This is St. Kitts. An island surrounded by new and untouched dive sites, marked by massive beds of coral, teeming with fish of every stripe and color.
Here you will be surrounded by wildlife, from chattering vervet monkeys and scurrying families of mongoose, to roaming cows, goats, and black-bellied sheep. Here you can drive or hike through the Valley of Giants, zip line over the rainforest or climb up to sit yourself in the cradle of Sofa Rock, once the very cap of a now dormant volcano that you can climb to the very edge of, then be guided down 1000 feet to its steaming crater floor.
St. Kitts boast luxury accommodations and amenities, all while providing you with an authentic tropical island feel. With breathtaking views, golden sand beaches, and tons of outdoor adventures, St. Kitts & Nevis should be your next destination.
4 TINY LUXURY HONEYMOON RETREATS
Blue Villas Damia Windmill- Santorini, Greece
Guests: 4 | Bedrooms: 1 | Bathrooms: 2 The Damia Windmill is a brand new 50 m2 property perched on the famous caldera rim and overlooking to the Santorini volcano and the famous Santorini sunset. It is located at the top of the cliff in the central square area of Imerovigli village, offering the most complete 360 degree view of the entire island, the volcano, the breathtaking Oia and the cosmopolitan Fira.
The Damia Windmill consists of 3 round floors. On the upper level is the master bedroom next to the glass bathroom with shower, right below the internal hardwood floor of the mill. On the middle level, which is the main entrance is the spacious living room that opens to the circular terrace of the mill. Downstairs there is also a lounge with sofa which can be converted to a double bed. The windmill boasts a highly ergonomic and fully equipped kitchen and a second bathroom with stone sink and shower stalls. The skylight allows the top floor to be illuminated with natural light. To book your trip visit bluevillascollection.com.
The Rambleshack- Coldingham, Scotland
Guests: 2 | Bedrooms: 1 | Bathrooms: 1 Situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Coldingham, on the East coast of the Scottish Borders. Whether you prefer the blue flag beach at Coldingham bay, the marine reserve at St Abbs, a tasty fish and chips or a pint or two at the village pub, all are just a few minutes walk from the Rambleshack. The Rambleshack is a beautifully designed garden pod built using locally sourced sustainable larch. It sits in the walled garden of owners Katie and Richard on its own personal decked area and seating area, a hot outside shower for washing off the beach and a gas BBQ for when the sun shines. The Rambleshack is ideal for a break away whether you are en route, love surfing or walking, or simply want to relax beside the coast. We provide a unique and comfortable abode whichever option you choose. Perfectly situated for day trips to Holy Island, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh or even Edinburgh. There is plenty to discover for all our Rambleshackers. To see more, visit nannysuelets.com.
Casa Impala- Holbox Island, Mexico
Guests: 2 | Bedrooms: 1 | Bathrooms: 1 Casa Impala is an exclusively private duplex retreat nestled amongst a luxuriant palm grove , and is ideally located a few steps from the beach and a few minutes from the town center of the island . Casa Impala guest access includes second level loft space with living area, bathroom , kitchen, and balcony, and third level sun deck and bungalow. This luxurious retreat is listed on Airbnb.
Surf Break Beachfront Bungalows- Rote Island, Indonesia
Guests: 2 | Bedrooms: 1 | Bathrooms: 1 These original Javanese teak wood bungalows are made of exquisite building materials and craftsmanship, their facades are adorned with intricate hand carvings. The wood simply breathes in the sea breeze, and the smell is glorious!
The Beachfront Bungalows have a front patio with swinging chairs and spacious private outdoor bathrooms including a private area with sun loungers amongst an exotic garden of banana trees and tropical plants. Your reservations await at seedresorts.com.
5 SOUTHEASTERN HONEYMOON SPOTS
1. Key West, Florida
SEE: Sunset Celebration on Mallory Square PLAY: Lagerheads Beach; The Vandenberg