Top 10 Non-Beachy Honeymoon Destinations

Kat Weiss of World Wide Honeymoon shares her favorite non-beachy honeymoon destinations below 👇 (For more info on Kat and her blog, check out her bio at the end!)

 

 

All-inclusive resorts on pristine Caribbean beaches are perfection... for some people. Others prefer to leave the beach behind for a very different kind of dream honeymoon.

When my fiancé and I first started looking into places to honeymoon, we were met with an overwhelming list of options. There was one thing, however, that we knew right off the bat we weren’t interested in: spending our entire trip on the beach. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But we love adventure. We love mountains. We love kayaking, hiking, exploring random street markets, interacting with locals, and maybe seeing some cool animals along the way.

I know we can’t be alone in this, so I’ve come up with 10 non-beachy honeymoon destinations for when 24/7 sun and sand just isn't your thing.


 The calm waters of an alpine lake reflect the surrounding mountains in Banff National Park.

Banff National Park/Lake Louise

Love mountains and picturesque alpine lakes? If so, this gem located in Alberta, Canada has cozy hotels and spas, mountains galore, and all that classic Canadian friendliness. If you’re looking to ski, relax by the fire, or hike to your heart’s content, this might be your dream spot.

Where to stay

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is where you can wake up to mountains and lakes while also getting pampered like royalty.

 

 An ancient Thai temple is illuminated against a dusky purple sky.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Looking for culture, amazing food, and time with wildlife? Look no further than Northern Thailand. Take a cooking class to explore the wonders of Thai cuisine, wander around the temples in the Old City, or volunteer with elephants at Elephant Nature Park.

Where to stay

Akyra Manor Chiang Mai is in the heart of the city and full of luxurious touches, from the giant bowl bathtub to the sweeping views outside your window.

 

 The northern lights glitter green above Iceland's snowy landscape.

Iceland

From the exotic Blue Lagoon to the stunning waterfalls of Skógafoss, a road trip around the lush and lovely country of Iceland is a nature lover’s dream. There really isn’t a bad place to hike on this island. Go during the winter for a better chance of witnessing the northern lights!

Where to stay

Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel is located in the capital city and makes for the perfect base for your explorations. This cozy hotel combines modern Icelandic design with a touch of charm that we all love.

 

 The beautiful Milford Sound on a sunny day in New Zealand.

Queenstown, New Zealand

For the true adrenaline junkies, the adventure capital of the world is calling! From helicoptering in on a glacier and hiking around to bungee jumping off of bridges, hiking one of New Zealand’s famous tracks, or even black water rafting in a cave with glowworms, this place has no shortage of things to keep your adventurous heart racing. Just be sure to slow down and enjoy that delicious New Zealand wine after.

Where to stay

Azur Luxury Lodge, located right by Lake Wakatipu, not only offers 360 views of the amazingly beautiful lake but also serves locally-sourced and delicious food.

 

 A castle tower juts up from the verdant landscape along Ireland's beautiful coast.

Ireland

A road trip around Ireland is a must for anyone but is especially perfect for a honeymoon getaway. Explore Giant’s Causeway and Belfast in Northern Ireland, witness the greenest scenery you'll ever lay eyes on along the Dingle Peninsula, and drive your way down to the Cliffs of Moher before stopping for a pint at Temple Bar in Dublin.

Where to stay

While there are adorable bed and breakfasts all over, nothing quite beats staying in an actual castle. Live your Game of Thrones or Disney fairytale fantasy at Dromoland Castle.

 

 A male and female lion gaze out calmly across the grasslands of South Africa.

South Africa

A safari in South Africa will be one of the most amazing, unforgettable experiences you'll ever have. Picture waking up bright and early to the calls of wildlife, the excitement of that first glimpse of lions lounging in the morning sun, romantic evenings spent dining under the stars—if this place isn’t on your bucket list, I can’t imagine what is! Once you’re finished your safari, be sure to check out the beauty of Cape Town and explore the wineries of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschoek.

Where to stay

Simbavati River Lodge luxury tents are complete with air conditioning, butler service, indoor/outdoor showers, and a deck overlooking the dry riverbed that makes the perfect perch for animal watching as you relax post-game drive. It's truly glamping at its finest.

 

 Vienna's beautiful architecture towers over the people taking an evening stroll below.

Austria

"The hills are alive with the sound of music" is a sentiment that holds true throughout the entire country of Austria. Whether you’re into classical music or love a good chocolate cake, Vienna is a must. Next, take the train to the scenic towns of Hallstatt and Innsbruck, where you will be greeted with glassy alpine lakes, striking mountains, and beautiful architecture. Come to Austria during the Christmas season for some of Europe’s best Christmas markets.

Where to stay

The Guesthouse Vienna is sleek and modern with gorgeous views of the Austrian capital. Use it as your home base for exploring this lovely town.

 

 The view down one of New York's busy streets, captured from up high.

New York, NY

I don't know about you, but I'd take getting lost in a big city over the beach any day. You’ll find no shortage of ways to have fun in New York. Visit the Met for all of the classic art you can handle, then take a romantic stroll with your sweetheart through Central Park. If you want to taste some of the best New York has to offer, check out Per Se, one of NYC’s five Michelin 3-star restaurants and 100% one of the best meals we’ve ever had.

Where to stay

The High Line Hotel is located in ever-popular Chelsea where you can check out plenty of galleries, walk on the High Line, and sample delicious food at the Chelsea market.

 

 The ancient Inca ruins at Machu Picchu sit atop a mountain in Peru.

Peru

From the Amazon to ancient ruins, there are countless reasons to make Peru your dream honeymoon destination. Whether you’re looking forward to hiking up to Machu Picchu or you’re dreaming of seeing the famous floating islands of Lake Titicaca, this place is too beautiful for words. I guarantee you'll fall head over heels for this stunning South American gem.

Where to stay

Hotel Sol Y Luna is located in the Sacred Valley in Urubamba, surrounded by the Andes mountains. A perfect place to stop and rest on the way to Machu Picchu, you can stay in a luxurious casita with heated floors, a fireplace, and a private terrace with incredible views.

 

 A beautiful blue street in Chefchaouen, Morocco, decorated with plant pots and wrought iron.

Morocco

Morocco is stuffed to the brim with colour and culture. Hit the streets of Marrakech and explore the bazaars for spices, carpets, and more, then venture to the blue city of Chefchaouen to snap some envy-inducing Instagram pics. Be sure to budget some time in your trip for a night or two in the Sahara desert, where you can ride camels and stay in luxurious tents.

Where to stay

La Sultana Marrakech has the kind of classic Moroccan architecture and design that will blow you away, complete with gorgeous rooms and a picture-worthy pool in the interior garden.


Beaches aren’t the only dream honeymoon locale, especially when all of these beauties are an option! Whether you end up exploring the Andes or watching wildlife on safari, you and your partner will be guaranteed a romantic and life-changing adventure like no other.

 

 

About The Author: Kat Weiss

 Kat Weiss, founder of World Wide Honeymoon.

Kat Weiss is the founder of World Wide Honeymoon. She is a travel hacking addict who is passionate about helping other couples experience the world through travel with less stress and more luxury. In her spare time, she enjoys running, listening to dozens of podcasts, and taking too many photos of her cat. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest @worldwidehoneymoon and Twitter @wwhoneymoon.