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Off the beaten path

Honeymoon 2.0

You can’t go wrong with such classic honeymoon destinations like the Maldives, Santorini and Amalfi Coast, except that you’ll be honeymooning with at least a hundred other newlyweds. The following five destinations guarantee much more privacy.

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San Juan Islands, United States

Authentic island feel


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The San Juan Islands are located just northwest of Seattle and right off the coast of Canada. This dreamy archipelago is an Eldorado for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and art lovers. There may not be white sand beaches and tropical blue water, but you’ll definitely find wild waterfalls, a lush rainforest and countless orcas that you can admire up close from your sea kayak.

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In the cosy little town of Friday Harbor, the biggest ‘city’ on the islands, you’ll find numerous art galleries, bookshops and inviting cafés. Don’t leave the islands without enjoying a cider tasting in Westcott Bay, the oldest cider brewery in Washington State.

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Chalkley Treehouse, South Africa

Sleep under a blanket of stars


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There’s always something magical about tree houses, but this one in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa is sure to exceed your expectations. Enjoy a good night’s rest high above the ground on an enchanting illuminated platform - without any walls, doors or windows just a blanket of stars. While the lions roar and the zebras continue their endless migration in the distance, you enjoy an intimate picnic dinner - adventure and romance in one!

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Alpine pastures and ski slopes

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Zermatt is proof positive that a honeymoon does not always have to feature palm trees, the beach and cocktails. This Swiss mountain village is located at the foot of the famous Matterhorn in the heart of a gigantic hiking and skiing area. In the summer, it’s home to romantic alpine pastures and, in the winter, a layer of snow magically transforms the landscape into a winter wonderland. You can even ski here in the summertime. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the highest summer skiing region in Europe.

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Montaña Mágica Lodge, Chile

Spend the night in a magical volcano

Do you love the wild, unusual and adventurous? Then the Montaña Mágica Lodge is the perfect honeymoon destination for you. This unique lodge is located deep in the Chilean rainforest in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Huilo Huilo. It is constructed as a mountain that disappears completely into the lush vegetation. Here you sleep inside a ‘volcano’ and a waterfall flows from the roof along your window. On the other side of the water, you can enjoy views of the endless jungle.

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The lodge organises horseback riding, zipline and hiking tours. All you have to do is absolutely nothing since the main reason to travel here is for complete relaxation.

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Colmar, France

Wine and water

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Colmar is one of France’s best kept secrets. The town is located in the Elzas region, an area full of vineyards. Here you can celebrate your wedding every day with a new wine tasting in one of the many wine bars. Located along the border of Germany, Colmar has clearly been influenced by German culture, resulting in a unique architectural mix. A flat boat takes you along romantic waterways past the colourful houses.

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