Ask the Expert: A Honeymoon with Beach Time and Adventurous Activities

by Ryan Conner | October 23, 2013


Photography courtesy of Manuna Kea Beach Hotel.

Thanks to Laura Bassett with Haute Holidays Travel for answering this week’s reader question:

We like the idea of a tropical honeymoon to relax after the wedding, but we don’t want to sit on the beach the entire time. Do you have any ideas for romantic spots with a mix of beach and adventure?

This is a very common question! Couples increasingly don’t want to spend their entire honeymoon “sitting on a beach.” Luckily, there are some great all-in-one options for a combo beach/active honeymoon!  If you wish to just go to one island or one area but to experience a diverse landscape and ability to mix things up while there, a few ideas are:

Hawaii!  The best part about Hawaii is no passport or currency exchange needed, yet you feel completely transported to the South Pacific by the beauty of nature here.  On Maui, you can catch sunrise atop Mount Haleakala, ride your bike back down later in the morning, and be sipping a Mai Tai on the beach in the afternoon at the luxurious Four Seasons Maui.  In Kauai, famous for its stunning Na Pali coastline, you can hike part of the 11-mile long Kalalau trail in the morning, stop in the peaceful town of Hanalei for lunch afterwards and be back at the newly renovated 5-star St. Regis Princeville on the North Shore just in time to lounge on the beach or enjoy a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage.

In the Caribbean, St. Lucia, with its famous Pitons, has the perfect recipe for honeymooners who want it all! Spend your morning with a local guide hiking the strenuous trail up to the top of Gros Piton, and reward yourself for all your hard work in the afternoon with a lazy dip in your private plunge pool off your cottage at the new Viceroy Sugar Beach.

For someplace a little more exotic, how about Malaysia? Langkawi Island is one of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, just off of Malaysia’s west coast.  White sand beaches frame the edges of the island, while the interior is covered in rain forest.  Spend your morning kayaking through the mangroves or trekking through the jungle, and by afternoon you can be chilling with your toes in the sand. The Datai Langkawi is a luxury property situated at the edge of the rainforest with a footpath leading right down to the beach.

Ask your travel adviser for options like these to tailor your honeymoon to suit your needs and wishes!