It’s no surprise that compatibility is important in determining the longevity of a couple — and this is especially true when it comes to passions involving exercise and fitness. As they say, the couple who sweats together, stays together. And science totally backs this theory. Research from several studies has found that couples who participate in exciting physical challenges or activities with each other report feeling more satisfied in their relationship and more in love overall. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore the beautiful world around you with your love while you indulge in some adrenaline-pumping activities. Here are a few exciting honeymoon destinations to inspire you.
Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure, Peru
If hiking places you and your partner in your elements, check off this dream trip to Machu Picchu. Spirited adventure travel operator Mountain Lodges offers up customizable five- or seven-day trips on the Lares Trek. Couples can experience the ultimate mix of active and intimate with excursions to archaeological Inca sites, unforgettable experiences with the remote mountain communities whose traditions have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, visits to local Andean markets and museums, as well as horseback riding, biking, kayaking, yoga, meditation and more. Once all is said and done, settle down at the luxurious lodges and enjoy personal jacuzzis, couples massages, outdoor fire pits and lounges, panoramic views of snow-capped mountains…need we say more?
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Paradise Beach Resort, Nevis Island
This teeny, tiny island (the smaller of two representing the nation of Saint Kitts) in the Caribbean is known for its exotic beaches and roaring hills that are almost untouched. It’s essentially an activity lover’s playground offering wide-open space, breathtaking views and fertile land that’s just waiting to be explored. Stay at Paradise Beach Resort, the only one to boast expansive multi-bedroom villas with private beachfront access (are you swooning yet?). By day, take advantage of an unlimited array of activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, cycling, scuba diving, sailing, zip lining, hiking, cricket, tennis and more. By night, you can lay back and relax in your luxurious suite as their on-site concierge takes care of your every want and need.
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Finger Lakes, New York
A wellness oasis located just four and a half hours from New York City is the stunning Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. Couples seeking the perfect balance of mental and spiritual restoration and physical exertion will enjoy a stay at the Inns of Aurora. At this charming, boutique-like inn, you can enjoy endless outdoor activities such as kayaking on Cayuga Lake, yoga classes curated to a relaxation playlist, bike riding amongst the bucolic scenery, hiking the famous gorges in Ithaca, exploring Watkins Glen State Park or Letchworth State Park, as well as boating, hot air balloon rides, swimming under waterfalls and more. The region also features more than 120 local wineries and a slew of craft breweries, cideries and distilleries.
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Baros Hotel, Maldives
It doesn’t get more romantic than a honeymoon to the Maldives, a tropical island (and a nation of its own) in the Indian Ocean. It’s made up of more than 1,000 coral islands and is known for its exotic blue lagoons, breathtaking beaches and extensive coral reefs. For adventure-seekers, there’s much to see (and do) at the Baros Maldives, a luxury hotel offering a trove of unique land and water experiences such as sailing aboard a traditional Maldivian Dhoni (sailboat), glass bottom canoeing and even glow-in-the-dark snorkeling. If you dare, venture underwater at night (armed with a flashlight, of course) to see the exotic nocturnal sea creatures such as the white spotted bamboo shark, zebra shark, groupers and more.
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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, Costa Rica
Deep in the Tabacon rainforest, you and your spouse will find an exotic oasis and adventurous escape in one of the most biodiverse locations in the world. For the ultimate honeymoon experience and the perfect mix between luxurious relaxation and heart-racing adventure, stay at the Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa. The property spans across 900 acres of lush rainforest located near the base of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. Explore thermal springs, cascading waterfalls that are naturally heated thanks to the volcanic magma nearby, outdoor spa bungalows and countless off-property activities such as horseback riding, hanging bridges, zip lining, paddle boarding and more.
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