These days, travelers are increasingly seeking vacations that will leave them feeling enriched, and that goes for honeymooners, too. After all, what better way to strengthen your bond as newlyweds than to take on something new and exciting together? Here are four hands-on honeymoon experiences around the world that neither of you will soon forget.
1. Cooking School in Italy
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Florence is one of Italy’s most popular destinations, and its bounty of vineyards might have something to do with it. But you’ll need something to pair with all those rich, full-bodied reds. Head to Cucina con Vista (translation: kitchen with a view), which opened in 2001 and is located inside a farmhouse and has its own vineyards and olive groves (hello, fresh olive oil!). You’ll learn how to make pasta from scratch, plus other traditional Italian dishes using the country’s farm-fresh produce, from zesty lemons to fragrant garlic. Not sure where to stay? J.K. Place Firenze is one of the finest hotels in town.
2. Surf Lessons in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is synonymous with surfing, and the country offers countless options when it comes to learning the sport. To help sift through the options and ensure a luxurious stay when it’s time to get out of the water, book a suite at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. The resort’s sales and concierge teams will help arrange surf lessons through its own surf school, which is located on pristine Playa Blanca.
3. Spotting Wildlife in the Galapagos Islands
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This chain of islands off the coast of Ecuador is one of our planet’s most precious resources in the study of evolution, and they’re rich with wildlife that you just won’t see anywhere else. Hop aboard an expedition cruise and visit multiple islands, where you can go snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and take Zodiac tours, while enjoying lectures and other enriching activities on board. Lots of companies offer high-quality Galapagos cruises, but Silversea is among our top picks for a truly five-star sailing.
4. Swimming with Sharks in South Africa
Image via Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
While shark sightings in the States are quick to clear beaches of snoozing sunbathers, when it happens in the waters off the coast of South Africa, plenty of adventure-minded travelers consider it a win. The destination, which sees Great White activity all year round, is wildly popular for visitors who long to be lowered below the water’s surface in a giant cage and come face to face with the terrifying creatures. Great White Shark Tours is among the highest-rated in the business, offering cage dives and boat tours in search of sharks. Continue your connection to nature with a stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a luxury sanctuary just 20 minutes away.