These honeymoon destinations aren't your traditional getaways — but they're status as up and coming escapes may actually make them even more wonderful. Unique, gorgeous and kind of awesome, each of these non-traditional honeymoon escapes will have you buying tickets and packing your bags ASAP.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town honeymoon destination and travel guide

Cape Town is unquestionably South Africa’s most sophisticated urban getaway. Known for its rich heritage, towering Table Mountain and golden beaches, this city is also proudly multicultural and packed with unique attractions and traditional flavors. Outside the city’s limits you can swap out urban skylines for bountiful vineyards and charming villages as well as incredible whale-watching locations and scenic coastline drives.

Where to Stay

Cape Grace
A wide open view of the Cape Town marina and Table Mountain make this waterfront hotel a tempting getaway. The antique furnishings and sophisticated accommodations offer the perfect amount of elegance and charm.

Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Small in stature but absolutely unforgettable is the best way to describe this conveniently located boutique hotel. The attention to detail, impeccable furnishings and hospitality will welcome you with open arms, and we can’t promise you’ll ever want to leave.

Top Things to Do

  • Make your way to the top of Table Mountain either by cable car or a moderately difficult hike up one of several different routes.
  • Discover the city’s complicated heritage at Robben Island, where you can stand in Nelson Mandela’s old cell and take a closer look at the history of apartheid.
  • Wander through one of the city’s numerous and eclectic markets, like the Oranjezicht City Farm Market or the Old Biscuit Mill.

Where to Eat

Aubergine
One of the city’s top restaurants, the Aubergine is conveniently close to several popular hotels and features contemporary cuisine with a classical foundation and excellent wine pairings.

Beluga
This modern, art décor-style restaurant is housed in a gorgeous 100-year-old red brick building. The South African and Asian fusion menu offers up inspired seafood entrees and carefully prepared, traditionally-inspired meals.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul travel guide for honeymoons

The ultimate intersection of East and West, Istanbul is known for its plethora of attractions and local hospitality. Whether your agenda includes exploring historic buildings, hopping from Europe to Asia, or sipping a hot afternoon chai from a clear, tulip-shaped glass, you’ll find yourself swept up in this city’s vibrant energy and incredible heritage.

Where to Stay

Ajia
This boutique hotel is on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, which splits Istanbul in two. The seaside mansion‘s comfortable rooms and beautiful terraces are worth the 35-minute boat ride from old town Istanbul.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
One of the top-rated hotels in the city, the Four Seasons is newly updated but still offers loads of history and character. A short walk from major city attractions like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, the hotel is a unique and intimate reserve in the heart of the city.

Top Things to Do

  • The Hagia Sophia is an Istanbul essential. The building’s unique pairing of Christian and Islamic elements is said to be representative of the varied history of Istanbul itself.
  • Built to rival the Hagia Sophia, the stunning Blue Mosque is one of the biggest attractions in Istanbul. It’s also an active religious site, and conservative clothing is a requisite for entrance.
  • The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest indoor shopping markets in the world – and a great place to pick up colorful souvenirs. Don’t hesitate to barter for a good price on products.

Where to Eat

Pandeli
Once called one of the best restaurants in Istanbul, Pandeli is located at the top of a winding stone staircase just inside the Spice Bazaar and is known for its extensive traditional Turkish menu. The huge servings and flavorful food don’t disappoint.

Mikla
This contemporary restaurant pairs local produce with international flair and an incredible view of the Istanbul skyline. Take your pick of options from the eclectic menu – inspired in part by the chef and patron’s Turkish-Scandinavian background and innovative spirit.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island travel guide

Storybook beauty abound on the quaint and lovely shores of Prince Edward Island. While author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series is what first made the island famous, its rolling fields, charming seaside villages and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere are what keep visitors coming back to visit the aptly nicknamed “Gentle Island.”

Where to Stay

Summerside Inn Bed and Breakfast
It’s hard to beat the cozy atmosphere of a bed and breakfast on Prince Edward Island, or PEI as the locals call it, and this restored home is one of the best. Comfortable accommodations and small touches like unique China dishes and Apple TV in guestrooms make it a modern getaway with historic appeal.

The Harbour House
A great location, large rooms (some of which include kitchenettes) and a friendly staff are among the highlights of this beautiful retreat. The Harbour House is well within walking distance of downtown Charlottetown, as well as historical sights and the waterfront.

Top Things to Do

  • Spend a day in Charlottetown, the island’s capital, and explore the lively cultural scene and carefully preserved historical settings.
  • A trip to Prince Edward Island wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the House of Green Gables, which inspired L.M. Montgomery’s books.
  • Make your own way across idyllic Kings County and discover the area’s sheltered harbors, open beaches and scenic country roads.

Where to Eat

The Olde Glasgow Mill Restaurant
This charming historic building turned fine dining establishment is one of the best on Prince Edward Island. Savor the excellent view of the enchanting New Glasgow – and the lobster mac and cheese.

Water Street Bakery and Deli
Looking for a quick, but amazing, meal on the go? Stop by this bakery for your pick of baked goods, gourmet sandwiches and delectable pizzas, then take a seat at a picnic table outside to enjoy the scenery while you munch. The meat pies and cinnamon rolls come with rave reviews.

Belize

Belize travel guide for honeymoons

Truly a honeymoon destination for adventurous souls, Belize is known for its lush jungles, ancient Mayan ruins, breathtaking coastline and Central American heritage. Dip into the ocean to explore the second longest barrier reef in the world, which happens to be home to more than 100 different kinds of coral and 500-plus species of fish, or hike to the impressive ruins of a bygone era. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.

Where to Stay

Matachica Beach Resort
Exotic settings and extravagant appointments make this resort the cream of the tropical luxury crop. Private thatched-roof cottages with secluded patios and individual hammocks are paired with clean, elegant rooms and an indulgent spa.

Ka’ana Resort & Spa
An award winning boutique resort tucked away in Belize’s jungle, Ka’ana has something for everyone. Sleek accommodations, all-inclusive packages and excursions are all just another day in paradise at the resort’s intersection of style and adventure.

Top Things to Do

  • Dive into the underwater caves and coral walls of the world-famous Blue Hole on a scuba diving excursion.
  • Get up close and personal with Mayan ruins. Xunantunich, Lamanai, Caracol and Altun Ha are some of the best.
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife: spider monkeys, howler monkeys, crocodiles and hundreds of species of birds can all be easily.

Where to Eat

Bird’s Isle
This locally-run restaurant is off the beaten path and well known for its excellent food, beautiful views and extensive cocktail menu. Reasonable prices and authentic meals make it a can’t-miss destination if you’re in the area.

Mambo Restaurant
Expect fresh ingredients and local flavor with a classic European twist at this romantic Ambergris Caye restaurant, which is known for its exotic ambiance. The seafood fettuccine comes highly recommended, as do Mambo’s excellent breakfasts.

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