Zika-Free Honeymoon Ideas

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While many countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and even the United States currently have Zika virus travel warnings, there are still plenty of places to go for a memorable honeymoon. Whether you want to laze around on a secluded beach, see the northern lights, or discover a new culture, here are the top Zika-free honeymoon spots.—Teddy Minford

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Utah

With five national parks (and countless state parks and national monuments), Utah should be on every traveler’s list. With a trip to southern Utah, it’s possible to see the spires of Bryce Canyon, Arizona’s iconic wave, and the red walls of Glen Canyon. Bring your hiking gear to experience the best of Utah’s wilderness, off the beaten path.

Where to Stay: Amangiri is a surprisingly luxurious resort, with modern décor that complements the red rock surroundings. It’s the perfect place to return to after a day of exploring.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Utah Guide

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Maldives

Head to the Maldives for complete seclusion in a tropical setting. You’ll spend your days lounging the sun, feasting on fresh fish, and luxuriating in the plunge pool of your overwater bungalow. There are 200 different islands to choose from and each one is a little slice of paradise.

Where to Stay: Stay at the Conrad on Rangali Island to have it all—a perfect bungalow, crystalline blue waters, and a resort that boasts excellent cuisine. Don’t miss out on dinner at the underwater restaurant.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Maldives Guide

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Amalfi Coast

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is undeniably one of the most romantic places in the world. Indulge in la dolce vita with extravagant shopping, long, wine-fueled lunches, and lazy afternoons on the beach. For a short visit, base yourself in Positano and do a few day trips, but if you have time, try and do an overnight in Capri and Ravello.

Where to Stay: Monastero Santa Rosa is a converted Monastery with an unbelievable view of the azure water below.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Amalfi Coast Guide

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Marrakech

The bustling city of Marrakech is a romantic setting for honeymooners. Spend your days shopping in the souks, getting spa treatments at a traditional hammam, and finding hidden gem restaurants at night. If you have the time, head into the Atlas Mountains for a glamping experience.

Where to Stay: Marrakech is full of luxurious properties, and the Palais Namaskar, located right outside of town, is one of the most beautiful—you’ll feel like you’ve found your own private oasis in the desert.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Marrakech Guide

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Iceland

Iceland is a short direct flight from the U.S., making this a hassle-free destination that combines a thriving music, arts, and nightlife scene with a sublime natural backdrop. Explore the waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes around the island before relaxing at the Blue Lagoon on your way home.

Where to Stay: The ION Adventure Hotel is a modern take on luxury, with themed rooms and upscale Nordic cuisine.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Iceland Guide

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Muscat

Experience the coastal desert in Muscat, where you’ll find arabesque architecture, opulent hotels, and perfect blue water. Spend a few nights by the coast before heading into the mountains for a taste of nomadic life in the desert.

Where to Stay: Each hotel is its own little oasis, and the Chedi Muscat is no exception, with a private beach setting and a fantastic spa.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Muscat Guide

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Loire Valley

Spend your days drinking Champagne, touring wineries and châteaux, and spending the night at posh bed-and-breakfasts in the Loire Valley. Don’t miss famous Chenonceau and Chambord, and make sure to visit one of the nearby wineries. If you want a taste of city life, head to Tours for a few days to people watch in the main square and go café-hopping.

Where to Stay: Live like queens at Chateau de la Bourdasiere, a 15th-century castle that is now a luxury hotel with stylish grounds, manicured gardens, and a lovely pool.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Loire Valley Guide

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Big Sur

You don’t have to go far to experience isolated luxury in a beautiful setting. The coastal community of Big Sur, California, combines a laid-back attitude with a gorgeous cliff-side location. Sip local wines, go for a hike, or have a picnic on the beach.

Where to Stay: The Post Ranch Inn is the perfect for honeymooners, featuring woodsy cabins that each have their own fireplace and deck.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Big Sur Guide

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Bhutan

Bhutan is a stress-free off-the-beaten-path excursion. Go trekking, visit tea houses and the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and discover the sights of the only country in the world that measures the GDP in happiness.

Where to Stay: Five lodges dotted throughout the country make up Amankora, a luxury excursion that includes everything, including food, beverages, transportation, and visas required to visit the country.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Bhutan Guide

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Lulea

For the adventurous couple, there’s no better place to spend your first days of marital bliss than in the middle of nowhere in Sweden. Spend a few days in Stockholm indulging in city life before heading up the coast to Lulea and Harads, where nature’s beauty is the main draw.

Where to Stay: The famous TreeHotel is a must visit. Though modern, the oddball accommodations are perfectly placed within the landscape, creating a full forest immersion. Choose from the Mirror Cube, the UFO, or the Bird’s Nest (or just stick to the more traditional treehouse cabins).

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Sweden Guide

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Whitsunday Island

You can’t find more picture-perfect beaches than the secluded white strands of the Whitsunday Islands. A national park situated right on the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays are perfect for couples that want to scuba dive and snorkel. Rent a sailboat to explore the islands or just relax on one of the perfect beaches.

Where to Stay: Qualia resort is a honeymooner’s dream, complete with secluded bungalows and plunge pools. The resort offers scuba and snorkel activities along with a world-class spa.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Whitsunday Islands Guide

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Hong Kong

A honeymoon in Hong Kong is a great choice for active travelers who want to experience a new place together on their honeymoon. Hong Kong is one of the food capitals of the world, so it’s a good idea to spend your days restaurant-hopping and trying everything that the city has to offer—from traditional Cantonese to trendy modern Italian. If you get tired of city life, hike the Dragon’s Back for a bird’s-eye view of Victoria Harbour or head to nearby Repulse Bay to have a little time at the beach.

Where to Stay: Hong Kong’s chicest green property, Hotel Icon, is an oasis in the city.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Hong Kong Guide

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Bali

Known for its beautiful beaches, blissed-out surf culture, and ancient temples, Bali is the perfect place to go for a honeymoon that combines a lazy vacation with a bit of culture. Although Bali is far from undiscovered, the thriving tourist economy means that you won’t have to worry about finding good food and a nice hotel. If you want to head a little further off the beaten path, the Gili Islands are even more laid back.

Where to Stay: The Intercontinental Bali is a luxe tropical oasis with a perfect beachfront location on Jimbaran Bay.

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Bali Guide