Fly a little farther for an adventure you will never forget
Words by MARIE LOOK
Injecting extra adventure into your first few days post-nuptials — courtesy of a far-flung honeymoon — offers the chance to further connect while experiencing a radically different setting together. But where to go?
A bold option is the Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat, traversed by yacht. Not just any yacht, mind you: the new 180-foot-long sailing vessel Prana (from Ibiza hotel group Atzaro), which cruises the tropical, uninhabited islands in style with up to 18 guests and a 12-person crew. Marvel at pristine beaches, surf spectacular waves and swim with sea turtles; or enjoy Prana’s nearly 9,700 square feet over four decks, encompassing nine well-appointed cabins, a yoga deck, and a lounge serving Western and Asian fusion dishes made with local ingredients. From $14,500/night.
Couples who prefer terra firma may choose the newly opened Kwitonda Lodge or Kataza House (an exclusive-use villa), situated on 178 verdant acres at the edge of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Established by Singita — a conservation brand dedicated to preserving African wilderness and, in particular, Rwanda’s endangered mountain gorillas — Kwitonda and Kataza were constructed according to strict sustainability principles and count 12 luxurious guest suites between them, with all accommodations featuring nature-inspired interior design, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and heated plunge pools. From $1,495/night per person at Kwitonda Lodge; from $6,877/night at Kataza House in green season.
For something even more secluded, venture to Cayo Espanto, a private 4-acre island and five-star resort 3 miles off the coast of San Pedro, Belize. Book a one- or two-bedroom beachfront villa (complete with private plunge pool, veranda and dock), or splurge for Casa Ventanas, an 1,100-square-foot bungalow that hovers over the turquoise Caribbean waters. The property can arrange scuba and snorkeling charters, fishing trips and bird-watching tours; or you can stay put to enjoy in-suite spa services like the Mayan Coffee Scrub and Cocoa Wrap ($130/60 min.), followed by local whitefish tacos with fresh pico de gallo catered to your villa. From $1,795/night through May 31.
Feature image: PRANA’s highest deck hosts yoga or movies under the stars.
This story originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of C Weddings.