Every year, Hawaii boasts more than 500,000 honeymooners from all over the world. They all go there for one reason: lack of imagination. Hawaii’s pretty, but for couples more exotic, colofrul adventures, RAVE presents the ultimate in honeymoon destinations. “Everyone’s trying to be unique,” says Beverly Hills-based Travel-Agent-To-The-Stars, Gary Mansour, who’s workd with celebs like Angelina Jolie and Renee Zelleweger. “So it’s a castle in Scotland, a private island in the Caribbean, or off to Fiji.” While Mansour says most couples never leave the cozy cocoon of their honeymoon suite, we’ve come up with some tempting options you get the urge to explore.
WHERE: TURTLE ISLAND, FIJI
No TVs, no shopping malls, no tennis courts. Instead, wake up to the scent of Jasmine and Frangipani. Indulge in a breakfast of champagne and garden-grown mangoes and bananas on your own private beach. Swim naked in turquoise waters or mountain bike through jungle-edged paths. Live the ancient, exotic culture of Fiji by sharing a cup of Kava and a song with the natives.
WHEN TO GO:
Enjoy warm tripical breezes and the startingly aquamarine waters of the white powder beaches year-round, but avoid the few weeks in July and December when this usually couples-only resort goes family-friendly.
With only 14 thatched cottages on this 500-acre private Fijian isle in the Yasawa chain in the South Pacific, this eco-friendly all-inclusive resort has played honyemoon haven to celebs like Nick and Jessica, the Bachelorette’s Trista and Ryan, and Britney Spears and hubby-number-two. Stay in one of the resorts uber-romantic grand cottages, complete with king-size four-poster ed, Jacuzzi and outdoor shower built for two. (From $1,975 per night per couple all-inclusive, 877-2-TURTLE, www.turtlefiji.com).
IF YOU ACTUALLY LEAVE THE HOTEL:
Snorkel or scuba the Blue Lagoon (yes – the one Brooke Shields frolicked naked in) or enjoy a lobster and champagne picnic while horseback riding on one of the island’s 14 private white sand beaches. Bike through rainforests fluttering with butterflies and exotic birds or reserve a sailboat to island-hop while deep-sea fishing for Barracuda, yellofin tuna and bonefish. When it’s time to unwind, take an excursion to meet and greet the friendly natives in a traditional Fijian village.
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