The best, and most romantic, way to explore the 32 coral atolls of the Quirimbas is by Arabian dhow. Charter one of these traditional sailing vessels and let the crew navigate you to untouched islets where palm trees and turtles are the only residents. Each evening you’ll be deposited on deserted beaches, to eat fresh fish and camp out on the sand.
Set sail across this ridiculously elysian South Pacific lagoon with Captain Fantastic – not only will he stop at Aitutaki’s best snorkel spots and reel off local history, he’ll drop anchor at Honeymoon Island, a well-named hump of sand lapped by turquoise blue. While you take a dip, the Captain will cook up a fishy feast – or you can arrange to be marooned there overnight...
Most Canadian cabins are intrinsically romantic: they conjure thoughts of snuggling by open fires, nostrils tingling with the scent of pungent pine. This one’s even better: nestled on Algonquin Island, in the midst of Kawawaymog Lake, it’s only accessible by canoe. While here, paddle out to look for moose, star-gaze from the deck or get steamy in the floating sauna.
Leave scenic Stockholm to paddle its outlying archipelago in a kayak built for two. There are around 30,000 isles and islets here, so finding one without other people should be a cinch. Also, wild camping (done respectfully) is legal in Sweden, so when you find that perfect private cove, pitch your tent there and claim it as your own.
Santorini is the quintessential Greek honeymoon island. And, yes, its sunken caldera and taverna-tumbling hillsides are pretty dreamy – but they’re pretty busy too. To find sunset-over-the-sea views that are just as good – but without the glut of people – try peaceful Ikaria. This small Aegean isle has little tourism and is tricky to reach, but is all the more unique for it. Come for great food, a village-to-village walking trail, thick forests and empty beaches. Come for all the romance, none of the crowds.
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