They say opposites attract. So it's no wonder you married an avid outdoorsman even though your favorite pastime is taking a trip to the spa. But when it comes time to decide on your honeymoon destination, where do you go to accommodate all of your varied interests? Learn the art of compromise early and pack your bags for Costa Rica, where nature, adventure and relaxation combine to provide you with a unique honeymoon experience that will only add to your wedded bliss.
Boasting that it still has "more monkeys than people," Costa Verde offers plenty of opportunities to experience the wildlife of the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park. The hotel features a variety of accommodations, including one very unique suite housed in the refurbished fuselage of a 727 airplane, and four restaurants. Honeymooners can also stay in Costa Verde II, a separate area inside the hotel made up of 15 rooms designed to give adult couples a more intimate and romantic getaway. Nightly rates range from $250 to $700.
EL ESTABLO MOUNTAIN HOTEL
Nestled in the mountain cloud forest of Monteverde for 10 years, this 155-room hotel offers gorgeous views alongside its heated indoor pools, tennis, basketball and mini soccer courts, canopy tours and spa. Honeymooners can choose from three different packages, focusing on relaxation, adventure or romance. These packages range from $500 to $775 for two nights, while the honeymoon suites cost $295 per night.
FINCA ROSA BLANCA COFFEE PLANTATION & INN
Starbucks addicts rejoice! Just minutes from the San José International Airport, this luxurious and secluded 13-room inn is located on an organic shade-grown coffee plantation which offers plenty of opportunities to experience all things coffee. Tour the farm, learn about the bean in a professional "cupping" session, roast your own coffee and even bathe in it at the spa. Other activities nearby include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, canopy tours and exploring volcanic craters, making this a truly unique honeymoon destination. Nightly rates range from $250 to $520.
TABACÓN GRAND SPA THERMAL RESORT
This unique Costa Rica honeymoon experience features access to the four elements of nature in the heat of the active Arenal Volcano, the waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region. The five-star, luxury Tabacón sits at the base of the volcano and offers 114 rooms with locally made furnishings, as well as the award-winning Grand Spa, which combines nature with relaxation. More adventurous activities include waterfall rappelling, a volcano or rainforest hike and whitewater rafting. Honeymoon packages range from $771 to $2,200 for up to four nights.
VILLAS DEL CARIBE
For those desiring a true Caribbean vacation experience, Villas del Caribe offers just that, with 20 villas and rooms featuring ocean views and delightful coastal breezes. Each accommodation is tastefully designed in a modern Caribbean style and is furnished for comfort with lamps, cushions, loungers and hammocks. After some relaxation, guests can get snorkeling equipment, surf boards and kayaks from the hotel, as well as set up scuba-diving trips, dolphin observation tours or fishing trips. Nightly rates range from $90 to $145.