Incredible honeymoons don’t always have to involve palm trees and remote islands. Why not sprinkle an extra dose of magic on yours with a romantic escape to one of these dreamy mountain honeymoon destinations…
Scott and I are in love with outdoor adventures and nature travel, which means as soon as the first signs of winter appear, we’re immediately daydreaming about taking to the slopes or sipping hot chocolate from within a cabin or chalet covered in a thick blanket of snow.
That’s partly why we’re so excited to write this blog post for AliKats’ ‘Dream of Mountains’ Challenge. It’s far from being a challenge for us to dream about the mountains!
But the other reason why we’re excited to write this for you today is that we also want to dispel the myth that mountain escapes are reserved solely for cold weather and adventures in the snow. There are also plenty of adventures to be had in the mountains throughout the year.
From seeing the Milky Way from the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii to hiking through the clouds in Madeira and gazing down at the sapphire blues of Lake Garda from the top of Monte Baldo in Italy, we want to show you ten mountain escapes we’ve enjoyed over the years and why each of them would make the best honeymoon destinations for mountain lovers.
Don’t worry! We’ll also be sharing some mountain getaways for lovers of winter too! Because that’s what’s so great about escaping to the mountains… it’s up to you how you choose to spend your time and which season you choose to travel in.
Are you ready for a dreamy mountain escape? Us too, let’s go!
Dreamy Mountain Honeymoon Destinations for Lovers of Snow and All Things “Hygge”
Snow? Check. Wooden cabins? Check. Log fires? Check. These are our top three romantic destinations to experience all these things alongside beautiful mountain views.
The Alps. I feel like that’s all I need to say about the mountains in France but what kind of writer would I be if I left it at that?
The Alps stretch across eight Alpine countries: France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany and Slovenia – but it’s France that keeps calling us back.
For a start, it’s one of the nearest adventures abroad we can have seeing as we live in the UK.
There are also a lot of ski resorts and towns dotted around the French Alps, so a trip here makes for one of the most fun and adventurous long weekends we’ve ever had the pleasure of taking.
Would we go back to the mountains in France? Oh yes, most definitely!
Had it not been for the year that shall not be named (ahem, looking at you 2020), we would have already been planning another winter escape to France.
Here’s hoping 2021 and future years will be kinder to those of us dreaming of the mountains and all the snowy adventures we could possibly want.
Iceland probably isn’t the first place you think of when you think of mountains but I’m hoping to change that.
Even though our road trip around Iceland was focused on waterfalls, hiking and hot springs, it felt like the mountains were following us everywhere as we drove from place to place along the open roads.
Mountains were in the background when Scott proposed. Mountains towered over and near waterfalls. And our memorable hike through Thingvellir National Park had mountains covered in a thick layer of snow as a permanent backdrop in our photos.
There are many reasons why I’ll never forget our week-long ski trip to Ruka in Finland.
We saw endless fields of snow and wintery pine trees from the plane window. We traipsed across the snow at the airport. Even our plane had to land in the snow.
And then came the welcome sight of our adorable wooden cabin covered in a layer of snow with steam puffing from the chimney.
Oh yes, this was going to be a magical week indeed.
When Scott wasn’t failing miserably at teaching me how to ski down the mountains(!), we were toasting marshmallows over log fires, walking around frozen lakes and even having a go at husky sledding for the first time.
While we headed north for our trip, Finland is full of incredible experiences and mountain escapes just like this one.
Magical Mountain Honeymoon Destinations That Might Surprise You
It’s funny really. When you think of a mountain escape, I bet a lot of you think of wooden cabins, log fires and adventures in the snow.
But what if I told you that mountain getaways can also be for warm-weather seekers and other kinds of adventurers?
Take a look at some of these magical mountain honeymoon destinations that might just surprise you!
Ahh beautiful Hawaii, you sure did steal our hearts.
Hawaii is a paradise for nature lovers, hikers and outdoor adventurers… but also for sunseekers, romantics and beach lovers.
If you head to The Big Island where volcanoes and black sand beaches await, you’ll also find a mountain adventure that is simply out of this world!
Head to Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world, in the late afternoon and you can watch the sunset above the clouds from 13,000 feet.
Then afterwards, at 9000 feet, you can look up at the stars together – and it’ll be like nothing else you’ve seen before.
Thousands upon thousands of twinkling stars will be looking back at you and so will the wispy white spirals of the Milky Way. You don’t even need a telescope to see all of this!
Madeira, a tiny island in the Portuguese archipelago made from volcanic rock, is another one of those places that’ll take your breath away.
Madeira might be small but it’s full of adventures and beautiful views from up high.
Head to the top of Pico do Arieiro, Madeira’s third-highest peak, to see sweeping views across the surrounding valleys. Pico das Torres and Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s other mountain peaks, are even higher up!
If you’re after even more incredible views, visit Cabo Girão for the thrill of looking down at the coast from 1900 feet up. Or head to Encumeada where you can follow a Levada and walk through the clouds.
There’s no other place like it!
Italy has its fair share of mountains where you could go skiing and snowboarding. But why not visit in the summer and go hiking instead?
Lake Garda in the north is another place that’s stolen my heart over the years. If you head to the top of Monte Baldo in Malcesine, you’ll be able to admire the sapphire blues of Lake Garda from above. You won’t want to leave!
Ahh, Bali. Where terraces of rice fields cascade down the hills. Where 20,000 temples are waiting to be discovered. Where monkeys terrorise tourists just for fun.
And where you can hike to the top of Mount Batur, a 5600-foot active volcano, at sunrise for a truly unforgettable way to kick off your honeymoon adventures.
While most people think of souks and Moroccan wares or mint tea and food cooked in tagines when they think of Morocco, those in the know also appreciate Morocco for its landscapes.
The Atlas Mountains, in particular, are full of incredible adventures and some of the best views. You’ll likely only see a portion of them on your trip but pick any section and you’ll be in awe.
If you’ve got time, head to Paradise Valley in the Moroccan High Atlas mountains and you’ll be blown away!
Thousands of palm trees line the desert-scapes. Rivers flow through dry mountainous valleys. And tiny cafe terraces line the hills so you can sip mint tea while gazing at incredible views across the valleys.
Drive for about an hour south of Dublin and you’ll find the Wicklow Mountains.
It’s a popular pastime to drive across them where you’ll find twisting and turning tiny roads, epic waterfalls and mountain views – and deer who like to jump out at your car at a moment’s notice!
This is all part of the fun during an Irish mountain escape.
And finally, a bit closer to home, the UK has its fair share of mountain ranges for you to hike, admire and meander past in the car.
Some of our favourites include Glen Coe in Scotland, the Brecon Beacons in Wales and the Lake District and Peak District in England.
Romantic Mountain Getaways Still On Our Bucket List
I think by now you can probably see that mountain adventures seem to follow us on all our trips (apart from maybe city breaks!)
But we still have lots more romantic mountain getaways on our bucket list including:
- Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies in Canada
- Aoraki / Mount Cook in New Zealand (where we very nearly booked our own honeymoon!)
- Mount Fuji in Japan
- The Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe in California, USA
- The Rocky Mountains in Colorado, USA
Over to you now… where would you head for a unique and romantic mountain honeymoon?
Are you also dreaming of the mountains? Pin this guide to some of the best honeymoon destinations for mountain lovers now and plan your trip later!