We know you’ve meticulously planned every detail of your upcoming honeymoon, down to the exact outfits you’ll wear to breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if you’re looking at your itinerary and seeing the last day is just being spent relaxing at your leisure, then may we suggest you make time for one last bucket-list worthy adventure to make this a true getaway of a lifetime?
We asked Black Tomato to share their top five honeymoon splurge ideas. They know just the special experiences to add on to help amplify your time away so that you’ll remember the honeymoon far beyond the flight (or drive) home.
Castaway picnic in the Maldives
The Maldives are a sand-swirled paradise stretched across emerald blue seas with rich and colorful heritage. How could you top the natural environment while you’re there with hikes along the sandbanks, long walks under the stars and jaw-dropping bungalows right over the wide-open ocean? We may have just the idea.
Set sail to your own private sandbank with just a picnic hamper, a snorkel, and a mask. Dine on the beach with cushions on the sand instead of chairs with just the moon and candles to light your table. You’ll be set up with quite possibly the most romantic dinner of your life set far into the blue emerald isles of the Maldives. Insider tip: If you’re planning a destination wedding this might just be the perfect place to have the ceremony.
Crossing the border in a heli ride over Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is undoubtedly the most instagrammed waterfall… ever. The only thing is few have the time to see it (and we’re not just talking about the long flight to get there). For the adventurous couple wanted to spend their time away, this is an experience tried and tested by Black Tomato’s travel experts, who are sure you’ll be talking about this for years to come. Imagine flying over the falls themselves with views of far-stretching rugged cliffs just after the crescent of the sunrise peeks above the clouds in a vintage fixed wing light aircraft. Top this experience off with a romantic dinner under candlelight on your way back to your villa as the blazing African sun disappears behind the bushes.
Gorilla Treks in Rwanda
Staying in the Virunga Lodge is an experience in itself, but for us adventure seekers, we’ve paired it with an outing to track an endangered gorilla family. The lodge will be your base camp for a few nights as you take in the remote region and perfectly-peaked volcanoes that extend along the border of Rwanda and Uganda. You’ll get an early start and get up-close and personal with the apes by lunchtime. Keep your camera in hand, this is one photo opportunity you won’t want to miss out on.
Complete Spa Treatment in the Deep South, USA
The Deep South: There’s nothing like it from the music, the finest whiskey, thrill of the races, or stunning rural beauty. The best part? Having this all at the tips of your fingers staying right around the corner of the Blackberry Farm Spa. Take in the rolling hills and fresh air of this idyllic country estate with a wellness program that will surely have you relaxed after your big day.
Insider tip: Work with the staff at the Wellhouse to tailor make your treatment from head to toe. Afterwards, head to the Herb Garden and clip a sprig to infuse in your steam shower before heading to a wine tasting and cooking course from the chef with your other half.
Private tours and tastings, Italy
Year to year, Italy is one destination that always comes up top on our list of honeymoons it’s because of its endless sunshine and cuisine like no other. Add some flavor to your honeymoon in Italy with a foodie experience that will have you drooling with anticipation. Our favorite? Starting off with a private tour of the Vassario corridor (usually closed off to the public) then driving in a deluxe supercar through the Chianti wine region for private tastings.
Insider tip: Stay at the Castello del Nero amongst the vineyard and olive groves of the Tuscan countryside. This is sincerely a fairytale come true.
Bonus: For those who really want to remember this trip forever, Black Tomato will set you up with a Hollywood videographer to travel with you on your trip and film every last detail. There’s no need to rush for that last minute photo op or selfie stick moment when you have a specialty curated video that will give you the chance to never miss that special moment.