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The Adventurers – Honeymoon for Adventurers: Siem Reap Cambodia

Why head to a city when you can go into the jungles of Cambodia? Visit the Hindu temples, see the ancient towers, and photograph the sculptures of Angkor Wat while learning about the culture’s rich history from a local guide.

Want to go further off the beaten path? Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours offers adventure packages for off roading, dirt bikes, and trekking, as well as eco-tourism packages. If you’re feeling spiritual, you may want to visit the Preah Vihear Temple, built between 889 and 1152 AD for Lord Shiva.

End your days in a cocoon of comfort at The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor — a little luxury never hurt the most die hard of adventurers. Here, you’ll find everything you could possibly want in a luxury resort: massages (after all your off roading adventures), plush beds, room service, and soaking tubs.

The Traditionalists

There’s no better ending to your fairy tale wedding or beginning to your happily ever after than a honeymoon in Paris! If you’re indulging, it’s worth the money to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, which puts you right in the centre of everything there is to see and do in the City of Lights.

If you’d prefer to spend your money on the other delights Paris offers, you’ll find a lower price tag and very comfortable accommodations and ultra contemporary décor at the boutique design establishment The Five Hotel.

If you’re going to splurge on anything in Paris, it should definitely be the food. Save at least one meal for Le Grand Vefour or l’Ambroisie, During the day, stroll through the Musee de l’Orangerie, which houses several of Monet’s favourite water lily paintings, as well as works by Matisse and Renoir.

This museum is a bit more mellow than the bigger museums, and since it’s located near the end of the Tuileries, it’s beautiful as well. Other experiences off the beaten path include the relatively unknown Montmartre Vineyards, and the home of the Phantom of the Opera, The Opera Garnier.

The Hipsters

Hipster Honeymoon: Portland, Oregon Ace Hotel in Portland

Hipsters are everywhere these days, but the show Portlandia can attest to the fact that they’re most rampant in Portland, Oregon. This American city is located in the Pacific Northwest, where the rain suits the hipster attitude — and wardrobe. Hoodies, Chuck Taylors, skinny jeans, and thick rimmed glasses abound in this coffee-infused, environmentally friendly town.

Stay at the most hipster of hotels, The Ace, located in Portland’s Pearl District. That will put you within walking distance of the Crystal Ballroom for live music, Powell’s City of Books, the Living Room Theater, and the Northwest 23rd shopping district. Rent a car and head out to McMenamin’s Edgefield to enjoy the greenery, lush picnic areas, good eats, and great craft brews (as well as a pool hall, spa, and golf course). Check out the Record Room for some fresh vinyl. Gents must pay a visit to the master barber at the Art of Shaving, while ladies can glam it up at Blowout, the blow dry bar, before heading out for a fantastic meal at Beast, Produce Row, or Clyde Common.

The Luxury Lovers

Luxury Lovers Honeymoon: MauritiusSugar Beach Resort in Mauritius

The glamorous couple will find everything they’re looking for at Mauritius, the up-scale island nation located in the Indian Ocean. The island’s location alone is enough to make it exotically appealing; add in the endless sandy beaches, waterfalls, and lush gardens and you’ve found paradise.

Stay at the Sugar Beach Resort, where all the luxury amenities are at your fingertips. Aura Spa offers hammam cleansing rituals, massage therapy, beauty services, and fitness classes. Two golf courses are available to guests, and, of course, the beach is just steps away.

If you can pull yourself away from the hotel, you’ll find mouthwatering fare at La Capitaine, a seafood joint with fantastic bay views (reservations are recommended). Take in the Tamarin Falls or visit the Sir Seewoosegur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens to enjoy the nature that this tropical island has to offer.

For a truly timeless experience, make a reservation on the Isla Maurita, the world’s oldest active schooner. The yacht only operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when guests are taken out for snorkelling and lunch at Baie du Tombeau (book at least a day in advance).

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