Spiritual Honeymoons

Forget about the singing Elvises- we've searched the globe for the best spiritual honeymoon hotspots.

Looking out over Niagara Falls, once synonymous in Americans' minds with "honeymoon," Oscar Wilde dubbed the spot "the second-greatest disappointment of American married life." A lot has changed since Wilde's days. The average couple no longer dreams of a week in Vegas or a trip to the Grand Canyon to celebrate their nuptials. Jet travel and better communications have made exotic destinations, once the exclusive playgrounds of the wealthy, more accessible to the rest of us. 

Nor are the rest of us content to be mere "tourists." Today we are "travellers." More and more couples now view honeymooning as a rare opportunity for adventure, exploration, and true spiritual bonding.

When my own parents got married way back in 1955, their plan was to drive through Mexico. They made it as far as the border, spent a night at a roadside motel, got lost, turned around, and went home. That turned out to be a fitting first day of the rest of their married life, but it doesn't have to happen to you. The world's greatest spiritual and romantic destinations await you. Here are just a few to consider:

Turtle Island
Fiji

If you endured a "traditional" wedding for the sake of family but long for a more intimate, spiritual experience, Turtle Island is the ideal destination. Here you can experience an authentic Fijian marriage ceremony in an open air chapel on the beach. Brides, adorned in flowers and Fijian attire, arrive by billi billi wedding raft. The wedding is tailored to either Methodist or Catholic faiths, but with local touches like a Kava drink-sipping ritual. Honeymooners stay in a bure (a deluxe palm hut), with private beaches reserved for each couple (the resort accepts a maximum of 14 couples at any given time). Meals are held in a communal outdoor setting under a Banyan tree, complete with French champagne.

Rates: $2,000 fully inclusive wedding package; seaplane transfers $690
Telephone: 800-255-4347
Website: www.turtlefiji.com

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