Spiritual Honeymoons

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

BY: Richard Baimbridge

 

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Illukitaya
Galle, Sri Lanka

The influences of Hinduism and Buddhism (it is the home of the world's largest reclining Buddha statue), mixed with the architecture of the Dutch and Portuguese make the area around Galle, Sri Lanka, a certifiable dream world. Illukitaya (the "plantation house"), a private villa that welcomes couples, is a stunning homage to Zen aesthetics, surrounded by cool running streams and quiet stone fountains. Monks in saffron robes walk the roads leading to endless temples, as you drift off to sleep beneath a soft white mosquito net to the hypnotic sounds of the jungle.  Although Sri Lanka got somewhat less media attention than Thailand following the 2004 tsunami, the country is still in the process of rebuilding, though this resort has been entirely restored.


Rates:

$350 per night for the entire villa, including staff, or $100 for a double room


Website:

http://www.boutiquesrilanka.com/hotel-overview.php?HotelId=58

 

El Encanto Resort, Santa Cruz, Mexico

Located in the province of Nayarit, 96 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, El Encanto is an ecotourism resort with the goal of having their guests live as one with the rainforest. Open from November to May, the resort grows all their own organic, pesticide-free food.  Guests have the option of camping under the awning of gorgeous trees or staying in comfortable, airy apartments filled with fresh flowers and local art.

Rates: $50/night for apartments or $1200 a month
Website: www.encantomexico.com


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