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The Best Wellness Destinations for LGBTQ Honeymoons

December 12, 2017 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

The rainbow flag is shining brighter as Australia gives the green light for marriage equality. Wedding bells are set to ring for same-sex couples in 2018 and with the ‘I do’s’ ready to be checked off, dreamy honeymoons are in reach. It’s been a long time coming, so why not make it extra special? Gone are the days of the traditional fly and flop honeymoons as more newlyweds are embracing adventure and the charm of wellness-giving destinations.  Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists, share their top picks of amazing LGBTQ friendly destinations for the perfect healthy honeymoon.

New Zealand
Whether it’s for the picture-perfect vistas, outdoor adventures or the welcoming vibe, New Zealand attracts honeymooners from every walks of life. With same-sex couples able to marry as of 2013, it’s no wonder LGBTQ travelers seek this slice of heaven on (middle) earth. Auckland, the country’s largest urban area, has rated alongside San Francisco and Toronto as one of the top gay friendly cities in the world. For the newly hitched looking for a taste of wellness in the great outdoors, Aro Ha Wellness Retreat set in the scenic town of Glenorchy is the place for you. Breath-taking sub-alpine hikes, yoga overlooking the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and a range of relaxing spa treatments are just some of the spirit-lifting activities that await you.

Among the many things to love about Thailand, from blissful beaches, luxury resorts, and gorgeous landscapes, its acceptance of the LGBTQ community makes it a valued addition to this list. ‘Asia’s gay capital’ is a honeymooner’s paradise, no matter the orientation or designation. Thailand has a flourishing queer community and although it has a long way to go in terms of gay rights, it has already passed its first equality law in 2015. Wellness tourism in Thailand is booming with a plethora of retreats and hotels offering the experience to various types of travelers. Same-sex couples planning a wellness sojourn in Thailand may find different options, from the all-encompassing Phuket Cleanse detox and fitness retreat to the luxury of Amanpuri or a pamper-filled escape at Amatara Wellness Resort, with a ‘connect’ program perfectly suited for couples.

LGBTQ rights are alive and well in the beautiful archipelago of Malta, drawing in many same-sex honeymooners across the globe. Over the past few years, Malta has experienced a positive shift towards equality. With strict anti-discrimination laws implemented, a honeymoon to the islands of Malta guarantees a warm welcome to all and promises a host of memorable experiences to treasure with your loved one. From exploring off the beaten tracks of Delimara peninsula, to finding rural bliss in the countryside of Gozo, you’ll find something to feed your wellness wanderlust. At Kempinski San Lawrenz, you get a healthy head start to married life. Rounds of tennis games and fitness classes will keep you and your partner occupied, while Ayurvedic therapies will shed any tension built from wedding planning.

Portugal is a great destination for queer couple travel with progressive gay rights protection and marriage equality laws in place. Couples can honeymoon with pride in Portugal with a dynamic LGBTQ scene in many cities like Lisbon (home to the Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival), Porto and in the Algarve region. For those looking for a lively beach vibe, liberal crowd, and healthy honeymoon pursuits, the Algarve coastline is your best bet. The likes of Epic Sana and Vilalara Longevity Spa are both at the forefront of providing comprehensive wellness and medical spa experiences. Alternately, the enchanting Estoril coastline is also an excellent choice. Located just twenty minutes away from Lisbon, Palacio Estoril is a five star hotel where you can honeymoon in luxury, offering a selection of spa treatments and fun fitness activities to boot.

Spain is a melting pot of diversity, welcoming LGBTQ travelers with open arms. In fact, it ranks 13th in the world on the Gay Travel Index. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Spain since 2005, so it’s rightly viewed as one of the best gay-friendly honeymoon destinations in the world. Barcelona and Madrid, the country’s two largest cities, are the most popular places to explore with a thriving gay and lesbian community. Honeymooners also flock the island of Ibiza, with a great mix of things to do. The other side of this Mediterranean party island offers so much more for your honeymoon fancies. If a fitness-moon is on your list, The Body Camp makes for a fabulous choice. This go-to celebrity hotspot will satisfy your workout wanderlust as you and your partner shape up in the great outdoors with a variety of fun fitness activities, from beach circuit training to swimming and yoga.

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