"We all have it—wanderlust—the strong desire to travel and explore the world. We save photos, blog posts, and news articles (to name a few) of places we want to experience, adding it to our wander list. But where to start? When to go? Where to stay? That’s where we come in," says Katie Griffin of Luxe & Nyx Travel Studio.
The team at Luxe & Nyx travels the world, attends conferences, networks with hoteliers, tour operators, restaurateurs, and locals to showcase the best of the best by destination across the globe. After getting to know your likes, dislikes, hobbies, and interests, they'll create a custom itinerary curated uniquely to you and make all of the arrangements (seriously, all of them!). Keep reading to learn Luxe & Nyx's top three honeymoon destination recommendations for 2022!
For the Adventurer
Chile – Atacama Desert
Set the Scene: Spend your days hiking in the highest and driest desert in the world and climb to the top of an 18,000-foot volcano, higher than skydiving, for an aerial view unlike any other. Enjoy cocktails with flamingos at the Salt Plains as the sky reflects pink and purple. Return to the lodge for a Michelin-worthy meal—Alpaca Carpaccio, anyone?—and plenty of libations to refuel for the next day’s adventures. Try not to overindulge—you’re at altitude! Finish your evening by meeting your guide for an exclusive stargazing adventure or hitting the hot tub to soak those weary bones. Ready for your next adventure? Fly south to hike in Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia and cannonball into a glacier-fed lake.
Where to Stay: Awasi Atacama (Atacama Desert)
Optional Add-On: Patagonia
When to Go: Year-Round
What to Know: The Atacama Desert is at almost 8,000 feet in altitude. We don’t recommend this to clients who struggle with altitude sickness.
For the Wildlife Enthusiast
Africa – Botswana (Kalahari Desert - Makadikadi Basin)
Set the Scene: Wake to freshly brewed coffee delivered to your tent before enjoying a made-to-order breakfast with all the fixings. Hop aboard your open-air safari vehicle to search for the elusive brown hyena or interact with habituated meerkats as they dig for scorpions for lunch. Finish your evening drive with a gin and tonic and homemade jerky, and keep an eye out for aardvark, porcupine, honey badger, and bat-eared foxes. Join your other lodge guests for a three-course dinner to regale in the day’s adventures before retiring to your tent’s platform to admire the stars! Time for a scenery change? Fly northwest for a mokoro ride through the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta and see more elephants than you could imagine in your wildest dreams.
Where to Stay: Jack’s Camp or San Camp
Optional Add-On: Okavango Delta
When to Go: April – October
What to Know: A small plane is required to access the camp. We don’t recommend this to clients who are afraid of flying.
For a Lively Beach Scene
Greece – Mykonos
Set the Scene: Mykonos knows how to party and has a lively beach club scene for those looking to dance in the sand with a glass of champagne in their hand. Spend your days (and nights) enjoying live DJs and local seafood before returning to the hotel spa for a detoxifying treatment. Tired of the party? Options abound! Head into Mykonos Town for some local goods, rent ATVs to explore the island, book a local wine tour, or enjoy a sunset catamaran cruise. Need a change of scenery? Take the ferry to nearby Paros or Antiparos for a few days of rest and relaxation.
Where to Stay: Kensho Psarou
Optional Add-On: Paros or Antiparos
When to Go: May – September
What to Know: An international driver’s license is required in Greece. If you want to rent a car or ATV, stop by your local AAA before departing. Be sure to check the requirements for a license on their website.
Why Use a Travel Agent
1. Time Is of the Essence
You’re too busy to pick up your dry cleaning but desperately need a vacation? Leave it to us to take care of the details so you can relax and unwind. Return to your busy life with new wind in your sails and a fresh perspective on the importance of time away.
2. You Know What They Say About Best Laid Plans
Do you love to plan but don’t know where to start? Let’s work hand in hand to curate the perfect itinerary. We thrive in minutia and will ensure your vision is executed to perfection, with a few (fun) surprises along the way.
3. Two Words: Free Breakfast
Our team can enhance your trip by ensuring preferential service, adding VIP upgrades and amenities, and providing insider tips. Everyone deserves to be inside the ropes, and we have the network to make it happen.
Hero photo courtesy of Rebecca Carpenter Photography
View the full feature in Volume 1 of The Aisle magazine