Get off the grid on your honeymoon

Get off the grid on your honeymoon

Looking for a connection-free oasis? A haven where the only things tweeting are the birds? Alexandra Gregg takes you off the grid for your honeymoon

There's something incredibly alluring about a remote destination. And we're not just talking far-flung; we're talking completely off the grid. No phone signal, no wi-fi - hell, not even air-con! Just you, your loved one, and the wild surround. Besides, after the 'big day' spent entertaining your family and friends, you're entitled to some peace and quiet…

Purton Green, Suffolk, UK

Lose track of the days in Purton Green, one of Suffolk's 'lost' villages. All that remains of the 13th-century community is a little house of the same name - built around 1250 and now available for hire from the Landmark Trust. Surrounded by empty fields, this thatched and timbered, ancient, isolated building is something of a time machine to the past and looks as though it's been plucked straight from a Shakespeare novel.

There's limited mobile phone signal and you can't even drive up to it - instead, cars must be abandoned 360 metres away and a wheelbarrow used to cart your suitcases up the house. It doesn't get more remote than that… or does it?

Tristan da Cunha

Around 2,800km off the coast of South Africa, the UK-owned Tristan da Cunha is the most remote inhabited island in the world. So if you really want to get off the beaten track: this is it. The landmass has no phone network and limited (painfully slow, dial-up-esque) internet.

There's no airstrip on the isle either, so you'll have to get there by boat from Cape Town, which can take over a week! That said, make the journey and you'll be rewarded with seclusion, wildlife - including a colony of northern rockhopper penguins - and the chance to climb a volcano.

With only 270 residents, you'll barely see a soul, and accommodation is cheap too - just £20p/n for self-catering options or £40 for home stays. How's that for a bit of bargain romance? Now, to get there…

Yakutat, Alaska

Surrounded by mountains and rivers, it's no surprise that Yakutat is remote and hard to reach. In fact, its main inhabitants are mostly salmon, brown bears and moose. It's possible to get some phone network here, however the capacity was only implemented two years ago, so don't expect anything amazing!

Wi-fi and 3G is a no-go too; you'd be better off using smoke signals to contact the outside world. If you really want to get off the grid try one of the Esker Stream cabins for just $25p/d (£15.50). From deep inside a national park - only accessibly by a small plane, then a short hike and river crossing - you'll be blissfully secluded. Plenty of time for cuddling up in front of the fire with your belle or beau, completely undisturbed and hidden from the outside world.

Blagdon Water house boats, Devon, UK

Abandon the hair straighteners, leave the phone off charge and remember to put your favourite shows on record before bedding down on a Blagdon Water house boat in Holsworthy, Devon. Here the driveway is untarmaced, the phone reception is poor and the boats have limited electricity: meaning no TV and a reduced use of electrical items.

It's not all doom and gloom though, the wildlife here is abundant - from kestrels to wild rabbits - and the scenery is unparalleled: 35 acres of rolling rural land bordered by Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. Not just that, but from just £410p/w you get to plan your own romantic river journey, navigating the waterways around Cornwall and Devon.

Atacama Desert, Chile

Discover the sound of silence with your loved one at your side in Chile's Atacama Desert (pictured top). Although most mobile networks work in the area, the signal is often very weak. As for other outside influences, this is a place devoid of noise and light pollution. That, combined with its high-altitude plateaus and low humidity, makes this vast desert the perfect spot for sleeping under a canopy of stars.

If you're passionate about astronomy and would like somewhere luxurious to stay on your honeymoon, try the Tierra Atacama, a desert oasis on the edges of the Atacama, offering a heady mix of stargazing and relaxation.

Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, Kimberley, Western Australia

Wildlife-loving couples: this is the place for you. Deep in the heart of Purnululu National Park sits the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. Think en-suite tents, idyllic bush, tranquil beauty and diverse landscapes - from Piccaninny Creek to Mini Palms Gorge. There's even a communal campfire area, plus kitchen and dining spaces.

What's missing, you ask? Why, internet access and mobile phone reception of course - there's none of that here, meaning you can spot more than 130 species of avifauna uninterrupted. There'll be no Instagram, Twitter or Facebook notifications to distract you from catching sight of native animals like the short-eared rock wallaby.

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