11 Domestic Destinations That Are Perfect For Honeymooning
Despite the fact that the world is (slowly but surely) opening back up, and more and more people are traveling, quarantine and other COVID-restrictions still remain in effect around the globe. And that makes it notably more challenging to plan any kind of international travel, honeymoons included. The solution? Stay stateside, at any one of these honeymoon-worthy properties. Didn’t think a domestic honeymoon could be as luxury or glamorous as jetting off to Bora Bora? Guess again. Whether you are looking for post-wedding relaxation or places to explore, we’ve rounded up some of the best domestic honeymoon destinations in the USA below.
The Best Domestic Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
Destination Kohler, Kohler, WI
The middle of Wisconsin may not be the first place you think of as a honeymoon destination, but this resort is proof positive that you should reconsider. The star of the show here is the Kohler Waters Spa where, you guessed it, water takes center stage, both via a stunning pool and relaxation lounge, and a variety of water-centric services. The property’s Time for Two package is especially ideal for anyone looking for a quick minimoon, including accommodations for two nights, a dining credit, one spa service per person, and more. Speaking of accommodations, if you really want to go all out, book the Eau de Vie Suite, which boasts one of the most stunningly luxurious bathrooms we’ve ever seen.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai City, HI
Hawaii is (obviously) the most tropical locale in all of the United States, and Lanai—the smallest inhabited island travelers can visit in the state—makes for a tranquil and tropical setting for any honeymooners. It’s home to this Four Seasons property, a secluded, ocean-side resort where spa-time, golfing, water activities, and poolside lounging are all part of the plan. Honeymooners should check out the unique ‘Dining Under the Stars’ experience, which features a private, personalized five-course dinner on the beach.
Hotel Bennett, Charleston, SC
Urban yet still quaint, this spot is a great way to get a feel for all that Charleston has to offer. The architecture and design channel European vibes in the best way possible, and amenities include things such as a spa, rooftop pool with private cabanas, amazing city views, and a champagne lounge. (Because lots of bubby is a honeymoon pre-requisite.) You can also upgrade to utilize the private concierge club if you’re looking for the ultimate VIP experience. Southern charm, indeed.
L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, AZ
Nestled in a creekside valley surrounded by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks, the setting doesn’t get more jaw-droppingly gorgeous (or romantic) than this. Check out the private cottages, which feature a deck, fireplace, and outdoor shower, the perfect place to come back to after a day of hiking. The property’s spa offers an array of unique and customizable treatments, plus offerings that tap into the town’s special spiritual energy, think sound healing and forest bathing.
MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, Sonoma, CA
In our humble opinion, it doesn’t get more romantic than wine country, and this property has everything you need to enjoy it—and more. All of the rooms and suites are gorgeous, though the Garden Spa Suite is really next level, complete with an outdoor soaking tub and private patio, the perfect place for sipping a glass of Cab. There’s a farm-to-table spa, a standout restaurant, and a unique package that offers the perfect way to customize a day of wine tasting at the local vineyards.
Mission Point, Mackinac Island, MI
There are no cars or chain hotels to be found on this island off the Northern tip of Michigan, just quaint boutique properties, like this one. Rent bikes to explore the island, take a kayak out on the lake, go horseback riding, take a garden tour…there’s no shortage of activities. Don’t miss their Island Romance package, which comes with a tandem bike rental, a boat cruise, dining experiences, and more.
Nobu Ryokan, Malibu, CA
If you’re after an experience that’s equally high-end and private, check out this intimate (only 16 room), adult-oriented retreat. Set right on the ocean, it takes a cue from traditional Japanese inns, or ryokans, with beachside suites featuring teak soaking tubs, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, and stunning patios. Guests of the resort also get priority access to places such as the Malibu Racquet Club, Cure Spa, and the Nobu Malibu restaurant (a hotspot for A-listers).
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA
This five-star property—named the best resort in California for three years running—could easily be mistaken for a Mediterranean estate in the south of France. On trend with the theme are the Valencia Suites which boast, among other things, private patios with whirl plunge pools. Check out the culinary garden in the property’s own olive groves for a unique cooking or dining experience, and don’t miss their wellness-focused spa (the outdoor massages are a standout). Also nice: Guests have access to the resorts fleet of Bentleys, should you want to ever leave the property…although you probably won’t.
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Amelia Island, FL
Sure, this is technically in Florida, but the location on a secluded barrier island will truly make you feel like you’re in the middle of the south Pacific. There are 13 miles of beach to enjoy, a luxurious spa, plus a gorgeous pool with private cabanas. Honeymooners should take advantage of the Romance Package, which comes with special touches such as champagne and chocolate, rose petal turndown service, and complimentary breakfast.
The Roundtree, Amagansett, Amagansett, New York
This new Hamptons resort may just be a short drive from New York City, but feels like it should be on an entirely different planet. Small and intimate, there are just 15 rooms, split amongst cottages and suites housed in a historic barn. A guest services team is on-hand to help facilitate pretty much any and every type of special request (in-room caviar service, perhaps?) that will make your honeymoon that much more special. And if you feel like being social, hang in the communal backyard, where there are s’mores by the fire pit, lounge chairs, and lawn games. Plus, the property is also dog-friendly (and offers amenities such as doggy beds and welcome treats), ideal for those couples who can’t bear to leave their pup post-nuptials.
Twin Farms, Barnard, VT
The only five-star resort in the entire state, this adults-only spot is ideal for couples who want to enjoy the outdoors; it’s set on a 300-acre estate that features private hiking trails, plus a pond for canoeing, among other things. Dining highlights include custom picnics that can be prepared in any location (#romantic) and a mountain-top, chalet-style dining room.
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