The big day is over and now it’s finally time to relax. Or explore. Or sight-see. No matter what type of romantic trip you’re going for, these 10 unique honeymoon destinations offer a little something for every couple's travel tastes.
For the ultimate spa moment: Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Alongside breathtaking views and suites with in-room fireplaces, the star of the show at this resort is the Strata Integrated Wellness Spa. There are the expected couples massages and facials, but you can also spend your day(s) enjoying other unique spa offerings — think a salt inhalation room and infrared deep heat therapy. Personal spa concierges can also help create an entire holistic healing plan for you, a nice way to reset after all that wedding stress.
For an Italian beach getaway, stateside: Mr. C Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida
This newly-opened boutique hotel captures the feel of an Italian beachfront, no passport required. Operated by the fourth generation Cipriani family, the aesthetic, amenities, and service are all inspired by Italian coastal towns. Splurge on the Presidential Suite, which touts two outdoor terraces, and don’t miss the rooftop Bellini bar to really embody those Italian vibes.
For an Instagram-worthy getaway: Iconic Santorini
Considered one of the most romantic Greek islands, this property — perched on one of the highest points on the island — takes full advantage of stunning Santorini, with vaulted cave suites built into the volcanic mountain. Honeymooners can book the Cliff Suite, which has two wraparound balconies, a candlelit indoor grotto pool, and an outdoor pool that gives you the feeling of floating over the sea below. It’ll be tempting to not leave, but be sure to take advantage of the personalized excursions the hotel offers including hiking, hot air balloon rides, and boat trips to volcanic hot springs.
For a secret spot in the Caribbean: The Liming Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
If you want the easy access and gorgeous beaches of the Caribbean, but with a more private feel, this is the way to go. The boutique resort is tucked away on the less-frequented island of St. Vincent, featuring 11 villas perfect for honeymooners. Be a beach bum or book activities such as private yoga, in-suite massages, or any and every watersport you could think of.
For a completely custom experience: Ignacia Guest House, Mexico City
Ensuring the utmost in personalized and individual attention, this small hotel takes on just 10 guests at a time. This means your experience will be completely customized from start to finish; highlights include a private chef-made breakfast daily, plus custom cocktails during the daily cocktail hour.
For a 'suite' escape: Espacio, The Jewel Of Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
Live your suite-est life at this ultra-luxe hotel, which features nine 2,250 square foot suites. Each one comes with an in-room sauna, ocean-view jacuzzi, and, of course, total privacy. With 24/7 butler service, the full-size kitchen will be stocked with your favorite drinks and snacks before arrival, and your butler can also help experiences such as private beach-side dinners (if you do ever decide to leave, that is).
For LGBTQ couples: Blue Desert Cabo, Los Cabos, Mexico
Experiencing discrimination while traveling with his husband inspired this resort’s co-founder Sean E. McClenahan to create a property that was truly welcoming to all. With a wide array of private villas and properties touting everything from private pools to outdoor bars, and a concierge team to take care of every last detail, all you have to do is show up and relax.
For full-on mind & body wellness: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Punta Mita, Mexico
Sure, wellness may not immediately come to mind for most when thinking about unique honeymoon destinations. But this stunning five-star resort now also offers exclusive three- or four-day vacation experiences known as ‘soulcations,’ choice for the couple who is all about the mind-body connection. Highlights include a chakra balancing ritual, native Indian blessings, and an intention burning ceremony. There’s also yoga, spa treatments, personalized menus for the duration, and accommodations in an ocean-front suite or villa.
For Adventure Any Time of Year: Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, Idaho
Hiking, biking, skiing, horseback trail rides — no matter the season, there’s something to suit every adventurous taste and outdoor preference in this mountain town. Recently renovated, take your pick from two on-site hotels, all set amidst a charming historic ski town with plenty of dining and shopping options, too.
For a Nature-Filled Wine Country Experience: Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Collection Resorts
Get your taste of nature — and Cabernet — at this 157 acre resort, comprised of 50 freestanding guest lodges. Expansive patios, outdoor showers, and massive tree branches that come up through the floors (seriously) let you get your fill of the outdoors; there’s also a spa, plenty of opportunity for wine experiences, of course, and options for private dining.
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