Weddings are all well and good, but let’s be honest—the big day is really just the appetizer ahead of the romantic main course. Everyone knows the honeymoon is the best part of getting hitched. So kick off married life the right way at one of these romantic hotels. You’ll wish the honeymoon could last forever.
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Casa Las Tortugas
Casa Las Tortugas is a Bohemian paradise with boutique accommodations. The hotel offers daily yoga classes, spa services, and $4 bike rentals. From the hotel, it’s just a short three-block walk to VIP Holbox, where you can sign up for a swim with the world’s largest fish: whale sharks.
Why Go: Isla Holbox is the “new Tulum,” a lesser-traveled authentic Mexican fishing village protected by dazzling mangroves. At the Yalahau cenote, just a short boat ride from Isla Holbox, you and your new spouse can swim inside a sparkling body of water that was believed to be used by pirates as a fresh water supply.
San Ignacio Resort Hotel
You’ll find seclusion and romance in the remote town of San Ignacio in Belize. And at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, you can enjoy brunch while watching for colorful toucans, Belize’s national bird, frequently spotted by guests on the resort’s terrace. You can also get up close and personal with thousands of years of Mayan history through the imposing ruins at Xunantunich. After a day tour, shop at the local flea market in town that sells handmade wooden and textiles.
Why Go: Butterfly Falls, a remote waterfall located 20 minutes by foot inside the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, is something of a hotspot for honeymooners. You can also take a short one-hour flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro to dive the world’s second-largest Great Barrier Reef in Ambergis Caye, a UNESCO site.
Pearson’s Pond Inn & Adventure Spa
Pearson’s Pond Inn & Adventure Spa is set amidst a rainforest garden and alongside a glacial kettle pond in Juneau. (Yes, a rainforest—in Alaska!) Upon arrival, you’ll step into a room with a glowing fireplace, candlelight, soft music, and fresh flowers. Sparkling champagne, chocolates, and a bubble bath await. Later, you can relax by the inn’s private lake.
Why Go: Douglas Island, a tidal island just west of downtown Juneau, is ideally situated for couples adventures and outdoor activities like hiking, cruising through the glaciers, ziplining through the rainforest canopy, and whale watching.
Belmond Hotel Splendido
The hillside Belmond Hotel Splendido offers sweeping views of the colorful harbor of Portofino. The hotel is one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats, with past guests including Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor. The honeymoon-worthy Ava Gardner Suite spans the entire top floor and has a terrace overlooking the harbor and Castello Brown.
You can cool off (or frolic) in the saltwater pool and then hop aboard the hotel’s private boat to head to San Fruttuoso Bay, only accessible by boat or footpath. A secluded table for two awaits you on the beach, with local dishes served beneath the starry skies.
Why Go: A short walk down a cobblestone path from the Splendido leads to a secluded cove with crystal-clear water. After a quick dip, head to the charming marina where no new buildings have been built since 1935, lending the area some authentic old-world charm.
Napili Kai Beach Resort
Napili Kai Beach Resort is located on Napili Bay and offers a private romantic dinner called “Na Hoku Dinner” under the stars at the edge of the bay. You can relax at the hotel’s Makai Massage day spa, where you and your spouse can sign up for massage and body treatments in an outdoor garden cabana or on the calm oceanfront.
Why Go: For the adventurous couple, Maui doesn’t have to be all beach and sand. Piiholo Zipline is offers a seven-line Treetop Zip Tour. The journey features seven different treetop ziplines, ranging from 175 to 930 feet. After a heart-pounding day, head to the Sheraton Maui for a performance of the ritual of lele kawa (cliff diving) demonstrated by locals.
The boutique Adriatic Luxury Hotel, Hotel Odisej, with its seawater pool and spa facilities, is the only hotel on the island. It’s located inside the pine and oak forest of Mljet National Park, where you can bike and hike in the serene surroundings. The restaurant Odisej lets you to stay on site for a romantic meal overlooking the panorama of Pomena Bay.
Why Go: Croatia’s southernmost island is a two-hour boat ride from Dubrovnik. According to legend, Odysseus spent seven years as love slave to the nymph, Calypso, on Mljet. Today, you can swim in the aquamarine cave described by Homer located below the village of Babino Polje.
The small family-run Acajou Hotel is situated in a little fishing village called Grande Riviere along the dramatic northern Coast of Trinidad. Flanked by a wide expanse of vegetation on the steep hills of the Northern range, Acajou (the French for “tropical wood”) is a group of traditional cottages nestled along the beach, Bohemian-style. Relax on the colorful hammock on the elevated porch or enjoy a coconut cocktail in the ocean.
Why Go: Head to Trinidad’s hummingbird sanctuary, Yerette, for breathtaking views of silk cotton trees, the lush green landscape, and El Tucheche, the second highest mountain in Trinidad.
Vidago Palace Hotel
The historic Vidago Palace Hotel offers spacious suites complete with De Gournay silk wallpaper and 18th century antiques. Vidago has two main attractions for couples: its spa and its golf opportunities. Relax in the modern Thermal Spa, known for having the therapeutic mineral water of Vidago, or spend a morning golfing at the resort’s 18-hole golf course.
Why Go: Wine has been produced on the slopes of the Douro Valley for more than two thousand years. The Douro Valley Wine Tour allows you to taste regional wines while visiting the two wine estates aboard a tranquil cruise. Douro is the first demarcated wine region in the world, and its landscape is classified as a World Heritage Site.
Casa Magna Marriott Cancun
At the beachfront Casa Magna Marriott Cancun, honeymooners can unwind with a dip in the infinity pool or a mid-afternoon nap in a private Bali daybed. Indulge your palate with international fine dining from the Argentine Steakhouse and Thai restaurants, and toast with the many varieties of Mexican tequila.
Why Go: Take a trip to the tranquil Isla Mujeres, where you can stroll down the colorful streets, drink a Coco Frio (cold coconut) and try some of the freshly caught ceviche found on the island. For the more adventurous foodie couples, try Lion Fish at Zama Beach Club. Relax with a couples massage or rejuvenating wrap at Live Aqua.
Vomo Island Resort Fiji
The Vomo Island Resort Fiji has three-bedroom suites with their own private pools, living rooms, and dining areas. The renovated suites feature oversized bathtubs fit for two, and if you wish to be one with nature you can try the outdoor tubs and showers. Sign up for a beach-ready gourmet picnic or a private in-villa dining experience.
Why Go: A stay at Vomo gives you access to the secluded and uninhabited VOMO Lai Lai island, where you can unwind with a beach picnic and “relive the days of Crusoe.” (Don’t worry, five-star luxury is just a radio call away.) The Vomo Spa offers a COMO Shambhala to Share package for couples which includes a 60-minute COMO Shambhala Signature Massage and a 30-minute express facial.
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