It’s pretty much impossible to name the world’s best honeymoon destination, especially as hotels and resorts across the globe continue to evolve with luxurious experiences and amenities to match—but if there’s one place that might stand out above all the rest, it could safely be Lanai, the private oasis tucked among the Hawaiian islands. When one of the world’s richest men—Larry Ellison, reportedly worth over $50 billion—happens to own the majority of the island as well as its main draw, a storied Four Seasons oceanside resort, you know it’s going to be good. And the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, one of the crown jewels in the hotel leader’s portfolio, does not disappoint—on any level. A recent renovation of the property has transformed it into a true Arcadia, giving new meaning to “paradise” in this corner of the world that itself is an endless backdrop for perfect postcards. With new lagoon-style pools, lush botanical gardens, tropical birds chirping and singing to you in the open-air hallways, and a Nobu restaurant on site, the honeymoon of all honeymoons is at your disposal at Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
Of course, the world is your oyster when it comes to honeymoon options, and these pages offer destinations and adventures in every corner of the globe, ready to welcome any couple who’s just said, “I do.”
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Hawaii
808.565.2000 • fourseasons.com/lanai
No one ever said that paradise was easy to get to. But with a private Four Seasons lounge you’ll have access to in Honolulu’s airport, the layover en route to Lanai is almost worth it. What’s more, guests of Four Seasons’ Lanai property can also charter private flights directly from Maui and Hawaii Island; you can book the entire aircraft for your own personal use, with fares starting at $500 per couple. Honeymooners, beware: from the first welcoming lei, you might never want to leave this secluded joy of an unspoiled island. The resort’s zen décor is simple yet rich, with soothing materials like Honduran mahogany everywhere; contemporary touches like intuitive lighting and Toto electronic toilets are an added bonus. From golfing on the cliffs of the signature Jack Nicklaus course to relaxing in the spa—or adventuring on catamarans, fishing boats, and off-road vehicles—there’s almost no time for the beach (though of course there will be). Enjoy morning coffees from the private lanai of your room; relish memorable meals at the on-site Malibu Farms and Nobu restaurants. And these are only some of the posh perks that come from choosing Four Seasons Resort Lanai as your trip of a lifetime.
Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara
800.237.1236 • belmond.com
Perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, this enchanted hideaway offers some of the best views of the American Riviera. Long a favorite of Hollywood’s elite, El Encanto is spread across seven acres of secluded gardens. It opened in 1918 and is to this day both gleaming and glamorous, yet totally relaxed—the kind of place where all you’ll want to do is recline poolside (and by poolside, we mean one of the most breathtaking zero-edge pools surrounded by intoxicating eucalyptus trees). Of course, there’s also something to be said for hiding away in a private California Craftsman–Spanish Colonial bungalow with a bottle of local California wine.
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
877.724.9187 • casadecampo.com.do
At last the two of you are finally alone and deserve this time together. Perhaps there’s nowhere better to spend the first moments of your new life together than at Casa de Campo. Enjoy waking up at your leisure to a romantic breakfast in bed, complete with sparkling wine mimosas and gourmet delicacies. Jump in your personal golf cart and discover all that Casa de Campo has to offer, from horseback riding and world-class golf to exploring romantic Altos de Chavón or indulging in a private couples massage in the resort’s luxury spa. Let the team here spoil you both with a gourmet dinner under the stars (after which a romantic in-room set-up will be waiting for you, complete with sparkling wine, rose petals, and candles). With no rules and no schedule to follow, the day is yours to share and explore as you experience the first moments of your new life together at Casa de Campo.
Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco
+212 (0) 529 80.80.80 • royalmansour.com/en
The Royal Mansour offers the height of hotel excellence, even among the world’s most celebrated luxury havens. Just a few steps from the famous Jemaa El Fna square beats the heart of the Marrakesh Palace, offering travelers the unique concept of a medina within a medina. Here, rooms and hotel suites are replaced by luxury riads, spread across a medina filled with little alleyways and secret doors. It’s within this one-of-a-kind concept that the 53 private residences of the palace hide. Each riad is unique, with three floors decorated in its own style. The Royal Mansour garden is the perfect setting for a day by the pool, while the Royal Mansour Marrakesh Spa creates an intimate universe of its own, with a separate entrance via a citrus garden—the perfect spot to unwind after a tour of the Jemaa El Fna square, which is sure to stir all five senses. Honeymooners can discover a rich culture and landscape outside the hotel, or simply retreat to the luxury of their private riad—or dinner at La Grande Table Marocaine, one of Marrakesh’s best.
Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic
888.442.2262 (Tortuga Bay) • 809.959.2222 (Westin) • puntacana.com
Several venues at Puntacana Resort & Club bring the magical Caribbean to life, and offer an ideal location for those getting married or for newlyweds who’ve just tied the knot. Located in the Playa Blanca area, The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is a perfect venue for Puntacana weddings. Guests enjoy signature amenities at this beachfront property. Or you can choose to stay at Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club and be greeted as a VIP from the moment you land at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). Tortuga Bay offers understated elegance, privacy, and unparalleled personal service, with every convenience at arm’s length (including suites that were designed by Oscar de la Renta).
Almanac Barcelona, Spain
+34 93 018.7261 • almanachotels.com/barcelona
Be among the first to awaken your senses to a new kind of hospitality experience and unlock the essence of Almanac Hotels. Almanac Barcelona is the first in this collection of hotels, and just opened its doors last year. Located on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 619-621, this boutique hotel in Barcelona’s city center features 91 luxurious accommodations. With its conveniently central location, the Almanac is only a few steps from Passeig de Gràcia, where you’ll delight in some of Barcelona’s finest shopping, restaurants, bars, and museums. For architecture lovers, the Avenue is home to some of the city’s most important modernist buildings. Spoil yourselves back “home” at Línia, the in-house Mediterranean brasserie, or by relaxing at the chic rooftop pool.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California
650.712.7000 • ritzcarlton.com
Perched atop a rugged oceanside bluff in Northern California just 30 minutes from San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay delivers a five-star, luxury resort experience set on one of the most romantic and revitalizing corners of the country. Savor a glass of California Cabernet over an open fire on your hotel terrace, nourish your body and soul at the spa, or tee off on one of two championship golf courses before feasting on fresh seafood at the signature restaurant—Navio, a sleek and smart yacht-inspired space—while watching the sun set over the Pacific (The Conservatory is an ideal lunch spot, with window-walled views of the ocean). Enjoy your days reading in an Adirondack chair or biking or horseback riding along the coast. Honeymooners might want to book the S’more Romance Package, which includes Terrace Fire Pit room accommodations, a $200 daily spa credit, a s’mores kit for two to roast on the fire pit, parking fees, and the resort fee (packages begin at $1,349 per night).
Ocean House, Rhode Island
401.584.7000 • oceanhouseri.com
Ocean House, the last of the grand Victorian hotels in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is a step back in time to a more genteel era. Set high on the bluffs overlooking a 650-foot private beach, Ocean House has been fully modernized and is home to the five-star OH! Spa, situated by rolling hills of beachside roses and lavender fields on the New England coastline. The Movement and Yoga Studio adjacent to the Fitness Center offers complimentary classes, from yoga and tai chi to core/cardio and aqua fit. Multiple on-site restaurants offer the best of farm-to-table cuisine. At Ocean House, modern comforts abound without disturbing any of the past. As a bonus, newlyweds can expect to be treated with a surprise on the house.
Palácio Tangará, São Paulo
+55 11 4904.4040 • oetkercollection.com
Grand spaces and verdant views reign supreme at Palácio Tangará, a São Paulo hotel with 141 spacious guest rooms, including 59 suites, all with beautiful views overlooking Burle Marx Park. The fitness center will keep you in shape for lounging at either the indoor or outdoor pool. The bespoke, “at home” design feel in each of the rooms was masterfully executed by leading Brazilian interior-design firms Bick Simonato and Anastassiadis. World-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten made his first move into South America here with Tangará Jean-Georges, offering his dependable Asian-inspired fare combined with a hint of Brazil, all brought to life by executive chef Felipe Rodrigues. Regroup from exploring the city and regain your equilibrium at Palácio Tangará’s Flora Spa by Sisley, where you must try one of the phyto-aromatic facials or body treatments.
Caldera House, Jackson Hole
307.200.4220 • calderahouse.com
From the jutting peaks of the Tetons to the rushing waters of Snake River, the dramatic landscape of Jackson Hole has inspired unforgettable adventures for decades. Checking in at Caldera House lets you experience it all, be it in the dreamy snow of the winter or the blooming green of summer. Warm-weather guests shouldn’t miss out on the Grand Teton climb or Yellowstone hike and helicopter tour; winter honeymooners should consider snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoe trekking, cross-country skiing, a Yellowstone snowcoach tour, or the National Elk Refuge sleigh ride. Generous in size, Caldera House features suites that come with kitchens, a dining area, living room, and outdoor space with mountain views.
Verdura Resort, Sicily
+39 06 32.888.630 • roccofortehotels.com
A sublime Sicilian escape, Verdura Resort occupies almost a mile and a half of private Mediterranean coastline. Home to two Kyle Phillips golf courses, a 60-meter infinity pool, six clay tennis courts, a world-class spa, four restaurants, and five bars, the resort is irresistible enough to skip out on day trips to visit ancient ruins (though, when in Sicily…). It’s a place where your room appears to be woven seamlessly into the Sicilian landscape, and where you’ll enjoy a true sense of space and uninterrupted views of the azure waters from your private terrace. Above all, it’s an unforgettable resort in Sicily where you’ll discover an outstanding level of service. It’s also an ideal spot to clear the mind and spirit with yoga classes. Verdura Spa, with its elegant pavilions around an open-air courtyard, is an oasis of serenity and home to Thalassotherapy pools that you’ll find yourself dipping into daily.
866.881.9525 • gleneagles.com
They call it the Glorious Playground, and the second you step out of your Range Rover upon arrival (the hotel has its own dedicated parking spot at Edinburgh Airport, making for a quick exit), you’ll know why. You’re sure to be greeted with a warm Scottish smile, not to mention a happily wagging tail—on Henry, the property’s irresistibly Instagrammable white Labrador, who might join you later on a hike of the Scottish hillsides. When it first opened in 1924, this magnificent estate was described as a “Riviera in the Highlands”. Today, Gleneagles offers a five-star luxury hotel, three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, by the late, great chef of the same name. Keep active from golf, shooting, tennis, horseback riding, and off-road driving to falconry, archery, cycling, and fishing, and you’ll earn your right to eat the nights away in the various dining options, from a relaxed French-style brasserie to The Strathearn, a glamorous step back in time to an era when dining was like going to the theater and being entertained. The clubby Century Bar is perfect for an after-dinner scotch, and the sexy American Bar—an hommage to Art Deco fabulousness—is a safe bet for artisanal cocktails among cashmere-lined walls.