Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations: From Coastal Retreats to Cosmopolitan Streets

 

Now more than ever, couples have what can turn into a daunting list of decisions to tackle before their big day. From the choice of venue to the type of cake—and every monogrammed napkin in between—brides-to-be pay attention to every detail so that their guests will enjoy the celebration as much as they do. Still, there’s one decision that’s reserved for the bride and groom alone: where to honeymoon.
Today, the world is your oyster (literally) when it comes to travel. From ski resorts in the French Alps to far-flung islands deep in the Indian Ocean, there’s no corner of the world that’s not ready to greet a couple who has just tied the knot. Resorts are happy to roll out the rose-petal carpet and chill their finest bottle of Champagne for couples who decide to spend their honeymoons in their midst. As you begin to consider where in the world to honeymoon, allow us to suggest some favorite places, from the new and improved to the tried and true.

Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
800.877.3643 • casadecampo.com.do
Ideally situated on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo (pictured above and at top) offers it all. From a private beach to three championship golf courses and 13 fast-dry Har-Tru tennis courts, Casa de Campo has what you’re looking for. The Shooting Center provides a gateway for all skill levels, with over 200 stations for trap, skeet, and sporting-clay shooting. At the heart of Casa de Campo’s ocean playground is the Marina, inspired by the quaint seaside villages of the Mediterranean coastline. And there’s Altos de Chavón, a 16th-century replica Mediterranean village, which boasts the beautiful St. Stanislaus Church for those wishing to get married on site. As far as dining goes, the resort is never short on options, offering everything from a private pier and moonlit gazebo to the newly opened Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant. With fresh interiors, expanded areas for dining and lounging, and an infinity pool, it’s the perfect setting to experience Casa de Campo’s modern style of luxury.

Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea
808.874.8000 • fourseasons.com/maui
Whether you’re getting married on site or coming just to honeymoon, you’ll be in the best of hands at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Here, the experience teams live by the mantra that every guest request is answered with a “yes.” They have been known to move mountains—or volcanoes—to make guests’ dreams come true, from styling and stocking your in-room closet with new fashions to scouring the island’s every altitude for rare flowers. Maui is a lovers’ paradise, and this Four Seasons—Hawaii’s only Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond resort—is proof of paradise found. Snorkel or canoe in crystal-clear waters, trek through the enchanting bamboo forest, stroll along pristine beaches, or unwind with a massage in a thatched beachside hut. Take a self-guided audio tour of the resort’s expansive local art collection, or indulge in a “glassology” course led by resort manager Martin Dell. Enjoy traditional Hawaiian entertainment at night in the open-air lobby lounge (be sure to order the house Mai Tai). Head to Wailea Golf Club for championship courses with the most incredible views. Speaking of views, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters can whisk you around the island for aerial tours. Of course, there’s no reason to leave the resort for your fill of romance: seclude yourselves in a poolside cabana decorated by fashion house Missoni, or arrange for a private dinner under the stars one night, with one of the most staggering views the Central Pacific has to offer.

1 Hotel South Beach, Miami
866.615.1111 • 1hotels.com/south-beach
Relax and restore at 1 Hotel South Beach, where newlyweds can “Become 1,” as the hotel likes to say. This “eco-chic” wellness hotel boasts 600 feet of white sandy beach, four pools, rooftop cabanas, holistic treatments at Haybarn Spa (the  first in the United States), a SoulCycle, and a Spartan Gym. The hotel offers complimentary yoga, vinyasa flow, Pilates, and meditation classes. With six on-site restaurants for Florida-fresh food, you could eat in every night, but if you decide you want to explore a bit more of what the Magic City has to offer, the Tesla house car is waiting curbside.

Belmond British Pullman, United Kingdom
800.524.2420 • belmond.com/trains
Embark on a journey filled with luxury, glamour, and just enough adventure with an unforgettable trip through the British countryside on Belmond’s British Pullman. Restored to their former glory, the Belmond British Pullman carriages are as famous today as in the heyday of train travel. Whether you prefer afternoon tea, flowing Champagne, or both—as many guests do—there’s a journey for everyone. In an age when the possibilities of travel are expanding at rapid speed, harken back to the golden age of travel by steam on board one of Belmond’s British Pullman journeys. You can escape to historic Bath or Canterbury, discover Folkestone or Chatsworth House, or—new for 2018—take a sweeping tour of the West Country’s historic gardens, including Trelissick Garden and Trewithen Gardens in Cornwall, home to champion trees, rare shrubs, woodland glades, and exotic ferns.

Brown’s Hotel, London
+44 207 493.6020 • roccofortehotels.com
London is always a good idea, and Brown’s- is an even better one. Not only is it the city’s first hotel, but also one of its most illustrious. Since opening on Albemarle Street in 1837, the five-star institution has hosted everyone from royals and presidents to international authors. Its location—in the heart of Mayfair, just steps from the Royal Academy of Arts and shopping on Bond Street—cannot be beat. Elevating British hospitality to an art form, Brown’s offers the best of unexpected Old World charm and wholly modern comforts (think British oak meets Italian marble).


La Réserve Paris
+33 1 58.36.60.60 • lareserve-paris.com
With no shortage of romantic options, it’s rare for a Paris newcomer to steal both hearts and top laurels, but La Réserve Paris is the clear victor of late. Intimate and luxe, the 40-room Haussmann-style hotel is centrally situated in the 8th arrondissement. Jacques Garcia’s decor—silk damask walls, velvet drapery, and herringbone parquet floors—honors traditional Paris yet isn’t weighed down by it. Views include glimpses of the Eiffel Tower, the spires of Notre Dame, and the glass ceiling of the neighboring Grand Palais. Perks include the private Duc de Morny Library, a 52-foot indoor swimming pool, and chef Jérôme Banctel’s two-Michelin-starred Le Gabriel. Each room has a butler, who can satisfy just about any request, from a private concert in the suite to a couture dress for a night at the opera. Mini-moon packages are the way to go for short post-nuptial stays.  

Tortuga Bay Hotel, Dominican Republic
809.959.8229 • tortugabayhotel.com 
Allow the wedding experts at Tortuga Bay Hotel, part of Puntacana Resort & Club, to make the planning process seamless for your wedding—and honeymoon, while you’re at it. Exchange vows at Playa Blanca, set on beautiful white sand beaches, or at the exquisite La Cana Golf & Beach Club. You can also opt for a religious ceremony at the beautiful Nuestra Señora de Punta Cana, a coral stone church. From there, spend your first night as husband and wife with Tortuga Bay’s breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Honeymoon in style at a resort that is redefining the luxury hotel experience with 13 villas draped in stunning designs by the late Oscar de La Renta. Assured serenity and impeccable service will define your stay at this private enclave. From the moment you arrive at Punta Cana International Airport, the staff at Tortuga Bay will personally guide you through your experiences, taking care of everything from customs to drawing your bath after dinner for truly effortless travel.

2011 Chip Riegel

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 are always treated with a surprise on the house. The Lodge At Torrey Pines, La Jolla
858.453.4420 • lodgetorreypines.com 
The moment you pull up and are greeted by attendants in Scottish kilts, you know you’re somewhere special. The Lodge at Torrey Pines pays tribute to the California Craftsman movement and is modeled after Greene and Greene’s famed Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena. Couples can enjoy near-perfect weather while hiking in the Torrey Pines State Reserve, golfing on the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, or relaxing at the 9,500-square-foot full-service spa. Enjoy inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean over lunch at The Grill, then savor more traditional dining by night at A.R. Valentien. As cool San Diego evenings descend, enjoy a cuddle by the fire—either outside or in your room.