TOP 10 UTTERLY UNREAL HONEYMOONS
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There is one major expectation for a honeymoon: that it be the trip that exceeds all expectations. With the bar set that high, we challenged our staff to rack their brains for the places that blew their minds. Warm up your jaws, because they’re about to drop!
HYATT REGENCY MAUI RESORT & SPA
You can take your honey to Hawaii, but you’ll both leave your hearts there.
"Hawaiian honeymoon" has a nice sound to it, doesn't it? Now add "Hyatt" to that, and you'll want to put a ring on this idea, too. At this resort, voted a "Top 10" for honeymoons in Hawaii by Condé Nast Traveler, breakfast is served alfresco before views of waterfalls and resident swans. Penguin feedings, "tours" of the stars and wildlife, hula dancing classes, and the Drums of the Pacific luau show—complete with arts and crafts demonstrations, torch lighting and imu ceremonies, and a Polynesian fashion show—are also available right on the grounds.
As if that weren't enough, those are just the basics. The honeymoon package here provides a lei greeting upon arrival, an invitation to an exclusive cooking class, complimentary sparkling wine or Mai Tais at Japengo or 'Umalu—two of ten restaurants on the premises—during your stay, and discounts at Kamaha'o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa, for minimum spends of just $250.
INTERCONTINENTAL BORA BORA RESORT & THALASSO SPA
MOTU PITI AAU, BORA BORA
Don’t waste your time pinching—this is indeed real life.
Ask anyone the tropical image that comes to mind when they think "honeymoon," and nine times out of ten, it'll be this: overwater bungalows in French Polynesia, with nothing but mountains and ocean as far as the eye can see. This resort is iconic for this offering, with eight overwater villas that go beyond anything you could possibly imagine for romance. For instance, a canoe breakfast, delivered directly to your door via a traditional outrigger vessel for on–deck dining, and a a four–course dinner served right outside your bungalow or on a private beach seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
Experiences like those are included for lengthier stays, but gifts like sparkling wine and beachwear can still be part of the honeymoon package if you tell them that's the occasion. Two bars and three restaurants; an outrageous Thalasso spa; the first seawater therapy spa in the area; lagoonarium and coral nursery; plus a Tahitian cultural show with local performers are inducements to leave the magic of your bungalow. But the choice is ultimately up to you.
As good as its name, this alluring resort is all about the wonder.
Cobbled pathways connect the 39 suites and villas of this caldera cliff resort, where doorways seem to open up into the sky. Seven room categories in Cycladic architecture—think gentle curves, sculpted arches, and whitewashed walls—offer a cave–like feel for even more otherworldly enchantment, and amenities include two restaurants, three bars, an Asian–inspired spa, and an infinity edge pool that looks out over a dramatic drop.
The magic gets personal, though, with a lovely honeymoon package that starts with a bottle of sparkling wine and beautiful floral arrangement as part of your welcome. It continues with a dinner for two from a set menu at Charisma Restaurant and a three–hour chauffeured tour of the island by private car.
THE SPRINGS RESORT & SPA
ARENAL, COSTA RICA
With 18 springs, do you even need one of your own? (The answer is yes.)
As lovely as each of the guestrooms are, the Honeymoon Vista is the category we'd strongly recommend to couples, and trust us: the little luxuries are necessary when it's a once–in–a–lifetime kind of getaway. Sure, 18 mineral springs—in temperatures that range from 83 to 103 degrees—throughout the property and in the romantic Los Perdidos section give you your pick of underwater comfort, but having a jetted infinity edge one on your private rocking chair– and hammock–furnished terrace is a luxury like nothing else.
Fantastic cuisine in scenic restaurants that use plenty of local ingredients and outstanding service are other upscale surprises you'll find in what seems like it might be the middle of nowhere. Perched 1,000 feet above the Arenal Valley, this jungle retreat has panoramic views of the volcano and sparkling hot springs from nearly every vantage point, for romance at every turn. A rushing river at the on–grounds adventure park offers another feast for your eyes … and even more hot springs to literally soak in those views.
DULINI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
SABI SABI GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
All-inclusive in South Africa is a rarer find than lions, but here, you can spot both.
Who needs a honeymoon special when, through the end of 2018, you can stay in one of six incredible suites on the banks of the Mabrak River with all your necessities included? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner; bush walks; local beverages, mini–bar, teas and coffees, and game drive refreshments; local airstrip transfers; the conservation levy; and even laundry service and two game drives are all part of the package!
On top of all that, plunge pools are part of the accommodations, as are outdoor showers, romantic beds with billowing mosquito nets, and personal butler service. Even more exciting? Its location right in the game reserve means that special guest appearances by Africa's most thrilling locals, from giraffes to zebras to lions, are always included.
RENAISSANCE ARUBA RESORT & CASINO
PALM BEACH, ARUBA
Life is unpredictable. But the weather at your honeymoon destination doesn’t have to be.
Playing it safe isn't always fun, but when you choose Aruba as a vacation spot, the opposite is true. Whether you choose this newly renovated resort's adults–only Renaissance Marina Hotel or the one–bedroom Renaissance Ocean Suites, you'll wake up to views of what the right choice looks like—and we're not just talking about your significant other's face.
The island's only private beaches are one way to spend quality time, but with the specialty Inclusive Getaway Package, you're also tacking on unlimited standard brand beverages, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hotel's proprietary outlets, as well as a 15% discount on indoor spa treatments and a casino match play coupon at its exciting casino. Plus, with its center–city location, there's no end of ways to while away days under a warm sun and cloudless nights.
MAJESTIC MIRAGE PUNTA CANA
PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
This is no mirage—it’s Majestic Mirage … real and spectacular.
With this new construction, modern majesty has a new address. Near its sister properties—where guests receive exchange privileges—on Punta Cana's famous shores, this all–suite hotel offers fewer rooms but more space (its entry–level category is 1,000 whole square feet), more luxury, more amenities, and just … more. Its 13 pools are scattered around 11 bars and swim–up bars, which are in turn scattered around nine restaurants.
The Mirage Club adults–only section lets you choose your vibe; only two of the seven buildings are for families. And throughout them, you've got one–bedroom, swim–up, Sky View, and two Presidential Suites to choose from, all with outdoor Jacuzzis®. The first two are self–explanatory, but the Sky View? You can expect a rooftop terrace with sunbeds, too. As if that weren't enough, the honeymoon package adds a romantic in–room breakfast and beach restaurant dinner; exotic fruit plate and sparkling wine upon arrival; room upgrade and early check–in/late check–out, if available; a welcome banner at your door; spa discounts; and a souvenir photo to commemorate it all.
LE BLANC SPA RESORT LOS CABOS
LOS CABOS, MEXICO
#BestofLeBlanc was our hashtag, but “Best of Los Cabos” isn’t far-fetched.
After spending a week #OnLocaTIon at this new resort for the recent social media takeover we shared on Facebook, it's fair to say that an introduction really isn't needed. You should now know all about the five stunning restaurants, the spacious suites with ocean views and butler service, and the $1,500 resort credit that can go toward romantic dinners and wedding collections along with the usual spa and tour offerings.
But what you might not know is that they offer a honeymoon package that steps it up even more, adding a complimentary fruit platter, sparkling wine, flower arrangement, special dinner at select restaurants, breakfast in bed, guaranteed turn-down, nightly petit fours, mini cake, honeymooner's desk for special services (hello, comfort menu!), beach bag to keep, and a check–out as late as 6 PM when available. Believe us, you'll want to stay as long as possible to make every minute count!
SECRETS MAROMA BEACH RIVIERA CANCUN
RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
Five Diamonds, Top 25, and one of the world’s best beaches. Yep; this is a winner.
Densely packed sands, calm watercolor seas … this beach is everything you want in a coastal honeymoon. But it's this resort that makes the spot over the top. A AAA Five Diamond resort that's been designated a top 25 all–inclusive resort by TripAdvisor's 2018 Travelers' Choice Awards, a litany of other accolades were earned by its superior service, nine restaurants, six bars, and 13 pools … all for a mere 412 suites.
The property needs no enhancement, but the Honeymoon Package offers it anyway. Sparkling wine, fresh fruit, and flowers in your room serve as your welcome. Concierge–arranged breakfast in bed with mimosas, petit fours with turn-down, and a special romantic turn-down with a bottle of wine and Silver Menu snacks give you a reason to stay in bed. A complimentary 25–minute Tension Release Massage in the couples' spa suite and other available spa treatments provide a reason to get out of it. So does a beachfront dinner for two and complimentary green fees at Grant Coral Riviera Maya. Last but not least, a reason to return: free anniversary nights. Didn't we say this choice was a winner?
AZUL BEACH RESORT NEGRIL BY KARISMA
Lots of stats make this a scientifically perfect match for those who’ve found theirs.
Sure, Karisma Hotels & Resorts has their astounding Palafitos at the El Dorado Maroma property in Mexico's Riviera Maya, but in Jamaica, honeymooners can get more Gourmet Inclusive® for their dollar at this brand–new resort. Already a AAA Four Diamond Award winner and built atop the island's famous Seven Mile Beach on the western coast, 285 ocean view suites are divided into two luxury enclaves.
For honeymooners, we of course recommend the 149 suites in the Premium Section—any of the Honeymoon Suites, to be precise. There, in addition to free use of seven pools, six restaurants, three "Gourmet Bites" snack stations, six bars, and three swim–up bars, those in this section get ocean views and the option of choosing swim–up suites and the adults section. This category is set right on the beach, and all feature a wraparound balcony and a large living room to better enjoy those views. But no matter the suite type, the honeymoon package offers a chilled bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, special turn down service with a sweet treat, 15% spa service discount, and a 3 PM late check–out when available.