It’s engagement season and so many of my friends are getting engaged! Everyone’s asking me for honeymoon travel advice, so it seems fitting that I post my “dream honeymoon list”. From the dramatic coast line of California to a private island off the Great Barrier Reef, here are my picks for the coolest honeymoon destinations of 2015.
BRITISH WEST INDIES, ANGUILLA
SEASON: Winter, Spring, Summer
WHY GO: Perched atop a panoramic bluff the Malliouhana Auberge Resort, which re-opened November 1, 2014, is a paradise retreat surrounded by 25 acres of lush landscaped gardens. Anguilla arguably has the Caribbean’s highest concentration of luxury properties, buzzing with recent openings of new hotels, restaurants, and “super villas” (an Anguillan specialty); its airport runway has just been expanded to accommodate larger commercial planes in addition to private jets.
SEASON: Winter, Spring
STAY: Casa Ninamu
WHY GO: A hippie hidaway on Mexico’s Pacific side just 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, the surfer-town of Sayulita, is the “new Tulum”. Set up by surfers in the 1960s, it has a similarly hippy-meets-barefoot-chic vibe.
LAKE LOUISE, CANADA
SEASON: Summer, Winter
WHY GO: Canada is known for it’s gorgeous scenery, but Lake Louise gets five gold stars when it comes to breathtaking mountain ranges and turquoise lake water. If you visit in the summertime you can go hiking, whitewater rafting, golfing or fishing. The wintertime in Lake Louise offers skiing and snowboarding, dog sledding, and romantic horse drawn carriage rides.
HARBOUR ISLAND, BAHAMAS
SEASON: Winter, Spring, Fall
STAY: The Dunmore Hotel
WHY GO: This three-mile stretch of Caribbean perfection is a quick hour flight from Miami. The island is consistently named one of the top beaches in the world, yet has managed to be kept mostly secret from droves of tourists. The Dunmore Hotel, offers stunning ocean views, glorious sunsets and top-notch service that is truly a cut above. In short, the island is a little slice of heaven where you can truly escape the pace of modern life.
WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, AUSTRALIA
STAY: One & Only Haymen Island
WHY GO: Located in the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, One&Only Hayman Island is the northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. Within this private island resort, stylish elegance reflects the harmony of nature set against the backdrop of the Coral Sea.
SEASON: Summer, Fall
STAY: Abu Camp
WHY GO: The Original Elephant experience; Abu Camp offers a rare African experience that showcases the magnificent wildlife and landscape of the Okavango Delta. As a guest of Abu Camp, you are invited to walk with and ride elephants, to get a glimpse of their world and learn about their lives. Becoming part of an African elephant herd is an extraordinary privilege that we seek to share with those who visit us.
STAY: Katikies Hotel
WHY GO: Katikies is perched on the cliffs of Oia, 100 yards above the blue waters of the Aegean sea. The town, one of the most romantic and enchanting places I have ever visited, criss-crossed with lanes and alleys and jaw-dropping views around every corner and arguably one of the most legendary sunsets in the world.
BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
SEASON: Spring, Fall
WHY GO: If you’re the outdoorsy type and in the mood for a glamping honeymoon with incredible views of the ocean and cliff side hikes, Big Sur is nothing short of romantic! Don’t love glamping? Book a room at the Post Ranch Inn Resort instead.
STAY: St. Regis Princeville
WHY GO: A Hawaii honeymoon is always a good idea, especially at Kauai’s five-star Hanalei Bay retreat, with butler service and a spectacular Jean Georges restaurant. It even made a cameo in The Descendants. And yes, George did stay here.
SEASON: Fall, Spring, Summer
STAY: Blackberry Farm
WHY GO: Situated on 9,200 acres in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is one of the top rated properties in the world, offering countless activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. While fly-fishing, white-water rafting, and mountain biking are all reasons to go, the food and wine program is perhaps the most enticing draw. You’ll find 180,000 bottles of wine, farm-to-table cuisine, and a cast of artisans, including a gardener, a butcher, a bee keeper, a larder, a cheesemaker and a preservationist. Plus, every month chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers from around the country head to Blackberry Farm to teach cooking classes, lead beer and wine tastings, and offer tours. Now, there’s also a brewery on-site where guests can taste their way through the farm’s three new signature brews.