TOP 10 HONEYMOON SPOTS RIGHT NOW

Monday, May 9, 2016

Did you know we book travel?  Honeymoons are some of our favorite trips to plan and we are always on top of the best and dreamiest destinations around the world.  When you are getting married everything seems possible and a fabulous honeymoon should be at the top of your list!  From Mexico to the Maldives and from Amalfi Coast to Islands of Hawaii, we’ve rounded up our top 10 Honeymoon destinations around the world. Even if it is not your honeymoon, any of these places make for the perfect romantic getaway.

 

1. THE MALDIVES

top Honeymoon hotels in the Maldives

Photo Curtesy of Gili Lankanfushi

Where to Stay:

Gili Lankanfushi, lives by the motto “No Shirt, No News”. This rustic chic property is one my tops picks for honeymooners. Just like a dream, the tiny coral island of Gili Lankanfushi appears along one of the loveliest lagoons in the Maldives. Float surreally above the luminous lagoon waters in one of 45 stilted villas or for total seclusion, book one of seven Crusoe Residences that are accessible only by boat or pontoon. When you are ready for some adventure, there is a full PADI diving school and lots of water-sports! Some of my favorite dining options are an underground wine cellar, accessible by glass staircase, and an outdoor dinner and a movie experience in the jungle.

If you have 8 + days, hop over to another island..

Como Mallifushi, This is another top pick for honeymooners looking to relax! The experience truly is barefoot luxury and pure escape-from-it-all. There are sixty-six villas on Maalifushi. Some are overwater, some on land, with gardens and  all offer seclusion and luxury with a laid-back feel.

When to Go: November-April 

 

2. JALISCO, MEXICO

Top Honeymoon hotels on the pacific coast MexicoPhoto Curtesy of Cuixmala

Where to Stay: 

Cuixmala, Probably one of my favorite places right now. It once was a private residence and has been converted into a luxury eco-destination. This luxurious private estate has a 32,000-acre nature reserve, an organic farm, and above all, a place for the perfect honeymoon. Located along Mexico’s pristine Pacific coast of “Costa Alegre” south of Puerto Vallarta, Cuixmala overlooks the property’s beaches, lagoons, organic gardens, and tropical forests, where the beautiful unspoiled nature still reigns supreme.

When to Go: Year Round.

 

3. AMALFI COAST, ITALY

top honeymoon hotels The Amalfi Coast ItalyPhoto Curtesy Le Sirenuse 

Where to Stay:

Le Sirenuse, Positano, This legendary Amalfi Coast property is the most iconic hotel in Positano.  As locals will tell you, ‘Positano is Le Sirenuse’ and it is one of the worlds most personal properties. You will have to pinch yourself to believe you’re basking in the beauty that is Le Sirenuse. As John Steinbeck once put it, “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you’re there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Spend afternoons on the sunny terrace, taking in views of Positano, Capri and Li Galli. Enjoy an evening cocktail in the romantic Champagne Bar, followed by dinner in the gorgeous sea-view restaurant, La Sponda

Pair the two for the perfect trip. 

Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Originally a 12th Century villa this glorious hotel is found on Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast, surrounded by the brilliant blue sea. Staying at the property is like being hosted in a private Italian Home where every detail from the flowers to the textiles are handpicked by Mariella Avino and her mother Cinzia Ravello. This is the only hotel in Ravello with an exclusive Clubhouse by the Sea and an oceanfront pool; dip your toes in the Mediterranean and you might never leave. Dining is exquisite with three incredible restaurants and a Lobster & Martini Bar.

When to go: May-September

 

4. CABO, MEXICO

Top Honeymoon Hotels Cabo MexicoPhoto Curtesy of Eden Rock

Where to Stay: 

Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, This is a top Honeymoon contender and one of my all time favorite properties!  It has been completely renovated after the crazy Odile Hurricane in 2014. The signature Beachfront and Oceanview Villas are mere steps from the legendary Sea of Cortez. From private infinity-edge pools to the expansive bathrooms with steam and rain showers plus infinity bathtubs for two, this authentic Mexican villa awakens all of your senses. Secret tip…. don’t miss the new beach cabanas with private Jacuzzis.

When to Go: December – May

 

5. ST. BARTHÉLEMY, FRENCH WEST INDIES

top honeymoon hotels St. BarthelemyPhoto Curtesy of Eden Rock

Where to Stay:

Eden Rock, is set among my favorite beach in all of St. Barths, Saint Jean. Take a 5 minute walk to the end of the beach and be amazed as the planes swoop into the world’s shortest landing strip. This legendary hotel is the “beyond perfect” place to soak up the sun and you must take advantage of the full range of free activities or enjoy world-class dining at The Sand Bar and On the Rocks restaurants, both managed by the world-famous Master Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This French island in the heart of the Caribbean will forever be one of my favorites.

When to Go: December-May

 

6. NICARAGUA

Top Honeymoon hotels NicaraguaPhoto Curtesy of Mukul 

Where to Stay:

Mukul Resort, The name means “secret” in the Mayan language, and Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa is certainly one of those special gems you’ll want to keep to yourself. Picture a four-mile-long stretch of pristine white sand along Nicaragua’s dramatic Emerald Coast, where the Pellas family has created a boutique resort within their 1,600-acre estate. The 37 freestanding villas each have ocean views, private pools and handcrafted furnishings by local masters. The award-winning spa offers ancient healing rituals in six private casitas — perfect after a nature walk, surfing or a round on the country’s premier golf course. Nicaragua is undiscovered and an amazing value, it is the perfect time to go!

When to Visit: December -April

 

7. BALI, INDONESIA

Top Honeymoon hotels Bali Indonesia Top Honeymoon hotels Bali Indonesia

Photos Curtesy of Mandapa 

Where to Stay:

Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali’s newest luxury resort, recently opened in Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali. Honeymooners will find a sweet escape at this secluded paradise where lush, rolling hills, the Ayung River and verdant rice paddies create a unique sense of place. There are only 35 suites and 25 private pool villas, and all have their own private patih (butler). The hotel centers on wellness and wellbeing, so expect a state-of-the-art spa which is based on six pillars of wellness. Guests can experience the likes of spiritual, health, nutrition or detox programs, among others. The hotel also offers bicycles so guests can visit local villages.

When to Go: July-October

 

8. EAST AFRICA

top honeymoon hotels Africa

Photo Curtesy of Four Seasons 

Where to Stay:

Faru Faru Lodge,Set in Grumeti in northern Tanzania, forming part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Built on a gently sloping hill, this riverine lodge, positioned on the renowned migratory route, is a place where you can quite literally expect the unexpected. Informal, unconventional and surprising at every turn, Singita Faru Faru Lodge is a mix of contemporary, organic style and the quirky practicality of a traditional botanist’s camp. With such close proximity to the river and plains, guests have the unique opportunity to experience a very close connection with the wilderness.

Hop from Lodge to Lodge spending 3 nights in each…

Ol Donyo Lodge,Wedged between Kenyas Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks in the heart of the Chyulu Hills, this is a place of timeless wild beauty presided over by the magnificent summit of Africa’s greatest icon – Mount Kilimanjaro. This is East Africa’s premier wildlife destination, an area rich in wildlife, where some of Africa’s last giant elephant bulls roam freely. The Lodge is designed to merge your outdoor and indoor living with a series of unique suites and villas (no two are the same), and eight of the ten private cottages have their own swimming pool.    All have roof terraces where intimate “star beds” can be set up, allowing guests the thrill of sleeping in style under a canopy of endless stars.

Best Time to Go: December – March & July – November

 

9. LANAI, HAWAII

top honeymoon hotels Lanai HawaiiPhoto Curtesy of Four Seasons Lanai

Where to Stay:

Four Seasons, Lanai, Overlooking the beautiful Hulopoe Bay, this is a perfect base to explore your own 90,000 acre island. Upon arrival, you’ll find a newly transformed resort where everything has been redesigned, pool experiences include an adults-only oasis with private sanctuaries, play 18 holes on the championship golf course, snorkel in the nearby marine reserve, practice yoga at sunrise by the beach, ride horseback through the rugged countryside and so much more. There is so much to do and we can help you design a Lanai experience just for you!

Best Time to Go: Year Round.

 

10. GREEK ISLES

top honeymoon hotels greecePhoto Curtesy of Canaves Oia Suites

Where to Stay:

Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini, This hotel is regarded as one of the best accommodations in Santorini. Choose one of the 24 expansive suites or the incredible villa and take in dramatic caldera views from your private veranda. All suites also feature exterior plunge pools or private pools and accommodate three to five guests, making them ideal for a getaway with friends — or a destination wedding. The hotel offers excursions aboard its private yacht and you can even spend an unforgettable night in the middle of the sparkling Aegean Sea. It’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting.

  We suggest pairing the two together. 

Belvedere, Mykonos, With it’s bougainvillea-covered courtyard and hilltop position overlooking the Aegean Sea, the hotel resembles a picture postcard. It’s 46 understated accommodations are light and breezy and you will be enchanted by your terrace’s view of whitewashed Cyclades houses set against the crystalline blue sea.

Best Time to Go: May-September

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