When planning a honeymoon, having access to a unique collection of quick ideas is a must before you can narrow it down based on your personal preferences. Here is a list of spectacular honeymoon getaways ranging from scenic oceanview resorts, islands and luxury city hotels. If you don't have many vacation days, plan a relaxing honeymoon weekend with your loved one at a local inn or romantic hotel where you can return years later for an anniversary celebration. If you can get away for a week or longer, travel to an exotic tropical island where you can have your feet in the sand all day long.
»Jumby Bay in Antigua
Located on a 300-acre island two miles north of Antigua, Jumby Bay is surrounded by tropical foliage, coral reefs and sapphire waters of the Caribbean Sea. The island is home to the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle, the Blue Pelican and other wildlife. Jumby Bay and Pasture Beach are ideal for sunbathing and can be reached following paths lined with palms trees on foot or by bicycle. Known for its attentive service and casual-elegant island lifestyle, the resort offers privacy, seclusion and incredible views. Guests are accommodated in luxury suites and two-bedroom villas with private plunge pools. Several private houses may also be available for rent.
There are tennis courts with a resident tennis pro, three miles of hiking trails, a croquet lawn, a putting green and a 25-meter lap pool. The Pavilion includes a workout room with free-weights, cardiovascular and weight training machines. Choose from a variety of water sports, such as snorkeling, water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. The concierge can arrange scuba diving and deep-sea fishing trips to Falmouth Harbor on Antigua's southern side. Snorkeling enthusiasts can sign up for a morning snorkeling trip to Bird Island, offered three times per week. New to snorkeling? Attendants arrange a snorkeling lesson to get you started.
The historic Estate House is the signature restaurant serving signature dishes influenced by the cuisines of Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. Located in the 230-year-old Colonial plantation manor, the restaurant is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion such as a Caribbean honeymoon or anniversary. The open-air Verandah serves breakfast, lunch, and casual dinners overlooking the sea. Dishes are light and healthy, prepared on an open grill using fresh local ingredients. Fly to V.C. Bird International Airport, located on the northeast corner of Antigua. The Caribbean island is 4 hours by plane from New York City and 3 hours from Miami. At the airport, guests are greeted by resort staff and escorted to taxis. A short taxi ride takes you to the resort's private catamaran, a 10-minute cruise from the property. Room rates start at $950 per night in the summer (low season). The rate includes all meals, airport transfers and water sports equipment (268-462-6000, website).
»East Winds Inn in St. Lucia
East Winds Inn is an intimate boutique resort located on St. Lucia. It remains secluded from prying eyes, offering its guests privacy and natural surroundings. Cottage-style rooms are spread out on a 12-acre property, which feels like a tropical garden. Blue waters and thick foliage complete the picture of this natural paradise. The property is a bird-watcher's dream: look for Mangrove Cuckoos, St. Lucian Humming Birds and other beautiful birds. Join the orientation tour when you arrive so that you will be able to recognize the flowers, plants and trees of the Caribbean.
There are thirty bungalow-style accommodations, including one suite and three ocean-view rooms which offer unobstructed views of the sea. Each guest room has a private patio or shaded terrace. The rooms are reflect local influences, with butterfly-patterned cushions, prints and mosaic-tiled bathrooms. The semi-open showers will let you stay in touch with the surrounding nature. Pedicures, manicures and massages can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own room and on the balcony.
Flamboyant Room is an open-air thatched restaurant serving international and local cuisines. All-inclusive rates start at USD $551 per night for two guests. The daily rate includes complimentary fruit basket in the room upon arrival; full breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and 4 course dinner daily; all beverages by the glass; free watersports and many activities (+ 1-758-452-8212, website).
»Amanyara in Providenciales
Amanyara is a luxury hideaway on Provo, an island in the Turks and Caicos (British West Indies). The hotel offers quiet ambiance next to a secluded white-sand beach and unusually shaped rocky coves. The resort offers luxury villas with five star service. Explore secluded beaches and pristine coral reefs just steps away. The reef next to the hotel is abundant with marine life since it borders the Northwest Point Marine National Park, famous for some of the world's best scuba diving.
The Restaurant and Bar are located on one side of the pond, which makes dinner atmosphere particularly romantic. The other side of the pond is flanked by the hotel library and a boutique. The resort was built using timber and glass, with low rooftops in harmony with the surrounding nature. Luxury Pavilion rates start at US $1,200 per night, 3-bedroom villas from $4,300 per night (866-941-8133, website).
Fundu Lagoon is an all-inclusive getaway located on the Pemba Island just off the African coast. This small resort, its beautiful beaches, world class diving, and relaxed atmosphere, are an excellent destination for couples and honeymooners looking for a romantic retreat. There is a fully equipped PADI dive center, surrounded by some of the best scuba diving in the world. The property offers a selection of rooms and suites, including accommodations on the beach and up on a hill overlooking the ocean. Suites have private pools, perfect for couples and honeymooners.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main area or at the jetty bar with a three course lunch and dinner, some of the best cuisine to be found in East Africa. Charter a plane from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to Chake Chake airport on Pemba Island. Once you reach Chake Chake airport, you will be met and driven to one of two ports, from where you will be brought by private speedboat service to the resort. Rates start at $375 USD per person per night, including all meals and many island activities (+255 74 74 38 668, website).
»Sleep Under the Stars in New York City at AKA Central Park
Book the Penthouse Suite at AKA Central Park in New York City and you can sleep outdoors under the stars on your private terrace. This is a fun idea for a special celebration or a romantic proposal. You'll have to time it right, however, since New York is too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. The weather should be just right in early June or September. Or you could book the suite during the August Perseids meteor shower and cross your fingers for a clear sky. The Penthouse costs $2,000 per night.
If you prefer to move indoors for the night, the Penthouse has modern interiors with designer furniture such as the Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair and a concealed mini-kitchen. The Penthouse itself measures 900 square feet in size, but the wrap-around terrace is more spacious than that at 1,500 square feet. Other notable features include wood burning fireplaces, lounging and dining areas and great views of New York City.
»Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista
Stay in a beautiful Italian villa located a few miles from the historic city of Verona in the Veneto region of Italy. The property features a restored 15th century facade, beautiful gardens, a world-class spa and a gourmet restaurant. The hotel houses a permanent contemporary art exhibit. Throughout the common areas, visitors discover the works of Anish Kapoor, Vanessa Beecroft, Giulio Paolini, Peter Halley, Cindy Sherman, Mimmo Rotella, Sol Lewitt and many others. Walk through the propertyat your own pace, admiring elaborate ceiling decorations, murals and art. Ask for Mendini's Island, a Junior Suite with a scenic sitting corner overlooking the vineyards and original furniture by Mendini, Rom Arad and Phillipe Starch. Enjoy scenic views of the outdoor pool and the beautiful Italian park.
Espace Byblos Spa is a wellness center offering a diverse menu of treatments, a fitness center and a relaxing pool. Atlier restaurant serves traditional local dishes and international classics. Peter's Bar is dedicated to the American artist Peter Halley. It offers great cocktails cocktails and music. Room rates at the hotel start at 270 Euro per night. Packages start at 308 Euro per night.
»Matakauri Lodge near Queenstown, New Zealand
If you are looking for privacy and luxury on your honeymoon vacation, Matakauri Lodge near Queenstown, New Zealand, offers only three suites and four villas surrounded by a pine forest and scenic mountain views. The suites in the main lodge are very nice, but on your honeymoon can splurge splurge on one of the private villas. Separate from the lodge, the 700-square-foot villas have a separate lounge with open log fire, a private outdoor terrace and an extra large spa bath. After the bath, use the large window seat to talk or read surrounded by panoramic alpine views.
The villa bathrooms have twin vanities and double showers, so that you can enjoy your own space on your honeymoon vacation. Sign up for one of the tours in the area, such as the Lord of the Rings Tour or a helicopter tour of Central Otago Wine Country.
»The Venetian in Las Vegas
Stay in a suite, choose from 17 restaurants, see a show, and dance the night away at The Venetian. Huge suites, the Canyon Ranch spa, the Grand Canal shops, and seventeen different restaurants make the Venetian a fun romantic getaway. You will never feel cramped in your room, in fact you might never need to leave it. However, if you stayed in your room you would miss out on the shopping, the spa treatments, and the nightlife and entertainment.
The Venetian has over 4,000 rooms, all of them suites. The even the standard rooms have marble bathrooms, sitting areas and measure around 650 square feet in size. For an even more private experience, try the Venezia Suites which have access to private pools and gardens as well an express check-in on the 10th floor. If your idea of a romantic getaway is great golf, then try the Venetian's golf concierge. The golf concierge will get you onto some of the best courses in Las Vegas.
The Venetian offers great rates considering the size and quality of the rooms. Your best bet for deals is to check the hotel's website where they post special promotions. Suites usually start from around $129, except during very busy periods.
»Lake Placid Lodge in New York
If you are looking for a quick honeymoon getaway in upstate New York, the Lake Placid Lodge offers romantic cabins, gourmet dining and scenic mountain and lake views. Located on the shores of Lake Placid, New York, the lodge is only open to guests 14 years of older, making it a perfect honeymoon getaway for adults who want a peaceful stay.
Each room at the Lake Placid Lodge is uniquely decorated and includes a large wood-burning fireplace which creates a romantic atmosphere when lit. For best views of Lake Placid on your honeymoon getaway, ask for one of the private log and timber cottages near the water's edge. The cabins have luxurious bathrooms with soaking tubs. Have room service deliver your meals and dine in the privacy of your own cabin with views of Lake Placid in upstate New York.
»Amandari in Bali
Amandari is a tropical resort located in Bali, Indonesia. The property offers luxury thatched-roof suites with four-poster beds and a private garden courtyard. In the evening, take a bath under the night sky in the sunken marble bathtub surrounded by ferns and baby bamboo. The resort was designed like a Balinese village. Set among the rice fields, the resort has an open-air lobby, river-stone walkways and bamboo-frame roofs. There is a swimming pool, tennis court, and a library with access to the internet. The hotel has a gym with cardiovascular machines and large windows overlooking the lotus pond.
The spa offers a range of beauty treatments in outdoor massage bales. The Restaurant overlooks the resort's green-tiled pool and serves Western and Indonesian dishes. In the evening, live entertainment is provided by gamelan players. May to October is the best time to go, while November to March is the rainy season in the tropics. The mean temperature is about 80°F year-round. Bali is located at the heart of the Indonesian archipelago in Southeast Asia. When traveling from the United States or Europe, you will probably connect in Singapore or Hong Kong. Amandari is a 45-minute drive from the Denpasar airport. The resort offers complimentary transfers. Rates start at $850 USD per night for a Village Suite (+62-361-975-333, amanresorts.com).
»The Plaza in NYC
See New York City's Central Park from a horse-drawn carriage. You can hire a carriage in front of the romantic Plaza Hotel, a popular honeymoon getaway.
»Historic Inn in Yellowstone
Watch the Old Faithful Geyser erupt from the comfort of your room at the Old Faithful Inn. The Old Faithful Inn is located next to the Old Faithful Geyser in the center of Yellowstone National Park. You might not think that such a large landmark inn inside one of the busiest national parks in the country could be considered romantic, but it really is quite charming.
The romance of Yellowstone comes easily with some clever vacation planning. Head off and explore the many miles of park trails, scenic views, and waterfalls. Then return to the Old Faithful Inn for dinner and then go sit outside on the benches next to Old Faithful and wait for the geyser erupt under the moonlight.
The premium rooms in a new wing are without the old log walls, but the rooms are large and the ones facing the geyser basin have great views. The smaller rooms in the older structure have much more of the log cabin feel but the views aren't as good.
If you get up early you will be able to stroll around the Upper Geyser Basin together and have the place to yourselves. When you book your room, check for a room with a view of the geyser basin otherwise you might end up with a view of the parking lot. If you go on vacation in June or the first two weeks in September you will have good weather without the crowds of August. Rooms at the Old Faithful Inn start at around $100.
»Hyatt Regency Maui
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is a unique getaway located on the famous Kaanapali Beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The resort is set on 40 acres with views of Lanai and Molokai. Activities include championship golf, tennis, scuba diving, surfing and snorkeling. Get pampered at the Spa Moana while kids play at the Water Playground with pools, slide, waterfalls and rope bridge. There are 806 guest rooms and suites with private lanai and ocean or mountain views. If you have allergies, the hotel offers Hypo Allergenic Rooms in the Atrium Tower. These rooms feature a state-of-the-art air purification system Recertification every six months. There are five restaurants to choose from.Room rates start at $385 per night.
Kaanapali is lined with hotels, most with sandy beaches and bars. There is the Kaanapali Resort, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas which offers oceanfront villas and the Sheraton Maui Resort. Celebrate a romantic Hawaiian honeymoon on Maui with the "Maui Honeymoon Package" which includes: cooking classes, wine, Hawaiian gift, two day passes to the spa plus 15% off massages, two for the price of one tickets to the astronomy esperience, breakfast buffet daily and $25 off towars the snorkeling excursion (website).
»Hotel Bel-Air in LA
The combination of privacy, attentive service and luxury facilities make Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, the ultimate romantic honeymoon getaway. All of the guest rooms and suites are unique in design, and many offer special features such as fireplaces and private patios with Jacuzzis. Ask for one of the rooms with a wood-burning fireplace and request a complimentary fire building service to create a romantic setting on your honeymoon.
Upon arrival at the hotel, relax in your room with an in-room massage and wait for the complimentary afternoon tea service complete with a basket of cakes. Take a romantic walk through the hotel gardens, past the grove of coast redwoods, white flowering bird of paradise trees, pink camellia bushes, jasmine, roses and orange blossoms. Jacuzzi suites, although more expensive than regular guest rooms, feature private patios with a Jacuzzi tub surrounded by draping branches and lush foliage.
»Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Burj Al Arab is a completely unique luxury vacation getaway in Dubai, designed to resemble a billowing sail. The hotel is over 1,000 feet high and offers 202 spacious duplex suites with scenic views. Guests can dine at six award-winning restaurants, get pampered at Assawan Spa & Health Club, and enjoy 24-hour butler service. The hotel has beautiful infinity pools and Majlis Al Bahar exclusive private beach. Luxury suite rates start at AED 6,490 per night. The Spa measures over 53,000 square feet in size and is situated on the 18th floor of the hotel. Treatment rooms overlook the Arabian Gulf and Coastline. The full-service wellness center includes Sauna, Steam, Cold Plunge Pool, Wellness Gyms and spectacular infinity pools. Choose from an array of signature treatments.
The hotel offers 202 spectacular duplex suites perfect for a honeymoon. Each suite has a spiral staircase which connects the two floors. Choose from One Bedroom Deluxe Suites, Panoramic Suites and many other layouts for your honeymoon. Enjoy a luxurious bathroom with a Jacuzzi. The hotel is world-famous for its beautiful ballroom and lavishly appointed banqueting venues. The outdoor Marina Garden and the unique Assawan Amphitheatre on the 18th floor are also attractive venues for weddings.
Restaurants, lounges and bars will delight even the most demanding guest. The resort features several signature restaurants that compete with one another with stunning settings and delicious food. Al Mahara is a fine seafood restaurant where you can watch fish swim in a giant aquarium during the dinner. If you want spectacular panoramic views, book a table at Al Muntaha restaurant. Majlis Al Bahar is a casual al fresco restaurant located along the Arabian Gulf shoreline (website).
»The Annabelle on Cyprus
The Annabelle is a luxury island hotel surrounded by tropical water gardens and a sandy beach on the island of Cyprus. Visit the Andromeda Health & Beauty Centre for relaxing spa treatments, lounge by the pool and choose from different watersports on the beach. There are 218 rooms and suites, featuring a balcony or a terrace, and 24-room service. DVDs, VCRs and Jacuzzis in all of the one and two-bedroom suites. Some studios have a plunge pool, while garden suites have an outdoor whirlpool, ideal for a romantic honeymoon.
Dine at three restaurants: Amorosa, Fontana, and the Mediterraneo. Amorosa serves contemporary continental cuisine, Fontana offers buffet or a la carte dishes in a relaxed atmosphere, and Mediterraneo serves traditionally prepared Mediterranean dishes. A honeymoon suite is not a honeymoon suite without a view. The suites have great views and several romantic features. The majority of the suites have views overlooking the sea. All rooms have private a private balcony or terrace, perfect for a romantic morning breakfast. For ultimate honeymoon indulgence, request a garden suite with a whirlpool on the terrace. Room service is available 24-hours a day, just in case you never want to leave your suite. A Garden Studio Suite with a whirlpool is approximately $350 USD per night, depending on exchange rate. VacationIdea.com Tip: Remember to check for honeymoon packages. Rates start at about $170 USD per night, including breakfast.
»Kauri Cliffs - Scenic New Zealand Hideaway
With just 24 luxury suites, Kauri Cliffs on New Zealand's North Island offers privacy, luxury service and romantic accommodations with ocean views. Relax on three secluded beaches at the resort, play scenic golf near the cliffs, swim with dolphins, go sailing and deep sea fishing. The Bay of Islands offers excellent snorkeling and scuba diving, or you can take a private trip to remote islands and shipwrecks. At the end of the day, visit the hotel spa to relax and rejuvenate. The suites at Kauri Cliffs provide a romantic setting with their open fireplaces and private porches from which you can enjoy the views.
»Hotel Luna Capri
Spend a romantic honeymoon at Hotel Luna Capri on the scenic island of Capri, Italy. The hotel is located in Capri's center, near the famous Piazzetta. Mention that you are planning a honeymoon vacation and ask for a room with a terrace overlooking the sea. Relax by the pool, visit designer shops along Via Vittorio Emanunele and explore Capri's historical center. In the evening, watch romantic sunsets from the island. Have a romantic dinner for two at the hotel restaurant or ask the hotel concierge for nearby restaurant recommendations. Find out more about Hotel Luna Capri.
»Earthsong Lodge on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand
At Earthsong Lodge on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, guests can explore secluded beaches, native forests and fishing grounds. A 30-minute flight from Auckland, the lodge is an intimate retreat that accommodates only six guests at one time. Great Barrier Island is a wonderful destination for wildlife enthusiasts since it is located in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park featuring native plants and endangered wildlife species. Take bush walks and book a massage treatment in your suite. Nearby vacation activities include fishing, diving, sea kayaking, boat trips, biking and golf. Guests can take hiking trips to Kauri Dams, hot springs and Mt Hobson. If you want to explore the island on your own, ask the staff at the lodge to arrange a car rental for the duration of your stay.
Luxury guests suites offer courtyards and verandahs overlooking the sea. Enjoy a plush entryway and a spacious bedroom. Breakfast and dinner are included in the cost of your stay. The lodge specializes in regional cooking and serves fine wines. Fly to Claris Airport from Auckland. Flights take 30 minutes and are available daily. Earthsong is located 15 minutes from the airport - you can ask the lodge staff to arrange a pickup for free. There is a helipad, so you can arrive by helicopter as well. Ask the lodge reservations staff for help with transfers. Rates start at NZ$896 per for two guests. The rate includes pre-dinner cocktails, a four course dinner, full breakfast and transfers to and from Claris Airport. Guests should be at least thirteen years old to stay at Earthsong (+64 9 429 0030, website).
More Quick Honeymoon Trips
Whether you want to enjoy the nature or get pampered at a luxury resort, there are a number of quick trips you can take that will let you relax and spend time together.
From Los Angeles
Drive to the scenic Ojai Valley where you can enjoy romantic walks and delicious cuisine. Stay at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, a popular Hollywood retreat since the 1940s. Take a quick trip to La Costa Resort, a 90 minute drive from LA, which has a full service spa, tennis courts and two golf courses. If you prefer a more casual getaway, book a cabin at El Capitan Canyon, a luxury campground in Les Padres National Forest. Nature-oriented activities include ocean kayaking, surfing and whale watching.
Last Minute Ideas from New York City
While it may be best to plan well ahead of time to get exactly the room you want, that may not be always possible. Last minute trips from NYC are easier than people realize, even during the holiday weekends. Call your hotel, inn or resort and ask for last minute deals and vacation packages. If they do not have any rooms available, try calling again later because last minute cancellations are frequent. Don't forget to book your spa treatments, meals and other activities.
Living in a large city can have its advantages, and easy access to three major airports is one of them. From New York City, you can quite easily plan a quick getaway to a beach in Florida. If you are after sandy beaches and exciting nightlife, fly to Miami and stay at the Tides Hotel. The hotel has extra large rooms with scenic views and is located near popular bars and clubs of Miami Beach. You can also try the new Mandarin Oriental Hotel Miami on Brickell Key which has a private beach and a luxurious spa. Full-service resorts are not far from Miami International Airport either. Play golf at Doral and The Turnberry Isle Resort and relax at the spa. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is another great option.
The Sagamore is a romantic idea, located on a private island in the Adirondacks, surrounded by Lake George. The Castle on the Hudson is a 30-minute drive from Manhattan, offering romantic fireplaces and spa services. Elm Court, an all-suite hotel is set on 90 acres, ideal for romantic walks.
Canyon Ranch spas are famous for their complete mind-body programs. Canyon Ranch Berkshires is a 100,000-square-foot spa complex complete with indoor tennis, squash, racquetball, pool and jogging track. Mirror Lake Inn in the Adirondacks has a spa sanctuary with fireplaces, whirlpools, steam rooms and grooming areas. Choose from a variety of massages, body treatments and other services on your spa weekend getaway. You will find treatments that range from Thai Massage and Reflexology to Craniosacral Therapy and The Adirondack Maple Sugar Body Scrub. The Woodstock Inn has an outdoor and an indoor pool, golf, 75 kilometers of ski trails, and a 41,000 square foot spa and fitness center.
From San Francisco
From wine tasting to biking, golf and shopping, Napa Valley is a popular getaway from San Francisco. Stay at the Napa Valley Lodge which has a year-round heated swimming pool and spacious guest rooms. You can also try Harvest Inn in St. Helena.
If you are looking for a luxury resort to celebrate a special occasion, such as an engagement or anniversary, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay in California may be just the place for you. Ask the hotel concierge to arrange a few romantic touches before your arrival, such as chilled Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
At the resort restaurant, Navio, you will have the opportunity to sample delicious cheeses, fish and wines. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific, and a 1,000-square-foot exhibition kitchen. The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is only about 30 minutes from San Francisco, so if you live there you can get away for a short romantic break during the weekend or on a weekday. You can also play golf, visit the spa complex, and take long romantic walks. Drive about 150 miles south of San Francisco to Big Sur and relax at the beautiful Post Ranch Inn. All guest rooms are quite unique and feature a fireplace, pull-out massage table, indoor spa tub, private deck and a complimentary mini bar.
Ideas from Boston
If you've decided to plan a quick trip first and splurge on a longer vacation a few months after the wedding, there are quite a few charming places to consider within driving distance from Boston. The White Barn Inn in Maine, located 80 minutes from Boston, is a good choice. In addition to charming rooms, you will also be able to enjoy a romantic dinner for two in the inn's Five-Diamond Award restaurant. A three-hour drive from Boston, the Windham Hill Inn in Southern Vermont offers hiking and cross country skiing.
The Blue Ridge Mountains
The Grove Park Inn in North Carolina is a relaxing weekend spa vacation getaway. The 43,000-square-foot spa is inspired by the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, featuring mineral pools with soothing underwater music and nearby waterfall pools. On your weekend spa getaway, you also get to enjoy contrast pools, a lap pool, an inhalation room, sauna and a eucalyptus-infused steam room. Separate Men's and Women's Relaxation Lounges serve herbal teas and refreshments. The Spa Concierge at The Grove Park Inn can help you design a unique experience, offering plenty of pampering and relaxation.