30 Spectacular Honeymoon Getaway Ideas
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 to national park adventures. 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 destination where you can have your feet in the sand all day long. Browse our guide to best honeymoons and find even more ideas.
Spa Vacation on an Island in Greece
Plan a romantic honeymoon vacation to the Greek island of Santorini to enjoy rolling vineyards, spacious villas and relaxing treatments at the spa. Vedema Resort is a stylish getaway with colorful interiors and luxury service. Vedema Resort has 45 fully furnished apartments and villas with private verandas, lounge-dining rooms and beautiful beds. Six of the villas have open-air jacuzzis (a great honeymoon idea), and four have private swimming pools. All of the houses are decorated with artwork from noted Greek artists. Houses come in one, two, and three bedroom configurations and have mini-bars, satellite TV, cd-player, air conditioning and internet access.
The resort has a free shuttle service to one of Santorini's black sand beaches. Once at the beach, you can request private umbrellas and sun-beds, while refreshments are served and the bar. There are many activities to choose from on your honeymoon. The hotel can arrange bike rentals, private yacht rides, and sailboat excursions.
The Pergola restaurant located by the pool serves light cool salads, Mediterranean barbeques, traditional Greek dishes as well as fresh seafood. The Vinsanto winery restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine served by Chef Melina Homata. Prive is a private dining room available for guests who want to have a customized taste experience. The pool Bar and Jacuzzi Bar serve thirst quenching drinks for guests to enjoy while they sunbath by the pool. Vedema Resort is located in the village of Megalohori on the island of Santorini, Greece. The resort is only 15 minutes from Santorini Airport. There are daily flights to Santorini from Athens.
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.
Andromeda Health and Beauty Centre in Cyprus
A large pool, a long beach, excellent outdoor dining, and a great view from your terrace are all the things that you will find on a romantic vacation at the Annabelle Hotel in Cyprus. The hotel has three restaurants, a pool, and the Andromeda Health & Beauty Centre. Several of the rooms come with a private plunge pool, while others have a whirlpool on the terrace. Room rates at the Annabelle start at about $170 USD.
Wood-burning fireplace and in-room massage in Bel Air
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.
A room with a terrace overlooking the sea on 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.
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Three suites and four villas 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.
Spacious suites, the Canyon Ranch spa and stylish shops in 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.
Upstate New York Honeymoon Getaway
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.
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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 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.
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.