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. Our list includes 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 a tropical island where you can unwind with your feet in the sand all day long.
1. Jumby Bay in Antigua
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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.
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. (268-462-6000).
Honeymoon Vacation Idea: Rent a romantic beachfront bungalow in Tunquen, on the coast of Chile.
2. East Winds Inn in St. Lucia
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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. (+ 1-758-452-8212).
3. Hotel Villa Elena Tortoreto
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Hotel Villa Elena Tortoreto is a beautiful hotel located along a gorgeous stretch of Abruzzo's Riviera Adriatica, which offers year-round outdoor recreational opportunities ranging from swimming and cycling to skiing. 45 silver, gold, and platinum-level guest rooms and suites are located throughout the hotel's informal campus, which is set within a beautiful olive grove. All rooms offer state-of-the-art amenities like soundproof walls, private balconies, flat screen televisions, and wireless internet access. Outside, the hotel's backyard area is home to a scenic swimming pool with a waterfall and whirlpool area, along with a children's play area for young visitors. Delicious restaurant options include the formal Villa Elena Restaurant, the lively Pizzeria Abruzzese, and the casual Caffe Giardino. Loaner bikes are available for exploring the region's beautiful attractions, including the nearby beachfront.
Via Nazionale Adriatica, 136, 64018 Tortoreto Lido TE, Italy, Phone: +39 0861 787266
4. Honeymoon Getaways: Fundu Lagoon
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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. (+255 74 74 38 668).
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5. 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 sleep outdoors under the stars on your private terrace. The weather should be just right in early June or September. Or you can book the suite during the August Perseids meteor shower and cross your fingers for a clear night sky. 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.
42 West 58th St., New York, NY 10019, Phone: 646-744-3100
6. 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 famous artists. Walk through the property at 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.
7. Honeymoon Getaways: Hotel Ranga in South Iceland
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See the amazing Aurora Borealis when you stay at Hotel Ranga in South Iceland. The hotel has 51 guest rooms and suites, most with whirlpools and either river or volcano views. The suites are a great choice for honeymooners, featuring decor inspired by the seven continents. The Royal Master suite is the most spacious and overlooks both the East Ranga River and the Mt. Hekla volcano. The hotel recently built a high-tech astronomical observatory equipped with two 11-inch computerized telescopes which can be used for night astronomy and solar observing.
In addition to watching the Northern Lights, couples can see glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, caves, hot springs, black sand beaches and other natural wonders. In the winter, dog sledding is a great way to see the landscape. Have romantic dinners at the hotel restaurant which serves farm-fresh cuisine showcasing Nordic cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The hotel is a two-hour drive from the international airport.
8. The Venetian in Las Vegas
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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 of the rooms. Your best bet for deals is to check the hotel's website where they post special promotions.
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone: 866-659-9643
9. 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.
144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid, NY 12946, Phone: 518-523-2700
10. Honeymoon Getaways: 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. (+62-361-975-333, amanresorts.com).
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11. Caiman Ecological Refuge in Brazil
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Caiman Ecological Refuge is a luxury adventure getaway for couples who enjoy wildlife watching, stargazing and other outdoor activities. Located in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil, the property offers rooms and suites in two lodges. Baiazinha Lodge (shown in the photo) is a lakeside retreat with six guest rooms, all with water and sunset views. The 12-guest lodge has a dining room, sitting area, as well as a scenic outdoor deck with a swimming pool, hammocks and lounge chairs. The second lodge, Cordilheira, was recently renovated and features 5 stylish suites, each with a bedroom, living room, bathroom, powder room and a balcony. The lodge has an outdoor pool deck, dining and living rooms which can accommodate 10 guests.
Vacation activities include photo safaris, canoe tours, jeep safaris, walking tours and night safaris. From June to mid-September, you can attend astronomy workshops and observe the night sky. Caiman has a private landing strip so that you can fly from Brazil's capital Campo Grande. Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive which takes about 4 hours.
12. 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.
139 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone, MT 59758, Phone: 406-646-7745
13. 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 whirlpools. 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. whirlpool suites, although more expensive than regular guest rooms, feature private patios with a whirlpool tub surrounded by draping branches and lush foliage.
14. 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 whirlpool. 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.
15. Honeymoon Getaway: 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 whirlpools 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.
16. 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.
17. Honeymoon Getaways: 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.
18. 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. Guests should be at least thirteen years old to stay at Earthsong (+64 9 429 0030).
19. 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.
20. Marpunta Resort by Santikos Collection
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Marpunta Resort by Santikos Collection is a charming hotel located within beautiful Marpunta Village on the stunning island peninsula of Alonissos. The fisherman's village-style resort, which was constructed in 1970, has been recently fully renovated and showcases gorgeously-appointed non-smoking guest rooms and suites. All rooms offer prime modern amenities, including in-room tubs and showers, coffee and tea machines, and a self-catering ice machine. Select rooms offer stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby National Marine Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades. Three private beaches are offered for guest use, along with luxurious amenities like swimming pools, tennis courts, and full-service wellness and spa facilities. Several dining experiences are offered for guests, ranging from the Greek-style Achinos Beach Restaurant to the Sunset Restaurant, known for its excellent buffet-style offerings at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Marpounta 370 05, Greece, Phone: +30 2424 065212
21. Kirini Santorini
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The Kirini Santorini hotel is situated within the picturesque Greek village of Oia on the popular island of Santorini. Located in a lively, yet still quiet spot within close walking distance to the town’s panoramic promenade, the hotel combines the classic tradition of Cycladic architecture with luxurious detail, boasting tranquil guest accommodations with extensive views overlooking the well known Caldera. The luxury Kirini Santorini hotel consists of twenty-six suites that offer guests with fruit and wine upon arrival, Wi-Fi, slippers and bathrobes, a docking station, 24-hour room service, a laptop-sized safe, satellite television, comfort amenities, and twice-daily maid service.
22. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
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Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is a prime destination for sophisticated travelers, as one of the most prestigious and largest hotels within the Swiss Riviera. The hotel was constructed in 1906 and is located on the shores of the world-famous Lake Geneva, showcasing gorgeous Belle-Époque architecture and offering five-star amenities. 236 rooms and suites may be rented, furnished with flat screen televisions, coffee makers, and offering upgrades such as private balconies and living rooms. Several upscale dining venues are destinations in their own right, including Funky Claude’s Bar, La Terrasse du Petit Palais, and Montreux Jazz Café. The hotel’s 15,000 square feet of convention and ballroom space is host to several major annual events, including the famous Montreux Jazz Festival and a holiday Christmas Market.
Av. Claude-Nobs 2, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-19-62-12-12
23. Ventana Big Sur
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Ventana Big Sur delivers comfortable accommodations that let you get close to nature and admire the beauty of the coastline in 59 rooms and suites. Those who choose to stay in guest rooms get a plush king bed, private deck, and spacious window seat, with the option of a fireplace. Suites have large outdoor decks, wood-burning fireplaces, and extra space. The Cottage and Coast Houses provide extra privacy. All accommodations also have Nespresso coffeemakers, aromatherapy bath products, iPhone docking stations, soaking tubs, walk-in showers, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and refreshment centers. Glamping is also available.
This five-store resort sits among 160 acres of forest and the property has a mix of private sanctuaries and more interactive areas. Use the guest fitness facilities or attend the daily guided property walks or yoga classes. Get pampered at the Spa Alila or go for a swim in one of the two outdoor heated pools; one has an infinity-edge hot tub and the other is clothing optional. Afterwards, soak in a Japanese hot bath. Brose the Glass House Gallery and use the property-wide high-speed wireless internet. In the afternoon, attend the daily wine tasting with cheese pairings. Have ocean-view dining at the Sur House or get a specialty beer and wine or craft cocktail at the Sur House Terrace & Bar.
48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA, Phone: 800-628-6500
24. Cypress Inn
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The Cypress Inn is considered a legendary hotel in the area, having opened back in 1929. Since then, it has hosted Hollywood royalty as well as real kings and queens. In fact, Doris Day and Dennis LeVett even co-owned the hotel for 20 years. This hotel is also pet-friendly and was a pioneer in welcoming pets, even offering pet bowls and blankets. Rooms have rich Mediterranean textures and colors, plush robes, luxurious linens, complimentary wireless internet, flat-screen TVs, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, comfortable chairs, and daily newspapers. There is also evening turn down service.
Guests get to enjoy complimentary cream sherry, nuts, and fresh fruits in their rooms. There is also a daily breakfast in Terry’s Lounge to start the day. Breakfast is buffet style and includes a range of choices. Later in the day, enjoy another meal or a drink at Terry’s Restaurant + Lounge at Cypress Inn.
Lincoln & 7th Street, Carmel, CA, Phone: 831-624-3871
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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.
Trips 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.
Honeymoon 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.