Thursday, March 14, 2013

Honeymoon Hot Spots

San Diego Style Weddings’ Top 25 Honeymoon spots

Written by Becky Gillespie – Kahala Travel

Looking for the best place for your special getaway?  There’s something for everyone in our list of the 25 hottest locations to spend your honeymoon.

Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf and Spa Resort Los Cabos
Set against the majestic backdrop of the Sea of Cortez, this "House of the Ocean" will enchant you as you discover hidden grottos and romantic bridges while strolling the grounds and soaking-up the warm sun.  Afterward, enjoy special spa treatment designed just for newlyweds at the Cactus Spa

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa
The perfect choice, when all you want to say is “ahh” after you say, “I do”.  Located on its own private motu (“small island”) this all-overwater bungalow resort features treatment rooms where you can admire the marine life through the glass floors as you enjoy your couples massage.

Huahine Te Tiare Beach Resort
Experience an unspoiled tropical paradise where thousands of stars light the night sky and the sound of waves breaking along the reef lull you to sleep at night.  Whether nestled in a garden bungalow or diving off the platform of your overwater accommodations, you will feel like you’ve found your own piece of heaven among the turquoise waters and brilliant white sand.

Sandals Emerald Bay
Discover the romance of the Bahamian Out Islands at Sandals Emerald Bay.  Superb service is the focus at this all-inclusive resort.  And with an 18-hole Jack Nicholas designed course, the 29,000 sq ft Red Lane spa and their own private marina, you can both enjoy your favorite activities on your honeymoon.

ME Cancun
Relax at the beachside infinity pool by day so you’ll both be ready for when things heat-up at night.  Renowned DJs set the scene for the Weekend Beach Parties at the ultra-hip ME Cancun.  For a South Beach experience with a Mexican vibe, this is definitely the place to be.

Bauer L'Hotel
Experience a true Italian honeymoon with the luxurious Bauer L'Hotel.  In your room, encounter a beautiful blend of Art Deco furniture, hand-woven fabrics by Venetian artists and modern amenities, setting the stage for your romantic interlude.  Open your balcony door and be serenaded by the songs of gondoliers on the canal below. Located just two minutes walk from St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice awaits you.

Encounter a world where the rainforest meets the ocean in this idyllic Fijian paradise. You will experience the perfect secluded getaway with only 19 villas spread over 525 acres. And as one of Fiji’s few truly all-inclusive resorts, you won’t have a care in the world while you enjoy your honeymoon.

COMO Shambhala Estate
The ideal retreat for active couples, COMO Shambhala Estate offers everything from yoga and pilates to rice field trekking and Balinese dance.  Located in the lush hills of central Bali, you can explore the temples and galleries of Ubud, engage with locals at the numerous festivals, and experience whitewater rafting and mountain biking, all from your doorstep.

Sofitel Ia Ora Beach Resort
A sublime hideaway awaits you, tucked along the water's edge in Moorea.  Recently renovated, the Sofitel Ia Ora combines modern design with traditional architecture, so you can still enjoy your Wi-Fi while waiting for your breakfast to be delivered by outrigger canoe.

Couples Tower Isle
As the name implies, this resort was made for people in love.  Located on a beautiful stretch of beach in the Ocho Rios area, this romantic Jamaican resort will steal your heart with hypnotic ocean views, a laid-back Jamaican vibe and chance to bask in the sun on a private offshore island retreat.

Jalousie Plantation
Encounter a resort as beautiful as the surrounding St Lucia scenery.  The beachfront setting beckons you to wiggle your toes in the sand then head off into the water in search of tropical fish on the nearby reef. Later on, spend some one-on-one time in your secluded suite, each with its own sexy plunge pool.

The Kahala Hotel
For animal enthusiasts, experience an unforgettable honeymoon at this luxurious hideaway on the coast of Oahu.  With the onsite Dolphin Quest program, you will make friends with Hoku and Kolohe, two of the six resident Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins at the resort.   At the same time, enjoy unparalleled luxury in one of 338 rooms and suites where the staff anticipate your every desire.

Koro Sun
You may find that you never want to leave your room when you experience the Honeymoon Treetop Bure at Koro Sun on Fiji's northern island.  From the private plunge pool, expansive living room and master bath with outdoor shower downstairs to the upstairs master suite with expansive views of the ocean and rainforest, this is the perfect lovers' retreat.

El Palace
Travel to the hottest honeymoon destination in Europe - Barcelona.  Rich days of exploring cultural treasures and sultry nights filled with dining and dancing.  Make the most of your time in the city at a hotel that is as grand as the city itself, El Palace.  With attentive staff and stunning rooms reminiscent of the 1920s, your time at the hotel will be just as amazing as in the city that surrounds it.

Carlisle Bay
Nestled on the lush southwestern coast of Antigua, this tranquil retreat provides the utmost in relaxation for even the most discerning honeymooners.  From spacious suites facing the azure sea and exceptional dining experiences to unmatched spa facilities and even a dedicated screening room - when you need a break from the sun - the Carlisle Bay is the complete honeymoon retreat.

Hotel du Louvre
If the City of Lights is your dream destination, then head for Hotel du Louvre to experience the best of what Paris has to offer.  This stylish boutique hotel with French chic rooms surrounds you with art, fashion and culture.  Just steps from the Louvre, the Opera House and Palais Royal, it is perfect location for exploring the city made for lovers.

Hotel Punta Islita
Set along the open ocean on the Guanacaste coast, Hotel Punta Islita is the ideal location for savvy, adventure-minded couples.  Opportunities abound for activities by day - zip lining, surfing, hiking, animal viewing and more. Afterward, return to your secluded ocean-side suite for a mesmerizing view of the sun melting into the ocean from your private Jacuzzi.

GAIA Hotel & Reserve
Go green on your honeymoon at the award-winning GAIA Hotel & Reserve boutique lodge. Tucked between the wild rainforest and the vast sea, you will enjoy luxurious accommodations in an exotic, eco-friendly setting.  Each room features personalized concierge service – perfect for ensuring all your dreams come true!

Six Senses Samui - a SALA Property
Reconnect after the wedding in a place of total privacy and unimaginable beauty.  Spend your days enjoying breathtaking views of the Gulf of Siam from your infinity edge pool.  You won’t have to leave your spacious villa, as your personal butler will see to your every need. If seclusion is a top priority, then this is the place for you.

Delight in a true paradise on the alluring island of Koh Samui.  The indulgent atmosphere created by the gracious Thai staff will have you relaxing as soon as you arrive.  Enjoy a perfect mix of sandy beaches, incredible marine life, hidden waterfalls and vibrant island life all from the ideal honeymoon hideaway.

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Make the most of a short honeymoon with a Southern California getaway at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.  An easy drive from San Diego, you will feel worlds away.  Enjoy locally sourced cuisine, romantic accommodations and even apothecary experiences where you can create your own signature scent to remind you of your first getaway together.

Grand Wailea
This restful retreat, set on 40 oceanfront acres on the quiet coast of Wailea, is the ideal getaway after excitement of all the wedding activities.  Catch the perfect sunset from your lanai in the private Napua Rooms.  With dedicated concierge service and upgraded amenities, you will have a truly blissful experience.

W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island
No passport is required to experience this laid back tropical haven.  Located on the island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico, you will be whisked away to a world surrounded by beautiful beaches and amazing marine life at the W Retreat & Spa.  For a truly memorable experience, be sure to visit nearby Bioluminescent Bay at night, where the water glows brightly as you swim.

The Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos
Relax in a stunning cliff-side refuge where desert collides with ocean.  The Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos is an oasis where you will immediately feel stress melt away, leaving you to enjoy world-class golf and spa facilities.  Feel especially indulgent and opt for a Royal Beach Club Ocean Suite with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortes from the private Jacuzzi on your balcony.

El Dorado Maroma
Located on renowned Maroma beach in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, El Dorado Maroma, is a romantic hideaway for newlyweds looking for romance and fabulous activities. The resort is intimate with only 99 suites, all of which are spacious and the open-air showers, private pools and swim up suites are all amazing. Enjoy the stunning sunrise from the patio at Papitos Restaurant, then on to snorkeling, kayaking or sailing. Then spend the afternoons by the beautiful pool sipping margaritas and enjoying their fabulous guacamole.