Now that summer's here and we're in the thick of wedding season, it seems befitting for everyone to turn their attention to the ultimate vacation...THE HONEYMOON! Per the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word "honeymoon" dates back to 1546, but is likely much older. "Honey" was a reference to the new marriage's sweetness, while "moon" referred to how long bliss would probably last (where use of the moon was a comparison, as it wanes as soon as it is full...similar to the affections of a newly married couple, being most tender right after marriage).
Since the honeymoon is likely the best of times between newlyweds, brides and grooms are paying special attention to their location options. Here are a few of my personal favorite destinations and resorts for honeymoons, the last being my absolute #1 choice:
(photos courtesy of TripAdvisor.com)
Cap Juluca - ANGUILLA
And thanks to a $22-million renovation, Cap Juluca is tailored to today’s travelers and seekers of solace, yet focused on improving your overall resort experience.
Hotel Casadelmar - CORSICA, FRANCE
Casadelmar Hotel welcomes you on the splendid Corse island. This unique Corsican destination ensures to its guests luxury and relaxation in an outstanding location.
Situated on a hill, the hotel features many services including the gardens with cypress and olive trees, that stretch from terrace to terrace, a sumptuous swimming pool, a magnificent spa and a restaurant.
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi - CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
Spread over 60 acres of natural landscapes, a self contained world of beauty, incorporating serene paddy fields and exotic plantations.
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi is Chiang Mai’s only luxury hotel and resort where you can enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful spas and surround yourself with the rich heritage of the Lanna Kingdom.
The Caves - NEGRIL, JAMAICA
The Caves capture all the essence of a seductive oceanfront sanctuary. 11 exclusive cliffside accommodations, a Private Cave Dining, a sensual Cave Rum & Cigar Bar, and a seaview Aveda Amenity Spa offer a refreshingly organic interpretation of romance.
InterContinental Thalasso-Spa - BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located between the “two hearts” of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. The Deep Ocean Spa is the centerpiece, but the resort offers lots of cultural and recreational activities to fill your days including canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, stargazing and handicraft demonstrations.
Dar Ayniwen - MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Dar Ayniwen is a unique establishment, half -way between a family home and a luxury hotel. It is a voyage into an atmosphere created by a passion for perfection. Tranquility, quality and style are the keynotes of the 8 suites, all boasting international five-star standards of comfort. Intimate and decorated with museum quality antiques, each suite is also open onto the gardens.
Musha Cay - EXUMA CHAIN, BAHAMAS
Musha Cay is actually 11 private islands owned by renowned magician David Copperfield. The private island resort has 7 private beachs and 5 houses, offering activities such as snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, a gym, and walking paths.
For special events such as an unforgettable wedding, a 25-year anniversary, a multigenerational family reunion, or to celebrate a special achievement or windfall, Musha Cay is without equal. Only 24 guests – invited by you – can enjoy the resort at any one time.
- - - - - - - - - -
by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY