You’ve spent days, months, and maybe even years planning that ideal wedding. Everything had to be perfect, from the matching hems on bridesmaid dresses to every quiff of frosting on that 5-foot cake. Now it’s time for the honeymoon — a couple of days to spend some quality alone time with your significant other. This is going to be a once of a lifetime (hopefully) romantic adventure filled with excitement, passion, intrigue, and discovery, so make it count.
Embark on your romantic journey at one of these five fantastic destinations.
POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR, CALIF.
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Located about two-and-a-half hours south of San Francisco Bay, Post Ranch Inn combines the rugged woodland feel of the Santa Lucia Mountains with the sublime elegance of the Pacific Ocean. Splurge on Post Ranch’s five night honeymoon package and you’ll receive a four-course dinners for two, spa treatments in your private abode, guided nature walks, yoga classes, and more.
And don’t forget that you’re in wine country. This means champagne everything — champagne breakfast in bed, champagne picnics, and champagne in your cliff-side infinity pools. The west coast is truly a one-of-a-kind honeymoon destination with a unique charm unparalleled to anywhere else in the world.
SOFITEL RIO, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
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Enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of Brazil’s hottest travel destination, Rio de Janeiro, in your very own room at the prestigious Sofitel Rio hotel. Saunter on down and soak up the sun in the hotel’s very own slice of the famous Copacabana Beach, or hike up the side of Sugar Loaf mountain and behold the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
Once the sun sets, there are be plenty of opportunities downtown to enjoy some smooth bossa nova or fiery mambo, depending on your mood for the evening. Bonus points if you make it in time for Carnival, which Mardi Gras’ spicier big brother. If that’s not enough to light a fire inside, some Viagra with prescription might do the trick (wink, wink).
CASA ANGELINA, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
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Nothing quite beats the Mediterranean charm along the Amalfi Coast of Italy; the boutique hotel Casa Angelina is in a prime location to enjoy all its splendor. Charter your own private boat to explore the bustling quays, or visit the centuries-old White Tower, which was constructed for the viceroy of Naples in 1563.
If you’re looking for a unique bit of adventure, explore the Emerald Grotto, which are a mysterious series of beautiful caverns found by a local fisherman in 1932. The hotel is a hop, skip, and a jump away from the ancient storied city of Naples, which is home of the Piazza del Plebiscito and the Castel Sant’Elmo fortress. Meander hand-in-hand with your significant other as you wander the same winding streets many star-crossed lovers have wandered before.
RIAD AMIRAT AL JAMAL, CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
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Isla might have told Rick to kiss her as if it were the last time, but hopefully you and yours will have many more years full of kisses after spending a few nights in the Riad Amirat Al Jamal in Casablanca, Morocco. Enjoy the company of your lover as you roll around on authentic Berber pillows, linens, and rugs in the hotel’s Grand Chamber Suite (as pictured above).
Once you’re ready to check the outside world, explore the intricate and historical architecture along the city’s many mosques and souks, or take a day-trip out to the rugged Atlas Mountains just a few miles southeast.
BANYAN TREE, BANGKOK, THAILAND
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Enjoy dazzling sunrises and sunsets from the 61-story Banyan Tree Hotel nestled in the heart of downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Enjoy some of the world’s finest Thai cuisine on the hotel’s rooftop venue, Vertigo, or have every care, worry, and tension kneaded out of your body with a world-famous Thai massage at the hotel spa.
Each of these locations have the potential for the storybook romance you’ve always dreamed of. Begin your planning today so you and your partner will have the honeymoon neither of you will ever forget.
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