Honeymoon Spots

Globetrotter: Bernadette Smith of Gay Wedding Institute on Why She Loves Riviera Maya

Courtesy of Blue DiamondCourtesy of Blue Diamond

Our friend Bernadette Smith has long been a leader in same-sex weddings. She started planning same-sex weddings in 2004 with her company 14 Stories, and has written three books on the topic. When legalization began sweeping across the country, she wanted to bring her passion and knowledge to other planners. So in 2009 she founded the Gay Wedding Institute, which works with individual planners and travel corporations like Marriott, teaching them all how to best serve their same-sex clientele.

Bernadette travels a lot for work, educating on same-sex wedding planning, but when she needs a break, Riviera Maya, Mexico  …

Best Honeymoon Picks from Virtuoso Travel Week

Courtesy of Ashford CastleCourtesy of Ashford Castle

I just got back from an exhilarating Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas. Virtuoso is the world’s leading luxury travel network: the best hotels, cruise lines, tour companies and other travel companies undergo a strict vetting policy before they are allowed to join, ensuring the highest level of quality across the Virtuoso brand. It’s just as exclusive on the travel advisor side; we have to pass the rigorous standards to be a part of Virtuoso, and through that we’re able to offer our clients unique perks and extras that aren’t available to the general public. Virtuoso is considered the “best of the best” in  …

Talking Bora Bora Honeymoons on Style Me Pretty

Courtesy of Four Seasons Bora BoraCourtesy of Four Seasons Bora Bora

When it comes to honeymoons, one place towers above the rest: Bora Bora. It’s one of our favorite places, for sure; every time we fly into Bora Bora Airport and get that first glimpse of the stunning blue-green waters, our hearts melt. Add in the fact that the airport sits on an island and is only accessible by boat…well, you have a magical experience from the very start.
When our friends at the uber-fab Style Me Pretty asked us share our favorite things about Bora Bora, we were honored to share! Check out the story here. If you’re thinking of an overwater honeymoon, we’d love to help you create the ultimate  …

A Secret Honeymoon Villa in Guatemala

Casa Palopo at Lake AtitlanCasa Palopo at Lake Atitlan

Most visitors to Guatemala head straight to the historic capital Antigua and leave it at that, but you’re missing out if you don’t head into the highlands. Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America; think Lake Tahoe only surrounded by rural villages and the Sierra Madres instead of the Rockies. It’s a three-hour drive from Guatemala City by car, or 30 minutes by helicopter (which is how the wealthy Guatemalans do it; many of them have second homes here).
One of these homes has been turned into the sweetest boutique hotel, ideal for honeymoons or buyout weddings. Casa Palopo is a former villa-turned-9-room hotel,  …

Is This The Sexiest Honeymoon Resort in Seychelles?

plunge pool suite at MAIA Resort in Seychellesplunge pool suite at MAIA Resort in Seychelles

We don’t like to make blanket statements, and there are a lot of amazing resorts in the Indian Ocean. But for honeymoons, it’s hard to beat this one. First of all, there’s the setting. MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa sits on its own peninsula in a marine preserve, so the views are second to none.
 
The digs are pretty sweet, too. The resort has 30 standalone villas, each with its own plunge pool. They’re centered around a main pool area with pool bar and pristine white-sand beach.
 
There are only two room categories: Signature Villa and Ocean Panoramic Villa. The main diference is where  …

Beachfront boutique hotel on Antigua

Hammock at Carlisle Bay Hotel, an all inclusive resort in the CaribbeanHammock at Carlisle Bay Hotel, an all inclusive resort in the Caribbean

If you’re a beach-lover, you should know about Antigua; the island claims to have 365 (“one for every day of the year”). Carlisle Bay sits one a beautiful one, small and tucked inside a deep cove that’s bookended by bluffs. The limited access means you don’t encounter people from other hotels — the vibe is private and serene, which is different from so many beachfront hotels.
Guestrooms sit in three-story, cottage-style buildings along the beach. Interiors are the same size and style whatever category you’re in: all junior suites with airy living areas, private patios, and extra-deep soaking tubs. That said, the best for honeymooners are the Ocean  …

Sexy Jungle Hideout in Belize

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We love Belize as an off-the-beaten path honeymoon spot. It’s close (just below Mexico) and easy to get to, with plentiful connections from the U.S. The offshore islands like Ambergris Caye and Robert’s Caye are reknowned for snorkeling and diving, but if you stick to the coast you miss half of the country’s beauty. That’s why we suggest combining beach time with jungle time at one of our fave romantic hotels, Blancaneaux Lodge.
We fell in love with this hotel on our first trip to Belize, almost 10 years ago. It’s set in the Cayo District in northwest Belize, home to ancient Mayan ruins, cave systems ideal for climbing and  …

Globetrotter: Thailand’s Coolest Honeymoon Hotel

Pool reflection at Howie's Homestay on a Chiang Mai honeymoonPhoto by Laura Grier

The latest rage in travel is private homes-turned-hotels. No, not Airbnb — we’ll save that debate for another post. This a whole other caliber: fully-vetted exquisite private homes that give you the run of the place along with top-notch hotel style services. One of the best is Howie’s HomeStay, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Our pal Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography and Wanderlust by Laura Grier recently stayed there, and sent us these gorgeous images and some thoughts on the experience.
“Recently, I went on a wild 5-week world tour photographing two weddings, two engagement shoots and two National Geographic/NOVICA catalog shoots. During this epic adventure, I stayed for 5 days in  …

Romantic Destination Wedding Resort in South Carolina

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Today’s travel pick is from one of our favorite photographers, Donna Von Bruening. She travels the world shooting weddings but specializes in the place she calls home: The South. Here is the romantic resort she frequents in her down time. It’s one our our favorites, too, especially for destination weddings!
“My job as a Savannah-based destination wedding photographer takes to me to finest resorts across the South but one in particular owns my heart: Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC. Not only do I work there often, shooting gorgeous destination weddings, but it’s one of the few places I return to regularly  …

Great Advice from Recent Honeymooners

Courtesy of &Beyond Phinda Rock LodgeCourtesy of &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge

We love hearing about honeymoons, and one of our fave spots to do it as at Destination 42, run by our friend (and fellow former magazine editor) Sarah Carrillo Riswick. She features real honeymoons on her site, and recently went though and pulled some of her favorite tips from their experience, along with some hotel picks:
Travel journalists and bloggers always have a good tip or two up their sleeve, like how to squeeze a month’s worth of clothes in one carry-on. But for a romantic honeymoon, these tips aren’t always useful. So to switch things up I asked  …