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16 Best Honeymoon Destinations For Florida Couples

16 Best Honeymoon Destinations For Florida Couples

by Alyssa Morlacci May 2018 Also on Digital Edition

Florida staycations to European getaways perfect for celebrating new beginnings.

Caribbean

Compared to other states, we Floridians are pretty spoiled: we have the Caribbean right in our backyard. With so many island escapes at our disposal—and flights as short as 40 minutes—couples have a plethora of places to jet off to for that ideal hand-holding-down-the-beach honeymoon celebration.

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Couples who bond over watersports will love this retreat. Set in a tropical oasis just 20 miles north of the Venezuelan coast, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers activities like snuba, windsurfing and SUP yoga. Book the “Seaside and Sundown Package” to access the Tradewinds Club where couples can enjoy five complimentary food and beverage servings per day; Champagne upon arrival; a cabana at the H2Oasis pool; and a sunset sail cruise with De Palm Tours followed by a three-course dinner at beach restaurant Atardi. L.G. Smith Blvd., Ste. 101, Palm Beach, Aruba /  marriott.com/hotels/travel/auaar-aruba-marriott-resort-and-stellaris-casino/

Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia

After stressing over every little detail of the wedding, simplify the honeymoon by booking with the Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia. At the all-inclusive resort, find the best of both worlds: an exotic destination but with essentially no planning required. The most difficult decisions each day will be which pillow to order from your personal butler and at which of the eight restaurants to dine. The “Romance Package” includes rose petals, massage oil and candles in-room upon arrival; dinner for two on the beach; Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in-room at turndown; and a couples massage. Smugglers Cove Drive, Cap Estate, Saint Lucia / royaltonresorts.com/hideaway-saint-lucia

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Close to South America and outside of the hurricane belt, Curaçao is both one of the safest and the cheapest Caribbean destinations to visit. Tucked into a secluded, 2,000-acre plantation on the Dutch Caribbean island is Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. Its “Intimate Indulgence” package is perfect for honeymooners. Enjoy a four-night minimum stay in a luxurious room or suite; a 60-minute couples massage at the Atabei Spa, or in a private cabana with water views; and a four-course dinner complete with a chilled bottle of Champagne. Porta Blancu, Nieuwpoort, Curaçao / santabarbararesortcuracao.com

The House

A honeymoon selling point for this property in St. James, Barbados: adults only. Stay in one of 34 recently renovated chic suites right on the beach with 24-hour service ambassadors, Champagne breakfast and a complimentary jet lag massage upon arrival. The “LX by The House” package includes private polo lessons, a rum tasting and tour, a VIP shopping experience, luxury airport transfers, a private three-hour sunset catamaran sail and the option to jet to the neighboring islands of Mustique or the Grenadines. Paynes Bay, St. James, BB24023, Barbados / eleganthotels.com/the-house

Europe

Couples are choosing small, intimate weddings over traditionally large ceremonies and celebrations—to better personalize the special day, to save money, and to invest more planning and time into the honeymoon. When the “I dos” are done, hop on a plane to one of these abroad destinations.

Il Salviatino

Try to imagine a more romantic honeymoon than one set in the rolling Tuscan hills of Italy at a 15th century villa. If you can’t, plan a stay at Il Salviatino, which looks out on Florence and is surrounded by hidden picnic spots, lush organic gardens and a terrace with a view of the Duomo, the city’s famed cathedral. “So Suite” accommodations include an in-room welcome bottle of Prosecco with a selection of fruit, as well as airport transfers. Go truffle hunting on the grounds, take a private winery tour and toast to a new chapter over dinner at the resort’s restaurant, La Terrazza.   Via del Salviatino, 21 Fiesole, Firenze 50137, Italy / salviatino.com

Grace Santorini

Turn that Santorini sunset desktop background into a real-life scene shared with your loved one during a trip to Greece. Grace Santorini overlooks the Caldera from the top of a cliff, offering honeymooners panoramic views and luxury suites equipped with hammam steam baths and separate interior plunge pools. The “Santorini Romance” package includes Champagne, strawberries and flowers upon arrival; a four-course dinner with a bottle of local wine at the restaurant Santoro; an in-room Champagne breakfast; and sunset cocktails and canapés for two. Imerovigli, Santorini, 84700, Greece / gracehotels.com

Royal Lancaster London

Unveiling a more than $100 million renovation in fall, this prestigious hotel overlooking Hyde Park in London is the perfect place to celebrate. The mid-century building has hosted Michael Caine on set for “The Italian Job;” Mohammed Ali to Princess Diana for events; and even the after-party for the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” film premiere. Take to high levels for a view of London’s skyline, or pass through the Hyde Lobby Bar where Champagne, cocktails, coffee and light cuisine are served daily.   Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY / royallancaster.com

Hotel Excelsior

This seaside retreat in Dubrovnik, Croatia, is a perfect destination for couples who are “Game of Thrones” buffs. Gothic architecture and landmarks from the HBO show can be spotted during a stay at the Hotel Excelsior. The former 1913 royal villa was adored by famous guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor. The “Resort Romance” package includes sparkling wine and assorted chocolates served in-room upon arrival; breakfast in bed daily; a candle-lit dinner for two at the property’s restaurant, Tavern; and more. Ul. Frana Supila 12, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia / adriaticluxuryhotels.com

Florida

Couples might choose to postpone their honeymoons—to give trip planning the proper amount of attention after pulling off grand wedding celebrations. While the getaway to Cape Town for a South African safari, or to Bora Bora in the South Pacific for a stay in an overwater bungalow might not be feasible until the following year, newlyweds should still take a few days post-nuptials to book a staycation at one of these local resorts.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

For a wedding reception that keeps on going, it’s 5’oclock always at the Hollywood Beach resort inspired by Jimmy Buffett. Just 20 minutes south of Fort Lauderdale, Margaritaville is all about relaxing: at the 11th floor adults-only “License to Chill” pool; through guided paddleboard tours along the Intracoastal Waterway; and at the St. Somewhere Spa. The “Lost Shaker In Love” package for couples includes two welcome margaritas, presented in signature cups; a $100 resort credit; 50-minute Swedish couples massage; and chocolate-dipped strawberries. 1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood / margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com

The Brazilian Court Hotel

Unwind after the big day in style at Palm Beach’s famous The Brazilian Court Hotel. The boutique property’s low-key location is just steps away from Worth Avenue and proves favorable for affluent guests seeking anonymity. Inside, couples can dine at the award-winning restaurant Café Boulud; schedule treatments at the Frederic Fekkai Salon & Spa; and admire art at the Paul Fisher Art Gallery. The honeymoon package includes a stay in a one-bedroom suite, a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries, Champagne, a rose-petal turndown and concierge service. 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach / thebraziliancourt.com

Grand Bohemian Hotel

The center of the state has more to offer than theme parks and character meet-ups. Less than a two-hour drive north is the Grand Bohemian Hotel, a downtown Orlando landmark where art, relaxation and music collide. The “Exactly Like Nothing Else” package includes a 50-minute couples massage at Poseidon Spa; Orlando Foodie Tour for two; two tickets to the Orlando Museum of Art; $100 gallery gift card; private art and treasure tour; and daily breakfast for two. 325 S. Orange Ave., Orlando / kesslercollection.com/bohemian-orlando

Opal Sands Resort

Toast to a new chapter on the other coast. Clearwater Beach is a four-hour drive northwest and worth it. Couples can sip craft cocktails at the resort’s Sea-Guini Lounge with a view of the Gulf of Mexico, try a pizza-making class, or lounge poolside in a cabana. The “Fly Out Dine In” package features accommodations in the presidential suite and the opportunity to view the coastline by helicopter during sunset, followed by a seven-course dinner. 430 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach / opalsands.com

United States

There’s so much exploring to be done, no passport required. Couples can skip the hassle of international travel by taking a road trip or booking a domestic flight to one of these resorts in a state they have yet to experience.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Two hours north of Atlanta, Georgia, and in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains is this first-class resort for the adventurous couple. The property offers an 18-hole champion golf course, horse stables and trail riding, hiking and an Equani spa. Newlyweds can book the “Romantic Getaway” package and expect Champagne and chocolates upon arrival. Deluxe accommodations set in the woods with stone fireplaces and oak-vaulted ceilings include breakfast and a dinner for two. 6321 Highway 76, Young Harris, Georgia / brasstownvalley.com

The Ivy Hotel

What’s more romantic than a stay inside a historic, 19th century mansion? This Baltimore property is set in the heart of historic Mount Vernon, surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, galleries and coffee shops. As Maryland’s only Relais & Chateaux property, The Ivy Hotel offers 18 unalike suites. And while there’s much to explore, newly proclaimed Mr. and Mrs. don’t have to leave the room. Book the in-suite tranquility couples massage, personalized through aromatherapy and finished with a bath drawn at the end of the ritual. 205 E. Biddle St., Baltimore, Maryland / theivybaltimore.com

The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Winning Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Award for “the most romantic hotel in America,” this Newport, Rhode Island, property is a sure guarantee for an unforgettable honeymoon. As the only hotel property on Cliff Walk, many of The Chanler’s accommodations offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Upgrade a stay in order to be greeted with a bottle of sparkling wine from the renowned New England hotel restaurant, Spiced Pear.   117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, Rhode Island / thechanler.com

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

The desert might not be every couple’s dream honeymoon setting, but this California hotel property challenges preconceptions. The Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is located just outside of Palm Springs, which is well known to music festivalgoers. But when it isn’t Coachella season, honeymooners will find a remote escape with atypical opportunities for connection. Take for example the Well Spa’s “Body Canvas Party,” a hands-on treatment that includes applying a palette of skin-healing muds to one another, followed by a couples massage. Other highlights include admiring the Santa Rosa Mountains by a campfire as the sun sets, and feasting on a meal from Citrus & Palm Restaurant. 45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, California / miramonteresort.com

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