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Brides Honeymoon Awards Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Jun 062016
 
honeymoon awards adventure lodges

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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite adventure lodges under $350!

1. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $320; arenalnayara.com)

2. El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $310; elsilenciolodge.com)

3. Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize
(Doubles from $289; blancaneaux.com)

4. Treehouse Lodge, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $265; costaricatreehouse.com)

5. Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa, Australia
(Doubles from $243; daintree-ecolodge.com)

6. Garonga Safari Camp, South Africa
(Doubles from $245; garonga.com)

7. Lapa Rios, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $340; laparios.com)

8. Hotel Si Como No, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $240; sicomono.com)

9. Glamping Cononici Di San Marco, Italy
(Doubles from $196; glampingcanonici.com)

10. Morgan's Rock, Nicaragua
(Doubles from $265; morgansrock.com)

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Jun 052016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite all-inclusive resorts!

1. Velas Resorts, grandvelas.com

2. Secrets Resorts & Spas, secretsresorts.com

3. Zoëtry Wellness and Spa Resorts, zoetryresorts.com

4. Sandals Resorts, sandals.com

5. Excellence Resorts, excellenceresorts.com

6. Karisma Hotels & Resorts, karismahotels.com

7. Hyatt Zilara, allinclusive.hyatt.com

8. Couples Resorts, couples.com

9. Paradisus Resorts, melia.com

10. Dreams Resorts & Spas, dreamsresorts.com

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Jun 042016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite city resorts under $350!

12 Apostles Honeymoon City Hotel

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1. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa
(Doubles from $327; 12apostleshotel.com)

Peninsula Bangkok Honeymoon City Hotel

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2. Peninsula Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
Doubles from $211; peninsula.com

Bellagio Honeymoon City Hotel

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3. Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada Doubles from $159; bellagio.com.
Shangri-La Honeymoon City Hotel

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4. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Doubles from $195; shangri-la.com.

Auberge Saint Antoine Honeymoon City Hotel

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5. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City, Quebec
Doubles from $136; saint-antoine.com.

Hotel Campo De Fiori Honeymoon City Hotel

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6. Hotel Campo de Fiori, Rome, Italy
Doubles from $249; hotelcampodefiori.com.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Honeymoon City Hotel

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7. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada
Doubles from $279; fourseasons.com.

Banyan Tree Honeymoon City Hotel

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8. Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand
Doubles from $170; banyantree.com.

Cotton House Honeymoon City Hotel

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9. Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection, Barcelona, Spain
Doubles from $350; hotelcottonhouse.com.

Hotel El Convento Honeymoon City Hotel

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10. Hotel El Convento, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Doubles from $185; elconvento.com.


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Jun 032016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite beach resorts under $350!

Turtle Inn Honeymoon Beach Resort

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1. Turtle Inn, Belize
(Doubles from $289; turtleinn.com)

Hotel Punta Islita Honeymoon Beach Resort

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2. Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $253; hotelpuntaislita.com)

Westin St John Resort

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3. Westin St. John Resort, USVI
(Doubles from $254; westin.com)

Turtle Bay Honeymoon Beach Resort

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4. Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
(Doubles from $299; turtlebayresort.com)

JW Marriott Honeymoon Beach Resort

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5. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Thailand
(Doubles from $160; Marriott.com)

Victoria House Honeymoon Beach Resort

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6. Victoria House, San Pedro, Belize
(Doubles from $199; Victoria House)

Ti Kaye Honeymoon Beach Resort

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7. Ti Kaye Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

(Doubles from $320; tikaye.com)

Waimea Cottages Honeymoon Beach Resort

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8. Waimea Plantation Cottages, Kauai, Hawaii
(Doubles from $169; coasthotels.com)

Komandoo Honeymoon Beach Resort

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9. Komandoo Maldives Island Resort & Spa, Maldives
(Doubles from $289; komandoo.com)

Bucuti and Tara Honeymoon Beach Resort

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10. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba
(Doubles from $333; bucuti.com)

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Jun 022016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see the most romantic honeymoon cities!

Paris France Honeymoon

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1. Paris
Why is the City of Lights our number one most romantic city in the world? If you can't answer that question, book a trip to Paris immediately. Spend your days visiting world-renowned museums like the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, strolling the serene banks of the Seine River, or having a picnic lunch in verdant Tuileries Garden, and we guarantee you and your husband will fall in love all over again.

Venice Italy Honeymoon

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2. Venice
The Italians know a thing or two about romance—and it's easy to see why when you're gliding through the Venetian canals by gondola, sipping Bellinis at the famed Belmond Hotel Cipriani, or watching the sun rise over centuries-old buildings at Piazza San Marco. After days perusing the main city (burning off that pasta lunch!), indulge further at the newly opened JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, a stunning hotel on its own 40-acre private island in the Venetian Lagoon???with numerous gardens and pools, a cooking school, wine academy, and restaurants by Michelin-starred chef.

Florence Italy Honeymoon

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3. Florence
There's no place better to experience la dolce vita than Florence, the Tuscan capital and birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Fill your days with cultural high notes, taking in prominent art works like Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" at the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia. Afterward, climb the (many) steps to the top of the Duomo for breathtaking views of the red-roofed city.

Rome Italy Honeymoon

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4. Rome
It's hard to summarize a city like Rome, which is equal parts ancient and modern. From sites like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps to Vatican City's St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel, you'll want at least a week to experience all that the Italian capital has to offer. And once that week is over, we guarantee you'll want to return on your one-year anniversary.

Cape Town Honeymoon

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5. Cape Town
This bustling port at the southern tip of Africa has become a must-see at the beginning or end of any safari trip. The city—flanked by the wow-that's-really-tall Table Mountain (take the cable car up to the top) and facing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans—is a natural marvel of both land and sea. Spend your days shopping for local wares at the Watershed, sampling fresh fish at restaurants along the buzzy Victoria and Albert Waterfront, and having high tea at the stunning colonial-style Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (where you'll maybe spot a celeb or two).

Prague Honeymoon

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6. Prague
Located in the heart of Bohemia, it's not surprising that Prague is the go-to destination for honeymooners in search of gorgeous art and architecture. The city is filled with hotels in converted buildings—like the Mandarin Oriental, Prague, a former 14th-century monastery—for an experience that's both luxurious and historically relevant. As far as activities, check out the city's famous Prague Castle (fair warning, it's a steep hike to the castle's location perched above the city!), contemporary art galleries, and iconic beer halls. Note: The Czech Republic has the world's highest per capita beer consumption so you know the brews are good.

Barcelona Honeymoon

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7. Barcelona
Barcelona is a city with it all—gorgeous beaches, artsy neighborhoods, storied architecture, amazing shopping, and more. Post up at the new Cotton House Hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection property near the Gothic Quarter. From there, it's an easy jaunt to the city's can't-miss spots, like the Museu Picasso, the Gaudi-designed La Sagrada Familia, the Olympic Park at Monjuic, and the beaches of Barceloneta. And obviously, you have to taste the city's famous seafood and sangria.

Buenos Aires Honeymoon

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8. Buenos Aires
When in Buenos Aires, the obvious place to stay is Alvear Palace Hotel, a sophisticated city hotel in Recoleta that's adored by A-listers from around the world. Start your stay with a romantic stroll through Padeo del Rosedal, the city's quaint rose garden, and end with sexy tango lessons at Confiteria Ideal, a salon housed in a 1912 mansion in Microcentro.

Quebec City Honeymoon

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9. Quebec City
Québec City is the perfect spot for a quick trip outside the continental U.S. Honeymooners love the European feel of the French-speaking city, especially while walking through the Place Royale (a charming Medieval square), Domaine de Maizerets (a 66-acre urban park), and Aquarium du Québec (a 40-acre indoor-outdoor aquarium). After all that adventure, rest your head at Auberge Saint-Antoine, a modern boutique hotel with an 18th-centrury façade.

Charleston South Carolina Honeymoon

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10. Charleston, South Carolina
If you're looking for a sweet escape south of the Mason-Dixon, look no further than Charleston. Stay in the heart of downtown at Zero George, a boutique hotel with a cooking school, that's a short walk from Rainbow Row, a snap-worthy line of historic homes in???you guessed it???a rainbow of colors. While in the area, hit up super stylish boutiques (we love Mac & Murphy for paper products and Candy Shop Vintage for jewels) and Candlefish Library for a weekend candle-making class that's BYOB. Extend your stay with a day trip outside the city center to quaint Folly Beach and Boone Hall Plantation for a scenic end to your honeymoon adventure.

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Jun 012016
 



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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see the best beaches for your honeymoon!

Grace Bay Turks and Caicos Honeymoon

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1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
It's no surprise that this 12-mile stretch of white sand and turquoise waters on the northeastern shore of Providenciales nabbed our number-one spot. The made-to-Insta scene is an easy trip from the international airport, meaning that within minutes of touchdown you'll be on a chaise lounge at one of the island's top resorts???Grace Bay Club, Beaches Turks & Caicos, the Palms. Or, if it's total seclusion you're looking for, make the 20-minute drive to the Wheeland Settlement and post up at the super luxe Amanyara resort. The barrier reef just off the shore is unmatched for snorkeling and diving, if you're up for a little adventure.

Maroma Beach Honeymoon

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2. Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Drive one hour south from bustling Cancun and you'll find yourself worlds away from party central. This quiet haven is home to a number of sizeable resorts, but they're all committed to preserving the area's 500-plus acres of untouched rainforest and clear blue waters. Insider tip: The first overwater bungalows in the Western Hemisphere are opening in September at El Dorado Maroma Resort by Karisma???now you can get honeymooners' paradise for just a fraction of the cost (and many many fewer hours of travel time).

Matira Beach Honeymoon

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3. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Matira is South Pacific island's only public beach, meaning you can have a picture-perfect chill zone that rivals any overwater bungalow (no offense, St. Regis Bora Bora, we love you, too). If you're looking to do more than snap a few selfies in the sand, there's always mingling with the locals, hunting for black pearls, or diving into coral-fringed lagoons.

Hanalei Bay Honeymoon

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4. Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
Honeymooners hitting up Oahu's crowded Waikiki Beach will find welcome refuge on laid-back Kauai's North Shore. This two-mile stretch of sandy perfection is surrounded by palms and densely covered mountains???and offers stunning views of the Pacific, of course. Check in to the Westin Princeville for an even more secluded locale (it's set on a cliff 200 feet above the ocean, so no one will interfere with your beachfront cuddle-sesh). When you're done relaxing, we suggest hitting the swells???surfers from around the world say Hanalei Bay is the spot for catching some mega waves.

Anse Lazio Honeymoon

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5. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
With a mile and a half of pale pink-and-white sands and water so clear you can see the fish swimming around your toes, it's no surprise that Anse Lazio is on our must-see list. Situated on the northwest tip of Praslin Island in the Indian Ocean, expect to meet travelers from Europe and Asia—resorts like the Raffles Seychelles attract a well-heeled crowd of international jet setters.

The Baths Virgin Gorda Honeymoon

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6. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
This sun-soaked landscape is more unique than your average beach with its giant granite boulders strewn along the sand. Another distinct feature: it's totally secluded and hard to access???you have to visit by boat or hike over land through caves and grottoes to discover the rock-covered stretch. Once you arrive, you'll find yourself in a pure oasis???a perfect backdrop for a quick photo shoot atop the rocks!

Meads Bay Honeymoon

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7. Meads Bay, Anguilla
At Meads Bay, it's all about the sand, which is soft, fine, and pretty much perfect. Claim a lounge chair at the newly renovated Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, on one end of the sandy stretch or post up at the Viceroy Anguilla on the other. Either way, you're sure to be in a state of pure Caribbean bliss.

Flamands Beach Honeymoon

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8. Flamands Beach, St. Barts
It may not be a long particularly long beach, but if you're looking for one that's insanely beautiful, you'll find none better on the luxe island of St. Barts. From your chaise lounge at Cheval Blanc St.-Barth Isle de France, glass of rosé in hand, toast to your new marriage before taking a dip in the bright blue water with lush mountains and grand villas perched high above.

Seven Mile Beach Honeymoon

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9. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Disclaimer: this stunning Caribbean beach is not actually seven miles long—it's only a five-and-a-half mile stretch, but no less beautiful. Honeymooners love the relaxed setting: no local vendors or ear-crushing DJ booths in sight. But if you do want some action, seek out Red Sail Sports, a local outfitter who will hook you up with daylong sailboat or kayak rentals.

Kapalua Beach Honeymoon

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10. Kapalua Beach, Maui, Hawaii
This crescent-shaped strip on Maui's southwestern tip is known for it's snorkeling. Post up at Montage Kapalua Bay, an all-suite resort with activities aplenty. Take a picnic lunch down to Kapalua Beach and dive in the serene water to find tropical fish and sea urchins. Later, hit the links with your hubby, go horseback riding, immerse yourself in the local food and wine culture, or take in the sights from above on every honeymooner's bucket list excursion—a helicopter tour of the island.

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May 312016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite city resorts under $350!

1. Fairmont Le Cháteau Frontenac, Québec City, Québec
Built in 1893, this storybook resort in the walls of the old city recently emerged from a $75 million renovation. (Doubles from $466; fairmont.com)

2. Baccarat Hotel and Residences, New York, New York
Parisian style in the heart of New York city! Located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, this is luxury meets romance, with just a hint of city life to get your newlywed life going. (Doubles from $800; baccarathotels.com)

3. Montage Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
This historic Beverly Hills estate turned iconic hotel is quintessential Hollywood. Think private poolside bungalows, views of the Hollywood Hills, and celebrity sightings aplenty. (Doubles from $695; montagehotels.com)

4. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Four Seasons Rancho Encantado resort boasts signature Santa Fe design—stucco walls, earthy tones, and dark brown wood beams. Get pampered at the spa with healing treatments unique to the traditions of the region, and then hitched in the Aspen Ballroom (2,600 square feet with an adjacent 1,300 square-foot terrace). (Doubles from $519; fourseasons.com)

5. St. Regis, San Francisco, California
With a great location just south of Market, the St. Regis has 214 guest rooms and 46 suites with leather-textured walls, window seating, oversized soaking tubs, and views of downtown San Francisco. The lobby bar is a see-and-be-seen spot for the city's movers and shakers, and the onsite restaurant is an acclaimed locale that regularly appears on the city's "best of" lists. (Doubles from $510; stregissanfrancisco.com)

6. The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, New York, New York
This landmark New York hotel should be top of your list of honeymoon hotel choices. Iconic romance, culture, and amazing food are just at your doorstep. (Doubles from $459; rosewoodhotels.com)

7. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nature and art-lovers should consider this Santa Fe oasis. Nestled in a building from 1917, this honeymoon hideaway certainly has a mystical quality that's guaranteed to bring the romance. (Doubles from $345; rosewoodhotels.com)

8. Setai Miami Beach, Florida
With its quiet entrance on Collins Avenue, The Setai feels more like a vacation home than a hotel; if privacy is a priority, the intimate lobby check-in experience is only the first indication that you are in a unique environment. Though it's nestled in the center of Miami's most vibrant neighborhood—surrounded by nightlife, luxury shopping and restaurants—The Setai radiates tranquility. After the whirlwind of your wedding, it's the perfect environment to focus on each other! (Doubles from $489; thesetaihotel.com)

9. Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, California
Honeymoon like a celeb at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. California cool meets Hollywood glam at this Doheny Drive enclave to the stars. (Doubles from $645; fourseasons.com)

10. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Québec City, Québec
Explore romantic Québec City from your outpost at one of three historical buildings. Health nuts wanting to keep up their pre-wedding regime can hit the hotel's "LeGYM" for yoga and spa treatments. (Doubles from $215; saint-antoine.com)

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May 282016
 
Iceland Honeymoon Itinerary

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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see the most unexpectedly romantic honeymoon cities!

Iceland Honeymoon

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1. Iceland
With some of the wildest scenery and nightlife on the planet, this Nordic nation is one of the coolest places to get away. Spend a few days in Reykjavik — Iceland's bustling coastal capital — eating at farm-to-table restaurants like Fridrik V or toasting your new marriage with cocktails at Icelandair Hotel's swanky bar near the Reykjavik Marina. From there, post up at Ion Hotel, an architectural marvel both inside and out (interior furnishings are designed by local artisans). Its remote location provides unparalleled access to adventure activities and unobstructed views of the Northern Lights — the highlights of any Icelandic itinerary. Head to the Snéfellsnes peninsula first to catch site of Church Mountain (also known as Kirkjufell) — the otherworldly peak is the perfect backdrop for an epic honeymoon selfie. Next: swap heels for crampons and jump in a 4x4 to explore glaciers, volcanoes, and geothermal pools — yes, don't forget to pack a bikini for a honeymoon in Iceland!

Switzerland Honeymoon

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2. Switzerland
If you're looking for a mix of cosmopolitan grandeur and thrill-seeking outdoor adventures, there's no better place than Switzerland. Everything about this Central European country epitomizes Old World allure — from its sophisticated cities, with historic museums and fine dining, to its dramatic countryside, with chic alpine lodges and glitzy lakefront resorts. Spend your days passing through quaint villages and medieval cities like Bern before checking in to a grande dame hotel on Lake Geneva (we like Beau-Rivage Palace). If you're honeymooning in winter, join the glitzy European jet-set crowd in St. Moritz or Gstaad (the legendary Gstaad Palace is not to be missed), or try a ski-in, ski-out resort in Zermatt, a chic resort town that overlooks the Matterhorn, one of the highest and most majestic peaks in the Alps.

Nicaragua Honeymoon

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3. Nicaragua
Always dreamed of zip lining through a dense canopy in a tropical rainforest? Well, start booking a trip to Nicaragua; the largest nation in Central America has — surprise!— the largest area of primary-growth rainforest north of the Amazon. And that's in addition to other tourism draws, including six active volcanoes, stunning ancient ruins, and 550 miles of pristine coastline dotted with golden beaches and sleepy surf towns. Unlike the country's touristy (read: expensive) neighbor to the south, Costa Rica, much of Nicaragua is still undeveloped and undiscovered???like the picturesque colonial towns of Granada and Leon, with pastel-painted churches and vibrant local festivals, and lush beachfronts with luxe resorts like Mukul Beach, Golf, & Spa, a 37-room hideaway that opened in 2013 and remains a favorite among stylish adventure-seekers.

Japan Honeymoon

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4. Japan
A trip to Japan is at once a journey into the past and the future. From Kyoto's golden temples and cherry blossom trees to Tokyo's bustling street life and inventive food scene, there's something for everyone on this East Asian island nation (just a quick overnight flight from the West Coast). Immerse yourself in the Japanese arts (painting and wood sculpting are among the oldest traditional crafts), nosh on noodles and fresh fish at world-renown restaurants (there are more Michelin-starred eateries in Japan than in the rest of the world combined), and give your best rendition of Beyoncé's "Halo" (karaoke is a favorite nightlife activity among locals) — after a few rounds of Saki, of course.

Canada Honeymoon

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5. Canada
America's friendly neighbor-to-the-north may not be your first pick for a honeymoon destination, but you'd be surprised by what awaits you upon arrival: European-feeling cities like Québec; Olympic-worthy ski mountains like Whistler, British Columbia; and emerging wine regions like the Okanagan Valley.

Columbia Honeymoon

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6. Colombia
Travel experts have been buzzing about Cartagena for the past few years. And it's easy to see why when you touch down in the sun-washed colonial city, where Latin American sultriness meets laid-back Caribbean cool. In this culture capital — and elsewhere in the country — you'll find modern art, luxe hotels, and some of best ceviche in South America.

Uruguay Honeymoon

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7. Uruguay
Forget St. Tropez and the Amalfi Coast — the sexiest coastal town on our honeymoon hit list: José Ignacio. This tiny fishing village in Uruguay has quietly become a don't-miss stop on the international jet-set itinerary — especially with hip resorts, like Playa Vik (a strikingly modern beach house with a stellar restaurant and stunning sea-view suites), and beachfront restaurants frequented by world-class chefs, like La Huella (where chef Alejandro Morales grills most dishes over open flames; you'll find no place better for a South American steak).

India Honeymoon

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8. India
From the bustling streets of Mumbai to the pink palaces of Jaipur and the iconic Taj Mahal of Agra, there are too many bucket-list-worthy destinations in India to count on even 10 hands. Whether you're looking for a northern itinerary through historic Rajasthan — where you can stay at over-the-top resorts like the Taj Lake Palace — or a laid-back beach escape in up-and-coming Goa, no trip to India should be without many many delicious curries and an outbound suitcase full of colorful wares to give to your new in-laws.

Cambodia Honeymoon

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9. Cambodia
Few countries have as rich a cultural history as Cambodia. The Southeast Asian nation is home to a legendary New World Wonder, Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire; the 12th-longest river in the world, the Mekong River; and world-class resorts that let you interact with habituated Asian elephants, like the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle.

Antarctica Honeymoon

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10. Antarctica
Freezing your (taut) tush off on a polar ice cap? Might not sound like honeymoon material, but picture this: you and your new hubby, outfitted in down-filled snowsuits, making your way through the frozen tundra, with nothing and no one (except penguins) for miles. Sure, the fearsome voyage through the Drake Passage on your Antarctic cruise (we like Seabourn, if you're in the market to book) got a bit hairy, but once you're there, surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, crystalline waters, massive glaciers and fjords — there's no greater reminder that you new life together is about adventure!


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May 242016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite resorts in Africa and the Middle East!

One and Only Cape Town Honeymoon

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1. One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Although it's set on the touristy Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this property feels like a private retreat, with views of iconic Table Mountain, a spa on its own island, and the only Nobu restaurant in Africa. Expect to work up an appetite shopping, surfing, and cage diving with great whites. Doubles from $689; oneandonlyresorts.com

Royal Malewane South Africa Honeymoon

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2. Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park, South Africa
The key to an epic safari honeymoon? Good planning and a lot of luck. For the best chance at amazing wildlife sightings, book a top-notch lodge—preferably one in a private reserve that allows both morning and nighttime game drives, giving you around-the-clock access to lions, elephants, leopards, wildebeest, antelope, and more. Royal Malewane — located in Thornybush Private Game Reserve on the western border of South Africa's Kruger National Park — is one such ultra-exclusive resort, with just 20 guests (in six Luxury Rooms, two two-bedroom suites, and one six-bedroom villa). The lodge blends a remote African-bush experience with cosmopolitan-style spa amenities and fine dining (expect three-course lunches) — perfect for a honeymoon that's equal parts adventure and relaxation. All-inclusive doubles from $2,752 per person; royalmalewane.com.



Singita Sabi Sand Africa Honeymoon


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3. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Set in a privately owned 45,000-acre game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, Singita Sabi Sand's three lodges are renowned for high concentrations of big game. Ebony Lodge—Singita's first property, which opened in 1993—has stunning decor (think khaki tents, four-poster canopy beds, rattan rugs, and hand-woven baskets), while Boulders Lodge takes its design cues from the surrounding natural landscape (indoor-outdoor living is a central element, allowing guests to take in the tranquil sounds of a nearby river). Castleton, meanwhile, has a traditional African-farmhouse feel, with sprawling grounds that include a swimming pool, tennis courts, six cottages, a country-style kitchen, and in-room accents like leather-topped trunks and watercolor paintings. All-inclusive doubles from $2,450 per person; singita.com.

Singita Kruger Africa Honeymoon

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4. Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa All-inclusive
Lebombo and Sweni Lodges are two more ultra-luxe Singita properties, set on 33,000 acres of private concession in a remote section of Kruger National Park near the Mozambique border. The area features pristine wilderness and rivers teeming with wildlife (expect animal sightings from your private suite). At Sweni Lodge, honeymooners can sleep under the stars on an elevated deck, surrounded by a dense canopy of trees. At Lebombo, expect to be perched even higher—the 15 loft-style suites are set on a hillside amid densely covered bush. All-inclusive doubles from $2,580 per person; singita.com.

Royal Mirage Dubai Honeymoon

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5. One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, UAE
One&Only specializes in five-star resorts, even in the Middle East's biggest city-slash-playground. Set on 65 acres of lush gardens and private beach overlooking Palm Island Bay, expect to spend days sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing, and fishing — when not putting a dent on your credit card at the famed Dubai Mall, of course. Doubles from $536; oneandonlyresorts.com.

Sabi Sabi Africa Honeymoon

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6. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Looking for a traditional colonial-style lodge? Try Selati Camp. If your vibe is more one-with-Mother-Nature, there's none better than Earth Lodge. And for those in the market for purist Africa, take your pick between Bush Lodge and Little Bush Camp. The four hallmark properties within Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve have their own specialty, but no matter where you post up, expect unbelievable game sightings on four-hour drives and delicious African barbecue for dinner. All-inclusive doubles from $575 per person; sabisabi.com.

Singita Grumeti Africa Honeymoon

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7. Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Whether dining under stars and sleeping under tented canvas, Singita Grumeti's four Tanzanian lodges are all about being one with nature—which is exactly the point, since they're located smack-dab in the heart of the Serengeti, home to Africa's Great Migration. Choose among Serengeti House, Faru Faru Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp, or Sasakwa Lodge, each of which has its own unique (and sleek) aesthetic, but all of which are the stuff honeymoon dreams are made of. All-inclusive doubles from $1,210 per person; singita.com.

Amanjena Morocco Honeymoon

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8. Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco
Few places are as romantic as Northern Africa, with its desert landscapes, bustling markets, mouth-watering cuisine (the tagines are not to be missed), and over-the-top luxury resorts. The best among them: Amanjena. Like all Aman resorts, Amanjena is a quiet slice of paradise. Each corner of the resort is planned with meticulous precision (founder Adrian Zecha has an eye for detail like none other), starting with the marble-filled entryway's traditional Arab bassin, a giant pool-like structure that was historically used by indigenous cultures to collect mountain runoff. Spend your days haggling with street vendors in the city's Djemaa el Fna square, or hang at the resort, relaxing by the pool or taking a hand-held walk through the stunning oasis, filled with date palms and olive trees once owned by a royal family. Doubles from $638; aman.com.

Burj Al Arab Honeymoon

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9. Burj al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
You'd be hard pressed to find a more over-the-top honeymoon destination than Dubai. And the "seven-star" Burj al Arab Jumeirah—set on a man-made island in the Arabian Gulf, with 202 rooms—is definitely the most insane (the 25th-floor Royal Suite starts at $8,900 per night). Picture a place covered in chandeliers, 24K-gold leaf, thirty different types of marble, and custom-made carpets from South Africa and India. And that's just the interior design. In terms of amenities, guests can expect four swimming pools, nine restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness center, a private beach—oh, and a helipad—if you really want to arrive in style! Doubles from $2,700; jumeirah.com.

Londolozi Game Reserve Africa Honeymoon

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10. Londolozi Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Family-run for more than 80 years, this five-lodge reserve helped pioneer responsible ecotourism on the Continent. With nearly 35,000 acres of protected bushland within Kruger National Park, expect accommodations that include modern, earth-toned suites (decorated with a Ralph Lauren-esque hand); expansive wooden decks (on which you can take your picture-perfect sundowner), and plunge pools (for a midday cool down from the steamy African heat). All-inclusive doubles from $699 per person; londolozi.com.

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May 212016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite resorts in the mainland U.S. and Canada!

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1. Little Palm Island, Florida Keys, Florida
You don't have to fly to the South Pacific to honeymoon on a private island. In fact, depending on where you live, you don't have to fly, period: Just take Highway 1 from Miami to Little Torch Key and hitch a ride on the hotel's gleaming mahogany boat. Your suite—topped with thatch and outfitted with an outdoor bamboo shower—only adds to the castaway fantasy. (Doubles from $990; littlepalmisland.com)

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2. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Privacy, please: This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired eco-lodge, perched 1,200 feet above the Pacific, is a secluded haven for honeymooners and A-listers (Taylor Swift, Jack Black, Anne Hathaway) alike. Take your pick of 39 individual buildings — more specifically, tree houses, villas on stilts, and suites with wildflower-covered roofs — before taking full advantage of a mini bar that's "on the house" and insane sunset views from your private balcony. And if you do want to venture out in the open, we suggest horseback riding on the beach, strolling through the surrounding redwoods, or stargazing from the infinity pool. (Doubles from $675; postranchinn.com)

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3. Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
If you want a really secluded honeymoon getaway, look no further than this celeb fave (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Seinfeld" alum and current star of HBO's "Veep," was recently spotted on property). Nestled into red-rock mountains, on hundreds of acres of private land, Amangiri's vibe is equal parts southwestern adventure and Asian tranquility (owing to Aman brand influence). Whether you're looking to climb mountains, gallop on horseback through vast desert landscapes, waterski on Lake Powell, or just chill by the insanely gorgeous pool (it's built into the rocks), there's little chance you'll be disappointed here. (All inclusive, doubles from $1,700; aman.com)

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4. Meadowood Napa Valley, California
Thanks to a fresh $60 million renovation, this Relais & Chateaux estate is bigger, better, and more beautiful than ever with a nine-hole golf course, revamped guests rooms, and a chic all-suite spa designed by local architect Howard Backen. Aside from the dreamy rustic-meets-elegant setting, foodies come for three-star Michelin dining at The Restaurant, which features a personalized menu of valley-grown ingredients (many from the resort's own garden) with wine pairings, of course. (Doubles from $500; meadowood.com)

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5. Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California
Looking to post a good Insta (or ten)? This is the place for you. You'll have panoramic views of the Napa Valley, surrounding vineyards, and Mayacamas Mountains whether you're lounging poolside in a cabana or relaxing in your hillside Mediterranean-style cottage. Not to mention: the property has a Michelin-starred restaurant (in fact, it originally opened as a restaurant in 1981), so you know you'll be well fed. (Doubles from $1,775; aubergedusoleil.com)

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6. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta
When this grand mountain resort opened in 1890, it became a base for outdoor enthusiasts — and 126 years later, it still attracts the same stylish adventure set. The 548-room property is located in Bandff National Park, which is surrounded by mountaintops, a stunning emerald lake, and the region's famous Victoria Glacier. And with land like that, it's pretty much a given that honeymooners spend the majority of their time outside their room. The don't-miss activities? Sunrise canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking by the shore. (Doubles from $267; fairmont.com)

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7. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
If you want to take glamping to the next level (literally!), book a night at the resort's Cloud Camp, which sits 4,500 feet above sea level on Ursus Mountain. A helicopter takes you up to the lakeside outpost, where you and your hubby can stargaze over dinner prepared by a private chef, bunk up in a drape-y canvas tent, then awake in a four-poster bed to the sun rising over Clayoquot Sound. Dreamy! (All-inclusive tents from $7,256 for three nights; wildretreat.com)

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8. Montage Laguna Beach, California
Just an hour's drive from Los Angeles, this top-notch beach destination is perfect for a SoCal 'moon. The craftsman-style resort sits on 30 acres of oceanfront property and since all of its 248 rooms face the Pacific, there is no bad view — or room, for that matter. To fully experience the resort, book a day at the 20,000 square-foot spa and reserve a cabana for two by the Mosaic Pool, which features stunning pool tiles that light up at night. (Doubles from $595; montagehotels.com)

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9. Amangani, Jackson, Wyoming
This luxe Aman property is a celeb hotspot — Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden honeymooned here — thanks to its western-inspired interiors, crazy attentive service, and can't-beat location: It's 20 minutes from Grand Teton National Park and an hour from Yellowstone National Park. Bonus: The plunge pool is heated year-round and features Insta-worthy views of the Tetons. (Doubles from $750; aman.com)



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10. Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort, Napa Valley, California
Perfectly tucked away in a forest of oaks and pines, cedar-shingled bungalows are home to 50 lodge-like guest rooms, each with its own fireplace, al fresco shower, and floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding hills. While staying on the extensive 157-acre property, bounce around — on bike, if you please — between the spa (try the vinotherapy spa bath), 5,000-plus bottle wine cave, and the new adults-only pool. (Doubles from $745; aubergeresorts.com)


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