Top-ten honeymoon hideaways
Tropical island sunsets or sipping cocktails in a sophisticated city setting – whatever your idea of a perfect honeymoon, here are some suggestions on how to start your new life together in style
Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa on Puerto Rico’s southern coast is a hideaway for R&R&R (rest, relaxation, and romance). The tropical retreat in Guanica offers a honeymoon package with a massage for two, sunset cruise, alfresco dinner, daily breakfast, and sparkling wine accompanied by chocolate covered strawberries. If you really want to put stars in your partner’s eyes – and at your fingertips – take a tour of the Bioluminescent Bay, where tiny microorganisms in the water respond to your touch with an ethereal gleam, transforming the bay into an aquatic Milky Way. Package from $415 (€308) per couple per night; minimum two nights. Bay tour not included. Tel: 001-800 468 4553, copamarina.com.
Playa Dorada is a 100-hectare posh playground on the north shore, with a shopping mall, discos, casinos, restaurants, a golf course, and a 21-kilometer beach. Casa Colonial Beach & Spa resort offers a breezy base for exploration, or for cocooning in your Oceanfront Junior Suite when you book a three-night Dominican Republic Honeymoon package. The deal includes a bottle of sparkling wine, daily breakfast on your terrace, private candlelit three-course dinner, 80-minute spa treatment, including a couples’ massage and Serenity and Sensuality Soak, and a VIP welcome and transfer from Puerto Plata Airport. Until December 20th; $1,399 (€1,035) per couple. Tel: 001-809-320-3232, casacolonialhotel.com
Turn up the heat by escaping to Miami’s sizzling South Beach, where you can dance all night and sleep off the night’s excesses on an expanse of sugary sand. The Betsy Hotel, located on legendary Ocean Drive, across from the beach, features a courtyard pool and a multi-functional roof terrace, where you can enjoy sunrise yoga and spa treatments and chaise loungers. At night, this al fresco space is transformed into a starry lounge. As a special treat for newlyweds, staff can arrange complimentary Champagne, art tours, and books of poetry. From $279 (€207) per couple per night. Tel: 001-305-531-6100, thebetsyhotel.com.
With its glittering skyline and canoodle-worthy exploits like carriage rides through Central Park, harbour cruises, and cocktails at The Campbell Apartment (Grand Central Station’s “secret” bar), Manhattan was made for romance. Book the Mr and Mrs G package at the Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, and you’ll receive Champagne on arrival, a dozen roses, two cocktails at the hotel’s rooftop pool overlooking the Empire State Building, two one-hour massages, in-room breakfast, two monogrammed robes, and his and her Lacoste polos. From $787 (€582) per couple per night. Tel: 001-877 830 9889, gansevoorthotelgroup.com.