Monday, December 6, 2010

Sexy and Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

If there’s ever a time to splurge on luxurious hotel accommodations, it’s on your honeymoon.

One of my personal favorites is Jumby Bay, Antigua. Fit for royalty, it's one of Sir Paul McCartney's favorite Caribbean getaways, as seen on the cover of People Magazine.

Las Vegas isn’t just for bachelor or bachelorette parties. It’s huge for weddings, too, so it’s fitting that many hotels offer special honeymoon suites. Aria, a chic property that’s part of the new CityCenter complex, features Sky Suites that extend the Strip’s reputation for luxury.

The luxe Banyan Tree Seychelles is an all-villa hotel on Mahe Island, overlooking the Indian Ocean and a spectacular talcum-powder beach. The property’s Presidential Villa stands sentinel over a private cove, featuring a sundeck and an open-air living area along with luxurious furnishings.

Four Seasons New York. The Four Seasons’ Ty Warner Penthouse has an astounding view of Manhattan from the windows, but perhaps even more amazing scenery inside. Featuring the design talents of I.M. Pei, the penthouse has 25-foot-high ceilings, immense bay windows, multiple chandeliers, a zen garden and décor inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

It's better in the Bahamas. Stay in the Atlantis’ Reef Penthouse and you’ll possess a commanding view of the ocean from just about everywhere in the suite, including the bedroom and a private terrace.

The Over Water Royal Suite is exactly what it sounds like: a suite that literally hovers over the water, and deluxe enough to make you feel like royalty. Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort, French Polynesia. Glass viewing panels in the floor let you watch the fish swim by underneath your suite.

In a city known for luxurious hotels, the Bellagio is one of the most elegant. For your honeymoon, consider the Las Vegas Cypress Suite, which encompasses more than 1,500 square feet and comes with a private check-in at the Executive Suite Lounge (which itself features hand-stitched leather walls).

A vacation in Los Cabos is sure to be fun, but if you’re on your honeymoon it’s worth splurging on this hotel’s Beachfront Pool Master Casita. One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico. The suite features its own pool terrace as well as an infinity pool and a whirlpool, and just beyond is a gorgeous beach and the Gulf of California.

Le Meurice, Paris. Le Meurice’s Belle Etoile Royal Suite is pure Parisian indulgence. The private terrace alone is worth the trip: It covers almost 2,700 feet and offers 360-degree views of the City of Light, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia. If you want to really get away on your honeymoon, this may be the place to go: The suites — or “sanctuaries,” in Jade Mountain parlance — have no telephones, televisions or radios (although you can access the Web if you want to).

Rustic but sophisticated, the Ventana Inn sits on 243 acres on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean on California’s central coast. The hotel’s lovely Big Sur Suites feature four-post beds, big soaking tubs built for two, wood-burning fireplaces and cathedral ceilings.

This hotel prides itself on emphasizing the local culture and architecture, and it’s certainly on display in its penthouse. Welcome to the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The styling was inspired by the old palaces of the region, and the spacious, opulent accommodations have an appropriately regal feel.

For the last name in luxury, the Burj al-Arab’s Royal Suite in Dubai is indeed fit for a monarch. The centerpiece is a gold-and-marble staircase, which you’ll reach after crossing mosaic-tiled floors in a lavish hallway. The master bed has sumptuous linens, is perched on a dais and even rotates.

Talk about a luxe location: The Carlyle, New York City enjoys prime Upper East Side real estate, on the corner of Madison Avenue and 76th Street. Its lavish Empire Suite on the 28th and 29th floors takes up 2,600 square feet, offers stunning views of Central Park and the Big Apple skyline and includes its own art collection.

The Venetian, Las Vegas. In this all-suite Vegas hotel, the Penthouse stands out for its luxe accommodations. The entrance to the suite consists of double doors leading into a foyer made from Italian marble, and there’s a powder room just off the entrance. The sitting room features a fireplace and great views of the Sin City skyline.

Located on the west side of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, Wickaninnish Inn is a secluded getaway between the forest and the Pacific.

The inn’s Canopy Suite offers 900 square feet of romance, with a sweeping view of Clayoquot Sound, a fireplace, cozy wood furniture and an elegant bathroom, including a shower that’s roomy enough for two.

Sitting just a block away from the French Quarter, The Roosevelt New Orleans helped define the highest standards of luxury in the South during the first half of the 20th century.

A great spot for a honeymoon is the Astoria Suite, featuring 24-hour butler service, bay windows sweeping over the city, a pair of 42-inch flat-screen televisions and champagne and chocolates waiting for you when you arrive.

Oahu’s Halekulani Hotel is located right on Waikiki Beach, and its history goes back a century. The oceanfront Orchid Suite has some of the best views of Diamond Head on Waikiki.

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