If you have yet to go shopping for some pretty little underthings to wear on your wedding night and honeymoon, we suggest you take note of the fabulous event we’re about to share with you.
If you plan on staying stateside for your honeymoon—some couples just prefer the domestic thing, while others choose to do a quick U.S. trip right after their wedding before taking a bigger ‘moon later on—we just found a really fantastic roundup of destinations that’ll make your decision so much easier.
They call Aruba, a 70-square-mile strip of Caribbean paradise, “one happy island”—and not just because of its lively spirit and friendly, welcoming people. This Dutch island’s spectacular white-sand beaches, shimmering teal water and opportunities for fun and adventure will make you and your to-be very, very happy.
It’s no exaggeration to say the sun is always shining in Aruba. The island’s immaculate weather, with an average temperature of 82 degrees, heavenly cooling trade winds and virtually no rainy days, is the perfect backdrop for your post-nuptial bliss. The most popular strip is Palm Beach, on the western side of the island—and that’s where you’ll find the beachfront Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino. The Hyatt sits on 12 magnificent acres, an oasis where you can be a beach bum or an explorer, depending on your mood.
They say that once you visit Aruba, you always return. Why not start that tradition with the most romantic trip of your life—your honeymoon?
Considering the many inspirational honeymoon posts we’ve written here on the blog, I’ve come to the conclusion that if I start pulling together my list of ideal destinations now, I may have a slightly better chance of deciding on a single spot once my actual honeymoon rolls around in a few years.
The thought of having to choose a honeymoon destination, however far off in my future that may be, totally stresses me out: There are so many jaw-dropping, once-in-a-lifetime locations out there—not to mention all of the spots you haven’t even thought of—that it seems nearly impossible to select just one. (Multiple ‘moons should become the standard, don’t you think?)
Not too long ago we encouraged you to choose your honeymoon destination after flipping through Travel & Leisure‘s roundup of 14 amazing hotel bathtubs. A really fabulous bathtub is, after all, a perfectly acceptable reason to choose a particular location for your post-nuptial getaway—especially if your ideal ‘moon consists of bubble baths with your hubby and the most spectacular views.
Forget the spring-breakers; Cancún is for lovers! Don’t let this Yucatán destination’s party rep confuse you: With a mere four-hour flight from Philly, honeymooners can find their own quiet paradise among 14 miles of white sand beaches, all while taking in the glorious weather and keeping busy with plenty of daytime excursions and nighttime diversions.
Cancún’s history as a tourism destination means it’s well suited to meet any visitor’s whim, and these days, the region’s profile has been raised even higher in the luxury world with the addition of Nizuc Resort & Spa, a brand-new first-class resort designed by renowned Mexican architect and interior designer Alejandro Escudero and located on a tranquil peninsula at the southern tip of Cancún’s hotel zone.
When it comes to planning any kind of trip—whether it’s just a let’s-go-somewhere-this-winter kinda getaway or the once-in-a-lifetime whirlwind you hope to take for your honeymoon—you’ve got to start your planning somewhere. And that, we think, should be with the general destination; by narrowing down the country, island or region you want to visit. After that, you can get to specifics, like cities, neighborhoods and hotels.