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.
So the record-breaking snowstorm all of the meteorologists predicted for today may have been a total bust, but since you’re likely stuck inside anyway, what better time to start planning your honeymoon? (Flipping through images of warmer weather doesn’t hurt either!).
Planning your honeymoon should be one of the more exciting tasks on your wedding-day checklist, but oftentimes all of the decisions—like where to go, where to stay and how much to spend—that go into coordinating your post-nuptial getaway can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Not exactly the emotion you want to feel when planning the best vacation of your life, right?
Somehow, a post from one of last year’s Travel & Leisure roundups crossed my desk this afternoon, and as I clicked through, mesmerized by what I was seeing, I realized what lens I had automatically viewed it through: honeymoon research.
When it comes to honeymoon inspiration, we’re of the mindset that you can never have too much. After all, what’s better than spending your lunch break scrolling through images of crisp white beaches, crystal clear oceans and tropical paradises that look almost to good to be true?
The pressure to pick the perfect honeymoon destination can be enough to make you book a far-flung locale that requires three layovers and way too much bad plane food. Avoid a nightmare travel day by choosing Puerto Rico, right in our Caribbean backyard. With a quick plane ride, you get city and beach, culture and sun, historic and modern, simplicity (no passports required!) and excitement, all on one spicy island. Puerto Rico is a rich port indeed, offering pretty beaches plus a tropical rain forest and all the amenities of a busy city. An even lovelier notion: The island’s convenience means that booking a weekend anniversary trip in the future is as easy as saying, “I’m glad we said ‘I do.’”
Sometimes all you need for a little bit of honeymoon inspiration is an idea or two to set you off on the right research track—which is what we thought of when this cute little infographic from Couples Resorts.
It breaks down six of the most popular getaway locations for couples—each and every one of which would undoubtedly make for a fab honeymoon—along with a few romantic ideas of what to do while there (the Pont de l’Archeveche in Paris, Dunn’s River Falls in Negril) to make sure and get your dreamily wedded bliss off on the right track. Take a look.
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You’ll Want To Consider Spending Your Honeymoon At One of These 10 Breathtaking Beach Destinations in Asia
If you’re already struggling to choose which amazing destination you’ll venture off to for your honeymoon, we apologize in advance for giving you yet another set of breathtaking paradises to add to the list of possibilities.
Yahoo originally put together this roundup of tropical resorts to inspire far-flung destination weddings (a la the Jolie-Pitt’s and newly hitched Clooney’s) in Asia—but we couldn’t help but think these amazing beaches would make for fabulous honeymoon spots, too. From Bali to Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia, the destinations on this list are seriously dreamy (and a bit out of the ordinary, which we love).