Whenever a travel-related article (of the particularly dreamy sort) crosses our desks, our minds immediately switch into honeymoon mode. No matter the topic—whether it’s vacation spots inspired by Hollywood films or the most amazing resort pools you’ll ever lay eyes on—you can count on us to consider whether it’d make a fab honeymoon—and to share with you if the answer is yes. (The more options to choose from the better, right?)
If you’re like the majority of newlywed couples, there’s a good chance that your honeymoon (or at least part of it) will be spent on a beach somewhere. Beaches are, after all, a universal symbol of relaxation, which makes the sand, sun and ocean water the perfect companions during your first few married days.
When it comes to honeymoon inspiration, it’s our goal here at PW to flood your brain with the best stuff we can find: hotels you’ll want to move in to, far-off countries you’ve never thought of, even gorgeous bathtubs that are worth trekking around the world for. There are so many factors that go into your decision, but it’s that first part, the please-don’t-make-me-leave kind of hotels, that we think makes all the difference when choosing where you’ll spend your first days as husband and wife.
I have long agreed with the notion that not only can your hotel truly make your trip, but that an amazing hotel is even worth planning your trip around. And having just returned from a honeymoon stay at the Four Seasons‘ outpost in Maui, I now nod my head even more vigorously at the concept. When your home base is nothing short of divine, even taking a shower and laying around adds to the novelty and luxury of a special vacation.
With award season now in full swing, we’re going to be hearing a lot about Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Brooklyn, Ex Machina and the many other raved-about films that are being nominated this year. And while I admit that I have yet to see any of the big-time Oscar contenders (I plan to get through a handful of them before the February show), there seems to be a ton of excitement around this year’s top performances.
But what does any of this have to do with your wedding, you ask? Honeymoon inspiration, of course!
There seems to be a trend in the world of honeymoon travel where couples are encouraged to choose a destination that’s off the beaten path—locations that you probably haven’t thought of are now being favored over the popular spots (like Mexico and Puerto Rico) that many newlyweds often venture off to after tying the knot.
Here at PW, we’re all for the idea—as we always say, your honeymoon is supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, so why not take this opportunity to visit somewhere really extraordinary? (And somewhere where you won’t encounter every other couple who said “I do” on the same weekend you did.)
Boutique hotels make for the loveliest of honeymoon accommodations—between the attentive, top-notch service and the intimate, secluded atmosphere you often find at these places, boutique hotels set the scene for a wonderful first few days as husband and wife.
And there’s no shortage of amazing options for you to choose from: You’ll find luxurious boutique hotels all over the globe, including plenty of drool-worthy spots right here in America, too.
In the new Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Philadelphia Wedding, you’ll find a drool-worthy feature that details all of the best things to do, see and eat while honeymooning in the Napa Valley. Our editor Carrie spent a week exploring California’s beautiful wine country and concluded that it’s quite a lovely spot to spend your first days as husband and wife—plus, even though it’s only a six hour flight from Philly, the ambiance there makes it feel like you’ve really gone somewhere.
While we consider ourselves to be pretty well-versed on which destinations make for the loveliest honeymoons, it’s the travel agents who book these trips every day who are the real experts on where you should spend your first married days—and why. That’s why when we stumbled upon this list of the top honeymoon spots for 2016—as chosen by five of the country’s top travel consultants—we knew we had to share it with you.
Better yet, we decided to consult local travel pro Jennifer Byrne of Malvern’s Tropical Travelers to get her take on what’s trending for the coming year—and she agreed that many of the agents’ suggestions are indeed what’s hot for 2016.