Warning: We’ll totally understand if the above photo causes you to click away from this post and immediately book your honeymoon at the stunning Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia. That view speaks for itself, so we really don’t blame you—just be sure to come back after you lock down your accommodations.
There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding where to spend your post-nuptial getaway—climate is generally the first box to check off, followed by how far you’re willing (or can afford) to travel and which part of the world you’re dying to see most.
From there you can get really specific: Can you be swayed by a really sweet pool? Maybe an gorgeous bathtub? Do you want to stay in an unbelievably amazing hotel or swim in the clearest water on Earth?
If you’re anything like the majority of couples who want nothing more than to relax and get some sun on their honeymoon, chances are your ideal post-nuptial getaway is to someplace tropical. Beach vacations are, hands-down, the most popular option for newlyweds, and so it comes as no surprise that many of our inspirational honeymoon posts showcase the best shores in the world.
If your idea of a perfect honeymoon involves plenty of beach time and a healthy dose of adventure, the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos should top your list of potential destinations.
Providenciales, commonly known as “Provo,” is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos, and the majority of tourists retreat to its white-sand beaches and postcard-worthy views. Along the picturesque 12-mile stretch of Grace Bay Beach—which sits on the north shore of the island—is where you’ll find a hand- ful of amazing accommodations, including Grace Bay Club, the first luxury all- oceanfront-suite resort in Turks and Caicos and an ideal spot to settle into for your honeymoon.
For foodies especially, Turks and Caicos is the ultimate fall destination thanks to the annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, a weekend-long celebration—from November 5th through 8th this year—that brings together elite chefs and winemakers from around the world for a series of food-focused events.
Pair that rare dining experience with Provo’s spectacular scenery, and you’re all set for the trip of a lifetime.
This hot, humid city weather has us daydreaming about our next tropical getaway—wouldn’t you love to be dipping your toes in the ocean (frozen cocktail in hand, obviously) right about now? With your honeymoon just around the corner, you’ll be relaxing in paradise in no time, but until then, we have plenty of pretty pictures to tide you over.
One of the perks of working at a wedding magazine is that a large part of the research we do here involves afternoons spent flipping through photo slideshows of breathtaking beaches, gorgeous pools and the most romantic private island resorts—also known as honeymoon inspiration for all of you brides-to-be. It’s a tough job, we know, but there are so many amazing places out there in the world and we feel it’s our duty to clue you in to as many of them as possible.
Just the other day we came across an interesting Harper’s Bazaar article about the surprise travel trend. With this new fangled concept, vacationers speak to a travel agent, fill out a questionnaire, decide on a budget—and are then sent off to a mystery location with little knowledge as to what their trip will entail. The author of the article participated in such a trip—for her honeymoon!—and lived to tell the tale of how her surprise journey to Singapore actually turned out to be a great (albeit a little stressful) experience.
Though the surprise travel trend sounds like a neat idea for adventurous couples, the whole thing seemed a bit risky to us (especially for your ‘moon) and it’s certainly not something you’d want to leave up to any old travel agent you find online.
Every couple has a different vision of the perfect honeymoon (in fact, even you and your to-be may have completely different opinions on the topic, too), so we totally understand if the Maldives, Maui and the many Caribbean islands that usually rank among the most popular honeymoon destinations aren’t quite your cup of tea.
In fact, we talk to plenty of people who crave more under-the-radar locales for their post-nuptial getaways, and so we’ve written a handful of posts (see them below!) dedicated to gorgeous honeymoon spots you probably haven’t thought of.
This past fall, I sat on a panel at a Bouche Productions LGBT wedding event with former G Philly editor Josh Middleton. We chatted about trends, there was a Q&A where the engaged attendees could ask us anything they were wondering about, and there was also a travel component (because hello, honeymoon).
A travel agent sat on the panel with us, and during one of the chats, he informed the crowd both about destinations they might consider for their honeymoon that were quite gay friendly—and also about cities, countries and islands that are not gay friendly, and where they might even feel unsafe. It was a bit surreal, to sit in front of a crowd of blissful, engaged couples and talk about how there are places in this world where they are not welcome with their love and hand-holding, but jarring and upsetting a reality check as it was, it’s still reality, and the information was extremely helpful for the couples to hear.
Confession, readers: What I have been doing the past while here at my desk has only partly been for you. You see, BHLDN has just launched a dreamy little honeymoon capsule collection, and while I have been reporting on it and sifting through it that I might share my knowledge with you, of course … well, I have also been shopping. Because there’s a honeymoon in my future, and this stuff is going to go fast.