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Magical Retreats for Honeymoon Bliss

Planning your honeymoon opens up a world of choices: romantic resorts are tucked away in every corner of the globe offering a tempting trove of intimate accommodations, sumptuous spas and bespoke experiences that will make you fall in love over and over again.

 
As you celebrate your first days as husband and wife, what better way to greet the morning than with a sunrise cruise on a traditional sailing dhoni, courtesy of the Six Senses Laamu resort in the Maldives.
 
When it comes to romance, this private island resort excels with dinners prepared by your personal chef on a secluded sandbar under the stars.
 
Shift from the Indian Ocean to the Greek Islands and the magic of the Mykonos Icons and the Katikies Santorini. The beauty of the Aegean Sea is only enhanced by the Mykonos Icons resort’s A.SPA’s pampering services and the gourmet dining at the Anthos restaurant, accompanied of course by the finest local wines.
 
The Katikies Santorini and the neighboring Villa Katikies enjoy a timeless location in Oia Santorini on the slopes of the island’s slumbering caldera, where whitewashed villas and pink bougainvillea flowers contrast with the rich blue waters of the Aegean.
 
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is home to the magnificent Chichen Itza ruins as well as still-thriving Mayan towns like Chocholá and Mexico’s cultural mecca of Mérida—just a few of the places you can explore as guests of the Chablé Resort and Spa, where honeymooners can be immersed in a wellness experience that integrates Mayan healing techniques as well as yoga, meditation, nutrition and fitness activities.
 
Overwater villas may be the most romantic honeymoon hideaways available today, and the St. Regis Maldives has one of the most sumptuous accommodations above the sea in the world. The John Jacob Astor Estate is an over-the-top three-bedroom home with dedicated butler service, an infinity pool, private fitness center and theater, and its own spa suites.
 
The newest Maldives resort, the Soneva Jani Maldives, blends the romance of slumbering above the waves with fun and fascinating overwater activities, including an observatory where you can marvel at the wonders of the night sky and a silent cinema where you can gaze at the stars of the big screen, while Bluetooth headphones let you enjoy the soundtrack without disturbing the local wildlife.
 
The Oberoi Al Zorah resort may be located in the United Arab Emirates, but there’s no desert in sight at this eco resort in coastal Ajman, blessed with white sand beaches, colorful coral reefs and green mangrove forests. Ayurveda treatments and the cleansing rituals of the hammam are part of the resort’s spa experience.
 
The Romanos Costa Navarino is set amid the towering dunes of the Costa Navarino in Greece. Golf loving honeymooners can tee off on a pair of courses set between the sea and verdant olive groves. Adventurous couples can sharpen their kitchen skills by learning authentic Messinian cooking in the nearby village of Pylos, climb the cliffs of Proti Island, and explore the Ionian Sea on a dive trip that includes caves, shipwrecks and the lair of the fabled pirate Katoulias.
 
Across the Mediterranean in Morocco, olive trees and flowering gardens are also part of the landscape at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, an oasis of luxury that’s close to this ancient city’s fabled medina. Courtyard accommodations are styled after Morocco’s traditional riad: the resort’s 
 
Mandarin Pool Villas mix Berber and Arab décor and feature private pools, outdoor showers, and jetted tubs, all just steps from your spacious master bedroom.
 
> Written by Bob Curley


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