SAND & SEA
The world has no shortage of incredible places to honeymoon, whether couples are in the mood for a tropical getaway or a luxurious hideaway in Europe. While various cities are often labeled as the “it place” in terms of trends, there are several destinations where discerning travelers and newlyweds return to year after year. More often than not, these locations offer an idyllic combination of sand, sea, and romance—the ultimate trifecta for an unforgettable honeymoon.
One of the most popular honeymoon destinations is the Caribbean, where tourism reigns supreme and visitors can spend an entire holiday without ever leaving their resort. For a more authentic experience, however, the small island of Anguilla is renowned for blending local culture and untouched natural beauty with a sophisticated and personalized approach to service. Clear waters and colorful reefs surround this British territory; unpaved roads uphold the low-key lifestyle of the tropics; and sunset marks the beginning of a vibrant nightlife scene filled with live music.
Staying at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla gives couples the opportunity to sample everything the island has to offer while staying in a spacious and modern beachfront villa. Days are filled with water sports, spa treatments, poolside relaxation, and sumptuous seafood dinners, followed by vintage rum cocktails and Cuban cigars in the Sunset Lounge. With views of Barnes Bay and live bands performing a mix of Reggae and European tunes, the lounge is always a favorite nighttime hangout for visitors.
For a slower, more relaxed honeymoon with endless pampering, Belmond Cap Juluca is a restful haven where newlyweds can unwind within the privacy of their own pool suite or villa. Four restaurants serve up dishes made with fresh produce harvested from the Belmond Cap Juluca garden, and Pimms is among the most romantic restaurants in Anguilla.
Off the coast of Spain, newlyweds may indulge in a more European approach to island luxury. Located in the Balearic Islands, Cap Rocat is a five-star hotel in Mallorca that boasts panoramic views, an award-winning spa and a rich history. As a refurbished nineteenth-century fortress, the architecture at Cap Rocat is mesmerizing, and a drawbridge provides an even greater sense of exclusivity and seclusion. A private beach also provides direct access to the sea, should couples wish to take a dip.
Alternatively, Nobu Ibiza has a chic ambiance of white, blue and gold for a honeymoon in Spain’s swankiest destination. Here, couples can enjoy everything at their leisure, and schedules are to be forgotten. Lazy days by the sea may lead to sunset cocktails and an endless stream of sushi rolls; and perhaps a night or two of nonstop partying.
The South Pacific continues to be synonymous with paradise, as its warm waters, exotic atmosphere and welcoming culture are beyond enticing. More specifically, French Polynesia is a favorite honeymoon spot, and Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a prime location for overwater bungalows and romantic bliss. Situated on the private island of Motu To’opua, the comresort features sugary sand beaches, plush accommodations, the finest of Pacific Rim cuisine and an enchanting lagoon. From champagne picnics prepared by Conrad chefs to swimming with sharks, Conrad Bora Bora Nui offers a utopic blend of adventure and luxury.
Although the Philippines may not be the most mainstream honeymoon destination, there’s a reason why Amanpulo is frequented by luxury travelers worldwide. Amanpulo is more than a high-end resort—it’s a private island accessible only by private plane. Surrounded by white sand and turquoise waters, comfort and seclusion are second to none, and a private chef and butler staff each villa. Whether newlyweds choose to pass their time scuba diving, getting couple’s massages, or dining with their feet in the sand, a honeymoon at Amanpulo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
> Written by Lauren Malamala
GRACE ORMONDE WEDDING STYLE