Hotels We Love for a Honeymoon: Rosewood Baha Mar, Bahamas

The megaresort complex of Baha Mar is the hottest new development in the Caribbean (with a $4.2-billion price tag).

While it’s composed of three different resorts, the forthcoming Rosewood Baha Mar — which is situated on the incredible white sands of Nassau’s Cable Beach — promises to be the most luxe.

Post up in your residential-style room before testing your luck at the 100,000 square-foot casino, playing a round on the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, getting massages at the ESPA spa, or dining at one of 20 different restaurants and bars.

We promise nowhere else in the Caribbean will you eat sushi as delicious as at Katsuya by Starck Baha Mar.

Are turquoise waters and soft white sands calling your name? This incredible property will be the perfect fit for your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon getaway.

Top 6 Reasons to Honeymoon at Arenas del Mar Resort, Costa Rica

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort is a stunning beachfront resort tucked into the rainforest just a stone’s throw from central Costa Rica’s famous Manuel Antonio National Park. With the perfect balance of luxury and nature, it’s an exceptional place for a honeymoon.

Below, we’ve listed six of our favorite reasons for newlyweds to take their ultimate vacation there.

A Commitment to Nature

Upon arriving at Arenas del Mar you’ll be immediately greeted by a friendly staff and lush tropical canopy, plus the resort’s refreshing welcome drink named after the country’s famous motto “Pura Vida.”

You’ll notice right away the resort team’s commitment to protect the rainforest and the result is breathtaking. You’ll experience the sounds, sights, and sensations of being oceanside while surrounded by flora, fauna, and wildlife.

Be on the lookout for sloths, iguanas, monkeys, and a variety of birds and butterflies. These are just some of the wildlife you can catch sight of within minutes of stepping foot on the property!

Sun, Surf, and Play

The resort’s unique access to both the public Espadilla Beach and the secluded Playitas Beach give couples plenty of opportunity to lay, swim, or surf in the ocean air. For a more active beach experience, Espadilla Beach is perfect for your morning run and afternoon surf lesson (complete with a post-surf siesta under the shade of palm tree).

Meanwhile, Playitas Beach is designed for complete relaxation. Favorite activities include taking a dip in the ocean, ordering lunch (the mahi mahi tacos come highly recommended!) and enjoying fresh juices or cocktails from the bar while spending the day lounging on a daybed. If you find yourself needing a break from the sand and surf, grab a spot at one of resort’s two incredible swimming pools, the infinity pool overlooking Espadilla Beach or the Playitas pool.

(Sensational) Rooms with a View

The rooms and amenities at Arenas del Mar leave nothing to be desired. Whether you choose a room with an ocean view and an outdoor private Jacuzzi or a garden room surrounded by nature, you’ll feel like all your needs have been considered.

One particular highlight is the in-room Tico Bar. It’s stocked daily with local coffee and snacks including kombucha, beer, chocolate covered dried pineapple, and plantain chips to enjoy while taking the view.

Activities & Amenities

Whether your interest is lounging during your visit, exploration, or both, the front desk team at Arenas del Mar will help you make the most of your stay. Take advantage of the on-site activities where you can learn about sustainable tourism, make tortillas, explore the nightlife, experience a treatment at the spa, or practice yoga.

Excursions to nearby sites are well organized and a guided tour of the Manuel Antonio National Park is a must for nature lovers. Get there early in the day to avoid the crowds and make sure to bring a suit and towel to enjoy the pristine beach. If you’re looking or more action, zip-lining through the rainforest, parasailing, and horseback riding are just a few of the options.

Dining and Sunsets

One thing you don’t want to miss is the glorious sunset marking the end of each day. Enjoy sunset at the El Mirador Restaurant and Bar with a cocktail crafted with local ingredients and small bites. Perched on a cliff above the ocean, this is an ideal spot to watch the sun go down.

The restaurant’s dinner menu is impressive with locally sourced seafood, along with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The care and curation of this menu will not disappoint. On many nights, you can even make your way down to Playitas Beach for themed dinners served right on the beach.

Ultimate Convenience

Honeymooners will find arrival to be simple and stress-free. From Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Juan (SJO), you can take a quick 30-minute flight or three-hour shuttle to the resort. If you choose to take the shuttle, you’ll be greeted by one of the resort’s experienced drivers in an air-conditioned van stocked with local snacks and bottled water.

Tip: Don’t pass up the chance along the way to stop at the bridge to Jaco over the Río Tarcole for your first pipa frío (cold coconut) and a view of the famous American Crocodiles.

 

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8 Amazing Activities for a Honeymoon in Bermuda

Bermuda has attracted honeymoon couples for decades thanks to its pristine pink sand beaches, extraordinary resorts, and turquoise waters. Although tiny (it’s only 21 miles long by one mile wide), the island is packed with thrilling and one-of-a-kind activities. Below, we’ve revealed eight of our favorites, a collection of can’t-miss experiences that should guarantee an unforgettable honeymoon.

Hit the Beach

Bermuda has nearly 25 miles of beach ranging from long sandy stretches to intimate coves and rocky shores. Most of the island’s best sand beaches can be found on the South Shore where the water tends to be rougher and conditions are often ideal for body surfing. North Shore beaches tend to be rockier but the water calmer.

Located on the south shore, Horseshoe Bay is truly spectacular with its wide beach and rocky coves. Elsewhere, Church Bay is perfect for snorkeling, while John Smith’s Bay is long, flat, and usually untouched by tourists.

Scuba Diving

For divers, Bermuda boasts some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the world with more than 350 shipwrecks and 230 miles of reefs to explore. Bermuda’s reefs are home to more than 10,000 species of marine life from the humble sea fan to migratory whales. Crystal clear waters mean visibility is often good up to 150 feet. If you are not a swimmer, you can still enjoy the underwater world by going helmet-diving and walking on the ocean floor

Spa Time

Bermuda, with its unhurried pace of life, is the perfect place to unwind after a wedding. Take advantage of one of the island’s growing number of first-class spas to really relax while on your honeymoon. Whether you go for an invigorating hour or a full, indulgent day, it is the way to relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize yourself. Sense, a Rosewood Spa, Willow Stream Spa, and the Spa at Elbow Beach are three of the top spas on the island.

Explore the Island via Moped

One of the best ways to see the island is to rent a moped during your stay. Buzzing around on your moped, you will uncover deserted beaches, cricket matches, and other island life. The island’s speed limit is 25 mph so you can enjoy the beautiful views without having to worry that they are passing by too fast.

Rent a Boat

You can rent your own Boston Whaler or sailboat and enjoy a picnic on a secluded island, go snorkeling and relax on a beautiful beach. Or take a kayak and explore the dozens of coves and bays around the island. The turquoise waters are so clear that you will be able to enjoy the spectacular marine life without even going under the surface.

Jet Ski Safari

If you are an adrenaline junkie couple, take a jet ski safari or a high-speed catamaran tour around the island. Why not try a water-ski, windsurf, kitesurfing, or parasailing adventure after the safari. Whatever your choice, there is no better way to enjoy Bermuda’s natural beauty than being in, out, or under the water.

Shopping

Bermuda is a shopper’s paradise, whether you are hunting for luxury merchandise at affordable prices or exploring local arts and crafts. You will be tempted by a wide range of international goods and famous brand names: French perfumes, English bone china, Cuban cigars, Swiss watches, silver, crystal and jewelry, Irish linen, Scottish tweeds, Italian silks, cashmere sweaters and many other surprising treats. Better yet, with no added sales tax you can buy many of these goods up to 40 percent lower than in stores in Europe or the United States.

Golf

The island is home to six world-class golf courses, many with pink sand traps and ocean views. While Bermuda’s courses are not the longest, most offer a unique challenge, accentuated always by the ocean breeze and a distracting but breathtaking view at every turn. The Mid Ocean Club in Tucker’s Point is arguably the most famous and picturesque of them all.

 

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Incredible Swim-Up Hotel Pool Bars: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Heading to Hawaii for your upcoming honeymoon getaway? Drop your bags at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, home to one of our all-time favorite swim up pool bars.

Among the top highlights: The adults-only Serenity Pool features bubble loungers, luxury cabanas, full-service poolside lunch, panoramic views of the island of Lanai, and even an underwater music system.

When it comes to expertly crafted cocktails and unforgettable ambiance, it simply doesn’t get much better than this.

 

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Image courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Top Hotel Picks for a Honeymoon to the Dominican Republic

It’s easy to see why the Dominican Republic ranks as one of our most popular Caribbean honeymoon destinations. With white-sand beaches, affordable but luxurious resorts, and fabulous natural attractions, the options for newlyweds are endless.

Still deciding on where to stay for your trip? Here’s a list of our top hotel picks for this honeymoon-worthy spot.

Sanctuary Cap Cana

If there’s one hotel to splurge during your once-in-a-lifetime trip, the Sanctuary Cap Cana is it. Built on the edge of a cliff, this 176-room Spanish Colonial style resort is completely couples-oriented and ideal for a romantic getaway.

The property features four pools, a terrific spa, an excellent white-sand beach, and has access to renowned Punta Espada golf course. The resort is masterfully decorated with modern rooms and offers five excellent restaurants (ranging from Asian to French and to steak). It became an all-inclusive back in 2010.

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

This impressive oceanfront resort is one of the region’s newest and most luxurious all-inclusive offerings. The 600-room property features a giant pool, sensational white-sand beach, seven restaurants, name-brand liquor (at no extra cost), and large rooms with comfy beds and Jacuzzis.

Newlyweds looking for intimacy and sophistication will likely find it here. The resort’s Elegance Club is an adults-only section that provides guests with access to private pool areas, oceanfront rooftop bars, VIP lounges, 24-hour room service, an in-room bar selection, and 13 bars located throughout the property.

Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel

Set on the gorgeous shores of Playa Bavaro with its white-sand beach, this highly regarded resort features an excellent spa and wellness center, five restaurants, and endless entertainment options like kayaking, tennis, yoga, archery, golf, and more. Suites include a marble bath, hydro-massage bathtub, fully stocked minibar, 24-hour room service, and contemporary design.

Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa

Set in the midst of a coconut plantation, the Grand Palladium features a long stretch of white-sand beach and has a coral reef just off shore, perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling.

All rooms have Jacuzzis, iPod docks, and overall modern and bright colors. This resort is part of a mega-complex of resorts, so there’s a never-ending supply of activities nearby like four large pools, swim-up bars, fitness center, casino, and a huge sports center complete with tennis courts, soccer field, basketball, and mini-golf.

 

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