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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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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With the Perfect Mix of Amenities, Arenas Del Mar Resort Beckons Honeymoon Couples

Have you been dreaming of a special honeymoon destination that perfectly blends luxury, relaxation, sustainability and adventure?

Look no further than Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Costa Rica.

Highlighted by an extraordinary coastal rainforest location, sensational on-site amenities (including a pair of restaurants, two swimming pools, and a top-notch spa) and unwavering commitment to the environment, the 38-room boutique hotel is one of our top overall recommendations for a honeymoon getaway.

Newlyweds will be in heaven thanks to cozy, eco-luxurious accommodations. In addition to premium views of the Pacific Ocean and stunning rainforest, all guest rooms and suites are equipped with a king-sized bed, complimentary mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and spacious bathrooms with overhead showers.

The “Ocean Breeze Suites” particularly stand out with 330 square feet of terrace space overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, plus a bathroom with tiled shower, and a private outdoor hot tub. Your spacious deck also provides fabulous opportunities to view the local wildlife.

With the ocean, rainforest and national parks all in close proximity, active honeymooners can surely expect an unforgettable stay. Notable experiences include surfing, horseback riding on the beach, sailing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and zip lining through the canopy of the rainforest.

One of the most impressive aspects of the resort is its dedication to sustainability. The hotel is completely carbon-neutral thanks to the usage of solar panels, electric golf carts, energy-efficient lighting, and much more.

Meanwhile, eight acres of the resort has been transformed into a private nature reserve with nature trails. In fact, this area acts as an ecological corridor to help expand the area surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park (which happens to be one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks and home to sloths, four types of monkeys, rare birds and many other creatures of the rainforest).

After several days exploring Manuel Antonio National Park, couples will find it extremely easy to relax and rejuvenate. The 11-acre property features two saltwater swimming pools, a sandy beach, and a first-rate spa facility.

Don’t miss a spa treatment at Las Brisas Wellness Center, which offers everything from traditional massages to energizing coffee scrubs. The “Honeymoon Bliss Package” is a must for newlyweds. The experience includes a 50-minute massage for two, couples yoga class, and romantic dinner served with wine.

Honeymooners in search of healthy, local food will certainly be in for a treat. Featuring a beautiful open air setting, El Mirador Restaurant and Bar will serve as your go-to option for breakfast and dinner. The impressive dinner menu focuses on locally caught seafood plus local Costa Rican dishes (don’t miss the Sopa Negra, a traditional culinary in Costa Rica). Couples can also arrange a private candlelit dinner on their terrace or directly on Playitas Beach.

El Mirador Bar is your go-to spot for specialty cocktails, wine, and craft beers. When it comes to mixed drinks, be sure to try the Guaro Mojito, which is made with a delicious Costa Rican liquor produced from sugar cane.

Looking for a casual meal with a view? Playitas Restaurant serves daily lunch where you can literally sink your feet into the sand.

Ready for a sustainable, luxurious and unforgettable honeymoon? Plan your ultimate getaway at Arenas Del Mar Resort in scenic Costa Rica.

 

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Best Bars for a Honeymoon Cocktail: Bayside Bar, St. Lucia

Sunset views, expertly mixed libations, and a stunning beachside location all make the Bayside Bar at Sugar Beach one of the Caribbean’s top overall spots for cocktails.

With drinks in hand, honeymoon couples can relax under the shade of almond trees on the shores of Anse des Pitons, one of Saint Lucia’s most picturesque beaches.

Popular cocktails include pomelo-basil mojitos, ginger-honey caipirinhas, and mango-mint margaritas. The bar also has an impressive menu complete with delicious wood-fired pizza; you may be tempted to stick around for dinner.

What’s your honeymoon cocktail of choice? Share your pick with fellow honeymooners over on Facebook.

 

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Top Honeymoon Resort Swimming Pools: Canaves Oia, Greece

Heading to Santorini, Greece for your honeymoon getaway? Don’t miss a stay at Canaves Oia, one of our favorite resorts in Europe thanks to its unique setting, fabulous accommodations, and jaw-dropping swimming pool.

Situated on the northwestern tip of Santorini in the enchanting village of Oia, Canaves Hotel features white cave-style houses that cling to the cliffside, providing outstanding views of the Aegean and caldera below.

Meanwhile, the service at this acclaimed property is excellent, the rooms are extremely comfortable and the grounds are spectacular.

On top of a breathtaking swimming pool, notable amenities include a bar, library, Wi-Fi, and free parking.

The property also boasts an incredible honeymoon suite with an outdoor river-like Jacuzzi, perfect for unforgettable moments of privacy and romance.

 

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