The Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations for Wine Lovers

From the gorgeous scenery of South Africa’s Cape Winelands to France’s abundance of historic vineyards, the following prominent wine regions are among our favorite travel destinations for an unforgettable honeymoon getaway.

Cape Winelands, South Africa

Whether as a leisurely day trip from Cape Town, or a few days of solid R&R, the Cape Winelands are not to be missed. The Stellenbosch region was the first to create a formal route to access its now 200+ wine producers, and is dotted with boutique hotels, spa-like sanctuaries, fine-dining restaurants, and even informative museums which offer insight into the region’s deep history.

Nearby Franschhoek boasts beautiful landscapes, enriched with French Huguenot heritage, which is immediately evident in the region’s famed “Cap Classique” – the Cape’s take on Champagne. Its boho chic village is lined with bars and bistros, and a hop-on, hop-off wine tram makes traveling between estates a total joy.

Bordeaux, France

This world-renowned winemaking region is home to some of the most valuable and historic châteaux and vineyards (Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Lafite Rotschild).

With the Atlantic coast to the west, Medoc to the north, and Saint-Émilion to the east, Bordeaux is a perfect place from which to day-trip your way around France. It’s also the perfect gateway to Dordogne, the modern-day home of the ancient country of Perigord — filled with honey-colored medieval villages like Sarlat, more than 1,500 ancient castles, and even truffle markets (check out the stalls in Périgueux).

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Uno Valley, Argentina

Argentina’s Uco Valley is one of those rare places that is able to produce quality wines at high altitudes, making it a world-famous region for Malbecs and other red wines. It’s also totally remote and relaxing.

To taste the terroir, post up at The Vines of Mendoza, a 22-villa resort in the foothills of the Andes. It’s set on a 1,500 acre working vineyard, with spa-style bathrooms, en-suite fire pits, and an on-site restaurant imagined by Francis Mallmann. The Argentine super-chef applies his open-flame cooking techniques to regional dishes that showcase Argentina’s famous beef, like four-hours roasted lamb with Anna potatoes and watercress salad.

Napa Valley, California

Northern California’s grape-growing region is widely recognized as one of the premier places in the world for wine production. All the while, it has steadily become one of America’s top honeymoon destinations thanks to its beautiful landscape, diversity of activities offered, charming small towns, phenomenal dining choices, high-class wine making facilities, and elite resorts and inns.

For an incredible day, start with a tour of wine country from above via Napa Valley Balloons. Next, head to Schramsberg Winery outside of Calistoga, famous for its sparking wines, caves and majestic views.

In the afternoon, visit beautiful Hall Vineyards high atop the hills in Rutherford for a private tour before dinner at The Rutherford Grill.

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is known for its Assyrtiko grapes, which produces some very distinct but excellent dry white wines. After checking in to your hotel at the elegant Perivolas Santorini, make your way to Santo Wines, an exceptional winery situated high atop the caldera cliffs just south of Fira.

Stop in for a wine and food tasting right before soaking in a brilliant Santorini sunset. The property also features a deli shop where couples can purchase an assortment of wines plus traditional food products like capers, sun-dried tomatoes, and fava beans.

 

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Top 5 Restaurants for Your Oahu, Hawaii Honeymoon

Planning to travel to Hawaii for your upcoming honeymoon or anniversary trip? Be sure to add these five acclaimed Oahu restaurants to your itinerary.

Serving up everything from Hawaiian regional cuisine to the freshest sushi in America, we’re confident that each dining spot will deliver a meal to be remembered.

Mahina & Sun’s

Chef Ed Kenney offers his unique take on island cuisine, with a clear emphasis on utilizing local, organic ingredients. Located at the stylish Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, this hip, casual restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night (featuring expertly crafted cocktails).

Alan Wong’s Honolulu

Chef Alan Wong’s Honolulu flagship is Hawaiian regional cuisine at its finest. Menu items like macadamia nut-coconut crusted lamb chops and twice cooked short rib are heavenly, while the chef’s tasting menu stands out with an all-star lineup of delicious offerings.

Hoku’s at the Kahala Resort

Hoku’s is a fantastic choice for creative fusion food, as the restaurant merges Asian, Hawaiian, and European flavors to perfection. Expect a twist on contemporary island classics, like salt crusted rack of lamb or Kurobuta pork chop with Maui gold pineapple and shishito peppers.

Roy’s Waikiki

This dining destination is truly a honeymoon treat. Based in Waikiki, the restaurant is known as a pioneer of Hawaii regional cuisine and remains fabulous today with its top-notch wine list, decadent desserts, and signature fusion entree items.

Sushi Sasabune

Sushi fans flock to this South King St. favorite from all over the world. The main attraction is no doubt the restaurant’s unforgettable omakase sushi experience. Be sure to sit at the counter for an up-close glimpse at chef Seiji Kumagawa’s methodical preparation. You can go for the omakase or a la carte at the restaurant’s regular tables too.

 

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Photo courtesy of Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Essential Honeymoon Experiences: Flora Farms, Los Cabos, Mexico

Heading to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico or San Jose del Cabo for your honeymoon? Don’t miss a trip to Flora Farms, an exceptional restaurant located on a 10-acre working farm.

This organic farm “oasis” — tucked away in the desert hills just outside of San Jose del Cabo — serves up some of the best food and drink in all of Baja California.

From Caesar salad to oven roasted chicken to wood-fired pizza, every mouth-watering dish on the menu is sourced directly from the property.

Also, be sure to arrive early and experience Flora’s fantastic cocktail bar, shops, farm market, and daily farm tour.

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

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Photo: Flora Farms

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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Our Pick for Most Romantic Restaurant on Maui: Lahaina Grill

There are no oceanfront views or mountain settings here, but the overall excellence of Lahaina Grill will leave you with memories for years to come.

So what can you expect? Look forward to delicious seafood, American-inspired cuisine, and top-notch service in an elegant setting.

The Maui Onion and Sesame Seed Crusted Ahi Tuna entree is exceptional and just one of many featured items likely to leave you thoroughly satisfied.

The restaurant has also been named one of top places to eat in the United States by TripAdvisor, Yelp, Open Table and Honolulu Magazine.

www.lahainagrill.com

Lahaina, Maui

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