The 6 Best Hotels in Los Cabos for a Honeymoon

Los Cabos is one of Mexico’s most picturesque and popular honeymoon destinations.

Along the Corredor Turistico, a highway that stretches from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, you’ll find world-class resorts, which are popular among wealthy tourists, honeymooners, and celebrities.

Read on for our top hotel picks for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon getaway to Los Cabos, Mexico.

Courtesy of Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort

 

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort The name translates to “window to paradise,” which is exactly the feeling you get upon checking into your spacious suite or villa, each with a private patio. The resort takes romance seriously: There’s an entire department dedicated to the art of love. Whether you book a live musical serenade, surprise your spouse by cooking him/her dinner (under the supervision of a talented Las Ventanas chef), or take a sunset horseback ride down the beach, your stay is guaranteed to be unforgettable.

One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos There are a few reasons why celebs like Jennifer Anniston and Ryan Seacrest are regulars at Palmilla: The butler service is top-notch, two of the restaurants are helmed by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and the resort also has direct access to Playa Palmilla, one of Cabo’s few swimming beaches.

Courtesy of The Resort at Pedregal

 

The Resort at Pedregal It’s impossible not to soak in the relaxing honeymoon vibes at a resort where every room and suite features an infinity-edge plunge pool, perfect for daily dips out on your private terrace overlooking the ocean. Other highlights include: treatments inspired by Mexican folk healing at the Luna y Mar spa, the carved-into-the-rocks El Farallón restaurant, and walkable accessibility to downtown Cabo San Lucas, accessed via the hotel’s private tunnel entrance.

Hotel El Ganzo This unique boutique hotel opened in 2013 and continues to stand out with its artsy offerings. There are in-house artists, performances by world-renowned musicians, and weekly movie nights on the roof. Located at Puerto Los Cabos, the hotel has a rare swimmable beach, two pools (including a rooftop infinity pool), four restaurants, and a spa. Rooms are cool and comfortable and each comes with either an ocean or marina view.

Courtesy of Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

 

Esperanza, an Auberge Resort Design-conscious and outdoorsy couples will want to make Espernaza their honeymoon home base, if only for the layout of their room: Each has a wall that can disappear, creating an indoor-outdoor flow onto a private veranda with sweeping views of both the Sea of Cortez and Punta Ballena (“Whale Point,” past which humpbacks migrate in winter). Be sure to make time for various activities at the resort, such as tequila tastings, cooking classes, and fitness classes.

Montage Los Cabos The newest kid on the block opened summer 2018 with 122 guest rooms and suites, plus 52 furnished residences. Couples can post up on the shores of Santa Maria Bay—a swimmable beach with reefs for snorkeling just beyond—or by one of the three idyllic pools. Unwind at the 40,000-square-foot full-service SpaMontage, or challenge one another to a round of golf on the Fred Couples-designed course. You can also expect healthy eats: The resort has a partnership with celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, who helped create balanced restaurant dishes using seasonal ingredients—so you can keep that wedding bod going through the honeymoon.

 

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Honeymoon with a View: Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam

Our latest edition of “Honeymoon with a View” takes us to historic Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Canal District, the stunning Ambassade Hotel is set within 10 beautiful canal houses built during the 17th century.

Overall romantic, comfortable and elegant, the hotel boasts 56 cozy rooms — many of which feature incredible views of the canal — along with exceptional dining and bar options, plus an impressive art gallery.

While situated in a quiet section of the city, the hotel is still nearby to top restaurants, museums, and other notable attractions, making it a great home base for newlyweds looking to explore “Venice of the North.”

Room: Grande Suite

View: Herengracht canal, one of three main canals in Amsterdam’s city center.

 

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Images courtesy of Ambassade Hotel

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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The Top 5 Hotels for a Honeymoon in Iceland

With awe-inspiring natural wonders like the Northern Lights, out-of-this-world outdoor pursuits, and a lively capital, it’s easy to see why Iceland ranks as one of our most popular European honeymoon destinations.

If you’ll be heading to the “land of fire and ice” for your ultimate getaway, drop your bags at any of these incredible hotels. Highlights include a brand new resort at the Blue Lagoon, an adventure hotel in the countryside, and boutique properties in Reykjavik.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Nearly every person who travels to Iceland makes time for a soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon, a naturally forming geothermal pool surrounded by 800-year-old lava fields. This blue-hued hot spring is not only an Instagram-must, but it also supposedly has healing properties (the average 100-degree waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur).

When the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland debuts in late-spring, couples will be able to stay overnight for the first time. The 62 suites open on to a private section of the lagoon, offering 24/7 access to the water (grab a complimentary Icelandic beer from the minibar before you dip in), plus other amenities like a subterranean spa and a high-end New Nordic restaurant, serving seven-course tasting menus at the chef’s table.

Hotel Ranga

Situated about 75 minutes from Rekyjavik, this charming hotel offers premium views of the aurora borealis. The 4-star property boasts a terrific on-site gourmet restaurant and comfy suites with Jacuzzis and specific country or continent themes.

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Here’s a great option for couples looking to embrace Iceland’s incredible landscape and plethora of outdoor recreation options. Highlights include 45 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, an on-site restaurant, and even a thermal pool. The 4-star adventure hotel is about an hour from Rekyjavik.

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

This harborside hotel is stylish, affordable, and overall a great option for newlyweds. On top of excellent food and drink options (read more about Slippbarinn above), guests can’t beat the cozy rooms and convenient marina location.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre

We’re huge fans of this boutique property close to Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main shopping avenue. On top of modern, cozy rooms, couples can enjoy bikes for exploring the city, complimentary artisanal daily breakfast, local art throughout the hotel, and evening tastings of local beers and spirits.

 

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Photo courtesy of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland