Ah, honeymoon. Post-nuptial, pre-thank-you note, the real icing on the cake you didn’t get to eat. You’ll only do it once (ahem), so splurge. Our advice: Stay longer and check out two resorts. After all, the best things come in pairs.
Were the insanely romantic French Polynesian Islands invented for honeymoons? (They’re easy to access, too: Air Tahiti Nui flies direct from New York and Los Angeles to Tahiti.) At the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa, the private deck on your overwater bungalow leads straight to aquamarine water. No shared walls means you won’t wake the neighbors.
After getting high on R&R, head to Huahine and the Te Tiare Resort for amazing snorkeling and horseback riding on deserted beaches. If you want to commemorate your honeymoon with something permanent, the town’s tattoo artists are rumored to be among the world’s best.
The Other Riviera
Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a perfect playground for lovebirds: quiet beaches, warm tropical breezes, crystal-clear water, and lots of good tequila. At the super-luxurious Ikal del Mar, labyrinthine pathways wind through the jungle and rooms are tucked between the trees. Tired? Get a hammock massage at the beachfront spa.
The country’s most romantic beach is down the road at Maroma. The spa’s therapists are accustomed to catering to the stars, and the restaurant will book you the lone table at the top of the resort’s tower.
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If you’re not looking for tropical breezes (or bikinis), cozy up in British Columbia at the Wickaninnish on Vancouver Island for awe-inspiring ocean views, local wine and salmon, and dinner at the Pointe. Book the premier loft rooms overlooking Chesterman Beach.
Outdoorsy couples should then head to the Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts & Spa, a few miles away, for the most upscale camping in Canada. Wild strawberries and champagne delivered to your fully furnished tent? (Picture Adirondack furniture and Persian rugs.) Roughing it was never this romantic.
Everything will be blue on Crete, except you. Book a suite at Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas and watch out for the vertigo-inducing views of Mirabello Bay. Have dinner at Dionyssos and toast your new life with a wine from the 8,500-bottle cellar.
After a few days of pampering, check into a terraced room at Katikies Hotel in Santorini. Nibble on Greek treats by the pool, then have dinner at the intimate White Cave restaurant, where the service is as impressive as the seascape.
You need the break. You just survived a wedding.