North America

Honeymoon Delights

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2010

windsor court hotel New Orleans is known for its sultry climate, indulgent cuisine and soulful music, and the 325-room Windsor Court embodies the opulent manifestation of this sultry city to a tee. Just a short walk from the historic French Quarter, the resort offers almost all suites, which come with their own balconies overlooking either the city skyline or the Mississippi River, custom-made furniture, and English-style decor. There are also onsite massage services for couples to enjoy in the privacy of their own room, or they can have a romantic dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, The Grill Room. Not to miss is the Polo Club Lounge, which offers up a menu of jazz artists and tasty libations amidst dark woods, intimate lighting, and overstuffed chairs and sofas. It also boasts one of the city’s largest cognac collections, as well as an extensive martini menu, prepared by the city’s famed mixologist Roger Blais, named one of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Greatest Hotel Bartenders.” Of course, what awaits outside the hotel is just as fantastic, whether for dining pleasures, historic exploration, architectural pursuits, jazz events or vampire and ghostly encounters—New Orleans is a wonderfully mystical city that offers up magical surprises around every corner. Honeymoon package to come!!!

the ritz-carlton, key biscayne What better way to start a married life together than by going on a Sensory Odyssey, the type offered at the only five-diamond resort in Miami, the 450-room Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. It’s a 5-course, aphrodisiac-infused dinner served by a private butler in an oceanfront gazebo bathed in candlelight, filled with rose petals, and accompanied by a serenading musician. The menu for this journey is personalized and the wine selection is handled by the resort’s sommelier. All this set along what has been hailed as one of the world’s best beaches. Rates for the Sensory Odyssey are $1,200 a couple for dinner; $500 to rent the gazebo. Elsewhere on this grand property, couples will love snuggling together on a beachside hammock, sampling from the largest collection of tequilas in South Florida or from the 52 rums at the Havana-inspired RUMBAR, and feasting on one of the best Sunday brunches we’ve ever come across. It’s a great locale, because couples will be close to the thrills of South Beach, but not in the throes of it so they’ll feel a world apart. The Suite Dreams honeymoon package, with rates starting at $739 per night, includes three nights in an oceanview suite, daily breakfast buffet for two in Cioppino or breakfast of equal value through in-room dining, one dinner of $80 value in Cioppino, two 50-minute Key Biscayne Signature Massage treatments; late check-out at 2 p.m. and other goodies.

w south beach We just couldn’t keep racy South Beach off this top 10 list—and the steamy W South Beach, with 334 rooms and bungalows, turns any honeymoon sizzle up a notch or two. This oceanfront resort is in the heart of Miami’s hottest nightlife and offers up a decadent feast with the chic Mr Chow and Solea dining venues, six cool bars, the famed Living Room, the Bliss Spa, and WET, a heated outdoor affair complete with poolside service and sunblock application assistance, as well as nine private cabanas plus a larger VIP cabana filled with flat-screen TVs and other amenities. Couples can also hang out in the resort’s luxurious tropical lounge amid swaying palms, or if they want to steal a quiet moment together, there’s the blue lagoon, a serene and cool pool in the sanctuary of the Grove gardens. Guestrooms come with fun names like Fabulous Studio, Marvelous Suites, Cool Corner Suite and E-Wow Suite—one can only imagine the goodies they’ve stocked within. Being a W, the resort offers a slew of packages that honeymooners will crave—from the Turn the Lights Down Low, which includes a chef-assisted private dinner menu with paired bottle of wine, rose petals at turndown, and a Wonderful room, to the Tease, Tempt and Tantalize at W!, which includes exclusive Jimmyjane SPIN ME game, feather tickler, and seduction sash, box of Max Brenner chocolates, bottle of bubbly, and late check-out. Rates vary per package.

soho house new york For sophisticated couples yearning to paint the town red in New York City, we’ve found a hip jewel in the Meatpacking District—one that only recently became available for travel agent bookings and has been a celebrity haunt for some time. It’s the 24-guestroom Soho House New York and exclusivity is what it’s all about here as this is also a private members’ club. Guestrooms are individually designed, with this former warehouse’s raw walls still exposed and complemented with unique crystal chandeliers and pop furniture. Playful room names range from the snug Playpen to the opulent Playground, with velvet curtains, Moroccan pouffes, Tibetan rugs, and an egg-shaped bath in the bedroom, placed in front of an 8-ft.-high Venetian mirror. In their temporary residence, honeymooners can indulge at the Cowshed spa, dine in the intimate Restaurant, lounge on the 39-ft. Chesterfield sofa at The Bar, or watch a pre-release, art house or experimental film in the Screening Room. And they should definitely stop by the rooftop pool, with views over West Village and the Hudson River. The hotel’s Newly Formed Two-Members Club package, with rates at $1,795 per night, inclusive, includes dinner for two and a bottle of champagne on the hotel’s rooftop pool, a couples massage at the Cowshed spa, accommodations in a Playground suite, where a bath for two will be drawn with rose petals and candles. Of course, the sounds, shopping, and culture of New York City are right outside this temporary residence. Book via utellagent.com, through the GDS using the UI chain code.