North America

Kiss and Tell

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

 

What happens during a honeymoon stays with the couple—nobody really wants to kiss and tell—but give your clients something to talk about back home by sending them off to some of the most enchanting resorts in the U.S. & Canada.

 

 

four seasons resort hualalai at historic ka‘upulehu It’s off to Hawaii’s Big Island for this sojourn, with a secluded stay at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu, located on a stretch of beach on northwest Kona Coast, with the Hualalai Volcano as a backdrop. Here, the newlywed’s life together as a married couple will begin amidst ancient black lava rock, towering coconut palms, white sand beaches and an azure sea, proving there truly is an opportunity for memories and photographs at every turn. With 192 guestrooms and 51 suites and villas, accommodations take their influence from the environment with earth-toned fabrics and furnishings adorning the interiors and bamboo, while thatch and slate connect the structures. Accommodations—which range from oceanfront rooms to two magnificent villas—come with private lanai and outdoor lava rock showers gracing the lower units. For a perfect honeymoon, book one of the villas as they come with complimentary services such as massage treatments, daily amenities from the chef, and reserved seating at the pools—there are several—and beach. Couples can spend their evenings enjoying onsite dining—75 percent of the food served at the resort is from the Big Island—including opting for a private dinner on the beach with a customized menu. Other unique romantic “musts” are a hula class at the cultural center, a cooking class with the chef, a couple’s massage at the spa hale, a sunset champagne cruise, and, of course, exploring the natural magnificence that surrounds the resort, including one of our favorites—aHike and Explore Photographic Journey with a professional nature photographer.

A Bed and Breakfast package, which includes American breakfast daily for two and luxurious accommodations, begins at $660 per night for the Golf Oceanview room and ranges up to $9,430 per night for the Makaloa Villa.

Contact: (888) 340-5662; fourseasons.com/hualalai

cal-a-vie For newlyweds who want to start this part of their life together on the right foot, recommend the Cal-a-Vie resort in Vista, a lovely secluded valley 40 miles north of San Diego in California. This is the place from where they’ll leave feeling rejuvenated, exhilarated and ready to take on their new partnership with a clear head. This French Provencal health spa vacation retreat nestled on 200 acres, is embellished throughout with historical pieces and antiques from Europe. It features 32 spacious Mediterranean-style villas and combines luxurious European spa philosophies with the California concepts of fitness, health and nutrition. Each private villa is at least 400 sq. ft. and comes complete with a sun deck or private balcony. Here, each guest’s meals are tailored to their specific needs and daily caloric intake. The chef’s menu options highlight fresh, regional produce, unprocessed whole grains, lean protein, and no sugar, butter, cream or deep-frying technique is used. Additionally, healthy activities include cardio kickboxing, body sculpting, tennis, tai chi, water volleyball and Pilates, among other fitness classes. But couples might want to also opt for a private hike, yoga class or picnic.

The resort offers 3-, 4-, and 7-night spa vacation packages that include gourmet spa cuisine, fitness classes, hiking, beauty and spa treatments, mind-body awareness programs, lectures on health and nutrition, accommodations and even workout clothes. The 7-night European Plan (Sunday-Sunday), for example, is $8,195 pp.

Contact: (800) SPA-HAVENS; cal-a-vie.com

aria resort & casino In The Knot, Inc’s annual honeymoon study—which surveyed more than 12,000 U.S. couples—Vegas was voted one of the top domestic honeymoon locales, and we thought, well, if your clients are off to Vegas, why not send them to one of the city’s newest havens—the 4,004-guestroom ARIA Resort & Casino. Here, high above the Strip, they can retreat to their own “love loft”—the Sky Suites, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and panoramic views of the city and mountains, and featuring such personalized concierge services as a romantic in-room candlelit dinner and customized balloons and flowers covering every inch of the suite. Other onsite diversions include renting one of the 50 cabanas spread throughout the 215,000-sq.-ft. pool deck, with three main pools and one adults-only pool; dining in an intimate booth at the AAA four-diamond Sage, serving aphrodisiac cuisine such as market oysters with piquillo pepper and Tabasco sorbet; shopping at Kiki Boutique at Crystals, the first and only location to feature an exclusive couple’s dressing room and portrait booth; and a couple’s massage, of course, at the 80,000-sq.-ft., 2-level spa and salon, which features a Shio Salt room, a Fire Lounge, and the country’s first Japanese Ganbanyoku Stone Beds, as well as Las Vegas’ only co-ed balcony with an infinity-edge pool that overlooks the poolscape. Of course, there’s also gaming and shows—an infinite number—as well as delighting in all that is Vegas. This is the place for couples that want it all and love to indulge. Rates for suites range from $425 to $7,500.