Honeymoon Delights

For honeymooners, we’ve found a few hotels that rock right here on our home turf.

st. regis princevilleJust last year, Hawaii received quite an addition to its hotel landscape—the first St. Regis-branded hotel on the islands. Being that it’s a St. Regis, its service, of course, is unquestionable. But the real lure here for newlyweds is the dreamy scenery. Situated on the North Shore of Kauai, the 252-guestroom resort cozies up to the emerald-green Hanalei Valley and overlooks the Napali Coast—it’s surrounded by five mountains, a patchwork of taro farms, a wildlife refuge, equestrian paths and hiking trails. Amidst this setting, couples can spoil themselves with the resort’s hallmark Butler Service, plunge into the bay-view infinity pool, have a candlelit dinner, relax in a beach cabana, and get bathed in Hawaii’s flowers and fruits in the 10,000-sq.-ft. Halele’a Spa. Recommend one of the resort’s oceanview accommodations—couples will wake each day to glorious views of the turquoise-blue water and stunning mountains. Offsite, there is horseback riding along sea cliffs, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, hiking in the rainforest, shopping for native handicrafts and getting lost together in secluded coves. The Seduction at St. Regis package, with rates starting at $495, offers up breakfast for two each morning in room or at the restaurant, a bottle of champagne and accommodations adorned with freshly cut flowers. Or, the Spa Experience package includes a garden-view room starting at $410 per night and two 60-minute spa treatments per night per room from a select menu. Regular rates start at $850 per night.

montage laguna beach Located on 30 oceanfront acres in the heart of the picturesque arts community of Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach is a 250-room property that offers the ambiance of a residential-style grand estate with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame panoramic ocean views and paths that invite couples to go exploring among lush gardens and a 50-ft. ocean bluff. With muted color schemes, rich woods, and authentic Early California plein air landscape paintings (painted in the open-air) throughout the public areas and guestrooms, this is the place for honeymooners to destress after a grand wedding affair. Guestrooms all come with ocean views, feather-top beds, 100 percent goose-down pillows and estate-quality furnishings. Spa treats, of course, are a must as the resort is home to a 20,000-sq.-ft. indoor/outdoor spa with specialty treatment rooms with outdoor relaxation and plunge pool. The hotel offers a 5-night, all-inclusive honeymoon package that includes chauffeured airport transport, Bungalow Suite accommodations, daily customized spa treatments, explorations and private dining experiences, sunset yoga on the beach, breakfast for two in a poolside cabana, ocean kayaking and beach walk with a private beach butler, private fitness training, personalized cooking demo in Studio’s kitchen with executive chef James Boyce and more. Pricing varies. Other heavenly romantic delights include a plein air painting ($200 pp); and a Sunrise Surfing session for two with private beach butler and gift of matching surf or boogie boards (with surfboards, price is $550). The resort, in fact, has romance artists so no romantic request is out of the question.

four seasons resort scottsdale at troon north Located high in the lush Sonoran Desert, amidst the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, this 210-room Four Seasons desert resort is a top pick for active honeymooners. The exotic desert scenery is theirs to explore via hiking or on a jeep tour and they can use one of the resort’s casitas as home base. And those casitas—which come in four categories—are ideal for a romantic rendezvous. The Premier Casita accommodations, for example, offer dramatic views—whether it be the serrated mountain peaks and boulders, the valley and sparkling city lights below, the two-tiered lagoon-style pool or the surrounding Sonoran Desert. It also features custom furnishings and handmade Huichol Indian yarn art, as well as a gas fireplace and private balcony or patio. Couples can indulge in Mexican cuisine at either the onsite Talavera or Crescent Moon restaurants; take an afternoon shopping excursion to Scottsdale’s Old Town, where the “hubbie” can purchase indigenous Southwestern jewelry for his new wife; enjoy a celestial picnic under the stars, complete with a meal, a telescope and a celestial chart; go golfing or have a spa treatment for two. Or, the resort recommends, even take a shuttle to the Greasewood Flat to enjoy an authentic Southwestern burger in a 120-year-old bunkhouse. The resort’s Desert Romance package includes breakfast credit for two daily of up to $65; dinner credit for two in Talavera of up to $160; champagne welcome amenity; rose petal turndown service; tax and gratuity on dining credit; and casita accommodations. Rates start from $407 per night for a Desert Garden Casita room.