Honeymoon Delights

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the pierre In a city known for its architectural marvels, why not book your classically inclined honeymooners in one of these opulent edifices. The Pierre, a mainstay of the New York City landscape since the 1930s, is a true Georgian-style gem and with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces at the helm of this property, honeymooners will be lavishly catered to from the moment they step off Fifth Avenue into this iconic hotel. This is New York City at its finest and is now one of the city’s newest AAA five-diamond properties, offering 189 guestrooms, including 49 suites. And it’s those suite categories that are ideal for honeymooners. To be exact, they refer to one of the 10 Grand Suites, which come with names such as the Getty Suite, the Hutton Suite, and the Park Suite and feature hand-colored wood engravings that depict various historic scenes of New York related to the suites’ namesakes. They also come with custom furnishings and elegant details such as rich silk and brocade fabrics, Murano glass chandeliers, hand-knotted carpets and subtle couture touches that reflect the Indian heritage of Taj Hotels. It’s simply divine and couples won’t get enough of it. Add to that views of Central Park, new restaurants—including the brasserie-style Le Caprice—a location only steps from Madison Avenue and the city’s museum and cultural centers, and history dripping all around them, and this is a great start to a marriage made in heaven. Call for Grand Suite rates.

chatham bars inn For a quintessential New England seaside honeymoon, the Chatham Bars Inn—an oceanfront luxury resort—is the ideal haven. Here, newlyweds will wake up to the gentle sound of the surf breaking against the shore on the inn’s private sandy beach or unwind watching the sun set from their private balcony overlooking the ocean. It’s pure relaxation in this 1914 Cape Cod landmark. The historic main inn offers luxuriously appointed guestrooms and private suites, while the recently constructed cottages with luxurious bathrooms are nestled throughout the property, many of which have balconies, decks or terraces with views of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the new Spa Suites, though, that we just can’t get enough of—designed to facilitate in-room treatments, they provide an adults-only sanctuary with easy access to the adjacent spa and outdoor relaxation pool. These 12 suites are heavenly with oversized hydrotherapy tubs, saunas, massage tables and fireplaces, all complemented by soothing colors, a loft-like layout, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Couples will have access to the spa’s Japanese Zen Garden, the perfect spot for rest and quiet contemplation. When not reaching Nirvana, couples can go exploring along the “Cape,” with its sandy dunes and quaint town centers, including the nearby islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, which can be accessed from the resort via private boat. There’s also whale watching, barrier beach walks, tennis, croquet, biking along secluded spots and private in-room dining. Rates for the Spa Suites vary.

clayoquot wilderness resort
How better to begin a new life together than by truly getting away from it all and going “glamping,” or glamorous camping? At the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia, Canada, balmy summer days and wild nights inspire romance and relaxation, and the heady rainforest air is as pure and intoxicating as new love. Your honeymooning clients will adore this place. It’s an enclave inspired by the late-19th century “Great Camps” and features 20 great white canvas guest tents, massage and treatment tents, dining tents, lounge tents and a massive timber cookhouse set amidst the dense bush in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve area, in one of the best intact examples of temperate rainforest left on earth. Here, the untamed wilderness, superb service and intimate scale come together in a delightful recipe that inspires romance. Newlyweds will delight in candlelit dinners for two, a tandem massage overlooking Bedwell River, or a horse-drawn wagon ride that whisks them off to a secluded beach or river valley meadow. Other things they’ll love: the wood-fired hot tubs and saunas and the new yoga studio. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers 3-, 4- and 7-night all-inclusive packages that include return airfare from Vancouver to the resort, deluxe accommodation, all meals, snacks and beverages (including alcohol), massage treatments and guided activities including fishing, horseback riding, whale and bear watching, ocean and river kayaking, hiking, and a bevy of other attractions. Through Sept. 1, rates start at $5,380 pp, all-inclusive for a 3-night Thursday to Sunday stay.