Enchanting Honeymoons

Domini is one of three tree house-style honeymoon suites at Matangi Island in Fiji.


For brides- and grooms-to-be, the only thing that could possibly beat the excitement felt on the wedding day, is, of course, the honeymoon. Whether it’s spent perusing shops in an old European city or lying beachside in the South Pacific, a honeymoon is the ultimate getaway—and hotel packages with those extra perks and amenities for starry-eyed newlyweds can make a couple’s experience all the more memorable.

Rome is an ideal destination for newlyweds in search of culture, history, and not to mention, plenty of culinary delights. At the Hotel Hassler Roma, couples can book the Honeymoon package and enjoy 3-night deluxe guestroom accommodations; daily buffet breakfast in the Hassler’s Salone Eva or Palm Court Garden; a romantic chef’s tasting menu for two at Imago, the Hassler’s Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant; a couple’s massage at the Hassler’s Amorvero Spa; daily fresh fruit in-room; and a bottle of Prosecco wine upon arrival.

Package rates start at $2,389 and are available for stays through Dec. 20. For more information, visit hotelhasslerroma.com.

It doesn’t get much more luxurious than a stay at a Four Seasons property. That’s why we recommend a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong for jetsetting couples off to explore exotic China on their honeymoon. Situated on the waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour and the financial district, this property can create custom honeymoon experiences, including romantic activities like a champagne breakfast, massages at the spa, romantic candlelit dinners and a private tour of Hong Kong in a Bentley.

Honeymoon package rates vary depending on amenities chosen. Standard nightly rates start at approximately $550 per night. For more information, visit fourseasons.com/hongkong.

Meanwhile, Abercrombie & Kent offers several luxury journeys through Africa that are ideal for a memorable honeymoon experience. With the 8-day Best of South Africa tour, for instance, couples can explore bustling Cape Town, including a cableway ride up Table Mountain, a tour of the winelands and a visit to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

This trip also includes a “Big Five” safari experience at the Mala Mala Game Reserve in Johannesburg and optional add-on excursions to Zambia and Victoria Falls. Rates start at $8,015 pp dbl and include four nights in Cape Town at Cape Grace and three nights at the Mala Mala Game Reserve. For more information, visit abercrombiekent.com.

For those who really want to disconnect, recommend a stay at Matangi Private Island Resort in Fiji. The only property on Matangi Island in the northern Fiji islands, this resort offers an unspoiled tropical wilderness, pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear aquamarine waters and a romantic honeymoon getaway. Here, couples can enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, hiking and fishing, as well as relaxing on romantic Horseshoe Bay or unwinding at the spa.

The property’s Wedding Honeymoon Special, which is available for stays through March 2012, includes roundtrip international airfare between Los Angeles and Nadi, Fiji via Air Pacific; transfers to and from Matangi Private Island Resort; all meals and snacks; most activities including snorkeling, sea kayaking and windsurfing; a bottle of champagne; and a candlelit dinner on the beach.

Rates for a 7-day stay start at $3,262 pp dbl. For more information, visit matangi-island-fiji-resort.com.