Five Luxury Honeymoon Destinations: Where to Stay & What to Do

July 30, 2019 by Rachelle

Ask any couple in the throes of wedding planning and they’ll tell you that they are most excited for their luxury honeymoon. It is a once in a lifetime trip and you are allowed to spare no expense. Therefore, luxury, privacy, and relaxation have become the standard for an incredible honeymoon. As a result, we have found that more and more couples are thinking outside the honeymoon suite and are opting for private luxury homes without giving up the 5-star amenities of a luxury hotel. Tour with us 5 top romantic locations, incredible private accommodations, and exciting activities for your ultimate luxury honeymoon escape!

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#1 Park City, UT

Not every honeymoon requires a beach. Head to the mountains instead. This historic mountain town embodies small-town charm yet has a flair for luxury. There is world-class dining, skiing, shopping, hiking, biking, and some of the finest private accommodations in the country. The bustling Main Street is home to cozy après ski haunts in the winter and in the summer you can stroll the galleries and shops in the mild mountain weather.

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Parkite Penthouse

For in-town style, stay at the Parkite: Penthouse on Historic Main Street. With the bustle of Main below, you have a bird’s eye view of the historic homes, rolling hills, and the vibrant lights of Utah’s favorite mountain town.

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Colony Panorama

For a distinct sense of seclusion without sacrificing on amenities or style, head up the mountain to Colony Panorama. Hemmed in to the side of Iron Mountain, the balcony offers sweeping views of White Pine Canyon and the ski-in/ski-out access is perfect for your mountain escape.

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Dine

Park City has no end of acclaimed restaurants to enjoy. But for your luxury honeymoon, we think that you should enjoy an intimate meal in. Your concierge can either deliver ingredients to your home or send a private chef to prepare a meal to your specifications.

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Get outside

Considered an outdoor enthusiast paradise, there is no shortage of outdoor activities. Explore some of Park City’s endless amount of trails, enjoy any number of water activities like stand up paddleboarding on the Jordanelle Reservoir, or adventure the local festivals and fare. There is no end to the exciting activities and events in Park City.

 

 

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#2 Palm Springs, CA

In the 1950s this desert oasis was the stomping grounds of Hollywood’s elite; a mecca of mid-century architecture, with pristine golf courses, unique watering holes, and eclectic galleries. Paying homage to days past, Palm Springs has managed to retain the laissez-faire approach and bespoke charm of a bygone era while ushering in a modern vibrancy. We can think of no better way to relax after your nuptials than to sit poolside with a Tom Collins or Gimlet, play a round of golf on the same ground where Sinatra strolled, and melt your stress away at one of the areas world-renown day spas.

Where to Stay:

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Artful Desert Paradise

This meticulously restored mid-century modern estate embodies the Palm Springs lifestyle and places you close to the best that the area has to offer. Enjoy your luxury honeymoon in classic Palm Springs style.

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Desert Fortress

With modern-minimalist design throughout, Desert Fortress is the perfect getaway for discerning honeymooners seeking the utmost in luxury. The outdoor space is a private oasis with a pristine pool and hot tub and offers a distinct sense of seclusion.

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Stroll Local Galleries

Take an art crawl up Palm Canyon Drive. This strip offers an assortment of installations, from the refined to the local and eclectic. Come enjoy works from the artists and makers that have shaped the culture of this desert city.

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Golf

No matter where you are in Palm Springs, you are not far from a plush, green course. You can rent clubs and a cart and cruise along the sandtraps and manicured grass. Take a swing (forget the scorecard) and take in the stunning landscape. Even if you don’t know how to golf, enjoy a few lessons in this renowned golf destination.

 

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#3 Belize

This Central American gem offers the same azure waters and pristine sands of better-known beach destinations but is still a traveler’s secret. As a result, you can enjoy the ocean breeze without the swarms of tourists. Despite its rise in popularity, Belize has maintained authenticity, showcasing its vibrant cultures and protecting the natural resources that make this country special. You could take it slow, opting for a lazy and romantic vacation or you could set out into the water and the rain forest for a bit of adventure. This Central American gem is ideal for any luxury honeymoon.

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Kanu Private Island

Enjoy an entirely private, all-inclusive caye with meals prepared by a personal chef, local beverages including beer and spirits, concierge services, personal boat captain, on-site massages, unlimited use of kayaks, paddleboards, catamaran, and snorkeling gear! There is no other luxury escape that compares to your own private island honeymoon.

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Pedro’s Caribbean Escape

Pedro’s Caribbean Escape is a private beachfront home in the heart of San Pedro.  The location is unmatched. Soak up the sun on the beach while the waves roll in, charter a fishing boat for the day, or take a dip in your private pool overlooking the ocean.

 

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Get outside

Zipline through one of the most untouched rain forests in Central America, tour the jungle by horseback or ATV hundreds of miles of trails then cool off in any of several kayaks or canoe tours. You could snorkel the Great Blue Hole, or swim with the docile whale shark.

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Relax

Embrace the slow tropical pace. Spend a day with your toes in the sand. Nothing will melt the wedding stress away like the sound of waves breaking on the beach. Later in the day have your concierge schedule a couple’s massage in the privacy of your rental home.

 

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# 4 Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe in the summertime is truly amazing. The beaches and quaint waterfront towns are buzzing with excitement. Although this area is best known for its skiing during the winter, the area transforms into a lush Eden in the summer months. You can visit local breweries, mountain bike the flume trail, swim in the lake, paddleboard, or hike. For the adventurous couple, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to enjoy your first trip as newlyweds.

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Bear Claw Estate

Watch the sunset over Lake Tahoe from stunning Bear Claw Estate with a private indoor pool. This secluded haven is the perfect retreat for a honeymooning couple. Head down to the lake to peruse the shops and eclectic restaurants or stay on the grounds to relax and enjoy.

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Vista At Incline Village

Vista at Incline Village is perched high above the city center and the shoreline of Crystal Bay. From either of the balconies, you can see the blue water of Lake Tahoe peeking through the trees and is just five minutes to Burnt Cedar Beach.

 

What to Do: 

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Cliff dive the Angora Lakes

Hike up to Angora Lakes above Fallen Leaf Lake. These two large lakes have a small store that serves snacks and they provide rental kayaks and canoes. This clear swimming hole is known for its tall cliffs where the more adventurous among us can dive into the cool water below.

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Parasailing

Get a bird’s eye view of one of the most crystal-clear lakes in the country from 1200 feet in the air. You will not soon forget this heart-pumping Tahoe pastime.

 

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#5 Wine Country, CA

From rugged coastal ranges to lush, gently rolling hills, rows upon rows of delineated vineyards blanket this slice of Northern California. Just an easy hour’s drive from the bustle of San Francisco, this region is home to hundreds of wineries that range from the rustic to the elegant. Hike among towering redwoods, take a drive to an inviting small town, or rejuvenate yourself at a day spa. California wine country defies typecasting; it is both a bit rugged and refined. Come and enjoy a romantic escape and experience all that this wine lover’s paradise has to offer.

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Villa Capricho Vineyard Estate

Escape to this whimsical old-world estate to sample wine and enjoy a romantic escape with your partner. With a location that provides incredible solitude for its guests, as well as offering a convenient location to downtown Napa, local wineries, and San Francisco.

 

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Taste wine, of course

Whether you are in Napa or Sonoma there are hundreds of boutique vintners to explore. Your local concierge can help you plan your tour, set up transportation, and later they can have a private chef create a meal to pair with your favorite bottle.

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Take a Balloon Ride

Soar over rows and rows of vineyards, national forests and experience the thrill of a lifetime when you take off on a breathtaking hot air balloon flight high above the Napa Valley.

 

We want your first trip as newlyweds to be a memorable experience filled with new experiences and devoid of stress. At Utopian, we specialize in curating high-end luxury travel and have helped couples execute the grand, romantic getaways that they have always imagined. We have service-focused reservations and concierge team that can help you plan your hiatus – from transportation to dinner recommendations, scheduling spa treatments, activities and more. Our team aims to ensure that you and your partner can unwind and truly enjoy each others company.

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