(credit: Bardessono Hotel)
After the wedding ceremony is over and a delightful celebration is shared by family and loved ones, the newly wedded couple typically celebrates their marriage again with their honeymoon. There are several popular honeymoon destinations throughout the country, from romantic hideaways to luxurious all-inclusive resorts. Each of the following properties are among the nation’s top-ranked hotels for romance and honeymoons, based upon a collection of internationally recognized travel and guest review sites. The following are five of the best over-the-top U.S. honeymoon destinations.
6526 Yount St.
Yountville, CA 94599
The California Wine Country is one of the country’s most romantic destinations, featuring some of the world’s best wineries, restaurants and luxury resorts. One of the finest elite resorts is Bardesonno (pictured). This boutique hotel is just one of three hotels nationwide awarded an LEED Platinum certification and is the top ranked 2013 Most Romantic Hotel in the U.S. from Trip Advisor. Guests may choose from a handful of luxury accommodations, including the Spa-Suite, with a romantic fireplace, champagne bathtub and spa and custom-crafted furnishings. Also on the property is the award-winning Lucy Restaurant and Bar, whose menu offers farm fresh ingredients and an extensive wine list, a luxury spa and rooftop pool. Bardessono is within walking distance from several well-known wine tasting rooms, in addition to arguably the finest restaurant in the world, the French Laundry.
The Inn of the Five Graces
150 E. DeVargas St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Located within one of Santa Fe’s most historic neighborhoods, this top-ranking romantic hotel’s name refers to the Tibetan five graces (senses) of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. Described as a fusion of Tibetan and East Indian ideals blended in a unique Southwestern setting, this exotically gorgeous hotel offers a number of lavish accommodations and hotel packages, like the Romancing the Senses package, with two nights accommodations, Southwest-inspired breakfasts, rose petals surrounding the room and bath after dining, along with chocolate-covered strawberries and massages for two. The Inn of the Five Graces ranked at the top among the 2013 Top 25 Small Hotels in the U.S., number three among Top 10 Hotels for Romance by Trip Advisor and number one in the 2013 Best Hotels in New Mexico by U.S. News.
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
2251 Poipu Road
Koloa, HI 96756
It’s nearly an impossible task to list just one romantic destination from the Hawaiian Islands, but Koa Kea is hard to ignore. Located on the less touristy island of Kauai, this luxurious beachfront boutique hotel ranked second only to California’s Bardessono as the 2013 Top Hotel for Romance by Trip Advisor. Complementing the resort is one of the nation’s top-ranked beaches, Poipu Beach, just steps away from the hotel. For honeymoon packages, the hotel offers a Tropical Desire Package with a three night minimum at $615 per night, including a guestroom for two, daily breakfast with mimosas, a dinner for two at the resort’s Red Salt restaurant, car rental and other amenities. Other hotel packages range from $349 per night for a garden view room to $489 per night for an ocean view room.
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Post Ranch Inn
47900 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
There is a good reason why this luxurious hideaway in Big Sur continually receives national honors from travel sites like Condé Nast, Travel and Leisure and Trip Advisor. With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and some of the world’s most beautiful coastlines, the Post Ranch Inn is the perfect setting for an unforgettable honeymoon. Honeymoon packages are available from two to five nights with an additional customized option. The two-night package includes luxurious accommodations, champagne upon arrival, daily gourmet breakfasts and four-course dinner at the award-winning Sierra Mar, spa treatments and activities and amenities such as guided nature walks, yoga, fitness room, swimming pool and its world-acclaimed heated infinity spas, with incomparable views of the wondrous beauty in Big Sur.
The Setai, Miami Beach
2001 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33139
Just a few minutes walk from Miami’s white sandy beaches, The Setai is an extravagant hotel with all the elite amenities desired for a relaxing honeymoon. Guests may choose impeccably furnished luxury suites from either the famed Art Deco Building or The Tower Building, with panoramic views of South Beach from The Penthouse. Setai Miami Beach has four dining facilities, including the multi-award winning The Restaurant, recently listed as one of the 10 Great Hotel Restaurants of the World by Hotels magazine. Setai Miami Beach is a consistent winner of awards from travel sites, including leading honors for U.S. Best Hotel and Best Spa from U.S. News, Condé Nast and Travel and Leisure. In addition to enjoying the spectacularly warm waters at South Beach, with temperatures ranging from the upper 70s to the mid 80s, the hotel also offers three magnificent beachfront swimming pools.
Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com.