7 Honeymoon Destinations That Don’t Require a Passport
We’d get married just to stay at one of these resorts.
A honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip, so why not splurge on amazing accommodations? If you’re looking for a truly spectacular stay, try one of these seven hotels and resorts – you won’t even have to pack your passport.
The Florida Keys: Little Palm Island
If you’re never considered Florida as a romantic honeymoon destination, then you’ve never seen Little Palm Island. Located on a private island (guests arrive by sea plane) surrounded by aquamarine waters, the ultra-secluded resort feels worlds away from Orlando and Miami. Honeymooners can stay in one of the thatched-roof bungalows where there’s nothing to distract you from each other – the resort is largely isolated from technology with limited cell phone service and no television.
Rates start at $690/night; www.littlepalmisland.com
Napa Valley, California: Auberge du Soleil
Nestled among 33 acres of California olive groves, this French-inspired property is one of wine country’s most romantic spots. First recognized for its Michelin-starred restaurant, Auberge du Soleil also rakes in raves for its sun-soaked pool, lavish spa treatments, and tastefully appointed rooms. Once you’ve hit the surrounding vineyards, let the concierge arrange an hot air balloon tour of the valley, or stay closer to home with a stroll through the property’s sculpture garden and a wine tasting from the 15,000-bottle, on-site cellar.
Rates start at $675/night; aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com
Puerto Rico: Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Photo credit: Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Fronting the beach and surrounded by lush jungle, this former plantation was once owned by Laurance Rockefeller. Today, it’s one of the island’s most luxurious resorts with a design that brings the outdoors in at every opportunity. For the ultimate experience, spring for a room with a private plunge pool, then spend your days snorkeling the nearby coral reefs, indulging in treatments at the spa, and dining at Mi Casa, Jose Andres’ on-site tapas restaurant.
Rates start at $799/night; www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/puerto-rico/dorado-beach
Big Sur, California: Post Ranch Inn
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Perched 1,200 feet above the rugged Pacific coastline, crashing waves are visible just about everywhere – from the infinity pool, the dining room, and your room’s giant picture windows and private deck – at the Post Ranch Inn. As if that’s not enough incentive to stay here, the property also boasts a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning restaurant. The property’s 39 rooms feature sustainable materials, and the towns of Carmel and Monterey are just a short drive away.
Rates start at $825/night; www.postranchinn.com
When celebrities want ultimate privacy, they retreat to Utah’s stark desert landscape for a stay at this remote property. The dramatic cement-based design blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, and each suite features open terraces or outdoor lounges for spectacular stargazing. As part of the Aman group, expect unbeatable service (in-room check-in); luxurious amenities (fireplaces, soaking tubs, spa treatments inspired by Navajo healing traditions); and cuisine featuring the flavors of the American Southwest.
Rates start at $1,250/night; www.aman.com/resorts/amangiri
Vermont: Twin Farms
You won’t need a passport or a plane ticket to arrive at this idyllic slice of Vermont’s countryside. Twin Farms’ 18th-century farmhouse has all the charm of a B&B, with the amenities of a luxurious, all-inclusive resort. The price tag is big, but a stay in one of the wood-paneled cottages with stone hot tubs and fireplaces overlooking the rolling landscape is worth every penny. Also worth it (and included in the price) is dining here: from a locally sourced breakfast, to Champagne by the fire, to dinner in the candlelit dining room, which draws foodies from across the country.
Rates start at $1,500/night; www.twinfarms.com
Hawaii: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
The fiftieth state is a classic honeymoon destination, but there’s nothing conventional about the Andaz Maui. Opened in 2014, the property is delightfully modern with a streamlined, minimalist design featuring warm wood interiors and panoramic views. Spend days on the beach or in the water, then retreat to the resort for drinks (you did book a room with a private lanai, didn’t you?) and dinner at Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s on-site restaurant.
Rates start at $474/night; www.maui.andaz.hyatt.com