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Romantic Honeymoon Destinations for Each Type of Traveler
A selection of the choicest hotels, resorts, and lodges to host the honeymoon of a lifetime. After all, it usually happens only once.
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FOR THE NATURE LOVERS

Singapore


So near, yet seemingly a world away, the Capella Singapore offers a transporting escape in the heart of the city center. Set amid 30 acres of rainforest on the island of Sentosa, the resort offers the largest and most luxurious accommodations found in Singapore, with only 112 rooms, villas, and manors across the property. Boasting the largest inventory of private villas, each one features an outdoor plunge pool and shower, bedroom, separate sitting area, and an oversize bathroom. A marriage of colonial and modern architecture, Capella’s main building, a former British colonial military structure that dates back to the 1880s, is a rare masterpiece. The new annex was designed by Foster + Partners, led by renowned British architect Norman Foster. Not to be missed is a massage at the Auriga Spa and a dim sum lunch at Cassia, one of the finest Cantonese restaurants in town. The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore, +65.6377.8888; capellasingapore.com.

Serengeti

Given the rising number of wealthy tourists paying a visit to the swiftly developing cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as the beautiful Cape Winelands, there’s no better time to visit South Africa. The safari experience remains to be its biggest draw: In the last two decades, super-luxe game reserves have popped up left and right, allowing visitors to experience all the trappings of five-star accommodations while staking out precious wild animal sightings. Singita’s majestic lodges are spread out across thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, all ideally positioned along the migratory route traveled by millions of zebra and wildebeest yearly, and blend rustic furnishings with fabulous details à la Ralph Lauren. singita.com.  

New Zealand

Apart from stunning scenery and unrivaled opportunities for nature appreciation, New Zealand has warm, friendly locals and a flourishing dining scene (it’s said that there are more cafés in its capital per capita than in New York City) to be proud of. Most visitors head to the South Island for an adventure of a lifetime, but there are other spots worth visiting in the North Island within a scenic drive from the country’s two busiest cities. A lush, private enclave within the tourist-populated Huka Falls is Huka Lodge, a series of cottages designed by esteemed decorator Virginia Fisher. Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, and Miuccia Prada are just a few off the long list of distinguished guests that have been welcomed at the lodge. hukalodge.co.nz 

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The Seychelles

With stretches of powdery white sand, shimmering waters, coral sunsets, and nary another soul in sight, the Seychelles isn’t called the Galápagos of the Indian Ocean for nothing. Take your cues from Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who recently put the extravagant North Island in global headlines when they chose the premier resort for their honeymoon. Only 11 exquisite, 450-square-meter villas, each equipped with a private plunge pool, comprise the resort, which proudly honors its almost virgin environs and wildlife and encourages guests to do the same. There are four pristine beaches within reach, but the foremost attraction of this gloriously remote island is its inaccessibility. north-island.com. 

FOR BAREFOOT LUXURY

Pangulasian

Crystal clear waters, fine sand beaches, and those photogenic rock formations all make quite a strong case for why Pangulasian should be a definite option for a quick getaway. There are a handful of activities that come complimentary with a night at El Nido’s most exclusive island in Bacuit Bay, Palawan, including early morning snorkeling with sharks (supervised, of course), boat trips to the popular Big and Small Lagoons, and kayaking within the island’s spectacular mangroves. Take in 360-degree views of El Nido at sunrise or sunset on the lookout, a manageable half-hour trek away in the company of able guides. Pangulasian’s beach villas are steps away from the water, with the restaurant and library in close proximity, while pool villas each have a 22-square-meter pool on the balcony looking out to the sea. elnidoresorts.com. 

Dedon

Located in sleepy Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Dedon Island is three hours from Manila, or an hour from Cebu, owned by Belgian entrepreneur Bobby Dekeyser. Since Dekeyser also happens to own outdoor furniture brand Dedon, it’s no wonder the resort is so thoughtfully composed, with architects Jean-Marie Massaud and Daniel Pouzet taking charge of designing all nine glass-and-wood cabanas in the four-acre property, infusing each with locally made Dedon pieces. While you’ll be perfectly content to enjoy the peace and privacy of a resort that only accommodates 20 people at a time, there are also outdoor activities to try out, such as deep-sea fishing or surfing the famous break, Cloud 9. dedonisland.com.

 Eskaya

The 2013 earthquake may have destroyed a number of Bohol’s churches and historical sites, but its natural wonders fortunately remain intact. The island remains a majestic thing of beauty and there is much to see, like Eskaya, a sprawling, 16-hectare resort tucked away in Panglao, a fast one-and-a-half hour’s travel from Manila. Thatched villas of cogon and wood stand proud on clean white sand, and the cobalt waters appear even more beautiful from the vantage point of the presidential villa’s private infinity pool. Panglao is renowned for its diving, with a sea of ornate corals, schools of barracudas, as well as occasional appearances by octopus, and Eskaya offers three-hour certification courses so guests don’t miss out. eskayaresort.com. 

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FOR THE EUROPHILES

Venice

Like the city it calls home, Venice’s Hotel Cipriani boasts a storied past. It was founded in 1958 by Giuseppe Cipriani, who invented the Bellini cocktail, and has since welcomed the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Sophia Loren as well as a sparkling cast of Hollywood’s brightest: George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Daniel Craig, and Brad and Angelina Jolie. Commission the hotel’s private boat to explore the hundred little islands that make up northeastern Italy, including the renowned Murano, the center of Italian glassmaking. There are also the quintessentially Italian things to experience, of course, such as riding the iconic gondolas, strolling the cobblestoned roads, and trying out authentic gelato and pizza. hotelcipriani.com.

Gstaad

Known as the vacation haunt of European trust fund princesses and American icons like Jackie Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor, Gstaad is a quaint, picturesque ski village that hosts a number of upmarket boutiques, luxury lodges, and restaurants serving the famous Swiss fondue. The newest and finest in town is The Alpina, a chalet-style luxury hotel that was the first to rise in Gstaad in the last 100 years and cost a spectacular $337 million to build. Besides its prime location in Oberbort, Gstaad’s most exclusive area, its winningest features include a private cinema, a 21,000-square foot spa, and cathedral-style ceilings in the suites. A trip to Alpina can be as much for skiing as for gastronomic pleasure, too, with acclaimed executive chef Marcus Lindner heading the hotel’s Michelin-starred Restaurant Sommet. thealpinagstaad.ch 

Paris

Paris has a history of being overrun with honeymooners and tourists, but the charm of the beautiful French capital is a long way from wearing off. New to the city is the Peninsula Group’s introduction in Europe, the Peninsula Paris, which is situated along Avenue Kléber in the 16th arondissement, mere steps from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Èlysées, and debuts in August. Built over six long years, the Neo-classical building that was once the Majestic Hotel houses 200 more than 100 rooms and 45 suites. paris-peninsula.com.

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