Week of October 28, 2019
Featured: Royal Hideaway Playacar, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Why We Love It: Adults-only and all-inclusive, Royal Hideaway Playacar sits on the white sands of an idyllic beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Featuring a top-notch spa, six restaurants serving up exceptional cuisine, and breathtaking views, the getaway serves as the perfect location for your destination wedding, honeymoon, or even bachelor or bachelorette getaway. Head to one of the six pools for some sun and relaxation, or schedule a scuba diving excursion to get your heart pumping. Local traditions come to life at the Club Royale dinner theater, offering weekly shows that explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of Mexico's treasured culture. Editor's Tip: Splurge on a Chef's Table gourmet tasting experience at Ventanas restaurant.
Week of October 21, 2019
Featured: Riu Palace Riviera Maya Hotel, Mexico
Why We Love It: The All-Inclusive Riu Palace Riviera Maya Hotel is exceptional if you have always dreamed about getting married by the sea, whether you are seeking an intimate ceremony for two or a special gathering with friends and family. RIU’s wedding packages include unique settings, highlights and amenities that will best suit your unique tastes and personalities. Spend some intimate time together after your special day, with the perfect Romantic Getaway package, which includes a candlelit dinner for two, couple's massage and more.
Week of October 15, 2019
Why We Love It: The roster of all-inclusive options at adults-only Sandals Emerald Bay is seemingly endless! Explore renowned tropical reefs, while coached by a PADI®-Certified SCUBA diving instructor, or tee off at the award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman. Play tennis, day or night, join a lively game of beach volleyball, or cool off in one of the largest zero-entry pools in the Caribbean, featuring a fire pit and swim-up bars. Indulge in a 5-Star Global Gourmet™ experience at any of 11 restaurants; and when it's cocktail time, there are six bars to choose from. Plus, unlimited premium brand liquors and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® wines are included! Live music and cultural performances, theme parties, and other festivities abound, making your Sandals honeymoon a party to remember.
Week of October 8, 2019
Featured: The Argosaronic Islands, Greece
Why We Love It: This network of islands in southern Greece reveal ancient history and natural beauty at every turn. Daily ferry service runs from Athens' port of Piraeus, making them a convenient option for day-tripping from the capital city. Visit impressive archeological ruins and relax on the pebbled and sandy beaches of Aegina. Stroll charming cobblestone streets and sail crystalline waters along the coast of Poros. Plus, you'll have the chance to explore unique volcanic terrain and soak in thermal baths on the Methana peninsula, which is home to 32 volcanoes. Other Greek island gems in the region are Agkistri, Hydra, Salamina and Spetses.
Week of September 30, 2019
Featured: Beaches® Turks & Caicos, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Why We Love It: Consistently awarded as the best family all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean by leading travel organizations, Beaches Turks & Caicos has all you will ever need to plan an unforgettable destination wedding. The idyllic Grace Bay location affords unparalleled tropical surroundings; an impressive lineup of amenities cater to groups and guests of all ages; and the spacious accommodations range from beachfront villas with butler service to poolside family suites. Test-Drive the resort with a two-night 5-Star Luxury-Included® stay starting at just $250 per couple, per night*. Chat with the resort wedding planners, look over venues, and sample wedding linens and cake options. Best of all, book 5+ rooms for your wedding group and you'll receive up to $600 credit*.
Visit: beaches.com/test-drive to learn more.
Week of September 23, 2019
Featured: TRS Yucatan Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Why We Love It: TRS Yucatan Hotel offers a romantic adults-only, all-inclusive retreat within the multi-resort Grand Palladium Riviera Maya complex. Many of the luxe modern suites include hydro-massage baths or private plunge pools; among them, the Romance Bungalows afford extra privacy, a lakeside terrace with kayak landing, plus an outdoor Mayan shower and hammocks. Also noteworthy are the Wellness Junior Suites, which are packaged with a personalized fitness program and dining menu, access to the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness hydrotherapy area, a couple's massage, and more. If you're seeking a sophisticated destination wedding, the beautiful array of collections from Weddings by Palladium, designed by celebrity wedding planner Karen Bussen, can be customized to suit your style, and are available at all TRS Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Week of September 16, 2019
Featured: Sandals® Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Why We Love It: This honeymooners' paradise has all the lavish amenities of a Sandals 5-Star Luxury Included® Resort— plus, a dreamy exclusive offshore island. Stay in a Swim-up Love Nest Butler Suite® with zero-entry access to a river pool. Ferry over to Sandals Cay for an unforgettable vacation-like-a-royal experience, where you'll find idyllic stretches of sand, a pool with swim-up bar, overwater hammocks (yes, please!), and a zen garden with firepit. For an extra dose of pampering, the award-winning Red Lane® Spa offers a selection of signature treatments especially for couples. Indulge in 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining at 10 restaurants and unlimited premium brand liquors at 8 bars. Plus, Butler Suite guests arrive in true Sandals style with VIP Rolls-Royce or Mercedes-Benz airport transfers.
Week of September 9, 2019
Featured: Hodges Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua
Why We Love It: Set on eight acres of lush tropical gardens and breathtaking beaches, the newly opened Hodges Bay Resort & Spa offers up an exclusive, luxurious honeymoon experience. Whether you and your partner prefer to lay on the white sandy beaches and enjoy a tropical cocktail or two, or kayak to nearby watering hole-meets-island, Prickly Pear Island, there’s an activity sure to spark interest. Book a classic suite with water views, or get the VIP experience with a villa featuring a private infinity pool, and incomparable butler service.
Week of September 2, 2019
Featured: Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono, PA
Why We Love It: Situated in the historically romantic Pocono Mountains in northeast Pennsylvania, this family-run, AAA Four-Diamond resort is no stranger to love. Couples seeking a laid-back, yet luxurious choice for their wedding, bachelor/bachelorette getaway, or simply a weekend of fun and pampering, are sure to be impressed. Mount Airy recently completed a $40 million renovation that includes brand new event spaces — perfect for any size celebration — plus an additional wing of richly-appointed rooms and suites. There is no shortage of entertainment, with a casino, spa, indoor/outdoor pool, and golf course on-site. The professional staff goes above and beyond to ensure an #extraordinAiry guest experience.
Week of August 19, 2019
Featured: Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida
Why We Love It: Stylish sophistication touches everything at Opal Sands, from the lobby decorated with original artwork to the zero-entry pool to the smartly-appointed accommodations. The wedding and event spaces are equally as crisp and modern, with options including a spectacular ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, reception rooms with private balconies, and an intimate oceanfront lawn. The Gulf views and sunsets are surreal from every angle, and you're literally just steps from the sand. Also within easy reach is an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and entertainment along Clearwater's energetic Beach Walk.
Week of August 12, 2019
Featured: Sandals® Grande St. Lucian, Gros-Islet, Saint Lucia
Why We Love It: If ever there was one resort to define the ultimate Caribbean honeymoon experience, the 5-Star Luxury Included® Sandals Grande St. Lucian checks all the boxes. Accommodations are literally designed with romance in mind; imagine lazing around in your beachfront Rondoval Suite with private plunge pool, stepping down into the sea from your Over-the-Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalow, or enjoying "swim-up" pool access directly from your patio. Plus, many suites offer spectacular extras like personal butler service, private hammocks, outdoor showers, and Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two. The beach is mesmerizingly perfect, and the 5-Star Global-Gourmet™ dining and extensive recreational options are top-notch.
Week of July 29, 2019
Featured: Franklin County, Florida; Credit: Franklin County Tourist Development Council
Why We Love It: Florida's Forgotten Coast is anything but. Situated in the heart of the Panhandle, there's no shortage of unspoiled white-sand beaches and natural splendor for the backdrop of your big-day celebration. Whether you're seeking a quiet ceremony right on the sand (no high-rises or bustling resorts here!) or a luxurious venue with historic appeal, the region is brimming with interesting locales. Tip: If you envision having fresh seafood and a raw bar at your wedding, this is the place to do it. The oysters are described as some of the best in the world!
Week of July 15, 2019
Featured: Riu Palace Costa Mujeres Hotel, Costa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico
Why We Love It: Destination weddings at the all-inclusive Riu Palace Costa Mujeres are exceptional, whether you are seeking an intimate ceremony for two or a special gathering with friends and family. Aside from the great value offered with their free wedding package, couples can receive 15% off Royal, Caprice and Indulgence packages booked for 2020 (restrictions apply). But it's not just about the weddings. Other highlights include a private beach area strewn with hammocks and umbrellas, swim-up bars and in-pool loungers, and select guest rooms with freestanding spa tubs and ocean-view plunge pools.
Week of July 8, 2019
Featured: St. Lucia
Why We Love It: The quintessential honeymoon destination, St. Lucia offers a seemingly endless roster of options for romantic moments. Imagine your luxurious villa with private plunge pool and surreal views of the towering Pitons. Stroll along the sugary white-sand beaches, create new memories at the island's drive-in volcano and Sulphur Springs Park, or savor sweet treats at a chocolate plantation.
Week of June 17, 2019
Why We Love It: In addition to beautiful beaches and sunshine, this region boasts beloved historic attractions, some of which also permit weddings! Imagine having your first look photo session at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, saying your vows with the St. Augustine Lighthouse as your backdrop, or having your first dance as a married couple at Flagler College's Grand Ballroom, which dates back to the 1800s.
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Week of May 13, 2019
Why We Love It: If this flower arch set on a white sandy beach isn't reason enough to plan a destination wedding at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, then we don't know what is! Situated on Florida's exclusive Sanibel Island, with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, the award-winning resort offers numerous indoor and outdoor venues, and customizable wedding packages for your style and budget. Plus, there are plenty of options to entertain guests of all ages, with a daily activities program, full-service spa, nearby nature and wildlife attractions, and more.
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Week of April 29, 2019
Why We Love It: This Captiva Island gem will make you feel like you're hosting your wedding on a luxurious, private island! The resort's old Florida charm, Gulf Coast tropical climate, and top-notch event planning services do not disappoint; and the 2.5-mile white-sand beach and 330-acre wildlife preserve only add to the appeal. Get married barefoot on the sand, or on a perfectly-manicured, oceanfront lawn with dolphins frolicking in the background.
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Week of April 22, 2019
Featured: Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort
Why We Love It: The recently opened Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort provides a luxurious adults-only, all-inclusive experience, plus an idyllic location amid lush tropical gardens on the powdery white sands of Playa Bávaro. Honeymooners can easily keep busy with several dining options, activities and entertainment; or, retreat to a romantic nook under the swaying palms and spend your days focusing on each other without distraction. For some extra privacy and VIP services, ask for a room at The Level. Bonus: Guests have access to the restaurants and facilities at the family-friendly Meliá Caribe Beach Resort next door.
Week of April 15, 2019
Featured: The Florida Keys & Key West, Credit: Monroe County Tourism
Why We Love It: You can have a dreamy island wedding without leaving the USA! Due to their Gulf of Mexico location, The Florida Keys boast a tranquil, tropical climate, mesmerizing sunsets and crystal waters, plus charming, historic architecture and exquisite spots to exchange wedding vows. It's easy to make your big day as unforgettable as ever in The Keys, whether you opt for a traditional affair, or consider getting married barefoot on the beach, aboard a sailboat at sea, or underwater, among world-famous coral reefs.
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Week of March 11, 2019
Featured: The Florida Keys & Key West, Credit: Monroe County Tourism
Why We Love It: The Florida Keys has an easygoing and casual vibe you probably won't find anywhere else in the world. Rent a car and island hop, or retreat to a luxurious private island resort, and honeymoon like a star. Not your style? Book a village inn or cottage, only steps from amazing restaurants and activities galore. There is plenty of opportunity to feel as though you are one with nature, whether you visit a wildlife refuge or scuba dive along the famed coral reefs. Tip: If you've never gone fishing, grab your boo and do it here. P.S., you don't even need a passport!
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