The wedding and reception is now over but that doesn’t mean the party has to end. We’ve compiled our top nine honeymoon destinations at home and abroad. Now that your union is legal, it is incumbent upon you to break all of the rules and get as illegal as you’d like to behind closed doors at these hot spots.
1) Oahu, Hawaii
Why Go: From scenic mountain vistas to spectacular beaches, Oahu is home to the world famous Waikiki Beach. The island provides the perfect romantic getaway with breathtaking views from North Shore or atop Nuuanu Pali Lookout.
Where To Stay: The Kahala Hotel & Resort Enjoy Kahala’s oceanfront setting featuring tropical gardens and a private lagoon with its own family of Atlantic dolphins. (www.kahalaresort.com)
What To Do: For the adventurous couple, snorkeling and scuba diving is readily available on the island of Oahu. Also, explore hiking at Kaena Point or Diamond Head.
2) Paris, France
Why Go: Paris is synonymous with romance. Combine the food, historical landmarks and fashion and you’ve got a recipe for a memorable honeymoon.
Where To Stay: Hotel Plaza Athéneé “Sex and the City” fans will recognize this property, as it was the hotel of choice for Carrie and Big’s reunion. There’s several honeymoon packages to choose from that will leave you feeling like royalty. (www.dorchestercollection.com)
What To Do: Tie a ribbon to symbolize your love on the Pont des Art bridge and visit must-see landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge and the Louvre.
3) Savannah, Georgia
Why Go: It’s easy to take the beauty of Savannah for granted since it’s so close to home. This historic city boasts some of the best bed and breakfasts in the state.
Where To Stay: Foley House Inn This LGBT bed and breakfast is designed with our community in mind and is located in the heart of downtown within minutes of restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and museums. (www.foleyinn.com)
What To Do: Take in the historical sights in downtown Savannah or splurge on a carriage ride around the squares. You also have the option of taking a 30 -minute drive for kayaking on Dolphin Island.
4) Santorini, Greece
Why Go: It doesn’t get any more beautiful (or gay) than Santorini with its quaint villas and gorgeous sunsets.
Where To Stay: Perivolas Luxury Hotel Slip into peaceful serenity on this cliffside property high above the Agean Sea. Perivolas provides one of the most popular hotel experiences on the island. (www.perivolas.gr)
What To Do: Visit the many wineries available on the island, go shopping in the boutiques or rent a scooter to transport you to the beautiful beaches.
5) St. Barts
Why Go: This upscale French island is one of the Caribbean’s most popular and serves as a top vacation destination for celebrities such as Gwen Stefani and Mariah Carey.
Where To Stay: Le Sereno
This intimate 36-suite hotel caters to sophisticated travellers craving luxury, comfort and privacy. You’ll enjoy a spa on the premises along with private gardens.
What To Do: The breathtaking Colombier Beach awaits you upon arrival in St. Barts along with a host of chic eateries the island has become known for.
6) Panama City, Panama
Why Go: You’ll have the best of both worlds in Panama City: a thriving capital city and a plethora of beautiful beaches, mountains and rainforests to add to your itinerary.
Where To Stay: American Trade Hotel This gorgeous hotel provides a combination of local culture and modern glam with deep roots in Panama’s historic Old Quarter. A suite provides beautiful views of Plaza Herrera or the Gulf of Panama. (www.acehotel.com/panama)
What To Do: Animal lovers can get face-to face with monkeys and other animals at Gatun Lake, while music lovers can enjoy Panama’s jazz scene at Danilo’s inside the hotel.
7) Palm Springs, California
Why Go: Palm Springs is ground zero for LGBT travelers. Allow the heat of the desert to translate to the heat you’re sure to create here on your honeymoon.
Where To Stay: Residenza San Lorenzo This LGBT condominium hotel provides all of the amenities of home but in a resort environment with mountain views and exceptional service. (www.randomhauspalmsprings.com)
What To Do: Enjoy the nightlife and plush golf courses or opt for desert hiking.
8) Las Vegas, Nevada
Why Go: Your secrets are safe here. After all, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. This desert oasis is the entertainment and gambling capital of the world.
Where To Stay: Wynn Las Vegas This beautiful resort conveniently located on the Las Vegas Strip is one of two hotels to offer a Pride concierge, dedicated specifically to LGBT travelers. (www.wynnlasvegas.com)
What To Do: You can do whatever your heart desires in Las Vegas. Enjoy food by world-class chefs or entertainment from pop stars to Cirque Du Soleil, or you can just lounge poolside.
9) Asheville, North Carolina
Why Go: You don’t have to break the bank on your honeymoon. Ball on a budget and visit the beautiful castles and winery on the property of Biltmore Estate.
Where To Stay: Biltmore Estate This is the place where your fairytale romance becomes reality. Whether you book a room in the moderately priced Village Hotel or the pricey Cottage—you’re sure to enjoy your stay. (www.biltmore.com)
What To Do: You’ll find plenty to do in downtown Asheville from boutiques to galleries and even horse-drawn carriage rides.