Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2013

I'm on a HM kick today as I am helping my BM narrow down choices for a HM.  I came across this article about the best destinations and wanted to share it with you. 


Whether you want to relax on the beach, feed your inner foodie or immerse yourself in a different culture, these 12 destinations are 2013’s hot spots for honeymoons.


 


1.


 


Anguilla


At Moorish-inspired Cap Juluca, an ongoing renovation is sprucing up its 114 rooms and villas as well as its shared space. Lounge about on comfy rattan chaise lounges as attendants circulate with cool towels and homemade sorbet. Interior design fans flock to sexy Viceroy Anguilla, with its stark white lines and elegantly muted décor. Swing by Blanchard’s Beach Shack to nosh blackened Mahi-Mahi tacos and coconut curry mussels at blue picnic tables, just steps from Meads Bay’s azure waters.


 


2.



Miami, Florida


Scenesters will be happy at nightlife impresario Sam Nazarian’s 140-room SLS South Beach, which features interiors designed by Phillipe Starck, a penthouse imagined by Lenny Kravitz and food courtesy of uber-creative José Andres. While those who prefer things a bit more grown-up can book into the posh St. Regis Bal Harbour, which made its five-star debut — butlers and all — in a gleaming glass beachfront tower at the beginning of this year.


 


3.



Curaçao


Look at photos of the island’s iconic, colorful Dutch Colonial architecture and it’s easy to see why the capital of Willemsted was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Wander the waterfront filled with vibrant shophouses and peruse the Kura Hulanda Museum, which houses the largest collection of African art and artifacts in the Caribbean. The museum sits in a complex of restored 18th- and 19th-century Dutch homes; also in the compound is the Hotel Kura Hulanda, an 80-room retreat with eye-popping hand-carved teak beds and walls painted by local artisans.


 


4.



Barcelona, Spain


Walking is the best way to take in this city, from the open-air Mercat de la Boqueria, one of Spain’s oldest markets, to historical meccas like the Gothic Quarter, a neighborhood dating back to medieval times and lined with a plethora of architectural photo ops, shops and restaurants. Foodies would do well to bed down at the Hotel Arts Barcelona, which lays claim to the Michelin-starred Enoteca. Should you tire of walking, have the hotel arrange a helicopter ride for lunch at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants found outside of the city limits in the Catalan countryside.


 


5.



Sydney, Australia


Following last year’s opening of The Darling [http://www.thedarling.com.au] (whose high-design rooms hosted the likes of George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio), and the overhaul of the Park Hyatt Sydney (which debuted March 2012 after a year-long, $60 million renovation), the uber-hip QT Sydney is the latest lodging for the chic set. Whatever your home base, make sure to pay a visit to William Street (with your plastic in-hand), where Sydney’s forward-thinking fashion talents reign.


 


6.



Puerto Morelos, Mexico


The beachfront Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita embraces the area’s artistic spirit with its 90 enormous suites and public spaces decorated with Mayan sculptures and indigenous textiles. To further tap into Puerto Morelos’ creative culture, head to the Colectivo de Artesanos de Puerto Morelos, where local artisans proffer their handmade goods. But some of the area’s best art is found offshore, thanks to the Museo Subacuático de Arte, an underwater sculpture garden created by local sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor.


 


 

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The Turkish Riviera


Check-into one of the 36 cottages (all with private pools and gardens) styled after an ancient Anatolian village at Amanruya. Opened in 2011 to much fanfare, it sits on a hillside above Mandalya Bay. Or, live the life aquatic by hopping aboard a gullet, a traditional two-masted wooden boat, for the “Blue Voyage,” a term widely used to describe the experience of sailing for days around the region.


 


8.



Cartagena, Colombia


In 2010, Colombia’s biggest fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi opened the seven-room Tcherassi Hotel and Spa in a 250-plus year old Colonial mansion. But the property, which seamlessly blends classic details with contemporary art and furniture, isn’t the only stylish address in town: Casa San Agustin brings a heady dose of Colombian chic to three separate 17th-century buildings. No matter which you choose, both properties are ideally situated to explore Cartagena’s creative charms, including the Museo de Arte Moderno and Galería Cano, the perfect spot to pick up some pre-Colombian-inspired jewelry.


 


9.



Okinawa, Japan


If golf is your thing, head to the main island where the recently-opened Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa is located in a picturesque country club setting surrounded by an 18-hole championship golf course. On the remote Taketomi Island, the sea is the inspiration for the menu offerings at the new 48-room Hoshinoya. Before you delve into one of the creative dishes like locally-caught ceviche served curry-style, take an ox-cart ride through the village — it’s the best way to take in the scenery.


 


10.



Cape Town, South Africa


Couples who like things funky would do well to check-into the Grand Daddy Hotel, a playful boutique hotel on Long Street where you can stay in rooftop Airstream trailers designed by South African artists. If you want to zen out, the Villa Zest boutique hotel is set within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront — a working harbor that is also the city’s top spot for shopping, dining and everyday people-watching.


 


11.



The Big Island of Hawaii


At the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, the close proximity to Kings' Shops and Queens' Marketplace grants easy access to shopping, food and myriad outfitters who can help you take in the island via sailboat, bike or helicopter. If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, book one of the 14 rooms at the Hawaii Island Retreat, a stylish, eco-friendly inn perched high up on a cliff above the ocean on the North Kahala coast. The 50-acre hideaway doubles as a working organic farm. Guests can visit the goats before heading back for a breakfast featuring delicious goat’s-milk yogurt, fresh fruit and frittatas filled with just-harvested vegetables — picked by the gardener that morning.


 


12.



Vienna, Austria


Art-lovers in Vienna have a host of new eye candy to admire. First stop: the MuseumsQuartier, the former imperial stables that have been repurposed into a cultural complex with galleries, cafes and museums, including the newly-renovated Museum of Modern Art. When it comes time to bed down, try the two month-old Ritz-Carlton Vienna, housed in four, art-filled 19th-century palaces and located within walking distance to the area landmarks. Or go boutique at the Hollmann Beletage, a minimalist’s dream with open spaces, stand-alone tubs and a prime location smack dab in the middle of the city.


 


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Posted on July 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

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