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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.