CPT Favorites: Honeymoon Edition
Updated: Jul 8, 2020
If travel planning is a game, honeymoon planning is level 100. As an avid traveler, I placed a tremendous amount of pressure on myself to plan the perfect honeymoon. It was a trip I dreamed of and an opportunity to experience a destination I had never been able to visit before. Anytime someone would ask how I was feeling about the wedding, I would say I was ready for the honeymoon.
Of all the trips we plan with clients, honeymoon planning will always hold a special place in our hearts. The fact is, though, honeymoon planning can feel overwhelming when you’re also planning a wedding, and the last thing anyone in this situation needs is added stress. It’s an honor to be able to work with couples to dream up their honeymoon or bring a vision they’ve had for years to reality.
While COVID-19 has forced couples to cancel, postpone or adjust their honeymoon plans, CPT is excited to continue working with clients to map out their eventual honeymoon plans or help build the perfect mini-moon to fill the space while they wait. Here, we’re sharing some of our favorite destinations for these special trips.
Favorite Stateside Destinations
California Wine Country
A trip to Sonoma and/or Napa will always be high on our list of destinations, but that’s particularly true when thinking about stateside honeymooning. Just two hours outside of San Francisco, you can opt to stay in Sonoma for a laid back getaway with a touch of luxury or Napa for a bit more action. We love this destination for its emphasis on food and wine, but it’s also great for couples looking to relax poolside. Farmhouse Inn puts this balance on display better than any other property with its Michelin star restaurant on property, sommelier-led tours and full service spa.
Looking for a tropical getaway but not quite ready to bring out the passport? The Keys offer the opportunity to enjoy crystal clear Caribbean waters without having to venture too far. Our favorite island resort is, hands down, Little Palm Island, a newly restored private island resort with a Balinese vibe.
We love Little Palm Island for couples looking to truly escape and cherish time together. The island is only accessible by boat or sea plane and is free of distractions, but has tons of activities including snorkeling, sailing and eco-tours.
This one is for our more adventurous honeymooners who are looking for lots of activity and lots of wide open space (cue the Dixie Chicks). From hiking Bryce Canyon to skiing in Park City, there is no shortage of things to do and see across the state. One of our absolute favorite places to stay, though, is the Lodge at Blue Sky, which is just 40 minutes from Salt Lake City and 25 minutes from Park City. It’s a brand new lodge set on 3,500 acres of land with private bungalows and full suites. Guests can take advantage of horseback rides, skiing in the winter, and lots of nearby hiking trails as well as a full service spa.
Favorite International Destinations
I’ll admit it, I’m biased. I would recommend Italy for any vacation, but it’s particularly special for a honeymoon. Italy is one of those countries that ‘has it all’. Looking for a stellar beach vacation? Go to Italy. More of a culture and arts couple? Go to Italy. Want to wine and dine during your time away? Go. To. Italy.
From Lake Como to Tuscany and the Amalfi coast, there are endless options for an Italian honeymoon. We especially love Il Pellicano, a stunning resort on the rocky Argentario coast that brings old-school glamour and Michelan-starred cuisine. For a Tuscan getaway, one of our favorites is Belmond Castello di Casole, a 10th century estate settled among rolling hills and vineyards.
Like Italy, South Africa presents travelers with the opportunity to choose their own adventure (quite literally). Cape Town alone offers cosmopolitan accommodations, hiking, beaches with penguins, and shark diving (!!!). Venture out of the city, and travelers can access world renowned wineries and once-in-a-lifetime safari experiences in South Africa’s largest and most famous park, Kruger. Safari can draw out an appreciation for our beautiful planet like nothing else and provide much needed time alone for newly married couples. Not to mention, there are some absolutely stunning lodges to go home to at the end of the day.
Thailand is a third international destination that presents a traveler with endless opportunities. Are you starting to sense a theme? One of the reasons we love these multi-faceted destinations is that they allow for immersive experiences as well as lots of relaxation and can be tailored to fit the style and preferences of most travelers.
Not only does Thailand have some of the best food in the world, but couples can spend time in a massive metropolis like Bangkok; build an appreciation for Thailand’s long and rich history and culture in Chiang Mai; get up close and personal with elephants; and then unwind on breathtaking beaches. Having honeymooned in Thailand and Cambodia myself, this is one of my favorite trips to bring together.
Turks and Caicos
We’re rounding this out with an international destination a bit closer to home--just an hour and fifteen minutes from Florida. Turks and Caicos is an archipelago made up of nearly 40 islands, although only 8 are inhabited. What we love about this destination is the crystal clear water and the different flavor each of the islands brings. While some exude luxury, others are known as ecological oases with flamingo reserves and the world’s 3rd largest barrier reef. Visitors can choose to stay at all-inclusive resorts or opt for a more laid-back Bed and Breakfast. This diversity allows us to work with clients to build the perfect trip for them so they can spend time making memories and enjoying time together.
Feeling inspired to start planning your honeymoon or mini-moon? Let’s connect! We would love to manage this exciting escape for you or begin talking about the possibilities.