Are you getting married soon and scouring the internet for the best place for you and your soon-to-be hubby to have a trip of a lifetime? Or maybe you're looking for an incredible anniversary trip, but you want to go somewhere new and fresh. Don't worry--we've already done the work for you! While there's nothing wrong with the honeymoon classics (read: the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cancun, etc.) we are all about these other unique destinations. And we think you will be too.
1. CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Cartagena is a Spanish colonial town turned port city in Colombia, right on the caribbean coast. It is filled with colorful streets, beautiful churches and plazas, and a rich culture. Everything is beautiful and full of history, the water is warm, and the food--amazing.
Where To Stay: Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique
This hotel is absolutely exquisite. Stay in this historic villa (literally--some tours actually visit the outside of the hotel because of its historic past), and stay in Colombian style, and enjoy being near the center of everything! You can visit their website, here.
What To Do: Walk the colorful streets of the town, take a boat trip to the nearby Rosario Islands for the day and swim in the beautiful waters. Take a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional Colombian meals, or perhaps a food tour, or meander through one of the street markets and purchase some local, handmade goods. Travel to the nearby volcano, El Totumo, and relax in its natural mud bath. Soak up the nightlife and head to a local bar. Being in one of the larger cities on the coast, Cartagena has endless activities to offer.
Where To Eat:
El Boliche Cebicheria
2. SANTORINI, GREECE
Santorini is one of our all-time faves. I mean, what's not to love about a Greek island with the most stunning sunset views and the quaintest homes and hotels nestled into the cliffside?! This island escape is nothing short of ultimate indulgence, and this trip tops our charts for romance and luxury.
What to do: The hotels in Santorini are so nice, you might find it hard to even leave the hotel! But there are so many fun things to do on this island. Try a wine tour (Santorini has some amazing wines!), or a catamaran cruise on the water, or a cooking class. Even simply walking around the quaint streets of the cities is a wonderful way to spend a few afternoons. Swim in the bay (Amoudi Bay) or at the beach (Kamari Beach). There's even an outdoor cinema at Kamari where you can grab a drink and watch a movie as the sun sets.
Where to stay: We're going to be honest with you and say there are so many great places to stay in Santorini. So much so, that we had a hard time chosing our favorites! But we promised we would find the best, and so we have. Here are our top 4 favorite places to stay in Santorini:
This hotel in the city of Oia has incredible cave suites that echo every love we have for oganic minimalism. Each of their suites has a kitchenette and some even have a private pool. For your honeymoon, we recommend splurging on the Perivolas Suite pictured below--it will be so worth it. You can find their website, here.
Mystique, also located in Oia, has simply stunning views of the water, and great food. Not to mention, the interior design of the hotel (thanks to famous interior designer Frank Lefebvre) is exactly what the doctor ordered for a week of rest and relaxation. Seriously--can I bring those geometric and the wicker lounge chairs home with me?! You can also dine in their 150 year old wine cave! Need I say more? You can find their website, here.
Grace Santorini has long been one of the island's best hotels. In fact, sometimes you must prepare to book here almost a year in advance--that is how loved this hotel is. This hotel is located in the city of Imerovigli, and has one of the best infinite pools on the island. You can find their website, here.
Esperas is located in Oia and exudes the feeling of authentic Greek islands. Horseback riding, jetskiing, and canoeing can all be arranged at the hotel. You can find their website, here.
3. CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
Cinque Terre, Italian for "five lands" is an area on the rugged coast of northern Italy. It is comprised of five stunningly colorful villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Manarola, & Corniglia) that rest above the Mediterranean, and are nestled into the mountainside. This region is one of our favorites, and is the less-expensive, lesser-known (though it is quickly gaining in popularity) cousin of Positano/Amalfi Coast. We love Cinque Terre because it is not yet so over-built or resort-heavy. In fact, it still exudes old-world charm and feels untouched by the modern age. And seriosuly, what is more romantic than Italy? Just thinking of Italy has us humming... When the moon hits your eyes like a big piece of pie, that's amore....
Where To Stay: La Torretta Lodge
This bed & breakfast is located in the quainter town of Manarola and has beautiful views of the Mediterranean, as it is located inside an ancient tower. Uh, yes please! You can find their website, here.
What to Do:
One of the best parts about Cinque Terre is that all 5 villages are easily accesible by the most beautiful hike ever (read: incredible views, vineyards, lush greenery, etc). You must hike between the towns and visit each one! Stop in Monterosso for the best beach to swim at. Eat gelato three times a day. Eat at a restaurant with a view of the water, and be sure to get fresh seafood as well as pesto at least once! (After all, pesto was first created in this region!) Walk through the quaint, colorful streets and visit the old churches. Stop and grab fresh bread and prosciutto and sit on a ledge overlooking the ocean for lunch. Sail in the water or take a sunset boat tour. But this vacation is all about getting away and reconnecting with nature, old-world charm, and a-ma-zing food.
4. ISLA HOLBOX, MEXICO
Isla Holbox is that place in Mexico we all want to go to--a small town filled with locals instead of resorts and commercial buildings. It's what Tulum was 30 years ago, before the tourism burst. Also, did we mention that Isla Holbox is half the average rate of a place in Tulum? If you want a relaxing beachfront honeymoon, we promise, Isla Holbox is where you want to go. And if you love Mexican food as much as we do, then you will be one happy camper.
Where to Stay: Casa Las Tortugas
Enjoy a beach bungalow, each decorated with artisanal, local Mexican work. An absolute gem. You can visit their website, here.
What to Do: Walk the white sand beaches, and swim in the warm, clear waters. Enjoy the yoga studio at Casa Las Tortugas, or take up the honeymoon package at their beautiful spa (massages and milk baths?! yes, please!). Take in the views, and a few drinks, at the rooftop bar at the hotel. This trip is all about ultimate rest and relaxation.
Where to Eat:
La Isla Del Colibri
Where have you honeymooned? We would love to know! Or what other locations made it on your "dream honeymoon" Pinterest board? We are always on the hunt for the best hidden gems in the world, and we love sharing our favorite honeymoon locations with our clients. Comment below and subscribe to stay up to date with everything we have coming!
The ladies at Willow & Wine