7 Unique Destinations for an Adventurous Honeymoon Experience

After tying the knot, it’s a long held tradition for couples to hop on a plane and begin their marriage with a trip to a romantic destination. Many locations are popular for newlyweds due to idyllic weather or a relaxing atmosphere, but for more adventurous couples, exploring a little-known locale is the key to kicking off an exciting marriage. Explore any of these one-of-a-kind places that will be an experience to remember for your honeymoon getaway.

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Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya

Animal lover couples will be right at home when honeymooning at this picturesque sanctuary for one of Kenya’s most extraordinary animals. If you’ve ever wanted a giraffe to peek its head into your bedroom window, you’ll be living the dream as the elegant animals peruse the property to mingle with guests.

 

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Photo: Giraffe Manor

Makepeace Island – Noosa North Shore, Queensland, Australia

You’ll have a private, heart-shaped island all to yourself when you reserve the Australian home of Virgin mogul Richard Branson. The secluded space combines nature and luxury to give you a serene atmosphere where you’re sure to enjoy newlywed life.

 

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Photo: Makepeace Island

Amangiri – Salt Lake City, Utah

The unforgettable desert landscape surrounding Amangiri will put you in a romantic mood as you get a view of some of the most majestic rock formations in the country. With opportunities to kayak, take a hot air balloon tour, or a guided horseback ride, adventure awaits on this couples retreat to remember.

 

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Photo: Amangiri

Pangkor Laut Resort – Negeri Perak, Malaysia

Spend a tropical honeymoon in Malaysia and book the Sea Villa at Pangkor Laut for a romantic paradise in a bungalow built on stilts above the water. The exotic wildlife and delicious cuisine are the cherry on top of the intimate destination perfect for you and your beau.

 

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Photo: Pangkor Laut Resort Sea Villa

Skylodge Adventure Suites – Urubamba, Peru

Only the most adrenaline-seeking couples book their honeymoon this sky lodge suspended by metal cables 1,200 feet in the air. You’ll have an exhilarating view overlooking the valley below through the glass construction. Camping will never be the same after daring to begin married life with the thrill of a cliffside stay.

 

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Photo: Photo: Skylodge Adventure Suites

Bran Castle – Bran, Romania

For those who appreciate historic architecture in a mythical environment, Bran Castle may be the right choice for you. Its inspiration for the setting of Count Dracula (giving it the nickname Dracula’s Castle) brings a mysterious element to the property that will make your stay one for the storybooks.

 

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Photo: Bran Castle

Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel – Coquimbo Region, Chile

The stars are at your fingertips when you stay in the dome-shaped rooms at Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel. With dwellings complete with a living room and outer terrace, the retractable roof will let you and your sweetheart find constellations in the night sky and can even get educated during an astronomy tour.

 

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Photo: Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel

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1 Hotels: Where Hospitality Meets Sustainability

As the hospitality industry moves further into the 21st Century, bringing unique and forward-thinking elements to your brand means staying ahead of the game. At 1 Hotels, their message relies on transforming the industry into one that connects people through thoughtful design and sustainability. From New York City to Miami, and soon to include Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas and more, the success of the brand stems from guests’ modern priorities of creativity and mindfulness.

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Rooms

Each of the 1 Hotels properties provides an attractive location with rooms that embrace both comfort and style. Nature is brought into the space through the use of reclaimed wood accents, in-room greenery, and organic cotton sheets and mattresses. Each of the rooms have walk-in showers complete with a 5-minute sand timer to help you minimize your water consumption. The Brooklyn Bridge location features unobstructed views of the Manhattan Skyline while the Central Park location allots you an unmatched view of the iconic park. The South Beach property sits along the Atlantic Ocean and affords a breathtaking view of the waves.

 

1 Hotel Central Park

Photo: 1 Hotel South Beach

Sustainability

The brand takes a strong in-house stance on going green across the board. They pride themselves on utilizing energy saving initiatives, recycling and waste reduction, and low water usage. They also have dozens of partnerships with eco-friendly companies to fulfill the needs of the guest. The paper-free Pressreader technology is available for guests to digitally keep up with their favorite publications. The Tesla Model S acts as the complimentary house car for guests to use when they’re on the go. Even the smallest details are accounted for, like partnering with Ditto Hangers—a company that provides clothing hangers made of 100% recycled materials. They also make use of wooden room keys to reduce plastic consumption and make for a signature brand accent.

 

Photo: 1 Hotel Central Park

Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Dining

The mission of sustainability also extends into the kitchen with dining options in each hotel to satisfy guests’ craving for healthy and well-made meals. The Central Park Location boasts the food stylings of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jonathan Waxman with a menu of California-inspired cuisine at Jams. Their Lobby Farmstand also provides seasonal fruits, nuts and granola for guests to snack on something fresh. The upcoming West Hollywood location is expected to have two venues run by hospitality mavens h. Wood Group. The first Chinese 1 Hotels property in Haitang Bay will include an onsite farm for organic ingredients to be used in the property’s various hospitality venues.

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Amenities

The unique selection of 1 Hotels’ amenities reflects the needs of an urban and contemporary traveler. They embrace all members of the family with pet-friendly accommodations at the NYC properties, including a dog-friendly Concierge team to provide recommendations for your pup. If you’ll be travelling on two wheels in the city, you’ll have no problem finding a place to lock up with a bicycle valet to house your ride. From guided sunrise workouts on the roof of the Brooklyn Bridge property, to a Beach Social Club with premium benefits at the South Beach property, there are perks at each location to fulfill your every need.

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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The 10 Best Detox & Wellness Spa Retreats in America

When the time comes to begin a new chapter in your personal health, booking a retreat for rest and relaxation is just what the body needs. Every year guests rejuvenate their mind, body and soul while receiving expert care at luxury spa retreats across the country. Dive into the amenities that each has to offer and choose the spa retreat that’s the best fit for your needs.

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Mii Amo Spa – Sedona, Arizona

Simplicity is key at the Mii Amo Spa located in the spiritual city of Sedona. A clay wrap will draw out all your toxins while psychic massages and even hypnosis tap into the subconscious of open-minded guests.

 

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Photo: Mii Amo Spa

We Care Spa – Desert Hot Springs, California

Spend as many as eight days at this desert oasis where lymphatic massages, an infrared sauna and specialized beverages are made to help you sustain your serenity. Mud wraps complement your liquid diet along with yoga, dance classes and meditation to round out your stay.

 

Photo: We Care Spa – By Jim Dobson

Photo: We Care Spa

Red Mountain Resort – Ivans, Utah

A more adventurous cleanse at Red Mountain might be for you if activities like hiking and kayaking sound like a peaceful escape. Their trained outdoor guides will deliver their expertise in nature while the resort itself is a picture of Southwestern beauty.

 

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Photo: Red Mountain Resort

The Ranch – Malibu, California

Well-known for its celebrity clientele, The Ranch is the perfect place to detox and clear your mind of bad habits during an up to ten-day stay. Fitness classes and hikes keep you active while a specialized meal plan and medical testing ensure that the rejuvenation process is unfolding.

 

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Photo: The Ranch Malibu

Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas

This intimate retreat boasts a lakefront locale with lavish spa treatments to set your mind free. Their dining options are both healthy and delicious, with cooking classes available to teach you how to live and eat holistically.

 

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Photo: Lake Austin Spa Resort

Golden Door – San Marcos, California

Mostly a women’s-only destination, this luxurious Southern California retreat takes its inspiration from Japan with serene gardens and wooden accents throughout the space. Detoxing is key with hikes, fitness classes and fresh, local cuisine to help you de-stress.

 

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Photo: Golden Door San Marcos

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – Vista, California

You’ll get a customized wellness program from a nutritionist if you decide to visit this elegant spa destination North of San Diego. After just one week, you’ll undergo a number of spa treatments to help you relax you as you enjoy the well-kept European-style hideaway.

 

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Photo: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa – Catalina, Arizona

Escape to the foothills of the Catalina mountains with your own adobe-style casita at Miraval Arizona. With hot stone massages, horseback riding and botany tours, there’s something for everyone whether you’re exploring alone or with a group.

 

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Photo: Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

Canyon Ranch – Lenox, Massachusetts

The Canyon Ranch experience uses cutting edge medical wellness programs to transform your mind, body and spirit. You’ll have exercise therapists, energy healers, and spiritual counselors all at your fingertips to help you unearth your inner peace.

 

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Photo: Canyon Ranch

New Life Hiking Spa – Killington, Vermont

This well known destination spa is popular for those seeking to shed a few pounds during their cleansing getaway. The mountains of Vermont make for a scenic backdrop as hiking programs and outdoor workouts keep guests on track and in shape.

 

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Photo: New Life Hiking Spa

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Vacation in Monaco for a Mediterranean Escape

Your travel craving will be satisfied when you plan your next luxury vacation for Monaco, a small city-state off the Mediterranean French coastline. World-renowned for its picturesque architecture and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll achieve relaxation alongside enjoying the vibrant social scene. Get the full French Riviera experience by visiting this lavish, seaside destination.

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Hotels

There are plenty of places to book your stay where you’ll be able to take in the sun and seas. You’ll get the full Monaco experience by booking a room at the beautiful Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Located in the heart of Monte-Carlo on the world-famous Place du Casino, the Hôtel de Paris has been serving guests the very definition of luxury for over a century and a half. The grand lobby exudes extravagance with crystal chandeliers, marble colonnades, and opulent low-relief sculptures. Moving into the guest rooms, visitors are welcomed with an immaculate and elevated interior that is fit for royalty. When dinner time rolls around, head down to Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse, a temple of modern gastronomy that holds a three-Michelin star rating, then head to the Monte Carlo Beach Club for a variety of fun activities like water skiing or beach volleyball.

Charm and refined elegance are just a few of the many words that have been used to describe Hermitage. This Belle Epoque historical site is just a brief walk from the Casino de Monte-Carlo and is connected to the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo. As one of the most exquisite palaces in the world, the Hermitage holds 280 rooms total, with 20 of those being suites–15 junior suites and eight Monte-Carlo Diamond Suites that offer breathtaking views of Monaco’s Port Hercules and the Prince’s Palace.

You can also visit the boutique Hôtel Port Palace for a view of the harbor and a modern style of luxury. The Monaco shoreline is enhanced by the Fairmont Monte Carlo, which features a range of amenities and a heated swimming pool with uninterrupted views of dazzling, seaside sunsets.s.

 

Photo: Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Photo: Fairmont Monte Carlo

Restaurants

People are drawn from around the world to experience Monaco’s unparalleled fine dining. Located in the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, Blue Bay serves as one of the top fine dining experiences in all of Monaco. The Michelin star-holding head Chef Marcel Ravin offers a bold repertoire of Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisines. The panoramic outdoor terrace gives guests a stunning view of the coastline and looking inward the open air concept allows for views of the kitchen and staff. The gourmet smells that surround the restaurant are practically enough to lift you up and carry you inside.

Set in the exquisite Hôtel Métropole, Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo focuses on expertly crafting dishes that reflect the tastes of the sun-drenched Mediterranean that surrounds. As with all of the late Joël Robuchon’s restaurants, the design radiates luxury in the most tasteful ways. Executive Chef Christophe Cussac’s culinary creations will have you booking a flight back to Monaco in no time.

The well-respected three Michelin-star Le Louis XV also serves fresh seafood dishes with authentic Mediterranean flavors, or for a dash of something different, Yoshi brings Japanese cuisine to the Riviera with a chic, artistic environment for you to enjoy an elegant dining experience.

 

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Photo: Blue Bay

Nightlife

Monaco has a reputation for embracing lavish nightlife with a host of nightclubs and bars to keep you partying all night long. It won’t be a trip to Monaco without visiting Jimmyz, the legendary hot spot with a Japanese garden ambiance and exclusive door. For a sophisticated outing, The Living Room is open late for drinks and bites with a decadent environment and beautiful crowd. You also won’t regret stopping by the intimate Le Bar Américain for a speakeasy-inspired night filled with live jazz sounds and a stylish, 1920s vibe.

 

Photo: Jimmyz

Photo: Jimmyz

Experiences

Guests flood to Monaco each year for their variety of one-of-a-kind attractions and events. The most prevalent among them is the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, a prestigious and historical racing event that has brought celebrities and luxury travelers to the area since its start in 1950. The Monaco Grand Prix is known to be the most difficult Formula 1 racing event out of all the World Championship races. It is also the most prestigious motor race in the world, making it the perfect reason to buy a ticket to Monaco. Held annually at the end of May, the race lands right in the sweet spot for vacationers looking to escape to this Western European paradise. If you’re looking to experience the race in comfort and sophistication, you can reserve a private terrace with full food and drink services to view the race from above the crowds.

Head down to Monaco’s Fontvieille Harbour and climb aboard your private yacht for an unparalleled sailing tour up the French Riviera. On the way, you’ll pass some of the most charming towns in Western Europe, sun-soaked beaches, and beautiful little islands. You’ll be able to see Menton, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap’d’Ail and Beaulieu from the boat as you sip champagne and work on your tan. If you’re looking for something a little more romantic, you might consider a sunset cruise to take in views of the water.

The region is also known for its iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo, an elegant destination for gambling and entertainment, prominently featured in the James Bond franchise. The Princier de Monaco is also a notable sight to see as it acts as the royal residence of the current Prince of Monaco.

 

Photo: Monaco Grand Prix

Photo: Monaco Grand Prix

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10 of the Best Cocktail Bars in Downtown Los Angeles

People from all over the world are drawn to the bustling hub of Downtown Los Angeles for events at the Convention Center, Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and more. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, there are plenty of places to relax and grab a drink while you explore the vibrant neighborhood. Get a taste of the city as you join colleagues and friends to imbibe at these Downtown LA bars and lounges.

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Seven Grand

Whiskey fans unite at this sophisticated lounge that offers up an extensive collection of quality spirits. You can also make a reservation at their speakeasy, Bar Jackalope, to rev up your night and have a truly memorable experience.

 

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The Varnish

If you’re looking for somewhere private and intimate, the Varnish is there to impress as its speakeasy-style location inside of Cole’s French Dip allows you to duck in unseen. Talented bartenders will make you the perfect concoction for your mood in the dimly lit space.

 

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Library Bar

While you may not have expected reading to be a part of your night out, Library Bar has a wall of books ready for you to browse while you sip their classic cocktails. The cozy layout and weekend DJ makes for a great place to mix and mingle with the locals.

 

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The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel

One of the trendiest bars in the neighborhood, The Standard’s rooftop is a place to swim, drink and play. The stylish bar often features a live DJ to set the mood as partygoers mix and mingle with the lively crowd.

 

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71 Above

Ascend to the 71st floor to see an unparalleled view of the Los Angeles skyline. The panoramic perspective will take your breath away along with delicious cocktails at their reserved Sky Lounge escape.

 

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Broken Shaker

Sitting atop the Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker is the perfect to take in the breezy downtown weather. Take a splash in the pool during their daytime events or lounge poolside at night for a view of the stars.

 

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Broadway Bar

The elegant design of this multi-level lounge makes for the perfect place to sip their creative cocktails. Located in the historic Theater District, you can choose between the bar, the mezzanine, or smoking patio to toast drinks right next door to Downtown’s iconic Orpheum Theater.

 

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Perch

This Los Angeles favorite offers up delicious dining along with a rooftop bar for you to view the spectacular city skyline. Head there on a weekend night to socialize with the mixed crowd over your bird’s eye view.

 

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Everson Royce Bar

This award-winning watering hole brings a spacious outdoor patio to the Arts District. The satisfying cocktails complement the vibe with twinkling lights and wooden accents welcoming you to the space.

 

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Golden Gopher

With one of the oldest liquor licenses in Los Angeles, Golden Gopher is a veteran in the scene with a chic bar and tucked away outdoor patio. They also boast a to-go liquor window if you’re planning to bring the party back to your hotel.

 

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