Sixty percent of the nearly 9,000 overwater bungalows in the world sit perched in the Maldives, creating an ideal setting for honeymoon couples desiring a once-in-a-lifetime vacay that’s exotic, romantic and private. With more than 100 resorts to choose from, the exclusive and luxurious Six Senses Laamu rises to the top as a worthy consideration for making honeymoon dreams come true.
This is the second part is a series highlighting some of my favorite recommendations for couples dreaming of a romantic honeymoon in an overwater bungalow. The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was highlighted on the Smitten blog last week, with even more overwater bungalow goodness coming soon!
While two-thirds of the world’s 9,000 overwater bungalows stand perched above turquoise lagoons in the Maldives, the iconic accommodation originated in Tahiti in 1967. Today, honeymooning in an overwater bungalow remains a quintessential experience for any couple traveling to the French Polynesia, especially if their honeymoon includes a stop in Bora Bora. The luxe InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is not to be overlooked...
Our group beat the sun up on Dec. 15 to catch a cab to the marina in La Playita. We had chartered a boat, and our guide Carlos was expecting us by 6 a.m. I wasn’t thrilled about waking up before dawn on vacation, but I’m so thankful I did: A cotton-candy sky high-fived us as we motored out from the marina, bobbing along in the Pacific with bait, rods and reels.
A personalized honeymoon is a way to recognize that your love story is unique. Your love story matters. Your love story deserves celebrating. No matter what your perfect itinerary looks like, there are some universal ways any couple can ensure their honeymoon is extraordinary. Here are nine of my favorites.
The temperature dropped as our small group stepped out of the July sun and into the dark 1,000-year-old Cistercian hospital at Kloster Eberbach. “This way,” our guide said. Following her directions, we shuffled to one end of the room—the one where candlelight illuminated a dozen samples of the monastery’s Riesling.
Earlier this month J & K shared some of the magic of their honeymoon to Moorea and Bora Bora, including what they loved most (e.g., relaxing in their overwater bungalow, snorkeling with sting rays and sharks and hiking to a romantic waterfall. This week, they’re back with more advice on how to make the most of planning your dream vacation—no matter what honeymoon destination you have your eyes on.
When J & K told me their engagement story shortly after we started working together to breathe life into their dream honeymoon, I was even more excited they had their eyes on the French Polynesia—an ideal destination for a couple desiring secluded romance and relaxation with a sprinkle of adrenaline and adventure…
Amsterdam is a maze of circular canals—165 of them stretching more than 30 miles, to be exact. While exploring the historic city’s waterways via beautiful brick walkways and more than 1,200 bridges was a highlight for me, there is one quintessential way any couple on their honeymoon must see the “Venice of the North” (a.k.a Amsterdam): Via a canal cruise!
I do not consider myself a “cruise” person, at least not in the traditional sense. Oceanliners that sleep thousands of people just don’t appeal to me, which is exactly why river cruising through Europe with U by Uniworld was so perfect. If you're looking to hop from city to city, U by Uniworld makes it effortless, while offering oodles of comfort and convenience.
It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of surprise honeymoons, where one half of a couple is charged with planning everything and keeping it all a secret—including the destination. This is mostly because the honeymoon is such a significant vacation, and I cringe at the thought of there being unmet expectations between brides and grooms when it comes to how to spend the start of their happily-ever-after.
On the other hand, what I am 1,000 percent in love with?
Couples creating smaller surprises for each other throughout their honeymoon, which makes space for memorable, thoughtful moments without the same risks inherent with keeping the entire vacation a surprise!
We stepped off the high-speed rail at Amsterdam Centraal, hopped into our transfer and within minutes were checked into one of the coolest, quirkiest hotels in the city. A true sign of how much we loved The Hoxton Amsterdam? Despite having amazing travel plans on the horizon, we did not want to leave…ever.
My favorite meal on my recent trip to Europe with Mr. Smitten, my sister and her hubby wasn’t at the Michelin Star awarded Le Jules Verne, located hallway up the Eiffel Tower. It wasn’t our delicious dinner at the hippest hotel in Amsterdam, The Hoxton. It wasn’t even our beautiful breakfasts or dinners aboard our U by Uniworld river cruise, meticulously curated to accommodate my dietary restrictions. Rather, it was this …