Ah, the honeymoon. Considered a time-honored tradition for newlyweds, it’s an opportunity to enjoy some alone time as husband and wife. After all, the time spent together on your honeymoon – just the two of you – is the true beginning of your married life together. It’s not the walk down the aisle, the cutting of the cake or the tossing of the bouquet (not that these things aren’t important).
We’re willing to bet that you and your betrothed fall into one of our top four types of honeymooners: the beach bums, the city-dwellers, the thrill-seekers or the lounge-lovers, and we’re here to help you decide what the perfect locale could be for your honeymoon.
The City Dwellers
Beaches are nice and all, but maybe they’re just not your thing. If you’re not at least 10 yards away from a plethora of retail stores and the hustle and bustle of city life, then you don’t really feel at home. If you and your spouse would rather cheers martinis in Manhattan than sip on a Pina Colada in Puerto Aventura, we have the perfect city honeymoon destinations for you:
Montreal is one of the most exciting cities to visit in Canada. Considered a popular spot for everything artistic, Montreal is home to tons of awesome festivals, a dedicated indie music scene and some of the most innovative restaurants open today. As newlyweds, you can hit up a movie festival, check out an up-and-coming local band and dine on upscale regional cuisine, like beer-marinated Cornish hen at Le Petit Opus Café at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. Whatever you can dream of will be arranged the concierge team that is dedicated to helping guests plan their perfect Montreal retreat.
Honeymoon Tip: Even if you and your spouse aren’t Scottish, you can certainly pretend at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. Every Wednesday, Alice Bar caters a single malt scotch & whiskey tasting. Dine on fish & chips, listen to bagpipes and taste some of the fine Scotland whisky Alice Bar offers.
New York, New York
Staying in the midst of mid-town Manhattan assures an eventful and fun-filled honeymoon, but make sure that your hotel experience surpasses your expectations by staying at Omni Berkshire Place. After enjoying a day of shopping and sight-seeing, relish the impeccable service and dining at Fireside Restaurant & Bar, where you can indulge in late night bites and cocktails in the city that never sleeps.
Honeymoon Tip: Don’t forget to ask the concierge to reserve tickets for a Broadway show. You can enhance your musical stay by booking the Rodgers & Hammerstein Suite. It’s 1,000 square feet of indulgent luxury, and the very room where its namesake wrote the musical Oklahoma.
The Beach Bums
What’s not to love about the beach? You can make your trip as lazy or as action-packed as you like, and the only thing to worry about is how much sunscreen you packed. If you and your fiancé long for the feel of sand between your toes, salt water in your hair and the sound of crashing waves, we’ve got some ideas for honeymoons filled with sun and fun:
Pristine beaches, private cabanas and your new spouse are all you need in this tropical paradise, but Omni takes a Cancun honeymoon to the next level with a full-service spa, an ocean view Jacuzzi, beach bar and daily activities, such as dance lessons and live trivia. The fact that Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas offers the option for all-inclusive dining is just the icing on the cake.
Honeymoon tip: From May – September, Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas is a popular place to spot baby sea turtles making their way from the sand to the water.
Amelia Island, Florida
When trying to strike the perfect balance between relaxation and recreation, it’s all about finding a beach spot that knows how to entertain. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is home to championship golf courses offering the tranquil backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, a nature center, tennis and more. If you prefer to engage in more restful activities, spend time together in the adults-only infinity pool followed by a couple’s massage at the resort spa. Your options are as endless as the ocean views.
Honeymoon tip: Go and explore Omni Amelia Island’s newest passion, The Sprouting Project, an aquaponic greenhouse where you can see all of the fresh herbs and vegetables that will soon be occupying your dinner plate.
For those of you who live for adventure and don’t know what the word “lazy” means, we have some suggestions for honeymoon destinations that will provide you with a wide variety of one-of-a-kind experiences and adrenaline-pumping adventures:
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Winter, spring, summer or fall, Omni Mount Washington Resort boasts activities that will engage you post-engagement. From the adrenaline rush of their canopy tour to the romantic carriage rides provided by Bretton Woods Stables, your honeymoon can be filled with a multitude of fun activities to enjoy with your sweetie. The spa also offers a plethora of treatments, including an adventurer’s massage that will help you unwind after a day of exciting activity.
Honeymoon tip: When planning your getaway, be sure to check out the specials offered by Omni Mount Washington Resort and the Omni Bretton Arms Inn. They often combine activities or give discounts on fun resort happenings that will help you budget all of the fun.
Hot Springs, Virginia
Outdoor adventures abound at one of America’s oldest resorts. A honeymoon at The Omni Homestead Resort is sure to introduce you to a type of activity you’ve never experienced before. Falconry, anyone? Whether you and your partner-in-crime choose to play it safe with a round of miniature golf or tire yourselves out kayaking, paintballing or hiking – you can always end your day with a relaxing romance therapy treatment that includes sharing an indulgent mint bath and unwinding with a couple’s massage.
Honeymoon tip: The Omni Homestead Resort is home to the Jefferson Pools, known as some of the best hot springs in Virginia. This classic mountain spa treatment involves an hour-long soak in the warm, healing mineral waters, and it’s pretty much a honeymoon requirement.
You two couldn’t be more different from the activity-oriented couple. To you, the honeymoon is a time to kick back and relax. Spa treatments are #1 on your list, but you also need fantastic eats and accommodations to fully enjoy your new coupledom. Here are your top destinations:
Fort Worth, TexasOmni Fort Worth Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, but you won’t even need the daytime shopping or entertaining nightlife when you’re in the midst of ultra-modern luxury. Featuring a world-class spa and delectable dining, this hotel has acquired a reputation for impeccable service and quality amenities. After a day of glow-inducing spa treatments, stop for cocktails at Wine Thief before indulging in a romantic steak dinner at award-winning Bob’s Steak and Chop House. End your night by taking a dip with your sweetie in the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
Honeymoon Tip: Bob’s Steak & Chop House is just one of the amazing dining opportunities at Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Check out Cast Iron, where executive chef Sebastien Layen cooks up locally-sourced, regional cuisine in rotating seasonal menus.
Who needs the beach when you have three pools that offer breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Sip champagne after a relaxing couple’s massage and watch the sun retreat behind the desert mountains from your own private cabana. Find inner peace at one of the resorts group yoga or meditation classes before a night of wining and dining at Prado, known for their Spanish-inspired tapas and wood-fired selections.
Honeymoon tip: Check out the Joya Terrace Restaurant, only available to those seeking spa treatments, that offers fresh, healthy fare to dine on while taking in the epic views.
What type of honeymooner are you?