This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
You’ve done it! You selected the flowers, the dress, the venue, and danced the night away, gorging on cake and laughter with your loved ones, congratulations! Now dust off the confetti and grab the hand of your partner in crime, it’s time to honeymoon.
Firefly’s Top 10 Places to Honeymoon
CULTURE ON THE BEACH
Mexico – Casa Malca
Tulum is unlike any other area of Mexico. With natural Caribbean beauty, the historical significance of the Mayan Temples, the mysterious and alluring underground Cenotes, and a bohemian-luxe atmosphere, it’s the perfect escape from the spring breaker strewn beaches of Cancun.
Casa Malca is an eco-friendly paradise located on a pristine private beach. It houses an amazing collection of contemporary artwork and an incredible 360-degree view from the rooftop deck ” touted as one of the best views in Tulum.
Iceland – Ion Hotel
Not far from the lively and arts-filled city of ReykjavÃk, the incredible Ion Hotel sits in front of both towering mountains and lava fields, protruding from the base of a nearby volcano.
If you’re after adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Tours are split up into Earth, Fire, Ice, and Water and include horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, hot springs and ice caves to name but a few.
After a fun and exciting day, it’s time to relax. The northern lights are ready for you to gaze upon as you soak in the warm outdoor pool or you can view the spectacular Aurora Borealis while sipping on a cocktail in the award winning Northern Lights Bar (which features floor-to-ceiling windows). Enjoy the view before retiring to one of the beautiful suites that evoke the contemporary Icelandic style.
Turks & Caicos – Amanyara
On the island of Providenciales is the stunning Amanyara resort, made up of private villas, each with an indoor-outdoor feel that connects its guests to untamed nature.Tile can be a little they come to a very 19 â‚¬70 a job transfer down the stones with ovals such thousand and you for self-service spaces
The resorts focus is on rest and relaxation, offering its guests an idyllic and zen break from the stress of the real world.
The beach itself is one of the best in the world with crystal-clear water and pristine, sugar-soft sand. It is also home to a diverse underwater wonderland of coral reefs that run along Amanyara’s private beach, perfect for a diving or snorkeling trip.
South Africa – MannaBay
Located in Cape Town, the modern MannaBay consists of only eight rooms. It is located high on the slopes of Table Mountain, boasting views of the city and the mountains behind.
Each room is sumptuously and uniquely decorated with it’s own theme: a favorite among travellers is the Pom Pom Room (favored not just for its design, but for the private pool!).
The hotel also offers day tours with activities such as diving with sharks and wine tasting. We suggest carving out time to sample the High Tea that happens daily from 3:30-5:30pm, which is nothing short of exquisite.
Bali -Green Village
Designed by our friend Elora Hardy, Green Village Bali is set along the Ayung River and is made up of 18 sustainable, hand-constructed homes made completely of bamboo. The homes are individually owned, though available for rental.
Each house is as unique as the next; the latest build, Sharma Springs, recently graced the front page of New York Magazine for its unique design.
Model making and house building workshops are available as well as full and half-day tours of the incredible village.
France – Hotel du cap-eden-roc
On the French Riviera, Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc is a grand and beautiful resort that graces 22 acres of lush garden, with the blue-watered coastline of the Mediterranean only steps away. This idyllic spot lends itself to plenty of fun water sports and activities.
For all you literary buffs Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc has always been a home to artists, and has been immortalized in the pages of Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night.
The rooms are the epitome of elegance and exude historic glamor, most with views of the parklands or sparkling sea.
Italy – Villa D’este
Opulence is the only word for the exquisite beauty of Villa D’Est. The hotel looks over the popular Lake Como, a perfect setting for whispering sweet nothings.
The rooms are filled with polished antiques, and pay homage to the baroque style with painstaking details that add to the grand atmosphere.
The renaissance-inspired gardens are a green thumb’s dream and well worth exploring.
Ireland – Ashford Castle
This incredible place dates back to 1228 and has kept its fairytale charm whilst also catering to every contemporary whim. Ashford Castle boasts a wide array of activities including boating, archery, and falconry.
If it’s luxury you’re after, look no further. The spa, a recent addition, boasts a serene and stunning escape meant for royalty.
An absolute must is dinner in the underground wine cellars: a converted dining area that was once a secret passageway.
Australia – Halcyon House
Halcyon meaning: denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful, perfectly captures this bright, colorful and texture rich take on an updated 1960’s motel.
Guests arriving at Halcyon House are greeted with an ice cream cart offering flavors made daily, a nod to nostalgia and the area; a quiet beach town.
The area sits between the glitz of the Gold Coast and laid back Byron Bay, a perfect spot to take one of the complimentary bikes and ride through the town of Kingscliff or to travel to Byron Bay and visit the lighthouse, Australia’s most easterly point.
However a trip to Halcyon House is not complete without a meal at their in-house restaurant, Paper Daisy, a destination unto itself.
POSITANO PERFECTION WITH A VIEW
Italy – Hotel Marincanto
Perfectly placed on a hillside on the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Marincanto offers breathtaking views across the town of Positano and the Mediterranean sea. Grab your honey and sit out on one of the many terraces taking in the natural and manmade beauty of Italy.
In need of cooling off? The infinity pool, set amongst the cliffs above the sea is the perfect place.
Hotel Marincanto is in the heart of Positano and close to some wonderful attractions including Piazza dei Mulini and Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
Happy 10th Anniversary to Honeyfund!
xx The Firefly Team
Bio: Firefly Events is a luxury wedding and event planning and design company. We take care of all the logistics and work with you to design an event that’s beautiful, innovative, and highly personal. Our offices are located in New York and California and we are available for travel worldwide!
As designers, we draw inspiration from the past, present and future, from art, fashion, travel, and the dynamic cities we call home! We love unstructured organic design as much as clean lines and modern décor, but what we really love is creating a unique combination of these sensibilities in order to produce weddings & events that bring our client’s individual style to the forefront.
As planners, our goal is to alleviate the stress and frustration that often accompany wedding & event planning. We deal with all of the scheduling, logistics, paperwork, emails, phone calls and everything in between so you don’t have to. We offer our clients a space to laugh, smile, feel inspired, and enjoy every moment of the planning process as well as their big day.
At Firefly we are truly passionate about the art of wedding & event planning and finding the place where elegance meets creativity.
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