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You’ve exchanged vows and hopped on a plane; now it’s all about pure romance. So slip into something more comfortable and settle firmly into one of these luxe honeymoon suites, where the bed beckons, the bathtubs are built for two, and sunbathing in the buff is highly encouraged.
Hillside Pool suites, Hermitage Bay | Antigua
Watching a dramatic sunset from a private plunge pool over the Caribbean Sea with your bae — that’s what honeymoon dreams are made of. The appropriately named Hillside Pool suites at Hermitage Bay are entirely cloistered, and the wraparound deck facing the water lets you take in the expansive ocean view, while the balmy air, verdant mountains and cold cocktails serve as perfect aphrodisiacs.
Ocean View Penthouse suite, Esperanza | Mexico
How’s this for exclusive? A dedicated elevator delivers you to Esperanza's ocean-view one-bedroom penthouse spa suite with vaulted thatch ceilings. But what truly makes this penthouse intoxicating is the private butler who waits on your every need. Two glasses of Taylor Fladgate 2008 late-bottled vintage port? Si, señor. An oversize sunhat for the beach? Coming right up. A cheese plate for a midday snack? Your wish is their command, which means you can spend less time worrying about the details (why leave for dinner when it can be hand-delivered to you?) and more time getting busy.
Superior Tent, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle | Thailand
Scientists have found that a couple can feel more connected by experiencing something new together. Glamp in the bamboo jungles of northern Thailand in a thatch-roof Superior tent, complete with a wooden hot tub and elephants roaming outside. At the Four Seasons’ first all-inclusive, expect the inclusions to be a step above — think nightly sundowners at Burma Bar, endless restocking of your in-room minibar and a 90-minute spa treatment of your choice. So switch off your smartphones (there’s no service anyway) and concentrate only on each other.
Orchid suite, Halekulani | Oahu, Hawaii
The spoiling begins the moment you walk into the Halekulani's three-room Orchid suite. The property’s executive chef will meet with you to design customized meals for the duration of your honeymoon, which means all the chocolate-covered strawberries, caviar and oysters you want. As if that’s not enough, consider the unobstructed vista: Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head crater’s 761-foot rim. Got a culture itch? Honeymooning in this suite also means you’ll have access to complimentary tickets for some of the biggest arts and culture events on the island, including the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Honolulu Museum of Art.
Tamarind Villa, Parrot Cay | Turks and Caicos
COMO Parrot Cay’s remoteness — a 45-minute boat ride from Grand Turk — is part of what makes this small private island so magical. Nestled among the dunes, the two-bedroom Tamarind Villa comprises a spacious sun deck and a private sugar-white beach where you can access a 24-hour butler, private yoga sessions and custom meals. But we don’t blame you if you spend most of your stay in the canopied bed, outfitted with crisp white sheets, voile draping and direct views of the Caribbean.
Villa Rockstar, Eden Rock | St. Barths
In the master bath of Eden Rock’s outrageous Villa Rockstar, the walls, floors and ceiling are covered in white and gold tiles with muted accent lighting. It’s a cocoon-like setting for the oversize, freestanding Boffi oval stone tub, where all you’ll want to do is hunker down and practice your Kama Sutra poses. The rest of the 16,000-square foot pad features a Glen Affric whiskey bar boasting 40 varieties, a recording studio and screening room, a garage filled with luxury cars, and a private beach with room for conscious coupling.
Sophia Loren Royalty suite, MSC Divina | Sails from Miami, Florida
The iconic accent. Those coy cat eyes. The full lips. Even at 80, actress Sophia Loren exudes the same allure she embodied in her heyday. The Oscar winner’s namesake suite on the Swarovski-laden MSC Divina cruise ship, which sails from Miami to several Caribbean ports and continues to the Mediterranean, was designed by Loren herself, and the ship was named after her godmother. Rich red upholstery, black-and-white photos of Loren in lacy teddies and pinup poses, soft lighting, and a floor-to-ceiling mirror by the bed make for a most sensual stay for two on the high seas.
Extreme Wow suite, W Paris-Opera | France
Few cities are as romantic — Isla Fisher wed Sacha Baron Cohen here in 2010, and it was the kick-off site for Kimye’s wedding weekend. The nouveau W Paris – Opera’s Extreme Wow suite oozes as much sensuality as Marion Cotillard or Brigitte Bardot. Its postmodern furnishings give way to panoramas of the City of Light and the Palais Garnier opera house. Get up close and personal by one of two fireplaces — one in the bedroom next to the round bed and a second in the separate living room, where avant-garde photography by Marcel Van der Vlugt lines the rococo walls.
Duplex Penthouse suite, Gansevoort Park Avenue | New York City
Had the Fifty Shades series been set in Manhattan, surely Gansevoort Park Avenue’s Duplex Penthouse Suite — draped in black crystal chandeliers and oh-so-many shades of gray (and purple) — would have mirrored the title character’s sleek bachelor pad. The six-fixture spa bathroom flaunts black and white marble, an oversize steam shower and a freestanding whirlpool bathtub; the view of skyscrapers’ twinkling lights will inspire you to emulate Christian and Anastasia in the city that never sleeps.
Majestic Penthouse suite, Hotel Majestic Barrière | France
On the top floor of this legendary hotel in the heart of the French Riviera (très fameux for topless sunbathers, ooh là là!) is a penthouse fit for VIPs. The Majestic suite’s 36-foot-long private rooftop terrace features round deck loungers and a lap pool perched over the Bay of Cannes and La Croisette boardwalk, bustling with artisans and street performers. Hole up together with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and christen every inch of the 7,000-square-foot suite, from the two bedrooms and two bathrooms to the dining room and living room looking out to the Mediterranean.