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Would you prefer to watch zebras trot past your window, or drink a margarita out of a private infinity pool? Whether you’re traveling by plane, boat or mule (seriously), here are some amazing spaces perfect for kicking off your happily ever after.
Island Romance Suite, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa – Florida Keys
As you set off by seaplane or boat to this private island 29 miles north of Key West, the real world drops away — as do modern fixtures like in-room TVs and Internet access. But who needs Wi-Fi when you have the Island Romance suite, outfitted with an outdoor shower, private deck and personal fire pit?
Ocean Panorama Pool Villa, Six Senses Yao Noi – Thailand
This rustic-chic getaway spoils honeymooners adventurous enough to make the trek around the globe. Exhibit A: This “do not disturb”-worthy villa, which offers views of the Technicolor rainforest and karst-dotted Phang Nga Bay from the bed, the bathroom (complete with an outdoor shower) and the private pool and terrace.
Papala Suite, Verana – Mexico
Verana is truly a secluded honeymoon haven. (Getting there requires a plane, a boat, a taxi and a mule.) The thatch-roof Tea House is an open-air suite housing a gauze-draped bed, a plunge pool and a Japanese-style living room. The epic views of the Pacific and nearby mountains are the stuff screensavers are made of.
Pavilion Room, Amanyara – Turks and Caicos
Situated on the island’s northern side overlooking Northwest Point Marine Park, Amanyara boasts 40 standalone pavilion rooms with king-size beds, freestanding marble tubs and sliding glass doors that open on three sides, unveiling three separate terraces for soaking up the sun.
Perivolas Suite, Perivolas Hotel – Santorini, Greece
Originally created as a private home, Perivolas features 20 hotel suites, including the Perivolas Suite with its own private plunge pool. But the public infinity pool is the main attraction — you might recognize it from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Private cottage, Klein’s Camp – Tanzania
How about a lantern-lit dinner for two at Klein’s Camp, a private safari concession covering 24,800 acres in Serengeti National Park? The property has only 10 cottages, each with verandas perfect for viewing the Great Migration, which passes through the grounds every year.
Stone cottage, Pashan Garh Lodge – India
Most come to north-central India’s Panna National Park in search of the elusive Bengal tiger. You’ll come for the seclusion that 200 acres of private jungle can afford. Each of the 12 stone cottages boasts a lantern-lit patio area and a private outdoor sala like this one.
Baldequin Suite, La Mamounia – Marrakech, Morocco
Kick off “happily ever after” in storybook style. Enter through a foyer lined with slinky couches topped with oversize pillows; from there, the French doors open to the Atlas Mountains. The larger of the two bathrooms (yes, there are two) features a rain shower and a claw-foot tub for two.
Eiffel Suite Classic, Hotel Plaza Athenee – Paris, France
This 191-room landmark on Avenue Montaigne was the hotel of choice for fashionistas long before it appeared in the season finale of Sex and the City. Top digs, like the 1,400-square-foot, show-stopping Eiffel Tower Classic, offer terraces with views of the city’s iron icon.
Tudor Suite, Fawsley Hall – England
Sorry to sound cliché, but this 58-room regal manor (northwest of London) really is fit for a queen: Elizabeth I visited regularly until 1575. Newlyweds can summon their inner Will and Kate by staying in her suite of choice — named for that year — or the equally sumptuous Tudor suite.