We wrap up Glam Slam Wedding Week with five of Hollywood's favorite Honeymoon Destinations. Travel Expert Stefanie Michaels, AKA "Adventure Girl," offers two options for each location… the budget blowing Hollywood hang and a cheaper, but still chic option!
Fergie and Josh Duhamel just honeymooned at the One & Only Reethi Rah Hotel, a swank resort offering island style and sophistication in the North Malé Atoll, Maldives. This tiny, exclusive isle offers breathtaking white sand coves kissed by aqua bays. Each of the resort's villas has direct access to the lagoon, large terraces, endless stretches of private "just for you" beaches, and signature spa. Reethi Rah is also offers some of the best diving in the Maldives. $923-$1,700 US per night. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
The tiny isle of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu (pictured) in the Maldives is a more affordable alternative! This ultra-luxe private isle retreat overlooks an aquamarine (it really is aqua!) lagoon - perfect for a diving school and water sports. The resort also boasts a spa and ivory white beaches, complete with candlelight beach dining. Don't miss sunset at the lagoon bar built on stilts over the water! Exclusive butler service will answer your every romantic wish! The resort is offering a special bride rate of 25% off with wedding certificate. $362 per night (pricing varies per season) http://www.slh.com/maldives/dhunikolhu_island/duncoc.html
ELEUTHERA ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon tied the knot and then honeymooned at this low key "off the map" island in the Bahamas where Mariah owns a private estate. Considered one of Bahamas' "out islands," it's actually a place for the "in" crowd looking for seclusion and romance. http://www.bahamas.com/out-islands/eleuthera-harbour-island
Don't have an exclusive Mariah Carey-esque compound? No worries. A "cheap chic" Bahamian option is The Cove in Eleuthera, offering an intimate honeymoon destination set upon the Caribbean's most beautiful pink sand beach. Secluded, seductive and stylish, the 26 rooms and suites boast urban chic decor mixed with island charm and come complete with iPod, 600-count linens, gourmet restaurant, and hilltop views of Eleuthera. Rates start at $188 per night. http://www.thecoveeleuthera.com
Julia Roberts honeymooned at San Ysidro Ranch and so did Sandra Bullock and Jesse James. "The ranch" in Southern California's hills of Montecito wine country features private cottages and suites and has long been the hideout for Hollywood's elite. Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows there and it was John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned. Each classic bungalow style retreat has plush king-size beds with fine linens, fireplaces and patios. Some feature hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain showers, flat-screen TVs and hand-selected antique furnishings. Rates from $650 per night, Sunday-Thursday, which includes breakfast for two daily and $100 resort credit per stay. Valid through Sept. 30, 2009. http://www.sanysidroranch.com
Budget conscious alternative? The Montecito Inn. Near pristine Butterfly Beach and just steps away from boutique shopping, local attractions and some of the city's finest dining, the Montecito Inn was built in 1928 by cinema legend Charlie Chaplin and was originally meant as an escape to paradise for Mr. Chaplin's closest friends. Weekend rates starting at $179 per night. www.montecitoinn.com
Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds chose Clayoquot Wilderness Resort as their ultimate wedding destination. After their guests left, the Hollywood couple hung back to spend some time exploring one of the most beautiful 6-star wilderness retreats in North America. There is so much romance to be found at Clayoquot, from a simple candlelit dinner for two in the games tent, to a tandem massage overlooking Bedwell River, to a horse drawn wagon whisking honeymooners to a secluded beach or river valley meadow. For the wild at heart, this is the place to canoodle. Three night stays starting at $3,695 USD per person all-inclusive. www.wildretreat.com
Tofino's more affordable option: The Wickaninnish Inn, fondly referred to as "The Wick", has won accolades from top ten lists around the globe, and voted "Best Hotel Spa by Travel + Leisure readers. Known for its famous storm watching vantage point, the Wick boasts fireplaces in every room, a gourmet restaurant and yes, incredible spa. Check out their "I DO" elopement and honeymoon package. Starting at $320 US per night.http://www.wickinn.com
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard headed to Italy for their wedding and honeymoon. Their nuptials took place in a small chapel at the luxe Hotel Masseria in the city of Brindisi of Italy's Puglia region - the southernmost tip of Italy. Italy is known for romance and there is no shortage at the unique Il Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, a very special bed & breakfast where Maggie and Peter tied the knot. This romantic hideaway offers rooftop gardens, a large library, pool and restaurant. It is said that their beds are so decadent it takes 3 people to make them. $300 per night including breakfast, lunch, wine and laundry service.
Via Convento, Marittima di Diso; 44-7736/362-328 (no website)
For a cheaper alternative: Villa Magnolia in Puglia is a noble villa dating back to the 18th century turned charming hotel where guests can offset their carbon footprints by planting their own fruit trees! Rooms are filled with antiques from the 1800's, Egyptian cotton bed linens, modern en suite bathrooms with walk-in wet rooms, organic soaps and products, yoga classes, massage specialists, mountain biking and cooking classes for two. $175-$225 US per night.
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