5 Over-The-Top Honeymoon Ideas

by Nancy Rones
  1. Jodhpur, India

    Why you'll love it: Surrounded by majestic palaces, dazzling jewelry, exquisite gardens with resident peacocks, and relics of princely history, you'll wonder when your horse-drawn (or elephant-drawn) carriage is going to appear in this medieval Rajasthani city.

    Where to stay: If it's good enough for The King, or Maharaja, to live in...then you can expect a lavish stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace. One part of this immense sandstone palace, fashioned in Art Deco design, serves as the primary residence of Jodhpur's royal family. A second section is an opulent hotel, and another is an antiquities museum, which you can peruse while sipping champagne. TajHotels.com

  2. St. Barts, French West Indies

    Why you'll love it: They may think they're incognito behind their designer shades, but we know the famous flock to this teeny, French-speaking Caribbean island.

    Where to stay: Built on a magnificent rock ledge that overhangs the blue waters of St. Jean Beach, the exclusive Eden Rock hotel is as chic as it gets. The fashionable villas are individually styled. A favorite: the beachfront Waterlily suite with an infinity pool and private gardens. EdenRockHotel.com

  3. Sea Island, Georgia

    Why you'll love it: A sophisticated playground of pampering, serenity and unspoiled coastline (including five miles of white-sand beaches), this country-club-esque private island off the coast of Georgia is a magnet for royalty, dignitaries and celebs looking to escape.

    Where to stay: Lose yourselves at the grandiose Cloister at Sea Island, which combines modern amenities with old-world swankiness (jackets and dinner attire for high-stakes bingo night in the ballroom). Request a top-floor suite overlooking the Black Banks River and don't miss dining at the hotel's super-elegant five-star restaurant, the Georgian Room. With a cozy subterranean wine cellar, you can indulge your palate further with a private wine tasting led by the sommelier. SeaIsland.com

  4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Why you'll love it: "Live large" should be the motto of this wealthy Middle Eastern city on the Arabian Gulf. You'll find world-class designer shopping (and a lot of it), extravagant hotels, championship sporting events, and a love affair with everything gold and opulent.

    Where to stay: It's hard to miss the Burj Al Arab hotel, jutting over 1,000 feet up out of a man-made island and shaped like a ship's sail. Inside this icon that's bathed in 24-karat gold leaf, hotel staffers welcome you with rose water, cool towels, dates and Arabic coffee. What follows is luxury in full blast, including a posh duplex suite, a round-the-clock butler who takes your order from a pillow menu and a special bath menu, and personalized cocktails at the Skyview Bar, created by world-class mixologists. Jumeirah.com

  5. Amalfi Coast, Italy

    Why you'll love it: Besides the resident glitterati, big-time glamour stems from the breathtaking scenery along this sunny stretch of Mediterranean coastline. You'll know you've joined the privileged set when you visit the charming cliff-clinging towns of Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. Their gastronomic pleasures alone are a quick trip to heaven.

    Where to stay: Some serious architectural magic went down at the elegant Il San Pietro di Positano hotel, outside of Positano. Etched into the towering sea-facing cliffs, the hotel's rooms, restaurants, gardens and pool cascade down a steep hill. Even the elevator to the private beach and tennis court is carved into rock. IlSanPietro.it

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