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Caribbean Queen

Baoase Luxury Resort in Curacao

A honeymoon means getting away from it all — but you don’t have time to travel to total seclusion. Luckily Curacao, one of the most southernmost (but still not far-flung) Caribbean islands, offers an intriguing history and culture along with a luxe resort perfect for alone time.

Baoase, a chic Caribbean escape with sleek Asian accents, is perhaps the country’s most exclusive offering. You’ll never want to leave a private poolside villa with a tropical terrace that leads to a mineral pool, timber balcony overlooking the sea and open-air shower, along with other modern amenities indicative of paradise. If you decide to wander from your cozy cottage (though there’s no need), stumble over to Baoase’s sexy beach bar or hobnob with local glitterati at the beachside restaurant. For an extra dose of romance, set up a sunset picnic on the private island, or arrange a couples massage on the sand.

Serenity now.

Visit baoase.com.

To the Maxi

Sun-Protective Tunics and Dresses by Mott 50

If your honeymoon plans include a trip to the tropics, make sure to include a few stylish double-duty pieces to take you from brunch to the beach. Mott 50 offers a vibrant collection of comfy cotton maxi dresses and tunics with a 50 UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) to block harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Choose from Mott 50′s cotton poplin tunics in festive herringbone, wild animal print or traditional embroidered styles, or opt for the racerback maxi made from soft bamboo and available in black, fuchsia, poppy or royal blue. The plus: Frolicking in the sun sans damage to your dewy, just-married skin.

You’ve got it covered.

Visit Mott50.com.

Flipping Out

Travel Flip-Flops from CityFlips

Destination wedding guest meltdown: The flight to the far-flung island affair leaves first thing in the morning, and you’ve put off packing until midnight. Plus, everything must fit in a carry-on so you can easily hop onto a puddle-jumper.

Beachy flats go best with the breezy maxi dress you’ll wear to the reception, but for lounging around throw in a pair of travel-friendly CityFlips. The foldable flip-flops come in a small pouch that fits into a purse (the pouch also expands into a full-size tote bag to lug home favors and souvenirs). Funky leopard, zebra, or black-and-pink striped patterns are fun for the beach, and will leave you enough room in your luggage for all those 3-oz. toiletries.

It’s better than barefoot.

Visit cityslips.com.

 

Chantilly in Costa Rica

Go Au Natural in Manuel Antonio

Celebrate the pura vida of your honeymoon in serene Manuel Antonio, surrounded by pristine Costa Rican beaches and lush rain forests. Enjoy the great outdoors (monkeys! sloths! toucans!) while staying pampered.

STAY:

Nestled in the rainforest, the oceanfront Buena Vista Villas at Tulemar Beach offer a panoramic view of the Pacific. Enjoy the private beach, meander along nature trails or stay in and sip champagne in your terrace’s stone hot tub.

EAT:

To view magnificent sunsets, head to La Luna Restaurant at the Gaia Hotel & Reserve. Sip on a Gaia Sunset (a fruity mix of guaro, banana liqueur and pineapple and orange juice) and dine on seafood like the ginger and panko-crusted tuna.

ENJOY:

No honeymoon would be complete without an outing to Manuel Antonio National Park–home to intimate bays and beaches surrounded by rainforest. Spend the day snorkeling or scuba diving, or stay on land for some monkey or sloth spotting.

Over the Moon

Destination Weddings at Half Moon Resort, Jamaica´╗┐

If Prince William’s engagement has you dreaming of a royal wedding, Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica is fit for a queen (both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles have vacationed there). Whether it’s a grand ballroom or an intimate crescent-shaped beach, the lush 400-acre resort can deliver on any wedding vision.

Reserve a few private villas for your group — each comes along with a personal chef, butler and housekeeper. Surrounded by fragrant gardens, the plantation-style homes (complete with terrace and private pool) are decked out with colonial decor offset by bright Caribbean hues. Keep the rehearsal dinner casual with a beachfront BBQ of jerk chicken, seafood and rum punch while a steel band plays under the stars. On wedding morning, primp in private in one of the Fern Tree Spa’s cottages, while golf enthusiasts can play nine holes on the award-winning course. Around sunset, get married with your feet in the sand at the Royal Pavilion, a private beach with an open terrace for the reception.

Once your guests depart, you and new hubby can unwind at the spa with their signature couples’ massage (followed by a private soak, champagne and truffles), swim with the dolphins (Tony and Reggae) and end the day with a romantic dinner of escovetch fish on the terrace of the famed Sugar Mill restaurant.

Everything is irie.

Visit halfmoon.com.