Dream Honeymoons: Bedside Bubbly
At Baccarat Hotel New York, you lean from the opulent bed to reach for the phone. She’s waiting patiently next to you, a Mona Lisa-like expectant grin on her face. With suavity, you do well what you’ve been practicing during your splendorous honeymoon at this exquisite hotel. In fact you’ve done it every day — one day twice. “Hurry,” she says impatiently. And, with that you go ahead, pick up the receiver and push the button, which has become your lifeline to hedonistic afternoons. It isn’t marked with a number. Simply, clearly and deliciously, the button says “CHAMPAGNE.” That’s right, at this glamorous outpost in Manhattan’s Midtown, all you have to do to have a chilled bottle of bubbly sent up to your room is press a button on your in-room telephone. Baccarat Hotel New York clearly has its priorities in order. Even better, expect a tray to arrive set with gorgeous crystal flutes — Baccarat, of course. Would a hotel that reinterprets the elegance of the revered crystal brand do it any other way?
Gloriously and eccentrically adorned, Baccarat Hotel New York is a design lovers nirvana. With a trove of extraordinary art sourced from leading Paris auction houses by Parisian art connoisseur Frédéric Chambre over 18 months, the hotel reflects a fancifully dreamy vision of real life glimmer and glam. From the grand entrance at the lobby’s wall of lights to the trademark Baccarat chandeliers, the hotel celebrates beauty at every turn — including its marble, underground swimming pool and those in-room private bars, housed in signature Baccarat red enamel gift-type boxes. Get massaged at Spa de La Mer, linger in the Grand Salon and Bar (arguably the world’s most well stocked champagne bar), gaze at city vistas from The Bar terrace, and be nourished with Alsatian-inspired cuisine from Two Michelin-starred Chef Gabriel Kreuther. You may never have to leave the hotel. The streets of New York City can wait until next time.
A Few Other Spots to Enjoy Bubbly Love
The Whitney Hotel, Boston
Near the Charles River in prestigious Beacon Hill, this urban retreat, with just 65 rooms knows how to pamper honeymooners. Enjoy the boutique hotel’s Neighborhood Passkey program, which gives guess special privileges at surrounding, characteristic Beacon Hill businesses — all you need do is show your room key. Go for the Veuve Experience, which includes sparkling celebration including overnight accommodations, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in-room, early check-in, late check-out, and Veuve Clicquot swag to take home. Oolala
The Wauwinet, Nantucket
Possibly one of the world’s most romantic hotels, this historic, shingle-style haven has access to two private beaches, one of the ocean, and one on the bay. Explore the nearby cranberry bogs and wildlife refuge on two wheels, courtesy of the Ride and Rosé package, which constitutes a two-night stay with access to complimentary Priority Bicycles, a custom bike map around the island and a rosé champagne picnic courtesy of the Relais & Chateaux hotel member’s award-winning TOPPER’S restaurant.
La Cantera Resort & Spa, San Antonio
Relax in this storied resort’s Sunshine and Champagne cabana (as Real Housewife of New York Sonja Morgan recently did) like a VIP. Thanks to the retreat’s exclusive partnership with Veuve Clicquot, you’ll swoon over bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne, branded souvenir flutes, pillows and a pool float, plus Instagram-worthy décor including a neon sign and 6-foot velvet rope around the lounge. The cabana’s big enough for eight guests — but wouldn’t you rather be a deux?
The Vendue, Charleston
Embodying the charm of Charleston, this enchanting hotel comprises two historic structures, set across the street from one another. Adorned with world class artwork, true antiques and tasteful reproduction furniture, The Vendue brings Charleston’s well known penchant for epicurean pursuits to life its The Vendue Romance Package, a two night extravaganza which includes Champagne, oysters and caviar delivered to your boudoir upon arrival, valet parking, dinner and a professional couples photo shoot.