Do you love the little bit of warm weather hitting the Big Easy recently? Well, you’re going to want to soak up those rays immediately after reading Becca Hensley’s picks for the best “beach bumming” honeymoon spots. In the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of New Orleans Bride Magazine, out on newsstands now, Hensley takes reads all over the country spotting the best honeymoon getaways for every couple. Are you planning your romantic retreat with your toes in the sand? Look no further.
Who needs shoes? Barefoot glamour reigns at Acqualina Resort & Spa, in Miami, where you can step from your ocean front suite onto a crescent of bone-white beach or splash in any of four pools. With hammocks galore; ruby red umbrellas for shade; and torch-lit, private waterside dinners, this resort on the seductive Florida Riviera knows how to pamper. Spend an entire morning in the ESPA’s Private Spa Suite, where a private terrace invites you to linger over a long lunch after your treatments. The warm caress of the sun is complimentary. acqualinaresort.com
Like a musical soundtrack to your coquetry, the waves whisper a lullaby at Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, California. The only SoCal property poised on the sand, this intimate hotel seems to hover above the sea. Watch the sun set from the bar, where high tide encircles the structure, giving the impression you’ve set sail in a boat. Or, let the balcony butler stock your suite’s veranda with gourmet snacks and bubbly for a personal sundowner. Sneak out to explore the town, known for its art scene. Splurge on a souvenir painting to commemorate your union. surfandsandresort.com, visittheoc.com/maps-and-information/oc-weddings
Active couples can expend calories aplenty at Four Seasons Maui at Wailea in Hawaii, snuggled between other resorts on one of the island’s best-known beaches. Golf, snorkeling and outrigger canoe trips tempt here, but slow down for the individual instructional massage course taught in the beachside hales (huts). After a day spent stand-up paddleboarding, or SUPing à deux, reward yourself with the hotel’s coddling private dining experience at the “adults only” Serenity Pool, the perfume from Plumeria trees wafting in the breeze. fourseasons.com/maui