It’s official – issa wife! And now it’s time to unwind.
After months of planning and the stress of putting together the wedding of your dreams, there’s no better time to unwind and relax with the man that you just shared “I dos” with.
Whether you’re the type of couple that wants to explore a breathtaking destination halfway across the world, sunbathe at the beach everyday while sipping on pina coladas, partake in a bit of island adventure, or even just spend the whole week locked away in the honeymoon suite, we’ve got options for everyone.
Here’s our list of honeymoon destinations perfect for all of you black newlyweds.
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The Bahamas has long been a destination hotspot for those looking for a quick getaway to the Caribbean. And while many may overlook it when planning their honeymoon due to the the popularity of the destination or having visited in the past, there are changes to the Bahamas have made it the reason why black newlyweds should add it to the top of their list. With the recent opening of Baha Mar after years of stalled construction and changes in ownership, couples can whisk away to Nassau, Bahamas for a relaxing Bahamian getaway to experience it’s new properties such as the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Meliá Nassau Beach and soon the SLS and Rosewood. The newly opened Baha Mar includes the 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus Golf Course and Golf Club, and the Baha Mar Casino, which is the largest casino in the Caribbean. Not to mention, the destination still offers favorites such as Atlantis Paradise Island, Cable Beach and downtown attractions, which make it the ideal destination for any type of traveler.
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For those looking for a lowkey honeymoon, look no further than the Finger Lakes. The eleven-lake region spans upstate New York, from east (Syracuse) to west (Rochester), and offers a diverse range of activities and attractions for those seeking simplicity, serenity and even a bit of adventure. With more than 150 world class vineyards, world-class locally inspired spas, breweries and distilleries, farm-to-table culinary treats, historic sites, quaint villages and vast acres of land perfect for hiking, biking and even hot-air balloon rides.
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Known as the "Spice Island" due to its production of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, Grenada is filled with lush forests, mountains, white-sand beaches, colorful towns, and much more, making it unique to other islands of the Caribbean. Grenada is a bit more low-key to its neighboring islands of Barbados and Trinidad, so expect the out-of-the-ordinary when you’re here. While you’ll still enjoy all the island vibes that this region offers, you can still enjoy the peace and serenity low-key that comes with less crowded beaches, hotels and attractions. The gorgeous capital city of St. George's offers much to do for tourists looking to explore, or you can opt to experience serenity and rejuvenation at one of the island’s resorts, such as Mount Cinnamon experiencing amenities such as yoga, famed cuisine and sumptuous accommodations in one of its suites overlooking the Caribbean Sea. And as one of the world's biggest spice exporters, you’ll see it incorporated throughout food, drinks, and even your spa treatments, which makes for a special treat when experiencing everything the island has to offer.
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Audrey Hepburn once said, "Paris is always a good idea," and she was absolutely right. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate their culmination of their love, in the “city of love”? Couples can visit to explore the destination’s best food, music, culture and design. As you walk through the city, hand in hand, you’ll understand why this is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. And though you can no longer “lock your love,” on the Love Lock Bridge, the views of the Eiffel Tower views, museums like the Louvre and landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral, will make you forget all about that previous tradition. Needless to say, there’s nothing about this iconic city that you won’t love. The city is beautiful during almost any season, including the rainy months of March and April, so no need to worry about the best time to visit. The limited shortage of options allow you to celebrate your love for one another, all while taking in the breathtaking attractions of the city.
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Want to know how the other half lives? Then it’s time to add the French Riviera to your bucket list. Full of glitz, glam, and luxury, Monaco is often frequented by the likes of celebrities such as Beyoncé , Jay Z, Rihanna, J.Lo and more. It is known as the playground for the rich and famous, and the ideal definition for those looking to make a splurge on one of the most important vacations you’ll ever take. In addition to all of the elegance that the city encompasses, the backdrop of mountains and buildings paint a beautifully rugged picture that complement the picture perfect Mediterranean coastline. And though a quaint and unique city, there are plenty of things to do, such as gambling (or celebrity-watching) at the Monte Carlo Casino, experiencing luxe accommodations at the premiere Hotel Metropole, or spending a day strolling along millions of dollars worth of yachts along the Monaco Yacht Club, which is, the perfect place to catch a stunning sunrise or sunset. And if you’re looking for some good eats, Monaco has that, and more. Situated conveniently next to Italy and France, the country is also home to restaurants with both influences, to satisfy your taste buds. Needless to say, a honeymoon in Monaco would definitely make you first vacation as a married couple truly epic.
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“Wow” is the best way to describe it. That’s the feeling you’ll get the minute you step foot off the plane for this destination. So because of it, no matter what you are looking for, South Africa is an idyllic setting for a honeymoon. From the breathtaking views overlooking Table Mountain in Cape Town, to experiencing sunrise in the bush, to the vast lands that encompass South African wine country, there’s no shortage of first time experiences to enjoy with your lover. Not to mention, the over-the-top luxury hotels and restaurants - who wouldn’t want to experience the luxe life while celebrating their honeymoon? And rather than Tuscany or Napa, why not opt for the rugged mountains and rolling vineyards of South Africa’s Cape Winelands for your honeymoon? Here, you can leisurely explore the country’s most charming historical wineries, sample some of the cellars’ best vintages, and experience life in one of the world’s premier wine regions.
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Private wine tastings on local vineyards, hot air ballooning above the county, breathtaking scenery, cozy accommodations, and delicious farm-to-table food. Sound like this is something you would enjoy? These are just a few of the things you can look forward to once you head to the West Coast to enjoy all the beauty that Sonoma County has to offer. An hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is home to more than 400 wineries and offers couples plenty fun ways to see and experience wine country. So if you’re looking to relax, unwind and rejuvenate, Sonoma is where you should consider. And if you like a bit of excitement on your vacations, you can even go zip-lining through redwoods, or gamble the night away Graton Resort & Casino, the premier resort and entertainment destination in Sonoma County.
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If it’s good enough for Rihanna, it’s certainly good enough for your honeymoon. And for good reason. The fact of the matter is: few destinations can match the allure and enchantment of Barbados. This is an island that knows how to live “the good life”, while also being rich in culture, heritage and its people. Often frequented by celebrities, Barbados' easy-going way of life (it is the Caribbean, after all) and stunning natural beauty make it accessible and attractive to all. Whether you’re a couple that is looking for a bit of adventure, fine dining, picturesque powdery white beaches, or simply an opportunity to taste some of the best rum in the world (Mount Gay), this is the perfect choice. Who can’t resist an intoxicating mix of tropical sunshine, carefree bliss and high-end luxury on their Caribbean honeymoon?
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Who says your honeymoon has to be limited to one destination? With a cruise, you can do one, three, five or even seven in the course of just one week (or more)! Offering destinations such as Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, the Mediterranean and more, Celebrity Cruises is perfect for those looking for the right mix of romance and relaxation. And for couples looking for the least amount of hassle after just planning the biggest day of their lives, these cruises packages allow you the option to pay one price and it includes everything: your plush room, spa treatments, gourmet dining, private shore excursions without worrying about your budget once you step foot on the ship.
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Las Vegas isn’t just for those looking to participate in a bit of “sin” -- though the option is there is you want it. Whether you gamble or not, it's a magical place for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. Whatever fits your travel mood, you’ll find in Vegas. And with plenty to do, you’ll never be bored in Vegas, with attractions such as world-famous shows, 5-star hotels such as the Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons and MGM Grand, casinos, fine-dining restaurants and an endless number of other activities await. And if you want to up the ante on romance, head to the "Eiffel Tower for panoramic views, take a helicopter ride over of the Grand Canyon, or even a gondola ride on a Venetian canal. And if you and your hubby also want to explore the outdoors together, see beautiful desert-scapes such as Seven Magic Mountains, go climbing at Red Rock Canyon, head to Antelope Canyon, or even surprise your man with a round of golf a Vegas world-class championship courses.
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