Once the excitement of the wedding itself starts to calm, many pairs immediately set their sights on their next task as soon-to-be newlyweds: planning the honeymoon. While grooms often take this responsibility since brides are typically in the midst of wedding-planning decisions, many couples do choose to plan the entire trip together. From where to stay to where to dine and play, planning this once-in-a-lifetime trip can be fun – and also stressful, no matter how often you've traveled separately or as a couple in the past.
The concept of a mini-moon has become very popular with newlyweds who are not able to take much time off work – or those choosing to save their true honeymoon for a time that's more convenient than the days immediately following their nuptials. While we do recommend taking some time to celebrate your new marriage just the two of you following the festivities, the "when" is entirely up to you. A number of the couples featured in Inside Weddings choose to take their honeymoon vacation across the ocean to Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, or South America, while some opt for a more laid-back trip in the United States – or nearby Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean.
For those duos who need inspiration for a mini-moon or honeymoon locale, we've pulled together 12 suites from hotels and resorts across the globe that are sure to be romantic for newlyweds. Choose one, or combine your favorite with a number of other properties you've been dying to visit to create the ultimate vacation you'll never forget.
Pacific View Suite at Casa Del Mar - Santa Monica, California
Get a bird's-eye view of the coastline in this corner suite featuring stylish coastal décor and plenty of natural light. Astronomy lovers will also enjoy taking a look at the stars with their personal telescope before sitting by the fire to enjoy a glass of wine. Photo courtesy of Casa Del Mar
Ocean Suite at The Lodge & Club - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Grand Residence at Montage Kapalua Bay - Lahaina, Hawaii
Make Hawaii feel just like home when staying in this luxurious three-bedroom, ocean-view residence, which showcases a stunning lanai (balcony), living room, full gourmet kitchen, and even a washer/dryer – you'll never want to leave! Photo courtesy of Montage Kapalua Bay
Pulitzer Suite at Pulitzer Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Imperial Suite at The Breakers - Palm Beach, Florida
For a true, luxury experience, couples can enjoy this elegant suite that evokes a pied-à-terre experience. Make your honeymoon locale a home with two entrances, five balconies, and elegant décor – all overlooking the dramatic coastline. Photo courtesy of The Breakers
Treehouse Suite at Chewton Glen - Hampshire, England
Beach House Suite at Shutters on the Beach - Santa Monica, California
For a luxurious honeymoon by the beach, this spacious suite is located on the highest floor with picturesque views of the water. It also features chic, coastal décor designed by Michael S. Smith, the White House decorator. Photo courtesy of Shutters on the Beach
Bi-Level Bungalow at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows - Santa Monica, California
Couples who have always wanted a beach wedding will definitely want to check out the residential-style bungalows at this beachside hotel. The quintessential Southern California accommodations were built between 1920 and 1946; however, they've been upgraded with modern décor to offer a home away from home just steps from the sand. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
The Aviary at Twin Farms - Barnard, Vermont
Thorsen Suite at The Lodge at Torrey Pines - La Jolla, California
Golf lovers will adore this luxurious suite, which overlooks the 18th green and the California coastline. Spacious accommodations include an oversized fireplace in the living room and another fireplace on the large balcony – perfect for cuddling up with your newly minted spouse. Photo courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Prince of Wales Suite at Cliveden House - Berkshire, England
Velasquez Suite at 11 Cadogan Gardens - London, England