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Five Exotic Honeymoon Destinations
2012-08-13 10:39:31
By Carole Dixon

Once you’ve picked your wedding venue, found your dress, sent out the invitations and agonized over the seating chart and menu, you can hopefully look forward to an amazing honeymoon. Here are five luxury destinations that range from a castle in Ireland to a private island in Central America and a charming all American city. The services range from personal concierges to customized spa treatments on all buget levels – in some cases you can even do the whole wedding right at the destination. This would certainly save the bride and goom time and energy, not to mention weeding out the guest list. 

Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland – Dromoland Castle, one of Ireland’s finest castle hotels, is a short flight from the east coast and just a few minutes’ drive from Shannon International Airport, so you can be enjoying gourmet “new Irish” cuisine and a luxurious guestroom almost before the ink is dry on the wedding certificate. The castle offers a full Irish breakfast, afternoon tea, the Dromoland School of Falconry, classic country pursuits, a lovely formal garden, an award-winning golf course, and history and romance galore. For reservations visit sales@dromoland.ie; or contact Preferred Hotels & Resorts at 1.800.323.7500 or www.preferredhotels.com.     

Hotel España, Barcelona, Spain -- Barcelona, one of the most romantic cities in the world, teaming with architectural gems, including this sophisticated and stylish full-service four-star hotel situated in the heart of the historic district. With chic and luxurious guestrooms, a Michelin rated chef supervising three dining venues, a rooftop swimming pool, the Hotel España embodies the sensual ambiance unique to Barcelona. For more adventurous couples, it’s the perfect base camp from which to explore the “City of Counts” with a passionate partner. Visit www.hotelespanya.com.

Town of Oxford, Maryland, USA – Dedicated romantics will be drawn to this classic American maritime village nestled on the Eastern Shore. The Town of Oxford, Maryland is tiny, friendly, and full of surprises, like lovely hidden gardens, more than seven active marinas, spectacular sunsets, fabulous locavore dining, sailboat races and regattas, pancake breakfasts at the firehouse, and several comfortable and historic inns. From peace and quiet to ferry rides and festivals, the Town of Oxford is the place for honeymoon bliss, American style. The Oxford Business Association welcomes inquiries by telephone (1-410-745-9023) and at its website (www.portofoxford.com).

Royal Belize, Stann Creek, Belize – For honeymooning on a private island, head to this exclusive Caribbean retreat dedicated to serving only one party at a time. With a choice of three villas, plunge pools, a personal chef, a concierge, an endless array of water-based sports, stunning scenery, the nearby Belize Barrier Reef, and complete and total privacy, plus a helipad, this unique property is perfect for frazzled brides and grooms. For reservations visit www.PrivateVacationIsland.com.

Viceroy Bali, Ubud, Bali – This over-the-top romantic resort features private pool villas with a helipad for those who want to travel with ease to paradise. The other hassle free services include VIP immigration service, accommodations in a luxurious villa, daily breakfast, candlelit dining en suite or at award-winning CasCades restaurant with its heartstoppingly beautiful views, spa treatments at holistically-oriented Lembah Spa, complimentary shuttle service to artsy Ubud, a dedicated personal services manager, and all the privacy the honeymooners could possibly desire. For reservations visit www.viceroybali.com