Honeymoons for spa-lovers
The spa at the famed Parrot Cay hotel offers Ayurvedic therapy. (Parrot Cay)
Wedding planning certainly tests your tolerance for stress, but after your aisle-walking days are behind you, it is time to bring on the relaxation. Get your blood pressure back to pre-engagement levels at one of these save or splurge spa honeymoons destinations
Europe high budget: San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy
A honeymoon in the Tuscany region of Italy is a true Italophile’s fantasy. Book a room at the Hotel Adler Thermae in the Orcia Valley, just an hour from Chianti; the view from the outdoor spa pool is right out of a Renaissance painting and the stone grotto pools are enriched with healing salt from the Dead Sea. Indulge in spa treatments from the Treatments for Twosomes menu – an antioxidant-abundant wine bath in the local Brunello would be particularly in the spirit. Spend a week there — ideally during the autumn harvest season when Tuscany is in its grape- and olive-picking glory.
Europe low budget: Istanbul, Turkey
Spa-loving, history-buff honeymooners should spend some time in Istanbul. After all, Turkish baths have been considered an art form for hundreds of years. Step back in time to 1741 for a scrub under the stately domes of Cagaloglu Hammam, a bathhouse popular among locals, tourists and even Hollywood royalty. The White House Hotel is a short walk away and has 24-hour room service, an amenity that honeymooners often appreciate. Istanbul’s tulips and poppies are in bloom in April, adding romance to an already romantic city — and your hammam-hopping will require at least a week’s stay. Just note that men and women generally relax in separate sections of the spas.
Americas high budget: Sedona, Arizona
Sedona — a bold green desert with flora-framing, rich, red sandstone formations — is the perfect place for some post-wedding Zen. Its artistic-meets-holistic vibe tends to attract healers and those wanting to be healed. Connect as a couple with a treatment for two, like the dosha balancing wrap, where you are massaged while swaddled in warm, herbal-infused sheets. The Mii Amo spa at the Enchantment Resort offers a similar treatment to overnight guests. Visit this area any time of year and stay as long as your stress level requires.
Americas low budget: Buenos Aires, Argentina
It takes two to tango, especially in Buenos Aires, the unofficial tango capital of the world. Sign up for lessons at Complejo Tango, which also has dinner-show packages. After a night of dramatic deep dipping, try a Scottish shower (which alternates hot and cold water) at the Relax Spa at the Duque Hotel. This southern hemisphere city of three million is best if you are having a wedding November through March — and you will want to spend at least a week here, if not two.
Caribbean high budget: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
On “Provo”, as the island is called, the highlight of your honeymoon can be found underwater — there are wild turtles, barracuda, a pod of dolphins may even swim alongside your boat. After a few hours in the sea, honeymooners at the famed Parrot Cay hotel can book Ayurvedic therapy, an ancient Indian tradition that re-stabilizes their body. Turks and Caicos is best for a week, between December and May.
Caribbean low budget: St John, US Virgin Islands
With its lush grounds and 11 tennis courts, Caneel Bay is the honeymoon hotel on St John in the US Virgin Islands. But the premium eco-tent rates at the Concordia Eco-Resort will not set lovebirds back a bundle. Massages are offered in-room or on your private deck. You can also practice yoga with an ocean view for an affordable $10 a class. Visit St John between January and March and stay for as little as a long weekend. Namaste.