Photo: Courtesy of La Méridien
Stuck on your honeymoon destination plans because you want a breathtaking beach honeymoon while your hubby-to-be envisions a tour-filled European holiday? You're not alone. Luckily, you don't have to choose between sunbathing in the sand and rich history and culture when you pick a Mediterranean island getaway for your honeymoon. He'll be happy exploring Europe's charms, and you won't have to sacrifice a blissful beach experience. Choose a classic destination like the Croatian beach resort town of Hvar, or be a bit more adventurous and escape to an up-and-coming getaway that's a little less well known. Or, choose both--because a quick ferry ride lets you shuttle between these two dazzling destinations!
The Classic: Hvar
This Dalmatian Coast beach retreat is known for billionaires' yachts, the boom-boom-pow of nightclubs, and boldfaced partiers like Prince Harry and Hayden Panettiere. But it's also full of Old World charm: The fortress looks like it's out of a medieval fantasy, and the pastel row houses seem to be from another century. Live large at the Hotel Park Hvar, a former palace with a flotilla of boats.
Doubles from $185, Hotel Park Hvar
The Up-and-Comer: Brac
Take the best of the Mediterranean—food, nightlife, beaches, architecture—toss it onto a chunk of dolomite and limestone, and you've got Brač (pronounced bratch). Find your spot at Zlatni Rat, a tongue of pebbly sand that extends nearly a mile into the Adriatic, then hit Bol and dance the night away at Faces. Your landing spot? Villa Giardino, a posh B&B surrounded by gardens.
Doubles from $139, Villa Giardino