Is a Spa a Good Honeymoon Choice?

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
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For couples who live a healthy lifestyle at home every day, or just want to start their lives together with a wellness-focused experience, a spa resort can be a great honeymoon choice... if you pick the right one. Here, some questions to ask your resort before making that choice.

What's coed, and what isn't?
Sure, you can always book a couple's massage or another spa treatment for two but, if you have an image in your head of you and your new hubby sitting in a hot tub, steam room, or sauna together on your honeymoon, call ahead and find out which of these spaces are coed and which or divided by gender.

How serious are the food restrictions?
Some destination spas focus on weight loss, while others encourage a healthy-eating plan without enforcing rules. Asking a lot of questions about the food — from portion control to calorie counts and whether they allow caffeine — will give you a good sense of the spa's take on a healthy vacation.

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What is their alcohol policy?
Just as some spa resorts don't allow caffeine, many also prohibit or limit alcohol intake. If you're looking for a resort that has a healthy menu and active routines, but also has a wine list and a full bar at night, you'll want to confirm that's the case at your property so you won't be tempted to sneak in contraband.

Are the activities optional?
Some spas have tons of choices for how to keep moving during the day — from water aerobics and pilates to walks, hikes, bike rides, and dance classes. But whether it is your decision how to spend your time does vary. Some have a prescribed schedule, others allow you to pick and choose what to do — or whether you would rather do nothing at all and simply spend the afternoon floating in the pool in the arms of your beloved. We wouldn't judge you for wanting to spend your honeymoon that way, but if downtime is important to you, make sure your resort won't judge you either.

How comfortable are the rooms?
Some spas are so focused on fitness, health, and weight loss that what you're paying for is their expertise in those areas, not a luxurious chic resort. Look at the pictures carefully if you have an image of your honeymoon suite as being more than functional, and especially if you expect a romantic and indulgent space to escape to together each night.

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