2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons: The Top 10 Resorts in the Mainland U.S. and Canada

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
US and Canada Honeymoon Resorts

Photo: Courtesy of Calistoga Ranch

Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite resorts in the mainland U.S. and Canada!


Photo: Courtesy of Little Palm Island

1. Little Palm Island, Florida Keys, Florida
You don't have to fly to the South Pacific to honeymoon on a private island. In fact, depending on where you live, you don't have to fly, period: Just take Highway 1 from Miami to Little Torch Key and hitch a ride on the hotel's gleaming mahogany boat. Your suite—topped with thatch and outfitted with an outdoor bamboo shower—only adds to the castaway fantasy. (Doubles from $990; littlepalmisland.com)


Photo: Post Ranch Inn

2. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Privacy, please: This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired eco-lodge, perched 1,200 feet above the Pacific, is a secluded haven for honeymooners and A-listers (Taylor Swift, Jack Black, Anne Hathaway) alike. Take your pick of 39 individual buildings — more specifically, tree houses, villas on stilts, and suites with wildflower-covered roofs — before taking full advantage of a mini bar that's "on the house" and insane sunset views from your private balcony. And if you do want to venture out in the open, we suggest horseback riding on the beach, strolling through the surrounding redwoods, or stargazing from the infinity pool. (Doubles from $675; postranchinn.com)


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3. Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
If you want a really secluded honeymoon getaway, look no further than this celeb fave (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Seinfeld" alum and current star of HBO's "Veep," was recently spotted on property). Nestled into red-rock mountains, on hundreds of acres of private land, Amangiri's vibe is equal parts southwestern adventure and Asian tranquility (owing to Aman brand influence). Whether you're looking to climb mountains, gallop on horseback through vast desert landscapes, waterski on Lake Powell, or just chill by the insanely gorgeous pool (it's built into the rocks), there's little chance you'll be disappointed here. (All inclusive, doubles from $1,700; aman.com)


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4. Meadowood Napa Valley, California
Thanks to a fresh $60 million renovation, this Relais & Chateaux estate is bigger, better, and more beautiful than ever with a nine-hole golf course, revamped guests rooms, and a chic all-suite spa designed by local architect Howard Backen. Aside from the dreamy rustic-meets-elegant setting, foodies come for three-star Michelin dining at The Restaurant, which features a personalized menu of valley-grown ingredients (many from the resort's own garden) with wine pairings, of course. (Doubles from $500; meadowood.com)


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5. Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California
Looking to post a good Insta (or ten)? This is the place for you. You'll have panoramic views of the Napa Valley, surrounding vineyards, and Mayacamas Mountains whether you're lounging poolside in a cabana or relaxing in your hillside Mediterranean-style cottage. Not to mention: the property has a Michelin-starred restaurant (in fact, it originally opened as a restaurant in 1981), so you know you'll be well fed. (Doubles from $1,175; aubergedusoleil.com)


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6. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta
When this grand mountain resort opened in 1890, it became a base for outdoor enthusiasts — and 126 years later, it still attracts the same stylish adventure set. The 548-room property is located in Bandff National Park, which is surrounded by mountaintops, a stunning emerald lake, and the region's famous Victoria Glacier. And with land like that, it's pretty much a given that honeymooners spend the majority of their time outside their room. The don't-miss activities? Sunrise canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking by the shore. (Doubles from $267; fairmont.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Calyoquot Wilderness Resort

7. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
If you want to take glamping to the next level (literally!), book a night at the resort's Cloud Camp, which sits 4,500 feet above sea level on Ursus Mountain. A helicopter takes you up to the lakeside outpost, where you and your hubby can stargaze over dinner prepared by a private chef, bunk up in a drape-y canvas tent, then awake in a four-poster bed to the sun rising over Clayoquot Sound. Dreamy! (All-inclusive tents from $7,256 for three nights; wildretreat.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Montage Laguna Beach

8. Montage Laguna Beach, California
Just an hour's drive from Los Angeles, this top-notch beach destination is perfect for a SoCal 'moon. The craftsman-style resort sits on 30 acres of oceanfront property and since all of its 248 rooms face the Pacific, there is no bad view — or room, for that matter. To fully experience the resort, book a day at the 20,000 square-foot spa and reserve a cabana for two by the Mosaic Pool, which features stunning pool tiles that light up at night. (Doubles from $595; montagehotels.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Amangani

9. Amangani, Jackson, Wyoming
This luxe Aman property is a celeb hotspot — Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden honeymooned here — thanks to its western-inspired interiors, crazy attentive service, and can't-beat location: It's 20 minutes from Grand Teton National Park and an hour from Yellowstone National Park. Bonus: The plunge pool is heated year-round and features Insta-worthy views of the Tetons. (Doubles from $750; aman.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Calistoga Ranch

10. Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort, Napa Valley, California
Perfectly tucked away in a forest of oaks and pines, cedar-shingled bungalows are home to 50 lodge-like guest rooms, each with its own fireplace, al fresco shower, and floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding hills. While staying on the extensive 157-acre property, bounce around — on bike, if you please — between the spa (try the vinotherapy spa bath), 5,000-plus bottle wine cave, and the new adults-only pool. (Doubles from $745; aubergeresorts.com)

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