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After making things official in Miami and spending your first night as a married couple in one of the city's luxe hotels, now's the part you've both been waiting for... The honeymoon. Luckily you're already in the gateway to the Caribbean and Mexico so honeymoon hopping from Miami is a breeze. With direct flights of less than four hours, you'll be relaxing in paradise in no time in these spots that show off the best of both city and shore.
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Thompson Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Just a two-hour flight from Miami lies one of the newest upscale resorts gracing Riviera Maya, Mexico — Thompson Playa del Carmen, set in the heart of downtown Fifth Avenue's nightlife. Sprawl out on the in-water loungers in the rooftop infinity pool — the highest point in Playa del Carmen — while taking in sweeping 360-degree views of the city and sea.
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Some of the most urban spots can also be some of the most romantic, you just have to know where to look, and Groupo Habita's DOWNTOWN hotel is the perfect example. The 17-room hotel is tucked into a courtyard off of downtown Mexico City's cobblestoned streets, housed in a 17th century residence that's one of the oldest in the area. Rooms are fit for Mexican royalty, with their vaulted brick ceilings, red volcanic walls and handmade cement tiles, plus balconies looking out to the bustling street below.
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Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia
An eight-time winner of the title "World's Leading Honeymoon Destination" from the World Travel Awards, Saint Lucia really does have something for every type of couple when it comes to a romantic island escape. Jade Mountain, one of the most iconic resorts on the island (and one of our Honeymoon Award winners for 2016), can take all of your preferences into account when planning the perfect Saint Lucia honeymoon. Known for its three-walled sanctuaries and ridiculously romantic plunge pools overlooking the Piton mountains, the only thing you'll need here is a bottle of bubbly.
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Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks & Caicos
After an elegant reception at COMO's first stateside hotel, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, jet off to the group's most sought-after spot, Parrot Cay by COMO, set on one of 40 small cays in the Turks and Caicos. Arrive in style via private boat transfer and continue the VIP experience with a villa stay right on the mile-long beach, where butlers will ensure romantic meals are ready and waiting after you're done soaking up the sun.
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One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
The recently reopened One&Only Ocean Club is a super short flight away from Miami to a stretch of white sand shore on Paradise Island, where honeymooners will find an estate inspired by the gardens of Versailles, with marble statues and fountains imported from Europe that descend straight down to the water. Bask in beachfront views from colonial-style suites looking out to sea or indulge in fine dining superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Bahamian cuisine from a perch on a white-sand bluff overlooking the water.
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Perhaps GoldenEye's greatest claim to fame is being the spot where Ian Fleming's James Bond was born, but it was Island Records' Chris Blackwell who took the 19-acre property (home to just one villa at the time) and made it a 52-acre estate with 20 cottages and villas, each sporting personalized playlists curated by Blackwell and Quango Record's Founder Bruno Guez. This spring, the resort will take on a more eco-chic approach perfect for couples who want to cozy up in nature, adding 26 Jamaican-style free-standing huts with beds looking out to Snorkeler's Cove and Oracabessa Bay.