If you want to skip out on the traditional just-you-and-bae, post-nuptial escape and bring your whole crew along for a buddymoon instead, you’ll need to consider many, many different options. A few of the most common deliberations for buddymooners: location—of course—and whether you should stay local or go global; the amount of time each buddymoon’er will need off; the access to group and couple-friendly activities; and the different accommodation options available to your group, which range from sleeping in the same space to merely sharing the same floor at a massive hotel. But most importantly, can your guests afford it and will you be able to set aside some time to bond as newlyweds? Here are five fail-proof buddymoon ideas that will get you inspired for your own:
Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
Miami is one of the most popular honeymoon, minimoon, babymoon, bachelorette, birthday party—well, you get the point—spots in the U.S., thanks to its location, weather, nightlife, and hard-to-beat beaches. Steps from the sand and sea, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel boasts one of the best locations in Miami Beach, walkable to all restaurants and bars that line Ocean Drive but safely far enough away that you won’t hear the music pulsating from your hotel suite. After a $50 million renovation last year, the hotel is in its glory with lots of suite options that will make any group ‘moon planning a cinch. You can even connect rooms together so each member of your party has a semi-private space, or, go completely baller and book The Presidential Suite which spans two floors, has a balcony with an ocean view, and ample indoor/outdoor space for entertaining. Whatever you do, the adults-only SOAK Cabanas at the pool are a luxe must with a dedicated concierge, bottle service, and hourly amenities such as ‘adult snow cones,’ Evian mist, and frozen fruit treats, not to mention their prime sun-bathing spot that overlooks the massive 4,000+ square foot pool. If your group is somewhat active, you can partake in a group fitness class or meditation offered on the lawn each morning, or be totally lazy and just book yourselves a treatment at the onsite exhale Spa, where you can share a private room with your new spouse for a couples massage while your guests get individual treatments.
The Yacht Week, Caribbean, British Virgin Islands Route
For a group trip that picks up where your wedding reception left off, rent a yacht and hit the high seas with up to 12 of your besties for the ultimate party at seas. On its original route in Croatia, The Yacht Week has a reputation for its 24-hour go-as-hard-as-you-can vibe, but in the BVI, you’ll find a route that’s the ideal balance of daytime chill and nighttime fun—it’s basically what buddymoon dreams are made of. With a skipper at the helm of your luxury vessel and an optional host/hostess to take care of cooking and cleaning, your entire group will quickly fall into Vacation Mode On. Each day after that will feel very choose-your-own-adventure, even if that adventure means just following around the other yachts—which can include up to 25 on this particular route—that are also living their best life at sea. The week-long sail through the Caribbean stops at gorgeous, remote locales—many only accessible by small boat—so you can hit up the local beach bars for rum and cocktails (We highly recommend a Painkiller when in the BVI.), sample the local cuisine at beachside eateries, explore the Baths at Virgin Gorda, and windsurf on Anegada. With totally private islands on the itinerary, you’ll have plenty of options to sneak away from the group with your new spouse, too. And for your guests: Well, let’s just say they’ll be pretty entertained themselves. Traveling in a caravan of yachts can prove to be a pretty great way of meeting new friends and even playing matchmaker for some of your single pals in attendance.
One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort| Breckenridge, CO
One of the finest ways to take your dream honeymoon and bring along your friends is to plan it all around an over-the-top ski trip. Especially good for active groups, one of our favorite places to invite your friends along for a week on the slopes is in Colorado at Breckenridge, which is known for its top-notch skiing, stunning scenery and a lively après-ski scene. With happy hours galore, you’ll have plenty of options for post-ski shenanigans with fellow guests. After a physically taxing day on the mountain, One Ski Hill Place is the luxe ski-in, ski-our resort your crew will need to unwind. Located at the base of Peak 8, with convenient access to both the slopes and town via the BreckConnect gondola, the property is also right next door to the TBar, one of the best on-mountain après bars in the country where you can recreate your bachelorette or bachelor parties respectively. Rooms range from small studios to spacious four-bedroom condos so you’ll have plenty of space to spread out regardless of your lodging configuration.
Kasiiya Papagayo, Costa Rica
For an eco-conscious buddymoon, Kasiiya Papagayo will not disappoint the happy couple or their guests. Near Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s beachside gem on the Pacific side, it’s both ultra-chic and environmentally friendly. If your crew is a nature-loving group, even better. The retreat just opened this year with five tented suites set on 123 acres of tropical dry forest just steps from the ocean. With big beds, lounge space, an indoor/outdoor shower, and a private terrace, you’ll feel like your camping in the jungle—with the luxuries of a resort. The grounds also include a sunset deck, beach cabana, and a three-level fitness platform which will inspire you to get some cardio, yoga, or Pilates in outdoors. For communal activities, there’s a spa cabin and restaurant on property, and you can take advantage of the best Costa Rica has to offer with other planned activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, and zip lining. For less communal activities, you can just relax with your new plus one on one of two private beaches.
Weekapaug Inn, Rhode Island
If your friends fancy the finer things in life, this luxurious Relais & Châteaux property will definitely be their speed. On the edge of Quonochontaug Pond and surrounded by unspoiled nature, Weekapaug Inn is great for newlyweds and their closest friends that want to unplug and relax, with the convenience of a quick and easy escape. Its New England locale—on the seafront in Westerly—is stunning and full of outdoor activities and even an on-site naturalist. Water sports on the property include kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing for when the group feels like being active. Or, when your soulmates plural are ready to hit the town, the Inn has complimentary house cars to drive you to area attractions, including shops and restaurants, small estate wineries, and local museums. Weekapaug Inn has just 27 bedrooms but its four two-bedroom suites can easily accommodate a small group and larger ones, too. The best part? You won’t have to leave for a good meal because the property’s newest culinary endeavor—The Brasserie which serves French and European-inspired dishes like lobster macaroni and cheese and pan seared scallops—just opened in February.