Most brides want a fairytale wedding, but a fairytale honeymoon destination deserving of (and featured on) the silver screen? Now we’re intrigued. Movie honeymoon locations often feature idyllic settings, otherworldly resorts, and downright dreamy bedrooms. From a private island in Fiji to an Italian paradise and a few domestic gems in between, here are 11 honeymoon hotels that have been featured in movies.
The Plaza, New York, New York
The Plaza’s list of major motion picture credits reads like an Oscar ballot: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Bride Wars, Almost Famous, Sleepless in Seattle, Scent of A Woman, The Way We Were, Funny Girl, Midnight Cowboy, The Great Gatsby (2013), and about a dozen other blockbuster hits. So, spending the night at this Fairmont Managed Hotel is certainly living the suite life, especially after an extensive lobby-to-roof restoration in 2005. Besides the bragging rights you’ll earn living large at The Plaza for a few blissful days, you can also pull a Kevin McAllister and order room service for two, saunter downstairs for high tea in The Palm Court (Eloise style), prepare for a night in the Big Apple at Warren Tricomi Salon and Skinney Medspa, shop dill you drop in The Plaza Boutique, and refuel with light bites and cocktails in The Champagne Bar, or Todd English’s lower level Food Hall.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
A holiday in Switzerland’s beloved Zurich offers a plethora of activity options year-round (like boating, skiing, shopping, and culinary excursions), but movie buffs will ultimately identify with The Dolder Grand's appeal from its cameo in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In the Oscar-winning film, Noomi Rapace’s character Lisbeth arrives in town and immediately books the historic hotel’s Masina Suite, named after Italian actress Giulietta Masina. Fit for honeymooners, you’ll have 1,790-square-feet of posh pad all to yourself, minus the times your on-call butler arrives to cater to your every need. Dripping in 1950s decadence, there’s an in-room fireplace, heavenly bed with luxurious linens, separate dining and living areas, and views for days of the surrounding mountains and Lake Zurich. Touring the hotel’s halls filled with masterpieces from artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Salvador Dali is a must, as is a mouthwatering 10-course dinner in The Restaurant by Chef Heiko Nieder. The major dining destination was just awarded 19 GaultMillau points and two Michelin stars. #NBD
La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
When you think of where to ‘moon in Mexico, Tulum, Punta Mita, and Cabo probably come to mind, but don’t sleep on Zihuatanejo—a resort city northwest of Acapulco. Once ranked the “most romantic hotel in the world” by Travel + Leisure, the beachy–yet prestigious—La Casa Que Canta is #getawaygoals thanks to its ‘90s movie debut with When a Man Loves a Woman. Designed for lovers, secluded terracotta-hued villas and suites are tucked into the hillside overlooking La Ropa Beach, many of which feature an open-air layout, suspended hammocks, and private plunge pools. Toes-in-the sand dining options by candlelight and the only Spa by Clarins (in all of Mexico), rounds out the list of perks.
Graduate Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but it features one very impressive landmark in its city’s capital that dates back to 1922 and just underwent a massive refresh. You may recognize the Beaux-Arts Providence Biltmore from mafia flick The Last Shot and a little film called 27 Dresses, although its been redesigned and rebranded as the Graduate Providence since. 294 guest rooms and suites are now awash in bold splashes of color and quirky collegiate touches—think bookshelf illustrated wallpaper, student ID room keys, and one very cheeky Ashley Longshore portrait of Brown graduate André Leon Talley in the lobby. What remains original from its former glory days during the roaring twenties is the glass-and-brass elevator, ornate ceiling, and opulent ballroom, but with a thriving culinary scene and growing arts-driven hub downtown, Providence has a new pulse these days. As for places to satiate your palate when visiting, James Beard award-winning restaurant Oberlin, Federal Hill favorites Camille’s and Massimo, and seafood mainstay Hemenway’s are a few of our noteworthy faves.
Heathman Hotel, Portland, Oregon
50 Shades of Grey fans won’t have any trouble living out a red room-inspired rendezvous at the venue that served as inspiration for Anna Steele and Christian Grey’s steamy love scenes in the book—and film. Built in 1927 and located in the middle of Portland’s cultural district, the 151-room Heathman Hotel aims to please, thanks to a $13 million facelift and close proximity to PDX’s buzziest restaurants and bars (try Rosa Rosa, Tusk, Bullard, and Abigail Hall), as well as Willamette Valley wineries Antica Terra, Brooks, and Lingua Franca. Plus, the Heathman is revered for its literary roots and onsite library, which houses more than 3,000 volumes signed by Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Presidents, and probably a few romance novelists (we venture to guess).
The Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami, Florida
Once a lavish party site for entertaining queens like Madonna and Princess Diana, The Villa Casa Casuarina encountered dark times after its owner famed fashion designer Gianni Versace was assassinated on the stoop in 1997. While the American Crime Story doc recounts the entire morbid tale (and was filmed at the Versace mansion), it hasn’t lost its legacy or its luster and is still brimming with over-the-top details, which you can experience first hand when you stay. Between the “Million Mosaic Pool” (an ornate 54-foot-long 24K gold tiled pool, restaurant options Gianni’s and Onyx Bar (with a 24K Golden Margarita to boot), hand-painted ceilings at every turn, and a 14-person shower adjacent to the pool, ‘fitted in imported marble and custom Moroccan-inspired mosaics, nothing was too extravagant for Versace...so why should it be for your honeymoon?
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California
Channel Marilyn Monroe at the famous Hotel del Coronado—San Diego’s only beachfront resort—where Some Like It Hot was filmed in 1958. Here you can wander the same sandy stretch of pristine beach as the glamorous actress and her co-stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, while admiring the 130-year-old property’s sun-drenched Victorian architecture. When you’re not holed up in your quarters celebrating your newly minted relationship status, take advantage of The Del’s Mermaid Fitness water aerobics workouts, which obviously need to be documented on the ‘gram. The saltwater-centric festivities continue at The Spa at The Del with a “Majestic Mermaid Treatment,” which includes a sea salt stone massage, restorative ocean facial, and seaweed leaf wrap. Preparing yourself to leave at the end of your stay, is the only hardship you’ll encounter at this nationally treasured hotel.
Half Moon, Montego, Jamaica
James Bond diehards seeking a Caribbean escape should look no further than the well appointed and legendary Half Moon resort in Jamaica. Nestled in picturesque Montego Bay, it was briefly renamed to serve as the fictional island of San Monique for 1973’s Live and Let Die. Although the film showcased Bond fending off snake attacks and double agents in Cottage 10, you can expect a more subdued vacation with your boo this time around. Aside from being renovated (and reptile free) in the the four decades since the movie’s debut, Bond’s cushy cottage is still just steps from the Sunset Beach, where a slightly chilled bottle of Bollinger and cigars are readily available. Spend your days perfecting your swing on their championship golf course, riding one of 28 prized horses around the grounds, getting pampered at Fern Tree Spa, or indulging in award-winning delicacies at The Sugar Mill.
Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
H-mooning in the electric city of Tokyo? Check into the Park Hyatt Tokyo, where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson fell in love in the 2003 rom-com, Lost in Translation. After the 11-15 hour flight, you can unwind in one of their palatial 154 rooms and 23 suites, before bellying up to the same beautiful bar, The New York Grill. At 52 stories high, its prime real estate for canoodling (cocktails in hand), while taking in the city’s twinkling skyline. Afterwards, go for a swim in the rooftop pool and meander through an oasis of calm at nearby Joganji Temple like ScarJo’s character did. Or, relax with couples massages at their upscale spa before an intimate dinner at Kozue, with premiere Japanese sake and locally-sourced, avant-garde cuisine.
Turtle Island, Yasawas Islands, Fiji
Why rent a room when you can reserve a private island following your “I Dos?” You may recall Turtle Island, a sanctuary in the heart of Fiji, from the 1970s survival drama Blue Lagoon, starring Brooke Shields? As one of the first clean energy resorts in the world, it’s ideal for carbon conscious couples looking for an exotic retreat, with a side of environmental conservation. In addition to 14 light-filled beachfront bures (villas)—each with its own dedicatedbure mama/papa (personal concierge)—you’ll have your pick of sunbathing spots amongst the 10 private beaches. All-inclusive rates include food and beverage, as well as land and water-based adventures (SUP, kayaking, scuba diving, etc.), but the best part? Traditional Fijian celebrations and special events are included, which means champagne picnics and romantic dine-outs. At night you can choose to sleep under the stars, or beneath vaulted ceilings woven from palms and knotted coconut husk—your call.
Albergo Della Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno, Italy
Although we’d rather avoid any sort of crime-scene sitch on the most loved-up trip of our life, a few days in parading about Naples donning chic resort wear and eating the freshest Mediterranean fare and homemade pasta doesn’t seem half bad. The Talented Mr. Ripley was filmed partially in Ischia—the largest Italian island off the coast of Naples—and that’s where Gywnnie and crew stayed at the glorious Hotel Regina Isabella during shooting. Many of the scenes were even filmed in and around the hotel in Lacco Amano, so be sure to rewatch pre-packing to brush up on her covetable looks. As the only 5-star luxury resort in these parts, service is top-notch as are the thermal baths, mud tanks, and wellness options at the spa.