These six two-in-one honeymoons will have you hitting the city hard and then let you dial it back in relaxing spots where nature takes center stage.
Hit Marrakech for souks and sights, and head to the Atlas foothills for R&R.
Make L’Hotel Marrakech, a 19th-century riad turned hotel in the heart of the medina, home base: You’ll be within walking distance of the Jemaa El Fna square, the main souks (tip: Don’t pay asking for that carpet, you’re expected to bargain), and the hip Nomad restaurant, and a short drive to the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Then head to Berber Lodge—it’s just 30 minutes outside the city, but you’ll feel a world away thanks to the nine ultraprivate lodges and chill swimming pool surrounded by acres of citrus and palm trees.
Eat Neo-Nordic cuisine in Copenhagen, then go for epic hikes in the Faroes.
Stay at the new Hotel Sanders (hygge and not too Scando austere) and hop on the loaner bikes to cruise around Copenhagen. Pop into boutiques on Jægersborggade, go for smørrebrød at old-school Restaurant Schonnemann, and definitely have dinner at Manfreds. Next, catch a two-hour flight on SAS to the Faroe Islands, 18 volcanic isles halfway to Iceland, and check into Hotel Foroyar. Spend days hiking, island hopping (most are connected by bridges and tunnels), and ogling the insane number of sheep and puffins that inhabit this bright green archipelago. If you’re there in the (surprisingly mild) winter, look for the northern lights.
Play hard in London—then play aristocrats for a few days in Sussex.
At London’s recently revamped Bloomsbury Hotel, it’s tempting to park it in the lobby’s sexy Coral Room Bar, but then you’d miss touring the eclectic collection at the Sir John Soane’s Museum and going for dinner at the gorgeous Spring restaurant. On the weekend, explore Maltby Street Market, an under-the-radar pop-up with some of the best food in London. Rent a car or take the train an hour south to Gravetye Manor, a 16th-century estate that’s now a luxury hotel with mullioned windows and stone fireplaces, surrounded by acres of gardens and woodlands. Wander the grounds, nap by the lake, and eat at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
Go on a culture crawl in Florence before heading to the Tuscan hills.
There’s no completely escaping the throngs of tourists in Florence, but you’ll get a little reprieve if you stay at the elegant Ad Astra hotel, which overlooks the Giardino Torrigiani, Europe’s largest private city garden. The hotel is located in Oltrarno, the stylish, less crowded neighborhood across the Arno, close to hip boutiques and cafés, the Pitti Palace, and the excellent Trattoria Cammillo. (All that, and just a 15-minute walk across the Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi and the Duomo). When you’re ready for rolling hills and wide-open spaces, rent a car and drive two hours south to the minimalist chic La Bandita Countryhouse. Visit nearby hill towns and go wine tasting in Montepulciano, or simply sit by the pool and take in the views of Tuscany’s bucolic Val D’Orica.
Explore downtown Los Angeles and get your beach fix in Malibu.
You’ll do the west side next time. This go-round, stay with the cool kids in DTLA. Base yourself at the new NoMad Los Angeles hotel, a restored 1920s building with a hopping rooftop pool and bar scene, and a restaurant from superstar chef Daniel Humm. You’re a short walk to the superb contemporary art museum, the Broad, and all the great food stalls at Grand Central Market (change your life with a breakfast sammy from Eggslut). Next, rent a car—ideally a convertible, to live the SoCal fantasy—and drive north along the ocean for about an hour on the PCH to Malibu. Check into the dreamy Surfrider Malibu across from the iconic Surfrider Beach, take a surf lesson, hang out on the beach, and go for super fresh fish tacos at the no-frills Malibu Seafood. Then watch the sunset while eating Cali’s best veg-forward cooking at Malibu Farm Restaurant, right on the pier.
Go big in Paris, then sip big reds in Bordeaux.
In the buzzy Pigalle neighborhood in the ninth, you’ll find Hotel Bienvenue and its Insta-ready pink walls and velvet headboards—and it’s exactly where you want to set up camp (you’ll be a short walk to must-sees like the Louvre and Sacré-Coeur). Then hop in your rental and drive six hours to Les Sources de Caudalie, an haute wine-country inn with one of France’s best spas. You’ll be less than an hour’s drive from the Médoc and Saint-Émilion wine regions, the Pyla sand dune (c’est énorme!), and Cap Ferret, where you can eat some of the best oysters in the world.