In my last post on wedding planning during this time of self-isolation, I promised a post on honeymoon dreaming. Here are 8 great places to visit virtually.
During these uncertain and unsettling times, the health of ourselves and our loved ones is what’s most important, naturally. But for those healthy couples who are shacking up, doing the right thing, and making the best of self-quarantine, you’re left with a whole lot of time to daydream about your possibly-delayed honeymoon or your next romance-filled trip. With a first-class flight taken from your couch, distract your mind and virtually honeymoon hunt at these eight glorious destinations:
Close your eyes. Imagine you and bae on a romance-filled Croatian holiday at this pool. Then, open your eyes and see if it matches up to this virtual tour of San Canzian Village & Hotel, a luxe hotel compound located in a Medieval village in the Istrian countryside—the “Tuscany” of Italy’s neighbor across the Adriatic Sea. Our bet: With all the surrounding olive trees and scenic vineyards, plus spectacular guest rooms with outdoor courtyards, the virtual tour promises to better…that is, until you can see the real thing.
Located in the beautiful B.V.I., which is likely ranking high on your honeymoon list anyway, The Soggy Dollar is home to one of the most iconic beaches and bucket list waterfront bars in the world. Known as the birthplace of the “Painkiller” cocktail, even those who’ve already been will jump at the opportunity to virtually visit, and can even do so with the iconic cocktail in hand. Although the exact measurements might technically be a secret, a Painkiller consists of premium dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juice, topped with fresh grated Grenadian nutmeg, a rep tells us. This recipe gets it pretty dang close.
Whether you’re spending all the time you have in quarantine daydreaming of an Aspen honeymoon in winter (ski season) or summer (hiking season), one thing’s for sure—it promises to be filled with outdoor activities and a whole lot of luxury. One look at The Gant’s outdoor pools and hot tubs—which are open year-round, thank you very much—or the giant, summertime rooftop terrace, and any couple will be sold that this is the place for their eventual ‘moon. You can also explore all the different casual-meets-chic condo accommodation options, all of which are nestled at the foot of Aspen mountain in one of the most desirable parts of this dreamy small town.
Waikiki is never a bad idea, especially for couples looking for never-ending beach relaxation with the added benefit of being closeby to everything the iconic Honolulu neighborhood has to offer. To get in on the action—and virtually transport yourselves to the remote island archipelago in the Pacific—all you need to do is connect your laptop to your Apple TV and mirror Halekulani Living TV. The sophisticated content series will bring you into the world of one of Hawaii’s well-appointed resorts, Halepuna by Halekulani, and is so much more than your average virtual tour. A celebration of Hawaii’s diverse culture that will have you both in the Aloha spirit in no time, the multi-episodic series will have you exploring adventures in spearfishing and tandem surfing, appetizing your taste for local cuisine, and learning about the techniques of local artists, musicians, and dancers.
A lush tropical Caribbean oasis awaits you at Curaçao’s only five-star hotel, where seclusion and a couple’s privacy are paramount. In fact, the celeb-favorite hotel even has a “no photographs” policy, which is enticing enough to take a peek inside the resort virtually. One look at their Superior Beachfront Pool Suites—which feature private gardens, private plunge pools, patios and access to the beach, not to mention a private outdoor bathtub and rain shower—and you’ll have your post-quarantine baecation decided on.
You know what will instantly lift your spirits if you start to get down under self-isolation? A little Disney magic. If you’ve never stood on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, gawking at the statue of Walt and Mickey holding hands or witnessed the fireworks over the iconic Cinderella Castle, you’re in luck, because you can virtually visit many parts of the park anytime. After a long day of digital exploration, jump on a floatie and unwind at this calming lazy river located at the glamorous Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Just stream it to your TV, sit back, and relax. You earned it. Looking to try something a bit more adventurous? You can also virtually zipline over alligators at nearby Gatorland—which, come to think of it, is probably the safest way to do that anyway.
Located in South Africa on the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve near Kruger National Park, Cheetah Plains’s accommodations are contemporary private residences called Plains Houses. Each of the drool-worthy, eco-luxe hideaways offer an indoor/outdoor setup that instantly submerges visitors into the surrounding nature, and keeps them comfortable enough to enjoy it with comfy couches and daybeds, architectural fireplaces, sun decks, heated swimming pools, and chef’s kitchens. Just watch this video and tell us you don’t want to be there right now.
Starting to feel like the walls are closing in on the place you share together? Get out of town and spread your legs a little by taking a look at some of French Polynesia’s most deluxe hotel digs. Located on the stunningly beautiful Tetiaroa atoll that can only be reached after a 20-minute flight from Tahiti, The Brando is an all-inclusive resort with just 35 beachfront villas surrounding a sparkling lagoon. The prized rooms for honeymooners here are the brand new Brando Residences. Since you can’t see them in person, you might as well take a virtual tour of the three-bedrooms stunners, each with its own private swimming pool and giant terrace. If you were technically “in residence,” you would have access to a butler and private chef, so we suggest getting bae to cook you dinner as you gawk over the gorgeous Polynesian-inspired setups.