Wedding season has arrived! Most likely you know someone who is getting ready to tie the knot, or maybe you yourself are preparing to take the plunge. Once the vendors are booked, your Pinterest boards are overflowing with ideas, and colors and details begin to fall into place, then it’s time for the exciting part of choosing from an array of unique honeymoon destinations. We think the best vacations for couples are out of the box ideas.
Hawaii, the Caribbean, and backpacking through Europe are all go-to choices for a honeymoon. Why not shake it up a little? On the day of your wedding when relatives ask, “Where are you honeymooning?” Surprise them with a more unique choice. Here’s the best news – since you own with HGV, you can use your points on a honeymoon. Why, you ask?
- Our properties are located in some of the top vacation destinations around the world
- Your condos are complete with luxury kitchens and washer and dryers
- You have more space to spread out and relax together
- On-site activities and concierge services
- You will have a special place (filled with great memories!) to return to for anniversary trips
Here are some of our ideas for the best vacations for couples:
New York City
Manhattan makes for a different kind of island honeymoon. If you aren’t looking to spend your days lounging poolside, why not turn New York City into the ultimate honeymoon borough? NYC is a nonstop adventure and a mecca for fine dining, art, culture, and yes, even relaxation. A New York City spa is in a class all their own.
What to do: Spend your days walking Central Park with chai lattes, a boat ride to Coney Island, museum hop, and take photographs over the High-Line in Chelsea. Enjoy getting dressed up for a Michelin star meal and splurge on tickets to a Broadway show. When you need a little break from the horns, lights, and people, cozy up in your calming condo with a bottle of wine and bubble bath.
Where to Stay: HGV has three Manhattan properties to choose from, each with their own luxury and modern sophistication.
Good to know: There are so many amazing and unique market halls and farmers markets throughout the city. Since you have access to a gourmet kitchen, why not pick out local produce and fish and make a new dinner recipe together in your pajamas.
Queenstown, New Zealand
If you are the couple that registers at R.E.I., and loves an outdoor, adrenaline-filled vacation, Queenstown, NZ is the dream. Whether you choose to honeymoon during ski season or jet boat season, Queenstown has miles of untouched wilderness waiting to be explored.
What to Do: During the New Zealand summer, you can really celebrate your marriage by bungee jumping together off the Kawarau Bridge. After the ultimate adrenaline rush, take in the scenery on a hike through the Routeburn Track, and jet boat through Mount Aspiring National Park.
During the winter months, you have snow sports galore at your fingertips. This includes skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, even being silly and sledding down hills together. No matter the season, finish each day with a soak the natural way in the Onsen Hot Pools.
Where to Stay: Breathtaking views on the water at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa. You can enjoy breakfast on your balcony and enjoy a short stroll into the center of Queenstown. Anatara is a honeymoon paradise.
Good to Know: New Zealand’s winter is our summer, so for fun in the sun, book your honeymoon between November and April. For fresh powder, visit during our summer months. Avoid the two weeks post-Christmas when families (meaning kids) vacation there.
Park City, Utah
Planning a winter wedding or a honeymoon during winter? Park City, Utah is one of the best vacations for couples. It offers you all the beauty of a mountain town with a low-key, relaxed vibe. For summer honeymooning, Park City offers just as much adventure for couples who love the outdoors. Park City is a sophisticated destination with a laid back Western atmosphere.
What to Do: Park City is alive during the summer months with festivals, concerts in the park, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. During winter, you have access to any snow sport imaginable. In addition to outdoor activities, Park City also offers incredible dining and opulent spas.
Where to Stay: Inspired by its natural surroundings, Sunrise Lodge, A Hilton Grand Vacations Club blends rustic architecture with modern elegance.
Good to Know: Utilize your condo kitchen to pack lunches for the slopes, or picnic dinners to a concert in the park. Avoid traveling during January when Park City is absolutely packed for the Sundance Film Festival.
After the “I Do’s”
We know choosing the perfect honeymoon can be tough. That’s why Hilton Grand Vacations gives you the opportunity to use your ownership points to pick an ultimate honeymoon destination that is uniquely you. What do you think are the best vacations for couples? Share with us in the comments below.