Love is grand, and so are grand gestures like popping the question in a private helicopter while soaring over the Grand Canyon or saying forever yes on a Caribbean beach, surrounded by a few of your closest friends. We invited 10Best readers to vote on the best adults only resorts, honeymoon cruises, places to propose in the US and resorts for a destination wedding. The results are in, and here's what our readers chose as the best in romantic travel.
Best Adults Only Resort: Mi Amor Tulum in Tulum, Mexico
Built upon a rocky outcrop overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hotel Mi Amor, in Tulum, is an art deco hideaway. Swing from hammock chairs over the infinity pool while sipping craft cocktails. Order a private, five-course dinner in your cabaña. Take part in a Mayan Temazcal ceremony to cleanse your body and mind, or enjoy the sounds of the jungle and crystal bowls during a Yucatan sound healing session. Mi Amor has a spa and a restaurant on-site. The resort offers six room categories, each with air-conditioning and only steps away from the clear, blue Caribbean waters. Mi Amor welcomes guests 16 and older.
Best Honeymoon Cruise: Variety Cruises
From Greece to West Africa and beyond, travelers on a Variety Cruises itinerary can discover indigenous cultures, regional cuisine, ancient sites, remote villages and natural wonders that only small ships can reach. Environmentally conscious couples will appreciate Variety Cruises' emphasis on ecological sustainability and inclusiveness, with sails that are in-depth and community-driven, leaving a minimal footprint behind. With no more than 72 passengers, honeymooners aboard a Variety cruise enjoy more leisure time (and often overnights) at ports of call, personalized service, small-group excursions, swimming platforms and restaurants serving cuisine with a focus on local flavors and ingredients.
Best Place to Propose in the US: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, California
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers 47 acres of stunning flora and carefully cultivated gardens of all kinds, each with their own unique appeal. Ask your beloved surrounded by heritage roses, among succulents and Mediterranean beauties, or while standing on the coastal bluff, where whales may be your sole witnesses! The Gardens offers a perfect backdrop for picnicking and proposing. For couples who want to tie the knot immediately, elopements are welcome. Generally speaking, simply keep your party under 10 people and make sure everyone pays regular admission! Full details are outlined on the website.
Best Resort for a Destination Wedding: Zemi Beach House in Anguilla
Zemi Beach House — Photo courtesy of 2020 Hilton
Situated on six oceanfront acres on Anguilla’s Shoal Bay, Zemi Beach House Hotel and Spa in Anguilla is all about ambience. Choose among many settings to say forever yes, whether by the pool, in the open-air restaurant, on the beach, or on the grounds of the Zemi Thai House Spa, a 300-year-old Thai building. Cozy bonfires, strings of twinkling lights and stylish pergolas add color and sparkle to outdoor receptions. Zemi Beach House also hosts petite weddings and elopements for those seeking deeply personal experiences with their beloveds. The resort features a selection of rooms, penthouses and beachfront suites with either garden or ocean views.
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