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By Ed Salvato, Co-Founder, Editor in Chief, ManAboutWorld Magazine | August 5, 2015
In a historic ruling by the Supreme Court bolstered by increasing tolerance among Americans, marriage equality is law in all 50 states. In recognition of this milestone, our thoughts turn to the perfect place to celebrate the nuptials of newly minted same-sex couples. Whether you get married or just want a romantic getaway for you and a special someone, check into one of these five hotels made for honeymooning.
The Norman: Tel Aviv, Israel
The Norman brings the timeless elegance of the 1920s to the heart of Tel Aviv with this classic, luxury boutique hotel. The understated hotel stylishly blends romance and old-World grandeur with state-of-the-art technologies. Splurge for the Penthouse Duplex Suite, laid out over two floors with a romantic outdoor hot tub. Honeymooning on a budget? Scale it down a bit with the Grand Deluxe room. The property has a full gym and wellness center and a restaurant serving inspired French-Mediterranean cuisine. And then there’s Tel Aviv itself: dynamic and historic with some of the most beautiful men and women in the world (not that you’re looking, newlywed!) on some of the world’s most perfect beaches, just blocks away.
Six Senses: Con Dao, Vietnam
The exotic Con Dao islands are an hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City, a hideaway at the edge of the world, with waters brilliant blue, sand sugar white, and one of Southeast Asia’s most remote yet accessible five-star resorts. It’s a dream for any same-sex honeymoon hotel. Your Guest Experience Maker will tend to your every whim, as well as organize day-trips and romantic excursions. The rooms are rustic contemporary with hints of classic Vietnamese art. The private open-air terraces also have outdoor showers and allow for private nude sunbathing. The on-premise restaurant serves freshly caught seafood. For romance, a couples massage in the Thai therapy room or pre-dawn yoga is a stunning way to take in the natural beauty on Con Dao.
The Point: Lake Saranac, NY
A world away, the Point is rustic and serene and tucked inside Upper Lake Saranac on 75-acres of wooded property. The hotel has been a destination for several gay weddings, while numerous couples use the luxurious site for their same-sex honeymoon. The accommodations consist of gorgeous cabins with dark wood and fieldstone fireplaces, deep sofas, and claw foot tubs. You can enjoy lunch on one of two small secluded islands, each an easy 12-minute canoe ride. Come dusk, you and your new spouse can take a one-hour hike to a small lodge where you’ll dine in front of a roaring fire. Or try the private lunch on the glass-enclosed electric launch boat that will whirl you around Upper Lake Saranac. If you’re same-sex honeymoon takes place in the winter months, The Point can arrange a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
Ritz-Carlton South Beach: Miami Beach, FL
This contemporary beach-side property is not your grandpa’s Ritz Carlton. With a relaxed vibe, a beautiful modern airy design, a killer location at the beginning of Lincoln Road and a stunning pool overlooking the beach, this is a great choice for a couple to spend a winter getaway weekend. Upgrade to the Club Level for access to the Club Lounge with food and alcohol options most of the day and the exclusive Club on the beach with attentive service, complimentary alcoholic beverages and fresh made gourmet snacks. The spa is one of the best in the city and a couples massage here is ideal for some relaxation.
The Katikies Hotel: Santorini, Greece
Last on our list of the best same-sex honeymoon hotels is the Katikies. Close your eyes and envision the ideal Greek island honeymoon. Katikies brings that image to life. It is the first hotel built on the Caldera cliffs, overlooking the crystal blue Aegean Sea, and offers honeymooners some of the best sunset views on the island. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by two glasses of homemade lemonade and receive a warm welcome to this ultra-luxe, state-of-the-art property. The spacious senior suites are a worthy honeymoon splurge. In the morning, the delicious breakfast can be brought to your room overlooking the cliffs. At night, request a private dinner-for-two on the rooftop. The property has three infinity pools that blend into the sea’s horizon, gorgeous for a late-night swim with your spouse; or sit on the edge with a cocktail and enjoy the sunset.
A passionate traveler, Ed Salvato is co-founder and editor in chief of ManAboutWorld magazine, the number-one gay travel magazine for tablet and smart phones. With over 15 years experience, Ed is considered one of the world’s leading gay travel experts. Click here for a free three-month subscription to the magazine.