Aug. 21, 2012
-- Sensuality comes in five flavors at these luxury retreats
Ah, weddings – the invitations, the seating chart, the gown, the service, the reception ... the hustle and bustle and work of it all! Brides and grooms definitely deserve some luxury after all that craziness. And some privacy too. These luxury destinations are just the thing, no matter the lovebirds’ taste in luxe. From personal concierges to customized spa services, from Ireland to the Eastern Shore, these properties have something for everyone.
Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland – Dromoland Castle, one of Ireland’s finest castle hotels, is a short flight from the east coast and just a few minutes’ drive from Shannon International Airport, so Mr. and Mrs. can be enjoying gourmet “new Irish” cuisine and a luxurious guestroom almost before the ink is dry on the wedding certificate. The castle offers a full Irish breakfast, afternoon tea, the Dromoland School of Falconry, classic country pursuits, a lovely formal garden, an award-winning golf course, and history and romance galore. What more could you ask for? For reservations through the hotel call 011 353 61 368144 or 1-800-346-7007, visit email@example.com, or contact Preferred Hotels & Resorts at 1.800.323.7500 or www.preferredhotels.com.
Viceroy Bali, Ubud, Bali – This ridiculously romantic resort distinguished by, among other things, its private pool villas has a helipad for those who want whisking to paradise. The other classy touches on offer include VIP immigration service, accommodations in a luxurious villa, daily breakfast, candlelit dining en suite or at award-winning CasCades restaurant with its heartstoppingly beautiful views, spa treatments at holistically-
oriented Lembah Spa, complimentary shuttle service to artsy Ubud, a dedicated personal services manager, and all the privacy the honeymooners could possibly desire. For reservations call 011.62.361.971.777 or visit www.viceroybali.com.
Royal Belize, Stann Creek, Belize – Honeymooning on a private island? Sure – we have that! This exclusive private Caribbean island retreat is dedicated to serving only one party at a time. With a choice of three villas, plunge pools, a personal chef, a concierge, an endless array of water-based sports, stunning scenery, the nearby Belize Barrier Reef, and complete and total privacy (not to mention the helipad), this unique property is perfect for frazzled brides and grooms. For reservations call 011.501.610.1701 or visit www.PrivateVacationIsland.com.
Hotel España, Barcelona, Spain -- Barcelona, one of the most romantic cities in the world, is home to this architectural gem, a sophisticated and stylish full-service four-star hotel situated in the heart of the historic district. With chic and luxurious guestrooms, stunning and historic architecture, a Michelin rated chef supervising three dining venues, a rooftop swimming pool, and warm but discreet staff, Hotel España embodies the romantic ambiance unique to Barcelona. For more adventurous blissful couples, it’s the perfect base camp from which to explore the “City of Counts” with a passionate partner. For reservations call 011.34.93.550.00.00 or visit www.hotelespanya.com.
Town of Oxford, Maryland, USA – Dedicated romantics will be drawn to this classic American maritime village nestled on the Eastern Shore. The Town of Oxford, Maryland is tiny, friendly, and full of delightful surprises, like lovely hidden gardens, more than seven active marinas, spectacular sunsets, fabulous locavore dining, sailboat races and regattas, pancake breakfasts at the firehouse, and several comfortable and historic inns. From peace and quiet to ferry rides and festivals, the Town of Oxford is the place for honeymoon bliss, American style. The Oxford Business Association welcomes inquiries by telephone (1-410-745-9023)
and at its website (www.portofoxford.com)