Celebrity Honeymoons and Hideaways

Want to honeymoon where the celebs go to get away? Take a peek at the most luxurious star-studded resorts!

 

  • Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson: New Orleans
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    Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson: New Orleans

    New Orleans, the southern capital of jazz and Creole culture, is a place where people literally dance in the streets at all hours. So it was of little surprise for locals when songstress Solange Knowles and her groom, music video director Alan Ferguson led a celebratory procession throughout the city after their wedding ceremony.

    Like the couple, the group, which included J. Crew creative director and president Jenna Lyons and the bride’s uber famous sister, husband and niece, among other artist types, reflected the funky, eclectic vibe of NOLA.

    Photo courtesy of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

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    Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson: New Orleans

    Since its inception, the port city New Orleans has been fed by a unique melding of cultures from France, Spain and the Caribbean. Such influences are on display in the city’s architecture, cuisine, music and party traditions, making New Orleans a delightful destination for your wedding, honeymoon or bachelorette bash.

    Photo courtesy of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson: New Orleans
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    Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson: New Orleans

    Stroll down the infamous Bourbon Street and you’ll likely hear jazz from every open door and window. For a more immersive and local musical experience, check out the popular Tipitina’s, located in the Uptown neighborhood.

    Photo courtesy of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

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    Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson: New Orleans

    In NOLA, you'll encounter endless streetscapes festooned with elaborate ironwork.

    Photo courtesy of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

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    Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson: New Orleans

    Base your stay at the historic The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, set on the edge of the famous French Quarter, and you’ll enjoy easy access to all of the area’s celebrated sites including the Vieux Carré (the main square), picturesque St. Louis Cathedral, and the famous Café du Monde.

    Back at the hotel, which is housed in a circa 1908 Beaux Arts building, you can also hear live music in the Davenport Lounge, unwind in the spa or simply kick back in the traditional courtyard area (room rates start at $199 a night; ritzcarlton.com).

    Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

  • George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Venice, Italy
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    George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Venice, Italy

    When the world’s most eligible — and staunchly confirmed — bachelor, George Clooney, finally met his match with the internationally accomplished human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin, he celebrated with one of the splashiest celebrity-studded fêtes in recent history. And the choice of venue, the dreamy Italian city of Venice, lauded not only their history as a couple (the two purportedly met here), but also the inherent romance of the setting (the bride’s mother acknowledged the city’s loveliness in a wedding speech and even Clooney’s post-nuptial quips were a resounding hat tip).

    Photo courtesy of Belmond

  • George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Venice, Italy
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    George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Venice, Italy

    In addition to regal common areas and innumerable Instagram-ready decor touches, the famous hotel is home to four exquisite restaurants serving regional specialties in a variety of settings; the informal Cip’s Club is a favorite of the Clooneys. There’s also a saltwater pool — the only one in all of central Venice — and a spa set in the gardens in which Casanova was said to woo his lovers.

    Photo courtesy of Belmond

  • George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Venice, Italy
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    George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Venice, Italy

    In a city that is synonymous with romance, the storied Belmond Cipriani — where the couple hosted guests for a gathering prior to the main event—is one of Venice’s most romantic hideaways. The grand property encompasses just 39 guest rooms, 26 junior suites and 15 larger accommodations. All are elegantly appointed and most have private balconies overlooking the lush gardens, Venice’s famed canals or the city’s most recognizable site, St. Mark’s Square.

    Photo courtesy of Belmond

  • George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Venice, Italy
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    George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: Venice, Italy

    As is customary in Venice, guests enjoy city transfers and guided excursions via the hotel’s private boat. Popular stops include a visit to the island of Murano, the center- piece of the glassmaking tradition of the same name, and the Byzantine cathedral on Torcello. Back at the hotel, don’t miss Harry’s Bar. The clubby watering hole is where the Bellini — a cocktail of Prosecco and peach purée — was invented (room rates start at about $766 a night and include breakfast; belmond.com).

    Photo courtesy of Belmond

  • Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.: Riviera Nayarit
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    Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.: Riviera Nayarit

    Thanks to the flurry of Instagrams and tweets, there was nothing covert about the big-time party that Spy Kids actress Alexa Vega and Big Time Rush star Carlos Pena Jr. threw in celebration of their marriage. The couple were fêted by a wedding party of 18 bridesmaids and groomsmen, along with friends and family at the luxe Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, an intimate all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s picturesque Pacific coast.

    Photo courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

  • Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.: Riviera Nayarit
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    Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.: Riviera Nayarit

    The seaside property, which flaunts 267 ocean-view suites, five restaurants, 24-hour room and concierge service, a rockin’ pool area and golden sand beach, is a favorite honeymoon hideaway for couples in search of a cool spot to lounge in the sun.

    The watersports area is an activity hot spot with kayaks, Boogie Boards, sailboats, a scuba program and more. Or just stroll along the picturesque shore or enjoy ice-cold margaritas in beach loungers. Off-site excursions include shopping in Puerto Vallarta (be sure to pick up some tequila — it’s local!) on El Malecon, a beach boardwalk that’s lined with traditional shops, casual eateries and public art.

    Photo courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

  • Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.: Riviera Nayarit
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    Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.: Riviera Nayarit

    Get your fill of chips, guac and other local specialties at the poolside Selva del Mar or upscale Frida restaurant. If you prefer Mediterranean cuisine, reserve a table at the fine-dining Lucca.

    Photo courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

  • Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.: Riviera Nayarit
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    Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.: Riviera Nayarit

    While every comfortable suite features sumptuous bedding, local design touches and balconies or private terraces that open onto the Pacific, the hotel’s Spa Suites are the ultimate retreats. Each of the eight spacious accommodations boasts a hydro-massage tub, enormous shower and separate treatment room. In addition to an extensive menu of services, the spa offers an outsized wet area that encompasses a eucalyptus inhalation station, among others. An adjacent fitness center hosts training sessions and classes such as yoga, Pilates and Zumba.

    And, yes, it’s all so Instagram-friendly, you’ll be just as tempted to upload your honeymoon memories as were the PenaVegas (room rates start at $335 per person, per night and are all inclusive; vallarta.grandvelas.com).

    Photo courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

  • Savannah Brinson & LeBron James: San Diego
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    Savannah Brinson & LeBron James: San Diego

    Sure, he’s larger than life on the court. Yes, he earns a ginormous salary. And then there’s the nickname —King James — B-ball superstar LeBron James isn’t exactly what you’d call discreet. But when it came to swapping vows with his long-time lady love and mother of his two children, Savannah Brinson, LeBron was exactly that.

    The couple hosted an intimate, weekend-long wedding celebration for close friends and family at the picturesque Grand Del Mar in San Diego. The Spanish colonialstyle hotel’s atmosphere, which is at once sophisticated and relaxed, is what makes it such a slam-dunk choice for any wedding.

    Photo courtesy of The Grand del Mar

  • Savannah Brinson & LeBron James: San Diego
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    Savannah Brinson & LeBron James: San Diego

    Set amidst a rambling, award-winning golf course, the sprawling, sundappled property encompasses four pools, tennis courts, an enormous spa, a chapel, 249 guest rooms and more. On-site wedding venues can accommodate anywhere from 60 to 300 guests. All boast the traditional charm and warmth of the setting with decor touches such as wrought-iron accents, wood-beamed ceilings and stone verandas.

    Photo courtesy of The Grand del Mar

  • Savannah Brinson & LeBron James: San Diego
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    Savannah Brinson & LeBron James: San Diego

    The Capella is a classic ceremony setting with stained-glass windows and imported Italian pew benches. The Manchester Salon and Terrace is a more cozy option with fireplaces and a large terrace overlooking the property. Or opt for the Reflection Lawn, which houses a gazebo next to a pretty pool and offers uninterrupted views of the golf course and surrounding canyons.

    Photo courtesy of The Grand del Mar

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    Savannah Brinson & LeBron James: San Diego

    For those just looking for a resort getaway there are six dining options and expansive wellness offerings. The spa, an epicenter of pampering, not only boasts an endless treatment menu, it also hosts yoga, Pilates and eco-walks across the property and hikes at the nearby nature reserve. And let’s not forget golf — the course is one of the most prized in the state. Accommodations either have fairway or pool views and are spacious enough for a king (room rates start at $395 a night; thegranddelmar.com).

    Photo courtesy of The Grand del Mar

  • Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher: Las Vegas
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    Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher: Las Vegas

    By now it’s somewhat of a cliché to say it when speaking of Las Vegas — but instead of letting what happened stay there, Smash star and Broadway mainstay Meghan Hilty sang out with news of her marriage to fellow actor Brain Gallagher at the Venetian Las Vegas. The couple also eschewed the infamous quickie ceremony and were joined by an intimate number of family members in the resort’s pretty chapel.

    Photo Credit: Cashman Professional

  • Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher: Las Vegas
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    Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher: Las Vegas

    In addition to the golden-draped, glittering chapel area, the 4,000-room hotel, which is set in the center of the famous Las Vegas Strip, has myriad wedding locales. There’s an outdoor terrace, a sparkling Italianate fountain in a courtyard, an indoor garden and the Weddings Bridge, which spans the hotel’s Grand Canal celebrating the resort’s namesake city. Couples can also arrive via a white gondola complete with serenading gondoliers. The Palazzo’s outdoor waterfall is another marquee ceremony area that boasts epic seasonal decor crafted by the Venetian’s horticultural team.

    Photo Credit: Cashman Professional

  • Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher: Las Vegas
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    Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher: Las Vegas

    Receptions have an equally robust choice of venues — there are a whopping 30 restaurants! Popular spots include Wolfgang Puck’s New American Cut and the decadent Bouchon, helmed by one of the country’s most award-winning chefs, Thomas Keller.

    Photo Credit: Cashman Professional