Hideaway Beach Resort, Dominican Republic
If you're imagining a honeymoon spot tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, consider staying at the 19-room Hideaway Beach Resort, near the town of Cabarete in the Dominican Republic. The resort's ideal for couples seeking a secluded retreat—which may be just the reason Diane Neal, of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and former model Marcus Fitzgerald held their destination wedding there in July 2005.
The décor of the 15 guest rooms in the main building, as well as that of the four private villas, which have their own plunge pools and terraces, is influenced by the country's laid-back tropical style. Each room features woven-wicker furniture and beautiful terra-cotta floors, and all come with a full kitchen and two private balconies.
Surfers will be pleased to learn that Cabarete is among the best places in the Caribbean to catch a wave; these waters are also perfect for scuba diving ($25 per person through the resort). Or, enjoy a horseback ride along the shore ($15 per person through the resort). Honeymooners may also want to indulge in a complimentary in-room couple's massage, performed by the resort's masseur.
For dinner, head to Moran's, a restaurant on property that offers both local and American cuisines. Try the popular surf-and-turf, consisting of a seven-ounce lobster tail and a filet mignon served in a lobster demi-glace ($47.50 per person).
And for dessert, share the decadent banana flambé! After savoring the great food and soaking up the intimate setting, you may want to stay in this heavenly hideaway forever! For more information visit hideawaybeachresort.com.