Once the wedding dust has settled, the honeymoon should be the only thing on your radar. For newlyweds, where you stay can often dictate the type of experience you will have on your honeymoon. While you could book a string of hotels for your newly married getaway, vacation rentals lend that privacy every couple desires.
You can feel at home as a married couple in some of the most exotic locales on the globe, all while appreciating four walls to call your own. And few vacations rentals are as romantic as those that offer private villas for the just married set. If you want to forgo the hotel havoc and rent a honeymoon hideaway, here are a few villas to try for your own corner of paradise.
Il Palagio, Figline Caldarno, Italy
Perhaps nothing says honeymoon villa like a villa in the hills of Tuscany. And perhaps nothing says luxury like staying in Sting’s summer home. Il Palagio sets up close to the town of Figline Valdarno, just south of Florence. While the villa and estate are popular for weddings and events, Il Palagio does offer weekly vacation villa rentals for an Italian themed honeymoon. The villa has been the summer home of Trudie Styler and Sting for more than 15 years.
Once the home of Duke Simone Vincenzo Velluti Zati di San Clemente, the villa includes three separate smaller houses on top of the main villa and two large villas nearby. You can rent your own corner of the estate and play the part of Sofia Loren in the rolling hills of Tuscany. The property also features amenities such as a pool and tennis court.
Villa Serena and Villa Amanda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
There are plenty of resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. However, if you and your new partner for life crave a bit more privacy, it is possible by renting Villa Serena or Villa Amanda. Not only do you have your own private white sandy beach, but also you can appreciate the sea views from your living room, dining room and master bedroom. All of these perches offer a look at the infinity pool, beach and the splashing waters of the Sea of Cortez. While the two villas combined boast 10 bedrooms, you can rent one of the villas for your honeymoon for a truly private getaway.
The amenities go beyond five stars with large flat screen televisions, high thread count linens and your own personal Lifestyle Concierge. The Lifestyle Concierge can arrange for a number of services for honeymooners such as breakfast in bed, poolside drinks and whale watching. You can also arrange to have a private chef so you never have to lift a finger even in the kitchen. The two villas sprawl across nearly 12,000 square feet. Long walks on the beach in those first few days of married life are possible at Villa Serena and Villa Amanda without the noise of Cabo.
Villa Jasmine, Miami, Florida
Set up on Sunset Island, just off of Miami Beach and mere minutes from the action of South Beach, Villa Jasmine makes for the perfect honeymoon retreat for the couple that wants privacy and luxury but also the location of a major city. Villa Jasmine lends several bedrooms, but the master is the main act with its steam shower and king bed. Amenities on site include outdoor patios, a swimming pool and landscaped grounds to roam.
The Moorish style mansion caters to couples with its rooftop Jacuzzi and in home cinema. Newlyweds can curl up with their favorite film or relax and unwind after a day of touring around Miami. And as you and your new spouse rest up for the night, you can also appreciate the fame that has stayed before you. Singer Enrique Iglesias lived at the villa for a time.
Almiral de la Font, Sant Pere De Ribes, Spain
Just south of Barcelona, you can rent out a Catalan manor house for your honeymoon. Almiral de la Font perches just 30 minutes from Barcelona and 10 minutes for Sitges, known for its beaches. While a large private residence spread out on over 330 acres of grounds, couples can make it their own Spanish hideaway. The property comes with a 20-meter infinity pool, a cinema, billiard room and Jacuzzi.
Wine enthusiasts will find Almiral de la Font’s positioning ideal for imbibing in the famous Penedes and Cava producers such as Torres, Cordoniu and Freixenet. Aside from the nearby vineyards, couples can also get active in close proximity to the villa at Garraf National Park. The Catalan manor home even offers couples that dash of history on their honeymoon. While the home has been updated with all modern comforts, it hails from before 1570.
Villa IntimaSea, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Honeymooners looking to take a Caribbean post wedding getaway should consider St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Not only is the island the picture perfect space to relax and unwind after the wedding, but it also offers couples a private location far removed from the rest of the world. Couples can rent out Villa IntimaSea while on the island. Located in Chocolate Hole Bay, the villa provides awe-inspiring perches to take in sunrises and sunsets as a newly married couple. The property features huge covered decks with 180-degree panoramic views.
Villa IntimaSea boasts four bedrooms with a plunge pool complete with a waterfall, Jacuzzi and a fully equipped kitchen. In just five minute by car, couples can come down from this idealized perch to Cruz Bay for a little activity. For the active couple, there are also plenty of activities to partake in on site and nearby such as waterskiing, parasailing, fishing, surfing and kayaking.
Finding your perfect and private piece of paradise is not always easy as a newly married couple. While the honeymoon is designed for rest and relaxation, all too often couples book hotels littered with other guests around every corner. If you seek a bit more privacy, a vacation villa fits the bill for a honeymoon hideaway.
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