Destination Pairings for a Double-Duty Honeymoon
Like you and your spouse, these spots are better together.
Choosing a honeymoon destination should be one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning, but it's not always so easy. You want to gallivant around a buzzy urban center. Your new spouse prefers a relaxing escape. The solution? Do both! These dreamy destination duos make it easy to have double the fun—and, what's more, the travel time in between clocks in at two hours or less. Hit the city first, and save the peace and quiet for last.
Ready to start dreaming about a honeymoon that checks every box for both of you? Here, our favorite double-duty destinations for every type of newlywed couple.
Beach time is a given—but the Hawaiian capital has a decidedly urban side, too. In the burgeoning Kaka'ako area—which is blanketed in vivid murals by the POW! WOW! art collective—don't miss Arvo, a cool Australian coffee shop. In nearby Chinatown, at Senia, book the chef's counter to sample Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush's artful dishes that celebrate the flavor of Hawaii. Make your base the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club (from $165 per night), a 1960s-inspired Waikiki property where the trippy wallpaper is custom-made and the pool bottom is cheekily inscribed with "Wish you were here."
Only 3 percent of the Garden Isle is currently developed, making it a lush, green foil for Honolulu. The north shore's St. Regis Princeville Resort (from $1,275 per night) trades in traditional luxury; think fruit kebabs served right to you at the infinity pool. On the south shore, the 1,000-acre residential community Kukui'ula (from $750 per night) rents out beach-chic bungalows and cottages. Guests can bike to the 10-acre farm to pick vegetables, fish for bass in the lake, and arrange hiking excursions to the Napali coast. To see the island by air, Safari Helicopter Tours offers rides with cinematic views of Manawaiopuna Falls and Hanalei Valley rainforest. It's worth a drive east to Pono Market (808-822-4581), where locals pick up poke rice bowls and bite-size coconut manjū confections.
This frenetic city was made for gastronomic adventures. The nine-seat Tsuta (1 Chome- 14-1 Sugamo), the first Michelin-starred ramen spot, requires lining up by 7 a.m. for a chance to snag a timed ticket. At Ginza Mitsukoshi department store (4-6-16, Ginza, Chuo-ku), the lower-level food hall sells bento boxes, exotic fruits, and—at the new Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan—a cookie made of 20 rose-honey tuile "petals." Or book a two-day tour with culinary expert Ayuko, through Airbnb Experiences, that begins at the Tsukiji fish market and ends with a kaiseki dinner. You'll fall into a food coma at the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho (from $400 per night), perched in a luxury high-rise.
With a deep-blue bay, palm trees, and a number of onsen (naturally-occurring hot springs), Atami—a city on the Izu Peninsula— couldn't look more different from Tokyo. Stay at Hoshino Resorts KAI Atami (from $670 per night, including meals), a tranquil ryokan (inn) on a hill overlooking the sea. If its steamy pools, courtly lawns, and forest-shrouded garden paths aren't peaceful enough, check out the city's 131-year-old Plum Garden, a fairy-tale landscape that's home to 59 varieties of its namesake fruit. The recently reopened MOA Museum of Art, meanwhile, has futuristic galleries housing collections of Japanese calligraphy, sculpture, paintings, and lacquerware. Come evening, retire to the inn for dishes like foie gras–stuffed persimmon and amberjack and snapper sashimi.
One day in this storybook city and it's obvious why the locals are some of the happiest people in the world. Located within Tivoli Gardens—the famed 1843 amusement park—the hotel Nimb (from $304 per night) is adding 21 handsome suites with arabesque windows by the end of the year. We also have our eyes on the stylish 54-room Sanders (from $380 per night), owned by former Royal Danish Ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin and opening this fall. You'll want to get cozy in the lobby beneath the Murano-glass chandelier. A short train ride north, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is currently showing the first major European retrospective of performance artist Marina Abramović. And while chef René Redzepi is plotting his next move, don't miss Noma's casual—but no less ambitious—offshoot, 108.
Hans Christian Andersen grew up on this enchanting island, part of the Baltic's South Funen Archipelago. Learn about his life and work at his namesake museum in Odense. Thirty minutes south, the 463-year-old Egeskov Castle—where a count and his family currently live—is open to be explored, as are its 18 perfectly manicured gardens. Stay at the Falsled Kro (from $315 per night), in Millinge, a 16th-century smugglers' inn that's been reborn with 19 whitewashed rooms. Request No. 9 for its romantic canopy bed and courtyard access, and don't miss the restaurant, which showcases razor clams, oysters, and other local ingredients with its multicourse menus. From nearby Faaborg, catch a quick ferry to the neighboring isle of Ærø to visit Rise Bryggeri, a craft brewery known for its award-winning organic IPAs.
Argentina: Buenos Aires
With its elegant boulevards and grand buildings, the well-heeled Recoleta neighborhood exudes romance. (It's also home to the historic cemetery where Evita is buried.) The storied Alvear Palace Hotel (from $400 per night) recently got an upgrade, debuting 15 rooftop suites with butler service. In Palermo Soho, a sommelier and her chef husband run Pain et Vin, which—as its name implies— does two things really well: house-baked sourdough and local wine. For dinner, head to La Carnicería (011- 54-11-2071-7199), which has updated the Argentine parrilla, or grill, with cherrywood smoke and a hipster aesthetic. And in the La Boca barrio, Fundación PROA showcases modern and avant-garde art in a refurbished Italianate mansion with a translucent-glass entry.
West of the cosmopolitan capital, wine culture infuses everything in this warm, dry region—from the 500-plus-label cellar at Azafrán, an award-winning restaurant in the art-deco downtown, to the grape-seed exfoliation at the rustic-luxe Entre Cielos (from $282 per night). Book the Vineyard Loft, a cylindrical suite with skylights that looks like a spaceship that's landed among the orderly rows of grapes. Head south to the higher-altitude Uco Valley, where the starkly modern 16-room Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort (from $315 per night) offers tastings of its heady Malbecs, followed by an authentic Argentine barbecue among the vines. Want more action? Mendoza Andes runs hiking, biking, and rafting excursions on the Mendoza River.
Hawaii: Hawaiian Airlines and Island Air run regular 30-to-40-minute flights between Honolulu International and Kauai's Lihue airports.
Japan: Atami is just under an hour from Tokyo station by Tōkaidō bullet train.
Denmark: Several trains an hour depart Copenhagen Central Station for the hour-and- change ride to Odense.
Argentina: Aerolineas Argentinas and LATAM run more than 10 flights a
day between the capital and wine country; flying time is about two hours.