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Bang, Zoom, Right to the Moon

  Sarah Franchi
Senior Account Executive, usatoday.com
"If you stay at Las Ventanas al Paraiso [Mexico], when it's time to return home, it is worth every penny to order a car service from Las Ventanas along with their airport 'butler.' The lines were incredibly long, but we had this friendly gentleman who whisked us through a special check-in and brought us right up to the security entrance."

Marjorie Raein
Founder, Vie Luxe
"Without a doubt, Nota Bene [the high-end guidebook series] was responsible for my husband and I having the best honeymoon in the Maldives. At both One&Only Kanuhura and Soneva Gili, we followed the book's recommendation and the villas were superior and in the best location at each of the resorts."

Amanda Lowenthal
Interior Decorator, Cullman & Kravis
"One of the best things we did on our honeymoon [at the Oberoi in Mauritius] was to indulge in private yoga and t'ai chi classes every morning. It was an amazing way to unwind after our wedding and long trip. By the end of our honeymoon, my husband, who wouldn't have dreamed of taking t'ai chi or yoga at home, wanted to bring our yogi back to Manhattan with us!"

Sophie Sohn
Freelance Producer
"Honeymooners visiting Vieques [Puerto Rico] must rent a Jeep and go off-roading in the nature preserves at either end of the island, where you can canoodle and sunbathe topless. The beaches are, for the most part, deserted, and all of them are spectacular."

Mark Zeff
Interior Designer
"We went to the Cap Estel, a total high-end pamperfest all about custom-hotel life, on the French Riviera. We made our own schedule, menus, and meal locations and opted for one of the three rooms that are detached from the main building and nestled into the sea cliffs- you feel you are all alone in the world."

Samantha Ettus
Author, The Expert's Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
"At our post-wedding brunch, we handed out postcards and asked our guests to write us notes. We collected the cards and started a daily honeymoon ritual: picking five at random to read aloud at the beach. It gave us a sense of being surrounded by friends and family and let us reminisce about the wedding throughout the honeymoon."

Kenneth Abisror
Chief Concierge, Mandarin Oriental New York
"We experienced an unexpected pleasure by taking a train between Provence and Paris. We were able to see the countryside and avoid the stress and time waiting for a flight. I never thought it would be a fond memory, but it actually was. Take the train, savor each minute!"

Meredith Shamansky
Creative Director, M.Levy Inc.
"It's no secret that the Four Seasons Hualalai [Hawaii] is amazing, but no one tells you that the best rooms are the ones right by the infinity pool (Nos. 1920 to 1924), and that you should book one of the downstairs rooms, which have amazing outdoor showers."

Alice Roi
Fashion Designer
"We couldn't schedule a real honeymoon until the fall, so we went on a mini-moon, to Atlantic Beach. We also went to Target. I bought Shabby Chic sheets and lots of underwear. We had peanut-butter-and-jelly and birthday-cake flavor ices at Ralph's [Famous Italian] Ices.

Deirdre Davis
Associate Lawyer, Davis Wright Tremain
"If possible, leave for your honeymoon a day or two after the wedding. No matter how hard you try, you will be crazed with wedding stuff. So give yourself a day or two to recover from the festivities, gather your bearings, and pack. This way, you'll be well rested and able to take advantage of every single day."


 

From the Fall 2005 New York Wedding Guide

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