Paper & Diamond’s Expert Guide To Luxury Honeymoon Destinations

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Maldives - Dinner On The Beach - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Maldives – Dinner On The Beach – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

The months leading up to your wedding day are filled with major decision-making regarding décor, entertainment, and catering, countless meetings with vendors, and dress fittings. Chances are you and your fiancé haven’t had a moment of quality time together since you started planning for the big day. That’s what makes the honeymoon so special. It’s a chance for just the two of you to escape, relax, discover, and start married life together.

More and more couples want a post-wedding vacation that mixes luxury with new experiences. After years of traveling the world working in fashion, design, and production, Debbi Lee gained intuitive understanding of the tastes of her discerning clients. Combining her passion for travel and consulting skills, she founded Paper & Diamond, a luxury travel company based in Los Angeles. As a luxury travel expert, Debbi has built a global network of partners whose properties and services set the bar for meeting the expectations and desires of jet-setting guests.

We couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to talk to about planning the ultimate destination honeymoon than Debbi and her expert team at Paper & Diamond. Just like choosing wedding flowers and décor style, each bride is different when it comes to where and how she wants to spend her honeymoon. Tailoring trips to suit every vacation style from start to finish, Paper & Diamond organizes dream travel packages that include spa & wellness, adventure, and learning about local culture and cuisine. From a romantic getaway in Paris to a safari excursion in Africa, here are luxury honeymoon ideas inspired by love, curiosity, and the chance to experience beautiful, far-off places in new and exciting ways.

The Classic Bride

Your style is simple, timeless, and elegant. When you sit down with your wedding photos years from now, that Carolina Herrera dress is going to look just as stunning as when you wore it down the aisle. Your special day was celebrated with floral décor in shades of white and ivory complemented by pale touches of pink with silver accents.

 

Madalyn & Jonathan Wedding - Bride - Guastavino's - by Joshua Zuckerman

Madalyn & Jonathan Wedding – Bride – Guastavino’s – by Joshua Zuckerman

 

Paper & Diamond’s Top Honeymoon Destinations

Paris & French Riviera

Undeniably, Paris suits the classical tastes, what with its wide boulevards lined in historical buildings where colorful flowers spill out the window boxes, or the world-class museums and petit boulangeries. The romance of this city seems to cast a spell on all who find themselves here – you’ll notice couples strolling hand-in-hand seem to be everywhere you go. Paris offers a complete destination in and of itself to explore the true meaning of romance, yet it also provides a great jumping off point to the Cote d’Azur, Provence or Normandy.

 

Paris - Le Bristol - Courtesy Paper & Diamond

Paris – Le Bristol – Courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Paris - Le Bristol - Courtesy Paper & Diamond

Paris – Le Bristol – Courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

French Riviera - Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc - Courtesy Paper & Diamond

French Riviera – Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc – Courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

French Riviera - Hotel du Cap–Eden-Roc - courtesy Paper & Diamond

French Riviera – Hotel du Cap–Eden-Roc – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Where to Stay

Paris – Le Bristol, Hôtel Plaza Athénée
French Riviera – Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

 

Paris - Le Bristol - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Paris – Le Bristol – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

French Riviera - Hotel du Cap–Eden-Roc - courtesy Paper & Diamond

French Riviera – Hotel du Cap–Eden-Roc – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Amalfi Coast of Italy

Perhaps a side effect of the Italian renaissance, there is something about stepping off the plane in Italy that instantly infuses a higher sense of enlightenment and call to experience the flourishing culture, both past and present, the country has to offer. Seek out the spectacular ancient architecture in Rome before experiencing the simple sophistication of the Amalfi Coast. A personal favorite is Lake Como, one of those rare destinations where you are able to feel you have truly escaped from the real world.

 

Italy Amalfi Coast - Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Italy Amalfi Coast – Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Italy Amalfi Coast - Belmond Hotel Caruso - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Italy Amalfi Coast – Belmond Hotel Caruso – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Where To Stay

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa, Belmond Hotel Caruso

 

Italy Amalfi Coast - Belmond Hotel Caruso - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Italy Amalfi Coast – Belmond Hotel Caruso – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Turks and Caicos

For a tropical island getaway, we recommend Turks and Caicos, one of the more discreet locales in the Caribbean portfolio. Preeminent beaches with turquoise waters stretch endlessly out into the horizon, offering ample opportunity for both relaxation and adventure. Fine dining spans a wide variety of cuisines, and an emphasis on wellness and spa treatments make this option a sensorial wholistic paradise.

 

Turks & Caicos - Turtle Tail Estate - courtesy - Paper & Diamond

Turks & Caicos – Turtle Tail Estate – courtesy – Paper & Diamond

 

Turks & Caicos - Turtle Tail Estate - courtesy - Paper & Diamond

Turks & Caicos – Turtle Tail Estate – courtesy – Paper & Diamond

 

Where To Stay

Amanyara

 

Turks & Caicos - Amanyara - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Turks & Caicos – Amanyara – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

The Modern Bride

Your style is best described as sleek, minimal, and unfussy. Your sophisticatedly chic Romona Keveza dress with silver belt made a bridal statement that had everyone talking long after the wedding. Stylish and clean, wedding flowers were mostly white with a surprising pop of color here and there.

 

Happy Couple - Samara & Keshar - Tribeca 360 - NYC Wedding - photo by Alison Conklin Photography

Happy Couple – Samara & Keshar – Tribeca 360 – NYC Wedding – photo by Alison Conklin Photography

 

Paper & Diamond’s Top Honeymoon Destinations

 Greek Islands, Santorini + Mykonos

When Greece comes to mind, one might picture the cerulean domed white-washed facades of Santorini. Yet the experienced explorer will clue you in that Greece offers a myriad of other experiences across the country and surrounding islands. From sampling wines made from grapes grown in the ancient volcanic soils of Milos, to island hopping in the Aegean Sea, your Grecian honeymoon spans a comprehensive blend from charming history to premium luxury.

Hydra Greece - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Hydra Greece – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Santorini Greece - Canaves Oia Suites Santorini - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Santorini Greece – Canaves Oia Suites Santorini – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Where To Stay

Amanzoe, Canaves Oia Suites Santorini

 

Greece - Amanzoe - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Greece – Amanzoe – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Bali

While Bali seems to be a trendy travel option these days, you may be surprised to know that what awaits is an unassuming and low-key getaway. This Indonesian province is surrounded by coral reefs, highlighting the most biodiverse marine life you can find anywhere in the world, with both black and white sand beaches. With tourism comprising the island’s main industry, the dedication to travel experience on behalf of the locals, as emphasized in the wellness industry in particular, is well-worth traversing oceans for.

 

Bali - courtesy of Paper & Diamond

Bali – courtesy of Paper & Diamond

 

Bali - Como Shambhala Estate - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Bali – Como Shambhala Estate – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Where To Stay

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Como Shambhala Estate

 

Bali - Como Shambhala Estate - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Bali – Como Shambhala Estate – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Maldives

A once in a lifetime occurrence such as a honeymoon should sacrifice nothing, hence the appeal of the Niyama Private islands as part of the Maldives. With two separate islands dubbed “Play” and “Chill,” you need not surrender one or the other when you can truly incorporate the best of both worlds. Endless outdoor adventures await, everything from yoga to jet-skiing, not to mention an underwater restaurant, tropical outdoor bathtubs and showers, and every lush amenity imaginable.

 

Maldives - Niyama Private Islands - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Maldives – Niyama Private Islands – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Maldives - Niyama Private Islands - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Maldives – Niyama Private Islands – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Where To Stay

Niyama Private Islands

 

Maldives - Niyama Private Islands - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Maldives – Niyama Private Islands – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Bohemian Bride

Your style is free, relaxed, and eclectic. Everyone couldn’t get over how effortlessly beautiful you looked in your stunning floral lace gown by Liz Martinez. When it came to wedding florals, you wanted to evoke a natural and romantic mood with lots of volume and texture.

 

Kate & Chase Wedding - Bridal Bouquet 3 - Mansion at Natirar - by Sally Pinera

Kate & Chase Wedding – Bridal Bouquet 3 – Mansion at Natirar – by Sally Pinera

 

Paper & Diamond’s Top Honeymoon Destinations

 Morocco

Pattern, texture, taste – what is not to love about the stimulating experience Morocco has to offer? To begin married life bonding outside of your comfort zone in a culturally rich country such as Morocco can be such an exciting way to bring you and your beloved together like never before. The country is approximately the size of California, so it should come as no surprise that mountain getaways, desert escapes and seaside fishing villages can all combine to create a diverse geographic experience.

 

Morocco - La Mamounia - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Morocco – La Mamounia – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Morocco - La Mamounia - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Morocco – La Mamounia – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Where To Stay

La Mamounia

 

Morocco - La Mamounia - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Morocco – La Mamounia – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Tulum

There is something special and indescribable about the spirit of Tulum, like a oneness with everything around you; an ideal energy to tap into as you start your life as husband and wife. Wellness and healing are at the forefront of the culture, with respect always afforded foremost to nature and organic craft. Should this not all be enough of a selling point, the jungles and infamous cenotes are insanely picaresque in their lushness, providing the all the adventurous romance a honeymoon should contain.

 

Tulum - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Tulum – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Tulum - Casa Malca - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Tulum – Casa Malca – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Where To Stay

Casa Malca, Sanarå

 

Tulum - Sanarå - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Tulum – Sanarå – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Africa

When considering honeymoon travel, it almost seems that Africa should surface as a plausible frontrunner more than it does. In sheer statistical speaking, the continent accounts for 20% of the earth to be explored, though the rationale reaches much further. Unparalleled service comes to mind, particularly for honeymooning couples as all the stops will be pulled out to showcase every imaginable detail. A safari experience in the African bush puts you up and close and personal in nature like you’ve never before experienced, and surrounding island holidays or coastal road trips can satiate the desire for beachside holiday.

 

Africa - Signita - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Africa – Signita – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Africa - Signita - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Africa – Signita – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

Where To Stay

Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Singita Boulders Lodge Sabi Sands, Singita Tanzania

 

Africa - Signita - courtesy Paper & Diamond

Africa – Signita – courtesy Paper & Diamond

 

A big thank you to Paper & Diamond for putting together this guide to the world’d most amazing luxury honeymoon destinations! We hope you are inspired to go where ever your heart desires and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime trip together!

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