s eychelles, like any decent tropical archipelago worth its weight in coral, thrives with havens of palm trees, splashy reefs and pristine strips of sand scant of tourist footprints. But this archipelago isn’t just one of the many, it is the many. Singlehandedly breathing sincerity into the phrase “in your dreams,” Seychelles, found east of Africa, is composed of more than one hundred reverie-enviable islands; each one perfect for some major mooning over your honey.
c uba’s photogenic beauty can be as conventional and pamphlet-perfect as coral reefs, knockout beaches and limestone cliffs, or as offbeat and gallery-permissible as verdant tobacco fields, retro Chevy’s, and gaudy, polychromatic murals. Dip your freckled toes in both worlds, indulging in the conveyor-belted cocktails of resort-life, and the fearless pretty of a country so well-endowed with radical culture.
s t. Vincent and the Grenadines, historically scandalous and presently alluring, is exoticism at its most welcoming. With outstretched arms, this archipelago of Caribbean pedigree invites you to follow its cobblestone roads of hubbub and heatwaves down to whichever sanguine, unruffled island suits you comfy, cloistered needs. Long walks on a moonlit beach isn’t just the stuff of deliriously hope
f or the more adventuresome bride, a destination wedding can seem like the perfect way to combine two breath-taking passions: travel and the lucky guy on her arm. Truth is, with an unlimited selection of destinations- everything from a Caribbean beach to an intimate restaurant in Paris, to a theme park in the States- it can be a perfect day. Moreover, the fact that it will so effortlessly transform into the perfect honeymoon is just the icing on the wedding cake. Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Destination weddings do come with certain drawbacks to take into consideration (though the
b ora Bora – located in French Polynesia near Tahiti - may be one of the smallest of the Pacific islands, but it oozes with personality and love-appeal. Better known as a secluded paradise, or heaven-on-earth, Bora Bora offers a brand of deep sea romance only dreamed of in harlequin novels. Swim with the dolphins, sleep in a fish-bowl bungalow, hug a shark- or play it safe and just hug your honey in the heart of the blue lagoon. Bora Bora is private and beautiful
s ome things are best kept hush-hush, like your natural hair color or the great wonder that is the virgin cluster of forty Caribbean islands. Turks and Caicos is more likely to inspire a huh? than the oh!-accompanied Fiji or Jamaica; let’s try to keep it that way. Because as is, the islands (only eight of which are actually inhabited by us humans) are uncrowded and unspoiled enough for deep, schmaltzy intimacy to abound in every direction. Save for the Providenciales, a Caicos up-and-comer, touristy-ness is a total non-factor, leaving you to enjoy your sweet-pea in salt-pond-influenced peace.
f rom Periwinkle Way to Rabbit Road, sea-shell capital of the world, the fantastical Sanibel Island, delivers Floridian mode de vie with the utmost of panache. Cozy bistros, private massages, midnight charters, and azure waters – this is cream-of-the-crop kick-back country when it comes to indulging in a pastoral deluge of pastel-washed seascape. In Sanibel, the sunsets are simply ablaze, igniting the Gulf with a passionate fury while playin
m allorca, Spain’s largest island, has little room to spare. Every square inch is coveted by millions of hopefuls on the hunt for the holy trinity of Mediterranean élan: sun, sand and olive groves. The island’s spirit speaks volumes of its popularity, as its pulse is as tenacious as its beaches are beautiful. Tan-ops and celebrity sightings frost all that is hardy with enviable diversions from the real world. While spotting a Catherine Zeta-Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen or Annie Lennox makes for good, squealing gossip, Mallorca has a history rich in hosting luminaries. Joan Miró passe
b almy of volcanic rock-lapping waters, drippy of sleep-machine employed jungles and sizzling of chili-kissed, street side-sugarcanes, Mexico’s going to have you sweating. If you and stick-drippy hubby literally can’t stay apart, the land of fiery antiquity and neighborly warmth extends its melon mojitos, open-air tubs and collegiate watering holes to cool your searing, salsa-dancing feet. Whether you go to Mexico for Cabo’s world-class snorkeling, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, or the finest of mango marinades, the country is guaranteed to fulfill all of your over-the-moon, budget-inhibited fantasies.
a erial views regarded, Mauritius is a golden beacon of sand, demoting the Indian Ocean to scrim status, nothing but a blue backdrop for a bright little gem of an island. But from an earthly perspective, Mauritius is more than just another pretty face, it’s a pocket-sized four corners of the world, a compact cultural potpourri and historic watering hole, containing more geographic diversity in its pinky than most countries boast in their entirety. Travel to Mauritius for the eye candy, stay, one more long weekend, for the depth.