When Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa honeymooned in Los Cabos, Mexico last December, the world’s media was camped on the beach, desperate for photographs.
The newlyweds were staying at the One&Only Palmilla, a beautiful and upscale resort ranked No. 1 Mexico Resort in 2007 by Condé Nast readers. This ocean-front luxury resort has often been called the Jewel of Baja. A longtime favorite for Hollywood celebs and savvy upscale travelers, it’s the kind of place where elegant touches abound, where you can charter a private 43′ yacht for diving excursions or enjoy a meal prepared by the onboard chef and served by a butler. If you had a lot–an awful lot–of money, it might be the kind of place where you would spend your honeymoon, too.
Ever wonder where other rich and fabulously famous couples go on their honeymoons? Here’s a sampling from over the years:
Parrot Cay, The Turks & Caicos Islands: Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck as well as Eva Longoria & Tony Parker spent their respective honeymoons in the Turks & Caicos at the exclusive Parrot Cay Resort. That place appears to be a great favorite among celebs. And why not? The private villas possess heated lap pools, hot tubs, butler service, and impeccable service. The central pool sits side-by-side with a thatch-roofed bar and an Asian fusion restaurant. The luxurious spa offers Indonesian and Balinese therapists. The entire island of Parrot Cay is a haven for celebrities, actually. Bruce Willis & Emma Heming were married and honeymooned on the island, where he owns a home. Other notables who have vacationed here include Tom Cruise, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Britney Spears and Donna Karan.
Windermere Island, The Bahamas: Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon spent their 2008 honeymoon in the Bahamas, where Carey owns a home on 5-mile long Windermere Island, located just off much-larger Eleuthera Island. Windermere, which has a wide and beautiful pink-sand beach running its entire length, is accessed by a guarded bridge, and entrée is limited to residents and their guests. Members of England’s royal family visit the island regularly, often arriving by helicopter from one of the private airports on Eleuthera or Freeport International on Grand Bahama Island (the Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Diana, vacationed on Windermere in the early 1980s). As you can see from the photo, left, a stay here offers a strong chance of finding yourselves alone on a beautiful beach that stretches on, seemingly, to infinity.
The San Ysidro Ranch, California: Since its opening way back in 1893, the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California—named “America’s Best Hotel” this year by Forbes Traveler—-has been a coveted destination among celebrities and the merely wealthy. Originally part of a 1769 land grant bestowed by the King of Spain, the Ranch’s idyllic setting, personalized service, and guarding of guest privacy has attracted luminaries over the years like Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham and Sinclair Lewis. Honeymooners, too, of course. John and Jacqueline Kennedy spent their 1953 honeymoon here. More recently, Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony and Julia Roberts & Danny Moder honeymooned at San Ysidro.
FOR MORE INFO
- Arizona Office of Tourism
- Bahamas Tourism
- California Travel & Tourism Commission
- Turks & Caicos Tourism
- Fun Couples: Where Celebrities Honeymoon
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