THE BRANDO

Teti’aroa Private Island, Arue Tahiti, French Polynesia | 689 40 866 366

Much like Marlon Brando fell in love with Tetiaroa while filming Mutiny on the Bounty (he purchased the land for him and his wife Tarita in 1967), guests are instantly charmed by the island’s coconut palm groves and white-sand beaches. To further his commitment to sustainability, Brando enlisted the help of hotelier Richard Bailey to build the world’s first ever post-carbon resort. Though by no means cheap (the all-inclusive rates start at $4,000 per night) The Brando’s lengthy list of activities (snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding) and indoor/outdoor accommodations—complete with sleek decor, plunge pools, and outdoor bathtubs—mean the pricetag makes sense. The island’s restaurants serve dishes comprised of ingredients plucked from the resort’s own organic fruit orchard and veggie garden.

 

 

 

LasVentanas1LAS VENTANAS

KM 19.5 Ctra. Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico | +52 624 144 2800 

The crown jewel of the Rosewood resort family, Las Ventanas is situated between the historic town of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The limestone suites are outfitted with original artwork, wood-burning fireplaces, and ample outdoor space. Up the romance quotient by consulting the appropriately named Department of Romance—a group of specialists dedicated to infusing your holiday with extra special touches (couples massages, elaborate moonlit dinners). At the spa, guests adhere to a four elements-themed treatment menu: grounding Earth, nurturing Water, balancing Fire, and energizing Air.

 

 

 

ImantaIMANTA

Montenahuac S/N, Punta de Mita, Mexico | +52.329.298.4242

Iman means magnet in Spanish, and Imanta really does draw you in. It’s one of the best resorts we have ever been to—totally secluded and authentic. Located in a perfectly remote area outside Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Gold Coast, where the softest sand beach meets 250-acres of dense tropical rainforest on the ocean. It’s the kind of place where you can horseback ride through the jungle and end up on the beach. It feels truly one of a kind here, with no hint of commercial chain. Fish dishes are based on what is caught fresh that day. All the rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that open up to beautiful outdoor stone bathtubs and showers.

 

 

 

NorthIsland copyNORTH ISLAND

Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles | 248 4 293 100

Part nature and wildlife conservatory, part exclusive resort, North Island is a tropical paradise the likes of which you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Taking up prime real-estate along the shores of the Indian Ocean, the 11 individual villas allow for unlimited access to the crystalline waters. An on-site dive school allows novices to hone their skills while experienced scuba divers explore the legendary coral reefs solo. On their way to or from the restaurant on the western side of the island, guests are encouraged to detour to the Seychelles Historical Museum or visit with the Island’s oldest inhabitants at the tortoise sanctuary.

 

 

 

GraceSantoriniGRACE SANTORINI

Thera 847 00, Greece | 30 2286 021300

Glistening waters, domed ceilings, whitewashed terraces from which to take in awe-inducing sunsets… everything one would expect from a lavish Santorini getaway is right here. For optimal seclusion, book the airy honeymoon suite where your very own plunge pool offers sweeping views of the Aegean sea and the tiled showers are built for two. Mediterranean fusion cuisine can be savored in the intimate setting of the Grace Santorini restaurant (watch Chef Spiros Agious prepare local seafood and tantalizing fresh fare in the open kitchen) or al fresco by the pool. Prep for a day of sightseeing (or doing nothing at all) with a champagne breakfast.

 

 

 

ItalyCASTELLO DI RESCHIO

Fattoria di Reschio, 06060, Lisciano Niccone, Perugia, Italy | +39 075 844362

With unobstructed views of Umbria’s rolling hillside and access to chefs, drivers, stables, and tennis courts, Castello di Reschio is the epitome of secluded luxury. Count Antonio Bolza and his architecturally inclined family spent decades restoring this 2,700 acre estate to its former glory (the main castle and about 50 farmhouses date all the way back to 1202). Though the entire property is not yet complete, the rentable cottages, palazzos, and for-sale villas are meticulously furnished with modern pieces and artful details designed by Italy’s top artisans. As far as amenities go, no detail was spared: The infinity pool overlooks ancient mulberry tree groves and fragrant lavender fields, while each home’s bath quarters are stocked with fresh linens and Ortigia Sicilia apothecary items. The Reschio vineyard is famous for producing tantalizing rosés which, along with expertly-prepared, locally sourced meals, you can sample at the property’s private restaurant, Osteria.

 

 

 

San-Ysidro-Ranch-Lavender-BedroomSAN YSIDRO RANCH

900 San Ysidro Ln., Santa Barbara, CA | 805.565.1700

Inarguably, this is one of our favorite hotels in the world—to the extent that GP got married here. (In good company, too, as John and Jackie spent their honeymoon at SYR, and Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh tied the knot in the gardens.) Set against the Santa Ynez Mountains, on an olive and lavender tree studded estate that was originally built as a citrus farm in the 19th century, you’ll find 41 secluded bungalows. Each cottage comes equipped with a fireplace, private patio (many have outdoor hot tubs and rain showers), and wonderful extras, like heated bathroom floors. Though it’s big with honeymooners, we never need a big reason to come, as it’s the type of place where the occasion is the stay. Among many other things, the ranch is famous for its $130 “Montecito Margarita” made with Don Julio Real Añejo Tequila and Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary—mixed with agave and lime. Situated in the farm’s former citrus packing house, the stone-walled restaurant offers either creek or ocean views. The menu focuses on fancy comfort food—and revolves around the offerings from the ranch’s gardens.

Extra-Credit: The wineries of Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys are less than an hour north, while Santa Barbara is just minutes away.

 

 

 

saranac lake 090622nabTHE POINT

222 Beaverwood Road, Saranac Lake, NY | 518.891.5674

Perfectly secluded and endlessly hospitable, The Point is a modernized, 5-star throwback to the on-the-low decadence of the 1930’s when William Avery Rockefeller set out to build the stunning 10-acre resort. All amenities (outdoor pool, tennis courts, unlimited libations), activities (ice skating, boating, horseback riding) and meals (served in the Great Hall in the company of other guests) are included in the rate. As far as accommodations go, the beautifully-appointed log cabins, roaring fires, and strict kids-free policy meet all the requirements for a luxe Adirondack retreat.

 

 

 

Post Ranch InnPOST RANCH INN

47900 California 1, Big Sur, CA | 831.667.2200

360-degree coastal views and the wild mountain terrain of Big Sur provide a fitting backdrop for Post Ranch Inn’s eco-conscious surroundings (the property is powered by sun panels year-round and guests are chauffeured in Lexus hybrid vehicles). Situated on jagged cliffs—it’s a 1,200 foot drop to the Pacific Ocean—and shrouded in semi-permanent fog, the resort is a short drive to both Monterey and Carmel. Honeymooners can choose from three thoughtfully curated packages, all of which include dinner at Executive Chef John Cox’s local ingredient-driven restaurant Sierra Mar, free-reign of the hotel facilities, and at least one indulgent spa treatment. Local flora provides wild-crafted essential oils for the certified-organic products used at the Post Ranch Spa. Fair warning: Securing one of the 39 rooms requires quite a bit of patience and planning ahead. (Also: Kids are not allowed.)

 

 

 

 

 

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