Wednesday, July 14, 2010
A Match Made In Hollywood: Tripadvisor Basks In Newlywed Bliss Naming Top 10 Celebrity Honeymoon Hotels
Romantic Locales, Privacy and VIP Service Set the Stage for A-List Honeymooners
NEWTON, Mass. — July 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced its list of the top ten celebrity honeymoon hotels, as identified by TripAdvisor editors. When it comes to celebrating their weddings, TripAdvisor has learned that celebrities spare no expense in selecting the perfect accommodations that are rated highly for romance, privacy and top-notch service. According to TripAdvisor.com site data, 86 percent of the travelers who visited the top ten celebrity honeymoon hotels for a romantic getaway also rated the resort’s atmosphere highly for romance, while 93 percent were wowed by the exceptional customer service.
1. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Ranked #2 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – Average nightly rate: $704 - $1,120
Known for its outstanding service, it’s no surprise that celebrity couples have selected the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii as both a wedding and honeymoon destination. Featuring immaculate grounds including a calm water beach and five unique pools, travelers rave about the resort’s low key elegance and thoughtful touches like chilled towels, beachside Evian spritzes and sunglass cleaning. “Stunning, amazing, beautiful – adjectives don't do this place justice. It was absolutely agonizing to leave such a wonderful property,” shared one TripAdvisor traveler.
2. Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman; Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
Ranked #2 in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico – Average nightly rate: $629 - $1,187
Old world Mexican charm and luxurious amenities set the stage for romance at this amazing resort, known for its posh clientele. Located thirty minutes from Cabo San Lucas in historic San Jose del Cabo, the hotel boasts an actual “department of romance,” a team of dedicated employees who specialize in setting the mood with in-room couple’s massages, private candlelit dinners and aromatherapy turndown services. “If you are looking for a romantic, intimate experience of a lifetime, don't give it a second thought,” said one TripAdvisor traveler.
3. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Ranked #3 in Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Average nightly rate: $808 - $1,189
Featuring spacious bungalows over dazzling turquoise water, this retreat’s far-flung location and commitment to privacy make it a perfect hideaway for celebrity couples. While the resort was also the location for the movie “Couples Retreat,” TripAdvisor travelers note that it’s actually far more romantic and tranquil than the film suggests. “The island is so quiet and serene and it feels like we were the only two people there,” noted one TripAdvisor traveler after their honeymoon.
4. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, Bali
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Ranked #4 in Jimbaran, Bali – Average nightly rate: $608 - $939
Famous honeymooners are drawn to the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay for the fantastic ocean views and unobtrusive service. With spacious villas boasting a private deck and plunge pool, the property offers ample opportunities to spend quality time alone as newlyweds, in addition to fantastic local music, Balinese massages and cooking lessons to round out their vacation experience. “The guest room is a complete sanctuary where in-room dining is a luxury, not a convenience!” commented one TripAdvisor traveler.
5. One&Only Reethi Rah, North Male Atoll, Maldives
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Fergie and Josh Duhamel
Ranked #11 in North Male Atoll, Maldives – Average nightly rate: $864 - $1,285
Posh yet peaceful, the One&Only Reethi Rah offers the ultimate relaxation getaway for superstar newlyweds. Offering both beachside and overwater villas with private infinity pools, travelers enjoy the property’s pristine white sand beaches, lush flora and fauna, and millions of glittering stars in the sky each evening. “The feeling when we arrived was that of living on a deserted island (with a butler and every extravagance one could want),” said one TripAdvisor traveler.
6. Cap Juluca, West End, Anguilla
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: David Arquette and Courteney Cox
Ranked #3 in West End, Anguilla – Average nightly rate: $500 - $701
Open and breezy with views overlooking Anguilla’s crystal clear water, celebrity couples are attracted to Cap Juluca for its stunning beaches featuring soft white sand and dreamy sunsets. Travelers seeking a lazy day with their special someone will also appreciate the cozy beachside sun loungers and unexpected romantic touches from the resort staff. “One day, we came off the beach to find our bathtub filled with bubbles galore and rose petals floating on top...heaven,” shared one TripAdvisor traveler.
7. San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort, Santa Barbara, California
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez; John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy; Danny Moder and Julia Roberts
Ranked #5 in Santa Barbara, California – Average nightly rate: $495 - $1,150
A fantastic mix of beautiful scenery, privacy and superb service has attracted a litany of famous faces to the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California over the years. Private cottages, including the Kennedy Cottage, the location of the couple’s 1953 honeymoon, exude understated luxury and romance with antique furnishings and fragrant outdoor gardens. “The San Ysidro Ranch is a great place for couples to go for a romantic get-away. All rooms are very private. You are really in your own little house with a private patio that includes your own spa and outdoor shower,” noted one TripAdvisor traveler.
8. Fregate Island Private, Fregate Island, Seychelles
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt; Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Ranked #1 in Fregate Island, Seychelles – Average nightly rate: $3,029
Known for catering to every whim, celebrity honeymooners can escape the stresses of daily life at one of Fregate Island Private’s 16 villas, which come with a personal butler, private pool, Jacuzzi and large terrace. While not all celebrity marriages pass the test of time, travelers are still drawn to the island’s seven beaches, a cliff-top spa and numerous trails for observing giant sea turtles, geckos and exotic birds in their natural habitat. “If you like unique experiences, extreme luxury and are willing to let the island try its magic on you, you will not be disappointed,” recommended one TripAdvisor traveler.
9. Parrot Cay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner; Eva Longoria and Tony Parker; Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Sklar; Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz
Ranked #21 in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – Average nightly rate: $620 - $1,370
Described as sophisticated yet earthy by TripAdvisor travelers, Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos has hosted a number of celebrity weddings and honeymoons. Celebrated as a destination for relaxation and rejuvenation, couples can spend the day soaking up the sun on its unspoiled beaches, feasting on healthy gourmet cuisine and getting pampered in the world-class spa. “The perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. You can see why every 'A Lister' in the world chooses this resort,” commented one TripAdvisor traveler.
10. El Careyes Beach Resort, Jalisco, Careyes, Mexico
Reported Celebrity Honeymooners: Seal and Heidi Klum
Ranked #1 in Careyes, Mexico – Average nightly rate: $264
Tucked between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, the El Careyes Beach Resort is a hidden gem that attracts famous newlyweds in search of romance and seclusion. Perfect for couples who enjoy a mix of lounging on the beach and recreation, the resort offers activities including kayaking, whale watching, and horseback riding. “The most beautiful thing to experience at El Careyes would be the sunset- it really is jaw dropping. The whole resort becomes amber and golden specks of sunlight reflect off the waters that shimmer off the walls,” described one TripAdvisor traveler.
“Travelers in search of an opulent romantic getaway can take a page from the celebrity honeymoon playbook,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “Even without an A-list budget, gorgeous accommodations with outstanding service and superstar perks can be found if travelers research and plan ahead.”
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