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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Guide to Honeymooning in Florida

Words by Kate Darnell




With sunny weather year round, Florida is a prime destination for newlyweds and lovebirds to slip away for a romantic getaway. Newlyweds can swoon in style this summer at some of the most romantic hotels Florida has to offer, in addition to local attractions and restaurants. Find a little honeymoon guide to Florida courtesy of The Dana Agency below:

HONEYMOON HOTEL GUIDE 

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Seaplanes, Sunsets and Luxury at Hotel Effie 

Hotel Effie Sandestin is an elegant, charming stay with gorgeous views of the Emerald Coast from the only rooftop pool and lounge in Northwest Florida. The romantic experience commences with a private chauffeur to and from one of the nearby airports. Couples would receive welcome cocktails upon check in to their exclusive Honeymoon Suite, embellished with a dozen fresh cut roses. To fully unwind, they can receive breakfast in bed, followed by a couple’s massage at Spa Lilliana, and then head to a private poolside cabana to soak in the sun. Couples would also receive a shopping credit for Sandestin’s featured shops to purchase souvenirs or even special outfits for a night out. For a bit of adventure, they can enjoy a seaplane tour, followed by a sunset bonfire with a bottle of champagne or wine accompanied by lite bites. Couples can experience a candlelit dinner at Ovide one night, and sunset dinner and drinks on a private yacht another night.

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Wine, Chocolate, and Candlelit Dinners at The Balfour Hotel in Miami Beach 

The Balfour Hotel is a historic, Art Deco-style hotel wrapped around an enchanting courtyard for newlyweds to enjoy. Receive a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped fruits on arrival, daily in-room breakfast and a private four-course candlelit dinner from the on-site restaurant Mehzcla. Couples are also provided with a Sandalwood Art of Shaving kit for husbands and Tatcha Ritual skincare kit for wives so both can look and feel their best.

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Chocolate Truffles and Spa Credits at The Gabriel Miami 

The Gabriel Miami, located along Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami, is known for its sprawling balconies and stunning views. Enjoy a honeymoon in extravagance from a Bay view room with a plush king-size bed, heart-shaped chocolate truffles from Romanicos Chocolate and a mimosa bar delivered to your room, a $100 spa credit per person, per day at the Satori Spa, and a luxury yacht trip for two across the glimmering South Beach coast.
  

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Rose Petals, Beachside Picnics and Champagne at Hillsboro Beach Resort 

Hillsboro Beach Resort, at the crossroads between casual comfort and modern luxury, welcomes couples who want to retreat by the beach. They can enjoy a suite, where they will find rose petals decorating the room and a pair of cozy robes to slip into and keep. They will be provided their own couples’ game, “Affection,” to play and keep for a fun bonding experience. Hillsboro wants to ensure couples can slow down and enjoy quality time together with its daily breakfast-in-bed as well as bicycle and kayak rentals to explore the exclusive Millionaire’s Mile. A beautiful beach picnic luncheon will be prepared by onsite oceanfront restaurant Roí and a local photographer can capture a beautiful photo session. To complete this tranquil escape, an outdoor beachside candlelit dinner will be served with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne Brut. Available upon request, subject to availability. 

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Sunset Sails and Champagne at The Marker Key West

Tucked away in paradise, The Marker Key West Harbor Resort offers warm ocean breezes from the comfort of your room and the best Key West has to offer is steps from your door. Choose between a tour of the Hemingway Rum Co. with two drink tickets and a free bottle of Papa Pilars rum; free bike rentals and a poolside lunch paired with a margarita pitcher; or “seas the day” with a private boat charter stocked with champagne for a sunset sail. Return to your room and find a suncare kit from Key West Aloe, face masks and massage oil to recover from a day in the sun.

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Sunset Boat Rides, Pampering and Private Cabanas at Shelborne South Beach 

Embrace by the beautiful beachfront views of the Atlantic Ocean at Shelborne South Beach. Take photos around the hotel’s stylish interiors and famous Art Deco architecture, grab drinks at Oasis or hit David’s Cafe in the lobby for coffee and delicious pastries. Couples will love the restorative treatments and pampering amenities at GUYandGirl Spa. Newlyweds can request a private sunset boat charter for an epic view of the South Beach shoreline or receive a romantic cabana stocked with fresh fruit, cheese, and a bottle of rosé.

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Dinner for Two and Crystal Coupe at The Gabriel South Beach

At The Gabriel South Beach, couples receive a bottle of champagne upon arrival, as well as a private dinner for two on the rooftop overlooking Ocean Drive. Discover a pair of keepsake Waterford Crystal Elegance Champagne Coupe glasses and a floral arrangement in a romantic, oceanview suite. For a relaxing day on the beach, the Gabriel team will arrange a private picnic on the sand for two. 

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Sun-filled Rooftops and Wine Tasting at THesis Hotel Miami

THesis Hotel is a modern property with an intimate setting where couples can enjoy a sun-filled rooftop pool with tropical views, a poolside rooftop bar and two restaurants by James Beard nominee chef Niven Patel. Couples can choose between a special wine tasting at Orno, followed by an private dinner at Orno’s library with your choice of a free classic romantic novel for poolside reading. The package includes a city guide to some of the areas most romantic sites, including Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Deering Estate and more. For honeymooners, the property partners with The Collection to provide luxury transportation for those looking to explore the city in style. 


HONEYMOON ACTIVITIES

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A Romantic Gondola Tour on the Venice of America

Couples celebrating their special day in South Florida and looking for the perfect daytime activity can look no further than a dreamy gondola cruise on the romantic canals of Fort Lauderdale.  To enjoy a picture-perfect day in this laidback and upscale oasis, Casa Sensei has partnered with Riverfront Gondola Tours to blend relaxing outdoor fun with mouthwatering cuisine. Here, couples can reserve a private dinner cruise and indulge in some household favorites including traditional Pad Thai, kimchi fried rice, Korean street tacos, assorted sushi rolls and more complete with crafted cocktails. 

WHERE TO DINE

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Lady and the Tramp Fantasy at Fratelli la Bufala

Miami’s first Neapolitan Pizzeria Fratelli La Bufala offers a cozy atmosphere made perfect for couples to relax and dish out on a taste of Italy’s south. The restaurant’s expansive menu is known for its shareable pizzas made fresh in its brick wood-fire ovens, with traditional tastes that are sure to sweep anyone away from Miami to Naples, Italy. Guests looking for something other than a pizza pie can live out their “Lady and the Tramp” fantasy with featured pasta like the Fettuccine Mari e Monti or Spaghetti All'amatriciana. Finish off any meal with a sweet Tres Leches paired with freshly brewed espresso.

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Japanese Cuisine and Cocktails at Kosushi

Enjoy a romantic yet refined experience at Kosushi Miami over delicately made sushi and an exclusive cocktail selection. The first international spot for the Kosushi brand offers an authentic yet contemporary take on traditional Japanese cuisine with Brazilian flavors created by 5x Michelin Star Award-Winning Chef George Koshoji. Couples can delight in the thoughtfully prepared dishes, from the chilled King Crab Truffle to the steaming Wagyu Gyoza, while sitting under wooden Japanese carpentry lining the open dining room’s ceiling.

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Sunny Brunches and Bottomless Cocktails at Shooters Waterfront

Shooters Waterfront makes the sweetest spot for couples looking for an exciting waterfront destination. Whether it’s for bottomless cocktails during a sunny brunch or for any of its coastal-inspired dishes for dinner, from Asian-inspired sushi to All-American St. Louis Style Ribs, Shooters has something for any pair. Its luxurious dining rooms to its chic outdoor lawn makes it a romantic getaway at its location along the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Intimate Ambiance and Multi Course Omakese at Uchi

In the eclectic Wynwood arts district is Uchi, a modern Japanese restaurant that provides an intimate atmosphere for any couple looking to try a non-traditional taste of Eastern flavors. With a stylish interior designed by local craftsmen, Uchi beautifully brings together local talent for an international menu of sushi, sashimi, yasaimono, agemono, makimono, toyosu, one of a kind specials and a multi-course omakase selection. Guests can revel in its wide selection of beers, wines, spirits and sakes to elevate any honeymoon date night.

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Rare Whiskeys and Cocktails at Whiskey Neat

For a relaxed yet refined honeymoon evening, couples can experience one of the largest selections of whiskeys in South Florida at Whiskey Neat. Guests can choose from one of over 230 rare whiskeys, unique hand-crafted cocktails and a selection of 16 wines served in an enomatic dispenser system. The open interior lounge provides a comfortable atmosphere to snuggle up on a tufted couch, and for those looking to enjoy the outdoors, the garage doors open to a shaded verdant outdoor patio.

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