10 Honeymoon Destinations for Food Lovers Slideshow
February 27, 2012
South of France
Just as a marriage brings two people together, a honeymoon in the South of France brings two different holidays together in one. Spend the first few days cuddled up in idyllic Provence, with ample wine tastings, perfect afternoon strolls through outdoor food markets, and the scent of lavender throughout. Then, move to the Côte d'Azur, where sun, sand, luxury, and mouthwatering Mediterranean fare await.
Mexico is blessed by having delectable cuisine throughout, but arguably one of the capitals of traditional Mexican foods and flavors is Oaxaca. It's an historical city with cobblestoned streets and a charming atmosphere, but the food is as bold as can be. Take a cooking course, stroll through local food markets, try a different mole every day, and book a room at the intimate Casa Oaxaca.
What could be more refreshing and restorative after planning that big day than the wide-open sky, fireside glasses of wine, and days spent horseback riding? Getting away to Montana offers all kinds of (year round) holidays, from national parks to dude ranches, and the Paws Up Resort knows how to make honeymooners feel truly away from it all with their Moonlight Camp. Private dinners for two with mountain views and fireside evenings of wine and fondue are followed by days of rafting, biking, and horseback riding.
No list of gastronomic honeymoon destinations would be complete without stunning, romantic Tuscany. The region is filled with vineyards, olive groves, restaurants, and bakeries, from the coast to the hills outside Florence. Villa rentals are common in Tuscany, so honeymooners should hole up in a rustic Tuscan villa and make their way to vineyards and small towns during the day, exploring the culinary landscape to the fullest, followed by nights strolling in town to find fresh, mouthwatering dinners. The two regions to look at first? Chianti and Maremma; Chianti is all rolling hills and natural romance, while Maremma is a small seaside town with charming beaches and restaurants serving the day’s fresh catch.
St. Martin, U.S. Virgin Islands
If sun and sand are two non-negotiable musts, head to the food paradise that is St. Martin in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island offers adventure, gorgeous beaches, and fantastic cuisine in all price points, from cheap hole-in-the-wall discoveries to luxurious, romantic eateries like the beachfront La Cigale and the old-school, nautical French Le Pressoir. Spend an afternoon deep-sea fishing with Lee's Fish — they'll cook your catch for you back on shore.
One of the most romantic and gastronomic domestic destinations, Sonoma is Napa's lower-key counterpart. It's brimming with stunning, expansive vineyards, charming and intimate hotels, and serious cuisine. Book a room at the green, hip, and food-focused Bardessono, reserve a table at Healdsburg's Cyrus, and arrange a private wine tasting tour with Beau Wine Tours. You'll have a hard time readjusting to reality, and you didn't need a passport to get there.
Soak up the sights, sounds, and scents (and tastes) of Istanbul with an explorer's honeymoon in Istanbul. The Four Seasons Istanbul will arrange all sorts of leisurely gastronomic activities (like picnics with sparkling wine and locally inspired eats), but one thing no couple should miss is a stroll through Istanbul's legendary food markets, whether it's with a company like Istanbul Eats or on your own. Relax in a traditional Turkish bath and share warm and cold mezzes with your loved one.
One of the most food-focused destinations around the world, Singapore is the perfect honeymoon for couples searching for something new, like colonial charm mixed with a colorful and varied food scene. Regional cuisine is a marriage of Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese flavors and some of the best dishes the country has to offer (like chili crab) can be found as easily on the streets as it is at gorgeous places like the Fort Canning Hotel. Make sure to start the day with a coffee and a kaya toast, like the locals do.
You've done Sonoma and Tuscany, but aren't ready to give up on a new wine tasting experience. Cue Mendoza — Argentina's picturesque wine region that's home to gorgeous and romantic hotels like the Cavas Wine Lodge and wineries like the unique Catena Zapata, where leisurely tastings can be followed by multicourse lunches.
San Sebastian, Spain
This idyllic part of northern Spain is dotted with rolling vineyards as well as Michelin stars. Stop into the region's famously innovative restaurants like Mugaritz and Arzak for multisensorial dining experiences where you might least expect them. When not trying to decipher what foam or gel was served for dinner, days can be spent lounging on the beach, surfing, kayaking, or shopping. Spend every other night pintxo-hopping, searching for the area's most mouthwatering tapas.