A World Away
Just a 30-minute plane ride from Fiji’s main island, the mystical island of Laucala is surrounded by coral reefs, small coves, breathtaking stretches of palm-stippled white sand beach, and turquoise-blue seas—the kind of setting honeymoon dreams are made of. Set on a former coconut plantation, the island’s 25 private villas were built with local timber, thatch and stone, and offer guests exclusivity with undisturbed ocean views. Each villa features a deep soaking tub and a private pool surrounded by daybeds and private dining areas. Lovebirds can further enhance their Fijian experience with spa treatments, horseback riding, fine cuisine and championship golf. +679.888.0077, laucala.com
Divine in the Desert
There’s nothing sweeter than a luxuriously appointed suite on a resort property indulgent with world-class golf, celebrity- studded hallways, gourmet cuisine and a Balinese-inspired spa. Especially one that was once playground to Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Throw in a $70-million renovation—and you’ve got the makings of a celebrity-caliber honeymoon getaway.
That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Riviera Resort & Spa, a former Palm Springs hot spot for Hollywood elite, recently reinvented to evoke midcentury Hollywood glam with a decidedly contemporary twist. The lobby alone will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another era. Basking in tangerine light, the space sports backlit lattice cut-outs of desert roses. Oversized crystal chandeliers, vibrant light-infused pillars and unique handcrafted fixtures add to the drama. Made of glittering Guatemalan coins, Andy Warhol–inspired portraits of Cher, Dean Martin and the resort’s other swinging celebrity clientele line the lobby promenade that leads to one of the swankiest spots to dine in the desert.
Circa59, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers a relaxed, sophisticated urban ambiance that combines a fine-dining restaurant with a chic lounge scene. The menu features seafood specialties and classic dishes revisited to please today’s global crowd. For those seeking a more intimate spot for a bridal party soiree, Spa Terre offers a quiet retreat to rejuvenate while private poolside cabanas allow for quality catch-up—day or night.
Couples will find garden and poolside settings for ceremonies, plus gorgeous mountain views from both the resort’s indoor and outdoor function spaces. And for the perfect start to married life, simply reserve one of the luxurious suites, appointed with marble-clad bathrooms, glamorous furnishings and a private Jacuzzi. It’s no wonder the hottest stars call this desert hideaway home. 760.327.8311, psriviera.com