8 Must-Book Boozymoons
You’ve heard of babymoons (the last hurrah for parents-to-be) and minimoons (condensed honeymoons), but the latest trend is the boozymoon: a getaway that caters to newlywed wine lovers and spirits aficionados. Since a week of simply lying on the beach won’t cut it if imbibing is your first love, here’s where to go.
Consider Miami for its sun, sand and sips. You’ll find them in spades at the luxurious Acqualina, which greets guests with glasses of bubbly upon arrival. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails at the oceanfront AQ by Acqualina restaurant or 22 wines by the glass at Il Mulino New York. The hotel’s 20,000-square-foot spa offers indulgent treatments in a private suite. The honeymoon package includes Champagne, a couples massage and a beachfront dinner for two.
Have a taste for nightlife? Dine, dance and drink under the stars at the clubby, indoor/outdoor Baoli, known for its excellent sushi, saké and large-format Champagnes. The Broken Shaker is great for late-night drinks in a lush outdoor courtyard with plenty of nooks for canoodling over craft cocktails.
Frequently cited as one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations, this Caribbean island is home to several uncommon rum experiences like a “rum buffet” offered at St. Lucia Distillers. Couples can sample 20 varieties, including the sumptuous Admiral Rodney. Plus, the experience lends itself to carrying your betrothed over the threshold if they’ve tried one too many.
For a toes-in-the-sand dining experience, head to The Cliff restaurant at Cap Maison or a private dinner with sips selected by the resort’s own “rummelier.” It offers cooking classes, market tours and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, too.
While here, sample St. Lucia’s legendary “liquid Viagra,” rum infused with local aphrodisiacal herbs, at the three-walled Ladera resort.
Equally famous for its party scene as its gorgeous beaches, Phuket is a top honeymoon destination for drink lovers. For an upscale imbibing experience, stay at Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa. The property’s beachfront EDGE restaurant offers approximately 80 wines, including Thai selections from Siam Winery, Hua Hin Hills Vineyard and Chateau Shala One. Couples can also spring for craft cocktails flavored with housemade sodas at the swim-up bar.
The town of Patong may have a party-loving reputation, but romantic restaurants like the two-story teak Baan Rim Pa serve up global wine lists alongside killer views. Baan Rim Pa is situated on a cliff that overlooks the Andaman Sea.
There’s more to explore in Peru than Machu Picchu and Lima’s gastronomic delights, namely the country’s hottest commodity, Pisco. The town of Ica puts on a lively, weeklong celebration known as the Festival de la Vendimia, or grape harvest festival, each March, highlighting local art and dance, as well as offering Pisco and wine tastings.
Travelers can enjoy a dreamy, Pisco-fueled experience with a D’paso tour at the oldest working distillery in the Americas, Hacienda La Caravedo, maker of Pisco Portón ($70 per person). Here, couples can take a horseback ride through a lush valley followed by a picnic lunch in the heart of the desert. On the return trip, visit the historic 1684 facility, tour the modern distillery space and finish the afternoon with a Pisco tasting.
This fall, Visit London’s Autumn Season of Culture provides a blockbuster lineup of activities like Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary, plus institutions that extend hours to complement the Tube’s 24-hour weekend service.
If you need a drink after all that culture, reserve a glass-walled pod for a wine tasting with unforgettable views in the Coca-Cola London Eye, a Ferris wheel suspended over the River Thames. Five wines and snacks are included for about $70 per person.
Gin fans should visit the Beefeater distillery and tour its modern visitors’ center ($18 for adults). The only historic London Dry Gin produced in the heart of the capital, the experience ends with a complimentary G&T.
A British boozymoon isn’t complete without a taste of the city’s cutting-edge cocktail scene. Create custom drinks by taking a beverage class at London Cocktail Club. Classes are available at six London locations for about $60 per person.
St. Barth’s is a storied honeymoon escape for the well-heeled and French wine-obsessed traveler. Expect cellars stocked with French favorites at the island’s top resort restaurants, including Eden Rock, whose 200-selection wine list was created by Marco Pelletier, head sommelier at Le Bristol Paris. Restaurant Le Gaïac St Barth at Hotel Le Toiny showcases 300 wines and sommelier-led pairings.
Staying in? Stock up on top Bordeaux and Burgundy bottles at Le Cellier du Gouverneur. It also sells the delicious locally made spirit, rhum vanille.
Foodies: Book your trip around the annual Taste of St. Barth Gourmet Festival, which runs Nov. 5–8. The four-day wine and food fest highlights prestigious local chefs. This year, seven elite toques from France will lead fine-dining experiences with top wines.
Mexico has long been a popular choice for honeymooners, but high-end resorts in Cabo are upping the ante with drinking experiences that cater to couples. At the romantic Resort at Pedregal, an impressive wine cellar holds international favorites alongside picks from nearby Baja wine country. At the interactive Champagne Terrace, carved into the rocks at the resort’s El Farallon restaurant, explore Champagne through sensations linked to soil, climate and the aging process.
At the all-inclusive Marquis Los Cabos, partake in weekly wine tastings, cocktail lessons and an immersive Tequila class led by a local expert. A bar crawl outing can be arranged to four local watering holes, where guests are greeted with welcome shots.
Whether you want to save or splurge, there are plenty of unique sips on this tropical isle, like the Private Cabana Dining Experience (starting at $1,000) at The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Beginning with a Champagne toast and a personalized chef consultation, you’ll score a custom five-course menu for two with sommelier-selected wines, not to mention breathtaking sunset views of Lana’i.
For a budget pick, head to Kihei for a $5 tour and a tasting of four local beers at Maui Brewing Co. Known for its 32-tap draft system and modern tasting room, it also boasts authentic eats from the island’s top food trucks, a covered lanai with views of Molokini and a giant jenga puzzle.
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- 3Phuket, Thailand
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- 7Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- 8Maui, Hawaii