Honeymoon Travel Hotel Guide: World’s Best New Hotels for Romantic Love 2010

For a romantic travel, luxury hotel or villa seems needed. If you’re a couple who likes to be among the first to arrive at a fabulous new place, check out this list of places to love. We have collected top 10 world’s best hotels that are recently-opened for honeymoon travel in 2010.  Many of them spared no expense in tempting guests by offering exceptional rooms, fare, and facilities.

 To romance new customers, some hotels also offered near-irresistible opening rates. This selection of best new hotels focuses on ones that debuted recently and are anticipated to become havens for couples in 2010. From city hotels to beach resorts, these are among the world’s fantastic new settings for real romance to flourish in 2010. Note: Click on a thumbnail to view any image full-size.

1. Sandals Emerald Bay, Bahamas
This best new hotel for romance originally debuted in 2005 as the lavish Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma in the Bahamas. In 2009 Sandals Resorts bought the property and converted it to one of the brand’s luxurious all-inclusive hotels. It re-opened in January 2010. Targeting honeymoon couples; couples who want an easy, turnkey destination wedding; and couples who simply want to bask in romance and the sun, the childfree Sandals Emerald Bay offers a gorgeous getaway on one of the Bahamas’ quiet and pristine Out Islands.

2. Shangri-La, Vancouver, Canada

Opened in 2009 so that all the kinks of a new hotel would be ironed out by the time the Winter Olympics hordes descended, the ultra-contemporary Shangri-La, Vancouver is a techie’s dream — but that’s not as geeky as it sounds. Ready for romance? Lighting and curtains can be operated by a bedside control panel and the state-of-the-art entertainment center is at your fingertips’ command as well. The spa is definitely a lovers’ haven: A 750-square-foot private couples suite unveils a personal steam shower, fireplace, and relaxation area.

3. Mardan Palace, Antalya, Turkey
Gaudy doesn’t begin to describe this $1.4 billion dollar gilt trip on the southern Turkish coast near Antalya. Yet Mardan Palace is near the top of this list of best new hotels for romance simply because its sensual surroundings, vast spa, and snap-to-it-service ensure that you can luxuriate like a sultan while you’re here. The sun is strong, the pool is enormous, the restaurants are bountiful, and a motorized gondola chugs its way around this Turkish Disneyland for adults, picking up and depositing your fellow hedonists.

4. Renaissance Curacao, Caribbean
One of the best new hotels for couples who like to do a lot on holiday, the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino offers more by way of external attractions than any other hotel in Willemstad, the capital city. There are 50 shops, 15 restaurants, and a movie theater attached to the hotel. Though the hotel is not actually near any beaches, guests can lounge on a manmade beach on the second floor of the hotel…yes, second floor. Ocean water is pumped up to the beach area, where an infinity edge gives the illusion of water pouring straight into the ocean.

5. The Augustine, Prague, Czech Republic
Windows at The Augustine, which opened in 2009, frame a view of Prague Castle above red-tiled rooftops. The rest of The Augustine is equally enchanting. The 1920s to 1930s are considered to be the Golden Age of Prague, when art and design — especially Cubism — flourished. In homage to that period, guest rooms feature Cubist-inspired furnishings and décor. What makes this best new hotel even more uncommon is the the thirteenth-century St. Thomas Monastery and church that it physically connects to. If you appreciate liquid spirits as well as divine ones, quaff a brew in the hotel’s basement; the age-old recipe derived from the original monks is an elixir for romance.

6. St. Regis Mexico City, Mexico
Loosen your tie and unwind in Mexico’s capital city. Despite the fact the St. Regis Mexico City bills itself as a business hotel, it’s actually best as a chic escape for couples seeking romance in an elegant retreat. The metal-and-glass tower claims to be one of the tallest buildings in Latin America; it’s certainly one of the tallest hotels. This smart and sexy new property combines sophistication with service, resulting in a great stay.

7. Blue Ocean Reef Resort, Honduras, Central America
Interest in Central America grows unabated. Much of the area is still untouristy and affordable. Then there are those magnificent beaches. Roatan, 35 miles off the coast of Honduras, is known for some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. But up until now it wasn’t well known for hotels. That changed with the opening of Blue Ocean Reef’s luxury oceanfront villas along a half-mile-long beach. Facilities include an infinity pool, beach club, spa services, and restaurants in addition to diving, snorkeling, and boat tours. The resort also supports Roatan Zoo and Island Adventure, an 11-acre sanctuary devoted to the rescue and care of injured and orphaned animals. It is is open to guests and the public.

8. Dakota Mountain Lodge, Park City, Utah, USA
Lovers of snow, skiing, and fresh mountain air already know the pleasures of Park City, half an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City. In 2009 the new ski-in, ski-out Dakota Mountain Lodge at the base of The Canyons Resort opened, adding to the number of romantic Park City hotels. With impeccable provenance (the Lodge is part of the Waldorf Astoria collection of hotels), it is also home to a Golden Door Spa. In any season, the best places for romance surround the hotel: Dakota Mountain Lodge’s outdoor patios feature fire pits, heated pools, and whirlpools are open year-round.

9. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
You’re going to be hearing a lot about Las Vegas’ new CityCenter in 2010. Several of the world’s leading architects contributed to this megacomplex containing four hotels, a casino, condos, an Elvis-themed Cirque du Soleil show, spas, swimming pools, upscale shopping, restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, and bars. As the only one of the hotels with name-brand recognition, the smart money is on Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas to be among the most successful. Designed with interiors by Adam D. Tihany, the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas brings the company’s distinctive brand of Asian cool and modern sensibility to a place where romance can flourish. We suggest starting at The Mandarin Bar on the 23rd floor; the best views are swoon-worthy.

10. Secrets Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean
Secrets Resorts, the luxurious all-inclusive, all-suite, adults-only resorts along the Caribbean Sea in Mexico, is opening two new hotels in Jamaica in March 2010. Lying side-by-side along the beach, Secrets St. James Montego Bay (check rates now) — it has a British Colonial look — and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay (check rates now) — island/tropical design — will each hold 350 suites. The two properties share a plaza, which will be their entertainment hub featuring outdoor cafés, movies, shopping, and entertainment. Guests at either of the hotels will have privileges at the other, and that includes their restaurants, bars, swimming pools, spas, and beach clubs. Secret Resorts are also popular spots for destination weddings.

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