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When it comes to honeymoon resorts in California, you have your pick of everything from beachfront properties with jaw-dropping Pacific Ocean views to fabulous wine country retreats and desert oasis settings. Many offer special honeymoon packages that include extras like Champagne and roses or couples’ spa treatments. No matter what your idea of the perfect newlywed getaway is, you’re sure to find the perfect spot among these Golden State resorts.
The seductive Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is a destination resort that offers the ideal couples retreat. Many rooms include fireplaces where you can cozy up together with a glass of wine after a day of tasting. Tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course, relax in the Willow Stream Spa with its four geothermal swimming pools and enjoy multiple dining options, like the Michelin-starred Sante restaurant. Choose the Wine, Roses & Romance Package and you’ll get sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast in bed for two each day, a rose petal turndown and a sparkling wine tasting for two at Gloria Ferrer Winery.
On-site championship golf course and spa on-site
Geothermal mineral spring swimming pools
Packages available with breakfast in bed and wine tastings
A top luxury hotel in California, Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur is often ranked among the world’s most romantic places to stay in the world. The adult-only property is nestled in the cliffs along the central coast and includes heated infinity pools that overlook the Pacific, as well as activities like guided nature walks and yoga. The Pacific Suite is ideal for honeymooners. No matter where you are in the room, you’ll be exposed to the ocean but unseen by other guests. Even the opulent tiled bath that’s big enough for two offers an impressive view. Book the Romance at the Ranch package and you’ll get two four-course dinners, two in-room massages, daily gourmet breakfasts, Champagne with crystal flutes and more.
Adults-only property nestled in cliffs of Big Sur
Heated infinity pools, on-site spa and guided nature walks
The Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific in beautiful Santa Barbara. A Mediterranean-inspired resort, every suite includes a private balcony for soaking up the sun and the views. Enjoy relaxing in the 42,000-square-foot spa which offers 60 different treatment options and includes an adults-only pool as well as a redwood sauna and a eucalyptus steam room. In the Foley Wine Tasting room, sample and purchase wine or book a special appointment with the concierge to join in reserve tastings, cooking classes and wine outings.
Mediterranean-inspired suites with private balconies
On-site spa with adults-only pool, sauna and steam room
Wine tastings, cooking classes and wine outings avaialble
The Napa Valley five-star hotel Auberge du Soleil offers the ideal romantic escape, aiming to provide the “couple’s experience of a lifetime.” Each of its Mediterranean-style villas includes wood-burning fireplaces and private verandas overlooking the olive groves. Look forward to rejuvenating water rituals at the spa, soaking in the soothing springs and checking out some of the roughly 400 wineries in the surrounding area. Its fine dining restaurant has often been ranked among or at the top of the state’s very best eateries, serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes that include local ingredients paired with carefully-procured wines.
Surrounded by a beautifully landscaped oasis along the shores of Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa has an island-inspired motif with gardens, meandering pathways, koi ponds and a secluded stretch of pristine white sands on Mission Bay Beach. Couples can enjoy activities like kayaking, sailing, water-skiing and surfing as well as massage and body treatments in the waterfront spa at one of the best resorts in San Diego. While there are lots of attractions nearby like Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, there’s no need to leave the resort with its long list of offerings that include movies on the beach, an interactive show with talking macaws and sunset luaus featuring roasted pig and torch dancers.
Gardens, pathways, koi ponds and waterfront spa
Private, secluded area on Mission Bay Beach
On-site entertainment and activities like sunset luaus
One of the best spa resorts in California, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa captures the striking natural beauty of the desert, including dazzling views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Rooms, suites and villas are woven among the olive and citrus groves, aromatic rose and herb gardens. Honeymooners may want to choose one of the ultra-luxe two-story bougainvillea-covered villas. The property also features an award-winning spa, three swimming pools and the Citrus & Palm restaurant with its tasty farm-to-table offerings.
Two pools, whirlpools and 24/7 fitness center
On-site spa and dining on olive grove patio
Access to championship golf course at adjacent resort
Just a half-hour’s drive south of San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific and provides one of the best views in California. Its sprawling grounds include a swimming pool, golf course, two restaurants, a lounge, wine bar and an outdoor terrace bar with romantic fire pits. There’s also a fitness center, hair salon and a spa offering massages, a variety of relaxing treatments, saunas and steam rooms.
The Brewery Gulch Inn sits along one of the most beautiful stretches of the California coastline in Mendocino. This intimate property includes rooms uniquely designed with feather beds, gas fireplaces and stunning ocean views. Enjoy made-to-order breakfasts, evening wine and hors d’oeuvres, and explore the charming town with its magnificent Victorian buildings and saltbox cottages, with art galleries, antique shops, eateries and unique boutiques tucked in between.
Made-to-order breakfasts and evening wine and hors d’oeuvres
On-site spa with yoga and sound healing
Oceanview rooms with feather beds and gas fireplaces
Ventana Big Sur is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Pacific, the towering redwoods and rugged cliffs along the central coast. Rooms include large fireplaces, deep soaking tubs and private patios with hammocks or outdoor hot tubs. There are two pools, one that’s adults-only, Japanese baths, a fitness room, a spa and an on-site bar and restaurant. Activities are available too, like morning nature walks and evening wine-tasting.