Hey, newlyweds! Looking for a place to honeymoon? Well, I gotcha covered. Simply print this out, give it to your betrothed, and tell them to choose any (or all!) from this list. Or stick it to the wall and throw a dart at it to decide. Whatever method you choose, you simply cannot go wrong with a honeymoon in France. Here are some top picks, tips and advice for you two crazy kids.
First, the tips. Here are some helpful links to get you through the logistics of planning a trip to France:
- Airports in France
- Renting a car in France
- Train travel in France
- Bus travel in France
- Getting around France
Now let’s get to the good stuff! Obviously, Paris is our number-one choice.
I mean, come on. It’s Paris – where walking anywhere feels like a romantic stroll, you can splurge on a hotel and be treated like royalty, and intimate meals over candlelight are a dime a dozen. It’s also easy to navigate and very visitor-friendly, so you’ll feel like everything’s been taken care of for you. And if it’s your first time, you can spend a couple of days on some side trips from Paris to make it feel like two vacations in one.
Splurge Hotel: Hôtel de Crillon, 10 Place de la Concorde, 75008
Vibe: How the other half honeymoons.
Impossibly Romantic Hotel: Hôtel de la Bretonnerie, 22 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004
Vibe: They even have rooms they categorize as “charming,” in case there were any doubt.
Solid Choice Hotel: Hôtel des Deux-Iles, 65 Rue Saint Louis-en-l’Ile, 75004
Vibe: It’s on an island in the Seine, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever.
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There are a couple of reasons why I’m choosing the French Riviera as a top pick. First of all, if you have your wedding in a “shoulder” season but still want to enjoy a beach honeymoon, this is great. Second, it’s not a typical honeymooner destination; you won’t feel like everyone’s gouging you just because they see you coming from a mile away. And third, it’s days filled with nothing but traveling on boats and sitting under palm trees and eating ridiculously fresh food and sipping drinks, but you’re in a very cosmopolitan region and everyone’s devastatingly glamorous, like they’re extras in your honeymoon movie. Ugh, love it, love it, love it.
Splurge Hotel: Hotel Byblos, St-Tropez
Vibe: Oh hey Beyonce, yeah we just got married too.
Impossibly Romantic Hotel: Hôtel Sainte Valérie, Juan-les-Pins, Antibes
Vibe: Intimate luxury.
Solid Choice Hotel: Hôtel Windsor, Nice
Vibe: Funky, beachy, fun.
If you love a road trip, then the Loire Valley is your honeymoon. Grab a rental car in Paris and head a bit south to visit historic Châteaux, gardens, vineyards, and basically live your fantasy life for a couple of weeks.
Splurge Hotel: Château des Briottières Champigné, Mayenne-et-Loire
Vibe: OK Princess, your castle is ready for you.
Impossibly Romantic Hotel: Château de Verrières Saumur, Maine et Loire
Vibe: You will leave kicking and screaming.
Solid Choice Hotel: Le Clos D’Amboise, Amboise
Vibe: Appears next to the word “adorable” in the dictionary, directly in a foodie town on a river. Boom.