Invite your friends and family along on a group-friendly honeymoon.
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Three’s a crowd? Not for trendsetting duos embarking on buddymoons—honeymoons in which the newlyweds invite their friends and family along on the trip. Sometimes a buddymoon springs from a destination wedding where guests stick around for a few extra days. In other cases, the bride and groom simply want to hit the road and let loose with their pals post-wedding. Whatever the reasoning, finding the right hotel—equal parts romantic and fun for a crowd—can be tricky. Fortunately, the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have already done the legwork. Here they’ve rounded up some of the best hotels that make sense for two or more.
Note: Hotel rates reflect the lowest available at press time and are subject to change.
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If you’re traveling with an entourage, a tropical resort run by two music producers fits the bill. In fact, you and your friends can even lay down some tracks (love ballads, naturally) in the on-site recording studio at Geejam (rooms from $425) in Port Antonio.
This rockin’ retreat, which sits at the foot of the Blue Mountains overlooking the Caribbean, has a private beach, spa, and bar for late-night lounging. Have your gang shack up in the three-bedroom villa (it comes with a private pool), while you and your new spouse steal away to a private cabin with a Jacuzzi.
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Sublime Samana, Dominican Republic
They should call it Sublime Semana because it’d be so easy to extend your nuptial festivities for a full week at this oceanfront hideaway with your nearest and dearest in tow. And because it’s suites-only here (tough luck, right?), the whole bunch gets to indulge. Sublime Samana (rooms from $300) has two pools and loads of local excursions, such as horseback riding, snorkeling, and sailing, to keep your friends entertained. However, massages at sunset in the beachfront spa are reserved for just the two of you.
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Be Tulum, Mexico
A group honeymoon is right at home in bohemian Tulum, where even spa treatments (temazcal, we’re thinking of you) happen in mass. Any residual wedding stress is sure to melt away at Be Tulum (rooms from $591). Here, yoga takes place every day in a treetop studio, and the walk from your room to the beach is literally two minutes, but you can still get a drink along the way. The hotel’s beach club, which has daybeds and palapa-style canopies spread across white sand, is an ideal place to rehash every moment and Instagram pic from your reception.
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Viceroy Snowmass, Colorado
There’s strength in drinking hot toddies in numbers—let that be the slogan for your ski-filled buddymoon to Colorado. The Viceroy Snowmass (rooms from $175) is sufficiently romantic for newlyweds—suites have fireplaces, freestanding bathtubs, and mountain views—plus it’s close to all the slope-side action to satisfy the ski bums in your crowd. The hotel has a ski valet service and on-site rentals, plus easy access to over 3,000 acres of terrain. As for those hot toddies, the Lobby Bar has you covered. Grab drinks and wings and cozy up to the fire.
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Puro Hotel, Spain
Usher in the new—namely your freshly minted Mr. and Mrs. titles—while soaking up the Spanish sun with your oldest pals. The Puro Hotel (rooms from $120) in Mallorca perfectly embodies that mix of past and present. The 14th-century building, which was originally a palace, is now decked out in contemporary design. Let one of the sprawling and aptly named Oasis suites be your private sanctuary, while your friends can have their pick of 50 other rooms. Spend your days lounging and listening to DJ sets at Puro’s beach club, and then explore the historic town at night and feast on traditional tapas.
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Principe Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
Italy has long been a top destination for honeymooning duos, but a Mediterranean retreat works for more than just parties of two. There’s room for everyone around the pool at Principe Forte Dei Marmi (rooms from $435). And because the hotel is on the Tuscan Riviera, you can also spread out on the sand at Principe’s beach club, just a five-minute walk away. You’re also a quick drive to Lucca, where you can explore an ancient duomo and palace (to satisfy any history buffs in the group). As for the rooms, they all come with a selection of wine, and the spacious Spatio suite is perfect for a pair that just got hitched.
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The Harmony Hotel, Costa Rica
Roll into married life on an eight-foot surfboard with all your BFFs cheering from the beach. The Harmony Hotel (rooms from $210) on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is a wave-rider’s paradise. For any newbies in the bunch, the beach’s long breaks are easy on beginners and the hotel offers lessons. If you have a friend or two that would rather hang in a hammock than hang ten, that’s possible, too. There’s also sunrise yoga, a pool, and ziplining nearby. Book a series of bungalows for the whole gang, but make sure you snag Bungalow 26—its private patio makes it the ideal honeymooner hideaway.
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The Carneros Inn, California Wine Country
Keep those glasses clinking for days after you’ve said your vows by taking the party to wine country. The Carneros Inn (rooms from $465) in Napa sits on 27 acres of grapevines and farmland, so a glass of pinot is never hard to find. The hotel’s cottages and private homes are ideal for a group. Of course you and your mate could use some privacy, so consider your own digs, like a Vineyard Suite with a gas fireplace, outdoor shower, and panoramic views of rolling hills. Then, meet up with your friends for wine tastings, afternoon pool parties, and picnics catered by the on-site restaurant.