Domestic Bliss

The far-flung honeymoon is exciting, adventurous, and wildly romantic. It can also be unpredictable and exorbitantly expensive. These great U.S. escapes—all nonstop flights from Logan—require little planning and even less spending.

U.S. Escape #3
Miami, Florida


The Raleigh; Photograph by Robin Hill/Photolibrary (Raleigh)

Why bother with St. Tropez or St. Barts? Miami has just as much sunbaked decadence, minus the international flights. But while laid-back couples have typically left the Magic City to nightlife-hunters, many Miami resorts have swapped the rowdy debauchery for quiet luxury—great news for beach-minded pairs craving relaxation. Renovated by superhotelier Andre Balazs, the glamorous 104-room RALEIGH on Collins Avenue feels a world away from the mod buildings that surround it (doubles from $300, 305-534-6300, Rich in art deco furnishings and complete with a private pool and wraparound terrace, the two-story penthouse suite is a timeless romantic hideaway. Also just revamped, the TIDES SOUTH BEACH is an indulgent oasis (doubles from $230, 305-604-5070, Case in point: Newlyweds can take advantage of the Mi Amor treatment, a 90-minute custom couples’ massage, in their room or by the pool. Lovers who still want a little honeymoon glitz should hit the beach club, rooftop pool, and bars at GANSEVOORT SOUTH, the Miami outpost of the über-modern, celeb-studded Manhattan hotel (doubles from $395, 305-604-1000,

U.S. Escape #4
San Diego, California


Hotel Del Coronado

Honeymooners heading to SoCal for postwedding R&R are guaranteed fine weather and, thanks to a handful of new luxury lodgings, a blissful escape. Located a mere block from Del Mar beach, the 120-room L’AUBERGE DEL MAR has two tennis courts, two pools, and a 5,000-square-foot spa, yet somehow manages to feel more beach cottage than megaresort (doubles from $612, 800-245-9757, Cap off a day of sunning with a Balinese Breeze scrub and massage in the Spa L’Auberge couples’ suite. Traditionalists might prefer the HOTEL DEL CORONADO, a historic landmark and an intriguing mix of all-inclusive getaway and Four Seasons–like luxury hotel (doubles from $379, 800-468-3533, The real romance takes place at its just-built Beach Village cottages, each complete with chef’s kitchen, private terrace, and ocean views. And for the young couple seeking simplicity over sumptuousness, there’s the new TOWER23 boutique hotel, a sleek ode to 21st-century hospitality (doubles from $279, 858-270-2323, Check out the Sweet Suite’s “chromatherapy” soaking tub, and then take in your own light show—a stunning sunset—from the hotel’s pool deck.