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Planning your wedding gives you plenty of chances to dream. You get to daydream about how your wedding dress will look, where the ceremony will happen and who gets to be there. Another part of wedding planning that's fun to think about is your honeymoon. Your first vacation with your spouse is one you'll always remember, but where will you stay once you get to your dream destination? Forget about traditional hotel rooms with stale continental breakfasts. Travel in style with one of these amazing Airbnbs.
1. Austin, Texas Contemporary Farmhouse
If you're looking to stay stateside for your honeymoon, look no further than Austin, Texas. Austin is a growing city with plenty of places for couples to explore. When you're not out seeing all that the city has to offer, like walking through the Zilker Botanical Garden or the Blanton Museum of Art, chill out a contemporary farmhouse.The modern interior design is breathtaking, perfect for any bride who loves a minimalist style. Lounge by the sparkling pool or hire a chef to make your meals in the professional grade kitchen. The entire property offers a luxury vibe while only being a short drive from the city.
2. Cape Town, Africa Luxury Villa
Have you ever watched a reality show and wished you could stay in the houses the TV stars rent while they're on vacation? This luxury villa in Cape Tow, Africa is exactly that kind of place. You'll get the entire home to yourself, pool included, and enjoy private amenities like the penthouse jacuzzi and oceanfront balcony.
3. Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic Mansion
Las Terrenas is a popular tourist destination in the Dominican Republic. You may want to go there for the restaurants or dolphin watching, but you can escape to a quiet getaway by booking this seaside mansion. It has a massive pool that seems to drop off into the ocean, plus a private second story balcony with a great view.
4. Mie Prefecture, Japan Tea Field Villa
This Tea Field Villa one of the best bargain honeymoon spots you can find. Free bikes are set up so you can travel to the nearby towns, and the hosts have a chef that can come cook your meals with locally sourced food. You can even participate in a green tea harvest experience right on the property.
5. Bali, Indonesia Pool Villa
When you're not hiking a volcano or diving through coral reefs, you'll need a place to stay in Bali on your honeymoon. This poolside villa caters specifically to honeymooners. You'll have a private pool and jacuzzi, along with rose petals sprinkled around the room upon arrival. Upon request, the pool can be covered in rose petals too. Part of what makes this villa one of the luxury destinations for honeymooners is all the updated features.
Part of what makes this villa one of the luxury destinations for honeymooners is all the updated features. Installing new floors and utilities are part of what helps Airbnbs succeed, taking them one step above a traditional hotel room.
6. San Jose, Costa Rica Surf Villa
Has Costa Rica been on your travel bucket list? Go there for your honeymoon and stay in this boutique surf villa. There's a private walkway down to the secluded beach, but there's also plenty to do if you don't want to relax on the sand. The hosts will help schedule surfing lessons, hikes, horseback riding and more while you're there.
7. Athens, Greece Penthouse Apartment
When you hear the word "apartment," you may not immediately picture your honeymoon, but this penthouse apartment in Athens will blow your mind. It's complete with an indoor and outdoor sun deck, an uninterrupted view of the city, high tech appliances and a gourmet kitchen. You might have to remind yourself to leave the penthouse once you get there.
8. Tuscany, Italy Rustic Villa
Italy is one of the most romantic places for newlyweds, so why stay anywhere else than this rustic Italian villa? It comes with three fireplaces, a wood-burning oven, a private pool and a huge terrace that overlooks the valley. Plus, you'll be welcomed with a bottle of olive oil made from the olive trees on the property.
You should celebrate love and life on your honeymoon, so don't hold back. Dream big about where you'll go and where you'll stay. A luxury villa or penthouse suite could be waiting for you just around the corner.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.