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PORTLAND BRIDE AND GROOM MAGAZINE:
Nothing Like the Sun! This year's top 10 Romantic Honeymoon Resorts.
Written byRenee Duane, owner of Unforgettable Honeymoons

1.Swept Away Resort- Negril, Jamaica... Secluded Villa Style Hideaway
This all-inclusive resort provides the atmosphere of a secludedtropical hideaway. Beautiful villas that are separated by luch tropicalgardens insure privacy for the guests staying in open-air verandasuites. French doors open to spacious "outdoor living rooms". SweptAway is located on a private stretch of 7 mile beach. The resort has a10 acre sports and fitness copmlex, a wonderful spa, great house withmagnificent main dining room, cozy outdoor cafe, palapa beach bar andgourmet French restaruant. Guests can laze the day away in one of thebeach hammocks, play a round of golf, take asnorkel trip, ro party on a catamaran sunset cruise. Nightly showsprovice local entertainment.

2.Young Island Resort- Private Island in the Caribbean
This small, intimate island hideaway sits on its own private island offthe coast of St. Vincent. Guests stay in quiet, spacious cottages thatoverlook the Caribbean Sea. Some cottages have their own plunge pool ona beachfront deck. The resort offers a "Lovers Retreat" package thatincludes all meals, flowers adn champagne daily, and a unique 2 dayyacht charter. The private yacht takes honeymooners to unspoiledislands to experience complete seclusion. Perfect for couples who wantprivacy and love to sail.

3. Dreams Puerto Vallarta- Puerto Vallarta Luxury Resort
Fabulous location on secluded private beach just south of the main town. All rooms oceanfront.y. Gorgeous grounds, beautiful horizon pool, six restaurants and four bars. The all-inclusive plan includes meals, drinks, tips, many activities and watersports. The hotel will often upgrade honeymooners upon arrival. It's only a short drive to the quaint town of Perto Vallarta.

4. Qamea Island Resor and Spa - Exclusive Five Star Hideaway
One of the most romantic places on earth. Qamea offers guests private beachs to use every day if they want. Delicous picnics are prepared so that couples can relax on their ownpristine beach without going hungry. The bures are exquiste and very romantic.. they are even air conditioned (rare for Fiji) each bure has a rock grotto outdoor shower. The resort includes all of the meals, drinks,water sports, private dine outs, private picnics, sun The premium bures have their ow pools. The hiking and snorkeling here are amazing and the food is absolutely marvelous. It'st ruly a honeymoon paradise.

5. Royal Hideaway Resort, Playacar - Mexico
The only five-star all-inclusive resort in Mexcio, this new luxuryresort offers concierge service for each room. The dining here issuperb with four a la carte restaurants and four bars. The rooms allinclude spacious whirlppol jacuzzis. The resort is an excellent basefor sightseeing. Take in the Mayan ruins of Tulum or Coba, snorkel inthe caves at Xcaret, or swim with dolphins at Xelha. You can walk tothe quaint town of Play Del Carmen and shop for handcrafted Mexicanarts and crafts. Of course you'll want to take advantage of the worldclass spa at the Royal Hideaway - one of the best in Mexico.

6. TheLodge at Ko'ele -- Lanai, Hawaii Luxury Resort
The setting for Bill and Melinda Gates' wedding. The lodge at Ko'ele isone of the finest resorts in the Pacific. It is located on a secludedbeach, with only 102 rooms. Honeymooners won't feel the crowds ofHawaii in this hidden paradise. Tuly Hawaiian in decor, the resortboasts an extensive collection of Pacific art as well as beautifulJapanese and Hawaiina fruit gardens. The grounds are exquisite.Activities range from horseback riding to hiking, biking, golfing andsnorkeling; the beach is the ideal setting for an island wedding.Honeymooners may want to take a ferry to Maui for the day to shop inquaint town of Lahaina.

7.Couples Resort -- Ocho Rios Jamica
This is the original "All-Inclusive" resort specifically for couples inJamaica. It has certain charm and ambience that's unmatched. The resortis set on a private cove of prisinte white sand and has a privateisland called "Tower Isle" where guests can sunbathe au-natural. Forone price guests can enjoy fabulous meals, all coctails, allwatersports (scuba), golf, tennis, horseback riding, off site tours(waterfalls/plantations/biking/shopping), nightly shows, breakfast inbed, and a massage for the bride and groom. Couples also just recentlyopened another resort in Negril, Jamaica. The Negril resort is set on aquiet bay and has one of the most beautiful pool areas in Jamaica.

8.Yasawa Island Lodge-- Yasawa Island, Fiji
A private island resort located in the most beautuful island chain inFiji, Yasawa Island Lodge offers honeymooners some of the beststretches of unspoiled beaches in Fiji. Each bure has an outdoor showerwith spacious deck, a living room, and a bedroom with French doors thatopen to a deck overlooking the ocean. Guests can have a privatechampagne and lobster picnic on one of many private beaches. The resortwill also take guests to the world famous "Blue Lagoon Caves". Mostactivities are included as well as all meals.

9. Anse Chastenet Hotel -- St. Lucia in the Caribbean
This intimate hideaway resort is nestled in the midst of a 500 acresecluded plantation. Two spectacular beaches and views of the famous"Les Pitons" twin mountain peaks make this resort one of the mostexotic in the Caribbean. The resort is an intimate hideaway with only49 rooms, each personally designed by the owner. Each room is uniqueand features tropical hardwood furniture and unsurpassed views of thetwin volcanic peaks. There are plenty of things to do at Anse Castenet:hiking, water sports, tennis, biking, and a variety of sightseeingtours.

10.Ihilani Resort and Spa -- 5 Star Luxury in Oahu, Hawaii
The Ihilani is 40 minutes from teh shores of Waikiki Beach. This fivestar luxury hotel is situated on a secluded beach lagoon that is pefectfor snorkeling and swimming. The resort has four restaurants, twolounges, champoinship golf, tennis, and a destination spa. Rooms areimpecably decoratd and offer views of the ocean, lagoon, or golfcourse. The Ihilani is a wonderful place to relax on the busy island ofOahu.

Sonja Johnston, Oregonian Special Writer

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