The wedding’s over and you’re exhausted. After months of planning, you’ve danced the night away surrounded by family and friends, and are more than ready for the next chapter of your life to begin—your honeymoon. But for many couples, the honeymoon trip may not officially start until the next day.
Rather than staying at your parent’s, or your own house or apartment (ho-hum), get your honeymoon off to a fantastic start by going to a nearby luxury hotel or bed and breakfast. We’ve put together a list of some luxurious places in New Jersey that offer a range of pampering accommodations and amenities to help you unwind and rejuvenate in style.
The Southern Mansion in Cape May (609-884-7171; southernmansion.com) is a premier luxury B&B. This circa-1860 structure is located in the heart of the historic district on almost two acres of lush property, and features a wide range of spacious, opulent suites and guest rooms with modern amenities along with period furnishings. Rates include a full breakfast, afternoon refreshments, and off-street parking, as well as towels and chairs for those interested in visiting a nearby beach. According to owner Barbara Hamilton Bray-Wilde, couples can choose from a wide range of services through their Romance packages: rose petals on the bed, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, in-room couples massage, and a Cupola Dinner—a private five-course gourmet dinner at the top of the house, which offers a 360-degree view of the island. Concierge service can also arrange for transportation to the Atlantic City airport.
If you’re in the mood for breathtaking views with spacious upscale accommodations that are decorated in an Aspen-mountain theme, on-site gourmet restaurants, and an ultimate spa experience, then Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon (973-827-5996; crystalgolfresort.com) is the answer. Couples can unwind side-by-side with an Elemental Journey: a four-part, one-and-a-half-hour delight that includes a crystal salt scrub followed by cascading waterfalls of swirling mineral waters. Each luxury room sports a stone fireplace, a kitchenette, and a balcony with mountain, golf-course, or pool views. Seasonal Romance packages include king-size beds with options that include chilled champagne, chocolate, massages, wine tastings, and gourmet dinners.
For wine devotees, you might want to check into the Renault Winery Resort in Egg Harbor City (609-965-2111; renaultwinery.com), which features the romantic Mediterranean–style Tuscany House Hotel, nestled between the Vineyard Golf Course and the famed Renault Winery. Couples can indulge with a full six-course dinner, a scrumptious Tuscan brunch at Joseph’s—one of the vineyard’s gourmet restaurants—or tour the winery and sample a few varieties of Renault wine. Bridal suites include a Jacuzzi tub, glass shower, and a balcony overlooking the golf course. The resort is just ten minutes from the Atlantic City Airport and one hour from Philadelphia International Airport.
Does the sight of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, and New York City’s skyline fascinate you? Then stay at the newest upscale Hyatt Regency in Jersey City (201-469-1234; jerseycityhyatt.com) in one of their twelve magnificent suites. The Hyatt’s Romance Package includes champagne and strawberries dipped in chocolate. And if you crave exquisite cuisine, the Vu restaurant is a short stroll from your room. Take advantage of their indoor pool or workout room, or have the concierge recommend an extraordinary restaurant in the City—just a short ferry ride away.
At the sleek Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah (201-529-1660; starwoodhotels.com), couples can cuddle up in their newly installed Sheraton Suite Sleeper Beds all day, enjoy brunch in the Atrium Café, or take in a game of tennis on one of the outdoor courts. Packages include Bed & Breakfast, Romantic Interlude, or the Crossroads Ultimate Escape, which includes a gourmet dinner at the on-site Fountain View restaurant. Luxurious spa treatments are available at the Fountain, a day spa that’s just a short hop down the road.
After a recent three-million-dollar renovation, the facilities at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake (201-391-3600; hiltonwoodclifflake.com) are gleaming, and their eleven suites, featuring huge living rooms, dining room tables, and wet bars, are very popular with newly married couples. There’s also a jogging trail, putting green, shuffleboard, and volleyball court. For spa lovers, the on-site Serein Spa offers facials and hand-and-foot treatments as well as Stress Buster and Romance Packages that can include champagne, two half-hour massages, full breakfast, and late checkouts.
Conveniently located in the heart of Bergen County, the Park Ridge Marriott (201-307-0800; marriott.com) boasts newly renovated facilities that include an on-site Irish Pub, a state-of-the-art fitness center with separate men’s and women’s sauna and whirlpool, and heated indoor pool. The hotel offers a Romance Package that includes a guest room with a king-size bed, bottle of champagne, and breakfast for two, in-room or in the restaurant.
B&B aficionados will appreciate the Lambertville House, a AAA Four-Diamond National Historic Inn, located in the heart of Lambertville (888-867-8859; lambertvillehouse.com). Originally built in 1812, the inn, near the banks of the Delaware River, offers guests a choice of 26 unique accommodations that include lush terry-cloth robes, fireplaces, jetted tubs, and private courtyard balconies. General Manager David Slaski notes that the Governor’s Suite, featuring a four-poster king-size canopy bed and gas fireplace, is a favorite for bridal couples. Overnight stays include a Continental Plus breakfast, with repasts that include ham and cheese turnovers, mushroom quiche, and specialty teas. Slaski can arrange restaurant reservations in town or in the nearby sister town of New Hope, as well as horse-and-carriage rides, bicycle rentals, and kayak trips.
For luxury accommodations, a Five-Diamond restaurant and world-class spa, visit the Hilton Short Hills (973-379-0100; hiltonshorthills.com). The hotel features all modern amenities (indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness room) as well as pampering treatments from the on-site salon. Couples can book a series of relaxing and rejuvenating body treatments at the European-style spa.
If you are looking for something more contemporary, top-of-the line meets techno at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown (973-539-7300; westingovernormorris). The recently finished renovation, which includes 32 sophisticated suites with plasma televisions and Bose sound systems, also features the Westin Heavenly Bed and Bath appointments. Sumptuous bedding, lavish pillows, and crisp high-count sheets, along with a therapeutic spa shower and velour bath robes may make you late for your flight.
For a quintessential European experience and the charm of an historic American country inn, the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville (908-766-0002; bernardsinn.com) is the ticket. The Mission-Style building has been a haven for guests in this country locale since 1907. Bridal couples can refresh themselves in the beautifully appointed guest rooms and enjoy exceptional American cuisine prepared in the on-site restaurant. Couples will relish the many included amenities: plush terry robes, turndown service with chocolates, full continental breakfast, and daily paper, and can arrange for an in-room couples massage, flowers in the room, and other special offerings through the concierge service.