There are few things that shouldn’t be loved about Paris. From history to architecture to language and food, it’s always high on honeymooners’ wish lists. But a honeymoon in Paris is hardly the only choice in France. If you’re a couple who like to do things a little differently, we recommend setting your goals outside the City of Lights. Leaving the big city, you’ll shed light on all sorts of enchanting aspects of French culture, from the joys of a leisurely après-ski in the mountains to eating fresh oysters in the coastal villages of Brittany. When it comes to planning your honeymoon in France there are plenty of places to love and be in love with.
Dramatic landscapes, outdoor adventures, charming villages – if you like these, you might want to consider a trip to the French Alps. Flying in and out of Geneva is probably the easiest way to get there from the United States. From there you can explore Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Verbier and Megève.
L’Hermitage Paccard is a decadent experience with unparalleled views of the Alps, and W Verbier has a slightly better scene in case you want more dining and nightlife options. The Cheval Blanc in Courchevel is the region’s tallest lady in hotels. The fifty-five-room Four Seasons Megève has all of the walnut-paneled walls and fireplaces you would expect from a luxury property in this wooded area. Of course, winter sports are the region’s main attraction (“apré ski” is a French term after all), but these small towns also have a dedicated community of hikers and mountaineers in the warmer months. Wherever you stay, your concierge can arrange all kinds of beautiful walks and the like so you can get the most of your stay.
This is the France by the sea you’ve always dreamed of, with vast beaches, magical castles, abundant seafood, and limited tourists. The waterfront town of Mont-St-Michel is probably one of the most photographed places in Europe, but there are plenty of other places to explore as well.
The markets have a wide variety of artisanal products such as cider, honey, cheese, lemons, and pastries that are great for picnicking. Pass through St-Malo and head ten miles east to the village of Cancale, which has been world famous for growing oysters for centuries. There are many spectacular waterfront hotels here, like Hotel Castelbrac on the edge of a cliff with just 25 rooms with great sea views. From boat tours to surfing lessons, Brittany Tourism is a wonderful resource for activities. If you long to be by the ocean but not in the crowd, this is the place.
Some experts estimate that people have lived on this stretch of the Loire for over thirty thousand years, so there is definitely no shortage of history here. As the country’s major agricultural hub, there are also some extraordinary traditional French restaurants to discover – you will never find asparagus as thick, fresh and fragrant as here. The abundance of castles in the region makes it a must-see for anyone interested in history. The recently renovated Relais de Chambord is a boutique hotel on the site of the legendary Chateau de Chambord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved castles in the world. Staying on-site gives you the unique benefit of being able to experience the grounds before and after opening hours, so you can both get rid of the crowds and have the entire castle grounds to yourself.
A feast for the senses with perfume factories, lavender fields, wineries, farms and all sorts of fantastic things to eat and drink. If you’re looking for wine and especially tasty rosé, stay at the Château de Berne, a Relais & Chateaux hotel with an award-winning restaurant, enviable wine cellar, Cinq Mondes spa, infinity pool, and 500 acres of grounds dedicated to Walking is suitable and cycling. It’s a Provencal paradise that you won’t want to leave.
It’s the winemaking capital of France and one of the most acclaimed wine regions in the world, but Bordeaux’s castles and wineries are also the most romantic setting for an epic honeymoon. Think about jumping around between a few properties here and finding your way around the province. The InterContinental Le Grand Hôtel Bordeaux, the Château Grand Barrail and the Château de Mirambeau are delightful and romantic places to stay. The concierges at any of these hotels will be happy to help create a fantastic itinerary for you with wine tours and restaurant reservations.
Travel insiders can’t stop talking about the Languedoc-Rousillon region, which stretches from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region to the Spanish border. There are many ruins from Roman times to discover, such as the old city walls of Carcassonne and the famous Pont de Garde aqueduct. And the closer you get to Spain, the more Catalan influence you’ll find in the kitchen, resulting in a truly unique partly French, partly Spanish experience that you won’t find anywhere else. While the region has similarly warm weather to the neighboring Côte d’Azur (where you’ll find St-Tropez, Antibes, Cannes, etc.), it’s significantly less touristy. It’s the ideal place to stroll through ancient Roman ruins and get lost in small villages. The Château les Carrasses is a fabulous hotel and vineyard in a 19th century castle. The L’Hôtel Particulier Béziers is a charming 9-room hotel in a classic French “Hôtel Particulier”.