Honeymoon at Home
Romantic getaways to enjoy post-wedding bliss without ever leaving town
WHILE IT'S TRADITIONAL FOR NEWLYWEDS to embark on their honeymoon immediately after the wedding, more and more couples are delaying the trip for a few days or months—or even nixing it altogether. Still, it’s important to decompress with some alone time after such a big event, even if it’s just for a night or two. Luckily, there are plenty of perfectly romantic escapes to be had right here in St. Louis.
For a honeymoon that is classically St. Louis, The Cheshire Inn (6300 Clayton Road, 314.647.7300) has been accommodating local brides and grooms since the 1960s. The newly renovated boutique hotel features a number of uniquely themed suites inspired by classic English literature (“Passage to India,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Brideshead Revisited,” to name a few). The hotel also offers two romance packages to accommodate both weekend and weekday nuptials. Each includes champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a late checkout.
As Missouri’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Four Seasons (999 N. Second St., 314.881.5800) certainly has the “wow” factor (think private fireworks off the sky terrace overlooking the Arch), with a number of crave-worthy packages geared toward newlyweds. We like The Royal Celebration of Love, a couple’s spa suite complete with a private steam room, shower and relaxation space all your own, plus luxurious services like warm foot baths and personalized massages—with champagne and a special gift as the icing on the cake.
At Hotel Ignacio (3411 Olive St., 314.977.4411), it’s all about the details. The Traditional Romance package features a fresh floral arrangement, box of chocolates and complimentary bottle of champagne to make the night sublimely romantic. An extended 1pm checkout time makes post-wedding cuddling almost a necessity—and gives you ample time to enjoy your $50 room service credit (brioche French toast, anyone?).
Honeymooning in the heart of the city is a lot more enjoyable at a top-tier hotel like The Chase Park Plaza (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.633.3000). Book the Romantic Retreat package and enjoy a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne and breakfast for two—a perfect opportunity to savor the memory of last night’s nuptials.
Achieve that far and away feeling with just a quick journey across the river to the historic Beall Mansion (407 E. 12th St., Alton, IL, 618.474.9100), and take a step back in time. Be sure to book the designated bridal suite, The Senator Edmond Beall Room, which boasts a romantic nouveau heart-shaped tub and in-room fireplace.
The Cheshire Inn, “Passage to India” suite
“Romeo & Juliet” suite
Photo credit: The Cheshire Inn photos by Debbie Franke Photography. Icon by Christopher T. Howlett/ The Noun Project