A SHORE THING After the big day is done, a posh paradise close to home has instant appeal. With daily flights from Dulles via New York on Delta Air Lines, Aruba offers an easy honeymoon escape just a quick hop away. Located approximately 15 miles off Venezuela’s shore, the Dutch territory’s pristine white-sand beaches and crystal waters offer a postcard-perfect setting to unwind after the wedding. Nestled on a prime spot on the island’s Palm Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is the ideal honeymoon locale. Four on-site restaurants, a world-class spa and beachside butlers ensure the only planning required is which Caribbean cocktail to order next. After fully recharging with an Aruba Divi Divi massage (80 minutes for $210) using oils derived from the native Divi Divi tree at the spa, be sure to trek to the island’s iconic natural pool or “Conchi”—accessible only by ATV, horseback or on foot. The concealed pool, which is surrounded by lava rocks, feels like your own romantic oasis—exactly the kind of splash you were hoping to make on your honeymoon. Oceanfront rooms from $709 per night, ritzcarlton.com/aruba –Phebe Wahl WASHED AWAY Aruba’s rugged northern shore offers a secluded natural pool surrounded by a barrier of lava rocks.
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