Imagine your suite, illuminated by sunshine pouring into the already bright décor of your living room, kitchen and dining room. Beyond the French doors of the bedroom and master bath, two balconies overlook the azure waters of Tampa Bay or the pristine Gulf beaches. Sip champagne, indulge in a luxurious spa treatment and sit hand-in-hand to watch the sun sink below the horizon. Tranquility replaces tension and your minds and souls are clarified.
Spend a few glorious days together in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, and this could be you. Local resorts offer a variety of honeymoon packages and romantic ideas that soften the edges of day-to-day life, newlyweds or not.
Splendid Seclusion at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa provides an extraordinarily tranquil setting for honeymooners at heart. Deluxe accommodations, use of the legendary spa facilities, tennis courts and the healing powers of the area's natural mineral springs are just some of the luxuries that await you.
Wander the gorgeous grounds in splendid seclusion, nap on a hammock for two overlooking Serenity Beach, watch a few ambitious folks lobbing tennis balls on the Har-Tru courts or splash in the healing mineral waters of one of three spring-fed swimming pools; opportunities to relax and rejuvenate are abundant.
The resort is also home to an expansive spa facility that provides dozens of services, including massages, facials, herbal wraps and aromatherapy baths. Salon treatments, nutrition and wellness programs, and cutting-edge fitness equipment round out the comprehensive, yet soothingly quiet complex.
Beauty at the Beach: The Loews Don CeSar Hotel
You'll be tickled pink at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach, voted TripAdvisor's No. 1 Beach in the U.S. and No. 5 in the world for 2012. The "pink palace," as it's affectionately called, offers romance packages complete with Gulf-side accommodations and all the amenities, including fine dining at the Maritana Grille. You'll be surrounded by 1,500 gallons of saltwater aquariums filled with colorful, native Florida sealife as you enjoy world-class service and unparalleled cuisine. Blending seaside elegance and sunset finales with the enchantment of yesteryear, the pampered service of "The Don" captivates couples of all ages and stages of romance.
Urban Renewal at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort
The stately Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in downtown St. Pete presents several romance packages, all beautiful ways to see city lights and share starry nights. Indulge in cushy accommodations in a bay-view room, Sunday brunch or dinner for two in Marchand’s Bar & Grill, or set the tone for a romantic night on the town with chilled champagne, fresh fruit or an assorted cheese basket. Expect stellar service, stunning views and nothing less than sheer elegance.
Sandpearl Resort: World-Class and Laid-Back
Enrich your spirit and surrender to luxurious pampering and relaxation through restorative treatments anchored by the Earth's most natural healing agents and ocean therapies. The Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach, voted the "Best Beach Town in Florida" by USA Today readers in 2013, offers honeymooners a chance to reconnect with nature and relish the moments that truly matter in life. The resort combines the wonders of Mother Nature with world-class amenities. Couples can enjoy live music while watching a magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Mexico and then relax by the beach fire pit. A romantic beachfront dining experience at the award-winning Caretta on the Gulf is the perfect way to wrap up your beachfront experience.
Coastal Elegance at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach
Another beachside gem, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa beckons romance seekers with a West Indies style that blends both classic and contemporary. In addition to beachside elegance, the resort’s Sandava Spa focuses on individually crafted treatments and sustainability. After a little pampering at the spa, make your romantic getaway truly exceptional by reserving a private poolside cabana. Each climate-controlled cabana comes complete with poolside attendants, curtain enclosures, wireless Internet and even a flat-screen TV. Make the experience even more special with a food and beverage package or poolside spa service. After your day overlooking the Gulf, dine on coastal American fare at SHOR Restaurant, or cook you own feast for two in your room’s well-appointed kitchen.
Sheraton Sand Key Resort’s Island Appeals
Sand Key is a barrier island adjacent to the vibrant shores of Clearwater Beach that offers all the beauty of the area’s white-sand beaches and clear, blue waters – with a touch of welcome seclusion. Known for offering legendary hospitality, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort is the perfect place to get away as a couple, but still experience all the activity of this exciting beach town. Wake up to breakfast served for two in your room, and then spend the day relaxing at the pool or beach. Later, catch the trolley into Clearwater Beach for shopping, dining and nightlife, or dine at the resort’s critically acclaimed Rusty’s Bistro and sip from a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine on your balcony.