Spiritual Honeymoons

Forget about the singing Elvises- we've searched the globe for the best spiritual honeymoon hotspots.

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Hotel Monasterio
Machu Picchu, Peru

Perched high in the Andes, the ancient city of Machu Picchu is the New Age Mecca--one of the most beautiful and spiritual places in the world. Originally built as a monastery in 1592 on the site of Inca Amaru Qhala Palace, Hotel Monasterio in the town of Cusco (three hours by train to Machu Picchu) is an ideal spot for honeymooning. A stunning chapel is also available for weddings. But be warned: It's not a trip for the faint-hearted. The traditional trek by foot to the ruins is a four-day walk through altitudes that will test the healthiest lungs. But by all accounts, it's worth it.



Rates:

Doubles $270-320; helicopter lifts $85


Website:www.monasterio.orient-express.com

 

International House Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana

You don’t have to leave the country for a unique spiritual experience. The International House, a breathtaking hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, serves up a ceremony that ranks among the best of them. Featuring an authentic staff voodoo priestess, the hotel offers love blessing rituals for newlyweds. First an altar is built in your room, then clippings of the couple's hair and fingernails are taken and combined with herbs and sealed in a silk gris-gris bag as the priestess draws icons called veves on the floor to summon the loa, or spirit (no animals are killed). The hotel also features flower baths and a "voodoo love kit" with massage oils and other sensuous, mystical treats.  The hotel is almost back up to full occupancy after the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  You can help support the renewal of New Orleans and reinvigorate yourself in the process.

Rates: Suites $359-439; blessing ceremony $125
Telephone: 800-633-5770
Website: www.ihhotel.com

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Gamboa Nature Resort
Panama City, Panama


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