Forget about the singing Elvises- we've searched the globe for the best spiritual honeymoon hotspots.
BY: Richard Baimbridge
Gamboa Nature Resort
Ever wanted to try beaches on both the Atlantic and the Pacific- on the same day? Gamboa, nestled just north of the Panama Canal, offers luxurious beach villas with views of the rainforest. You can go bird watching, take a guided ecological tour, or go on an aerial tram over the Panama Canal. Built inside a twenty-hectare nature preserve, Gamboa shares its space with monkeys, frogs, parrots, butterflies, iguanas, and more.
Panama City, Panama
Rates: Single villas $135-$175; Two bedroom villas $165-$205; Themed suites $400-$600 (varies by time of year)
Turks and Caicos, British West Indies
Once known as "Pirate Cay," the greatest treasure you'll find on this 1,000 acre private island today is Shambhala (Sanskrit for "utopia"), the new spa at Parrot Cay. A resort that prides itself as much on simplicity as elegance, Parrot Cay features Japanese cedar soaking tubs, open-air yoga classes, and cuisine that nourishes the body and the soul. The spa's staff is culled from around the world, including a Buddhist monk who specializes in Indian head massages.
Rates: Single rooms $315-$440; Beach house $1470 (three night minimum stay)
Telephone: 866-388-0036 or 904-288-0036
Hacienda del Cerezo
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rising up from a hilltop on the outskirts of Santa Fe, Hacienda del Cerezo's adobe walls are nearly indistin-
guishable from the surrounding pink earth and golden sunsets. Many consider Santa Fe to be America's spiritual center, and if so, Hacienda del Cerezo is its royal palace. Hand-carved beams and kiva fireplaces warm each room, with gorgeous panorama views of the valley from the hotel's Saltillo-tile balconies. Honeymooners can delight in treatments at nearby Zen's Inn Bodywork Sanctuary, where massages are given side by side. Native American ceremonies at the nearby Tesuque Pueblo Indian Reservation are open to visitors.
Rates: $600-$750, includes 3 gourmet meals a day. Two night stay minimum.
Telephone: 888-982-8001 or 505-982-8000