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    2015i n t w o - t h o u s a n d a n d f i f t e e nWHERE TO HONEYMOON These hot spots are making headlines — and we’ve sifted

    through the most Googled, Instagrammed and “liked” locales for a honeymooner’s hit-up list. Here’s where to make your great

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    CROATIA Croatia might have Bey and Jay to thank for its record 10 million visitors in 2013. Music’s it couple

    reportedly named daughter Blue Ivy after a local tree. June warms the Adriatic Sea enough

    for a swim — and you’ll beat the high-season masses. Adriana

    Spa Hotel (from $280 per night) boasts views of the ancient city

    center and Paklinski Islands archipelago. Explore Hvar’s

    wineries and sample seafood like Dalmatian fish stew at Giaxa.

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    ITALY After the Kimye nuptials,

    Florence is high on newlyweds’ romance radar, and June sees both mild temperatures and

    crowds. Kardashian-West guests stayed at The Westin Excelsior

    (from $315 per night), a move you might want to mimic, given the hotel’s terrace with panora-

    mas of the Florence Cathedral and Arno River. See the city on two wheels; Florence by Bike

    offers a new photography tour of the town’s living history.

    KAUAI Most flock to Hawaii when it’s wintery at home — December

    through March — but local conditions are best in June.

    After a $10 million renovation completed in summer 2014, the 200-room Kauai Shores (from $239 per night) on the island’s

    Coconut Coast features two cozy pools and free oceanfront yoga.

    At nearby Koloa Landing Spa, book the Honeymoon Ritual, a

    massage topped with a bath for two in a wooden soaking tub.

    FIJI Shoulder season is short in Fiji,

    but the weather is ideal in June. Last year, the South Pacific locale

    was named one of the Top 10 Dream Destinations by Virtuoso

    luxury travelers. Viti Levu’s newest spot, Nanuku Resort & Spa (from $756 per night), which debuted in March 2014,

    fronts sandy Beqa Lagoon. Villa accommodations include non- motorized fun like snorkeling.

    Bonus: June is best for spotting manta rays and bull sharks.

    BRAZIL No time to rest from the

    World Cup — Brazil is now deep in preparation for the 2016

    Summer Olympics. The lineup of new digs includes swank

    newcomers like Fasano Rio de Janeiro (from $820 per night) and Copacabana Palace (from

    $550 per night), located smack in the middle of the iconic beach. At Ponta dos Ganchos resort

    (from $700 per night), relaxation reigns in seaside bungalows

    nestled in the rainforest.

    BALI, INDONESIA WHY IT’S HOT ➸ It’s been four years since Julia Roberts’ character ate, prayed and loved her way through Bali, but the mystical tropical island is still all over celeb Instagram feeds — Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev struck a standing split with its emerald palms as her backdrop, while The Hills’ star Audrina Partridge floated freely in its crystal waters. Unless you’re a hard-core, hang-ten surfer, summer is the time to take advantage of Bali’s moderate temperatures and balmy breezes. WHAT’S NEW ➸ Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas — a three-resorts-in-one property with dramatic Indian Ocean vistas, 10 restaurants and a spa that’s home to Bali’s only ice-fountain room — debuted in 2013. From $380 per night. TO DO’S ➸ Channel joy with The Oberoi’s couple’s blessing by a Pemangku (Hindu priest); master Bali’s famous bold curry dishes at Anika Cooking Class; wander Jatiluwih’s rice terraces for stun- ning jungle and ocean views.

    W H E R E TO ’ M O O N I N J U N E According to a 2013 survey on TheKnot.com, 44 percent of couples honeymoon in June. If that includes you and your new spouse, here are five top spots to see.

    June

    CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Walking the cliffsides of Uluwatu in Bali. Rice terraces in Jatiluwih. Indonesian stew. A sea view at Mulia, Mulia Resort & Spa. Floating near Bali’s Nusa Lembongan. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Fairy-tale romance in the English countryside. Turtle Beach on the island of Tahiti. A bungalow at The Brando. View above Ponta dos Ganchos. Strolling Florence. Aqua waters at Nanuku Resort & Spa Fiji. Getting close in Kauai. Adriatic waterfront in Dalmatia, Croatia. Stealing a smooch in London.

    Why it’s hot ➸ London was crowned the world’s most popular tourist destina-

    tion by the MasterCard Global Cities Index report in 2014.

    Plus, the March release of Cinderella, starring Games of Thrones’ Richard Madden as

    Prince Charming, shows off fields of blooming

    wildflowers in the English countryside. Summer’s bustling outdoor- market scene provides respite from London’s year-round moody skies. What’s new ➸ Sneak off to the Cots- wolds to Ellenborough Park, a 16th-century hotel evoking English heritage. Watch for the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton in the January premiere of Downton Abbey. From $384 per night. To Do’s ➸ Fly away on The London Helicopter for views of Buckingham Palace and Olympic Park. Snack on English delica- cies like soused Cornish mackerel at The Feathers.

    ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

    Why it’s hot ➸ Tahiti landed the top spot in Virtuoso’s report on the world’s best honeymoon destinations, so natu- rally it’s a Hollywood hot spot. Leonardo DiCaprio and his latest blond bombshell heated up Bora Bora’s cobalt coves on a recent PDA-packed visit. Winter (May through October) brings less rain and

    cooler weather to French Polynesia. Don’t expect a hotel deal, though —

    it’s the official high season. But then again, isn’t it always high season in this honeymoon haven? What’s new ➸ Dive in at The

    Brando, an all-inclusive that debuted

    its 35 Polynesian villas — each with its own plunge pool and slice of beach — in July 2014. Set on the remote atoll of Tetiaroa and accessible by private plane, Marlon Brando’s for- mer personal sanctuary now features a native spa and a lagoon- view bar. From $4,015 per night, three-night minimum, all-inclusive. To Do’s ➸ Save your appetite for a se- cluded motu picnic packed by The Brando’s experts or a champagne lunch and lagoon float at The St. Regis Bora Bora.

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