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Axel Hotel Barcelona
The lobby of Axel Hotel Barcelona.
Axel Hotel Berlin.
Axel Hotel Berlin’s colorful interior.
One of Axel Hotel Berlin’s suites.
The Out NYC.
The Out’s swank spa terrace.
Crowne Pointe Inn.
The spa at Crowne Pointe Inn.

So you’ve gone and gotten hitched. Now what? Why not bask in that post-nuptial glow and jet set, road trip, or even subway it to a delightfully gay-friendly destination?

A honeymoon is a wonderful way to unwind after planning a wedding and if you’re truly looking to de-stress, it’s imperative that you find a hotel that allows you to be yourself. Here are five swank spots where you’re guaranteed special treatment when you kiss or hold your same-sex sweetie’s hand.

Axel Hotel + Urban Spa in Barcelona and Berlin

This hotel chain, which boasts the tagline “hetero-friendly,” prides itself on being open to everyone and providing a space where any person is welcome, respected, and valued.

The resorts are conceived, developed, and designed for and by gay people. They offer a ton of amenities such as wellness centers and spas where you can get a deep tissue massage or a personal training session and restaurants where you can eat and drink goodness made with local ingredients. Each room has a king-sized bed, Wi-Fi, plasma televisions, and bright, beautiful views. The staff provides lodgers with a calendar of gay events as well an iPhone app called AxelPeople Traveler that gives guests the mobile 411 on special offers, activities, and sights.

Axel Hotel Barcelona

Carrer d’Aribau, 33

08011 Barcelona, Spain

+34 933 23 93 93

Axel Hotel Berlin

Lietzenburger Straße 13/15

10789 Berlin, Germany

+49 30 2100 28 93

Crowne Pointe Inn in Provincetown

The lovely Crowne Pointe Historical Inn and Spa is located in Provincetown, Mass., a seaside city that offers visitors a New England shore experience without any hassle. It’s also home to a booming arts scene and large gay population.

Crowne Pointe was built near the turn of the 19th century for a prosperous sea captain of the Provincetown Harbor and allows guests to check in dogs (of any size), so you can bring the whole family along on your romantic getaway. Guests can nosh at The Pointe Restaurant and Wine Bar, which has an award-winning wine list with over 125 selections and a dinner menu that changes seasonally to utilize the freshest ingredients. Book massages, skin and nail treatments, even Reiki at its on-premise spa, Shui Spa. And while you’re in P-town, don’t forget to take a walk to Wood End Lighthouse or visit Hatch Harbor to see the seals.

Crowne Pointe Inn

82 Bradford St.

Provincetown, MA 02657

(508) 487–6767

The Out NYC in New York City

Do you want a honeymoon but don’t have time to travel? The gay-tastic Out NYC is a “straight-friendly” urban oasis and one of Fodor’s “Top 100 Hotels of 2012.” This upscale hotel homes Chef Dale Schnell’s KTCHN Restaurant, which offers modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. It provides honeymooners who stay for four or more nights custom “Groom and Groom” or “Bride and Bride” robes embroidered with the couple’s wedding date. Guests can wear these plush gifts to its spa, creatively named “The Spa,” for massages and detoxing treatments — which are welcomed after a rowdy wedding reception. The hotel also houses the brand new BPM nightclub for all your post-nuptial celebratory needs. There you might just rub elbows with James Franco, Justin Timberlake, or Anderson Cooper, who turned up when theclub was known as XL.

The Out NYC

510 W. 42nd St.

New York, NY 10036

(212) 947–2999


Colours Oasis in San José, Costa Rica

This boutique hotel has Key West guesthouse charm. This hotel’s main concern is making sure you get to experience all that Costa Rica has to offer while remaining comfortable with its extensive knowledge of gay and friendly destinations. The staff at Colours specifically recommends a tour package called “Fire and Water” for honeymooners experiencing Costa Rica for the first time. It provides a good overview of the country including the major sites of San José (which are quick cab rides from the hotel), the Arenal Volcano, and the popular Manuel Antonio beach. The staff at this hotel is also completely bilingual — pura vida!

Colours Oasis

Triángulo de Pavas

Rohrmoser, San José, Costa Rica

(866) 517–4390

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