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Vacation Special Feature VACATION GETAWAYS Urban Escapes: The Table Bay Hot Cape Town, South Africa  Cape Town is one of the largest cities in South Africa. It is most famous for its picture-perfect harbor and Table Mountain, both of which you can see from The Table Bay Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel that meets all the requirements for a fairytale honeymoon. We’re talking personalized in-suite service with champagne, fruit, chocolates and flowers, high tea in The Lounge, a rooftop pool and the Camelot Spa. This hotel knows about star-level treatment, so you’ll be in good hands. The Table Bay Hotel has hosted the Obamas, Sean Connery, Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro and Céline Dion, among others. While your cozy room may be inviting, be sure to leave time for a romp through Cape Town’s picturesque wine country or discover the shops along the waterfront.  www.suninternational.com The Modern Honolulu Honolulu, Hawaii Hawaii is a no brainer when it comes to honeymooning. And Honolulu is an excellent choice for an urban-yet-tropical getaway. The Modern Honolulu’s 353 stylish guest rooms offer stunning views of the city skyline, the ocean and the souped-up yachts in the harbor. And although this hip, luxe hotel is not right on the beach, it’s pretty darn close with Waikiki Beach a three-minute walk away. Or take a dip in Sunset Pool, surrounded by sand with shoreside lounges, daybeds and oversized pillows. Enjoy breakfast in a plush robe out on a private terrace, then take a surf lesson. Plan for lunch at the Morimoto Waikiki, which integrates Western and Japanese ingredients to create a fresh take on traditional dishes. If you have energy left in the evening, check out the hotel’s vibrant nightclub or the bar. (Hint: It’s located behind a rotating bookshelf.)  www.themodernhonolulu.com Tropical: Regent Palms Provodenciales, Turks and Caicos  Just below the Bahamas island chain you’ll find Turks and Caicos, a group of 40-odd islands and cays. On the northeastern edge of Providenciales, the main island, is Grace Bay. And on that stunning, 12-mile stretch of sand sits the Regent Palms Resort, a five-star, British-estate-inspired property. Pass by gurgling fountains and hyper-manicured gardens brimming with bougainvilla on your way to your sprawling, 1,500-square-foot suite. The stylish, modern suites have every comfort you can imagine: a gourmet kitchen, a four-poster bed, marble floors, a washer and dryer, hydro-massage bathtub, a dining room with sleeper sofa and a spacious balcony with travertine terrace and an oversized lounger covered in terry cloth. Stay in R&R mode by visiting the award-winning, meticulously designed spa, which takes up more than an acre of land. Afterward, sip on chilled watermelon soup and nosh on shrimp rollups, salad, fruit skewers and coffee-flavored crème brûlée. www.regenthotels.com The Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort Herradura, Costa Rica This beautiful resort certainly lives up to its name; it is as dreamy as the 1,100-acre tropical rainforest that surrounds it. Be sure to catch the sunrise on one of the resort’s oceanfront gardens for sweeping views of the Pacific, then saunter over to the spa where the Sun Soother facial is a popular choice. When you’re ready to venture out, it’s also the perfect launch pad for adrenaline thrills galore (read: white-water rafting, ziplining and surfing). And don’t forget happy hour at Arrecife Bar & Grill, where pura vida is likely the most popular phrase muttered. It can mean nearly anything from hello to goodbye, or cheers to a happy married life.  www.marriott.com


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