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By Kelley Granger

You’ve sealed the deal with an “I do” and are off to celebrate your first nights of wedded bliss. Chances are your fantasies don’t include a Holiday Inn or a Ramada (those romps all ended at the altar, sweetie). Now you’re thinking sexy, sultry locations – and we don’t think you necessarily have to head to the equator to make your honeymoon sizzle. The following hotels have taken matters into their own hands, designing spaces and providing amenities that guarantee a exciting stay – in more ways than one.

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L to R: The scintillating Star Suite and the Eden rooftop

The Ivy Hotel | San Diego, California
Something about the Ivy Hotel’s Star Suite says Sunset Strip, Hollywood. Neon blue lights give the room a provocative feel, as do the sensual wall coverings and crisp white contemporary furnishings. But the best is in the bedroom – king-sized bunk beds will have you deciding who’s on top, and a conveniently placed stripper pole adds to the frisky fun. But don’t think the place resembles a hole-in-the-wall nudie club. We’re talking posh naughtiness, particularly with open shower in which opaqueness is totally optional. If you can tear yourselves away from each other long enough, make sure you experience Eden, the hotel’s stunning rooftop lounge, pool and sundeck that overlooks the Gaslamp Quarter.

http://www.ivyhotel.com

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L to R: Erotica and Bohemia, two of the ZaZa’s sexy concept suites

The Hotel ZaZa | Dallas, Texas
The ZaZa will make you go gaga for one another in suites to suit any romantic personality. Choose from one of the ultra luxurious Magnificent Seven Suites or more than a dozen themed concept suites. Erotica, a concept suite that is the cross between a harem and gothic romance, offers guests transporting surroundings that include furs, silks and velvets in richly colored hues as well as a private balcony and whirlpool to help stir things up. Replenish spent energy at Dragonfly, the award-winning on-site restaurant that has a hip, urban feel.

http://www.hotelzaza.com

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L to R: The Vincent’s recepetion area and the V Corner Studio guestroom

The Vincent Hotel | Southport, England
The spanking new Vincent Hotel is now open for love taps of other kinds. England may be chilly and damp on the outside, but things can really heat up in one of the hotel’s striking rooms, which offer plush Frette bed linens, a goose down mattress topper and super king-size bed – important features for an area you’re likely to spend most of your time. Rooms are uber stylish but we’re sure one of the most stimulating aspects of your stay will be the Booty Parlour amenities, erotic in-room kits sure to rouse naughty notions. Dare we say your muscles are kinky after a night’s stay? Soothe them at the resident ESPA with the Oshadi Envelopment, an Ayurvedic treatment that soothes aching muscles and joints.

http://www.thevincenthotel.com

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The poolside and a suite at the Cabo San Lucas Melia

Me by Melia | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Me by Melia is all about the art of seduction, from suggestive artwork by Yuri Zatarain to the poolside Bali beds. A number of suites offer romantic views of the Sea of Cortez, and the Energy Suites (supposedly located at the pulse points of the hotel) are promised to always be “abuzz” – perhaps with action in the communal hot tub. If this is not all sensory overload, there’s more. Get your grind on at the Passion Club, where cocktails, tapas, international DJs and an enticing atmosphere will further spice things up.

http://www.me-cabo.com/

Your honeymoon is just the beginning of a long life together, so start it with a bang!

Originally published June 2008
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