Choosing just the right destination for a special wedding anniversary trip can be challenging. Why not take your travel cue from modern anniversary gift ideas?
1st Anniversary: Clocks
You’re still in the honeymoon stage, so cuddle up in one of the Alps’ most elite and luxurious resorts, like Riffelalp, the Lodge at Verbier — Sir Richard Branson’s retreat — or Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz. In Geneva, be sure to stop in the shop of Swiss watchmaker, Patek Phillippe & Co. or wander the city’s most exclusive shopping district, Rue du Mont-Blanc.
5th Anniversary: Silverware
You can thank English royalty for popularizing silverware place settings — but when you’re on a romantic trip for two, avoid stuffy dinner parties on your visit to the isle. Tour the ancient city of Cambridge by boat (as the Edwardians did), and spend the night at the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford. Or wander the grounds during a stay at the exclusive, 900-year old Amberley Castle. If London is more your cup of tea, try 51 Buckingham Gate, which includes butler service and the Michelin-starred Quilon Restaurant, just a stone’s throw from the city’s best parks, theaters and shopping.
10th Anniversary: Diamond Jewelry
New York City
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so set a private appointment with one of the dozens of retailers in New York’s Diamond District or visit Tiffany’s. But first, book a room at the Ritz-Carlton at Battery Park — overlooking New York Harbor, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty — and make a reservation to celebrate your special day at the Big Apple’s hottest new restaurant, Thomas Keller’s Per Se in the Time Warner Center.
20th Anniversary: Platinum
In the North West Province, where much of the world’s platinum is mined, Africa’s Big Five — lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo — roam freely. Enjoy this rich landscape with a safari at the private Tau Game Lodge. If a restful holiday is in order, stay among the rugged cliffs, ancient forests, secluded beaches, majestic mountains and sweeping lagoon at Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa on the Eastern Head of Knysna on the coastline of the Western Cape. Or up the adventure on a luxury Geographic Expedition to discover the countryside and cities of the southernmost tip of the African continent.
25th Anniversary: Silver
Curving along the east coast of South America is a land of contrasts: remote jungles and densely populated cities. Sunrise/sunset rooms are available at the luxurious and eco-minded Titilaka resort on a private peninsula on the western Peruvian coast of Lake Titicaca. Trek the Inca Trail and chat with an archeologist over coffee on an exclusive tour with InkaNatura. World-renowned creative Peruvian fusion cooking is the star at Huaca Pucllana, a beautiful restaurant with equally scenic views nestled in the compound of a 1,500-year-old adobe pyramid.
50th Anniversary: Gold
For this momentous occasion, skip the big boats, and cruise up the Inside Passage on a chartered yacht. And there’s no reason to pan for gold. Instead take in the gorgeous original jewelry designs at Fire & Ice in Juneau. Extend your journey with a northern rail tour to take in the Northern Lights, nature’s most spectacular light show.
Laura Laing is a freelance writer based in Baltimore.
Photography courtesy of the Lodge at Verbier, courtesy of Amberley Castle, Getty Images, courtesy of Pezula Resort & Spa, Getty Images
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