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In an era where everything associated with love is now some kind of ‘moon—think honeymoon, babymoon, friendmoon and mini-moon—another contender jostling for the wedding-related getaway is the buddymoon. It’s a real thing and goes something like this: After you’ve popped the last of the Champagne at the wedding, you bring your friends and fam along with you on your honeymoon! Sure, it’s not for everyone, but buddymoons have become increasingly popular for couples who like to share epic new adventures with their besties. Think delicious group dinners, competitive group activities and sightseeing excursions. With the rise of destination weddings, it just makes sense to keep the party going, turning it into a great vacay for your fam and best buds. Sound intriguing? Here are seven resorts and hotels that cater to a buddymoon with amenities and activities that make the magic last for days.

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Be Tulum Beach and Spa Resort, Mexico

Be Tulum, Mexico offers the ideal place to hang out on the beach.

At  Be Tulum, imagine a group honeymoon where you go barefoot in an over-the-top Bohemian paradise. Do some serious bonding over a group massage or pre-Colombian indigenous spa treatments, sweat lodge ceremonies and herbal healing rituals. Gather for a yoga session in a treetop studio overlooking the jungle canopy and white sand beach. Or relax in sync with day beds and palapa-style canopies as you Instagram pictures of these awesome moments. Add to the adventure at nearby sites like Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins.

 Carneros Resort & Spa, California

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Enjoy a perfect pinot noir in California Wine Country at Carneros Resort & Spa.

Food and wine heaven come to those who share your passions with wine glass in hand. Head to the rolling hills, stunning scenery and vineyards of Napa Valley to keep those toasts coming! Shack up at the award-winning Carneros Resort & Spa featuring cottages and luxury vacation homes that sleep six, ideal for a group visit with hot tubs, a hilltop pool and spa. The hotel offers wine tastings, afternoon pool parties and picnics catered by the on-site restaurant, Farm. While you’re in the neighborhood, go for a hot air balloon ride or bike along the Napa Valley Wine Trail. For buddymooners with kids, there’s even babysitting service.

Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 

Private pool and cabanas at Excellence, Punta Cana

Take your faves to a pristine, unspoiled beach on Punta Cana’s Caribbean shoreline. Excellence Punta Cana is a 5-star, all-suite, all-inclusive luxury playground for adults only with 9 dining options, tennis courts, a running course, bicycling and scuba lessons. Plan an exotic treatment in their world-class spa and stay in shape in their state-of-the-art fitness center. When it comes to adventure, step up your game at the Caribbean’s largest horticultural center or spelunk through caves and underground rivers. Safari on four-wheel drive vehicles and open monster trucks through the tropical jungles as you snap a selfie!

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MGM Grand & Casino, Las Vegas

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, one of the world’s largest hotels

They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So, let your buddymoon group stay here. One of the world’s largest hotels with lots of Las Vegas sparkle and non-stop excitement, a buddymoon at the MGM Grand & Casino is a guaranteed winner. Hang out at the five pools, dine in 17 restaurants, and try your luck in the giant casino. Splurge with a stay at the Skylofts on the top two floors where room rates include limos to/from the airport, butler service, a Cirque du Soleil show and prime restaurants. Play at Top Golf, swim in the pool’s lazy river and get the party started!

Hyatt Residence Grand Aspen, Colorado

A beautiful winter getaway at Hyatt Residence Grand Aspen in Colorado.

Relax and chill out at the Hyatt Residence Grand Aspen with your best buds in tow, conveniently located in downtown Aspen. Hang out in two- and three-bedroom suites that can hold up to eight with full kitchen, jetted tubs, living room with a fireplace and three full bathrooms. Enjoy an outdoor pool, two hot tubs, fitness center and complimentary transportation around town. Go for stellar skiing, snowmobiling or dog sledding in the fresh powder of this winter wonderland. Let their concierge direct you to Aspen’s favorite ski spots. In the summer, frequent the art galleries, unique dining scene and vibrant nightlife. Free airport shuttle and free ski shuttle are available, too.

Velas Resorts, Mexico

Share the fun at Velas Resorts in Mexico

The Velas Resorts practically invented the buddymoon with a range of unique activities and memorable events that extend the wedding revelry. With locations in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos, these all-inclusive resorts have created exclusive happenings to connect you and your posse. These include meditation, cooking and botanical cocktail classes, eco-tours, a Shaman friendship ceremony, and a golf or spa day. Cozy up around a private bonfire on the beach, including s’mores, while you take in the beautiful music of a live violinist. Imagine a luxury yacht cruise and a chocolate clambake. The best part could be a fishing excursion featuring a chef who will catch, prepare and enjoy fresh ceviche.

Loews Miami Beach, Florida

Relaxing Cabanas and daybeds at Loews Miami Beach.

Loews Miami Beach has got it all… great weather, beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife, as well as a quick walk to all the restaurants and bars lining Collins Avenue. A recent $50 million renovation includes various suite options and new restaurants that will make planning your South Beach buddymoon a breeze. If you’re up for a serious splurge, go for the Presidential Suite spanning two floors and including a balcony. Chill out at the adults-only SOAK Cabanas and daybeds at the pool which offer a dedicated concierge, bottle service, and “adult snow cones.” Challenge your buds to a group fitness class or meditation offered on the lawn each morning.

No matter how or where you share your buddymoon, it promises to be a great start to your new life. Here’s to the happy couple!

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Mira Temkin

Mira Temkin

Lover of lore with a thirst for adventure, Mira has her bags packed -- ready to go in a flash. She writes with spirited soul about destinations, hotels and spas.

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