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West Baden, among the best honeymoon destinations

For a European-inspired honeymoon, look no farther than Indiana’s West Baden Springs Hotel. An architectural delight with its exquisite towers and expansive dome, it’s easy to see why this historic hotel was once considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Still a crown jewel and one of the best honeymoon destinations, this hotel at French Lick Resort attracts honeymooners with its impeccable European grandeur, historic mineral springs and romantic honeymoon offerings.

West Baden’s European grandeur

West Baden Springs Hotel has overcome a storied past, including fire and closure, to reach its present-day architectural glory. Truly an extraordinary stay, there is no hotel like West Baden in the United States. Featuring a freestanding domed atrium, 100 feet high and 200 feet in diameter, the hotel’s architecture rivals even that of European cathedrals. Nearly 250 guestrooms, including 40 balcony rooms, wrap six circular stories to create jaw-dropping accommodations. Tile mosaics, historic artifacts and antique furniture transport honeymooners back to a European era.

Honeymooners will appreciate the hotel’s grandeur when they hear West Baden’s remarkable history. Built in 1855, Lee W. Sinclair transformed the hotel into a sophisticated resort, but a 1901 fire destroyed the entire building in less than two hours. Sinclair rebuilt a year later, creating the hotel of his dreams, West Baden’s now-famed circular building topped with one of the world’s largest domes.

Made mostly of non-flammable materials, West Baden Springs Hotel thrived until the 1929 stock market crash. In 1932, the hotel closed, and over the course of nine decades, a handful of different owners emerged. Over time, the property became a seminary, a college and then eventually a crumbling shell. In the 1990s, Indiana preservationists and a corporate benefactor, the Cook Group Incorporated, stepped in to restore the hotel to its 1920s roarin’ grandeur. In 2007, West Baden Springs Hotel re-opened, reviving European luxury in the heart of America.

Indiana mineral springs

Honeymooners can thank George Rogers Clark for discovering Southern Indiana’s first mineral springs and salt licks. This 1778 discovery turned the French Lick West Baden area into a soothing destination. West Baden Springs Hotel is renowned for its 28,000 sq. ft. European-inspired spa with its two-level natatorium layout and mineral-infused treatments.

Perfect for honeymoons, newlyweds can retreat to The Spa at West Baden Springs Hotel for a 50-minute couples massage. To take advantage of the native mineral spring waters, consider the West Baden Signature Sprudel Bath. Unique to West Baden, this private sunken bathtub is the ultimate stress reliever after months, or even years, of wedding planning.

The historic natatorium is also home to the hotel’s 26-yard heated, indoor pool, where couples can relax poolside before or after their treatment. This secluded retreat will make honeymooners feel like they’ve traveled to Paris, London, Weisbaden or Monte Carlo for a relaxing getaway.

Romantic honeymoon offerings

After a day of pampering, newlyweds can soak up West Baden Springs Hotel’s many dining and entertainment options for a romantic, memorable night. Sinclair’s Restaurant, named for Lee W. Sinclair, is a fine dining favorite with its savory menu selections and wine offerings. From champagne poached lobster to mousseline stuffed trout, and from black and blue bison filet to New York strip steak, West Baden will leave your mouth watering for more.

For a more intimate dinner, Table One at West Baden Springs Hotel serves up dinner with a flare — a private chef’s table placed right in the kitchen. Glass walls allow honeymooners to observe the chef in action, and with a simple flip of a switch, the partition will frost for romantic privacy. Versace dinnerware completes this one-of-a-kind dining experience.

After dinner, take an evening stroll through West Baden’s picturesque gardens, then wander back to the West Baden atrium for live entertainment, where a pianist or harpist adds to the European ambiance with romantic, ethereal sounds. In the Caddy Sinclair Room, The Late Night Jazz Club adds a little soul to your honeymoon.

In short, West Baden Springs Hotel delivers up European elegance, American history and romantic ambiance, making this one of our top honeymoon destinations.