By Myranda Bolstad Best Honeymoon Hotels in the world
In your first days as newlyweds, you and your new spouse might be too lost in each other to even notice where you are honeymooning. These spectacular honeymoon hot spots, however, are sure to take your wedded bliss to even greater heights, making an already-memorable experience even more perfect.
D Maris Bay (Mugla, Turkey)
What better place to start two lives joined into one, than the beautiful hotel D Maris Bay, where waters of the Aegean join the Mediterranean. In addition to a presidential suite or private villa, the hotel features a number of luxurious rooms that make for a romantic getaway, complete with special decoration and chilled sparkling wine to greet honeymooning guests. The hotel features five different beaches with soft, natural sand, a number of fine-dining options on site, and a world-class spa. In your room, the spacious tub is perfect for an intimate bath. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s selection of yachts to rent, both motor and sailing, to spend the day exploring some of the nearby islands before returning to the hotel.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (Sufrière, Saint Lucia)
The stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and the two Pitons (the island’s mountainous volcanic spires) are just a few of the highlights this luxury resort offers honeymooners. Couples can indulge themselves at world-class Rainforest Spa, where there are a number of packages for couples, including the Treetop Getaway package, complete with champagne and truffles to top off your treatment. Couples can also enjoy the resort’s full PADI dive facility, with dives sites suitable for a range of experiences from beginners to experts. With dive spots with names like Fairyland and Coral Garden, newlyweds are certain to find extra enchantment! The resort’s various waterfront dining options also cater to the casual and extravagant diners alike, and those couples who enjoy the sophisticated nightlife will be at home in the resort’s lounges and bars before retreating to their suites. For extra privacy, couples may want to stay in the beachfront bungalows, which are not only steps from the ocean but feature an isolated courtyard with outdoor shower and Jacuzzi, as well as private thatched shade area with sun lounges, tables, and chairs.
Ponta Dos Ganchos (Santa Catarina, Brazil)
The Ponta Dos Ganchos is recognized as South America’s most romantic getaway, making this resort a perfect place to celebrate your love. The resort offers an extensive list of leisure activities, from surf lessons to SwáSthya yoga sessions, and from paddle boarding to tennis on a clay court that available all day. The crystal waters also make for a romantic canoe experience for couples who want a quiet ride along the Emerald Coast. A private motorboat tour can be booked for those who want something a little faster-paced. The culinary offerings – a modern twist on classic Brazilian cuisine – are the gourmand’s delight. For an especially exclusive experience, a private dinner on a small island just off the resort’s beach under the night sky can be arranged, prepared for a single couple only each night.
Taprobane Island (Weligama, Sri Lanka)
For a dream-like honeymoon, look no further than the privately-owned Taprobane Island, where you can stay in a mansion that has hosted a plethora of interesting guests, from writers to presidents and even aristocrats! A number of day trips to the area can be arranged, such as visiting Sri Lanka’s largest silk factory, a safari to Ude Walawe National Park, or heading to Merissa to watch for whales and dolphins. The staff can also make arrangements if you want to check out some of the cultural events that may be offered in the area, such as a local devil dance, still performed in the villages on occasion. Many guests, however, choose not to leave this fantastical island until their stay is over, instead exploring the verandahs, tropical gardens, sumptuous living space, and the stunning infinity pool. This is especially easy with the discrete staff of five, including a private chef, there to cater to your every need.
Four Seasons Resort (Bora Bora, French Polynesia)
For a magical start to your wedding bliss, the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora is a magnificent choice. The charming grass-roofed accommodations are both spacious and stylish, and with options like over-water villas with lagoon views, honeymooners are sure to feel special. Private decks (perfect for two lovebirds!) are only steps away from the cerulean waters of the sea and breathtaking scenery like Mount Otemanu. From the private villa’s sliding doors, this spectacular view can even be seen from the bathtub that is large enough for two. The cathedral-inspired spa is also worth venturing into, especially for relaxing massages together. There are also plenty of romantic activities for couples do at the resort, including sunset cruises and indulgent, in-room spa packages for two for those staying in the private Kahaia suite. For an extra special treat, couples can even have breakfast delivered to the room by canoe!
Belmond Cipriani (Venice, Italy)
Vintage elegance and modern glamour meet at the Belmond Caprini, where the bespoke service means a honeymoon tailored perfectly to your style. Couples can a lovers’ stroll in the famous Casanova gardens, or stay in their suites to have a butler serve dinner on their private terrace. The knowledgeable hotel concierge can also help you decide on a day’s activities from the range offered in Venice, such as winery tours or a romantic sailing venture on the Edipo Re, the ship on which Maria Callas and Pier Paolo Pasolini fell in love. Of course, a trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without being serenaded on a gondola for the newlyweds! Retreating to either of the hotels luxury suites will also be a treat: the Dogaressa Suite features original Coromandel screens and classic 18th century design, while the Palladio Suite is accessed by stepping off boat on to a private dock, and castle-like space features beautiful antique furnishings, gorgeous lagoon vista, and a sunken plunge pool perfect for stargazing.
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Bora Bora, French Polynesia)
With views of the “Islet of two hearts’, honeymooners are sure to be immersed in romance from the moment they set foot on Bora Bora. This five-star resort offers plenty more for lovers to make their stay even more special, too. You can duck away to the secret garden to attach a lock – chosen from the selection offered or a custom one you bring with you – to a palm tree, then throw away the keys to symbolize the protection of your love forever. If you’ve chosen to stay in one of the overwater villas, you can book a gourmet dinner to be served on your private terrace, or make arrangement for an intimate dinner served under the stars on a private beach. The resort also offers a range of activities to enhance your honeymoon experience, whether you prefer something more sporty or relaxing. A favorite of many guests is the Lagoonarium, a protected ocean habitat that is home to more than 200 species of sea creatures. You can even interact with the resident stingrays, who swim right up to the shore to greet you!
Grace Santorini (Santorini, Greece)
Between Santorini’s legendary sunsets and the spectacular views from this hotel perched above the famous Caldera, honeymooners are sure to feel surrounded by romance. Couples can take a boat to visit the interesting volcanic rocks and soothing hot springs or explore the multitude of wineries that are open for tastings. The ancient ruins of Akrotiri, destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1450 BC, also make for a fun day trip, where visitors can explore what remains of multi-story buildings and even incredible fresco paintings before heading to the Museum of Prehistoric Thira in Fira to check out what was excavated from the site. If you prefer to cozy up in the hotel, the beautifully furnished honeymoon suites look out over the Aegean Sea and showers suited for two. The 363 Champagne Lounge, which features a variety of the drink for which it is named as well as delicious cocktails, also makes for a perfect toast to your new life as a married couple.
Pikaia Lodge (Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Archipelago, Republic of Ecuador)
Couples who love eco-friendly adventure are sure to have an unforgettable honeymoon at the Paikaia Lodge Surrounded by one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the world, the Galapagos Islands’ marine reserve, the lodge is set atop an extinct volcano on Santa Cruz Island. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the beautiful infinity pool, unshaded to be the perfect temperature, though covered terraces close by will ensure you have a break from the sun when needed. A fleet of yachts is available for those who want to adventure to other islands in the archipelago, though Santa Cruz is home to some of the Galapagos Islands’ finest beaches. The lodge also has a private Tortoise Reserve, so you may come across a wild giant tortoise while strolling the grounds.
Malliouhana (Anguilla, British West Indies)
As one of the finest and most well-known Anguilla resorts, the Malliouhana offers all the comforts of home all in a lovely setting: the 25 acres of private, lushly-landscaped lands on the Caribbean Sea are a beautiful place to start your new life together. Rooms are brightly decorated with a Caribbean aesthetic, with vivid ocean views from the private terraces, perfect for snuggling up together to watch the sunrise. For couples who want like to be active together, the resort offers a number of fun activities such as scuba diving, sailing, paddle boarding and more. Avid golfers can also take advantage of the proximity to the nearby championship greens. If taking to the course is not your speed, beautiful double infinity pools or cabanas at the Malliouhana are also great spots to cozy up together.
Loisaba Conservancy (Laikipia, Kenya)
The more adventure-seeking couple might consider forgoing the traditional hotel honeymoon to stay in the Loisaba instead. This 56,000-acre private wildlife conservancy was created to protect and enhance critical wildlife diversity, abundance and habitat in the Loisaba landscape, which makes for a unique honeymoon experience. There’s plenty of adventure to be had during the day: you can take a game drive to see how many of the hundreds of species of birds and mammals you can spot, take a guided bush walk, or even ride a camel along the river, just to scratch the surface of things to do. Couples can even spend an afternoon down at the traditional Samburu village to be immersed in the local culture. And, when the day’s adventures are done, when you choose to stay in one of the Starbeds, the proximity to the equator makes for stunning night skies as ceiling from these four-poster beds rolled out under the stars.
St. Regis Princeville, Kauai (Kaua’i, Hawaii)
The exquisite suites of the St. Regis Princeville reflect the colors of the earth and sky are only part of what makes this hotel a slice of paradise for honeymooners. Couples have access to a wide range of ocean sports and activities through the resort, from horseback riding along the Na Molokama mountain range, hiking the Napali, or even taking a quiet kayak on the tranquil Hanalei River together. For a taste of Hawaiian culture, the Mailani dinner will captivate guests with the spirit of Halele’a, experienced through chant, hula, and storytelling. For something a little more intimate, the St. Regis offers a romantic dining service for two, lit by the glow of Hawaiian torches in a secluded outdoor setting, with a private server who will greet you with leis. The Couples Hanalei Bay Ritual is also an enchanting enhancement to your honeymoon, in the beautiful, waterfall-inspired Halele’a Spa.
Hotel 20 Degrés Sud (Grand Baie, Mauritius)
This discreet and exclusive hotel, with only 36 rooms and suites, is perfect for newlyweds who want an intimate retreat together for their honeymoon. During the vibrant days, the hotel offers a range of marine and land activities to amuse you, including horseback riding or helicopter tours to take in the sights. Introverts can take a break from the sun in either of the two library lounges or make an appointment in the Secret Spa, which includes a Hamman for those wanting to take advantage of this traditional spa treatment. While any of the offered accommodations are cozy and charming, the Austral suites are especially suited to romance, with either a plunge pool or Jacuzzi in each depending on the floor. For a particularly exclusive experience, take a dinner cruise on the restored M/S Lady Lisbeth, a restored teak boat that takes only eight privileges guests each night, that is when it isn’t booked so a couple can have a magical dinner just for two.
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa (Aitutaki, Cook Islands)
For a beautiful start to your new lives together, look no further than the Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort with its coral reefs, palm-fringed beaches, and white sand as fine as icing sugar. Any of the comfortable beachfront or overwater bungalows would make for a wonderful stay, but for the premium experience, the Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa on the private isle will make you feel like royalty. The exquisite open-air shower is topped only by the private pavilion featuring a private swimming pool and hydrotherapy spa bath. The resort offers an array of scheduled activities, but also offers complimentary equipment if you prefer a more private adventure for two, such as kayaking out the lovely Ee Motu with a picnic hamper packed by the Bounty Brasserie, or a boat trip to Honeymoon Island to plant a coconut palm together in honour of your love.