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You planned the perfect wedding. The ceremony is intimate, and the party is going to be a bash. But when it’s all over, you’re going to deserve a break — a luxurious and indulgent holiday to reconnect with your partner away from reality.
But, you don’t want to plan your honeymoon just anywhere. You should choose a country or city you connect with — a place to start your story together. And your resort or hotel should be just as special as the city or beach you jet set off too.
The honeymoon market is oversaturated, though. As people become more global and travel further for their holidays and honeymoons, resorts have realized they have a major market to tap into. This means navigating the best, and most luxurious destinations worthy of your honeymoon can be difficult.
To help newlyweds, and the engaged, better navigate the honeymoon destination market, Flight Network has spent months researching and interviewing the best of the best to curate the ultimate list of top 20 luxury honeymoon destinations. Each and every swoon-worthy spot on this list has our stamp of approval, and we have a feeling they will get yours too.
No problem — just wait until you dive into this list of the world’s most luxurious, exotic, sexy, and breathtaking honeymoon destinations.
The Florida Keys might seem a world away, but they’re only a quick flight from Canada. One of the best islands down there is Little Palm — a stunning example of private white sand beaches and turquoise waters frequented by the rich and famous. You’ll sure feel like a celebrity while honeymooning on this sunny romantic island as you have access to water sports, boats and world-class cuisine. For more visit the Little Palm tourism website.
When you picture your dream honeymoon you probably imagine yourself on a private island with white sand and clear, glistening water. The Little Palm Resort & Spa is all that and more. This resort takes advantage of the incredible views by situating each villa so they have a piece of it and using nature to inspire everything from the cuisine to the decor. The resort has 30 villas, nestled two apiece in thatched-roof bungalows. It’s like something out of a movie, and it’s so silent and peaceful you will feel like you’re living alone in the lap of luxury. We’re telling you — it doesn’t get more romantic or picture-perfect than this.
San Diego boasts 70 miles of postcard-perfect beaches – including La Jolla, the Riviera-like “Jewel of San Diego” – dreamy dining spots and unique activities perfect for newlyweds. Honeymoon fun and excitement can be found from hot air ballooning over the Pacific coast and kayaking by picturesque coves to sumptuous couple’s spa treatments and craft beer tasting along the Hops Highway. This city has more to offer than we could ever summarize — so for more visit the Visit San Diego page.
A national icon since 1910, the newly restyled US Grant weaves its storied legacy into a memorable guest experience. The US Grant is ideally located in San Diego’s historic downtown — right next to all the best dining, entertainment and beaches. So when you finally venture out of your luxurious room and finish a few hours at the spa, you have access to everything this dynamic city has to offer.
Each and every room is decorated with modern sophisticated taste and is covered in soft, cotton linens. The staff, who reguarly accommodates newly weds and puts on fabulous weddings, will wait on you hand and foot to make sure you have the best stay possible. While San Diego will excite and invigorate you, the US Grant will make sure you squeeze in some rest and relaxation.
Located at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet, Los Cabos is world-renowned for its pristine waters, saturated sunsets and vibrant nightlife. It might seem like there are culinary gems, spas and golf courses around every corner — and that’s because there are. Besides the incredible backdrop of where the desert meets the beach, Los Cabos has so much culture and life to offer her visitors.
The Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort’s motto is ‘luxury without limitations.’ If that doesn’t say it all, well, keep reading. The resort, which opened in 2016, is brimming with top-of-the-line amenities like British classically trained butlers, a golf course and two pools. The resort also boasts 46 suites, six with private plunge pools, and a presidential suite overlooking the entire resort.
The interior is earthy, serene and covered in luxurious textures. And from the minute you enter, looking from the lobby out to that crystal-clear blue water, you might just decide you never need to leave the grounds of this resort.
A place of authentic beauty where gorgeous natural vistas and vivid sunsets blend with verdant landscapes, Riveria Nayarit has 192 miles of virtually virgin beaches, palm fringed promenades, rugged mountains and deep blue seas. This incredible Mexican destination combines the adventure of surfing in the boho town of Sayulita and zip lining through the forests of the Sierra Madre with the relaxation of snorkeling to hidden beaches and taking long siestas. For more on this incredible place, visit the tourism board for Riveria Nayarit.
The Playa Escondida is located on its own pristine private beach for maximum privacy that’s sure to provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic honeymoon. Here, you can watch the sunrise glisten on the water, swim up to the bar at the pool, and nap under coconut trees nestled against your partner.
Each hotel room is unique offers dozens of upscale accommodations such as canopy beds, private decks, full kitchens, and jacuzzi’s — to name a few. Plus, guests rave about the attentive staff who will show you all the island’s best spots and create the most romantic trip for you and your honeymooner.
San Pedro is a slice of paradise facing the Caribbean sea. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Belize Barrier Reef, is a world treasure you will get to enjoy every day you spend there. When not snorkeling or diving though, you’ll find yourself kicking back under a palm or exploring the old fishing village turned town that’s said to inspire the song, ‘La Isla Bonita.’ San Pedro is also incredibly close to the world-famous Mayan ruins, a truly special place to explore in Belize.
Years ago San Pedro was a fishing village, now, it’s home to luxurious resorts like the breathtaking and intimate Cayo Espanto. Along with getting your own private butler upon arrival, each villa in this 5-star resort has their own private pool and dock. The menu for each meal is catered to each guests preferences and dietary needs by a private chef. Plus, they’ll set up dinner anywhere, like under a coconut tree or on your private dock.
At Cayo Espanto beds are lined in Egyptian cotton, oversized robes are the perfect outfit for breakfast in bed and palm trees replace clouds for shade. You might just never want to leave.
While other islands may offer sun and sand, Jamaica has a fantastic diversity of options for couples in search of experiences – from water adventures to cultural experiences, every couple who visits Jamaica is guaranteed to leave with fond memories and an infusion of romanticism.
Many Jamaican resorts have invested time and money to ensure that their entire staff is equipped to make most honeymoon desires a reality. From the front desk staff to the water sports department, they all know the importance of a honeymoon to the couple and are constantly going above and beyond to make each experience memorable. The people of Jamaica are some of the friendliest in the world, so you can trust they’ll show you the best time possible. For more, check out Visit Jamaica.
Each of the Round Hill Resorts 27 luxury villas have their own luxurious personality yet share a common thread of modern refinement, classic style, and exceptional service. While the island of Jamaica has endless excitement to offer, you might not ever want to leave your bed.
The resort also offers a selection of fine amenities from private pools, gourmet cooking and cool tropical drinks. Along with superb service, each guest has access to water sports, tennis, golf, spa, dining, shopping. So when you finally pull yourself away from your private villa there is plenty to do at your doorstep.
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Nestled between arid salt flats, volcanoes and hot springs, this town’s natural beauty will take your breath away. As if mother nature’s wonders weren’t enough, the nearby mountains are streaked with pink minerals — adding to the romantic nature of this incredible South American town.
Awasi means home, and the staff at this resort are dedicated to making each of their guests feel like their boutique 10 room hotel feels like their five star home away from home. The attention to detail here is magnificent, each and every piece of furniture reflecting elegance, the trading history of the town, and the majestic landscape surrounding the property.
The resort boasts a pool, arid community spaces to lounge, and a stellar restaurant. Plus, each room gets their own guide to show them around the area as well as a four-wheeler to explore the surrounding natural wonders.
Perched nearly 400 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea and overlooking Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Ravello is a cliffside town with renowned gardens and sweeping vistas. The Amalfi region is arguably Italy’s most beautiful coastline. And Italy itself is arguably the most romantic place in the world. So can you really think of a better place to honeymoon? Ravello is sure to sweep you off your feet with its ancient homes, culture and drool-worthy food and wine.
Palazzo Avino is a magical window from where you can admire the sky melting into the sea. The five-star hotel boasts 33 rooms and 10 suites in what used to be the private villa for a noble family. Today, the hotel is recognized as one of the best in the world and is even home to a Michelin-star dining experience. From its hilltop perch, you can watch sailboats glide by and fisherman pull in their catch. But if you want to dip in the sea instead of their magnificent pool, you’re just a 15-minute ride from the private Palazzo Avino beach club. Oh, and they not only have limousine service — but helicopter service, too. A honeymoon doesn’t get much more indulgent than this.
Tivat might not sound familiar, but it sure looks it. With harbors crowded with yachts, designer-boutique lined streets and obvious multi-million dollar buildings looming about — you’ll probably think you’re in Monaco instead.
Despite the opulent and uber luxurious feel of Tivat, this city will charm you in the most endearing way. The coastal town might look like a cosmopolitan city, but the new money can’t take away from the fact that Tivat overlooks the stunning Boka Kotorska Bay and sparkling beaches. This is truly a fresh, dynamic and romantic place that you — let alone any of your friends — have discovered.
With views that no other hotel in town can compete with, the Regent Porto Montenegro sets itself apart simply at first glance. Overlooking both the mountains and the bay, this hotel gives guests the best of both worlds, much like Tivat.
The hotel itself is a work of art – combining elegance and comfort with classic romantic Venetian touches that set the mood. Each luxurious suite also has a stellar view, bespoke service at every whim and access to gourmet cuisine and lavish spa treatments. Tivat is all about luxury, and you’ll indulge yourself in every bit that this city and this hotel has to offer.
The seaside city of Dubrovnik is located in the south of Croatia overlooking the awe-inspiring Adriatic sea. During its tumultuous history, many nations and maritime forces met and battled in this areas — and today, you can feel its history and culture in the streets you wander and in the people you meet.
The stone streets, baroque buildings, and sea air will invigorate your soul and whisk you up and away from the worries of your everyday life. Here, you get lost in storied streets, long afternoons, incredible cuisine and each other. Whether you’re visiting the old forts, basking in the sun on the beach or riding the cable cars for a panoramic view — this city will never stop leaving you breathless. For more on this romantic getaway, check out the Visit Dubrovnik Tourism board.
The boutique St Josephs hotel is tucked inside a painstakingly restored 16th-century stone building in Dubrovnik’s city center. Despite being in walking distance to the best culture and cuisine Croatia has to offer, the hotel is also only a five-minute walk from the beach.
The chic and elegant rooms of this five-star hotel make it the ideal romantic city break for couples search of a cosmopolitan but laid-back and coastal retreat.
Lamu is a world treasure. The town, honored as a UNESCO world heritage site, is the oldest in Kenya and one of the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlements on the East African coastline. The town is situated on an island just off the coast of Kenya with sweeping views of the Arabian sea. The island boasts sandy beaches, a dynamic and beautiful town center and tranquil surroundings that make you melt into your most relaxed self.
The Majilis Resorts offer world-class service now, but the grounds were built as a family retreat. Eventually, though, this magnificent hand-crafted property was turned into the 25 room oasis it is today. Just a 10-minute boat ride to Lamu city center, the hotel reflects the island’s traditional heritage with decor and architecture that’s a fusion of Swahili, Arabic and Indian influences. Along with stunning views of their pools and patio, the property also overlooks panoramic views of Lamu Island and the Ras Kitau beach. The resort was built to be a calm relaxing oasis and the staff will do everything to help you settle in and enjoy your stay. You’re never going to want to stop cooling off with signature cocktails by this poolside resort.
Guinea Bissau is a small but beautiful West Africa country that offers newlyweds unforgettable cultural experiences and nature excursions. Much of the spectacular nature here is untouched as this beautiful country has gone largely unnoticed by tourists. But that’s okay because you can think of it as having the exotic and intoxicating country of Guinea Bissau all to yourself. When you leave, it will be your and your partners little secret. You might not even want to tell your friends where you honeymooned in fear that they’ll spoil it for you.
To learn more, visit their informative tourism site, Guinea Bissau.
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Rated one of the top hotels in the entire country, the Ponta-Anchaca will sweep you off your feet with swaying palms, sandy beaches and staff who will show you all the best this region has to offer. The hotel is located on the sacred island of Rubane in the heart of the Bijagos archipelago.
The hotel itself is a sanctuary — the entire property looking like a deserted island from a storybook with blue skies, white sands and the lushest palm trees you’ve ever seen. The villas have charming thatched roofs, suites decked out in rich woods and four poster beds, as well as the care of attentive staff. The entire time you will feel like you’ve jetted off to this private place only you know about — and really, it doesn’t get sexier than that.
Situated right of off Australia’s Gold Coast, Queensland’s Scenic Rim is a forested mountain range that looks like it’s been plucked from a storybook. It’s visiting this kind of destination within Australia that makes you realize how dynamic and diverse this country (and continent) truly is. While visiting the scenic rim be sure to get out and explore the great outdoors, or simply sit back and enjoy the staggering view.
Situated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it’s possible to be. At this mountaintop retreat, you can indulge in a spa day and in-house specialties from the gourmet chefs. The Spicers Peak Lodge might not be what you picture Australia as, but this mountainous ‘outback’ region will pleasantly surprise you with stunning vistas that ease you into a state of total relaxation and revitalization. You might just see some of the starriest skies of your life out here, too.
The Great Barrier Reef is the word’s largest and arguably most stunning reef. It is a natural wonder of the world, and for this reason alone it is a unique and special place to honeymoon. The reef stretches over 2,300 kilometers and is made up of hundreds of islands, too. It’s on these islands that you can enjoy the big open skies, sparkling water and warm breeze.
You can see the Great Barrier Reef from space. But, you’ll have an even better view of it from the Orpheus Spa and Island Resort. The rooms have a contemporary and minimalist island aesthetic that is luxurious but leaves the awe factor to the mind-blowing beauty of the island and reef. While at Orpheus you can take a lunch and boat to a private island for lunch, enjoy a couples spa day, pr sip cocktails by the infinity pool while the sun sets. Each night dinner is served by gourmet chefs by the pier where stingrays glide by under the moonlight. Plus, one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders is around you at all times. It doesn’t get much more luxurious and exotic than that.
Tucked amongst the Bay of Islands in the northern part of the country, Russell is full of historic buildings, seaside cafes and boasts magnificent views. Russell was the first European settlement in New Zealand, so it’s streets are old and romantic. What’s amazing about this place too is that there are less than a thousand permanent residents — though, to be fair, it’s a small country to begin with. So if you’re looking for a romantic destination that gives you a great hopping off point to the surrounding islands and famous natural wonders, this is the honeymoon destination for you.
This multi award winning boutique retreat, with five immaculate and stunning villas, overlooks the Bay of Islands. Eagles Nest villas also come with a personal chef as well as trainers and masage therapists.
Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, the 75 acres of property and estate at the Eagles Nest seamlessly blend into the picturesque surroundings. On top of that, each room is a lush retreat of its own. Four of the five villas have their own private heated horizon edged lap pools alongside jacuzzies. And, when you’re not getting lost in the view, the staff will also guide you to the best spots for big game fishing, scenic cruising, sailing diving, kayaking, mountain biking, and picnicking.
Bora Bora is quite possibly the definition of heaven on earth. On a map, this island might just look like a speck, but its location — situated northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia — makes it paradise in france. The island has some of the best white sandy beaches in the world, swaying palms, blue skies and ancient history that will amaze. The island is also known for its incredible scuba diving and the unique and romantic huts that sit perched over the water.
Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is just off the soft, sandy and shallow coast of the world famous Bora Bora. From one of their ultra luxurious villas, you can jump right into the turquoise lagoon. Does it get any dreamier or romantic than that? After a quick morning dip, you can retreat back to your air-conditioned villa and take a waterfall shower before soaking in more of those world-famous views.
Bora Bora is the island where some of the world’s most famous holiday. So, a stay at the Sofitel means you can pretend you and your partner are jetting off from the public eye to be alone. And really, it’s not so much of a fantasy. You deserve a break from it all after your wedding!
Hua Hin is Thailand’s original beach resort destination. That might be hard to imagine since most of the coastline of this country is absolutely incredible. But, in the 1920’s the royal family began building their holiday palaces there and then the rest followed. Now, this world-class beach is lined with some of the best hotels and resorts anywhere.
After all that wedding planning and partying, the Chiva-Som International Health Resort will help you and your partner reconnect and get healthy. Their world-class resort is home to incredible facilities from a kinesis studio, to gyms, indoor, outdoor and floating pools as well as jacuzzis. They also have a staff of personal trainers, massage therapists, and spa care professionals to help you reach your health goals, or simply give advice. The staff at the Chiva-Som is focused on giving you a luxurious, healthy and indulgent experience. When you’re not taking advantage of their facilities you’ll probably be admiring their beachfront property or the way the sunset reflects off their outdoor pool.
Frequently called one of Thailand’s last unspoiled islands, Koh Kood is one of the most special places on earth. Thailand is known for its immense beauty, hence, the major boost in tourism over the years. The opportunity to visit this enchanting island is special because no one knows how long it will be before Koh Kood becomes overrun, too.
But just because this island is unspoiled doesn’t mean it lacks luxury and amenities. Some of the bet hoteliers have jetted off to this tiny island to take advantage of the powder beaches and warm waters. When it comes to choosing a honeymoon spot you want something special — and Koh Kood isn’t anything short of that.
As if this island wasn’t unique enough, Soneva Kiri swooped in to create the most luxurious and romantic experience. At this world-class hotel, you’ll have no problem relaxing or admiring the unspoiled landscapes and serenity. Just a one-hour private flight from Bangkok this island seems world’s away but is easy to access.
The hotel is inspired by nature’s magnitude, mystery and enchanting beauty — and you will feel it in every detail and every view this hotel boasts. Here, you can stay in a private villa with your own pool and forget the rest of the world while knowing the friendly and attentive staff is close by to help you have the best experience possible. It’s everything you want out of a honeymoon and more.
Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular islands, and for good reason. The interior of the island is lush rainforest while the sandy banks and clear blue waters are some of the most popular beaches in all of Thailand. Here, you can find total rest and relaxation during the day, and a lively, thumping nightlife that is known to stretch well into the sunrise.
The Kata Rocks Luxury Resorts provides the backdrop for the perfect honeymoon in Phuket. A bottle of champagne will be popped upon your arrival to start the celebrations, couples massages are offered in the privacy of your own villa and the staff will orchestrate the most romantic dinner under the stars for just the two of you.
The design of the resort is modern and minimalistic while being warm and organic. The clean lines draw your eyes up and around their furnishings and out to some of the world’s most cherished views. With a superb interior, unbridled privacy and staff who will do anything to ensure your perfect honeymoon oasis, Kata Rocks is an incredible choice for a luxury getaway to start your marriage.
Da Nang is a famous coastal city in central Vietnam with sandy beaches and a historic French colonial port. From here you can hop to the incredible Bà Nà hills to the west which boasts the best views of Dan Nang bay and leads to the famous limestone outcrops that house Buddhist shrines. Da Nang isn’t just paradise, it is a city with history, culture and excitement.
With a surprising all-spa inclusive concept, and providing breakfast anytime and place, Fusion Maia Da Nang is a perfect place to enjoy your honeymoon. Each villa has a private swimming pool and your personal fusionista will help you create a memorable honeymoon experience!
Here, you and your partner can lock yourselves away in your own private villa and pool or you can ask the staff to serve you breakfast on the beach to watch the sunrise together. At Fusion Maia, your dream honeymoon comes to life.
Situated off the southwestern coast of Cambodia, Song Saa is a private island with protected tropical reefs, expansive sunset views, and flour-white sandy beaches. When you wander past the unbelievable beaches towards the center of the island you’re greeted with warm, green rainforest. The island is pristine and will feel like a special secret you and your partner have from the rest of the world.
What’s better than a private island for your honeymoon? That alone makes Song Saa Private Island the best backdrop for your romantic honeymoon. But, of course, they don’t stop there. The resort has access to pristine beaches, offers 24 spacious villas, heavenly spa experiences and sits on a protected coral reef.
From their property, you can admire the tropical seascape of Cambodia with alabaster beaches, rainforests, and locally sourced fresh cuisine. The staff is there to ensure you have a romantic and relaxing honeymoon, and they will even arrange for Buddhist monks to give you and your partner a private blessing ceremony. That is truly special.
Sri Lanka is an incredibly special place — from lush rainforests to sun-soaked beaches and thousands of years of ancient history, this Island nation off of the southern coast of India has gained a lot of new attention. The diverse natural wonder of an island makes it an incredible place to honeymoon.
The city of Galle is tucked on the southwest coast of the island and is well k coast of Indianown for it’s Dutch and Portuguese colonial heritage. The classic European structures are a stunning juxtaposition to the island’s exotic surroundings that charm anybody who visits. A honeymoon in Galle will be filled with romanticism, relaxation and lots of culture.
Like the city it calls home, the Amangalla Resort has a rich history. Tucked right in the UNESCO World Heritage 400-year-old city center, the resort is made up of classical colonial buildings. The resort’s mature and stunning garden dates back to the building’s construction in the 1860s.
The rooms within the hotel seek to capture the unique mix of colonial style infused with local materials. The suites boast high ceilings, large windows to admire the city and private gardens, and polished Burmese teak floorboards which are unlike anything you’ve seen. Each room is also decorated with period antiques and four-post beds. It’s safe to say you’ll feel like royalty while staying at the Amangalla — which is exactly how you want to feel on your honeymoon.
From the romantic cliffs of Italy to the vibrant beaches of Mexico and the swaying palms of Thailand, the world is speckled with magnificent places to honeymoon. We hope our list of the most luxurious hotels and resorts has helped you realize that a dreamy destination just isn’t enough, though. You need five-star service and incredible amenities to help make your honeymoon the most special and precious time as a new couple. You deserve this indulgence.
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