Wedding planning can be stressful, but honeymoon planning, that’s just fun. Granted, choosing between snowcapped ski resorts, city escapes, valley getaways or sun-soaked beaches can be difficult, too. But, it all comes down to what you and your partner want to experience together — whether that’s heart-pounding outdoor activities, fragrant wineries or indulgent spas where you can cancel out the noise of the rest of the world.
Every year, Flight Network rounds up the worlds best honeymoon destinations to help newlyweds navigate the endless number of destinations across our beautiful planet. Here, we’ve chosen some unique locales and the luxurious hotels that accompany them — from the Scottish Highlands to the slopes of Switzerland, sandy Mediterranean beaches and Greek isles to the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies. Get ready to experience serious wanderlust!
That’s perfect — just wait until you dive into this list of the world’s best most romantic, and beautiful honeymoon destinations. There are some incredible recommendations here to help you decide.
Tucked within the Urseren Valley, the Andermatt village is home to captivating views of the Swiss Alps and the breathtaking Schöllenen Gorge. This is the ideal destination for the couple who is looking for a cozy retreat, and even better for a winter wedding and the ski-loving couple. When you’re not hitting the slopes or basking in the glory of the Swiss Alps, venture down the cobblestone streets of the historic town center to marvel at chalets. This sleepy town is charming but not yet well-known, so you and your partner can enjoy it like it’s your own little secret.
When it comes to experiencing romance at its finest, there’s simply no more amorous way to woo your loved one than a romantic stay at Switzerland’s newest leading Alpine resort, The Chedi Andermatt. Here, Alpine chic meets Asian sleek with high-end furnishings and an acute attention to detail. With their couples retreat package, you can take advantage of a Deluxe Suite, a four-course dinner, signature spa treatments with champagne on the house.
Vermont is the ultimate getaway for newlyweds who are searching for a naturally beautiful and romantic escape. Spend your days exploring the state’s green pastures, towering mountains and pristine bodies of water. Just two hours north is the eclectic city of Burlington and Lake Champlain, and nearby you can explore the local Silver Lake State Park and bucolic nearby farmlands. While Vermont is stunning year-round, this New England destination is particularly stunning in the fall foliage and during the snowy winter months.
Situated on 300-acres of lush meadowlands in Barnard, Vermont, Twin Farms is the ultimate intimate and romantic escape to celebrate a new engagement. The all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux property is the only five-star resort in Vermont and features a stunning spa and incredible restaurant where the chef surprises guests with an authentic, creative culinary experience each day. Here, you’re invited to indulge in luxuries while being surrounded by quaint farms and awe-inspiring views.
Can you really think of anything more romantic than Italy for your honeymoon? The famed Amalfi coast is ripe with villages to explore and beaches to conquer. With salt in your hair and pasta in your bellies, you and your partner will spend your days basking under the hot Italian sun and making memories that last a lifetime. Staying in the small town Conca dei Marini is unrivaled, with sweeping views and far fewer tourists than the popular and nearby towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, you can enjoy this famous region as if it’s your own secret.
An almost fairytale location, Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is perched on a dramatic cliff in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini between Amalfi and Positano. The property is a fully-renovated 17th-century monastery, outfitted with a plush spa, infinity pool with dramatic views and world-class antique wine cellars. At the in-house restau,rant you’ll dine on local dishes and recipes from the nuns who used to live there, overlooking some of the world’s most incredible views. While there’s plenty to explore along the Amalfi coast, you’ll have trouble peeling yourself away from your cool linens or the warm lawn chairs sprawled across the lawn.
Green rolling hills meet rocky cliffsides and mysteriously beautiful lakes in the world-famous Scottish Highlands. Here, honeymooners can seemingly escape the rest of the world — hiking, biking and exploring this wide-open land away from the hustle of the city and the bustle of life back at home. While staying in the Highlands, take a road trip between the quaint villages and be sure to stop at the famous lochs along the way.
The Torridon offers newlyweds a picturesque backdrop to create a most memorable Highlands honeymoon. In addition to the private Boat House, there are opulent bedrooms in the hotel where original Victorian features are juxtaposed with sleek contemporary furnishings. The Torridon provides guests with exceptional on-site amenities like a gourmet restaurant, as well as access to bespoke nature and cultural activities — like biking expeditions and a local gin tasting. The folks here believe in attention to detail, and will go above and beyond to ensure honeymooners have the ultimate experience in their backyard.
World-class wines meet laid-back lifestyle in the Sonoma Valley. Driving down winding roads, the sweet smell of grapes wafts through the window as colorful hot air balloons rise from the horizon. Sonoma County is far less pretentious than the equally famous Napa, making it the ideal destination for honeymooners who want a taste of vineyard luxury without the unnecessary frills. Newlyweds will be showered with local hospitality in Sonoma and treated some of California’s most romantic views.
Sonoma might be more low-key than Napa, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know a thing or two about indulgence. At the Farmhouse Inn, they’ve created the ultimate place for newlyweds to decompress after the wedding — whether that’s in their tranquil spa, dining at their Michelin-starred Restaurant or of course, sipping on some of the area’s best wines. With their honeymooner’s package, they’ll treat couples to fresh flowers, dinner, a spa treatment, wine tour and picnic — they’ll even set up a romantic tub-turndown. Couples interested in serious relaxation, take note.
In Iceland, the extraterrestrial-like land is blanketed in snow; at night, the sky seemingly painted in the watercolours of the Aurora Borealis. This cool island nation has become the ultimate destination for adventurers in recent years, enticing travellers with steamy natural hot springs, black sand beaches, towering cliffs and epic waterfalls. If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination that is remote, spectacularly beautiful and bound to amaze you, Iceland is it. While travelling the country, you and your partner will feel like you’re on an expedition, discovering places untouched by humans and seemingly all your own.
Just about an hour’s drive from the capital city of Reykjavík, ION Adventure Hotel welcomes guests with an incredible backdrop of mountains and sprawling lava fields. Whether you and your partner are looking for a quiet, indulgent and romantic retreat or a heart-pounding adventure that strengthens your bond, the ION Adventure Hotel will help make it happen. From fly-fishing to glacier treks and basking under the Northern Lights, these guys know how to show you the best of their country. Although, leaving the hotel itself might be hard with amenities like an incredible heated pool that looks out over the lava fields, authentic Nordic cuisine, natural spa, and organic products in the rooms.
Nestled in the Balkans and overlooking the Adriatic coast, Montenegro is Europe’s glamorous playground for the international elite. Over the past few years, it’s gained acclaim for its spectacular coastline, mountain hiking, ancient villages and wam, open locals. This country is proof that big things come in small packages. You and your partner will feel like jet-setters here — basking in the sun, eating elegant cuisine, and exploring a country that flies under the radar for so many.
Nestled on palm-fringed shores along the Adriatic coast, Regent Porto Montenegro is one of the most premiere 5-star accommodations in the region. Offering honeymooners the ultimate, exclusive luxury retreat, the hotel is located in the heart of Porto Montenegro village, right next to the UNESCO-protected Boka Bay. Here, newlyweds will be treated to custom menus at the high-end restaurant, upgrades, a spa, as well as indoor and outdoor pools.
Wrap yourself in mythology and bask in breathtaking views on Greece’s largest island, Crete. Legend has it, this island is the birthplace of Zeus. And while the gods might not walk these lands today, the beauty of this island is undeniably heavenly. On Crete, you can enjoy turquoise waters, gold sand beaches, teetering cliffsides and world-class cuisine. When it comes to a honeymoon destination, there’s pretty much nothing as picturesque.
Youphoria Villas offer honeymooners the luxurious stay of a lifetime with their unique style, elegant design and romantic views. Perched on a hillside along the beautiful north-west coast of Crete, the villas showcase panoramic views of the Gramvousa peninsula, the crystal-blue waters of Kissamos Bay, and the White Mountains to the south. Each villa has its own bespoke-designed living space that invites newlyweds to enjoy indoor-outdoor living with spacious rooms, outdoor dining and lounging spaces, and incredible pools. You’ll feel like a modern Greek- God lounging in these villas.
Can you keep a secret? While all the honeymooners will be frolicking on the crowded (albeit beautiful) Greek islands, you’ll be here, on powder-soft beaches in Halkidiki. You can pick this region off of a map for its jetting peninsulas, and you might find it hard to believe such blue and pristine waters have yet to be world-famous. Despite not being widely known internationally, there is also plenty of development here, meaning you and your partner can take advantage of gourmet meals and stellar resorts. But, the best part of this area is the fact that you will feel like this is all your own that you’ll want to return to year after year.
Between lush green forests that reach right down to the beach, you’ll find the Ikos resorts. Ikos Olivia is nearby the picturesque Nikiti village where you can stroll ancient streets and eat and drink your way through town. Ikos Oceania, on the other hand, is next to the famous city of Thessaloniki which you can wander in awe of the influence of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires of long ago. Both resorts have world-class restaurants, rooms with ocean views, and spacious, contemporary spas by Anne Semonin. Of course, there are also pools with fantastic views, they also have designated adults-only areas to ensure total relaxation. And if you really want privacy, be sure to book a suite with a private pool. Whichever resort you choose, the staff is on-hand to make this gorgeous location as romantic and special as possible.
Mykonos might be one of Greece’s most famous islands, and that’s for a reason. Here, white buildings perch on the cliffs above deep-blue waters, world-class beaches meet Michlin star restaurants and relaxing days are topped off with glamorous, indulgent nights. Come evening, there’s probably nothing as romantic as watching the sunset over the Adriatic sea and turn the famous white houses pink. This island might be crowded, but its magic will have you and your partner thinking you’re the only ones there.
In harmony with the true character of the island, the Mykonos Grand Luxury Hotel & Resort is all about opulence and taking advantage of the natural beauty all around. Overlooking the sacred island of Delos, honeymooners are treated to one of the best sunsets on the island. And besides decadent and private rooms, the all-natural spa, as well as private beach pool and tennis courts, honeymooners are treated to world-class hospitality. The staff can arrange helicopter rides between Mykonos and the other Greek islands, private ATV trips with an afternoon picnic, even a private photo shoot to immortalize your trip. It doesn’t get more exclusive than that, honeymooners.
Far removed from the big cities, Verbier is Switzerland’s largest ski area — home to the 4 Valleys. It’s renowned for its fresh powder, incredible ski conditions, and views — as well as delectable restaurants and thumping nightlife. After the high of your wedding, keep the excitement going by honeymooning at one of the planets best ski areas. Don’t ski? No need to fret. Go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking and biking in the summer. And if all else fails, sit back and enjoy the view with your loved one — it’s unlike any other in the world.
At W Verbier, local materials and stellar mountain views meet chic interiors with fabulous furnishings, state-of-the-art technology and playful touches that will set the right mood. The resort is ideal for honeymooners who like to kick back and relax at the spa, but are also looking for quick access to world-class skiing — in fact, it was named the World Best Ski Hotel 2017 at the World Travel Awards. This hotel and country are spectacular year round, though, boasting fields of wildflowers in the summer and colourful foliage in the fall. And no matter when you come, the staff will take care of you. Be sure to try all of the resorts on-site restaurants too — like the sushi, haute cuisine, tapas or cocktails at the living room restaurant and bar.
While many mistake the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus as a Greek or Turkish entity, this country stands alone in beauty, history and culture. Situated in a busy trade route, Cyprus has been invaded by everyone from the Romans and Greek to the Turkish and most recently the British — steeping this beach-lined country in ancient myth and undeniable natural wealth. In Cyprus, soak up the sun on light, golden beaches, scuba dive or windsurf off the coast, discover ancient tombs and churches, lose your breath over romantic sunsets and climb pine-covered mountains — devouring the local cuisine as you make your way across the country.
The Columbia Beach Resort is situated in the picturesque Southwest Pissouri Bay — all 169 rooms oozing sophistication with a personal touch. The serene and luxurious five-star beach resort is about exclusivity and exceptionality, providing guests with the utmost hospitality — whether that’s in the world-class spa or sitting at any of the hotels’ four restaurants. While you might never want to leave the comfort of the shaded terraces, refreshing pools and attentive staff, the resort is also just 20 minutes from both Paphos and Limassol. It’s the perfect romantic retreat in Cyprus, offering newlyweds a level of luxury and indulgence fitting for a honeymoon.
This iconic Canadian ski town is world-renowned for its’ outdoors, luxurious hotels and boutique-lined streets. Located in Alberta and tucked between the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, you can’t escape the natural beauty of Banff, making it the perfect backdrop for your romantic getaway. While in Banff hit the slopes, soak in mineral-rich hot springs next to snowcapped mountains, get lost alongside one another while hiking the national park and dine at incredible restaurants after an afternoon of splurging on the main drag. In Banff, you and your partner can forget the rest of the world while exploring this remote, incredible city.
This stunning, yet surprising, castle in the middle of the Rockies is the perfect backdrop for your fairytale romance to advance to the next chapter. As a UNESCO world heritage site, the Scottish baronial styled architecture, world-class food and beverage, and luxury Willow Stream Spa make Fairmont Banff Springs the ultimate getaway for newlyweds. While Banff has so much to offer visitors, this retreat will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip — indulge in the Fairmont Gold package for your own private concierge, complimentary breakfast evening canapés and so much more.
Honeymooners can escape it all out in Montebello, nestled in the western part of Quebec and on the edge of the eastern Ontario border. In this small village, it’s all about experiencing the great outdoors year round. Be sure to take advantage of Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, which is teeming with wildlife and has incredible mountain and lake views around nearly every turn. And if you’re honeymooning in the summer, check out Amnesia Rockfest, Canada’s largest rock festival for some incredible music and a whole lot of dancing.
Newlyweds looking for a remote, romantic retreat will revel in the rustic log cabin in the woods that Fairmont Le Château Montebello has turned into a full-fledged resort. In fact, it’s actually the largest log structure ever built! Here, you can take full advantage of what this region has to offer, taking part in activities like Canada’s only LandRover off-road driving school, an 18-hole Stanley Thompson designed golf course, our water activities like stand-up paddle boards and kayaking. After all that excitement, you can kick back and relax with exquisite locally-inspired gastronomy, a six-faced fireplace, a state-of-the-art spa facility including a very special couple’s suite, and gorgeous sunsets from the property. It’s the trip of a lifetime to kick off a lifetime together.
Brentwood, located in the city of Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, allows honeymooners to spend their days exploring vineyards, wandering through botanical gardens hand-in-hand, touring galleries or just enjoying the great outdoors. It’s ideal for newlyweds who want a bit of it all — the romance of the ocean and desolate land and the excitement of cultural activities.
At the Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa, newlyweds can choose from one of 36 exclusive and beautifully designed OceanSuites or OceanVillas, featuring king-sized beds with down comforters and fine Italian linens, gas fireplaces, floor to ceiling windows and spa-like bathrooms. From the resort, it’s easy to spend the day exploring the local marine wildlife at the Marina & Eco-Adventure Centre. And when you need to wind down from your expeditions, the Brentwood Bay Spa offers a full array of treatments promoting holistic wellness and relaxation. After dining at the elegant restaurant or laid back pub, slip into the heated outdoor pool or hot tub before falling into a glorious king sized bed.