No hotel amenity more iconically says ‘honeymoon-worthy' than a private plunge pool. Romance flourishes with privacy, something your post-wedding excursion deserves. So, might we tempt you with the world's most coveted honeymoon hotel suites, private pool included?
Some honeymoon suites are worth harassing hotel staff, calling your mom, throwing a colossal fit, risking divorce and perhaps…accidental homicide. Or, so HBO hit The White Lotus will have you believe. The fictional ‘who done it' filmed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui stories at what length honeymooning newlyweds will go to check into that coveted private plunge pool honeymoon suite.
Thankfully, the drama and scandal that ensues in the hit murder mystery is a farce. Yet, it does inspire us to wonder…which honeymoon suites around the world are worth causing such a scene for?
This isn't a list of self-catering rentals on Airbnb or private homes and villas. Contrarily, our curation comprises 4-star and 5-star hotels. Each honeymoon destination is vetted to include all of the amenities one dreams of from a honeymoon resort. Plus, the added luxury of a private pool.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii
In The White Lotus, we never see the fabled plunge pool that newlywed guest Shane Patton so desperately desires. That's because the real life hotel doesn't actually have one. But the luxury hotelier's Big Island property, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai just a hop away, beckons.
The beachfront hotel on The Big Island's sunny Western shore offers three spacious villas. Each features terraces and balconies with spectacular ocean views. And yes, that coveted private plunge pool. Hawaii's largest island, and most sparsely populated for its size, provides honeymooners privacy and serenity that other Hawaiian destinations may miss.
Astarte Suites in Santorini
With fifteen suites hanging dramatically onto volcanic cliffs, Astarte Suites is iconic Santorini. Located in quiet Akrotiri, Astarte is far away from the hustle and bustle of overtouristed Oia. Enjoy tantalizing Greek food, breathtaking views of the caldera and dip in your private cave pool. A unique amenity only found in this beloved string of Greek islands.
Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand
No need to complain to your mom's travel agent about another guest stealing your plunge pool suite at Six Senses Yao Noi. Every one of the Thai island resort's 54 villas features its own private sun deck and infinity pool. So, take your pick from whichever style of stay you like: ocean view villas, jungle hideaways, beachfront stays or mountain escapes.
La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel in Mallorca
“The vision of British designer Matthew Williamson, this suite is the most captivating hideaway in Mallorca. Be swept up in vibrant colours, botanical imagery and luxe textures, contrasting decadent rustic features.”
The Designer Suite at Belmond's La Residencia has more to offer than fine interiors. Once you refresh with the many lavish amenities inside, glide out onto the terrace and plunge into your own secluded pool. Indeed, La Residencia provides a much-needed quiet mountain escape after exploring Mallorca's vibrant beaches and restaurants.
Ulusaba Rock Lodge in South Africa
Sir Richard Branson's Ulusaba Rock Lodge is a unique stay only to be experienced. After your safari game drives (which are included in the room rate) you'll have no trouble spotting wildlife while splashing in your terrace's own infinity pool. Next, sip champagne as the sun dips below the South African bush. Both the Master Suite and Makwela Suites include private plunge pools. You'll enjoy luxurious accommodations befitting for honeymooners.
Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco
A luxurious Berber tent or your own private kasbah. Either experience offers a private plunge pool necessary for sun-drenched Moroccan afternoons. Boasting stunning Atlas Mountain views, this destination is for the honeymooner looking for luxury, off-the-beaten-track. While located only 45 minutes from Marrakech, Kasbah Tamadot feels private. You'd never guess you were within the city's reach.
Another lavish property from Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Limited, Kasbah Tamadot is rejoicing having finally reopened after COVID-19 closures. To celebrate, the hotel is offering guests who book a three-night stay between February and the end of May 2022 an extra night for free. Plus, a one-way fast track at Marrakech airport. Guests will also receive a 20% discount on full or half board F&B packages when pre-booked with the above offer.
For summer travelers, between June and the end of August 2022, guests booking a three-night stay will receive an extra night for free. Those booking a five-night stay will receive an extra two extra nights for free.
Jade Mountain Resort in Saint Lucia
Where is the best view in all of the Caribbean? At your private plunge pool at Jade Mountain Resort, we might argue. A small, luxury hotel facing the iconic Piton peak, there's really no view quite like it Saint Lucia. Each suite overlooking the sea has either a plunge pool or jacuzzi. Thus, the only decision you'll need to make is how steamy you want your honeymoon to be.
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa in Mozambique
We've raved about how much we are dying to visit Anantara Bazaruto Island. Since last summer, the African beach destination still tops our honeymoon and wedding venue wish list. It only sweetens the deal that the Mozambiquan resort's villas include their own plunge pools. Honeymooners enjoy even more seclusion beyond what the private island inherently offers. Imagine, white sands dusted along East Africa's coast. Think, Maldives or Seychelles without the tourists and exhibiting plenty of African flair.
Hotel Santa Caterina on The Amalfi Coast
Summertime on the Amalfi Coast can get crowded. So, why not book one of the special suites boasting a private pool nestled above the historic and beautiful Amalfi?
As one of Italy's most popular seaside destinations, Hotel Santa Caterina knows newlyweds seek refuge from the crowds. Accordingly, the hotel offers a few unique and very exclusive accommodation choices. Stay in the Follia Amalfitana suite and dip in your sunken jacuzzi pool. Or, book the Giulietta & Romeo Chalet with a grand infinity pool and private garden. Both options include splendid views of the Mediterranean without the crowds that linger below.
Kandolhu Island Resort in the Maldives
More can be wonderfully more. And, maybe your own private island isn't enough. After all, you'll be sharing Kandolhu Island Resort with your attentive staff. So, why not retreat to your honeymoon suite's private plunge pool? While many of the exclusive island's accommodations include private pools, it's the Ocean Pool Villa that most aptly depicts ‘The Maldives' to us. Float in your private pool meer feet above the Indian Ocean's clear turquoise waters. Yes, finally we've arrived at the perfect overwater honeymoon suite, private pool included.
Singita Ebony Lodge in South Africa
Singita Ebony Lodge in Sabi Sands is ‘a rejuvenating return to nature'. So, naturally, you can refresh in the clear water of your suite or villa's private pool. Natural elements surround you both outside and inside thanks to the seamless interior design. Your unique room takes great inspiration from South African art, architecture, flora and fauna.
Oh, and about the fauna. Part of your all-inclusive experience features safari drives through one of the country's most wild and untouched game reserves. Watch elephants splash through watering holes by day. Then, plunge into your own lantern-lit pool by night.
Amanjena in Marrakech
Does the king or queen of your heart deserve a palatial stay for their honeymoon? Amanjena gifts guests the chance to live their own Arabian fairytale thanks to its striking Moorish design. Dubbed in French as ‘pavilions' and ‘maisons', the accommodation choices at Amanjena leave no guest wanting more. Enjoy a spa day in their traditional hammam. Then, retreat to your private pool with mint tea and serenity. Covet plunge pools in the stylish pavilions or large piscines in the resort's regal maisons. You'll have no problem cooling off from the Moroccan desert sun.
Amankila in Bali
If you're searching for a perfect private plunge pool, you'd likely prefer a ‘private Bali', correct? The Aman group provides tranquility on what is often seen as a bustling tourist destination.
Facing Lombok on Bali's East Coast is Amankila, a luxurious resort in authentic Balinese style. Gorgeous suites feature a variety of breathtaking views, many of which offer private plunge pools. Thanks to round-the-clock room service, you can enjoy romantic evenings under the Balinese stars in the privacy of your own infinity pool.
Royal Zambezi Lodge in Zambia
Zambia is trending for destination weddings and honeymoons. The up-and-coming African tourist destination has so much to offer in terms of luxury accommodations, nature, wildlife, cuisine and culture. And yes, the perfect honeymoon suite.
Royal Zambezi Lodge's fifteen secluded rooms sit alongside the Zambezi River near the natural wonder, Victoria Falls. Expect quintessential African luxury. Featuring Zambian design and modern comforts, you'll never want to leave your honeymoon suite's perks behind – lantern-lit plunge pool included.
Parilio in Greece
Board your Aegean charter boat and fly by buzzing Mykonos. Leave the tour bus tourists at the port in Santorini. Paros is your private honeymoon retreat, and Parilio's Sun Suite is waiting. A boutique hotel featuring the classic white aesthetic of the Cyclades, Parilio exudes seductive, modern romance. Consequently, we can't fathom a better day than lounging on our private terrace. We can already taste the salt in the wind from our private plunge pool.
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah at Al Hamra Beach, UAE
Imagine honeymooning at the Ritz-Carlton on a beach in the Middle East. Awaking in your luxurious Bedouin tent then dipping into your own private pool for a floating breakfast. Scuba-diving, deep-sea diving, exploring the nearby desert sands. The scene sounds so beyond our imagination it's nearly sci-fi-worthy. But yes, this private beach outside of Dubai really exists! Each ornate villa has its own plunge pool, so you're guaranteed the must-have honeymoon suite amenity.
Royal Gardens Villas & Spa in The Canary Islands
A European beach getaway warm enough even for winter honeymoons. The Royal Gardens Villas & Spa already tops our list of best honeymoon destinations in The Canary Islands. Especially since each luxury villa features its own private pool.
Consider this your completely private villa honeymoon that just so happens to have all the luxuries of a five-star hotel. Quiet, romantic and absolutely stunning. With some villas offering sea views, you'll never want to leave your honeymoon suite. Frankly, you won't need to. Take advantage of all the fabulous food, wine, in-room spa treatments and amenities the resort provides.
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa in French Polynesia
What good is a honeymoon destination guide without including the South Pacific? How can we ignore the awe-inspiring images of Tahitian bungalows hanging over turquoise waters? Why keep you from the towering volcanic peaks and waving palms? The island of Moorea is Tahiti's answer to honeymooners looking to get away from the customary Bora Bora crowd.
At Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, you can still enjoy that quintessential overwater bungalow seen at other Tahitian resorts. In addition, you'll gain a unique visual and cultural experience that only Moorea can provide. Already enjoying accommodations and experiences that marry Polynesian tradition with modern luxury, your honeymoon suite plunge pool will be the cherry on top of what will certainly be the trip of a lifetime.
Maslina Resort in Croatia
Your favorite Croatian girl (that's me) can't let you book your honeymoon without mentioning one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. Discover Hvar, a favorite Mediterranean getaway of first-class tastemakers Beyonce and Jay Z. The Croatian honeymoon destination is tantalizingly beautiful and delicious.
In like fashion, Maslina Resort will make you feel as important as Queen Bey. The pool suites and spacious villas all include your own private pool with uninterrupted views of the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy total privacy and unparalleled comfort. Marrying local Hvar design with French art styles, the atmosphere is calming. Of course, this is exactly what you'll need after a marathon of wedding planning.
Hattvika Lodge in Norway
Scandinavia doesn't come first to mind when we think “private pool honeymoon suite”. Normally, we conjure images of tropical isles, sun-drenched deserts and breezy Mediterranean getaways. However, we know some of you newlyweds are hunting for something different. Something completely unique. Way up north on the Western Coast of Norway sits an idyllic honeymoon destination: The Lofoten Islands. Jagged peaks erupt from the Arctic Ocean below. We bet you won't likely dip into the ice-cold Nordic waters. Therefore, you'll need your own private pool for the duration of your Norwegian honeymoon stay. With this in mind, we look to Hattvika Lodge.
Hattvika Lodge blends seamlessly into an authentic fisherman's village. The spacious property takes advantage of every beautiful view of the surrounding harbor. Accommodation options are varied. Choose between charming dockside cottages, modern cabins built into the hillside and lavish lodge apartments within a typical Lofoten villa. While not technically pools, the Hattvika Lodge apartments and seaside suites both feature heated outdoor spa tubs. Book one of these charming suites and you'll stay toasty while you watch the Northern Lights dance throughout your Nordic honeymoon.
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