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The 50 Best Honeymoon Destinations Around The World

Seeking honeymoon inspiration? Trying to decide between a luxury city escape or a steamy beach honeymoon? Stop spinning the globe, we’re giving you direction with our definitive list of the top 50 honeymoon destinations around the world.

This curated honeymoon guide provides inspiration for all sorts of travelers. Find the perfect beach destination with overwater bungalows. Discover wine-lovers paradise and off-the-grid foodie destinations. We’re sharing once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon ideas with the best hotels to book in each.

Do you know which region you’d like to explore? Go ahead and jump to: 

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Top Honeymoon Destinations in the Americas

The Hawaiian Islands

The Aloha State has long served as America’s top honeymoon destination. Waving palms, warm ocean waters, fragrant fields of pineapple and sugarcane, white and black sand beaches…Hawaii is truly paradise on Earth. Plus, with eight major islands, honeymooners of all types can find the perfect little Hawaiian alcove to suit the honeymoon of their dreams.

Where to Stay: With a variety of islands, accommodation styles and budgets, it’s tough to narrow down the one very best honeymoon hotel in Hawaii. Instead, we’ll recommend our favorite islands for certain travelers.

Adventurers can explore active volcanoes, hike sacred valleys, soak in powerful waterfalls, see the island’s expanse by horseback and so much more on the Big Island. Alternatively, luxury honeymooners will find nothing more romantic than the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Lanai. Finally, there is a reason celebrities set up homes on Kauai. This tiny island nicknamed the Garden Isle is so breathtakingly beautiful you may decide your honeymoon isn’t meant to end.

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Palm Springs, California

Hollywood’s quirky midcentury getaway is now accessible to all thanks to ample boutique hotels and private rentals. Soak up Palm Springs’ desert rays in your stylish accommodations. Relax poolside, sipping margaritas. Or, venture off the grid to the other-worldly Joshua Tree National Park.

Best Hotels: It’s no secret we love the Ace Hotel & Swim Club at Bridal Musings. Stylish, hip and with epic views of the San Jacinto Mountains, this modern hotel is the epitome of Palm Springs cool. However, if you’re looking to stay somewhere more private, we recommend two smaller boutique hotels: the Art Deco Villa Royale and the Moroccan-inspired Korakia Pensione.

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club

California Wine Country

Wine lovers have plenty of ideal honeymoon itineraries to choose from throughout the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Find old-school California wine country glamour in Napa Valley’s vast estates. In contrast, those looking for a more wild, farm-to-table vibe will love wandering through Sonoma. Last but not least, honeymooners seeking the lesser-traveled corners of wine country will find foodie heaven in Healdsburg and hot springs in Calistoga.

Best Hotels: For luxury stays in iconic Napa Valley, you’ll want to book a room at Auberge du Soleil. Head further up the valley to the geothermal pools of Calistoga and book a suite (and a mud bath) at Indian Springs Resort & Spa. Finally, featured in our Foodie Honeymoon Guide, SingleThread Farm & Inn offers guests not only stylish stays but three Michelin Star dining experiences.

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Auberge du Soleil

Southwest National Parks

Ever dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon? Sleeping under the stars in Zion? Hiking amongst the rock rocks of Utah? The American Southwest is an adventurer’s paradise and the perfect once-in-a-lifetime journey for your honeymoon.

Where to Visit: Your Southwest honeymoon itinerary will depend on a variety of factors. Where are you flying into and will you be driving? How much time do you have to explore? Regardless of your answers, we have a number of favorite National Parks, Monuments and destinations to visit throughout the region.

In Utah, one can not miss the grandeur of Zion National Park and the mystic hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park. Of course, nearly everyone has the Grand Canyon on their Arizona bucket list. But Canyon de Chelly, on the other hand, remains a well-kept secret in Northern Arizona providing adventurers with a majestic canyon where the only crowds are wild roaming horses. And don’t overlook the wild deserts of southeastern California. Venture into the Mohave Desert and you’ll find a park with rocks and trees that seem fit for another planet: Joshua Tree National Park.

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New York City

Fashion, food, art and culture. You won’t have any issue finding restaurants and events to book for your New York City honeymoon itinerary.

Best Hotels: For honeymooners keen to explore Brooklyn’s food and culture, book a suite with views of Manhattan at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel. Or, stay within all the action along Central Park at the opulent and historic, The Plaza Hotel.

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The Plaza Hotel

Baja California, Mexico

The Baja is having a tourism renaissance. A new spotlight shines on Cabo San Lucas’ more authentic sister San Jose del Cabo. Charming Pueblo Magicos like Todos Santos caters to honeymooners looking to escape the crowds. The Sea of Cortez attracts marine-life lovers looking to swim with whale sharks and experience Jacques Cousteau’s “Aquarium of the World”. Finally, to the far north, Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico’s flourishing wine country.

Best Hotels: Maybe you saw my own Todos Santos wedding? Honeymoon in boutique luxury at our venue, Villa Santa Cruz. Cabo honeymooners will be treated to farm-to-table provisions at ACRE. Likewise, wine lovers will enjoy epic views of the Valle’s vineyards at Encuentro Guadelupe.

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Saint Lucia

The Caribbean Archipelago encompasses over 700 islands. So, when we tell you Saint Lucia is our favorite for honeymooners, you know that means something. The small island packs a punch with volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and the true reason it dazzles us all: the towering Piton mountains.

Best Hotel: For the best view of Saint Lucia’s stunning Pitons, book a room at Jade Mountain Resort. Featured in our best honeymoon hotel suites with private pools, the hotel offers not only breathtaking views from your room but from your plunge pool, too.

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Jade Mountain Resort

The Galapagos Islands

Dive with marine iguanas. Sunbathe on white-sand beaches. Discover the unique wildlife of this storied set of islands. The Galapagos provides animal lovers with a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon adventure. If your dream honeymoon includes diving, snorkeling, beachcombing and palling around with giant tortoises, then we promise, it’s worth the trek.

Best Hotel: Made up of a vast expanse of islands and ocean waters, we recommend choosing a hotel that organizes excursions and custom itineraries. Located in the center of the Galapagos Archipelago, Pikaia Lodge is a stunning destination that offers access to all the best wildlife adventures throughout the region. Honeymooners might even find giant tortoises roaming through the grounds as they make their way from the spa to the infinity pool.

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Peru

Not just home to the Incan wonder, Machu Picchu. Peru treats honeymooners to world-class dining before and after their Andean adventures. Home to many of San Pelligrino’s Top Restaurants in the world, Lima is as tasty a destination as Machu Picchu is astonishing.

Best Hotel: After the workout that is rising to the top of Machu Picchu, retreat to the luxurious Sumaq Hotel. Located at the base of this world wonder, the luxury hotel’s spa provides the required post-hike pampering.

Patagonia

Trek across glaciers and rugged mountains. Dine on the finest steaks and drink up authentic Argentinean and Chilean culture. What we love about a Patagonian honeymoon is that it can be both luxurious and adventurous. A unique South American honeymoon destination.

Best Hotel: On the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, Awasi Patagonia features sweeping mountain and desert views. An all-inclusive resort, the woodsy retreat organizes tours, gives spa treatments and cooks up a delicious Patagonian menu.

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Top Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

The Amalfi Coast, Italy

If romance were a postcard, it would likely display a picture of the Amalfi Coast. Glittering Italian villages hang cliffside over the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Roam opulent villas, smell fragrant lemon groves, gaze at towering seaside mountains. Explore historic towns like Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and the island of Capri. The Amalfi Coast is a hot and steamy romantic getaway in every possible sense.

Best Hotel: If you plan to splurge on this one-time-only honeymoon, there’s no better place than Le Sirenuse. In the sparkling seaside town of Positano, Le Sirenuse is a historic villa turned luxury hotel with deluxe suites with sea views. We love the authentic Italian tile, lavish bathrooms and secluded location within one of Italy’s most popular getaways.

 

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La Sirenuse photographed by Alex Preview

Paris, France

The City of Love. We couldn’t think of a better Paris moniker if we tried. A classic honeymoon choice, Paris is so filled with romantic corners you won’t be competing for space. Honeymooners enjoy arguably the world’s finest cuisine, wine, fashion and art. Pop the Champagne in one of the city’s stylish wine bars then drink in the views as you stroll along the Seine.

Best Hotel: Like something from a Wes Anderson film, Villa Beaumarchais provides chic accommodations in one of the city’s most stylish and well-located neighborhoods. You’ll waste no time stepping out your alleyway into chic cafes, stylish fashion houses, immaculate parks and hip galleries.

 

Iceland

Iceland has long been heralded as the perfect honeymoon destination for both spa lovers and adventure travelers. Well-known for its natural geothermal baths, horseback riding, ice caving, active volcanoes, fields of icebergs, whale watching, hiking, and now, its sophisticated New Nordic food scene.

Best Hotels: Visit Hotel Budir, famous for its Icelandic restaurant and views of the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Those most looking forward to spending time with fluffy Icelandic horses can opt to stay at the all-inclusive Soti Lodge. You’ll enjoy an all-inclusive farm-to-table experience and have access to horseback riding treks just across the road at Langhus Farm. The lodge also organizes tours including hiking, sailing, e-biking and heliskiing for the most adventurous travelers. Siglo Hotel offers honeymooners a bayside hot spring bath to warm the bones following their whale watching tour along the Arctic Coast. Finally, explore the many wonders of the South – volcanos, glaciers and black sand beaches – from your suite at UMI Hotel.

 

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Lake Como, Italy

There’s a reason celebrities like John Legend & Chrissy Teigen get married along the banks of Lake Como. The crystalline waters high in the Italian Alps are seductively beautiful. Steep Alpine cliffs fall into a deep, beautifully blue lake. Meanwhile, lavish Italian villas glitter the banks. Imagine the breathtaking grandeur of the Alps paired with the relaxed nature of Italy.

Best Hotels: Thankfully, the sheer size of Lake Como provides ample space for a variety of luxury honeymoon hotels. Villa Balbiano is one of the most coveted estates that can be found in this mountain paradise. Additionally, we have our hearts set on Relais Villa Vittoria for our own romantic getaway thanks to this gorgeous lakeside wedding.

 

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The Cyclades, Greece

Santorini, Sifnos, Milos, Paros…we could make an entire list of top honeymoon destinations in the Cyclades alone. Thankfully, with quick ferry rides and cheap in-country flights, you can make a fabulous honeymoon out of exploring each island of desire. White cave houses with blue roofs, honeymoon suites with private plunge pools and volcanic beaches. Tantalizing Mediterranean cuisine and views of the Aegean Sea at every point. Cycladic honeymoons are hard to beat.

Best Hotels: Having gotten engaged on charming and quiet Milos (which boasts sunsets that rival Santorini) we can confirm the effortless romance of Lithos Luxury Rooms. On Santorini, stay far from the crowds in your honeymoon suite equipped with a private pool at Astarte Suites.

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Scotland

While Scotland may not first come to mind for a honeymoon, we must remind you of how sexy Bond movies can be. Imagine dropping your bags in stony Edinburgh, grabbing keys to your 007 Aston Martin and winding up the stunning peaks of the Scottish Highlands. Warm weather beach destinations do not have a monopoly on steamy romance. Just picture the two of you by the fire in your Scottish castle, sipping whisky and planning your misty Highland adventures.

Best Hotel: Tours through the Scottish Highlands could take you across vast lands, coastlines and islands. So, choose a region that fit your fancy. Plan a whisky tour through the western isles. Or, hike through majestic highlands watching majestic stag.

Regardless of your itinerary, we recommend making a stop at one of Scotland’s many regal accommodations. Inverlochy Castle fits the bill. Well located in Scotland’s western Highlands, the 13th-century castle is something like time travel (for you Outlander fans). With just seventeen rooms in this grand palace, expect the royal treatment.

 

Basque Country

Food lovers are spoiled in Basque Country. The seaside towns that stretch from the French Atlantic border to Bilbao, Spain host many of the world’s top-ranked restaurants. Likewise, humble family-run pinchos too hidden to make trending lists give diners authentic Basque meals that rival those of great acclaim. Then, we factor in the delicious, salty and mineral wines of the region. Moreover, the ancient cideries still pouring iconic Basque cider. Might we also mention that the region is made up of prized surfer coves? In Basque Country, turquoise waters crash against white sand beaches.

Best Hotel: Just outside the beautiful city of San Sebastian is the ultra-modern hotel Akelarre. While the deluxe furnishings and seaside views would be enough to convince us to stay in this airy hotel, it’s the food that draws its crowd. The hotel restaurant by the same name holds three Michelin Stars, making it by their rule, “worth a special journey”.

 

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Ysios Winery

Florence, Italy

Having honeymooned there myself, I can tell you Florence is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Imagine yourself strolling down cobblestone alleyways surrounded by art and the fragrance of Tuscan food. Listen to the sounds of joyful clinking glasses of nearby Italian wine bars. The architecture is beautiful, the food is delicious and the surrounding Tuscan hills are at your doorstep. Intrigued? Read our Local’s Guide to a Florence Honeymoon, shared from our monthlong stay in the beautiful Firenze.

Best Hotels: You don’t have to wait in museum lines to view some of Florence’s finest masterpieces. The Jewel of the Renaissance is home to a number of stunning hotels filled with authentic Florentine art. The boutique hotel, Casa Botticelli, in the stylish Santo Spiritu neighborhood serves also as an art gallery. Many of its hanging pieces are actually for sale. For Renaissance grandeur, look no further than Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. Every room, hall and bit of outdoor space serves as its own stunning work of art.

The Canary Islands

Featured as our favorite warm-weather winter honeymoon escape in Europe, The Canary Islands offer year-round sunshine. From December to March, the European islands off the coast of Morocco average a pleasant 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 20 degrees Celsius.

Where to Stay: But, which Canary Island is best? While Tenerife, the largest and most populated island, boasts the most sophisticated hotels, it would be a shame not to at least visit one or two other smaller islands. La Palma celebrates nature, harboring natural preserves and peace and tranquility for travelers. Bask in the sun on Fuerteventura’s beloved beaches or plan a diverse trip filled with a variety of adventures on Gran Canaria. Many say La Gomera is an authentic view of Canary Island life while Lanzarote is something special…

Not just an idyllic beach retreat, the Canary Islands boast one of the most unique wine cultures in the world. Growing their vines inside volcanic craters, the resulting Lanzarote wine has seductive hints of smoke & a pleasant ocean saltiness to pair with all that beautiful seafood.

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands

London, England

We never tire of the city honeymoon concept. London is certainly a classic choice. England’s capital city on the Thames River provides honeymooners with rich history and culture. View historic palaces and bridges. Take romantic walks through fragrant English rose gardens. See world-class theater in the West End. Sample the best of any cuisine you can imagine, as London touts one of the world’s most diverse populations. Of course, we’ll expect you to spend many romantic evenings at the pub, shouting a football together, like a proper Londoner.

Best Hotels: It’s important to note that London is quite a large city, geographically. So, selecting a hotel that’s well located to your desired activities is imperative. Both in the Marylebone neighborhood near Hyde Park, Home House London and The Prince Akatoki London will keep you a short cabbie ride away from most of the most popular sites, restaurants and to-dos London has to offer. The former is a posh, Georgian-era boutique hotel that will make you feel like a Windsor. The latter is a unique luxury hotel modeled after Japanese ryokans.

 

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Home House London photographed by Nathan Rollinson

Switzerland

Whether your honeymoon plans include aprés ski by fire or summer hikes past towering waterfalls, Switzerland is a sight to behold. Both winter and summer seasons have plenty to offer in the Swiss Alps. Winter honeymoons, of course, include ski getaways in luxe chalets. Recover with spa treatments and indulge in fondu. Summer, on the other hand, includes epic hiking, wine tasting, chocolate-eating, and yes, more spa treatments.

Best Hotels: Winter honeymooners will feel cozy at Gstaad Palace. Located in a popular Swiss ski village, the grand hotel looks like something from a Wes Anderson film. If you’re up for something more modern, The Cambrian offers both summer and winter honeymooners something to lust for with a stylish spa and ski-ready facilities. In the summertime, hike in the nearby Jungfraujoch region, and visit the most charming villages of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. Pass by the tallest of waterfalls rushing from spectacular glaciers.

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Gstaad Palace

Top Honeymoon Destinations in Africa

 

The Serengeti

If a wildlife safari through the Serengeti sits high on your bucket list, why not use your honeymoon as a reason to splurge? The massive national park is home to an abundance of wildlife. You’ll have the chance to see the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino. And let’s not leave out the giraffe, zebra, cheetah and a great variety of antelope. From June to October, honeymooners can witness The Great Migration of wildebeest across the Masai Mara and the Serengeti.

Best Hotel: These days, safaris are far from roughing it. Luxury accommodations in the bush rival the most sophisticated resorts in developed cities around the world. Singita Sabora Luxury Tented Camp brings five-star amenities under canvas. The inside of your tent features lavish interiors incorporating local African design and a spa-level bathroom. The outside blends so well into nature you won’t forget that you’re lounging within 350,000 acres of private wilderness.

 

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Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Morocco

This desert oasis is prepared for honeymooners. A favorite destination of travelers from Europe and beyond, Morocco hosts an infinite number of chic riads, palaces-turned-hotels and luxury tented camps. Plus, that increases thanks to the diverse destinations within this geologically and geographically vast country. Honeymooners can choose from stylish stays in cities like Marrakech, Fes and Tangier. Desert adventures in Aït Benhaddou, Ouarzazate and across the Sahara. Visit the blue city of Chefchaouen or the breezy surfer towns of Essaouira and Taghazout. Even mountain treks can include luxury stays at the base of the Atlas Mountains.

Best Hotels: Outside of Marrakech, you’ll find an oasis of palms. Hidden within those palms is the grand palace Ksar Char-Bagh, our choice for your Red City honeymoon stay. Enjoy every amenity one would expect for honeymooning royalty from immaculate suites to hammams to your French-trained private chef. Then, trade the desert heat for mountain air at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot, the palatial hotel of the Atlas.

 

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Ksar Char-Bagh photographed by Sean Thomas

South Africa

Our South African honeymoon was the best month of my life. Surfing with penguins in Cape Town. Enjoying sophisticated farm-to-table dining in wine country. Whale watching in the Western Cape. Finally, spending days soaking in all the wildlife and scenery of our luxury safari. The entire experience was sublime. Even if you don’t opt for our Cape Town to Wine Country to Garden Route to Amakhala Itinerary, South Africa features a wild number of destinations to fit your dream honeymoon.

Best Hotels: Have a South African road trip in mind? Touch down in one of Africa’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. First, check into the beachside The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa. Then, wander to wine country’s Babylonstoren. Finally, make your way to your luxury safari further east at Bukela Lodge.

 

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Bukela Game Lodge photographed by Claire Eliza

Livingstone, Zambia

Trending for luxe destination weddings and honeymoons, Zambia offers honeymooners something new in African travel. Sitting on the edge of the powerful Victoria Falls, Livingstone is singular in landscape and experience. You can count on classic safari experiences, but also add splashing in Devil’s Pool on the edge of Victoria Falls. Book a helicopter ride to take in the sweeping views. Visit local schools and immerse yourself in Zambian culture. Enjoy sundowner cocktails and four-course dinners aboard the Royal Livingstone Express.

Best Hotels: We’ve featured the best hotels in our Zambian wedding and honeymoon guide. Meander between zebra and giraffe as you make your way to the riverside pool at the iconic Royal Livingstone Hotel. Or, book your own private Tongabezi chalet on the banks of the Zambezi River.

 

Mozambique

We won’t fault you for never knowing, but Mozambique is the perfect beach honeymoon destination. Imagine tropical palms waving over miles-long stretches of unspoiled soft white sands. Take a dip in the Indian Ocean as whales and dolphins swim past. Explore sand dunes by horseback under the setting sun. Sitting comfortably at the top of our travel wishlist, Mozambique offers everything you want from a beach destination plus a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the culture and beauty of East Africa.

Best Hotels: Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort exudes unparalleled luxury. Private villas sit steps from white sand beaches. Visitors are spoiled with the chance to experience local culture through a unique and sophisticated menu.

On the shores of a turquoise lagoon, Sussurro lands in the realm of boutique luxury (just see this stunning Sussurro elopement). Embracing local art and design and incorporating both in a calming, minimalist fashion, honeymooners can sink into complete relaxation. Set on the mainland, Sussurro can organize tours through nearby national parks to add wildlife adventure to your Mozambiquan itinerary.

Egypt

Combine reliable beach weather, affordable prices and historic architecture unlike anywhere else in the world. We wonder how Egypt could go so overlooked as an ideal honeymoon destination. Most Egyptian journeys include visiting the pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings. Floating down the Nile on a luxury cruise. And, sunbathing on the many beaches of the Red Sea. But, did you know Egypt is also home to one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world? Plus, foodie travelers will delight in trips to fragrant markets and local restaurants. Located on the confluence of North African, Middle Eastern, European and Near East influences, Egypt’s food scene is filled with spices and flavor.

Best Hotels: No trip to Egypt is complete without a stop in Luxor, and Al Moudira Hotel will help make the history of pharaohs come to life. With a palatial stay along the quieter banks of the Nile river, you can enjoy the historic splendor of Luxor in the privacy of your own luxury suite. For beach honeymooners, Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh saves you an idyllic spot along the shore of the Red Sea. Rooms (a humble way to describe their suites) at the sparkling new resort feature private terraces overlooking the Red Sea. Soak in marble bathtubs that would satisfy Cleopatra and call upon the concierge ready to cater to your every honeymooning need.

 

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Al Moudira Hotel

Madagascar

To the honeymooners who say they’ve “been everywhere,” we ask, “How about Madagascar?” Isolated off the East Coast of Africa and surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is the road less traveled. With 3,100 miles of beaches and vast protected jungles, privacy isn’t hard to come by. Plus, its isolation means it features some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. Cut off from the continent, seventy percent of the local wildlife is only found in Madagascar. Lemurs have made this island nation their own kingdom.

Best Hotel: Located on what is coloquially known as Lemur Island, Tsara Komba is an eco-resort that combines a luxury beach vacation with an appreciation of the natural world. Snorkle shallow waters by morning. Explore the majestic forest by day. Finally, relax in your private ocean-view lodge by night.

 

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Tsara Komba

Seychelles

A perennial honeymoon destination for the newlyweds of Europe, Seychelles has recently become a worldwide destination thanks to its top-rated beaches and world-class scuba diving. Due to its isolated nature, the islands’ eco-systems are unique. Seychelles offers wildlife lovers glimpses of varied flora and fauna not found in many other corners of the world. If you’ve ever dreamed of honeymooning on an exotic, private island, this might be the destination for you.

Best Hotel: Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas gives honeymooners ultimate luxury with the sea just outside your window. If we were to choose one favorite of Seychelles’ many stunning resorts Anantara Maia would be the one. We can imagine lounging by our villa’s own infinity pool while our private chef cooks up a romantic, tropical meal.

 

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Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas

Namibia

We’re always seeking ‘the next thing’ when it comes to world travel. In Africa, Namibia might be that place. Already home to a number of high-end safari-tented camps and boutique designer hotels, Namibia places luxury accommodations in an other-worldly landscape. A foreboding desert that kisses the Atlantic Ocean, the flora and fauna of Namibia are completely unique. Here, wildlife lovers can find the king of the jungle, the lion, remarkably making the desert its ruling domain.

Best Hotel: No detail was spared in the design and construction of Zannier Hotels Sonop. From the outside, the all-inclusive resort camouflages into a rocky perch above the desert, drawing animal life nearer and making stars all the brighter. Underneath the canvas of these luxury tents, honeymooners find every amenity one could expect from the most high-class hotels of the modern world. Bathe in spa bathtubs and under rain showers. Indulge in five-course dinners served by black-tie butlers. Wildlife game drives are included in the stay. Or, guests can embark into the desert by horseback or hot air balloon.

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Zannier Hotels Sonop photographed by Jeremy Austin

Top Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

Tokyo, Japan

Dare we say it? Tokyo might be the ultimate honeymoon for foodies. With more Michelin-star restaurants than Paris, Tokyo tantalizes the senses in more ways than one. Feel the buzz of this ancient-meets-ultra-modern city. Taste the world’s freshest sushi and finest rice wine and whisky. Hear the call to spend wild evenings singing karaoke – a true Tokyo experience. Sink into deep relaxation in any of Tokyo’s many luxury accommodations from modern skyrise hotels to boutique ryokans.

Best Hotels: For those seeking to stay in modern digs close to the finest of dining, the Mandarin Oriental hosts twelve options for food and drink. Three of its restaurants garner one Michelin star each and its omakase counter, Sushi Shin by Miyakawa, touts three. If you require a quiet refuge in this bustling city, experience the calming ambiance of Hoshinoya, one of Tokyo’s best luxury ryokans.

 

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Mandarin Oriental

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Experience the beating heart of Thailand’s Northern Kingdom. Isolated within the mountains, Chiang Mai feels entirely different than the islands of the South. You’ll experience authentic culture by sampling local dishes at night markets (try the Northern Thai curry, Khao Soi) and strolls through the old city’s ancient temples. Remarkably cheap prices allow for hours each day at the spa. Additionally, wildlife lovers can take a tour of one of Elephant Nature Park’s many refuges. The non-profit works to rescue and rehabilitate elephants across Thailand. The program will teach you to mash local fruits to then feed the elephants. On some tours, you can accompany your new elephant friends on a majestic hike through the forest to bathe in the river.

Best Hotels: To easily sample the menus of Chiang Mai’s restaurants and spas, you’ll want to stay in the heart of the city at Rachamankha. This boutique hotel provides luxury and serenity, even within the Old City walls. Once you’ve eaten your heart out, journey to the countryside retreat of Raya Heritage. Continue your spa routine in an even more lavish fashion at this artisanal resort in the mountains.

 

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Raya Heritage photographed by Stepan Vrzala

The Maldives

If the honeymoon of your dreams involves luxury villas standing over turquoise waters, might we introduce The Maldives? A dreamlike destination, this set of islands in the Indian Ocean are ephemeral. Disappearing into the sea, the long trip it takes to this island paradise is worthwhile, as it likely won’t be around forever.

Best Hotel: Romantic, paradisical and luxurious, you’ll have a hard time finding any faults in your honeymoon stay in one of Anantara Veli Maldives Resort‘s iconic over-water villas. There you’ll relax in luxury watching manta rays swim past your own private pool.

 

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Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Thailand Islands

If you think the peak era to explore Thailand’s islands unscathed by festival travelers has come and gone, you’re wrong. The Kingdom of Thailand has over 1,400 islands, and we know where you can still find authentic Thai isles that offer honeymoon-worthy accommodations without the crowds. There are still plenty of islands that allow honeymooners to explore secluded beaches and fill their bellies with the most scrumptious Southern Thai food.

Best Hotels: Koh Yao Noi is a more tranquil alternative to neighboring Phuket. Not far away, the island is still easily accessible, while offering honeymooners a more private getaway. Book a stay at the luxurious Six Senses Yao Noi. Near Krabi, on quieter Koh Lanta, stay at Pimalai Resort & Spa where iconic limestone formations emerge from calm seas.

To really escape your fellow tourists, you can take a private plane to Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood’s most seductive hotel. With thatched-roof villas featuring their own private pools, you’ll only want to leave your suite to explore the resort’s secluded beach or the atmospheric spa.

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Soneva Kiri

Vietnam

Those seeking a well-rounded Southeast Asian adventure look no further than Vietnam. A top destination for food, culture and beaches (after all, Vietnam is basically one long beach), honeymooners will have no problem ‘doing it all’ thanks to the country’s remarkable affordability. Shop through markets and enjoy Vietnamese coffee ‘en terrasse’ in the Paris-meets-the-jungle city of Saigon. Hop on a remarkably cheap domestic flight to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An. Here you can combine a beach, spa and foodie trip into one. Finish your honeymoon in the North where you’ll marvel at the towering limestone cliffs of Ha Long Bay and trek through Sapa’s rice terraces.

Best Hotel: We mean it when we speak of how far your dollar will go in Vietnam. A splurge in the charming beachside town of Hoi An means finding one of the most approachable Anantara resorts in the world. Anantara Hoi An Resort is every bit as luxurious as its sister properties, while still leaving you plenty of honeymoon budget for the many banh mis, expert tailoring and spa treatments you’ll be taking in this authentic Vietnamese destination.

 

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Anantara Hoi An Resort photographed by Anh Thy

Bali, Indonesia

Maybe you seek a holistic honeymoon in a temple-like suite overlooking rice paddies? Or, perhaps your itinerary includes beach hopping by motorbike to find the perfect surf spot? While Bali may be a perennial popular honeymoon destination, there are plenty of corners of this paradisical Indonesian island to escape to, with a number of styles of trips to be planned.

Best Hotels: A Bali beach honeymoon does not have to mean rubbing elbows with hoards of digital nomads. Escape to Amankila. The cliffside luxury resort offers honeymooners ultimate privacy. Private thatched-roof suites overlook the stunning Lombok Strait. Hidden within the jungle between the rice terraces rests Como Shambhala Estate, our pick for a lavish honeymoon stay filled with Balinese charm.

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Como Shambhala Estate photographed by Lauryn Ishak

Beijing, China

Honeymoons in Beijing give an air of sophistication. Explore the ancient and serene Forbidden City. Climb the steps of the Great Wall of China. Indulge in Beijing’s traditional cuisine. China’s capital can provide honeymooners with a refined city trip, with plenty to see, learn and experience.

Best Hotel: Forget feeling like a queen, a stay at Beijing’s Aman Summer Palace will elevate your royal status to Empress of China. History buffs will understand the significance of a stay in this remarkable hotel. A peaceful retreat steps from the Emporer’s own Summer Palace during the Qing Dynasty, is once-in-a-lifetime, just like your honeymoon.

 

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Aman Summer Palace

The Himalayas

Strengthen your marital bonds with a spiritual journey through the Himalayas. Not just for athletic mountain climbers, a Himalayan honeymoon provides a connection to nature, panoramic views and a glimpse into one of the world’s most isolated kingdoms. You’ll bring home more than the unique local artwork and panoramic photographs. Most travelers say a trip to the Himalayan mountains gives them a fresh and meaningful perspective on life. What better way to start your new chapter together?

Best Hotels: Spanning Bhutan, India, Nepal, Tibet and Pakistan, your best choice of hotel depends on your region of focus. For affordable luxury, The Dwarika’s Hotel in Nepal combines the authentic culture of Kathmandu in spacious and comforting accommodations. Featuring carefully curated art and architecture characteristic of its local surroundings, the hotel is something of a museum itself.

In the Kingdom of Bhutan, both Amankora and Six Senses Bhutan provide honeymooners an experience unlike anywhere else in the world. Temple-like accommodations float above the clouds, high on Himalayan peaks. The two hotels both exquisitely marry contemporary interior design with traditional Bhutanese style. Hosting world-class spas, revered chefs and five-star luxury, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is which to book between the two.

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Amankora

Sri Lanka

Imagine an island where surfers and elephants share the same beach. Where colonial architecture is swallowed by tropical foliage. Where cricket and afternoon tea mix with Buddhist rituals and a fusion of South and Southeast Asian flavors. Sri Lanka is a singular destination. One can not liken it to nearby India or Thailand across the bay. Proudly owning its own unique culture, wildlife and cuisine, Sri Lanka offers honeymooners something completely different.

Best Hotels: Part of Sri Lankan travel is the rising eco-tourism industry centered around its tea plantations. Ceylon Tea Trails offers travelers a unique experience within the unspoiled reaches of Sri Lankan tea country. Pairing beautiful colonial architecture with the warm hospitality of this largely Buddhist nation, Ceylon Tea Trails is the best of both worlds: local flavor and top-level comfort.

As for beach hotels, Wild Coast Tented Lodge proves our point that Sri Lanka is one-of-a-kind. Located between a breathtaking beach and Yala National Park (home to elephants, leopards, and monkeys), this all-inclusive resort is a unique Sri Lankan take on luxury safaris.

 

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge photographed by Dominika

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

There is a reason the world’s wealthiest travelers flock to Dubai. You’ll never run out of things to do. Sail a catamaran at sunset with your love. Hire a private driver in a luxury car to chauffeur you from designer fashion houses to Michelin star restaurants. Escape to nearby sand dunes and watch for elusive antelope. Take advantage of the Arabian peninsula’s most famous nightlife and plan your honeymoon around Dubai’s world-class sporting events.

Best Hotels: Secure your spot at the only hotel along the glimmering beaches of Pearl Jumeirah. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa does this newly built island justice. Providing stylish luxury villas, pools, a myriad of restaurants, sporting space and entertainment, the hotel leaves guests wanting for nothing.

Once refreshed by the Persian Gulf, Al Maha beckons you to the desert. Featured in our Luxury Honeymoons Guide, the resort is accessible only by private Jeep transfer. The buzzing sounds and glow of nearby Dubai disappear as you retreat to this entirely secluded oasis. If you’ve ever dreamed of a luxury tent stay under the stars that shine upon Arabian sands, this is about as dreamy as it gets.

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Al Maha

Oman

The Arabian desert meets the sea in Oman. And it’s not the towering skyscraper skyline you might imagine from other nearby locations like Dubai and Doha. Oman embraces its natural rugged scenery while employing the luxury escape that the Arabic peninsula seems to be so very good at. Find yourself a hidden beach tucked below desert mountains. Shop the local souks and marvel at the billions of stars that light up the Arabian night sky.

Best Hotels: Six Senses Zighy Bay is a far cry from the crowded beaches of the UAE. The stone walls that blend into the cliffside amplify the hotel’s remarkable privacy. And, it’s not just a facade. While relatively near to Dubai, guests finish their journey to the hotel with a speedboat or paraglide ride – the only way to access this luxury retreat.

For something even more off-the-grid, Anantara brings its proclivity for luxury travel high into the mountains of Oman. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort gives honeymooners access to Arab culture and nature while providing ways to unwind at the end of each exciting day. Enjoy the resort’s lavish hammam, world-class dining and breathtaking canyon views from the spot Princess Diana once stood.

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Alamy Stock Photo

Jordan

Jordan offers one of the best bang-for-your-buck honeymoons throughout the Middle East. The ideal Jordan honeymoon itinerary combines camel treks through otherworldly landscapes and relaxing days spent along the Dead Sea. Start (or end, you choose) with bucket list adventures through Wadi Rum and on to Petra. History lovers will marvel at this storied countryside. Then, refresh. Soak your muscles in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Compared to the more pricy Israel across the water, you’ll be able to splurge on as many hammam spa treatments as you like thanks to Jordan’s delightful affordability.

Best Hotel: Many of Jordan’s finest accommodations actually come in the form of tent camps. Assuming your Jordanian itinerary includes treks through Wadi Rum, a stay at Memories Aicha Luxury Camp will deem it honeymoon-worthy. The camp takes glamping to a higher level, adorning their tents with ornate interiors, rendering each suite its own stargazing palace.

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Memories Aicha Luxury Camp photographed by Going Home Broke

Top Honeymoon Destinations in Australia & Oceania

Australia

Yes, we know. It’s ridiculous to include an entire continent as one honeymoon destination. Truthfully, destinations within Australia could fill their own ‘Top 50’ list. But, as most of our readers hail from North America and Europe, the long journey to Australia might be a one-time-only trek. This means honeymooners should make the most of it. From adventures through the Australian Outback to city stays in Sydney or Melbourne to coastal road trips to diving through The Great Barrier reef, Australia is filled with unique honeymoon experiences fit for any type of traveler.

Best Hotels: As you might tell by now, we love when remote adventure meets luxury. For those trekking to the red monolith Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock), Longitude 131 gives sunburnt travelers a lavish refuge. Luxury tents akin to African safaris feature incredible views of the vast Australian outback. Beachcombers, on the other hand, should check into Qualia. A five-star hotel on Hamilton Island, Qualia not only gives honeymooners access to one of the great wonders of the world, but deluxe private villas once they resurface from all day under the sea.

 

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Longitude 131

New Zealand

Good influences we are, at Bridal Musings we believe you should use your honeymoon as an excuse to take that ultimate dream vacation. Splurge on that long-haul flight to the faraway destination you’ve always hoped to journey to. For many, daydreams take them to New Zealand. A remarkable country isolated in the South Pacific ocean, New Zealand is a destination like no other. Climb snow-capped peaks and lie on golden sand beaches. Marvel at fjords and geysers. Explore modern cities and idyllic pastoral landscapes. New Zealand’s 600 islands are your oyster. And yes, they have fabulous oysters to pair with all that world-renowned wine.

Best Hotels: Privacy breeds romance, and at Azur Lodge just nine luxury villas overlook Lake Wakatipu outside of Queenstown. Honeymooners can gaze at towering peaks from their own spa tub by day and then sip wine by their fireplace by night. Similarly, the ultra-modern design of Lindis burrows into the great landscape of Ahuriri Valley on the South Island. Beyond the modern digs, this unique hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views when you aren’t out horseback riding, biking, fishing, taking helicopter tours or wine touring. If the great outdoors is what you came for, this is it.

 

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Lindis Lodge photographed by Lucas Allen

Bora Bora

A classic choice, Bora Bora has no shortage of honeymoon-worthy resorts. So, why have so many of the world’s best hoteliers set up lodgings here? Bora Bora is often said to be ‘the most beautiful island in the world’. With dramatic volcanic peaks and turquoise lagoons filled with coral reefs, the island could be the poster child for paradise.

Best Hotel: Of the many world-renowned hotel groups present on the island, the five-star Four Seasons Bora Bora likely wows the most. Posh private bungalows hover over shimmering turquoise waters. This is the Bora Bora of your dreams.

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Four Seasons Bora Bora photographed by Jyo Shankar

Mo’orea

While its sister island Bora Bora might attract honeymooners seeking the world’s fanciest resorts, Mo’orea beckons those wishing to combine a nature getaway with a cultural experience. Less touristy than Tahiti and Bora Bora, Mo’orea exhibits a more authentically Polynesian, relaxing pace. Hike the towering peaks for epic island views and dive into the lagoon to swim with sharks and if you’re lucky, migratory humpback whales.

Best Hotel: 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 Mo’orea can provide. While enjoying an experience that marries 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.

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Hilton Mo'orea Lagoon Resort & Spa photographed by Simply Madeleine

Samoa

Known for its warm culture and preserved nature, Samoa is a fantastic alternative pick to the more popular South Pacific destinations. The flight purchase might be significant, but once on the ground, Samoa offers honeymooners one of the South Pacific’s most affordable vacations. With four-star hotels costing far less than neighboring islands and local produce and fish being wholly affordable, you can relax comfortably. Learn local dances, bring home unique artwork and soak in Samoa’s many waterfalls.

Best Hotel: On its own private beach, Aga Reef Resort might be Samoa’s most ‘honeymoon-worthy’ stay. Intimate and luxurious, this hotel gives honeymooners the choice to be active or relax. Explore the paradisical waters and mountains that surround the resort. Or, take in the breathtaking views lounging from a private villa.

 

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Aga Reef Resort

Tonga

Have you ever dreamed of swimming with humpback whales? You don’t have to be a serious diver to do so in Tonga. From July to October, the Kingdom of Tonga sees the mating and birthing of humpback whales. Visitors can embark on a snorkeling adventure through crystal clear waters and see these gentle giants of the sea up close. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience fitting for your honeymoon.

Best Hotel: Remote and void of the distractions of home, Fafá Island Resort gives you and your spouse the opportunity to focus entirely on each other and explore the seductive nature of Tonga. You’ll have the entire island to yourself, with just thirteen luxury villas. Snorkle in colorful coral reefs and embark on your humpback whale encounter.

 

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Swimming with humpback whales photographed by Karim Iliya

The Cook Islands

Travelers who keep to the road less traveled can escape to the Cook Islands. Honeymooners will find crowds noticeably absent from this South Pacific paradise. This is something hard to imagine when the island nation is so accessible by plane from New Zealand. Like many South Pacific destinations, the top attractions center around its shores. Try kayaking around the islands, fishing (and then barbecuing your catch) and even kite surfing for sporty travelers.

Best Hotel: Honeymooners have access to what is perhaps the most beautiful lagoon in the world with a stay at Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Spend your day snorkeling and sunbathing on white-sand beaches. Then, retreat to your luxury bungalow hidden amongst the waving palms and lush tropical flora.

 

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki photographed by North Abroad

Fiji

If you don’t intend to park yourself in the same beach lounge chair, Fiji makes an excellent island-hopping adventure. Featuring a spectacular array of islands and atolls, honeymooners can claim their favorite unique corner of this remote South Pacific destination. Known for underwater adventures, snorkelers will be spoiled with vibrant soft coral reefs. And, those looking to travel responsibly will be pleased to know Fiji is at the forefront of fighting climate change. Its efforts to keep Fijian waters crystal clear make it an eco-traveler dream.

Best Hotel: A 45-minute seaplane (which is a stunning excursion in itself) leads you from Fiji’s main island to Kokomo Private Island: a secluded paradise. With a small number of villas on-site, your luxurious honeymoon will feel private and pampered, with lavish spa treatments under waving palms and tropical meals to entice the senses. Live in your swimsuit as you surf, sail, kayak, fish and explore some of the greatest underwater reefs the world has to offer.

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Kokomo Private Island

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