From far-flung exotic locales to beautiful beaches and budget-friendly options—we have suggestions and ideas for any and every type of honeymoon.
Trying to figure out where to go on your much-deserved postwedding getaway? Whether you’re looking for some romantic rest and relaxation with your new spouse or an exciting adventure in a new locale, we’ve got you covered.
Punta Mita, Mexico
A 1,500 acre coastal peninsula in the Riveria Nayarit region is an oasis of wellness and indulgence. Located on the west coast of Mexico, there are surf villages, whale watching, and a host of biodiversity, not to mention a wild, untamed feel if you venture beyond the luxury hotels and golf courses. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita has unique spiritual activities like a chakra balancing ritual, an intention burning ceremony, and yoga atop a rock. All of these are offered as part of the property’s Soulcation package that is a mix of spa, wellness, culinary (a chef will meet you to discuss your dietary restrictions), art activities, with an oceanfront suite to retreat to in between.
Pacific Harbor, Fiji
Remote, tranquil, with crystal clear water, Fiji is the ultimate place to decompress post wedding. Fiji is a haven of luxury properties, many with their own private island. Is there anything more romantic than being alone in the middle of nowhere? Nanuku, a part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, offers guests the option of renting out the resort’s exclusive two-acre private island, located a 25-minute boat ride away from the main property.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Known for its scuba diving and protected coral reefs, Bora Bora in French Polynesia is another remote, castaway type destination for honeymooners who want to get away from it all—and who are up for a big splurge. The Conrad, located on a private cove on the island of Motu To’opua, is the longest stretch of white sand beach in Bora Bora. They have some of the destination’s first two story overwater bungalows and one of the most legendary sunsets.
One of the gateways to the magical and romantic Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, a beautiful cosmopolitan city has the perfect combination of a real town and access to the sea. To have all of this at your fingertips, stay at the luxe Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, which sits above the town harbor and is surrounded by the lush greenery of a 20,000 square meter Mediterranean garden—a perfect place to take the in the scenery with your plus one.
Puntarenas, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Located in the heart of Costa Rica’s rainforest on the coasts of Golfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula and accessible only by boat, this area of of the country is worth coming to for Playa Cativo–an upscale beachfront eco-lodge. This five-star Costa Rican hideaway is a wellness haven and one of the best honeymoon ideas. You’ll find calming ocean waves, lots of wildlife, and exposure to some of the purest, least developed, parts of the world.
Safari-style Honeymoon ideas
For true adventure seeking couples, head to Tanzania on a 10-day 62 miles expedition on foot across Serengeti National Park. Trek through the country’s most remote and wild regions. This isn’t about five-star accommodations–there are no lodges, no roads, no crowds and no smartphones. So it’s only walking, fresh cowboy coffee, long lazy lunches, journal-writing, photo-snapping, cold Tanzanian lagers at sundown, hearty meals of curries and stews, storytelling around burning campfires, stargazing and sleeping in a tent to the sounds of roaring lions, owls hooting, and grasses rustling. What some would call Africa at its best.
Andaman Islands, India
Some of the most remote islands in the world are the Andamans, but worth the trip for its dive sites, beaches, and lush jungles. The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is the first five-star hotel on Havelock Island, with 50 villas on a 46-acre estate. There are white sand beaches with crystal clear water, kayaking through mangroves, glow in the dark algae, and exceptional hiking and diving.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Arguably the most renowned safari destination in Africa, home to the big five and stage to the great annual wildebeest migration, and the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Sanctuary Olonana has resident hippos who lounge across the dramatic Mara River, which runs below the lodge’s forest setting. And the new Geoffrey Kent Suite is the ultimate splurge, with its two bedrooms, wraparound porch, and infinity pool overlooking the river. After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience—what honeymoons are for!
Honeymoon suggestions in Europe
Santorini has long been an iconic honeymoon destination–and for a reason. The amazing light, the sea, and the food all coalesce to create an undeniably magical atmosphere. The Auberge’s boutique Grace Hotel in Santorini is located on the Imerovigli hillside in northwest Santorini. For those really looking to splurge and indulge (and if not on your honeymoon, when?), the property has a villa that comes with, among other amenities, its own hammam steam bath, indoor plunge pool, and fire pit.
Located next to the more well-know Amalfi Coast destination of Positano, Praiano is a more rustic, and quaint, Italian seaside town that is still, as much as anything can be on the Amalfi Coast can be, under the radar. One thing putting Praiano on the map is the ultra modern hotel Casa Angelina, which has received a “Most Romantic Retreat” award from the Small Luxury Hotels group. The dramatic cliffs, the chic pool club, and floor to ceiling windows make this an ideal destination for honeymooners who are seeking the glamour of the Amalfi Coast but a bit removed from the crowds in a totally contemporary hotel.
A short flight from Madrid, Mallorca is a larger island known for its rippling hills, olive and lemon trees,locally grown and sourced food, and, of course, the Mediterranean Sea. Finca Serena is 20 minutes away from Palma, the main town, and is set on a sprawling estate with breathtaking vistas and an over 2,500 square foot spa. Ideal honeymoon activities include lazying around the pool that has far reaching of the Mallorca countryside or a morning yoga class.
Cruise around Greece and Italy
Why just pick one destination for a honeymoon when you can visit many? On the Azamara Club Cruise, couples can visit Venice, Corfu, and Santorini on this nine day cruise along the Dalmatian and Greek Coasts (starts in Venice and ends in Athens). Highlights include hiking with local guides, leisurely driving tours, and gondola rides.
Is there anything more romantic than a trip to Paris? Maybe not? The City of Light could easily be called the City of Love and is also one of the best places to visit in Europe. The Peninsula Paris epitomizes everything that is great about Paris. Located int he city’s elegant 16th arrondissement, it’s walking distance from some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts. It occupies a historic, meticulously restored 19th-century Haussmanian building. The famed rooftop terrace is the perfect spot for newlyweds to enjoy sparkling views of the Eiffel Tower at night.
A city that exudes romance, culture, and la dolce vita, Rome is a great entry point to the rest of Italy, or a place where honeymooners could spend the whole trip exploring…or eating cacio pepe. Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is a good home base for all of the above, with their aristocratic suites, Rome’s only three-Michelin star restaurant, and a reputation for service and elegance since it opened in 1963.