Your honeymoon is and should be memorable, luxurious, and romantic. One of the most important things to decide is where you are going to go. After the wedding, you will want some time to yourselves; I will reveal great honeymoon destinations based on several budget levels (budget-friendly, premium, and ultra-luxe) to help you get started with the planning. This blog will focus on ultra-luxe honeymoon spots worldwide. Plan on spending at least $10,000 or more for everything. These destinations offer a dreamy, exotic, and romantic getaway; these are the most iconic destinations in the world.
Did you know that worldwide there are about 5,000 Overwater Villas? The vast majority of these bungalows are in the Maldives. Tahiti might have invented the overwater villas, but the Maldives perfected the concept. The bungalows are larger, more luxurious, and more romantic. The Maldives is hands down the top honeymoon destination in the world! If you are looking for ultra-luxury and pampering, look no further than the Maldives.
When in the Maldives, stay at Soneneva Jani, JOALI Maldives, or Velaa Private Island.
Located in the Alps in central Europe, Switzerland is a mountainous country known for colorful villages, snowcapped peaks, pocketknives, private banking, and chocolate. Twenty-six states comprise this oft-overlooked country. Surrounded by Austria, Germany, France, and Italy, it's no surprise that Switzerland draws influence from all of its beautiful neighbors. You will find fairytale castles, vineyards, and postcard-perfect towns. Switzerland provides one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures. Home to world-class ski resorts, adorable chalets, and romantic cottages. It appeals to a wide range of honeymooners.
When in Switzerland, stay at the Beau-Rivage Palace, Mandarin Oriental Geneva, or Burgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa.
Anguilla lies in the Eastern Caribbean, an hour east of Puerto Rico and 15 minutes north of St. Maarten by plane. Unlike its rocky and hilly neighboring islands, Anguilla is flat. The flat area makes it easy to explore by horseback, bicycle, or foot. The island is the epitome of barefoot luxury; you won't find casinos, high-rise resorts, or cruise ships. If you are looking for a honeymoon retreat on a private island paradise, Anguilla might be what you desire. Exclusivity and luxury can come with a steep price tag. Luxury resorts and stunning villas cater to jet-setters willing to pay a premium.
When in Anguilla, stay at the Belmond Cap Juluca, Four Seasons Anguilla, or CuisinArt Golf and Spa Resort.
With stunning beaches, natural harbors, exotic wildlife, and a vast outback, Australia is a far-away continent that entices honeymooners with the unknown. The sixth-largest nation in the World, Australia is dense, diverse, and begging to be explored. Couples that journey down-under are in for a unique experience. From the infectiously laid-back environment set by energetic locals to invigorating outdoor adventures, a getaway in Australia will fire your spirits for years to come.
When in Sydney, Australia, stay at Shangri-La Sydney, Park Hyatt Sydney, or the Langham Sydney.
Santorini is a volcanic island lying about 120 miles southeast of mainland Greece. Santorini will capture your heart; it stole my heart years ago. Imagine stepping off of your plane and into a postcard. That is how you will feel with a honeymoon in Santorini. This striking island remains one of Greece's most cherished tourist destinations. With authentic Grecian villages perched on cliff-sides high above black-sand beaches and calderas, Santorini is an ideal choice for people in love. Delicious local cuisine, vineyards, and peaceful villages combine to form a diverse island that routinely mesmerizes visitors worldwide.
When in Santorini, stay at the Canaves Oia Suites, Andronis Luxury Suites, or the Grace Santorini.
Fiji is an archipelago of 330 islands located in the South Pacific. Only 100 of the islands are inhabited. Picture stunning coral reefs and silky white sand beaches lined with swaying coconut trees. Fiji is truly a magical paradise. It is made even more wondrous by the genuine locals—marvel at the Fijian culture. The traditions are strong and entwine throughout each of the islands. Fiji is not as developed as most of the South Pacific. Therefore, it is the ultimate honeymoon destination for any couple that desires an intimate, luxurious getaway.
When in Fiji, stay at the LikuLiku Lagoon Resort, Namale Resort, or Laucala Island
Patagonia conjures images of spectacular peaks, vast glaciers, and turquoise lakes. Also, it boasts some of the world’s most beautiful sites. Once upon a time, Patagonia was only for backpackers. Adventure lovers fantasized about trekking across remote vistas and sleeping under the stars. But, times have changed, and Patagonia has changed too. Are they looking for a luxury holiday destination with stunning landscapes, incredible food, and rich culture? Look no further! Patagonia is a luxury romance destination.
When in Patagonia, stay at the Explora Patagonia, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, or Eolo.
Formed from fragments of an ancient supercontinent more than 75 million years ago, Seychelles is like no other place on Earth. They are an archipelago of 115 islands scattered off the coast of eastern Africa. To say that God has been extremely kind to Seychelles is an understatement! Do you enjoy warm, crystal clear turquoise waters gently lapping powdery, soft sands? Then Seychelles is for you. They are, in a word: idyllic. Seychelles are home to some of the most fantastic resorts in the world.
When in Seychelles, stay at North Island, Frigate Island Private, or Six Senses Zil Payson.
South Africa is brimming with inspiring cities, pristine beaches, untamed wilderness, and everlasting natural beauty. Whether you take a daybreak tour through the bush on safari or watch the sun disappear over the horizon on a quiet beach, the Rainbow Nation provides adventures as distinct as its geographical and cultural makeup. It is suitable for all sorts of honeymoon couples. The entertainments extend well past safari and surf – an active wine region, refined culinary scene, and some of the world's finest resorts await you in this joyously welcoming country.
When in South Africa, stay at the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, One & Only Cape Town, or Ulusaba Private Game Reserve.
The Caribbean is full of iconic and romantic islands, St-Barthélemy (or St-Barths) is an unequaled jewel. This exquisite island blends an elegant French style with a sultry island hideaway. The dreamy setting ensures that St Barths is the destination of choice for beautiful people. It offers a laid-back tempo, designer boutiques, and outstanding restaurants. If your dream honeymoon includes R&R, romance, and yachts, St Barths is a perfect choice for you. With numerous luxury resorts and miles of white sand beaches, it is ideal for couples.
When in St Barths, stay at Cheval Blanc, Hotel Le Toiny, or Le Sereno.
If Bora Bora is not on your Bucket List, you should probably spend some time reevaluating your whole life. It is the ultimate destination for love and romance: private, gorgeous, and miles and miles away from your real life. If you are looking for a genuinely unforgettable getaway, then Bora Bora is the answer. It may not have invented the Overwater Bungalow, but it certainly perfected them. They took the bungalows to a whole new level in luxury and romance. Here are my sexiest honeymoon resorts in Bora Bora.
When in Bora Bora, stay at the Conrad Nui Bora Bora, Four Season Bora Bora, or St Regis Bora Bora. (Or you can head to Tetiaroa and stay at the sensational Brando.)
Located off the Eastern Coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean lies idyllic Mauritius. You will find pristine beaches and clear blue waters. But it also offers an intriguing mixture of European, African, and Asian cultures. Imagine lazy days, soaking up sunshine and snorkeling through brilliant arrays of marine life. Consequently, Mauritius is a must-see destination for anyone that wants stunning beaches and lavish resorts.
When in Mauritius, stay at St Regis Mauritius, Four Seasons Resort at Anahita, or One & Only Saint Geran.
Dubai is emotional alchemy of intense traditions and grand futuristic vision wrapped into starkly suggestive desert splendor. It's hard not to cherish Dubai for its tireless stamina, ambition, and ability to dream up and realize projects that elsewhere would never get done. Dubai has given us audaciously high buildings and palm-shaped islands. Dubai is a paradise you won't want to leave! With unique romantic experiences like Dhow cruise, Jumeirah beach, desert safari, and more – there are a billion things to do with a honeymoon in Dubai.
When in Dubai, stay at the Burj Al Arab, Bulgari Resort Dubai, Al Maha, a Luxury Collect Desert Resort & Spa.
Japan is an island nation and consists of four major islands, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Honshu, but there are more than 6,000 tiny islands in the entire archipelago. The country features an incredible blend of historical sites, high technology, modern living, and conventional manners. The Land of the Rising Sun dates back 30,000 years! Japan seamlessly combines ancient culture with ultra-modern, even futuristic present. It is a fascinating country; expand your bucket list to include Japan.
When in Tokyo, stay at the Aman Tokyo, Andaz Tokyo, or Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.
Lemurs, rainforest, desert, hiking, and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for adventure enthusiasts. It is unique: 5% of all known animal and plant species only exist on the island. Lemurs are their best-known, but there are many more mysterious and beautiful creatures and plants: baobabs, insects, sharks, frogs, orchids, birds, turtles, mongoose, and the list goes on. Much of Madagascar's biodiversity is under threat from climate change and population stress, giving your honeymoon a sense of urgency and purpose: tourism can indeed be a force for good.
When in Madagascar, stay at the Miavana by Time + Tide.
Hopefully, this list has given you some idea of the many options you have when it comes to your honeymoon. And, I hope I've convinced you that no matter what your budget is, you can have a once in a lifetime, luxury romantic getaway. All it takes is a little time spent with an expert who will get to know you and design your ideal honeymoon.