Top 10 Best Honeymoon Spots in The Worlds
1. Most Romantic: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It’s the stuff honeymoon fantasies are made of: crystal-clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef swirling with colorful fish. No wonder it was recently voted one of the best islands in the world by US News and World Report.
The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora (from $919, FourSeasons.com) is located on a coral reef that encloses a turquoise lagoon. Swoon!
Charter a helicopter to take you around towering Mount Otemanu, then touch down on a neighboring island for a tour of a black pearl or vanilla bean farm.
2. Most Romantic: Bali, Indonesia
There’s a reason its nickname is the “Isle of the Gods.” Even before the hit book and movie Eat, Pray, Love, the island had been a magnet for romance seekers for its mist-shrouded temples, beautiful mountain vistas and vivid arts scene.
A recent filming locale for ABC’s The Bachelor, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas (from $380, TheMulia.com) fronts Nusa Dua coastline, which is famous for white-sand beaches and calm blue waters.
Arrange a trip to Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple. Located atop a cliff rising 200 feet above the Indian Ocean, it has one of the most unforgettable sunset views in the world. Then, stay for the mesmerizing nightly kecak dance performance.
3. Most Romantic: Sonoma, California
World-class wine, delicious food and unsurpassed scenery—what’s not to love about this pretty locale?
Forestville’s Farmhouse Inn (from $595, FarmHouseInn.com) just added cozy-chic barn rooms to its wooded grove. For the “In-Room Somm” program a sommelier will customize a wine tasting that will be brought right to your room. Cheers!
Guests at Farmhouse Inn get exclusive access to wineries not normally open to the public, such as Kistler and Kosta Browne. You’ll also want to indulge in the local fare—these California chefs were doing farm-to-table long before it was a trend.
4. Most Romantic: Paris, France
Paris is synonymous with romance. It’s a combination of the architecture, the food and the art that makes this city so special.
When you stay at the elegant Hotel Plaza Athéneé (from $819, DorchesterCollection.com), splurge on a three-night Suite Life package and you’ll be greeted at the airport, escorted through customs and then chauffeured to the hotel. Does the place look familiar? The property was the backdrop for Carrie and Big’s reunion in the last season of Sex and the City.
The travel guides will talk about going to the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower—all definitely worth your time. But this is your honeymoon, so you also have to tie a ribbon (locks are discouraged now) on the Pont des Art bridge, which symbolizes your committed love to one another.
5. Most Romantic: Orkney, Scotland
Indulge in all your Downton Abbey daydreams at this northern archipelago off the coast of Scotland with green-topped islands and sandstone cliffs.
The family-run Kirkwall Hotel (from $143, KirkwallHotel.com) is located in a storybook-perfect Victorian building that overlooks Kirkwall’s historic harbor and is steps from shopping.
Take a day trip and stand in awe at the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, an ancient and eerie ring of standing stones, northeast of Stromness. Experts still don’t know how the stones were brought here or what the circle means. With the weather moving in and the water lapping at the shore, it makes for a supernatural sight.
6. Most Romantic: Venice, Italy
Italy has long been a favorite honeymoon location for newlyweds. After all, nothing says “amore” quite like a gondola ride through the Grand Canal as you sail past historic buildings.
The just-opened (read: stylish and modern) JW Marriott Venice (from $437, Marriott.com) is located on a private island with stunning vistas of Piazza San Marco. Pretend you’re Hollywood royalty (like Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney) as you take the complimentary 15-minute ferry ride to Venice.
Take a romantic, leisurely stroll around Piazza San Marco to feel the true scale of the enormous domes of the Basilica di San Marco or the beautiful and ornate details of Palazzo Ducale. Then, escape the sights and sounds of the city with a dreamy boat ride to one of the unspoiled islands nearby.
7. Most Romantic: Harbour Island, Bahamas
Chances are you’ve never seen anything like this pink-sand paradise. Plus, it’s loved by boldface names like designer Diane von Furstenberg, Mick Jagger, Bill Gates and supermodel Elle Macpherson, so it must be amazing!
Tingum Village Hotel has just 19 airy one-bedroom suites (from $140, Hotels.com). Each room opens to an outdoor patio or balcony, perfect for early-morning (or late-night) lounging.
Visit postcard-perfect Pink Sands Beach and settle in among the three-mile stretch of sand and turquoise waters. Above the beach, join the jet-set for an open-air lunch at Sip Sip (the fresh menu changes daily). Then shop for a flowy caftan or other souvenirs at India Hicks’s Sugar Mill Trading Co. shop.
8. Most Romantic: Cape Town, South Africa
Can’t decide on what kind of honeymoon to take? Cape Town has you covered: glamorous beaches, big-city buzz, wild landscapes, and easy access to wine country and some of the world’s best safaris.
The über-stylish and secluded Atlantic House (from $137, AtlanticHouse.co.za) is set in trendy Camps Bay and has only five en-suite rooms for the ultimate privacy and romance. Throw open the doors to your elevated wood deck for an “Is this real life?” view.
Go to the ends of the earth with your honey and take a 90-minute drive to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas, located in the most southern parts of the African continent. On the way back, stop at Boulders Beach to visit the famed colony of warm-weather penguins.
9. Most Romantic: Savannah, Georgia
Get lost in the city’s slow-paced serenity—it’s the perfect antidote to any lingering wedding planning stress. Cozy inns and local restaurants flourish around the tree-shaded historic district.
The Mansion on Forsyth Park (from $189, MansiononForsythPark.com) offers a top-notch art collection, a cooking school, spa, an outdoor relaxation pool and a popular restaurant on-site. You’ll be forgiven if you have honeymoon withdrawal when you leave.
Take a charming horse-drawn carriage tour around the squares. Or drive 30 minutes to kayak among dolphins off Tybee Island.
10. Most Romantic: Santorini, Greece
This small volcanic island is known for its seriously gorgeous sunsets and pristine whitewashed villas.
Reserve the Perivolas hotel’s (from $465, Perivolas.gr) Perivolas Suite—its cliffside terrace provides an Instagram-worthy view of the Aegean Sea.
Even couples who get antsy after an hour of beach time will find lots to explore. Take a scooter to the red- and black-sand beaches, check out ancient sites—like the newly reopened Bronze Age settlement of Akrotíri (oftentimes called “Minoan Pompeii”)—visit wineries, go hiking and stop in the many boutiques.