Each year we create a list of the most amazing, idyllic honeymoon destinations in the world.
From far flung exotic locales like Sri Lanka, Marrakesh and Maldives to beautiful beaches and budget-friendly options — we have suggestions for any and every type of honeymoon. See our list of the 20 best destinations right here!
Most Romantic: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
WHY GO: 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.
WHERE TO STAY: The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is located on a coral reef that encloses a turquoise lagoon. Swoon!
WHAT TO DO: 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.
Most Romantic: Bali, Indonesia
WHY GO: 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.
WHAT TO DO: 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.
Most Romantic: Sonoma, California
WHY GO: World-class wine, delicious food and unsurpassed scenery—what’s not to love about this pretty locale?
WHERE TO STAY: Forestville’s Farmhouse Inn 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!
WHAT TO DO: 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.
Most Romantic: Paris, France
WHY GO: Paris is synonymous with romance. It’s a combination of the architecture, the food and the art that makes this city so special.
WHERE TO STAY: When you stay at the elegant Hotel Plaza Athéneé, 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.
WHAT TO DO: 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.
Most Romantic: Orkney, Scotland
WHY GO: Indulge in all your Downton Abbey daydreams at this northern archipelago off the coast of Scotland with green-topped islands and sandstone cliffs.
WHERE TO STAY: The family-run Kirkwall Hotel is located in a storybook-perfect Victorian building that overlooks Kirkwall’s historic harbor and is steps from shopping.
WHAT TO DO: 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.
Most Romantic: Venice, Italy
WHY GO: 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.
WHERE TO STAY: The just-opened (read: stylish and modern) JW Marriott Venice 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.
WHAT TO DO: 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.
Most Romantic: Harbour Island, Bahamas
WHY GO: 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!
WHERE TO STAY: Tingum Village Hotel has just 19 airy one-bedroom suites. Each room opens to an outdoor patio or balcony, perfect for early-morning (or late-night) lounging.
WHAT TO DO: 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.
Most Romantic: Santorini, Greece
WHY GO: This small volcanic island is known for its seriously gorgeous sunsets and pristine whitewashed villas.
WHERE TO STAY: Reserve the Perivolas hotel’s Perivolas Suite—its cliffside terrace provides an Instagram-worthy view of the Aegean Sea.
WHAT TO DO: 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.
Best Beaches: Koh Tao, Thailand
WHY GO: Why settle for one breathtaking beach when you can experience a dozen? Rent a motorbike and search for your favorite with your partner.
WHERE TO STAY: The adults-only resort Koh Tao Bamboo Huts features 19 huts perched on rocks at the edge of the sea. All look out on the water, plus have an indoor and outdoor balcony and pavilion. You can also book one with a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi fit for two.
WHAT TO DO: Relax on the property’s serene private beach, or get certified in scuba diving at the nearby dive center and take your new skills for a test-drive.
Best Beaches: Aruba
WHY GO: Nicknamed “One Happy Island” for its prime location outside the hurricane belt and average temperature of 82 degrees year-round, this country clocks the most sunny days in all of the Caribbean.
WHERE TO STAY: Each room at the recently opened Ritz-Carlton Aruba has a private balcony. Book one overlooking the Caribbean Sea for truly beautiful vistas.
WHAT TO DO: Although this hotel and most others are located on Palm Beach—Aruba’s most famous—venture out one day to Arashi Beach for pure white sand and unforgettable snorkeling. Then, try your luck at the resort’s 15,000-square-foot casino.
Best Beaches: Florida Keys, Florida
WHY GO: The Florida Keys contain more than 1,000 islands stretched over 100 miles. The most famous is Key West, the favorite vacation spot of the kings of Spain and literary types like Ernest Hemingway (who had a home there) and Tennessee Williams.
WHERE TO STAY: The Marker Waterfront Resort just opened last winter and is the first new hotel built in Key West’s historic Old Town in 20 years (and it’s a luxe one at that!).
WHAT TO DO: Rent bikes and pedal around Old Town, filled with 19th-century architecture. Head to Mallory Square around dusk to witness the nightly sunset celebration and watch street performers as the sky turns a pretty, fiery hue.
Best Beaches: Fiji
WHY GO: The islands that make up Fiji are surrounded by coral reefs resulting in warm lagoons and beautiful coral beaches.
WHERE TO STAY: Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji on Malolo Island is the only resort in Fiji with overwater thatched-roof bungalows that are built in traditional Fijian style with local materials.
WHAT TO DO: Stroll along quiet nature trails that lead to spectacular views of the Mamanuca Islands. Visit the nearby village and immerse yourself in the rich culture and explore ancient sites.
Best Beaches: Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
WHY GO: The smallest and least developed (read: tranquil) of the three Cayman Islands, Little Cayman has a population of about 170 people—meaning that most of it is basically uninhabited beach bliss.
WHERE TO STAY: Snag a one-bedroom villa with its own ocean panorama at The Club at Little Cayman and lounge on the property’s secluded beach or cuddle up on a beachfront hammock.
WHAT TO DO: Venture to remote South Hole Sound lagoon for a just-you-two swim. Or row your love boat out to tiny, deserted Owen Island to behold nature in its most pristine form. You’ll feel like you’re the only two people in the world.
Best Beaches: Maui, Hawaii
WHY GO: The island’s clear waters, tropical sunsets and lush greenery make Hawaii a no-brainer for a romantic getaway. New luxury resorts on Maui mean the island is suddenly buzzworthy again (for the record, we never stopped loving it).
WHERE TO STAY: Staff at the all-suite Montage Kapalua Bay can arrange snorkeling trips and dreamy horseback rides along the beach. And each suite has its own balcony.
WHAT TO DO: Watch the sunrise while wrapped in a blanket at the top of Haleakala Crater, or gaze at the sunset as you cruise along the Kihei coastline. Instant romance.
Best Beaches: St. Barts
WHY GO: This island is one of the most upscale destinations in the Caribbean and its French background provides an elegant appeal similar to the French Riviera.
WHERE TO STAY: All the suites and villas at the intimate Le Sereno have private terraces and gardens—and most have an ocean view.
WHAT TO DO: Pack a picnic basket, swimsuits and beach towels and head to the insanely beautiful Colombier beach (the water is the most gorgeous shade of aquamarine you’ve ever seen), which is only accessible via boat or by foot.
Most Exotic: Maldives
WHY GO: This remote Indian Ocean archipelago greets honeymooners with white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, atolls and secluded resorts.
WHERE TO STAY: Niyama Maldives has it all—no, really. Just a few of the highlights include a coral nursery, an underwater nightclub, a restaurant reachable only by boat and a spa where you can book a couple’s massage.
WHAT TO DO: Join the resort’s resident marine biologist and explore the underwater world during a nighttime snorkel tour. As the sun sets, you’ll observe feeding corals catching plankton and see the micro marine life glow in the dark.
Most Adventurous: St. Lucia
WHY GO: From black-sand beaches to the wooded peaks of the Pitons, this Caribbean gem isn’t short on breathtaking landscapes. Also noteworthy are its vast cocoa plantations and charming Creole villages.
WHERE TO STAY: Each of Ladera Resort’s suites has only three walls, with an open fourth wall facing a spectacular, Instagram-worthy view of the Pitons and the sea, connecting you with nature but still allowing complete privacy for you and your new spouse.
WHAT TO DO: Take a piece of your honeymoon home and preorder a handcrafted bed, carved with your names or initials, which will be in the suite upon arrival and shipped to your home the day you depart. The beds are customized by the hotel’s on-site local craftsmen.
Best & Budget Friendly: Whitehouse, Jamaica
WHY GO: Jamaica is known for being home to a slew of super-luxurious all-inclusive resorts, which means you get a five-star honeymoon experience without breaking the bank.
WHERE TO STAY: All rooms at Sandals South Coast face the beach, and the resort is nestled into a 500-acre nature preserve. Couples who book a stay receive a free honeymoon package, which includes a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, special turndown service and breakfast in bed.
WHAT TO DO: You already took the plunge—now go deep with your hubby and learn to scuba dive (for free). Sandals includes certification, gear rental and diving in the resort fee.
Best & Budget Friendly: Tulum, Mexico
WHY GO: The city of Tulum has a lot going for it: It’s an hour and a half from the airport in Cancun, it’s home to an ancient Mayan village, and it won’t break a budget already strained from paying for a wedding. Oh, and did we mention the amazing beaches?
WHERE TO STAY: Book a Sea Front or Jungle View room with an outdoor jet tub at the adults-only Mi Amor hotel. The modern, luxury resort also features a 24-hour concierge to organize your stay and a poolside restaurant from a famed New York City chef.
WHAT TO DO: Take a break from beach bumming to tour the ruins of the pre-Columbian Maya walled city. But make sure you still bring your bathing suit: A staircase nearby leads down to a slice of beach where you can swim and sunbathe.
Best & Budget Friendly: Vieques, Puerto Rico
WHY GO: The island has a charmingly laid-back atmosphere that’s hard to find elsewhere. Case in point: There are no traffic lights, and its beaches are quiet and unspoiled by high-rise buildings. Although the island is about 21 miles long, there’s no shortage of beaches. The idyllic paradise boasts around 40!
WHERE TO STAY: The newly opened design hotel El Blok will make you do a double-take with its playful and oh-so-modern aesthetic.
WHAT TO DO: Check out the natural neon light show at Puerto Mosquito in the bay off the southern shore of the island. Each gallon of water holds more than 700,000 bioluminescent microscopic organisms that glow blue-white when they are disturbed—either by a kayak paddle or your limbs when you dive in for a leisurely swim.
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I called on the advice of my sister, after my then-fiancee told me I wasn't allowed to plan by myself. I thought I had saved thousands on our last vacation, but it turns out I had just booked a really crappy resort and as a result, the worst vacation ever. Needless to say, that vacation didn't hold a candle to what our honeymoon travel agent recommended. We had an amazing time and couldn't have done it without her.Ben
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From the very beginning, our honeymoon travel agent was nothing but personable and professional. She helped me to lock down our honeymoon location after asking a couple of questions. During our travels we ran into a couple of hiccups with delays – she reached out to us (she had been monitoring our flight times from home!) to see if there was anything she could do. After missing our first day of our trip due to flight delays, at our request she booked us an extra night and changed our flights. Sara is more than just a honeymoon travel agent. She took the time to really get to know us and stayed in touch every step of the way. I highly recommend working with Sara on your honeymoon travel details!Carol