Although a wedding is the most special day in the lives of many, going on a honeymoon is often considered to be the best part of it all. Organizing a wedding can be stressful at times, so when selecting a honeymoon destination, newlyweds seek something that is perfect in every way. After all, once the special day is over, it is time for the most special holiday of their lives.
Honeymoons are different from the usual holiday in many ways. When selecting a destination for a yearly getaway, people often look for something specific, such as a white, sandy beach, a bustling city or historic architecture. Honeymoon destinations; however, are required to check all the boxes and for newlyweds, a honeymoon is not only a time to relax and unwind on a perfect white, sandy beach. More often than not, they also want to have romantic sunset dinners on the beach, privacy, breathtaking views and are willing to spend a lot more to get what they want. Most of all, the perfect honeymoon destination must have high-end hotels offering the best service to ensure that the newlyweds will have the time of their lives. The following destinations are known for their ability to give newlyweds an opulent honeymoon to never forget.
10. Antigua – $2,000+ Per Night
Antigua is known as the island with one beach for every day of the year and all 365 of them have perfect white sand, overlooking the azure waters. Apart from sunbathing, this Caribbean paradise also offers other things for honeymooners, as the island is home to numerous historic buildings and art galleries. For those who want to be active, there are water sports facilities and some parts of Antigua are suitable for hiking. There are many luxury resorts to be found on Antigua and some only cater to adults, meaning it is a perfect hideaway for newlyweds. Hermitage Bay is one of those resorts offering pure luxury, including a beach cottage with a private swimming pool and sunset dinners on the secluded beach. An all-inclusive night in the Hillside Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay starts at $2,000.
9. Cook Islands – $2,000+ Per Night
The Cook Islands are a destination like no other in the world. Once couples enter this paradise of white sand beaches, azure waters and tropical rain forest, they will soon discover the Cook Islands are untouched. Out of the 15 islands, there are only two with infrastructure for tourism and there are no buildings higher than the highest palm tree. The island of Rarotonga is mountainous and lush, with pristine beaches overlooking the ocean and Aitutaki is a short flight away and a beautiful contrast. Here, the azure lagoon is studded with small islets and a cruise on this magnificent lagoon is a must for couples. There are a few luxury resorts on the Cook Islands, which makes it perfect for those who are seeking privacy. A night at a luxury resort on the Cook Islands starts at around $2,000.
8. St. Lucia – $2,500+ Per Night
St. Lucia is a destination that is a little harder to get to, compared to other destinations, but the locals say “it takes a little effort to get to heaven”. On St. Lucia, newlyweds will find the famous Pitons, rain forests, volcanoes, mountains, beautiful flowers and breathtaking beaches. The fact that this destination is off the beaten path makes it an exclusive and alluring hideaway for elite honeymooners. Jade Mountain is one of the most exclusive resorts of the island and will make you forget there is life outside of it. The suites at Jade Mountain, called sanctuaries, come with a private butler, a private infinity pool, in-room spa treatments and astonishing views. Calling it a sanctuary is an understatement. Rates at Jade Mountain start at $2,500 per night.
7. Fiji – $2,500+ Per Night
Fiji consists of around 300 islands, of which not even half is inhabited. It has breathtaking views, beautiful beaches, waterfalls and dense rain forests. Apart from sunbathing, Fiji is great for water sports and mountain trekking, which makes Fiji popular among both honeymooners who love the great outdoors and those who prefer relaxation. The best part about Fiji; however, is the pampering. With numerous luxury resorts, it is the ideal honeymoon destination for those who have deep pockets. The award-winning Taveuni Palms Resort offers private staff, five private fine dining locations, spa services and all-day room service. Rates for their Grand Villa start at $2,500 per night.
6. Mexico – $3,500+ Per Night
Once home to only a few fishing villages, the Riviera Maya in Mexico is now a developed touristic area with many high-end luxury resorts and fine dining. With stunningly beautiful beaches and the clear blue ocean, the Riviera Maya is a perfect honeymoon destination for more than just sunbathing. The area is also home to many water sports facilities, cultural and historic attractions and impressive national parks. One of the most exclusive resorts is the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, with villas containing all the opulence newlyweds need for a memorable honeymoon. A beach front villa with a private pool starts at $3,500 per night.
5. Bora Bora – $4,000+ Per Night
Bora Bora is arguably the most beautiful island on earth and therefore a perfect tropical destination for an opulent honeymoon. Newlyweds who visit Bora Bora for their honeymoon cannot escape the breathtaking beaches, but other activities include water sports, scenic mountain trips in 4×4 Jeeps and those who are brave can even feed sharks. The Four Seasons Resort on Bora Bora is the ultimate resort for privacy that honeymooners crave, with over-water bungalows, a private plunge pool, sun deck, dining pavilion and stunning views. A night in an over-water bungalow with a private pool at the Four Seasons Resort starts at $4,000.
4. Bali – $6,500+ Per Night
Bali has many faces. There are places where young people come to party, places where couples go to take in the culture and nature and places where newlyweds come to honeymoon. Bali has beautiful sand beaches, water sports facilities, hiking trails, friendly locals, great food and many jaw-dropping luxury resorts. Bulgari Hotels & Resorts is one of the most exclusive ones on the island and their most opulent accommodation is the Bulgari Villa. The villa houses several bedrooms, a cinema, a spa treatment room, a 65-feet private swimming pool and several pavilions where newlyweds can have romantic dinners. Literally everything is possible at the Bulgari Villa, where rates start at $6,500 per night.
3. St. Barthelemy – $8,000+ Per Night
St. Barthelemy is one of the most exclusive and fashionable luxury destinations for a honeymoon. The white beaches are a hallmark and since they are protected by environmental laws, they are as beautiful and serene now as they were years ago. Apart from the breathtaking beaches, the island is also perfect for hiking in the hills, duty-free high-end shopping, water sports and fine dining. St. Barth’s has many luxury resorts, but the Peter Island Resort is one of the most exclusive ones. This modern resort was designed by Parisian designer Christian Liaigre and features 37 exquisite suites and villas, an around-the-clock staff, a fine dining restaurant, fitness center, beach front swimming pool, private beach and spa facilities. A night in the best villa at the Peter Island Resort starts at $8,000.
2. Dubai – $9,800+ Per Night
Dubai is different compared to other honeymoon destinations, but with topnotch hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, a beach and the desert just steps away, it is a unique luxury experience. Dubai is a striking city that is young and sophisticated and opulence is more present here than anywhere else in the world. In addition, it might be the honeymoon destination where newlyweds are least likely to get bored. Although there are beaches, Dubai is primarily known for high-end shopping malls, the nearby desert and villages, featuring a spice and gold markets. The Burj Al Arab is a 7-star hotel of more than 1,000 feet high. The 202 luxurious duplex suites come with a butler service and the hotel has eight world-class restaurants and bars, four swimming pools and a private beach. The royal suite will cost you $9,800 per night, but you’ll have Hèrmes amenities in the bathrooms, a 24-carat golden iPad and other topnotch electronics, the best views and the best linens.
1. Maldives – $12,000+ Per Night
The Maldives offer endless ways to dazzle newlyweds on their honeymoon. Clear blue waters, white beaches, a romantic private dinner under the stars, spa treatments and water sports. Couples who choose the Maldives as their honeymoon destination can be sure to have privacy and seclusion; however, if this is not enough, a short boat ride will take you to one of the uninhabited islands to spend the day. The One & Only Reethi Rah Resort is one of the most exclusive resorts, popular among the rich and famous. Every villa has a private dining room, a terrazzo tub or a private pool and a 24-hour host as well as direct access to the blue lagoon. A night in the Grand Sunset Residence at the One & Only Reethi Rah Resort starts at $12,000 per night.