Your planning for the big day is well underway: Venue? Check. Catering? Check. But what about the honeymoon? If you need a little inspiration on where to enjoy the first few weeks of married bliss, take a look. We’ve curated a list of our 6 best honeymoon destinations this side of Tiffany’s. Beaches? Adventures? Cities? Yep, they’re all here. Read on to find out more.
1: For stunning beaches and those over-the-water bungalows: Bora Bora
Dubbed “the most beautiful island in the world” by novelist and travel enthusiast James Michener, Bora Bora is an oasis of white sandy beaches, deep blue lagoons, and exotic jungles. Swim, snorkel, or just relax as those warm Polynesian breezes lull you into an afternoon slumber.
There are a handful of top resorts here, but our picks are The Four Seasons or the St. Regis. Both offer luxe accommodations on the water, exceptional cuisine, activities, and top-notch service. Expect to splurge on this honeymoon destination, but rest assured you’ll get every penny’s worth.
Pro tip: For slightly lower prices, avoid the high season of May through October and book during a shoulder period like November or April instead. Avoid the wet season of December through March altogether. Browse our piece on Bora Bora for even more about this special spot.
2: For a bucket list gold (and to make your friends jealous): the Galápagos Islands
Everybody wants to go, but how many actually get there? For a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of some of the most diverse plant and animal life on the planet, head to Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. Set up HQ at the luxe Pikaia Lodge, a Relais & Chateaux property housed on a giant tortoise reserve within the Galápagos archipelago.
Spend your days island hopping aboard one of the hotel’s yachts or getting up close to the local marine life with a scuba-diving adventure. Then, return to five-star accommodations, featuring a jaw-dropping infinity pool, spa, and the casually elegant Evolution restaurant.
Speaking of evolution, the menus here are based around a fusion of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine and international flavors — the Encocao, pan-seared fish served with Afro-Ecuadorian exotic coconut rice, was perfect after a day of exploring. Oh, and did we mention the wine cellar? It’s bursting with top-notch wines from around the region.
3: For western-themed splendor: a Montana dude ranch
Maybe a honeymoon destination out west is more your speed? If so, gallop – don’t walk – to Big Sky country for a sumptuous stay at a top dude ranch. Imagine loping along on your Appaloosa steed among breathtaking verdant meadows, purple peaks, and indigo skies. Not the horsey type? No problem. Spend your day enjoying a yoga class and nature hike. Later, hit your private hot tub before cocktails on the roof deck and dinner.
For newlyweds, we like Triple Creek Ranch. This is an adults-only resort that offers a wide range of activities like rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, or just dozing in the hammock. Fine dining is a thing here thanks to Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman and award-winning Sommelier Jeremy White.
Want more? Have a look at our article on Montana Dude ranches. Giddy up.
4: For Old-World charm: Cinque Terre
Frankly, we’re not sure the planet plays host to a more picturesque cluster of villages than Cinque Terre. Perched atop rocky cliffs overlooking the Ligurian coastline, Cinque Terre, which includes Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, is chock-a-block with brilliantly-colored houses, quaint shops and cafés, narrow cobblestone streets, gothic churches, vineyards, and even a bit of beachfront. Oh, and did we mention that the villages are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site?
Stay at the Hotel Porto Roca, (Monterosso) – a stunning cliff top villa with sundrenched balconies, nearby beaches, jaw-dropping views, and an luxurious infinity pool. Eat your way through the area with stops at Gambero Rosso (Vernazza) for Fresh Stuffed Mussels, Restaurant Miky (Monterosso) for Sea Bass Ravioli, and Trattoria dal Billy (Manarola) for Pasta a la Pesto (a local specialty). And while wine flows at most meals, be sure to visit Vineria Santa Marta (Vernazza), a small enoteca with outside seating and tons of local varietals just because.
5: For a romantic favorite: Paris
Of course it’s on the list. With its iconic landmarks, romantic riverfronts, tony shopping, and to-die-for cuisine, Paris is hard to beat as a top honeymoon destination. Get that Insta-worthy shot at the Eiffel Tower, explore centuries-old masterpieces in museum galleries, or meander through garden squares. Hungry? It’s hard to go wrong food-wise here. Still, for top bistro fare there’s Chez L’Ami Jean; and for something a little extra special, try the cutting-edge tasting menus from the mind of David Toutain at Restaurant David Toutain.
There are gazillions of good hotels here, but we think Hotel Du Petit Moulin is extra special thanks to its exotic Christian Lacroix designed décor, Old-World elegance, and historic Marais address.
6: For spiritual wellness and dramatic scenery: Sedona, Arizona
Some would say just the sight of Sedona’s ancient red rock formations makes for a spiritual experience, if not a top honeymoon destination. Home to extraordinary red and violet landscapes, pine forests, steep canyons, and (according to many) a handful of energy vortexes, Sedona is your place for all sorts of meditations. Convene with nature through the area’s many trail hikes, go bird-watching, or peruse its many art galleries and studios.
For something really different, stay at Miiamo for a series of Native American-inspired wellness experiences, including moon-phase spa treatments, visits to the vortex energy center, or meditation walks. Each luxe casita includes a private patio or balcony, soaking tub, whirlpool, and fireplace.
Enjoy an elevated spa menu based around fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal, inspired combinations. There is a juice bar for between meal pick-me-ups, as well as wine, specialty beverages, and poolside service available throughout the day (whew).
Do you have a favorite honeymoon destination? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about it.