As your wedding approaches, you may be asking yourself where to go on your honeymoon. Is it really worth the money? Can we make time for the trip?
Honeymoons are an opportunity to celebrate one another – you’re married! Now you deserve to kick back, relax and enjoy each other’s company. Remove yourselves from the stresses of everyday life, get pampered together, embark on new adventures and enjoy some quiet time.
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From Argentina to Fiji and Antarctica, the honeymoon trips on this list are some of the most luxurious in the world. Yes, they are pricy, but they are well worth the splurge. Remember, you’re going to make memories that you will cherish forever, so why stay somewhere average or ordinary? Stay at one of these most luxurious resorts – you won’t be disappointed!
When many couples think about their honeymoon, they usually think of warm tropic destinations. For couples who want to get away and experience adventure, wildlife and the arctic, look no further than Antarctica. Make this the most romantic experience by exploring the natural beauty of the last untouched continent. View spectacular mountains, majestic landscapes, get close to large colonies of penguins and indulge in awe-inspiring scenery. Tip: Go on a cruise along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sail between icebergs, along ice-filled fjords, and capture views of incredible wildlife.
Located in Australia is the famous Kangaroo Island. For the most luxurious honeymoon experience, stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge – it offers its guests a personal Kangaroo Island experience. Go on wildlife excursions, visit the Island’s unique attractions and take a journey through coastal flora along the limestone clifftops. When you’re done embarking on your adventures, head to the Southern Spa. It’s perched high up on a cliff top and offers spectacular views of the Southern Ocean. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment, their stream room and chill lounge.
Although a bit pricy, Patagonia is definitely worth the splurge. Visit Explora Patagonia, located in the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, which is declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Go on one of their horseback riding expeditions – it is the only hotel in the area with its own horses. Also enjoy their spa, which includes a pool, sauna and four open-air Jacuzzis with views of the Paine River. Incredible scenery, stunning nature views, delicious foods and breathtaking views of the granite towers, are just some of the many things you have to look forward too. Click here for more information.
If you and your significant other have a love for wine, look no further than the heart of Argentina’s wine country – Mendoza. Stay at the Cavas Wine Lodge. Travel + Leisure awarded it #17 World’s Best Hotels in 2014. It’s the first luxury lodge at the foothills of the Andes. Taste premium wines and visit the best wineries. If you’re looking for adventure, go zip lining, rafting or hiking in the Andes. Also, if you’re up for the trip, travel about 45 minutes from the lodge and go horseback riding between the vineyards and up the Andes Mountains.
Now what’s a honeymoon without some of Kenya’s most popular animals? Giraffe Manor is a unique and luxurious hotel set on 12 acres of private land that is frequently visited by giraffes. Morning and evening they poke their necks into the windows of the hotel hoping you will give them a treat. If you and your significant other are more of the outdoorsy couple, stay at the Ngare Serian camp. It’s a very romantic, private camp that is set along the Mara River. Some of their luxurious camps to choose from include the Elephant Pepper Camp, the Matira Camp, and Naibor Main. Bonus: You can actually organize your own African Safari. Decide whether you want to go on a Wildebeest migration safari, explore Mt. Kilimanjaro, take a hot air balloon trip, skydive and more. (See: The Best Active Adventures to do in Kenya)
Honeymoons are made for you to enjoy the company of your significant other. And what better way to do that then on the white sands of Bora Bora. Stay at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa and enjoy gorgeous suites, private pools and Jacuzzis, overwater bungalows and the beautiful sunrise. Or stay in South Pacific, Bora Bora at the luxurious Four Seasons. Sleep in a beachfront villa estate or overwater bungalow suite. Other amenities they offer include a 24-hour fitness center, infinity pool, complimentary non-motorized water sports and a spa with relaxation lounges.
Looking for a relaxing honeymoon hotel that is situated right on the beach? You’re in luck – The Beach Club Hotel sits right on Catseye Beach. It is the ultimate paradise with white sand beaches, clear water and a kid-free ambience. Enjoy the resorts private dining, complimentary breakfast, spa treatments and access to their infinity-edge pool. Also enjoy free access to the islands gym, sauna, tennis court, paddle boards and snorkeling equipment.
Honeymooners looking for paradise – this high-class adults-only resort is the perfect destination for you. The Royal Davui is a sanctuary situated on Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon. Only a few guests may be accommodated at a time, so be prepared for an exclusive experience. Relax on your own private tropical island, enjoy a romantic champagne breakfast, treat yourselves to a Pure Fiji spa treatment and, if you’re up for it, try deep sea fishing or diving.
For those of you who want to steer clear from beaches, the Triple Creek Ranch may be your best option. It’s an award-winning Montana Luxury ranch resort, with private log luxury ranch cabins and a variety of outdoor adventures to embark on. Go cattle driving, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, golfing, ATV riding, trap shooting, mountain biking, dog sledding and more. Experience the ultimate relaxation in the comfort of your cabin and get a full-body massage by a certified professional therapist.
Located in Maui is the incredible Travaasa Hana resort. Adventurous honeymooners – go stand-up paddleboarding, throw net fishing, participate in outdoor yoga and guided meditation. Swim in their spectacular pool with amazing ocean views and make sure you choose your room wisely. They have a variety of cottages, private suites and even a personal ocean bungalow.
Hideaway on your honeymoon at this private Adirondack estate. The Point Resort has 11 guestrooms spread around the four log buildings of The Point. Each room has a lake view, fireplace and private bath. Regardless of which season you choose to stay, there are plenty of activities. In the fall and winter, head to Whiteface Mountain and go downhill skiing and bobsledding. In the spring and summer go hiking, horseback riding, golfing, swimming and fishing. Bonus: If you are nervous about leaving your pets at home, there is no need to worry because The Point welcomes pets and gives them the same luxurious treatment as you.
With 250 guest rooms, villas and suites, the Four Seasons Hualalai has a variety of honeymoon options to choose from. Guest rooms have deep soaking tubs and furnished outdoor balconies. Suites come with custom bamboo bed canopies and headboards. While villas come with a personal suite concierge, two lounge chairs at the beach and tropical floral arrangements. The resort has seven swimming pools, heated pools, infinity edged pools and whirlpools, 125 guest rooms with outdoor lava-rock garden showers and 5 ocean-side lounges and restaurants.
One & Only Palmilla is a luxurious sanctuary in a mountainous desert, along the tranquil Baja coast. The resort is a popular honeymoon destination because of its astonishing views of the Los Cabos landscape and beachfront access to one of the only swimmable beaches in the area. You can explore this unique location by scuba diving or snorkeling. Also, make sure you both capture the breathtaking views from their two infinity pools.
This 600-acre beach front resort is sure to set you newlyweds off on the right foot. The exclusivity and privacy is just what you need for some one-on-one time. Honeymooners must purchase their Total Romance package. It’s an all-inclusive package that provides you with airport transfers to and from the resort, a welcome cocktail, a bottle of French champagne, a guided boat snorkel trip, a one-hour Swedish massage per person, a tour of Sulphur Springs, all meals, most alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and much more.
With 24 unspoiled white sand beaches and the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef, the Lizard Island Resort will have you feeling like you are in another world. This private island is only accessible by plane, and has no cell phone reception, which means, absolutely no interruptions from the outside world. They offer a variety of complimentary activities on the Island – snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, paddle ski tours, and self-guided nature walks, just to name a few. Other activities you can choose from (there is a fee) include, night diving, research station tours, champagne sunset cruises and Great Barrier Reef Essential Day Spa treatments. Click here for more information.
Hotel Wailea is a kid-free resort designed for couples, making it the perfect honeymoon destination. Wake up to spectacular ocean views right from your very own bedroom luxury suite. Enjoy 720 square feet of space to privately relax with your significant other. Take advantage of the deep soaking tub, wireless internet access and flat screen TVs. In the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast then spend your day exploring Maui by kiteboarding, canoeing or going on a cocktail cruise or island beach safari.