Since you only possibly do it once, your honeymoon is one of the most important trips to plan. More couples are getting married late in life, after years of living together, the honeymoon is a great time to make a shared- check off the bucket list destination trip, and do something bigger, and over a longer period of time than usual. The honeymoon is about making memories and stories to last a lifetime.
We share our Top 10 approved honeymoon destinations, plus where you should stay in each place. We have all types of travelers covered—from adventures across the continent of Africa, Europe, South America, the Middle East, North America, the Caribbean, and our own back yard – the beautiful Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia.
Casole d’Elsa SI, Italy
Tuscany is high of many people’s bucket lists. And for good reason. The rolling hills, proximity to mega centers of culture like Florence, and Sienna, and the food and wine. Head to Casole d’Elsa, Belmond Castello di Casole’s is a 4,200-acre property is one of the largest private estates in Italy and features just 39 spacious suites. A former castle dating back to the 10th century, modern creature comforts include: the Essere Spa, the newly launched Enchanted Table and a new an alfresco dining option situated underneath the same tree where Visconti used to conjure up his next film.
Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii and honeymoon are rather synonymous, but venture of the beaten path a little bit and head to the Kohala Coast of the Big Island, to where one of the most swim friendly beaches (Hapuna Beach) is located. Your adventure can take you flight-seeing on a helicopter experience or take a nighttime snorkel to view manta rays. We recommend the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, a mid-century, open floor plan masterpiece from Laurance S. Rockefeller that features cantilevered stairways and hallways donning a museum-worthy collection of Asian Pacific Art.
Punta Mita, Mexico
A 1,500 acre coastal peninsula in the Riveria Nayarit region is an oasis of wellness and indulgence. Located on the west coast of Mexico, there are surf villages, whale watching, and a host of biodiversity, not to mention, a wild, untamed feel if you venture beyond the luxury hotels and golf courses. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita has unique spiritual activities like a chakra balancing ritual, an intention burning ceremony, and yoga atop a rock. All of these are offered as part of the property’s Soulcation package that is a mix of spa, wellness, culinary (a chef will meet you to discuss your dietary restrictions), art activities, with an oceanfront suite to retreat to in between.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
For those looking for a slightly out of the box honeymoon, the coast of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia is just the place. Home to two of the top 100 golf courses in North America. Honeymooners or vacationers also have access to world-class biking, hiking, and sunset boat tours. A seafood heaven, this is the place to get first rate lobster, crab, salmon, and naturally farmed local produce. Cabot Links is a secluded 72-room luxury resort with 19 oceanfront villas along the stunning coast of Cape Breton Island.
Puntarenas, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Located in the heart of Costa Rica’s rainforest on the coasts of Golfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula and accessible only by boat, this area of of the country is worth coming to for Playa Cativo–an upscale beachfront eco-lodge. This five-star Costa Rican hideaway is a wellness haven. You’ll find calming ocean waves, lots of wildlife, and exposure to some of the most pure, least developed, parts of the world.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
One of Brazil’s most dynamic cities, which can be a gateway to the rest of the country, is a great urban escape to begin or end a honeymoon. Or for the real city seekers, a place to the spend the whole trip. The first Four Seasons in Brazil opened last year with locally sourced and luxurious finishes. The hotel also offers a “Fall in Love” package.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
On the outskirts of Abu Dhabi lies the world’s largest sand desert – called the Empty Quarter, the perfect expanse where couples can dine by the sand dunes or transverse the miles of open land on camels. The luxury resort Qasr Al Sarab is the place to make this Arabian fairy tale come true. The palatial resort is in the heart of the Empty Quarter, an unexplored region of barren desert and shimmering oases.
Arguably the most renowned safari destination in Africa, home to the big five and stage to the great annual wildebeest migration, and the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Sanctuary Olonana has resident hippos who lounge across the dramatic Mara River, which runs below the lodge’s forest setting. And the new Geoffrey Kent Suite is the ultimate splurge, with its two bedrooms, wraparound porch, and infinity pool overlooking the river. After all, this is a once in a lifetime kind of experience—what are honeymoons and vacations for!
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Have a bit of everything when you stay in the very heart of Pontresina, an Engadine village just six kilometers from glitzy St. Moritz. You can have the peaceful mountains but access to all the hustle, bustle, and glamour of nearby St. Moritz. Pontresina’s only five star hotel is the Grand Hotel Kronenhof that has alpine vistas with the Roseg glacier in the distance, a truly exclusive intimate alpine getaway for any season.
This imperial, pink city is a great stop-over on any journey to India, or Asia for that matter. Known for its literary festival, unique jewelry, and beautiful palaces, Jaipur is both very interesting and romantic. The Rambaugh Palace is one of the city’s most iconic hotels, and a five star luxury hotel that blends new and old world charms seamlessly.