Once the wedding is over, most couples look forward to their honeymoon, a chance to unwind, relax and spend quality time together in an exotic spot somewhere around the world. Honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes and are based more on the couple’s joint-personality than on tradition. This list is just a snapshot of our top 12 picks for honeymoon destinations – from sunny beaches to snowcapped mountains and even fairy tale theme parks.
1. The Fairmont Orchid – Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Discover a luxurious Hawaii resort on the Kohala Coast inspired by Culture, Well-Being and Genuine Aloha. From Mauna Kea’s winter snow-capped mountaintop to the flowing lava of Kilauea Volcano to tropical rainforests and a teeming undersea world, the Big Island of Hawaii has much to offer the spirited traveler. Enjoy your honeymoon at this 32-acre luxury oceanfront Hawaii hotel and Big Island resort along the beautiful Kohala Coast and enjoy a sugar-white sandy lagoon and aquamarine waters, golf, tennis, and six restaurants.
2. The Fairmont Pierre Marques – Acapulco, Mexico
Once the private hideaway of J. Paul Getty, The Fairmont Pierre Marques is the perfect intimate getaway. Mexican villas, bungalows and low-rise buildings sit amidst tropical gardens overlooking three pools on Acapulco’s beautiful Revolcadero Beach. Swim, golf, play tennis and enjoy our fine dining restaurants in secluded luxury at The Fairmont Pierre Marques resort in Mexico.
3. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Orlando, Florida
Imagine a honeymoon set it the lap of luxury. Indulge in a Victorian style retreat at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (a Deluxe Resort). Take time just for the two of you and discover a new sense of togetherness with a Couple’s Massage. For a romantic retreat, dine at Victoria & Albert’s, an elite, intimate and elegant eatery recognized by the nation’s top food critics. Cap off the evening with a romantic fireworks cruise on the Seven Seas Lagoon. Imagine, sitting together, swaying with the waves, watching a magnificent display of fireworks over Magic Kingdom® Park. With all of the grandeur and enchantment of Walt Disney World® Resort, you can experience a honeymoon that’s truly fit for a king and queen.
4. Bellagio – Las Vegas, Nevada
The sweets at Bellagio are designed to feel more like an opulent residence than a temporary getaway. Make yourself at home with the utmost in style and convenience, including high-speed internet, whirlpool baths, wet bars with refrigerators, fax machines, separate master-bedroom climate control and a vast array of deluxe spa products. Many suites feature “his” and “hers” bathrooms – “his” with a steam shower, “hers” with a soaking whirlpool tub. Comfort is maximized with robes and slippers. They offer luxury accomodations – in every sense of the word.
5. Four Seasons Resort – Bora Bora
Escape to spacious hideaways nestled around Bora Bora lagoon and its outer beaches. Their over-water bungalows are perched on stilts above the turquoise lagoon, while their on-shore villas stretch along a semi-private beach. Enjoy views of the turquoise waters and majestic Mount Otemanu. Experience the warmth of the Polynesia at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.
6. The Logde at Vail – Vail, Colorado
Located at the base of Vail Mountain, in the heart of Vail Village, The Lodge at Vail is a legendary resort that combines the elegance and Old World charm of an alpine inn with the superb amenities and impeccable service found at the world’s finest hotels. Their intimate hideaways invite you to unwind in rustic elegance as you take in a glorious mountain or village view. The little touches are what set their Vail luxury hotel rooms apart: antique armoires, high-backed leather chairs, personal humidifiers, hairdryers, coffeemakers, thick terry robes and slippers.
7. Secrets Wild Orchid – Montego Bay, Jamaica
From indigenous art to chic design, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay takes its inspiration from the island’s gorgeous surroundings, steeped in the Ethiopian roots of Jamaica’s African ancestors. Made for the youthful soul and the young at heart, guests will discover a vibrant, hip locale with the exclusive amenities of Unlimited-Luxury®, beginning with 24-hour room service, nine gourmet restaurants, nine bars and lounges, an open-air theater, and championship-caliber golf nearby.
8. Sandals Royal Bahamian – Nassau, Bahamas
Sandals Royal Bahamian is the Bahamas’ most elegant resort, offering two unique destinations in one. Enjoy all inclusive Bahamas vacations at this luxurious resort, featuring its own offshore island filled with every amenity, romantic adventures, and the region’s finest seafood restaurant. A refined mainland is filled with European sophistication and extravagant details, from Roman colonnaded pools and exotic firepits, to ten other restaurants and a world-class spa.
9. Sandals Grande Riviera – Ocho Rios, Jamaica
The brand new Sandals Grande Riviera – superior to other Ocho Rios resorts – has three distinctive experiences. It’s a hip beach club with a chic vibe, day or night. A seaside garden paradise with babbling brooks and extraordinary ocean views. An exclusive All-Butler Village with a plantation-style Great House perched atop a mountain, where cool drinks are served with warm hospitality. A true Garden of Eden encompassing over 100 acres, this resort is so vast and lush that, no matter where you find yourself, you’ll always feel as if there’s plenty of space for just the two of you. All the things that make Jamaica such a uniquely spectacular destination are at the heart of Sandals Grande Riviera. Jamaica’s most dramatic luxury all-inclusive resort has truly arrived.
10. Peter Island Resort & Spa – British Virgin Islands
There is no other place like it anywhere in the world. And certainly no other place like it if you’re seeking a true British Virgin Islands vacation. A casually elegant British Virgin Island resort and spa hidden away on an 1,800-acre oasis of tranquility. Five pristine white sand Caribbean beaches, each one with its own unique personality, ensure that each day at the beach is a totally different day at the beach. You can paddleboard, kayak or take a day trip to one of the other incredible islands, reefs or attractions nearby. You can organize a dive trip through Paradise Watersports, Peter Island’s own on-island dive shop. Or you can just lie back in one of Peter Island’s trademark hammocks and stare across the turquoise water at Dead Chest Island, the rocky outcrop with a pirate history. The opportunities for adventure, escape and relaxation are absolutely endless.
11. Auberge du Soleil – Napa Valley, California
Since it opened, resort guests have been drawn to the Auberge for its tranquility, style and unmistakable romance. The pleasures of escape, total privacy, and the intimacy of having a beautiful spot to share are part of the timeless allure of Auberge du Soleil. La Plage, a laid-back outdoor pool and living room, is a place where hotel guests can spend lazy hours lounging poolside on oversized chaises or underneath gauze-draped canopies on day beds for two. The rooms and suites each feature French doors opening onto private terraces, cozy fireplaces and sensuous elements such as private soaking tubs for two.
12. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Alberta, Canada
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism. Step into their backyard and discover endless outdoor recreational activities including downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and horse drawn sleigh rides in the winter; and hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking and river rafting in the summer.