The Most Splurge-Worthy Honeymoon Destinations
If you're going to spend big on your honeymoon, make sure your spot is worth it. These escapes will leave nothing to be desired.
Few journeys come with greater expectations than a honeymoon. It marks the official start of married life and carries with it signs of what your future will hold. There's no better way to start a lifetime together than with an unforgettable journey where you and your new spouse create tons of new memories. This once-in-a-lifetime vacation should fulfill your most fabulous travel dreams.
We partnered with Indagare, a luxury travel company, to dream up the most splurge-worthy honeymoon destinations, from opulent palaces in India to overwater bungalows in French Polynesia and stylish safari camps in South Africa. Here you'll find a full list, broken down by region, of the places that are worth visiting.
Since we know traveling can be expensive and because no one wants to overspend (or accidentally choose a lackluster location), this list ensures that wherever you choose will be completely worth the price tag. Whether you're looking for an adventure-filled destination or a beachy, blissful escape, there's a country or region in this roundup that's sure to deliver. We all want to be informed before we take a dip into our wallets—we're here to guarantee that you're making an educated decision.
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South Africa and Seychelles
South Africa's incredible landscape offers a dramatic scope of experiences that will both enchant and pamper honeymooners. Commence the journey in the dynamic and design-focused capital of Cape Town, then temper the action of the city in the bucolic Winelands. Afterwards, head into the bush on a safari, where honeymooners can spend days on game drives spotting wildlife up close and evenings at sumptuous lodges where suites boast canopied beds, infinity-edge plunge pools and marble bathrooms. Cap off the fabulous adventure at the Seychelles' North Island, a private island jewel in the Indian Ocean.
This stylish boutique hotel housed inside a transformed grain silo exhibits eclectic chic interiors and offers breathtaking views of Table Mountain, the V&A Harbor, and the ocean.
The Silo, from $1,361 per night, indagare.com
Originally designed as a grand private home, La Residence feels like an exquisitely personal retreat in the winelands with opulent rooms and memorable gastronomy.
La Residence, from $657 per night, indagare.com
This uber-stylish bush camp resembles a luxurious six-star hotel rather than a safari lodge, with Oriental-meets-Colonial design and impeccable service.
Royal Malewane, from $1,784 per person per night, indagare.com
In the unspoiled Seychelles archipelago, the private isle retreat of North Island carefully blends into the landscape while providing the ultimate in barefoot-chic luxury.
North Island, from $6,873 per night, indagare.com
After the festivity of a wedding, there's no greater luxury than escaping to the privacy of a beachfront villa or bungalow with five-star service. And for this, French Polynesia is perfect: A seductive archipelago with aquamarine waters, lush tropical landscapes, and extravagant accommodations. Marlon Brando's private Polynesian atoll has been transformed into an eco-resort where every element, from the magnificent villas to the beautiful landscape and warm local staff, is top-notch. Another equally fabulous option can be found in Bora Bora, where you'll stay in a luxurious over-water bungalow.
You'll certainly want to visit Marlon Brando's once private island paradise, which was transformed into an luxury retreat. Stay in a beachfront villa and enjoy the beautiful landscape and warm local staff.
The Brando, from $3,760 per night, indagare.com
Four Seasons Bora Bora
The Four Seasons Bora Bora boasts luxurious over-water bungalows sprinkled throughout a serene lagoon, all with views of the atoll's dramatic volcano.
Four Seasons Bora Bora, from $1,282 a night, indagare.com
India and the Maldives
India's palatial properties and pampering hospitality make it a wonderful destination for honeymooners looking for true indulgence. Kick off an extraordinary journey with a stay in the gorgeous city of Jaipur, then retreat to Udaipur, a peaceful and picturesque lake town. Conclude your time in India at one of the world's most lavish monuments dedicated to love, the Taj Mahal. For the grand finale, jet to the Maldives, arguably the nation's most stylish and cossetting abode, and stay in a sleek beachfront villa or over-water bungalow.
This palatial boutique resort, spread across 24 acres, feels like an oasis in the Rajasthani desert, with proximity to Jaipur's historic forts and archaeological sites.
Amanbagh, from $850 per night, indagare.com
Overlooking Lake Pichola, the Udaivilas bring the splendor and romance of India to life with domed pavilions, verdant gardens, rippling fountains and lavish marble interiors.
Oberoi Udaivilas, from $1,248 per night, indagare.com
Oberoi Amarvilas Agra
This grand yet romantic Mughal-style hotel offers incredible views of the Taj Mahal and evokes a romantic atmosphere with lush gardens, reflection pools, and opulent pavilions.
Oberoi Amarvilas Agra, from $1,404 per night, indagare.com
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli is one of the Maldives' most pampering resorts, with contemporary villas and overwater bungalows that make the most of the stunning scenery with enormous glass doors and cathedral ceilings.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, from $3,300 per night, indagare.com
New Zealand and Fiji
New Zealand's cinematic topography, ranging from alpine mountains to windswept cliffs, never ceases to amaze. That's what makes it a particularly great honeymoon destination for active and adventurous couples. Experience these jaw-dropping landscapes from sumptuous, modern retreats or secluded properties. The choice is entirely your own. Crown your daring adventure with a stay at a tropical hideaway in Fiji, where you can enjoy some serious R&R.
Picturesque Kauri Cliffs is an extraordinary retreat in the northern Bay of Islands with an acclaimed golf course, five-star service, and a sophisticated atmosphere.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, from $1,014 per person per night, indagare.com
One of New Zealand's original super lodges, this intimate and refined escape is set in a pine forest on the banks of Taupo's Waikato River, amid lush, manicured grounds.
Huka Lodge, from $1,116 per person per night, indagare.com
A family-run, 65,000-acre farm set in a stunning glacial valley in remote Fiordland (it's only accessible by helicopter), the Alpine Lodge at Minaret Station offers thrilling adventure activities.
Alpine Lodge at Minaret Station, from $1,785 per night, indagare.com
Overlooking a gorgeous bay, the four-villa Annandale spans 4,000 acres of a working farm. The contemporary, design-focused Seascape cabin, set in its own cove, is a couples' haven due to its private location and stunning views.
Annandale, from $869 per night, indagare.com
The private island escape of Laucala, which was formerly owned by Malcolm Forbes, is an unparalleled tropical escape with crystalline coves, flowering greenery, and around-the-clock pampering.
Laucala, from $3,800 per night, indagare.com
Thailand is imbued with a deep spirituality and respect for its glorious natural landscapes and the people that inhabit them. Experience the energetic Thai capital of Bangkok by touring the gilded temples and lively street markets. Afterwards, head to the lush hillside of Chiang Mai, where our favorite resort offers couples a chance to hone their kitchen skills during Thai cooking classes. Prefer something a little more daring? Travel further afield to a camp that offers an authentic safari experience (including meeting and bathing elephants). Conclude the memorable trip by taking in Thailand's unspoiled coastline and mystical archipelagos.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
With a desirable location on the Chao Praya, the soulful Mandarin Oriental in historic Bangkok is a perfect fit for couples in search of modern comforts with a distinct sense of place.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, from $485 per night, indagare.com
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
This stunning and peaceful retreat boasts Thai-style pavilions, villas, and private residences, respectfully built among the rice fields.
Four Seasons Chiang Mai, from $677 per night, indagare.com
Four Seasons Golden Triangle
Scattered across expansive, landscaped grounds, the Four Seasons Tented Camp offers a true elephant safari experience with just 15 spacious, ultra-private tented suites.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, from $2,797 per night, indagare.com
This resort sits on a Thai hillside above the Andaman Sea. It's the original Aman, and is known for its Zen vibe.
Amanpuri, from $1,050 per night, indagare.com
France's sophisticated l'art de vivre and beautiful scenery, from the elegant architecture of Paris to the glittering Côte d'Azur, make for a spectacular honeymoon. Toast the beginning of your marriage at an exquisite hotel with gilded furnishings. Then, escape to the rolling countryside of Provence before enjoying the pinnacle of Riviera glamour at a hotel that juts into the Mediterranean Sea.
A time capsule of Belle Époque decadence, this historic hotel exudes Old-World luxury and glamour in an iconic location on Paris's Place Vendome.
Hotel Ritz, from $1,534 per night, indagare.com
Villa La Coste
A modern art wonderland in a blissfully remote corner of Provence, this boutique hotel and open-air museum boasts sleek, sophisticated rooms, an on-property vineyard, and architecture by the likes of Tadao Ando and Renzo Piano.
Villa La Coste, from $1,410 per night, indagare.com
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
The pinnacle of Riviera glamour and a timeless icon of a resort, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc commands a stunning peninsula that juts into the Mediterranean Sea with elegant suites and villas.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, from $1,410 per night, indagare.com
The Caribbean offers an extraordinary array of island hideaways that honeymooners will surely enjoy. Stylish twosomes will adore a stay in St. Barth's at a Provençal-inspired resort. Fancy yourself more of a peace-seekers? You should book a ticket to a private isle in Turks and Caicos, which exudes understated elegance and romance. For more adventurous couples, St. Lucia beckons with rigorous hiking trails and excellent snorkeling and diving.
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France
The beachfront Cheval Blanc, with its elegant French design and glamorous crowd, caters to couples who want to recline on the stunning beach and get a taste of the hotel's convivial house-party atmosphere at the weekly fashion show.
Cheval Blanc Saint-Barth Isle de France, from $1,034 per night, indagare.com
Located on its own private cay in the turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos, COMO Parrot Cay evokes a castaway beach feel with its airy and chic design and private stretch of sand.
Parrot Cay by COMO, from $725 per night, indagare.com
Nestled in the valley between St. Lucia's dramatic Piton Mountains, Sugar Beach has one of the most picturesque locations in the Caribbean and its luxe hillside villas offer spectacular views.
Sugar Beach, from $915, indagare.com
Amalfi Coast and Capri
The Amalfi Coast and jewel-like isle of Capri are magical places where land, sea, and sky strike a note of otherworldly perfection. Honeymooners can while away days in this enchanting destination by lounging at chic beach clubs, wandering romantic piazzas, dining at seafront terraces, and boating to private coves only accessible from the sea. The dramatic coast boasts charming cliffside towns like Positano, and is best combined with a sophisticated stay on the isle of Capri.
This centrally-located, elegant stay in Positano is gorgeously decorated and incredibly serene.
La Sirenuse, from $778, indagare.com
Between Capri Town and harbor, JK Place is a stylish retreat, occupying a spectacular perch with sweeping views.
JK Place, from $1,020 per night, indagare.com
Japan's minimalist sophistication combined with a deep-seated respect for tradition makes for a fascinating cultural honeymoon. Stay in Tokyo, Japan's buzzing capital, to enjoy the vibrant shopping and dining scenes as well as peaceful temples and shrines. Afterwards, visit Hakone, a peaceful hot springs town, and take in the breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Later, experience the traditional and cultural heart of the country in Kyoto, then end the enlightening trip on Naoshima Island, an art fantasyland with large-scale installations.
Arguably the top luxury hotel in Tokyo, the Aman offers spacious rooms, incredible views, and a minimalist design that provides a strong sense of place.
Aman Tokyo, from $1,102, indagare.com
This luxurious ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) boasts breathtaking views of Mount Fuji with a sophisticated Japanese aesthetic.
Gora Kadan, from $865 per night, gorakadan.com
Couples will adore the Ritz-Carlton's riverside property, which manages to encompass contemporary design with traditional Japanese elements, and achieves the distinct balance of calm Zen and lively buzz.
Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, from $1,164 per night, indagare.com
Benesse House Museum
Housed inside one of Naoshima Island's contemporary art museums, this hotel offers spacious and sleek guest rooms that overlook the sea.
Benesse House Museum, from $287 per night, benesse-artsite.jp
Morocco's splendor is evident throughout the mesmerizing country, from the souk-lined streets of Marrakech to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara that sweeps through the southern border. Set the stage for a fabulous honeymoon at an opulent retreat in Marrakech. Afterwards, head to the Atlas Mountains and enjoy its romantic spires and lush gardens. Conclude the magical journey at an exquisite desert oasis specializing in unforgettable experiences like candlelit tent dinners or camel treks with a Berber guide.
The Royal Mansour holds the title of the most expensive and extravagant hotel in Marrakech with a collection of private riads that are fit for a king (as it should be—it's owned by the king of Morocco!).
Royal Mansour, from $1,736, indagare.com
This fairytale kasbah in the Atlas Mountains is one of Morocco's most memorable escapes, with tented suites, romantic spires, and lush gardens.
Kasbah Tamadot, from $691 per night, indagare.com
This exquisite, 14-room restored kasbah in the remote desert oasis of Skoura is an ideal retreat for couples looking to relax in style as well as explore the remarkable landscape.
Dar Ahlam, from $1,211 per night, indagare.com
Patagonia and José Ignacio
Adventurous couples looking for an extraordinary honeymoon in the months from October to April should travel to Chilean Patagonia with its striking landscapes, glacial lakes, and spectacular mountains. Spacious villas overlooking the Torres del Paine Massif are an unforgettable base for exploring the vast terrain. Adrenaline junkies will be invigorated by days spent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the dramatic landscape, capped off by spa treatments and romantic dinners at a chic lodge. After the action-packed activities, couples can unwind at a gorgeous hacienda in José Ignacio, Uruguay that boasts a fabulous art collection and countryside setting near the beach.
Located on a private reserve with view of Torres del Paine's snow-capped mountains, Awasi redefines luxury in the Chilean Patagonia with 14 spacious villas with stunning views.
Awasi Patagonia, from $3,990 per person for three nights all-inclusive, indagare.com
Situated on 4,000 acres of farmland in José Ignacio, Estancia Vik is a Spanish colonial ranch with exquisite interiors crafted by local Uruguayan artists.
Estancia Vik, from $750 per night, indagare.com
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