15 Luxurious Private Island Resorts to Consider for Your Honeymoon
Escape to any of these remote destinations for a honeymoon to remember.
There are few greater luxuries in life than jetting to a remote island paradise and completely unplugging from the world around you. And if there were ever a time to do just that, it would be your honeymoon. After months (or years!) spent planning a wedding, you and your new husband or wife deserve to unwind in style—and by style, we mean on your own slice of unspoiled paradise. Luckily, you don't need to own your own island to get some time away: There are countless private-island resorts worth discovering on your post-nuptial vacation, and all offer amenities like you wouldn't believe.
Best of all, you can find a private retreat to suit your style and budget. Whether you dream of traveling to the South Pacific, only have time to pop down to the Caribbean, or want a post-safari beach jaunt off the coast of Africa, there are so many options out there, and each was carefully designed to make your honeymoon fantasies come to life. The most exclusive ones have only a handful of rooms, organic produce grown on the island, and an accommodating staff to keep you busy with daily water- and land-based activities. Head to Fiji for a stay at an eco-chic retreat, where you and your love will occupy one of just 16 villas. Want to explore Australia's famed Great Barrier Reef? Book a room at Lizard Island, which gives you direct access to the underwater world. Prefer to just unwind? Aman Resorts' outpost in the Philippines offers unparalleled opportunities for relaxation.
If you want to feel like you and your new husband or wife have just jetted off to your very own island retreat, these honeymoon ideas were made for you. Here are some of our favorite private-island resorts to check-in to after you say "I do."
Kokomo Private Island, Fiji
An overwhelming sense of remoteness is what first hits you upon arriving at this Fijian newcomer, set on the fringes of the Kadavu archipelago and encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the largest and most immaculate in the world. Then, it's a sense of gratitude, as you check into your beachside bure or hilltop villa, outfitted with authentic touches, from shell mobiles and rush matting to traditional sculptures and walled gardens. Authenticity reigns supreme in the food, as well. Aussie chef Anthony Healy sources every type of vegetable and fruit from the island's organic two-hectare garden and vanilla plantation. Don't miss the modern take on kokoda (raw fish salad), using coral-reef trout and passion fruit.
North Island, Seychelles
North Island is more than just a private-island resort—it's a veritable land-before-time paradise. The once run-down island—located some 20 miles northwest of Mahé, the largest of the 115-isle Seychelles archipelago—was restored by conservation company and safari operator Wilderness Safaris, bringing back endangered Seychellois plants and wildlife, including Aldabra giant tortoises, fruit bats, and thousands of bird species. Honeymooners who are lucky enough to sink their toes into the island's powder-soft sand will find 11 spacious, thatched villas, made from local takamaka trees and each with an indoor-outdoor, barefoot-chic aesthetic.
Kamalame Cay, Bahamas
Somehow, this 96-acre isle off the northeastern tip of Andros Island still flies under the radar (unless you're a celeb like Serena Williams, who recently honeymooned here). That's probably because getting there is a commitment—namely, a flight from the U.S. to Nassau, another flight to Andros, then a taxi ride and a boat transfer to Kamalame. (Or just skip all that and arrive by seaplane from Nassau.) But once you settle into your hilltop villa, look down at the pristine beaches and windswept landscapes, crack open a Kalik and take a bite of fresh conch salad, you'll be so glad you made the effort.
The Brando, French Polynesia
The Brando isn't just a private-island resort. It's a private-island resort in its own grouping of private islands. Not only will you be in one of the most spectacular, untouched areas of the South Pacific, but also one of the remotest. Exclusivity is the resort's biggest draw—followed by the 35 sleek, glass-and-ironwood villas, pristine living coral reefs, all-you-can-drink rosé lunches, and extensive spa fronting a lotus-covered lagoon (a treatment is included in your daily rate).
Hotelier Andrew Dixon opened this adults-only eco-retreat after the success of Nikoi Island, another private-isle resort in the same Indonesian archipelago. Nearly all of the structures—the 20 solar-paneled villas, the raised walkways, the oceanfront restaurant—are built from local Indonesian bamboo. The sounds of nature are all around you: Hornbills squawking from fruit trees as you leisurely stroll the beaches; the splashing of Irrawaddy dolphins and sea otters in the water. But during sunset drinks at Dodo Bar you'll hear only slurping straws and "yummm" as you and your partner sip Bamboo Benders (cachaça with green tea and soda).
Frégate Island Private, Seychelles
There are just 16 butler-serviced villas at this exclusive island resort. Each one gives new meaning to the term "palatial" thanks to the spacious deck, private pool, jacuzzi, dining pavilion, and glass-enclosed living quarters. Aquatic-minded couples can get a beginner's introduction to scuba diving through the PADI dive center. Foodies can sample Creole and African dishes at the main Fregate House restaurant and grilled seafood at one of the colonial-style Plantation House's barbecues. But every honeymooner should ask their butler to arrange picture-perfect sundowners in a different location each night.
The greatest luxury of this private island resort isn't the fact that it's a 3,000-acre, remote South Pacific paradise, or that there are just 25 villas, each secluded and with its own pool. At Laucala, it's the service and amenities that win big: Wake up each morning, decide what you want to do, and the 300-plus staff will make it happen. Want to learn to play golf? A pro will teach you the strokes on the championship-level golf course (maintained by 10 greenskeepers). Try your hand at fishing? Enlist a master fisherman to take you out on the reef. Explore the depths of the ocean? Just borrow the resort's private submarine. Yeah, you heard us right.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives
The Maldives is one of those places that gets a lot of hype—and lives up to it. Especially at this ultra-modern retreat, located 45 minutes by seaplane from the mainland, where the public spaces and 44 overwater suites look like wooden spaceships. (If you've got deep pockets, book the John Jacob Astor Suite, which has three bedrooms, a jacuzzi, and custom Bentley golf carts.) Spend your days scuba diving, trying aerial yoga at the wellness pavilion, jet skiing around the island, or hovering above water on a net—see if you can spot manta rays swimming beneath!
You may not have heard of the Sulu Sea, but you've likely heard of Aman Resorts. And anywhere this premier hotel brand goes, we follow. Especially in the case of this remote tropical paradise in the Cuyo Archipelago, northeast of Palawan Island. Each of the 40 standalone casitas, modeled after traditional Filipino houses, comes with its own buggy to explore the island. But with all those white-sand, palm-fringed beaches and million-shades-of-blue waters, you won't be motivated to do much besides sit back and relax.
Lizard Island, Australia
Diving-obsessed couples will find few more perfect escapes than a private-island resort on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The northernmost of Queensland's island resorts, Lizard Island, is the most isolated—and the only one with direct access to the Reef. Couples can wake in their whitewashed room, spend the morning lounging on one of the island's 24 beaches, and the afternoon snorkeling, sport-fishing, or diving world-class sites like Cod Hole.
Bawah Island, Indonesia
It took nearly five years to build this remote paradise, located in its own island grouping approximately 150 nautical miles from Singapore. Just 70 guests are spread across safari-style tented villas, overwater villas, and garden accommodations. You'll likely bump into few other people, since there are 13 different beaches, a wellness center (where Thai and Balinese treatments are included in the daily rate), and countless land- and water-based activities. Hike through butterfly-filled rainforests, kayak atop electric-blue waters, and snorkel pink- and purple-hued coral reefs teeming with clownfish, triggerfish, parrotfish, and more.
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
With more than 850 acres of tropical rainforest and palm-fringed beaches, Guana Island is about as untouched as it gets in the Caribbean. The 15 simply designed beach cottages are unfussy but not without luxuries (like their own saltwater pool). Guests spend their days hanging on the beaches, dining on fresh fish, and hiking challenging paths. Climb to the top of one of the island's southern peaks and see if you can spot Tortola.
Royal Davui Island, Fiji
This 10-acre private retreat off the southwestern coast of Viti Levu is like a high-end eco resort. Each of the 16 recently renovated vales (Fijian villas) features natural materials like hardwood, rattan, roughly hewn stone, and pitched thatched roofs. The eco-chic décor melds perfectly with the simplistic beauty of the island, covered in jungle foliage, towering palms, and fronting sapphire seas filled with coral gardens and pristine barrier reefs. Take it all in from your private cabana beside the 60-foot oval-shaped pool.
Jumby Bay Island, Oetker Collection, Antigua
It may be located just a quick boat ride from mainland Antigua, but Jumby Bay is a self-contained world unto itself. Check into your luxury beachside or pool suite and then hit the water for snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, or paddle boarding. On land, take your pick among the two pools, three tennis courts, fitness center, and yoga pavilion. After all that running around, you've earned the private sunset cruise aboard the resort's 45-foot luxury yacht.
Como Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
If you had to name the most beautiful of the 49 cays that make up Turks & Caicos, it would likely be this 1,000-acre private island, located 30 minutes by boat from Providenciales. The empty mile-long beach, sugar-soft sand, and bright turquoise water have won over countless honeymooners and even celebrities like Bruce Willis, Keith Richards, Christie Brinkley and Donna Karan, who reportedly own private estates on the island. The gorgeous natural surroundings are echoed in the understated Balinese-teak rooms, filled with cane and rattan furniture and tropical accents. And in the lagoon-facing spa, the COMO Shambhala Retreat, which delivers every kind of wellness treatment a honeymooning couple could dream of.
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