The World’s Most Over-the-Top Honeymoon Destinations

The World’s Most Over-the-Top Honeymoon Destinations

If there’s one thing in life to splurge on, it’s your honeymoon. This is it: a chance to take the trip you’ve always dreamt about together. But planning a honeymoon in addition to your wedding can overwhelm almost anyone. We’re here to help. We’ve recruited our friends at Absolute Travel to share their secrets on how to take your honeymoon to the next level, stress-free. After 26 years of searching the world over for romance, they know a thing or two about the topic.

1. Night Safaris + Your Own Private IslandAn Idyllic African Honeymoon
Best for: Those who want to travel like a professional jet-setter; winos; foodies; and those seeking a seriously luxurious safariAzura Quilalea Private Island

With every option under the sun, how does an Absolute Travel staffer honeymoon? Here’s how: This indulgent trip showcases the best South Africa and Mozambique have to offer. You’ll dine at Cape Town’s chicest restaurants and Stellenbosch’s most famous vineyards where you’ll learn about winemaking and drink perfect glasses of Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. You’ll journey across the savannah in search of Africa’s fiercest predators, and walk amongst them on an intimate night saunter together. (We can even set up a behind-the-scenes visit at a the Save the Elephants Research Center if you’d like.) Cap off this legendary trip at your own private island in Mozambique, where you’ll relax at one of the world’s most impossibly stunning properties. Anything this special is remote. Exclusivity is a given; to get here couples must take a teeny plane, switch over to a boat and cruise through the warm waters until you arrive at the most idyllic island you could dream up—above and below water. Think dramatic cliffs, white sand beaches, your personal butler and you and your love in one of their nine super-chic coral and stone villas built to enjoy both sunset and sunrise views. Choose to spend your days however you wish. You can kayak the turquoise waters, come face-to-face with sea turtles and a kaleidoscope of coral, or even jump across to another part of the island for some serious culture and a step back in time. Quilalea Island is on another level and those privileged enough to experience it will be too.  

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2. Horse-Drawn Carriages, Hot-Air Balloon Rides & Your Personal Palace | Romance of Morocco
Best for: Lovers of design and architecture; indulgence & pampering in its most romantic formKasbah Tamadot

What makes a perfect honeymoon? If your answer is a sexy, chic, and exotic locale that’s easy to get to, this may be the right trip for you. This deluxe journey takes you from Fes’ rich medinas, vibrant artisanal quarters, and ancient souks, to the famous Saadian Tombs and romantic restaurants of Marrakech and onward. Take a traditional horse-drawn carriage to the Jardin Majorelle, which Yves Saint Laurent gifted to Marrakesh (a bouquet of flowers certainly wasn’t enough for his favorite city) then sail over Marrakech on a breathtaking hot-air balloon ride. Continue to the High Atlas Mountains to Sir Richard Branson’s romantic retreat—made for sleeping in. You’re enveloped by romance here—piles of rose petals, sexy spots like hidden staircases to steal a kiss, and as many couples’ hammam spa treatments as you can stand. Your home for a few days? Your very own stunning Berber tent (infinity pool and jaw-dropping view included). Cap off the trip by descending to the windswept coast town of Essaouira for a few sumptuous nights at a renovated palace inside the medina. You will feel like a real king and queen after this journey together.  

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3. An Exclusive Hideaway in Cowboy & Canyon Country | A Luxe Wild West Honeymoon
Best for: Honeymooners seeking time to rejuvenate amongst some of the most gorgeous views (and hotels) on the planet wit a little adventure mixed in (no passport needed)The Ranch at Rock Creek

This trip strikes the perfect balance between adventuring and pampering, down-time and some great excuses to get out of bed. First get lost in Montana’s powerfully beautiful and rugged landscape. You’ll feel like a legit cowboy or cowgirl as you horseback ride past endless rail fences, fly fish the rushing creeks, and saddle up at the Silver Dollar Saloon for a cold one. This property is so much fun for those honeymooners whose idea of fun is different than unwinding at the beach.

Amangiri

Continue to Utah’s canyon country, a region that is magical, otherworldly and so beautiful it will leave you silent. The stark landscape demands to be explored, and we have the best base from which to this: Amangiri. This exclusive hideaway is surrounded by five national parks with plunging canyons, towering bluffs, a kaleidoscope of colors and rich Navajo experiences. Stay put at Amangiri, with inspiring views of the otherworldly landscape (and that dreamy pool!) or dive into the region’s rugged terrain; whatever you do, we’re sure a visit to this untouched valley will leave you rejuvenated, refreshed, and connected to this powerful place and each other. 

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4. Bali & Sumba | A Honeymoon More Beautiful Than You Can Imagine
Best for: Lovers of remote locals; exotic food; culture and serious romance Nihiwatu

There’s a reason Bali is at the top of most honeymoon lists. It’s stunning and somehow always brings out the best in us. We included lesser-known Sumba Island into this over-the-top honeymoon for reasons beyond bragging rights (Tory Burch’s ex is a partner, and it’s as dreamy as you’d think). This journey sums up the ultimate honeymoon experience:  think personal infinity pools, private beaches, stilted villas overlooking turquoise waters, air perfumed with frangipani and the most sincere smiles on earth. While Bali and Sumba are just two of the more than 18,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago, their jaw-dropping natural beauty and mystical culture set these islands apart. They will make lovers of adventure, romance, and resorts swoon. You will stay at some of our favorite all-time hotels overlooking the ocean and tucked into lush forests, explore the islands’ temples and markets, take in traditional dance performances, indulge in locally inspired spa treatments, and feast on gourmet picnics prepared by your own private chef in jungle gazebos and right on the beach. 

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5. Kangaroos, Oysters & Island Escapes | A Deluxe Honeymoon in Southern Australia & Tasmania
Best for: Lovers of wildlife, adventure, wine, food, and picture-perfect viewsSaffire Freycinet

Southern Australia and Tasmania give adventurous luxury travelers unparalleled opportunities for excitement and indulgence. In Tasmania, you’ll explore the depths of Cataract Gorge and hike the lush wilds of Cradle Mountain. We will also have you dining on oysters knee deep in the estuary where you gather them, drinking whiskey right from the barrel, identifying the distinct flavors of the four wine regions, and cooking your day’s catch shore-side. In Australia, you’ll dine at Melbourne and Sydney’s hippest restaurants, sip Shiraz in Barossa Valley’s outstanding vineyards, and relax on rugged and pristine Kangaroo Island, where you’ll encounter plenty of resident seals and yes, kangaroos, during a stay at its most magnificent resort.

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The big question: Do it yourself or work with a travel specialist?
We may be biased, but in our minds there’s no question this is the time to work with an expert. Like working with a wedding planner, a honeymoon expert will take care of every single detail, so you can focus on each other. Honeymoon specialists not only provide the insider access (private after-hours museum dinners, anyone?) that make a trip unforgettable, but they ensure your honeymoon is exactly what you want—and much more. The clutch: working with an expert who has actually been to your destination of choice and done the activities you want to do ensures you avoid that dreaded moment when you show up and it’s not what you expected.  

What’s the next step for someone who wants to work with a honeymoon specialist? And when should they start planning?
If you think you may want to work with a honeymoon expert, it’s best to start the conversation as soon as possible. That way, you’ll have the greatest chance of securing your ideal hotels and specialty experiences. It’ll also give you ample time to really play around with ideas and come-up with a honeymoon that inspires you and your significant other. 

But if you only have a few months to plan, that’s ok too. Luxury travel experts are just that: they’re experts at making seemingly impossible trips come together. It may just mean you have to think creatively about the spectacular location you choose, or go to an amazing hotel maybe you previously hadn’t known of (these are often the best ones, by the way!). 

The starting point is to do a little research and select a travel specialist that you vibe with, then begin a conversation. Here’s a useful tip: the really good travel specialists won’t try to sell you on a set itinerary. Rather, they’ll have a few ideas to spark your interest and will then work closely with you to customize your journey. Our friend at Absolute Travel have ideas like the ones we shared above, but then we always say “get in touch.” From there, they will jump on the phone or email you (your choice) to learn a bit about your interests and passions. That way their suggestions will be thoughtful and true to who you are as individuals and a couple. 

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