Couples typically spend over a year planning every detail of a wedding from attire to venue where stress and sleepless nights are the norm. Reward your hard work and focus on your time as a newly married couple at one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations. After all, a honeymoon is one of the few times in life you’re encouraged to splurge and focus on just each other. Whether you’re after a unique or classic honeymoon, there’s something to fit every budget and dream destination from all-inclusive resorts to cruises.
There’s a reason why Hawaii ranks among top honeymoon destinations for couples looking to get away from the bustle and relax. You can find just about anything you’re looking for from the cosmopolitan vibe of Honolulu to the sprawling beachfront in Maui. Beach lovers enjoy sunset views and adventure activities in Maui, an island formed by two volcanoes, including the 10,000-foot Mt. Haleakala.
Indulge in a luxurious atmosphere at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea with some of the largest rooms on the island with no resort fees. With relaxation in mind, the Four Seasons features 67 oceanfront or poolside cabanas and complementary activities like outrigger canoeing for a chance to see whales playing in the distance.
Other top honeymoon resort options include the Grand Wailea Maui with a full-service spa and unique Hawaiian experiences like luaus and beachfront yoga. Or stretch out on 15 beachfront acres at Andaz Maui with farm-to-table dining and direct access to Mokapu Beach. The resort has a stunning multi-level infinity pool and a Polynesian feel featuring the culture and history of Maui including authentic 'ohana style meals and cocktails.
Sail across the Mediterranean on a cruise for two and soak up the exotic landscape. Although many of my brides and grooms inquire about Croatia and Santorini, I find what they’re really looking for is to explore more of the area and get a taste of the Mediterranean region. Choosing a cruise to some of the world’s top honeymoon destinations like Italy and beyond is also a convenient way to fill-up your romance bucket list.
Look for Mediterranean cruises that take care of all of the details from all-inclusive dining to entertainment options like Broadway shows. Spa services, shore excursions, and couples activities like wine tasting classes are also available on many cruises. If you’ve never been on a cruise before and aren’t sure where to start, grab my free guide on eight things everyone should know before cruising.
An all-inclusive resort offers everything including upscale accommodations, amenities, activities, food and cocktails. They also allow for flexibility if your idea of a top honeymoon destination differs from your partner’s. Opt for a destination offering varied activities and tours against an oceanfront backdrop and make everyone happy.
Sandals Resorts offers a romantic setting with all of the amenities you could want with romance in mind. Locations in high-demand include Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Grenada, or Sandals Royal Barbados for a tropical getaway. Depending on the location, all-inclusive resorts offer scuba diving, kayaking, golfing, local tours, and fitness centers. Sandals can also help make the most of your budget with frequent sales and perks. Look for free, extra night stays with select room categories to add more value into your honeymoon experience. You can even add free honeymoon amenities when traveling within 30 days of your wedding.
Mexico is full of options for top honeymoon resorts on a budget. To start, Riviera Maya is an ideal destination blending relaxation along the Caribbean with adventure. Couples can explore nearby Mayan ruins, swim in a freshwater cenote, or hit some of the area's themed adventures like Xcaret Park.
For a luxurious honeymoon at a reasonable budget, pick and choose your destination from choices like Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun. This AAA Five Diamond Resort features gourmet dining options, pool and beachside wait service and on-site activities like theme parties, scuba diving, archery, yoga, and cocktail classes. For an adults-only property, try UNICO 20°87° with bright, spacious rooms overlooking the water, signature spa treatments, mixologist-driven cocktail program, and fine dining options.
There’s something romantic about flying to the far-flung corners of the earth for a tropical adventure with your loved one. Tahiti’s South Pacific islands in French Polynesia include famed destinations like Bora Bora. Choose an overwater bungalow stretching out over the Pacific and wake up to a warm ocean breeze. It's difficult to grasp just how beautiful this area is with a lush landscape and inlets with a blue lagoon and a coral reef waiting to be explored.
And if you want to uplevel your experience with a unique honeymoon destination, consider a private island experience in Tahiti. Vahine Island Resort & Spa overlooks the lagoon and Taha'a, Raiatea, Huahine, and Bora Bora. Couples share the island with just three other overwater bungalows and six beachfront suites for an intimate, romantic feel. By day, dive into the turquoise waters for snorkeling, kayaking, and outrigger canoeing before relaxing over a candlelit dinner with fresh cuisine and signature cocktails.
Choosing from the world’s top honeymoon destinations takes some careful planning, but shouldn’t be a stressful experience. After all, a honeymoon is a chance to relax and celebrate your new life together. Start narrowing down your wish list of dream destinations like an all-inclusive luxury vacation or a honeymoon cruise. Then start discussing what types of activities you'd like to do on your honeymoon like scuba diving in the tropics, hiking or sampling authentic local cuisine. You can also save yourself time and stress by working with an experienced honeymoon travel planner to take care of all the details, including scoring you best deal possible for your honeymoon.