The 8 Best Honeymoon Resorts of 2021

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Best Overall: Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

Saint Lucia luxury resort Jade Mountain

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It’s difficult to imagine a more romantic location than that of the exclusive Jade Mountain Resort, which perches high above the beach on the west coast of St. Lucia. Each suite is a private sanctuary with an open fourth wall that lets fragrant ocean breezes in and affords unimpeded views of the Piton mountains. The King-sized bedroom flows seamlessly into the living area and private infinity pool; while an absence of televisions and telephones gives you the opportunity to reconnect after weeks of chaotic wedding preparations. 

Jade Mountain Club serves sumptuous tropical cuisine. Afterward, Celestial Terrace is an unforgettable venue for cocktails under the stars. The resort also specializes in romantic private dinners, perhaps in your sanctuary or on the beach below. Indulge in a couples ritual at Kai en Ciel Spa, or head to sister resort Anse Chastanet for watersports activities that range from sailing to scuba diving. Jade Mountain offers a Total Romance Package especially for honeymooners, which includes everything from accommodation to meals, spa treatments and activities. 

02 of 08

Best Beach: COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives

Loft villa at COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives

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If paradise beaches are an essential ingredient of your dream honeymoon, you’ll love COMO Cocoa Island. Located on a private island in the Maldives’ South Malé Atoll, the resort is ringed by an idyllic white sand beach and two spectacular house reefs. You and your new spouse can spend blissful days snorkeling, scuba diving or getting pampered at COMO Shambhala Retreat. The latter is a holistic wellness center complete with an infinity pool, yoga facilities and a double pavilion for couples massages.

In the evening, toast one another over craft cocktails at the beachfront Faru Bar followed by fresh seafood at Ufaa restaurant. For the most romantic dining experience, private candlelit dinners on the beach can also be arranged. There are just 33 suites at COMO Cocoa Island. Each one is an overwater bungalow inspired by the local dhoni boats, complete with a bleached wood hull and kajan roof. Rustic blue and white interior decor complements the resort’s overall sense of tranquility while your private terrace affords direct access to the lagoon.

COMO Cocoa Island is temporary closed from now until November for renovations.

03 of 08

Best Safari: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

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For a romantic resort experience in the heart of Tanzania’s world-famous Serengeti National Park, look no further than Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Built upon a series of elevated platforms and walkways, the lodge overlooks a watering hole and uses local artwork and textiles to establish its own contemporary African style. Celebrate your honeymoon in a Terrace Suite with a waterhole view and spend unforgettable moments watching elephants from your private infinity pool. The suite also boasts a four-poster bed, a deep soaking tub, and an outdoor shower.

The lodge offers a slew of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from guided walking safaris to drives around exotic locales. The most romantic is a sunrise hot-air balloon safari followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. Back at base, an infinity pool and luxury spa offer plenty of ways to unwind in style. Of the three restaurants, the Boma Grill is the most atmospheric. Here, you can experience the traditional Maasai culture with local cuisine served around an open-air firepit.

04 of 08

Best Desert: Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Suite at the Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

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Al Maha Resort & Spa is a mere hour’s drive from the glitz and glamor of central Dubai, and yet it is an oasis of timeless tranquility. Imagine a traditional Bedouin encampment upgraded with elements of five-star luxury and you’ll have an idea of what awaits you at this romantic desert retreat. Located amidst the unspoiled sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, it offers a full range of activities for adventurous couples ranging from desert safaris to horse-riding, camel treks, and falconry classes.

For a more sedate honeymoon experience, ensconce yourselves at the resort spa. Here, signature treatments harness organic ingredients, while the sauna, Jacuzzi and swimming pool are custom-made for relaxation. In the evening, feast on fine Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine on the candlelit terrace of Al Diwaan restaurant. Alternatively, arrange a private dinner in the dunes, lit only by flame torches and the star-filled Arabian sky. All 42 suites are adorned with authentic regional antiques and come with their own private swimming pool.

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05 of 08

Best Rainforest: Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, Costa Rica

A view of the hot tub at Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, in Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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Nature-loving couples will find their spiritual home at Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, located deep in the jungle on the edge of Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica. Adults-only Springs Villas are the ideal choice for honeymooners. Each one has a private plunge pool fed by natural hot springs and a private garden with dual rain showers. There’s a daybed on the terrace for lounging together in the heat of the day, and a romantic four-poster bed inside. Your room rate also includes complimentary birdwatching and sloth tours.

Your first days of married life will be made memorable by adventures that range from white-water rafting to zip-lining, volcano hikes, and night-time jungle walks. At the spa, you can sign up for a couples treatment or take a class and learn how to massage each other. There are five restaurants to choose from: opt for casual Latin American cuisine overlooking Arenal Volcano at Mis Amores, or up the romance with a fine-dining experience at Amor Loco.

06 of 08

Best Mountain: Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
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If you’re planning a winter honeymoon, nothing says romance like snow-covered slopes and crackling wood fires. Fairmont Banff Springs offers plenty of both in the heart of Banff National Park and has been charming guests for over 130 years with its castle-like façade. Continue the theme by booking a turret suite, complete with a spiral staircase leading up to the bedroom and incredible mountain views. Other suites offer electric fireplaces and/or Jacuzzis big enough for two.

Book the Romantic Castle Escape package to have sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries waiting in your room upon arrival. After a day spent skiing, snowshoeing or dog-sledding through the inspiring vistas of the national park, return to the resort for a Hip Honeymooners treatment at Willow Stream Spa. At the center of the spa is a mineral pool and soothing waterfalls. There are 11 restaurants on-site. Opt for fine French cuisine at The Vermilion Room or ask for a cozy table by the fireplace at Bavarian Waldhaus Restaurant. 

Take a look at our selection of the best honeymoon destinations in the mountains.

07 of 08

Best Wellness: Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Ganga Pool Villa at Ananda in the Himalayas

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Ananda in the Himalayas offers an alternative honeymoon destination for health-conscious couples in search of a complete wellness escape. The award-winning destination spa is set upon a 100-acre estate in the Himalayan foothills outside Rishikesh. Your days start with misty sunrises and mesmerizing Ganges River valley views, then continue with a program of activities designed to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Submit to a healing massage, join a yoga or meditation class or sign up for therapies that range from reiki to acupuncture.

The spa specializes in all-inclusive wellness programs led by teams of Ayurvedic doctors, therapists, nutritionists, and yogis. Themes include Rebalance (perfect for couples who feel burnt out by months of wedding planning) and Detox. All meals are prepared according to Ayurvedic principles with fresh, organic ingredients. Suites have private gardens and terraces. If you can, consider splurging on the Viceregal Suite which evokes the romance of India’s royal past with a period four-poster bed and an antique-filled sitting and dining room. 

Check out our other reviews of the best romantic hotels in India available to book today.

08 of 08

Best Cultural: Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Italy

Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Italy

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If your relationship was built on a shared love of culture, where better to celebrate your honeymoon than at Rome Cavalieri, a magnificent resort located minutes from the Vatican City and central Rome. Surrounded by pines at the top of Monte Mario, the resort’s own private art collection includes over a thousand treasures, from 18th-century Venetian masters to Nureyev’s ballet costumes. The concierge can also arrange exclusive visits to some of Rome’s grandest private palaces, each of them a repository for lesser-known artworks.

In between cultural discoveries, unwind poolside with an iced cocktail or treat yourselves to a caviar massage at Cavalieri Grand Spa. All rooms and suites are exquisitely decorated, but Imperial Rooms are especially romantic with their curated artworks, king floating featherbeds and private balconies. They also include access to the Imperial Club, whose complimentary benefits range from afternoon tea to evening hors d’oeuvres. Of all the resort’s restaurants, triple Michelin-starred La Pergola is the most romantic. Expect Art Deco grandeur and astonishing Roman views.

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