The Best New Honeymoon Hotels

Club Med Miches Beach Playa Esmeralda.

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda.

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Are you the kind of couple who loves to be first with the best? Designed with romance in mind, a bevy of fabulous new hotels recently debuted. Whether you prefer romantic places in the sun or exotic escapes, these new properties will all appeal to couples in love. The following travel trends reflect the best new honeymoon hotels of 2021:

  • Foodie Focus: Instead of installing generic-themed restaurants, the best new resorts are offering truly craveable fare, from local treasures to brand-name sushi.
  • Desirable Destinations: In certain popular vacation locations, more than one appealing new hotel was opened in 2019. In Como, Italy, it's Vista Palazzo Lago di Como and Hilton Lake Como. In Costa Rica, it's Santarena Hotel and Sanctuary Cap Cana. And in Los Cabos it's Nobu and Solaz and Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas.
  • Historic Takeovers: In the spirit of reuse and recycle, some new hotels have taken over structures built generations ago — including a hospital and a ritzy jewelry store — then lovingly redesigned their interiors and rolled out the welcome mat.
  • Name-Brand Expansion: Appealing to loyalists, hospitality groups including Iberostar, Club Med, and other well-known vacation brands have added new properties in new locations to their portfolios. 

Whether you're looking to cozy up after a day in a new city or bare it on the beach, these are the best new honeymoon hotels to consider for 2021. They'll be competing to entice romantic couples to stay with them—and to return again and again to celebrate their anniversary.

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Nobu Los Cabos

Nobu Los Cabos

Sun-and-sushi lovers, rejoice: Nobu opened a hotel-and-restaurant outpost in Cabo San Lucas in April 2019. Count on a menu that includes Nobu classics, including wagyu steak, tuna jalapeño sashimi tacos, and black miso cod, in addition to taste treats drawn from local Pacific Ocean waters.

Couples Will Love...
Serene, Japanese minimalist room decor, four pools (one with a swim-up bar), and room-service-delivered sushi.

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Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda Beach Lounge

 Courtesy of Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda

The brand that pioneered the all-inclusive concept, Club Med's second Dominican Republic resort opened in December 2019 as part of its premium Exclusive Collection. The 93-acre property consists of distinct villages; the Archipelago is adults-only, closest to the beach, and features private pools, oceanfront daybeds, and sexy outdoor showers.

Couples Will Love...
The untouched beaches, watching whales swimming off the coast of Samaná Bay, snorkeling or diving in the nearby coral reef, and swaying to the rhythms of bachata and merengue, dances born on the island.

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Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, this classic luxury resort looks new again. Its graceful colonial-style architecture has been preserved while a cool, contemporary, beach-inspired design has been introduced. Restaurants are so close to the shore that you can observe Barbados' famous flying fish twirling out of the sea. Do treat yourselves to Afternoon Tea.

Couples Will Love...
Staying in a beachfront junior suite, which allows direct, walk-onto-the-sand access and provides butler service, complimentary canapés at night, and VIP airport arrival service that fast-tracks you to the hotel and the beach.

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Margaritaville Nashville Hotel

Nashville Margaritaville Exterior
Margaritaville Hotels.

Paradise for honeymooning parrotheads, this new hotel brings laid-back Margaritaville style to Music City. The decor of the 12-story tower, scheduled to opened in fall 2019, is inspired by singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and infused with a tropical vibe.

Couples Will Love...
The rooftop relaxation and entertainment area has views of the downtown skyline and features a pool, sundeck, fire pits, and live twangin' entertainment.

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The Jaffa Hotel

jaffa hotel tel aviv
Jaffa Hotel.

Converted from a 19th-century hospital, The Jaffa is the newest hotel in Tel Aviv. It incorporates many historic architectural elements, including stained-glass windows and vaulted ceilings. Today's guests can savor salutary drinks in the bar formerly occupied by the hospital chapel, which becomes one of the city's most sophisticated nightspots after sundown.

Couples Will Love...
Yummy dining alternatives to Israel's ubiquitous shawarma and falafel: The hotel's Don Camillo restaurant serves a New York-style Italian menu, and Golda’s evokes a classic Jewish deli.

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InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland

InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland
IHG Group.

Built into a quarry, the 18-story InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland features two above-ground floors with views and 16 floors cradled by stone walls. Early reviews list service complaints, not uncommon in a new hotel. Even basic rooms feature a 55" TV, although the programming is in Chinese. Nearby attractions include Sheshan National Forest Park and Chenshan Botanical Garden. 

Couples Will Love...
Residing inside the newest architectural wonder of the world, which features a restaurant with aquarium walls.

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O:LV Fifty Five

O:LV Fifty Five
O:LV Fifty Five.

It's not an easy name to remember, but that didn't keep Vogue from naming Puerto Rico's O:LV Fifty Five, a boutique hotel with 26 Art Deco-inspired rooms, in its 2019 "Where to Travel List." It also picked up awards for Best Design Hotel of the World and Best New Boutique Hotel at London’s Boutique Hotel Awards. Style aside, it's steps from Condado Beach.

Couples Will Love...
The shape of their room — most are L-shaped, with an oversized balcony that overlooks tranquil Condado Lagoon.

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The Retreat at Blue Lagoon

blue lagoon hotel
Blue Lagoon.

In 1992, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland was established in a lava field flooded with water from a nearby geothermal power plant. The healing properties of the milky blue-green water were soon recognized, and it opened to the public. It's still a magical, otherworldly place. With the water at a constant 104 degrees and summer temperatures around 60 degrees, the continually rising condensation creates a cloud-like atmosphere as close to heaven as any place on earth. Thanks to its popularity, the Blue Lagoon built a spa. And now it's launched a soothing, minimalist hotel.

Couples Will Love...
How rich geothermal waters sap wedding stress away. Booking morning in-water massages can help you to escape the crowds. Note: The on-site Silica Hotel is more affordable than The Retreat.

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Santarena Hotel

santarena hotel

Santarena Hotel.

A romantic setting inside a mansion-like structure surrounded by blossoming courtyards and picturesque archways, Costa Rica's Santarena Hotel has just 45 airy guest rooms with private balconies, king beds, and spacious tiled bathrooms.

Couples Will Love...
Santarena Hotel is located in Guanacaste's laid-back, car-free town of Las Catalinas, and couples easily can walk from the hotel to plazas, shops, and restaurants.

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Hotel Birks Montreal

Hotel Birks
Tourism Montreal.

Proving, perhaps, that in 2021 honeymoon couples value experience over possessions, Hotel Birks has taken over a circa-1894 landmark building that formerly held one of Montreal's leading jewelry emporiums. Guest rooms are notably spacious and have high ceilings, king-size beds with leather headrests, and a glassed-in shower big enough for two.

Couples Will Love...
The hotel's Henri Restaurant is a French-style brasserie that serves classic Gallic fare with a local twist and can provide room-service meals. For breakfast, don't pass up a Bagel St-Viateur au Saumon, the famous Montreal bagel topped with mouth-watering smoked salmon and cream cheese.

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Aloft Lima Miraflores

Aloft Lima Miraflores

Is scaling Machu Picchu on your honeymoon bucket list? Consider Lima as your launchpad. Modern style, bold design, and tech-forward features arrived in Peru's capital in the form of this 10-story high-rise hotel in the city's most popular neighborhood. Pretty and close to the Pacific, the Miraflores district is vibrant with boutiques, galleries, and eateries. 

Couples Will Love...
There's often live entertainment and music in the lobby bar, with no charge to listen to the emerging bands and singers the hotel brings in.

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Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

Known on this side of the Atlantic for high-end beach resorts, Iberostar is a frontrunner in the brand’s new urban hotel segment built in centrally located major tourist cities. To stoke yourselves for the day, opt for the bed-and-breakfast package: Coffee, fruit juice, tea, pastries, fruit, bread, jam, cold cuts and hot dishes are available each morning.

Couples Will Love...
The view of La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, from the rooftop and many of the rooms and suites.

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The Laureate

laureat at sunset
Laureate Key West.

On the northeast side of Key West, this bayfront all-suite hotel is about three miles from colorful Duval Street. If you like preparing your own meals to save a few dollars, each unit includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator, stove top, microwave, and dishwasher.

Couples Will Love...
Celebrating the legendary Key West sunset by the pool. And Key Lime pie.

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