2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons: The Top 10 Resorts in the South Pacific

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
South Pacific Honeymoon Resorts

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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite resorts in the South Pacific!


Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

1. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Sure, the resort has some beachfront villas, but this superchic retreat is all about the overwater bungalow. Three reasons you'll never want to leave yours: 1. Your breakfast is delivered by canoe each morning. 2. If you want to swim in the ridiculously clear lagoon, all you have to do is jump from your deck. 3. You can watch fish swim by through a window in your floor. Baller. (Doubles from $1,148; fourseasons.com)


Photo: Courtesy of The Brando

2. The Brando, French Polynesia
Located on the gorgeous secluded Tetiaroa island, The Brando (yes, formerly the private Polynesian island of the Godfather himself) is a nature lover's — literally, it's a biodiverse natural sanctuary. The eco-friendly haven is one of the only true luxury resorts in Tahiti and features an East-meet-West culinary experience.
(All-inclusive doubles from $2,646; thebrando.com)


Photo: Courtesy of St. Regis Bora Bora

3. St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia
This escape is honeymoon central for Hollywood types. (Among the newlyweds who've done their first post-wedding trip here: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban; Nikki Sixx and Courtney Bingham; Alyssa Milano and David Bugliari.) No wonder they're drawn here—the thatched-roof overwater villas are house-sized (the smallest is 1,550 square feet) with outdoor showers on a terrace that hovers above a turquoise lagoon. (Doubles from $800; stregis.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Laucala

4. Laucala Island, Fiji All-inclusive
Oprah's just one of A-list fans who've reveled in this private isle's over-the-top luxury and ultraseclusion. (Each of the 25 villas has a private pool—and the overwater villa has a dock where you can park your yacht). And since the resort takes up just a third of the lush isle, it's also a great place to get a taste of Fiji as it once was. Tip: Make time for a village visit for weaving lessons and a chance to partake in an authentic kava ceremony. (Doubles from $4,800; laucala.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Le Taha'a

5. Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa, French Polynesia
For a honeymoon less traveled, head to this quiet motu (islet) off the isle of Le Taha'a (aka the Vanilla Island). Luxe enough for an A-lister (Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher 'mooned here), this property still feels authentically Polynesian: Every thatched-roof overwater villa is constructed out in indigenous materials and decorated with local handiwork (tapa cloths, coconut nape ropes). Don't leave without arranging a dinner for two on your terrace—or better yet, on a tiny motu, where fire dancers will be on hand to give you a private show. (Doubles from $930; letahaa.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Turtle Island

6. Turtle Island, Fiji
Everyone from Britney Spears to Jessica Simpson has honeymooned on this private island. But you won't find a hint of Hollywood haughtiness here. Dedicated to preserving the environment and local culture, the resort has just 14 bures (villas) and is entirely solar powered. It's also entirely gorgeous (this is where The Blue Lagoon was filmed, after all). Picnic on one of 14 private beaches or ride horses on the sand. You'll leave with a multitude of memories—and a personalized photo book chronicling them all. (All-inclusive Doubles from $$2,079; turtlefiji.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Le Méridien Bora Bora

7. Le Méridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia
For a Euro-chic vibe, check into one of the 82 pontoon cottages at Le Méridien, where wild turtles cruise beneath the glass-paneled floors. (Doubles from $613; lemeridien-borabora.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort

8. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, French Polynesia
This chic property specializes in dramatic views. There's Bora Bora's iconic Mount Otemanu, across the lagoon. And then there's the one below your overwater bungalow, which you can peek at through your glass coffee table. (It sits above a window in your villa's floor.) Feel like making friends? Take the table's top off and feed the Crayola-colored fish teeming below. (Doubles from $443; spmhotels.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Royal Davui Island

9. Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji
At this tiny but luxe private island hideaway, each of the 16 thatched-roof villas comes with an rock-lined pool overlooking the sea, and two outdoor decks, heavenly for sunbathing. Kayak the coral reefs, dive the Bequa Lagoon, or reserve the "Sand Quay"—a tidal islet seven minutes away—for a champagne breakfast. (Doubles from $929; royaldavuifiji.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Namale Resort and Spa

10. Namale Resort and Spa, Fiji
Pods of spinner dolphins chill by this ultra-luxe hideaway--in the morning, guests boat out to see them play. The well-appointed honeymoon bures come with both living and bedrooms, and are built on grand lava pinnacles; the 10,000 square-foot spa is also top-notch, with a hydro-aromatherapy room, a waterfall dipping pool, and ocean-view massage tables. (Doubles from $995; namalefiji.com)

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