2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons: The Top 10 Resorts in Europe

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
Best Honeymoon Hotels in Europe

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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 Europe!


Photo: Courtesy of La Sirenuse

1. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
Hovering 230 feet above the sea, this 58-room gem feels more like a glamorous private estate than a hotel. As exquisite as your white-washed room is, you'll want to spend most of your time outside, either swimming in a pool surrounded by lemon trees or dining on the candlelit deck of La Sponda, a Michelin-starred restaurant with epic views of that famed Amalfi Coast. (Doubles from $367; sirenuse.it)


Photo: Courtesy of Villa D'Este

2. Villa D'Este, Lake Como, Italy
Talk about a seriously sexy pool! Lake Como's Villa D'Este (often frequented by the Clooneys) boasts a floating pool with some seriously Instagram-worthy vibes. Sitting on two historic mansions, this hotel is perfect for the love birds who are looking for views with a side of La Dolce Vita. (Doubles from $511; villadeste.com)

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Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V

3. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France
Nothing says classic romance like a honeymoon in Paris, and the George V is the place to do it in ultimate luxury. A three-Michelin star restaurant, and plenty of shopping nearby, make this the ideal destination for newlyweds looking for extravagance.(Doubles from $1,597; fourseasons.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Palazzo Avino

4. Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Italy A gorgeous 12th century villa overlooking the Amalfi Coast? Sign us up! The Palazzo Avino in Ravello is honeymoon heaven for newlyweds looking for a mix of history, sun, views, and romance. The perfect combination. (Doubles from $311; palazzoavino.com)


Photo: Courtesy of The Gritti Palace

5. The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice, Italy
This 15th century palazzo with views of the Grand Canal will have you dreading the flight home! Lux accommodations, a world-class restaurant, and an ideal location will make your honeymoon feel like home. (Doubles from $450; thegrittipalace.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Mystique

6. Mystique, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini, Greece
What makes your heart pound, aside from the stairs, is the view of the Aegean. The 36 cliffside suites and three infinity pool villas have cave-dweller decor (boulder-shaped chairs, tree-branch lamps) and ultra-thick (soundproof!) walls. Sipping wine on your terrace is a preview of heaven. (Doubles from $544; mystique.gr)


Photo: Courtesy of Belmond Hotel Caruso

7. Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
Once upon a time — namely the 11th century — Hotel Caruso was a palace. Now it's populated by newly minted marrieds who soak in the Mediterranean views from an infinity pool perched high above the town of Ravello. Pool staff dole out fruit and Evian spritzes like candy, while you make the ultimate decision: should you spend your afternoon wandering the terraced gardens or touring the Amalfi Coast in the resort's private wooden boat. (Doubles from $1,500; hotelcaruso.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Belmond Hotel Cipriani

8. Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy
No need to wave down a gondolier here. The berluxe Hotel Cipriani, which presides over one end of Giudecca Island, has a private boat waiting whenever you feel like wandering Venice's lagoons and 100 isles. Don't miss dinner at Oro, a new Italian restaurant with Murano chandelier and a Michelin-starred chef. Or hit up Cip's Club, where the only thing better than the food are those St. Mark's Square views. (Doubles from $1,200; belmond.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Belmond Villa San Michele

9. Belmond Villa San Michele, Florence, Italy
Take romantic strolls through the historic gardens, learn to cook a romantic meal together, or spend long afternoons lounging in the hilltop pool at this former monastery turned honeymoon haven. (Doubles from $645; belmond.com)


Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

10. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Florence, Italy
Art loves will be happy to take refuge at the Four Season Hotel Firenze, where Michelangelo statues live happily amongst the guests. (Doubles from $372; fourseasons.com)

Want to win a free honeymoon in paradise? One lucky couple will score complimentary airfare and a five-night stay at Jade Mountain, an insanely romantic spot on St. Lucia. Head over to brides.com/win for more details!

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