2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons: The Top 10 Resorts in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
Honeymoon Resorts in Asia Australia and New Zealand

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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 Asian, Australia, and New Zealand!


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1. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Look up the definition of "luxe" in the dictionary and you could see a photo of this sleek, uberprivate resort in the Indian Ocean. Many of the villas come with their own infinity pools, and all of the overwater bungalows have hammocks suspended over the crystal clear lagoon — the better to take in all that tropical gorgeousness. (Doubles from $1,190; oneandonlyresorts.com)


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2. One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
This stylish private island played host to the cast of Modern Family. (They filmed parts of their Australia episode here.) After undergoing a multimillion dollar facelift, this chic resort can only get chicer. But one thing won't change: unparalleled access to the Great Barrier Reef. (Doubles from $648; oneandonlyresorts.com)


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3. Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Accessible only by private plane, this island, which sits smack in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, doubles as a national park. (Excursions to the isle's research center are offered three times a week.) Sea turtles, flying foxes, and monitor lizards all live here, but the biggest draw is that famous reef and the 1,900 fish and coral species that call it home. Not a diver? The resort offers lessons, but you can also snorkel or tool around on a glass-bottom boat. (Doubles from $1,699; lizardisland.com.au)


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4. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Learn to bathe, ride, and care for elephants at this jungly all-inclusive resort, where your stay will revolve around sunrise treks (and even polo matches) on the back of a pachyderm. After, head to the spa for the Mahout Recovery Treatment--a massage created specifically to soothe elephant-weary muscles--then back to your luxe elevated tent to soak in your hot tub among the trees. (Doubles form $2,200; fourseasons.com)


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5. Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
Service is as much a draw here as those jaw-dropping Adaman Sea views. Staff stock your sleek Thai-style pavilion with tropical fruits, ply you with Thai tea by the black-tiled pool, and shake the sand from your towel the moment you leave your beachside lounger for a dip in the azure waters. Though it's hard to imagine ever leaving the grounds, the resort has a fleet of boats (including a Chinese junk) and crews ready to throw you a private barbecue on one of the surrounding isles. (Doubles from $600; aman.com)


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6. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand
Founded in the 1920's as a fly-fishing lodge, this collection of 25 immaculate rooms by the Waikato River is still seducing couples with thoughtful details (river-view terraces, monogrammed linens) and 17 acres of Edenic gardens. It's all about the outdoors here, so take your pick of adventures: There's hiking, fishing, horseback riding, even jet-boat rides to Huka Falls. (Doubles from $1073; hukalodge.nz.co)


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7. Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand
Surrounded by rice paddies and temples, Four Seasons Chiang Mai is a posh portal to the area's local culture. There's Thai art in your teak-floored guest pavilion, Thai massages at the spa, and open-air Thai cooking classes--the latter of which begin with a shopping trip at a local market and end with a curry dish so good, you'll start planning your first married dinner party just so you can show off your new skills at home. (Doubles from $459; fourseasons.com)


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8. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
When most people think of the Maldives, they envision overwater bungalows, otherworldly turquoise waters, and perfect crescents of soft white sand. That's exactly what you'll get at this private island resort--plus a whole lot of active options like surfing lessons, snorkeling excursions with reef sharks, or dolphin-watching cruises. The overwater spa is a don't miss: It's set on its own island and reachable only by dhoni (a traditional Maldivian boat). (Doubles from $736; fourseasons.com)


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9. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
This private enclave featuring 27 jungle, overwater and ocean view villas — all with private swimming pools — truly is a sanctuary. If you're looking for ultimate relaxation and privacy, look no further. Virgin beaches, and tropical reefs make this a nature lover's paradise. (Doubles from $833; songsaa.com)


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10. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, this luxury Udaipur resort was designed as a Mewari palace. Enjoy Ayurvedic therapies at the holistic spa, visit spotted deer, wild boar and peacocks at the neighboring wildlife sanctuary, or just relax in your room's marble bathtub. (Doubles from $356; oberoihotels.com)

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