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A honeymoon should be the ultimate romantic getaway. You’ve just spent months stressing out over your dream day that has come and gone, and now you are ready to unwind in every way possible, and celebrate your love. Much like your wedding day, you’ve dreamt about how your honeymoon will go. Kids at your hotel might shatter those dreams.
Imagine canoodling in the pool with bae only to be interrupted by splashing from nearby kiddos. Or having your romantic dinner ruined by a screaming cherub in the restaurant. Banish these nightmares by staying at an adults-only honeymoon hotel. Adults-only hotels guarantee all the luxurious and romantic accommodations you are searching for in a honeymoon getaway with the added amenity of being kid-free, which hopefully adds to the relaxation aspect of the vacation. To help your romantic dreams come true, we researched the best adults-only resorts worth their salt, so you can focus on each other.
Best Overall: Post Ranch Inn, California
Anyone who’s seen photos of Big Sur, or watched Big Little Lies, knows the striking beauty of that slice of California. And what is put on display via breathtaking organic architecture at Post Ranch Inn is even more spectacular. Along 100 acres of Big Sur cliffs, the 39-room hotel is a splurge-worthy retreat from life on earth, since it seems to exist in the actual heavens. A pair of 104-degree infinity spas confuse the separation between sky and sea for those basking and taking in the dreamy panorama.
There are rustic-meets-elegant rooms, treehouses, and suites in which to sleep, have couples’ massages and enjoy the view, but there’s also morning yoga, hiking, stargazing and whale watching. Sound journey meditations tap into the subtle hippie energy of this redwood-studded place, while the chef’s organic garden and resulting fine-dining dinners at Sierra Mar—not to mention award-winning wine collection—are wholly modern and world-class. Foodies, this one’s for you!
Best Budget: TRS Cap Cana Hotel, Dominican Republic
The TRS Cap Cana Hotel takes up some of the most beautiful real estate the Dominican Republic has to offer. Think 2,500 hectares of natural tropical jungle and an impossibly long postcard-perfect sandy beach. This luxury bolthole is just 10 minutes from the airport, but for all intents and purposes, is a world away from daily life.
The signature Infinite Indulgence service makes each honeymoon here special, cozied up in one of 115 luxury suites with private balconies and 24-hour personal assistants. Those wanting to party it up can do so at the Ibiza-style beach club, while couples seeking more intimate moments gazing into each other’s eyes can transport themselves to Argentina or Japan for a night through inventive à la carte dishes in a romantic setting.
Other perks: a nearby Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, horse riding center, and marina, where lovers can embark on diving or fishing adventures out in the awe-inspiring Caribbean Sea.
Best Overwater Bungalows: Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives
Hop aboard a seaplane in Male, and 40 minutes later you’ll wind up on what can only be described as the definition of paradise. On the Lhaviyani Atoll, breathtakingly clear and topaz-hued, this private island resort offers a total immersion into a world of laid-back luxury and ocean-fueled excitement.
The overwater villas are the must-book for a honeymoon, so couples can wake up and jump right into the warm lagoon below—or float over it in a suspended netted hammock. Villas celebrate island-style at its best, low-key yet modern and putting the blues all around you center stage.
The spa, beach and ocean activities and even environmental activations are incredible (there’s a marine biology center where a Manta Trust expert educates couples on the mysterious creatures), but the best spot to take it all in is the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. It’s guaranteed to be the most memorable meal of your life, sitting on the ocean floor surrounded by glass, crystalline water and sea life for a multi-course gastronomic feast (think truffle mushroom chicken risotto and Spanish artichoke)—they even serve vegan prix fixe menus.
Best Pool Scene: Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa, Mexico
For honeymooners who feel blissed out at the very idea of lying atop loungers on a quiet beach with a couple of margaritas in hand, but who also might perk up at the mention of Latin dance lessons, golf or beach volleyball, this all-inclusive, all-suite resort is perfect.
In addition to its flawless beachfront real estate at the very tip of Baja California Sur, there’s a trio of swimming pools: one boasting a three-story waterfall, another oriented to sunrise, and the last looking out at the sunset.
Couples can hide away in their casita’s jetted bathtubs or on the balconies with ideal views, or opt to be social during the live music, DJs and weekly themed extravaganzas (from casino nights to beach parties).
Wine tasting, cooking lessons, and archery all guarantee guests are kept entertained throughout their holiday, fueled by eclectic cuisine from the five onsite restaurants. But to recover from the wedding—or last night’s hangover—the hot oil Abhyanga massage treatment at the massive Spa Marquis sparks stamina, revives the complexion and produces a perfect nights' sleep.
Best Service: Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
What separates a great resort from a truly exceptional one is the details. Take the Viceroy Riviera Maya, on the eastern Caribbean coast of Mexico (35 minutes from Cancun’s airport). Instead of housing guests in a collection of suites, it offers only 41 standalone villas to its happy new husbands and wives. There’s even a soap concierge offering guests their choice of artisanal soaps made from organic ingredients using ancient Mayan recipes.
First impressions are everything, and the resident shaman makes the best one here, with a traditional blessing on arrival to release couples from any lingering stress or worries. There’s a 500-bottle wine cellar featuring boutique-y Mexican wines, perfect for accompanying the wood-grilled Mexican-Mediterranean plates at Coral Grill and elevated Mexican dishes at La Marea, both ideally indulgent for a honeymoon.
Turquoise water gently fringes the snowy white beach, a lovely place to play in the sun, snorkel or laze with tropical drinks. The finale: Mayan rituals in Wayak Spa, like the steamy, purifying Temazcal ceremony, are perfect for your fresh start.
Best in Wine Country: Auberge du Soleil, California
What began as one of America’s most acclaimed fine-dining destinations in the ‘80s became a sought-after boutique hotel for gourmands and oenophiles alike, not to mention anyone whose idea of the good life simply involves plenty of fine food in a beautiful place.
Indeed, the vista out over vineyards and rolling green hills from Auberge du Soleil is one of the most picturesque anywhere, and the cuisine is acknowledged by the Michelin Guide as being more than worthwhile—especially the Kurobuta pork chop with red wine-Meyer lemon sauce. If the description of asparagus soup with luscious lobster bits makes you hot, this is the hotel for your honeymoon.
There are things to do across the 33-acre property and its 50 elegantly decorated Riviera-inspired Maison accommodations (the bathtubs are everything) that don’t involve eating—take the Mediterranean-styled swimming pool, for example. Active types can enjoy cycling, hiking, golf or practice yoga, and whatever you do, drink the wellness tea after your glorious spa service.
Best Snorkeling: Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji
This prime Fijian honeymoon destination epitomizes the type of indoor-outdoor living that leaves lovers barely clothed and soaking up the seductive tropical elements surrounding secluded thatched-roof villas, or vales, in the local language. Spa baths, wet bars, and sun decks make each of the 16 their own little heaven, but the real kicker is that couples can spot dolphins and sea turtles in the lagoon from their climate-controlled private plunge pools.
The reef surrounding the resort is considered sacred, so it’s pristine as it gets, a true haven where dozens of colorful species thrive and swim among snorkelers. Sustainability is a core tenant, so there is no single-use plastic to be found, and most of the produce served in all-inclusive, ever-changing Pacific Rim meals is locally-sourced, with the fish ethically line-caught in the South Pacific.
The staff specializes in creating special romantic moments, so guests enjoy new menus daily in a slew of locations, from beach picnics to shady banyan tree dinners.
Best Luxury: Hotel Wailea, Hawaii
Designed expressly for couples, this 15-acre Maui resort with the prestigious Relais & Chateaux endorsement has 72 suites, all of them one-bedrooms, and some have seriously stunning views of the nearby islands and Pacific. Privacy, romance, and luxury are all here. That extends to every bit of the experience, with Tesla Model X house vehicles (you can also cruise in a ’58 Porsche Speedster) available to explore the Wailea neighborhood and beach, where valets tend to honeymooners’ every wish.
At the pool, which has a floatie menu featuring unicorn, peacock and frog pool floats, comfy outdoor living room–like cabanas are the place to while away days over handcrafted cocktails. Guests can try their hand at tropical mixology, take a kiteboarding lesson, tour the onsite apiary, test aerial yoga skills, learn to make poke, or get pampered by a traditional Hawaiian healer. There’s no end to the fun.
For a super-special dinner, dine under the stars—and perhaps beside breaching whales in winter months—in the deluxe treehouse, sharing a sunset Champagne toast to kick off a magical ukulele-accompanied seven-course feast prepared by the esteemed chef.
Most Exotic Destination: Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil
Maintaining a calm and tranquil atmosphere is one of the reasons Ponta dos Ganchos does not allow anyone under 18 as a guest, and its gorgeous, serene resort is proof they made the right call. Jutting into the Atlantic Ocean on a private peninsula 50 kilometers from Florianópolis, this luxury retreat is one with nature, from its cliffs to its coves and the organic architecture that echoes its curves.
The open-plan bungalows are jaw-dropping, with their wood accents, hammocks, sea views, and infinity pools. There are so many places to lounge on the grounds that it could be all you do on holiday. But gastronomy is a big part of the experience, too, and includes everything from picnics and afternoon tea to candlelit dinners on a private island and oyster tastings.
Unsurprising for a place so intertwined with its surroundings, guests can plunge into nature via scuba or snorkel, canoe, or a traditional Brazilian fishing boat ride. Meanwhile, the Sisley spa has results-oriented facials, massages and body therapies that will have you leaving new people.