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Whether you plan to splurge on your honeymoon or not, having a five-star-worthy home—or, better yet, a villa—certainly beats vacationing next to strangers at a packed resort.
Check out the best in total privacy—at price points for every budget—which you can book on home-sharing sites like Airbnb, HomeAway (now Vrbo), InvitedHome, and TripAdvisor Rentals.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Jungle vibes meet modern luxury is how one would describe Santa Teresa Surf Vista Villas, tucked away in San Jose. Perfect for newlyweds wanting to give Costa Rica a try (or even a group heading there for a bachelorette party), you can relax in paradise without going broke—starting at $90 per night depending on the season. Not only do you get to call a private hilltop with breathtaking ocean views home for your stay, but your only neighbors are the birds and monkeys. The hosts will also gladly help you arrange activities like surf lessons, Tortuga Island boat trips, waterfall and wildlife hikes, jungle canopy tours, yoga classes, horseback riding, and more. Time to pack your bags.
Cape Town, South Africa
Camps Bay Luxury Villa might be a bit of a splurge starting at over $500 a night, but it’s your honeymoon—#YOLO. Plus, the decor is so over-the-top that you’ll feel like you’re starring in an episode of The Real Housewives of Cape Town. Stunning chandeliers, French-inspired accessories, and state-of-the-art appliances are all offered here, and it’s worth mentioning that there’s an outdoor terrace, a pool with a slide, and a penthouse with a jacuzzi on the balcony. Book this winner stat.
Austin is already an incredibly popular city for bachelorette and bachelor parties, but you can see how settling into marital bliss there would also make a lot of sense if you decided to bring friends along for all the buddymoon fun. This centrally located, contemporary farmhouse has a private pool and hot tub, plus a gourmet kitchen should you or your guests feel inspired to cook (or hire a private chef for a one-of-a-kind dining experience during your ‘moon). Pairing this dream home with plenty to do in a city that has a relaxing pace, excellent food, and a not to be missed music scene for couples or friends who enjoy live music (Austin is dubbed the live music capital of the world—and for good reason), Austin is one honeymoon or buddymoon destination you might want to consider, just for the short flight time alone.
Honeymooners' tip: If you do end up taking a buddymoon with friends, or just want to keep your wedding party going, the W Hotel Austin has one of the best daytime pool parties east of Las Vegas. Newlyweds can dance poolside or rent a private cabana for some alone time away from the crowd.
Mie Prefecture, Japan
If you’re more into zen gardens and serene settings, then the Ise to Kumano Kodo Tea Field Villa will be right up your alley. Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture (in the middle of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail) and prepare to be in awe of country life. Being undisturbed isn’t an issue here, just like finding space to call your own. There are at least four tatami-style guest rooms (including one that looks out onto the front garden and pond), plus a kitchen, study, and large outdoor area with a covered roof for BBQs. The hosts can help with planning canoe/kayak rentals and tours down the Miyagawa river, meal delivery (their uncle is a chef and can prepare dinners with fresh fish and local vegetables and wagyu, a specialty in Japan), or a green tea harvesting and processing experience.
Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
Get ready to live like a baller in this palatial villa, which will make you feel like you stepped straight onto the set of a music video. Three bedrooms and four beds await you (as does a pretty epic pool), and the beach is only a five-minute drive away. It also has a fully equipped kitchen and spacious outside dining table, should you want to forgo the nightlife scene of Las Terrenas and spend some QT with bae cooking at home.
Whether Athens is your final destination or a stopover en route to Santorini, Mykonos, or another Greek isle, this incredible three-bedroom apartment overlooking the Acropolis makes for one of the most romantic and incredible sunset photo ops you’ll have on your entire honeymoon, and maybe in your entire life. Perched seven stories above the city in Monastiraki—one of Athens’s most desirable neighborhoods—this luxe penthouse apartment has an indoor/outdoor sun deck complete with lounge chairs for tanning and a direct, unparalleled view of Greece’s most popular tourist attraction and panoramic views over the entire city as well. Inside, the master bedroom features both an en suite bathroom and its own private outdoor terrace where you can kill a bottle of wine (or two) or take in your morning coffee, which can be prepared just a few feet away in the gourmet kitchen.
Find yourself under the Tuscan sun—fresh off your nuptials—at this romantic and rustic villa in the heart of Loro Ciuffenna. One look at the grounds, landscaping, and picturesque pool is enough reason to book immediately, but there are plenty of other swaying factors, such as an antique wood-burning bread oven, a pool, a Jacuzzi, a massive terrace overlooking the valley, oh, and five bedrooms, three bathrooms, three fireplaces, and a large dining room. The hosts also welcome each guest with a bottle of olive oil produced from the olive trees surrounding the villa. Can we live here please?
Good luck sightseeing in Bali when you stay at Sanglung Villa in Singaraja because you’ll never want to leave the premises. Located on one of the last remaining untouched parts of the island, the four-bed, three-bath home, complete with an outdoor rain shower, exudes luxury in all the right ways—a.k.a. everyone will be losing it once they watch your honeymoon Insta tour of this place. This gem starts at $179 a night. There’s also an infinity pool, easy access to the beach, fresh daily meals, and plenty of gecko noises to fall asleep to at night. Why look any further?