The Best Honeymoon Resorts Around the World

You want fun. You want romantic. You want butler service by the pool! We asked the A-list travel specialists at Virtuoso to rank the world's best escapes for couples

Updated 08/08/13
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Want to make your honeymoon the trip of a lifetime? Of course you do. We found the most popular honeymoon destinations (Italy! Hawaii! Fiji!) and their most fun, romantic and couple-friendly resorts. Feast your eyes on these drop-dead gorgeous honeymoon destinations, from a mountainside pool in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to an Italian villa on Lake Como.

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Top 6 Resorts in The Caribbean

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There's a reason why the Caribbean is a honeymoon hotspot for stateside newlyweds. The luxurious resorts on the islands offer everything for couples who want an exotic getaway without an excessive flight or time difference.

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The Caribbean: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

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Sexy doesn't even begin to describe this place: All 29 lavish open-air suites are "missing" fourth walls, making your view of the sea and the Piton Mountains that much more seductive. Seriously, why bother leaving the room when you've got a butler, plus an infinity pool or Jacuzzi a few steps from your four-poster bed?

From $995; Jade Mountain

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The Caribbean: Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

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From $1,300; Amanyara

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The Caribbean: Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

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From $595; Grace Bay Club

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The Caribbean: Four Seasons, Nevis

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From $345; Four Seasons

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The Caribbean: Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands

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The Caribbean: Petit St. Vincent

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From $1,100; Petit St. Vincent

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Top 5 Resorts in Mexico

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Luxe resorts with stunning views dot the coastline of this ever-popular destination. We found all-inclusive resorts and intimate boutique hotels for honeymooners venturing south of the border for some sun, sand and stellar margaritas.

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Mexico: One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos

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Yes, this is where Jen and Justin go to unwind. Think ultraposh service (staffers swing by with virgin-margarita popsicles at the pools), sea-facing rooms kitted out with telescopes, and two chic restaurants helmed by superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

From $595; One & Only Palmilla

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Mexico: Four Seasons, Punta Mita

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From $485; Four Seasons

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Mexico: Maroma, Riviera Maya

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From $765; Maroma

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Mexico: Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Los Cabos

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Mexico: Secrets Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya

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From $672 (all inclusive); Secrets Maroma Beach

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Top 5 Resorts in Hawaii

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The Aloha State offers eight islands of pure relaxation and romance for honeymooners. These Hawaiian resorts offer ocean-view golf courses, zen-like beachfront properties, and so much more.

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Hawaii: Four Seasons Hualalai, Hawaii Island

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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green wed, honeymooned, and babymooned at this splashy oceanfront enclave, which spoils couples with spiked shaved ices at the adults-only pool and lomi lomi massages at the zenlike spa.

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Hawaii: Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, Maui

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Hawaii: Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay, Lanai

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Hawaii: St. Regis Princeville, Kauai

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From $1,000; St. Regis Princeville

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Hawaii: Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

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From $499; Fairmont Kea Lani

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Top 5 Resorts in Fiji and French Polynesia

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Have you always dreamed of jetting off to an overwater bungalow after your wedding? Fiji and French Polynesia are ground zero for these totally unique and ultra-private resorts that are quite literally in the middle of paradise.

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Fiji and French Polynesia: Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Not all over-water bungalows are created equal. The earth-toned havens here start at a whopping 1,000 square feet, and their tubs for two sit next to a sliding door that opens to the sea. Then there's the fact that you can order Dom poolside from the islands' most attentive staff while A-listers hang nearby. (We spotted Salma Hayek.)

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Fiji and French Polynesia: St. Regis Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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From $1,366; St. Regis Bora Bora

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Fiji and French Polynesia: Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia

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Fiji and French Polynesia: Le Taha'a, French Polynesia

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From $875; Le Taha'a

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Fiji and French Polynesia: Turtle Island, Fiji

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From $2,499 (all-inclusive); Turtle Island

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Top 5 Resorts in the Mainland U.S

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Ditch your passport and the worries of international travel (power converters, translation books, etc.) and plan a romantic, exciting honeymoon in the lower 48. A mountainside resort in Jackson Hole and a wine country escape in Napa are just two amazing destinations that will feel a million miles away with a fraction of the flight time.

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Mainland U.S.: Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida

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You don't have to cross the dateline to honeymoon on a private island. Couples flock to this opulent gem for the thatched-roof bungalows with sexy outdoor showers, digital detox (TVs are a no-no), and tiki-torch-lit dinners on the sand.

From $690; Little Palm Island

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Mainland U.S.: Augerge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California

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From $625; Augerge du Soleil

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Mainland U.S.: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

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From $595; Post Ranch Inn

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Mainland U.S.: Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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From $725; Amangani

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Mainland U.S.: Montage Laguna Beach, California

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Top 5 City Hotels in the U.S. and Canada

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Combine sightseeing with leisure on an urban honeymoon in these hotels, which range from a Central Park landmark to a French-style chateau in Québec City.

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U.S. and Canada: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Québec City

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This turreted 1893 landmark gives you a taste of old-world grandeur without emptying the coffers. Unwind in your elegant room or at the Payot Spa. (We're obsessed with the unreal maple-and-shea-butter massage.)

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U.S. and Canada: The Setai Miami Beach, Miami

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U.S. and Canada: Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe

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U.S. and Canada: Montage Beverly Hills, California

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U.S. and Canada: Ritz-Carlton Central Park, New York

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Top 5 Hotels and Resorts in Europe

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Italy, the top honeymoon destination in the world for the second year in a row, is just one of countless unforgettable Old World locales. Consider an iconic cliffside resort in Santorini, Greece, a Parisian hotel with an Eiffel Tower view, or another one of these romantic honeymoon hotels across the pond.

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Europe: Villa D'Este, Lake Como, Italy

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Just around the corner from George Clooney's vacation house, this 152-room Renaissance palace is pure Italian gorgeousness, with terraced gardens, dining on the veranda, and that iconic floating pool. How romantic is it? Rumor has it Brad and Angelina considered getting married here.

From $660; Villa D'Este

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Europe: Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy

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From $523; Le Sirenuse

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Europe: Mystique, Santorini, Greece

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From $661; Mystique

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Europe: Hotel Cipriani, Venice

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From $1,371; Hotel Cipriani

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Europe: Four Seasons George V, Paris

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From $1,056; Four Seasons George V

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Top 5 Resorts in Central and South America

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A honeymoon in Central or South America offers ecotourism, lush rainforests, and immaculate beaches. Check out resorts with Machu Picchu views, guided tours, and for adventurous newlyweds.

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Central and South America: Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

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Want adventure (zip lining, surfing, rain-forest hikes) but refuse to budge on thread count? This luxe 155-room Pacific-coast gem—with four pools and a sprawling spa offering volcanic mud wraps and coffee scrubs—will be your happy place.

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Central and South America: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru

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From $1,107 (all inclusive); Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

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Central and South America: Turtle Inn, Belize

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From $299; Turtle Inn

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Central and South America: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru

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From $434 (includes breakfast, dinner, and guided excursions on the property); Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

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Central and South America: Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

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From $268; Blancaneaux Lodge

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Top 5 Resorts in Asia and Australia

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Bali, The Maldives, Thailand, oh my! An Eastern Hemisphere honeymoon is the perfect place for an unforgettable adventure. These properties range from all-inclusive resorts to cozy beachfront boutique hotels.

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Asia and Australia: One & Only Reethi Rah, the Maldives

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After saying "I do," Josh Duhamel and Fergie jetted to this series of 130 glittering villas overlooking a turquoise lagoon. Most glamorous activity: chartering the resort's 55-foot yacht and having your butler set up a private barbecue on one of 12 (!) white-sand beaches.

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Asia and Australia: Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

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From $950; Amanpuri

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Asia and Australia: Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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From $1,557 (all-inclusive); Lizard Island

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Asia and Australia: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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From $2,190 (all-inclusive); Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

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Asia and Australia: Amandari, Bali, Indonesia

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From $950; Amandari

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