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What is it about water that sets the tone for a sexy honeymoon? It could be the revealing wardrobe associated with it—next to nothing—or when you're skinny dipping, absolutely nada. Or, perhaps the idea of cuddling close in a steamy Jacuzzi holds a special allure.
If one thing is essential to a steamy honeymoon, it’s a pool. Whether it’s one with an invisible edge overlooking an ocean somewhere or at the top of a cosmopolitan city building, there's definitely one right for you and your partner.
Read on to explore our definitive list of the world’s best swimming pools that should be seriously considered for your honeymoon. Book any one of them, and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable aquatic adventure.
Best Overall: Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, Mexico
The hands-down, most epic, honeymooner options at this brand-new resort on the less-crowded East Cape of Los Cabos are the ocean-view rooms with private plunge pools that are backdropped by the bright blue Sea of Cortez, silhouetted mountains, and a white sand beach.
Primo examples of indoor-outdoor living, the hideaway rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas feature sliding glass doors for easy access to the paradise just beyond.
When you’re not enjoying your pristine, private digs, there’s snorkeling, sport fishing, golf, and both desert and ocean adventures to be had. The two-mile stretch of the resort features swimming and a UNESCO Marine World Heritage site.
Food and beverage venues include beachside, farm-to-table dining and Mediterranean seafood. The Oasis Spa offers side-by-side experiences for couples, just as intimate and private as the accommodations. It's a must-visit.
Best Value: Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand
Two words: DoublePool Villa. This is a specialty of the idyllic, Phuket resort that includes not just one, but two private pools, alongside an expansive villa overlooking a serene lagoon.
At Banyan Tree Phuket, there’s a floating, bedroom pavilion surrounded by its own wading pool, plus, a separate infinity-edge pool with an immersed jet pool.
It honestly might be hard to leave, since they also claim a traditional, thatched-roof Thai Sala that’s the perfect place for a couples' spa treatment. Even if you don’t get the DoublePool version, each of the 220 rooms here have some kind of plunge pool.
When you wish to be on land, there’s also golf available, not to mention a beautiful beach and complimentary bicycles to ride. Foodies rejoice: There are six restaurants, plus two bars and hidden spots for destination dining.
Best Views: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia
The communal pools at the 44-acre St. Regis Bora Bora Resort on the iconic Bora Bora lagoon are nothing to complain about.
For the sexiest vacation there, it’s worth going for the expansive Overwater Royal Otemanu Villa or Overwater Royal Suite Villa, both options claiming their own pools, plus glass panels giving peeks of the turquoise below.
With Mt. Otemanu views like this, you may want to stick with room service for all meals. Not that the five eateries—from legendary Jean-Georges Vonderichten’s Asian-French Lagoon Restaurant to the Italian Far Niete Ristorante—aren’t worth dressing up for date nights, too.
The sprawling resort is also home to a beautiful fitness center, pristine beaches, Lagoonarium, a divine spa, and activities like sailing and diving to get up close and personal with black-tip reef sharks and rays.
Best Splurge: Soneva Jani, Maldives
Set on the dreamy Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, this exclusive and hyper-luxe property offers honeymooners intimacy with just 24 overwater villas (plus two massive island villas). And, each one is equipped with its own pool that seems to suspend over the surreal blues of the Indian Ocean.
Fun is built into the experience: The villas also have waterslides leading into their pools or the crystalline lagoon underneath. All in all, Soneva Jani comprises five islands and a breathtaking lagoon, so there’s more than enough space for couples to sprawl in their own slice of paradise.
There are eco-friendly surf excursions, a high-tech observatory, and an overwater cinema, too. Not to mention, there's first-rate cuisine, as well as 24-hour homemade chocolate and ice cream rooms.
If all of this sounds too good to be true, also consider this: You get butler service, too, ensuring you feel like kings and queens the entire time.
Best Design: Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
What's better than seeing shooting stars? Spotting them while floating in your very own infinity pool that seems to float in the heavens itself.
That might very well be your reality when ensconced in this famously romantic resort’s guest room sanctuaries, which also come with 24/7 butler service. They even have celestial names, such as Galaxy and Star, and just three walls, giving lovebirds the chance to live in true indoor-outdoor paradise.
The top-of-the-world views are courtesy of its place seemingly above the clouds, looking over the Caribbean and Pitons World Heritage Site. Spa services can happen in these otherworldly sanctuaries, or in the boutique spa and fitness studio, while the Celestial Terrace is the place for so-called Jade Cuisine and sunset cocktails.
For beach time, guests have access to sister resort Anse Chastanet’s restaurants, bars, art gallery, spa, water sports facilities, and a pair of plush beaches.
Best Caribbean: Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Recently reopened on Virgin Gorda after a four-year renovation, this British Virgin Islands classic is back and better than ever.
With 500 acres and a half-mile crescent beach, there are plenty of places to hide at Rosewood Little Dix Bay—like the brand-new, one-bedroom pool suites, whose aquamarine plunge pools overlook the mesmerizing bay.
Honeymoon-perfect amenities like outdoor rain showers and private patios are standard, too. Note, there are two additional pools, a free-form stunner and a two-tiered, spa infinity pool with Sir Francis Drake Channel views that’s the perfect place to doze after a couples' massage.
For sustenance after snorkeling, swimming, or tennis, there’s a handful of beachy-chic, dining destinations that tantalize newlyweds with craft rum cocktails, fresh catch, and farm-to-table dishes utilizing herbs from the resort’s garden.
Most Private: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Newlyweds who might want to spend their honeymoon swimming in the nude can do so without fear of being seen at this all-pool, villa resort at the southern tip of Bali.
The 84 villas, awe-inspiring examples of contemporary Balinese design, are cleverly positioned to make each feel totally secluded. The sexy suites have sliding glass doors that open directly to the pool, and plenty of daybeds to sunbathe in whenever you like. Each is staffed by a 24-hour butler, too, and stocked with comprehensive amenities.
The main pool is one of the most photogenic anywhere, its clifftop infinity-edge disappearing into the endless Indian Ocean. Sunset is best enjoyed from the limestone cliff’s edge, where several restaurants are situated. There, you can enjoy Indonesian fare, plus, Western comfort foods and multisensory gastronomy.
Healers and masseuses in Bali are legendary, so set aside an afternoon for the spa, and you’ll forget all about jet lag and wedding planning.
Most Unique: Andronis Boutique Hotel, Santorini, Greece
There’s likely nowhere in the world, but Greece where your honeymoon suite comes with a plunge pool built into an actual cave. Talk about living the dream.
This boutique hotel overlooking Santorini’s famed caldera is truly unique, with two magical accommodations begging for newlyweds to enjoy the view: the Cave Pool Suite and Executive Suite with Cave Pool.
The azure Aegean will surely be the main event, but also ideal is the hotel’s position in Oia Village, known for being an epic place to watch the fiery sunset. Head out on a catamaran or wine adventure, scuba diving, or simply wander through the whitewashed villages in awe.
By night, enjoy locally-sourced cuisine at Lauda Restaurant, and don’t forget to spend a day at the Mare Sanus Spa for highly-personalized services using plant-based products.
Best Luxury: Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is a symphony of spectacular blues, and Amanyara, on a secluded stretch of coastline in an 18,000-acre nature preserve, embraces them at every turn.
The Pool Pavilions, for example, feature floor-to-ceiling windows on three walls and 40-foot infinity pools for only the lucky couples calling them temporary homes. Even more over-the-top is the Amanyara Pavilion, an accommodation elevated above the water for dramatic vistas with its own T-shaped pool overlooking the gardens.
Take in the sunset from teak decks after days filled with snorkeling and reef diving in the Northwest Point Marine National Park. The acclaimed wellness destination—with ocean-view yoga and customizable movement sessions—has a holistic spa with unreal treatments, so make time to indulge.
Seasonal menus at the trio of eateries offer just-caught seafood, as well as Caribbean fare and sushi, with super-fresh produce featured throughout. Up the romance with a customized, starlit dinner or clifftop picnic with a discreet butler serving you, then disappearing from sight.
Best in the U.S.: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful hotels, this Big Sur spot is a dream honeymoon destination in all its adults-only glory. For such an occasion, cozy up to your one true love in the Pacific Suite, with heated floors and an outdoor, stainless steel hot tub looking out to the Pacific Ocean.
The panoramic Cliff House is another perfect pick, with its hot tub perched on the cliffside. Every accommodation is surrounded by nature, giving guests maximum privacy. Well-versed in creating memories, the Post Ranch Inn has customizable, honeymoon packages that include helicopter rides, personalized photo albums, Champagne picnics, and breakfast in bed.
Stargazing here is epic, as are the opportunities for hiking and soaking up the environs. Fuel up for morning yoga with exquisite dinners in the fine dining restaurant, and recover with in-room massages.