Celebrating the best day of your life on what will be the trip of a lifetime—also known as your honeymoon—just doesn’t seem as exciting if you have to share it with crowds of tourists and other canoodling couples. Opt instead for a honeymoon hotel that operates on a smaller scale (for more intimacy and seclusion away from other guests), but still features prestige accommodations and an attentive staff so you can really kick your marriage off right.
Villa La Vigie in Monte Carlo, Monaco
Channel Princess Grace of Monaco and Karl Lagerfeld by checking into the Villa La Vigie, one of the most striking—and luxurious—properties on the Côte d’Azur. Not only is total privacy a given (since the two of you would be occupying the entire home), but it’s also perched on a cliff like a watchtower, which is how the villa gets its name in French. Lagerfeld himself lived here for 10 years in the ‘80s, so you know it’s chic. The six-bedroom villa, which is situated on the same cape as The Monte-Carlo Beach hotel, also boasts a jacuzzi overlooking the sea, two dressing rooms (because it’s your honeymoon and you’re allowed to be bougie), four bathrooms, and a veranda with unlimited Instagram snaps of the Mediterranean. Not too shabby.
When you’re in the mood to actually see other humans, the Casino Monte Carlo—made famous in James Bond: Casino Royale—is just down the road, as is Le Grill, the recently re-opened restaurant at the posh Hotel de Ville. Its constellation ceiling that partially retracts at night to reveal a magical moon-and-star-lit dining experience is like no other.
The Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, New York
Co-owned and restored by Hollywood-meets-Westchester power couple Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, you’re bound to feel like a Pretty Woman once you set foot inside this 8-room beauty that dates back to the 1860s. Many of the inn’s different room layouts feature cozy working fireplaces and sundecks to take in the tranquil sights and sounds of the surrounding woods. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, who live in the area, share their #relationshipgoals bliss here on the regular—and it’s easy to see why with their plush beds (complete with Frette linens), roster of yoga events, and choice in rustic or refined dining at The Barn or Baldanza. With an endless list of nearby sightseeing options combined with the fact that you’re a short one-hour-and-fifteen-minute drive from Manhattan, Bedford Post Inn is the perfect contender for the best of a delightful town and country New York getaway.
Vista Celestial in Costa Rica
With only five haciendas for guests, Vista Celestial promises all the romance and intimacy you’re looking for as newlyweds. The super tucked-away boutique hotel is nestled in the south of Costa Rica, and given that the area here is relatively untouched, the jungle views and panorama of the Pacific Ocean are seriously stunning. Another bonus worth traveling for? The secluded terraces with hot tubs. More adventurous twosomes can spend their time deep-sea sports fishing, kayaking, zip-lining, and ATV’ing, while those seeking a relaxing escape can focus on the mind, body, and soul amidst the flora and fauna.
The Villa Casa Casuarina in Miami, Florida
Just like its former owner, legendary designer Gianni Versace, The Villa Casa Casuarina is over-the-top-glam. Museum-esque hallways dripping with ornate artwork, 24-karat gold-plated showerheads, manicured gardens, and a 54-foot-long "Million Mosaic Pool" are a few of the wow-worthy elements you’ll find here, along with three types of suites, an on-site fine dining restaurant, spa, and rooftop lounge. Because your ‘moon should be as opulent as your new life in love.
Casa Noble Tequila Villas in Tequila Valley, Mexico
Set on the estate of luxury small-batch tequila brand, Casa Noble, in Tequila Valley, Mexico, these one-of-a-kind villas are surrounded by lush fields full of agave plants. Here, in total isolation, your comfortable room will be steps from where tequila is made, and therefore an education on the process and some tips on the best ways of enjoying it—that is, by slowly sipping delicious blanco, anejo, and reposado with your bae. In the surrounding area and nearby town of Tequila, you can spend your honeymoon checking out other distilleries, trying out the local mixology, or booking a tequila and chocolate pairing experience.
Narbona Wine Lodge in Carmelo, Uruguay
If you and your new S.O. are oenophiles, then you’ll feel right at home at Narbona Wine Lodge, a Relais & Châteaux gem in the heart of the Uruguayan countryside. With three rooms overlooking their winery and two gazing out onto the vineyards, enjoy a glass of vino as you reminisce about your nuptials, or take part in activities like kart and old carriage rides through the vines, mountain biking, or a day trip to Puerto Camacho—a private beach with a restaurant that was basically made for champagne and sunsets. Another charming tidbit is that each of their five king-size suites is named after a different varietal (with a different design aesthetic to match). Choose from Tannat, Pinot Noir, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier and think of us when you’re living your best life.
Carpe Diem Exclusive Boutique Resort in Santorini, Greece
Carpe Diem is what honeymoon solitude gold looks like: each of its gigantic suites has its own private pool (read: late-night skinny dipping) and stone-wall-guarded terrace, hidden away in a quieter, more secluded part of Santorini, where there are never more than 20 guests on-site at any given time. All of these perks would make even the most steadfast lovebirds hesitant to leave their quarters. But when you do explore, venture down to 270 Degrees for classic Greek cuisine or recharge in the hammam at the hotel’s Althea Boutique Spa.