Where to Honeymoon in 2018: The Brides Honeymoon Awards

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Updated 05/22/18

Your wedding was amazing, but this is the part you’ve really been waiting for—the honeymoon, time alone with the one you love. Whether your idea of an ultrarelaxing, super romantic getaway involves sipping a cocktail on a private island in Indonesia, hiking the rugged New Zealand coast, or eating pasta alle vongole in a beachside restaurant on Italy’s Amalfi coast, we’ve got some winners for you.

The Unresort Resort

Karyn Millet

You want to lounge by the pool or on the beach, maybe get a massage and do a little yoga, but big resorts and built-up towns aren't really your jam.

This stylish retreat outside the colonial town of Mérida understands balance: It has a mystical-meets-modern spa (treatments have a Mayan air) with a cenote for soaking, and it’s home to the world’s largest tequila collection.

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Bahia Vik José Ignacio. , Uruguay Country House

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Villadorata. , Noto, Sicily

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Halcyon House. , Cabarita Beach, Australia

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Latitude 10, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Playa Grande Beach Club, Dominican Republic

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Rancho Pescadero, Todos Santos, Mexico

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Rockhouse, Jamaica

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Sanará, Tulum, Mexico

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Turtle Inn, Placencia, Belize

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Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso, Brazil

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Affordable Hotels

Matthieu Salvaing

Just because you totally blew the budget on the wedding doesn't mean you can't go somewhere fabulous.

The buzzy lobby restaurant at this 2nd arrondissement boutique hotel is where twenty- and thirtysomething locals in flowy dresses and jackets are ushering in a new era of dressing for dinner. The 49 rooms above are similarly sophisticated, sans the crazy price tag.

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Auberge de la Petite Anse, St. Barts

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Casa del Coliseo, Cartagena, Colombia

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The Fifteen Keys Hotel, Rome

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, Oahu, Hawaii

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Playa Negra, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros, Bahamas

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Yemaya Resort and Spa, Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

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Resort + Town

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When you want to remain mostly horizontal but don't want to eat hotel food every night, these spots are a short hop to great restaurants and chic shops.

If you can pull yourself away from the views of the terraced rooftops, domed churches, and cobalt-blue Med, take a five-minute boat ride to Da Adolfo for an alfresco dinner, then a stop at Pepé Positano, in the center of town, for made-to-order leather sandals.

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Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano, Italy

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Coqui Coqui Mérida, Mexico

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Hotel Escondido, Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, Saint-Raphaël, France

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Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barts

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Kyrimai Hotel, Mani, Greece

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Splurge-worthy Honeymoon Resorts

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When you want to go unapologetically big, these properties are worth it.

Here you’ll find the absolute best version of Out of Africa decor in the middle of the Serengeti. Go in July and you’ll see millions of wildebeests (joined by zebras and gazelles) migrating north to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

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Amanemu, Ise-Shima National Park, Japan

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And Beyond, Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe

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Cuixmala, Jalisco, Mexico

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Gladden Private Island, Belize

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GoldenEye, Jamaica

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Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda, Italy

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Hotel Esencia, Xpu-Ha, Mexico

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Miavana, Madagascar

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One & Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius

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Perivolas Hideaway, Therasia, Greece

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Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition to Antarctica

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Get Very Away

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Where to completely peace out on everything and everyone (except that person you just vowed to spend the rest of your life with).

ABOVE: Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah

No, it’s not easy to get there (it's more than four hours away from the closest major airport in Vegas), but that—and the pool built around a 165-million-year-old rock formation—is what makes this super-luxe hideaway so special.

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Alila Fort Bishangarh, Rajasthan, India

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Dar Ahlam, Morocco

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Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, Colorado

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Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile

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Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

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Nayara Springs, Costa Rica

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Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile

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Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

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The Best All-Inclusives

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Know what's not sexy? Tip-calculating face. Leave your wallet in the room; everything here is taken care of.

You’ll sleep even sounder knowing that this 35-villa private island surrounded by the most unreal cerulean water is both eco (its AC runs on sea-water, the golf carts are solar, bikes are the main mode of transportation) as well as chic.

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Couples Negril, Jamaica

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

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Hermitage Bay, Antigua

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Laucala Island, Fiji

<p>A view of the pool at Laucala, a resort in Fiji</p>

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The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos

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Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Paul Gauguin Cruises

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Sandals, Barbados

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Three Day Minimoon Ideas

Dave Lauridsen

When the wedding's a wrap and you have zero vacation days left, these short-haul heroes are easy to get to for a long weekend.

This mid-century-modern resort has the most elegant pool scene in town. Request a west-facing bungalow and you can watch the sun set over the San Jacinto Mountains from your outdoor shower.

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Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas

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The Dewberry, Charleston, South Carolina

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Four Seasons at the Surf Club, Miami

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Playa Largo, Key Largo, Florida

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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

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Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, Arizona

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The Surfrider, Malibu, California

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The Great Outdoors

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Because being in nature is your first second love.

ABOVE: Awasi Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina

Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train. , Peru

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Cempedak Private Island. , Indonesia

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The Point. , Saranac Lake, New York

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Primland. , Meadows of Dan, Virginia

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Shakti Ladakh. , the Himalayas

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Split Apple Lodge. , Kaiteriteri, New Zealand

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Treebones Resort. , Big Sur, California

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The Wickaninnish Inn. , Tofino, British Columbia

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge. , Yala, Sri Lanka

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Windstar Cruises. (Yokohama, Japan, to Seward, Alaska)

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The Most Romantic Destinations of 2018

Gab Scanu

The best places for no-guilt, do-nothing (or everything), damn-that-wedding-was-exhausting honeymoons.

Australia

We can’t decide what we love most about this antipodean Eden—its effortlessly cool cities, Mars-like Outback landscapes, epic beaches, or that every day starts with a flat white and avo toast. Go for two weeks; any longer and you’re never coming home.

The other most romantic honeymoon destinations include:

Anguilla

Antigua

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Cayman Islands

Costa Rica

Fiji

Greece

Hawaii

Italy

Maldives

Mexico

Philippines

Seychelles

St. Barts

Tahiti

Thailand

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