Half the fun of the honeymoon is getting there. Between the packing, the flight (don’t forget to schmooze with the airline staff for that newlywed first class upgrade), and the arrival (which is arguably the best part), it’s a whirlwind. And several top notch resorts around the world are skipping the played out glass of bubbly with your room keys, in lieu of above and beyond arrivals to make sure your entrance is as memorable as your trip. We’re talking helicopters, private planes, yachts, fancy sports cars—even paragliding. Here’s where you should book your ‘moon, when you want to be treated like royalty from start to finish.
Bawah Reserve, Indonesia
It’s one thing to pull up to the main lobby of your hotel in a swanky limo, but touching down on a private lagoon outside your very own over-water bungalow? Now that’s how to honeymoon right. After a quick ferry ride from Singapore to Batam, you’ll be strapped into Bawah Reserve’s private seaplane for a 75-minute journey to the six-island archipelago and land directly in the lagoon ready to start your Southeast Asian vacation. Another perk to staying here? They have some of the best snorkeling in the world, so you’ll be making friends with the locals—clownfish, angelfish, rabbitfish, and pufferfish—in no time.
Katikies Resorts & Club, Greece
Island hopping in Greece is undoubtedly #honeymoongoals and Katikies Resorts & Club makes it easy for newlywed couples to do so when they book multiple hotels within their portfolio. There are five properties on Santorini and two in Mykonos. Travel to and from one of these recently opened Leading Hotels of the World on a grand helicopter, or opt to see the islands up close and personal by arriving on a private Riva speed boat. Luxury car transfers can also be arranged from the port or airport should you be arriving by ferry or airplane instead. Once safely on land, your chic seaside adventure can begin when you’ll be whisked away to one of 35 romantic rooms or suites, a stone’s throw from the azure Aegean Sea. Not too shabby.
St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives
When you and bae want to “Live Exquisite” during your intimate getaway, sign up for this very package offering at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Priced at $150,000 (hey, #YOLO), the five-night experience kicks off at the airport when you’re greeted by Norma (the hotel’s world-class Azimut yacht) to zip over to the property for check-in at the John Jacob Astor Estate villa. And this is no ordinary villa, either. Taking up more than 1,540 square meters, the two-story estate is where you want to be for private one-on-one time. Have your personal butler tend to your every need as you lie out by the Indian Ocean, skinny-dip in the Olympic-size infinity pool, enjoy movie night in the home theatre, and de-stress in the on-site wellness center—and of course, no visit to a St. Regis is complete without afternoon tea and a champagne sabering.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Can you imagine honeymooning in a place so remote that you have to paraglide there? That’s exactly how you can arrive to Six Senses Zighy Bay. Given that the luxurious resort is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Arabian country of Oman, the most logical route is to paraglide off a cliff to the resort’s grounds. Scared of heights? Don’t worry, the property’s resident paragliding professional (yes, they have those) will be there to walk, er, fly you through it. Plus you’ll get a sneak peek of your new home away from home, since you’ll be taking the long way around the edge of the mountain range before settling on the sandy beach.
Sweet Bocas, Panama
For twosomes looking to vacation in Panama, the eco-retreat Sweet Bocas is an obvious choice of where to stay. Select your mode of travel—by boat, canoe, or pontoon—then get ready to explore your very own private island haven in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. The sprawling 15-acre all-inclusive retreat features an over-water villa with seven suites (so if you’re honeymooning with family or friends, it’s roomy enough for all), plus a fully stocked kitchen with a culinary team, entertainment-equipped den, state-of-the-art gym, and yoga studio. If that’s not enough, there are also two lakeside bamboo accommodations where you can glamp out under the stars. Now that’s the life.
Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah
Heading to Dubai for the postnuptial getaway? The UAE hot spot is known for its larger-than-life buildings, flashy labels, and majorrrrr hotels, with one in particular standing out: the Burj Al Arab. Connected to the mainland by one very slender causeway, Dubai's most iconic hotel can be entered via a Rolls Royce (the Burj Al Arab commands one of world's largest chauffeur-driven fleets), or by helicopter that will give you an unparalleled view of the city before landing on the hotel's 28th floor helipad. No big deal.