Planning your honeymoon can be one of the most stressful parts of the wedding planning process. All you want is relaxation and pampering, but packaging the perfect romantic vacation is turning out to be more intense than actually seating the wedding. That's where an all-inclusive honeymoon hotel comes in.
Whether you've dreamed of a beach honeymoon your whole life—one without spring breakers or kids—or are lusting after an I.R.L. The Lion King honeymoon safari, after months of planning, you no doubt want the ease of an all-inclusive vacation and the luxury of a five-star resort. If you and your fiancé are the adventurous type, there's a luxe (and majorly Insta-worthy) outdoor honeymoon or bucket list cruise for you. So, where do you start? Well, we're here to help. We rounded up 20 of the most luxurious all-inclusive resorts that will wake your inner wanderlust.
Scroll through for 20 all-inclusive resorts across the world that are redefining luxury.
UNICO 20º87º Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico
This latest addition to an area full of adults-only hotels raises the bar with minimalist rooms (book an Alcoba Swim-up Pool), five A-plus restaurants, and innovative mixology. (Try the Hunab Ku, with mezcal and sour-orange juice.)
UNICO 20o87o Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico; rooms from $600 per couple.
The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
When the Obamas stayed at this 82-person private-isle resort, they reportedly never left their villa. You’ll be tempted to do the same, but there are surprisingly tons of activities: Boat to uninhabited islands; scuba dive with whitetip sharks; eat a Japanese-style feast at the soon-to-launch Teppanyaki table; get a massage...in a treehouse. However you fill your days, be sure to end each one with a different fruity concoction from the 18-page cocktail menu (our fave: the Marlon’s Mojito, made with coconut-infused rum).
The Brando; rooms from $3,546 per couple.
Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Don’t let the name fool you. There’s nothing petite about the hike up Marni Hill, the 3,000-bottle wine cellar, or the 49-foot sailboat, available for charter at this private-island resort (on the namesake island).
Petit St. Vincent; rooms from $1,100 per couple.
This is what happens when midcentury architecture (14 cool villas) lands on a tropical island. But what truly makes it an OTT experience are the next-gen adventures: lemur trekking, helicopter sightseeing, and whale watching. The mouthwatering meals (tuna tataki, beef fillet with rosemary jus) don’t hurt either.
Miavana; rooms from $2,500 per person.
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
Head 250 miles southeast of Bali and you'll find this 38-room land-before-time paradise. It's echoic and has tons of amenities: world-class surf breaks, open-air yoga classes, guided waterfall treks, and beachfront restaurants serving everything from lobster and champagne to fresh-caught fish and pizza.
Nihi Sumba Island; rooms from $750 per couple; three-night minimum.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana
Walking safaris, rhino tracking, and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) rides make this a standout option in the Okavango Delta. Bonus points for the super chic new interiors.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp; rooms from $1,180 per person.
Angama Mara, Kenya
This 30-tent glamping retreat overlooks the Great Rift Valley, where you can witness the Great Migration from July to November or spot the Big Five (that’s elephants, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions, and leopards) year-round.
Angama Mara; rooms from $850 per person.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka
You don’t need to go to Africa for a safari: Yala National Park, on the southeastern tip of this Indian Ocean island nation, has more leopards per square mile than anywhere else on earth. After spotting those big cats (plus Asian elephants, peacocks, and—if you’re lucky—the so-ugly-they’re-cute sloth bears), hop in your pool or bronze soaking tub at this brand-new lodge.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge; rooms from $925 per couple.
Asilia Roho ya Selous, Tanzania
You'll see tons of animals (hippos, leopards, endangered African wild dogs) but very few other jeeps or boats in this largely underdeveloped reserve.
Asilia Roho ya Selous; rooms from $700 per person. Closed mid-March through May.
And Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge, South Africa
Pair game drives with a visit to a Zulu village or a day on Sodwana Bay beaches, then head back to your renovated suite with its own plunge pool.
And Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge; rooms from $696 per person.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
South America meets the edge of the world at this Patagonian hideaway. Outdoors, it's all rugged landscapes (mountains and glaciers!). Inside, the 40 rooms are cozy oases of sheepskin rugs and earthen hues. Make the most of twice-daily guided excursions: boating to the Grey Glacier, horseback riding with gauchos, climbing the Torres del Paine. (Bring your hiking boots—and your stamina.) You'll have earned the hot-stone massage at Uma Spa and cocktails sipped by the oversize fireplace.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa; rooms from $900 per person; three-night minimum.
Jávri Lodge, Finland
Step into a winder wonderland at this ultra-hygge 13-room hotel, where you can dogseld, snowmobile, and ice-fish. You'll see reindeer hanging out by your doorstep and get a chance to gape at the northern lights. (If all-day sunshine is more your thing, go during summer.)
Jávri Lodge; rooms from $1,625 per couple.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica, Peru
During the daily hikes, boat rides, and canopy tours, keep your eyes peeled for giant sea otters, plack caiman and maybe even a sloth.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica; rooms from $492 per person; two-night minimum.
If you're looking for underwater thrills, head here for scuba dives on the Flores Sea's coral reefs, teeming with enough aquatic life to launch their own nature channel.
Amanwana; tents from $750 per person.
The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
Stargaze, snuggle, and make s'mores outside your luxe tent, one of six at the Cliffside Camp overlooking the Blackfoot River. Ask your butler to book a hot-air-balloon ride above millions of ponderosa pines.
The Resort at Paws Up, tents from $1,747 per couple.
Getting off the grid is the point of this adventure-centric lie, which now sails to French Polynesia's remote Marquesas and Souther Line Islands. Only have time for a mini-moon? Try the long-weekend itineraries in Baja California, where you'll explore Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida after snorkeling with sea lions.
Linblad Expeditions; voyages from $1,990 per person.
Azamara Club Cruises
On these two (soon to be three) 690-passenger ships, the highlights are shore excursions (like front-row to the Monaco Grand Prix or a cooking class with a master chef in Lisbon) that let you really access the places you visit. You'll also get overnights in popular ports of call and "AzAmazing Evenings," with unforgettable experiences like a private party at a castle in Scotland with a fireworks show.
Azamara Club Cruises; voyages from $999 per person.
The line's flagships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, will be renovating into the new year to add more suites and Nobu-helmed restaurants. (There will also be free high-speed WiFi, in case you can't live without Netflix on your honeymoon.) Of yachting is more your thing, consider the luxe 62-passenger Crystal Esprit, which now sails to the Caribbean West Indies. Or forgo the warm waters to spot penguins and seals aboard Crystal Endeavor, the line's first megayacht built specifically for Arctic cruises, launching in late 2019.
Crystal Cruises; voyages from $940 per person.
U by Uniworld
This European river-cruise line is the only one made for millennials (maximum age is 45), with two ships traveling the Seine, Main Danube, and Rhine. Expect land excursions with a decidedly hipster bent (brewery tours) and totally lit onboard fun (deejayed parties and mixology classes).
U by Uniworld; voyages from $1,699 per person.