If you ask us, figuring out your honeymoon shouldn't be more intense than actually figuring out the seating chart for your wedding. Whether you've always dreamed of an exotic beach honeymoon (one without spring breakers or kids) or are lusting after a once-in-a-lifetime safari, all-inclusive resorts package relaxation, pampering, and activities into the perfect romantic vacation. We rounded up the most luxurious options that will make planning your first trip as husband and wife a cinch.
Best for Privacy: The Brando (Tetiaroa, French Polynesia)
It’s not every day that you get the chance to vacation like a (former) President and First Lady. When Barack and Michelle Obama stayed at The Brando in 2017, on the private island of Tetiaroa, it’s reported they rarely left their cushy villa. We totally get it. With a movie room, al fresco bathtub, plunge pool and sun loungers, why would anyone ever want to leave? You’ll probably be tempted to hang the “do not disturb” sign on the door and just canoodle for your entire stay, although it would be a shame to skip out on the white-sand beach—which is steps away from where you sleep—and the myriad of activities available at this exclusive resort.
Additionally, honeymooners can boat to uninhabited cays, scuba dive with whitetip sharks, take a Polynesia dance class, learn to play the ukulele, eat fusion fare at the award-winning restaurant and get a massage in a treehouse.
Best for Serenity: Awasi Atacama (San Pedro de Atacama, Chile)
Rising from the otherworldly landscape of northern Chile, Awasi Atacama is an intimate oasis with just a dozen rooms surrounded by arid beauty. In the realm of relaxing and romantic desert resorts, this all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux refuge ticks every box. It’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous, tranquil and has an off-the-beaten-path sensibility that feels like the very definition of a soulful escape. Ancient pre-Inca ruins nearby inspired the adobe structures. A local historian was even brought in to consult on the dreamy project. We love the cozy, modern additions of striped rugs and alpaca blankets, too.
One of the many benefits of staying at Awasi Atacama is that everything happens on your schedule (or lack thereof). Each room gets a designated guide and 4WD vehicle, so couples are in the driver’s seat of their own journey (well, figuratively speaking, a trained staff member is physically steering the vehicle). Between excursions, there’s ample time to sip pisco sours, snuggle up by the fire pit and gaze at the stars in the night sky.
Best for Adventure: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle (Chiang Rai, Thailand)
Nestled amid the lush jungle of northern Thailand, at the border of Laos and Myanmar, the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle marries warm hospitality and unparalleled luxury with a sense of adventure.
This wanderlust-inducing respite follows a different blueprint than the rest of the brand’s portfolio: couples select curated packages based on the length of their stay, which cover everything, quite literally. Mouthwatering meals? Yep. Handcrafted cocktails? You bet. Nightly cheese and wine tastings? Of course! Posh tented accommodations? Duh. Activities galore? Absolutely!
Unforgettable experiences run the gamut from elephant bathing and visiting stunning ancient temples to riding a long-tailed boat to the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers. And what's a honeymoon in Thailand without a traditional couple's Thai spa experience in the open-air salas? (It’s also worth noting that guests here must be at least 10 years old, so while there may be a few children about, there will be no screaming infants or tantruming toddlers.)
Best New England Retreat: Twin Farms (Barnard, Vermont)
For duos who prefer the calm and quiet of a country cabin to an overwater bungalow in the Maldives, Twin Farms will exceed every expectation. Tucked away on a 300-acre estate in Vermont, this pastoral hideaway has the charm of a quaint inn and the amenities of, well, we honestly can’t think of any comparisons. That’s because Twin Farms isn’t your ordinary all-inclusive. In fact, there’s nothing ordinary about this one-of-a-kind property. Meadows, woodlands and rolling hills extend for miles in all directions and character-rich cottages are appointed with freestanding tubs, antiques and wood-burning fireplaces for the ultimate cozy vibe.
Spend your days wandering the forested trails, canoeing across the pond, playing croquet and indulging in organic spa treatments. And you definitely won't want to miss a single meal. Eschewing printed menus, the executive chef deftly cooks up dishes incorporating local, seasonal ingredients to suit your tastes at every meal. Of course, there's always the option to pair that fabulous meal with a sampling of wine from the estate's 15,000-bottle cellar.
Best for Holistic Wellness: Canyon Ranch Woodside (Woodside, California)
It’s no secret that wedding planning isn’t all brunches with bridesmaids and registering for gifts. For many couples, a honeymoon is a good excuse to put the stress of the last few months in the rear view and relish some much-needed R&R. And, if it includes aromatherapy massages and cold-pressed green juice, that’s an added bonus.
The health-conscious crowd has long flocked to Canyon Ranch outposts in Tucson, Arizona and Lenox, Massachusetts, but set among 16 acres of towering redwoods in Northern California, Canyon Ranch Woodside is an ideal wellness honeymoon retreat.
Honeymooning couples can customize multi-day all-inclusive programs that integrate spa rituals, meditation, yoga, nature walks, expert-led workshops, holistic seminars and plenty of chances for moments of zen together, of course.
Best for Celeb Sightings: Jumby Bay Island (Antigua)
Located off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay Island is a star-studded Eden where A-listers know they can escape the lenses of the paparazzi and sip pina coladas in peace. A long list of celebs—including Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Hilary Swank, Mariah Carey and Will Smith, to name a few—have retreated to this 300-acre slice of Caribbean heaven because it’s totally blissful in every way.
Pristine beaches are complemented by five-star service, an easy breezy vibe and seriously sumptuous grounds that include stunning oceanfront rooms, breezy lounges, two swimming pools, four restaurants and tennis courts. This private-island paradise also boasts next-level amenities—including complimentary cocktails, gourmet dining, cooking lessons, non-motorized water sports and snorkeling. Thankfully, you don’t need to be famous to enjoy all the plush perks—although having deep pockets definitely helps.
Best Safari Lodge: Saseka Tented Camp (Hoedspruit, South Africa)
While safari lodges are increasingly turning towards an all-inclusive model, Saseka Tented Camp has always excelled in impeccable service and stress-free, all-inclusive stays. Located within the 14,000-hectare Thornybush Nature Reserve, which is adjacent to the Kruger National Park, each spacious tent is equipped with a supremely comfy bed, soaking tub, outdoor rainfall shower and private plunge pool.
Wildlife viewing isn’t just limited to game drives; guest sanctuaries overlook a dry riverbed, giving honeymooners the chance to peep impalas, kudus, warthogs and baboons from the comfort of your king-sized bed or private deck. Additionally, rates include all food and beverage (yes, that includes wine, beer and booze), as well as morning and afternoon safaris in open-air vehicles.
Best Elevated Farm Stay: Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
Set in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains with sweeping panoramic views, Blackberry Farm redefines the notion of a pastoral honeymoon getaway. While this bucolic 4,200-acre estate is indeed a working farm, getting down and dirty here is more likely to entail foraging expeditions for wild mushrooms and hands-on cooking classes before an afternoon hike, horseback ride or clay shooting lesson—or spa appointment—than feeding the livestock and cleaning their stables. Field-to-fork cuisine is at the heart of a honeymoon at Blackberry Farm, where the culinary team presents ever-changing seasonal menus that spotlight the season's most exceptional ingredients on the plate.
Best Unplugged Escape: Petit St. Vincent (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
One of the last truly off-the-grid getaways in the Caribbean, Petit St. Vincent is the tech-free interlude every newlywed couple dreams of, as guest cottages are blissfully devoid of televisions, phones and, yes, even wifi. Without the distraction of the outside world, you'll have the opportunity to unplug from the outside world and focus on starting your new life together.
Days may consist of leisurely time by the pool, strolling along the white-sand beaches and lingering over dinner without worrying about the time. After a few days of rising with the sun, instead of your digital alarm, you'll likely start to realize the lifestyle's appeal—and, perhaps, even find a few ways to work up an appetite before breakfast (wink, wink).
Best Adults-Only: Jade Mountain (St. Lucia)
Dreaming of honeymooning at a fabulous Caribbean resort removed from inflatable floaties, diving contests and splash fights? We see your kid-free fantasy and raise you the ease of a five-star all-inclusive. Framed by the splendor of St. Lucia, Jade Mountain is an adult-only haven that’s basically tailor-made for newlyweds. The property's suites only have three walls, which means the sleeping area flows directly into a private infinity-edge pool with sweeping views of the UNESCO-listed Piton Mountains visible from all vantage points.
We’d totally understand if you decided to stay in the room with your spouse the entire time. But then again, you’d be missing out on all the natural scenery that’s waiting to be discovered. How could you not take advantage of the Jade Mountain hiking butler program that allows guests to trek the island’s scenic trails in VIP style, when dedicated guides, canapés and refreshing face towels are all part of the package?