The 10 Best Mainland U.S. Honeymoon Resorts of 2023

Discover which resort fits the type of honeymoon you want

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Whoever said you need a translator, a passport, or a pocketful of foreign currency to have the honeymoon of your dreams? Our top resorts in the Lower 48 prove you don't have to travel far to score the perfect post-wedding getaway.

All would make romantic spots for a week-long honeymoon, but they're also great for a three-day minimoon if you stay closer to home. You may take a trip to the beach to relax after your wedding, or you might be up for an adventure in a national park. Even if you just want to stay in at the resort for a romantic getaway by yourselves, there's a perfect destination for you.

Here, we've rounded up the best mainland U.S. honeymoon resorts from sea to shining sea.

Best Overall : Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California


Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $3,250 per night
  • Attractions: Big Sur State Park, mountain views, ocean views
  • What's Included: Breakfast, parking, room service, pool, spa, fitness center
Why We Chose It

Post Ranch Inn offers a luxurious getaway with rustic touches, both ocean and mountain views, and plenty of amenities to keep honeymooners entertained.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • High-end resort with a focus on nature

  • Variety of room types available

  • On-site activities

Cons
  • Expensive starting price

Overview

The urge to photograph every inch of your honeymoon might be too tough to bear if you’re at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur’s iconic retreat that’s on bucket lists the world over. Breathtaking organic architecture features at this 39-room adults-only hotel that’s as splurge-worthy as any vacation spot ever could be. Oh, and Anne Hathaway was married here.

The 100 acres of Big Sur’s dramatic cliffs sprawl refined-rustic rooms, treehouses and suites topped with wildflower-carpeted roofs, plus a couple 104-degree infinity spas that produce views that could be actual heaven. There’s even a pool in the middle of a golden field.

The wellness element is strong: there’s morning yoga, couples’ massages, and even sound journey meditations. Hiking, stargazing and whale watching are other fine pursuits while hanging among the towering redwoods.

There’s plenty to indulge in, too, when it comes to cuisine. The chef pulls produce straight from his organic garden for the beautiful plates at Sierra Mar, accentuated by top-of-the-world vistas and world-class wine.  

Best Design : Rosewood Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara, California


Rosewood Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara, California

Rosewood Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara, California

Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $1,775 per night
  • Attractions: Santa Barbara beaches, mountain views, ocean views, nearby destinations
  • What's Included: Breakfast, room service, adult-only and heated pools, spa, fitness center
Why We Chose It

Rosewood Miramar Beach is a designer hotel with stunning architecture and a classy beachside vibe.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Upscale architecture and amenities

  • Easy access from West Coast destinations

  • On-site and nearby activities

Cons
  • Some guests disappointed in customer service

  • Luxury rooms are especially expensive

Overview


If a bucolic beach honeymoon is your ideal, Santa Barbara is perfection. This resort just 90 miles north of Los Angeles draws influences from all over the world—see the glamorous seaside southern Italian restaurant Caruso’s for its inspired marriage of local catch and ingredients with time-honored recipes—yet remains wholly Californian in feel.

A slightly preppy elegance pervades the flawlessly manicured resort, with an array of bright, bold rooms in which to laze. Go all out with a Beach House Suite, with fireplace and patio that put you smack-dab in front of the Pacific’s rolling surf—and steps away from brisk morning walks on the beach or standup paddleboard jaunts.

There’s surfing, hiking, biking, fishing and winery-hopping nearby, but the real pleasure comes from staying put, sunbathing around the scalloped-edge pool, and watching the sun go down in a blaze of glory with an expertly blended cocktail in hand. Oh, and spending afternoons in the Sense Spa bonding over your shared love of massage. 

Best Natural Beauty : Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah


Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $3,050 per night
  • Attractions: Utah national parks and monuments, mountain views, desert views
  • What's Included: Breakfast, parking, room service, private pools, spa, fitness center, airport transportation
Why We Chose It

Amangiri is located in Canyon Point, Utah with 600 acres of panoramic mountain and desert views. The resort is perfect for relaxation and adventure alike, close to national parks, Lake Powell, and red slot canyons along with an on-site spa and activities like horseback riding.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Nearby adventure opportunities

  • Modern retreat in the middle of nature

  • On-site activities, spa, and restaurants

Cons
  • Expensive starting price

  • Some guests disappointed in restaurant quality and customer service

Overview

Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Jason Statham and Kanye West adores this remote Utah retreat, and for good reason: It’s absolutely stunning. It's also one of the most romantic desert resorts in the U.S. Looking out to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the resort is made up of luxuriously minimalist suites framing the dunes, plateaus and mountain ridges and, tented pavilions known as Camp Sarika that immerses guests even further in their breathtaking environs.

Amenity-wise it’s five stars all the way—personalized service and privacy on an A-lister level. The 600-acre property allows easy exploration of multiple national parks, Lake Powell, and many red slot canyons, too. The pool is something special: curving around a rock escarpment for a totally otherworldly and architectural effect.

Beyond lacing up your hiking shoes for days outside, the Aman Spa is a great place to spend a lot of time, especially in the flotation therapy pavilion, cold plunge and yoga space. That is when you’re not having treatments inspired by the Navajo.

Seasonal menus in The Dining Room rift on local Native American cuisine (try the Spirit of the Journey tasting menu!), while there’s a fireside eatery for grilled dishes. Make indelible memories by horseback riding to the Chinle Site for a private meal capped off with performances by Navajo musicians and storytellers.

Best Rural Retreat : Blackberry Mountain, Walland, Tennessee


Blackberry Mountain, Walland, Tennessee

Blackberry Mountain, Walland, Tennessee

Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $1,595 per night
  • Attractions: Great Smoky Mountains, mountain views
  • What's Included: Parking, pool, spa, room service
Why We Chose It

Blackberry Mountain's resort sits on 5,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, offering guests luxurious rustic rooms with fireplaces, private soaking tubs, and experiences like hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, and activities on the nearby lake.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Nearby outdoor attractions

  • On-site wellness spa and restaurant

  • Relaxing rural destination

Cons
  • Guests noted a lower overall quality than resorts of similar prices

Overview

Tennessee may not sound like a natural honeymoon destination, but a 5,200-acre plot in the Great Smoky Mountains there makes a strong argument otherwise. Opened in 2019, Blackberry Mountain earned coveted Relais & Châteaux status before even opening, thanks to the reputation of its sister property, Blackberry Farm. Just 24 total plush, elegant accommodations include Watchman Cabins (with reclaimed wood, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wood-burning stoves) and larger Stone Cottages, featuring private patios, soaking tubs and fireplaces.

Excursions are original and hands-on; think picnics led by the chef and trailside cooking. Speaking of, at the heart of the culinary program are fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally. There’s a learning kitchen and arts and crafts space, plus indoor rock-climbing wall and outdoor infinity pool. The Nest spa is home to a sauna and dream-inducing spa treatments that pair beautifully with an afternoon outdoors hiking, tree climbing, fly fishing, mountain biking or even foraging for something that will enhance that next meal even more.

Best Foodie Hotel : SingleThread, Healdsburg, California


SingleThread, Healdsburg, California

SingleThread, Healdsburg, California

Key Specs
  • Starting Price: Guests must contact for specific rates
  • Attractions: California's Dry Creek Valley, mountain views, valley views
  • What's Included: Breakfast, parking, taxi and airport transportation services, room service
Why We Chose It

Along with its beautiful farm setting in California, SingleThread Farms Inn has a Michelin three-star restaurant with an eleven-course tasting menu.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Contemporary room design and atmosphere

  • Sustainable farm with hundreds of culinary crops

  • Nearby outdoor attractions

Cons
  • Restaurant prices can be expensive, but food quality is superior

Overview


The Relais & Châteaux stamp of approval on this five-guest-room inn in Sonoma is like a heads up indicating unbelievable food. But pair that with not one or two but three Michelin stars and you know you’re in for something special on the culinary side of things.

Couples who appreciate an incredible meal—or a whole honeymoon’s worth of delectable dishes—should book it to this five-acre farm made famous by its 11-course tasting menu (personalized and adaptable for each table, it’s worth mentioning). A full and fantastic breakfast is included each morning to start the day off right with playful plates influenced by chef Kyle Connaughton’s time in kitchens around the globe.

Excellent aesthetics extend beyond to the guest rooms featuring 14-foot ceilings with redwood beams and exposed brick (not to mention soaking tubs, rain showers and heated floors), plus bespoke amenities designed to make each guest feel special and unique. 

Best Wellness Getaway : Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona


Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona

Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona

Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $475 per night
  • Attractions: Sedona, Red Rock State Park, Slide Rock State Park, mountain views, desert views
  • What's Included: Parking, breakfast, fitness center and classes, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, room service
Why We Chose It

Arizona's Enchantment Resort in Sedona is located in state's iconic desert landscape near two state parks, plus it has an on-site spa and fitness center focused on wellness.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Budget-friendly

  • Nearby outdoor activities

  • Destination spa for personal wellbeing

Cons
  • Guests noted that activities can be hard to book

  • Customer service isn't always reliable

Overview


Sedona’s vortexes are famous for giving off epic energy and drawing in couples seeking an inspired way to start their new chapter together. This luxury resort in Boynton Canyon is all about infusing an unmistakable desert spirit into every bit of the experience marked by Native American–influenced cuisine across several eateries (don’t miss the golden hour glowing rocks and sunsets at View 180 with handcrafted cocktails).

The 218 guest rooms all have private decks and warm Southwestern decor, setting the tone for journeys out into the iconic red rocks for biking and hiking. The resort has 140-plus weekly activities encompassing art and adventure, so there’s no such thing as a dull moment. Plan on a full moon hike or stargazing with expert astronomers, and definitely set aside time to visit sister property Mii Amo’s award-winning spa for everything from enlightening daily morning ceremonies in the Crystal Grotto and Aura-Soma Relationship Readings to more traditional body treatments incorporating indigenous ingredients and mindful intentions. 

Best Adventure : Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, New Mexico  

Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $800 per night
  • Attractions: Downtown Santa Fe, Sangre de Cristo mountains, mountain views, high desert views
  • What's Included: Breakfast, parking, fitness center, pool with views, room service
Why We Chose It

The Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Resort in Santa Fe is located close to the city for plenty of entertainment, but its outdoor activities and adventure opportunities are the star of the show.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Customized adventures designed by hotel staff

  • Both city and outdoor activities available

  • Full-service wellness spa

Cons
  • Some guests disappointed in room cleanliness and noise from other guests

Overview


You don’t go to a place as beautiful as Santa Fe and not engage with your surroundings. Couples seeking adventure and customized experiences will find them at this boutique-sized, adobe-styled Four Seasons property set on 57 virgin acres in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains—translation: lots of hiking opportunities abound, but there are also shops and galleries close by.

The starry night sky is something to behold, as is the bright blue daytime one by the infinity pool. The former dude ranch has lots on offer via its customizable Adventure By Design program, from mountain biking to rafting and smudging ceremonies to holistic spa treatments. There are horseback riding excursions and even an adventure architect for guided tours encompassing the culture, land and history of the area.

Among just 65 rooms are casitas with deep soaking tubs and fireplaces and others boasting seriously awe-inspiring mountain vistas. By night savor local flavors at the fine-dining Terra restaurant, or take a seat around the fire with a cocktail at The Bar. 

Best Beach Resort : The Setai Miami Beach, Florida


The Setai Miami Beach, Florida

The Setai Miami Beach, Florida

Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $1,755 per night
  • Attractions: Miami's South Beach, ocean views
  • What's Included: Breakfast, parking, adult-only and heated pools, fitness center, spa and sauna, airport transportation, room service
Why We Chose It

The Setai in Miami features stunning ocean views of turquoise water with unique architecture, multiple pools, and on-site luxury amenities and entertainment.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Many nearby attractions in Miami

  • On-site spa

  • Multiple restaurants to choose from

Cons
  • Some guests disappointed in customer service

Overview


If you thought you had to go to Tahiti or the Maldives to see a surreally turquoise body of water, think again! Miami’s South Beach is one of the prettiest pieces of coastline around, and the Setai, sitting right beside it, matches that natural beauty with attractive architecture (it’s in a restored 1936 Art Deco building) and design to boot.

Rooms, ocean suites and a penthouse meld that original vibe with a Far East flair for super Instagrammable spaces for sleeping and lounging—see the three glittering pools and, of course, the serviced beachfront. The Asian-meets-American aesthetic translates to warm hospitality throughout, from the new Valmont Spa (where couples shouldn’t miss the restorative massages in suites fitted with steam rooms) to the pair of distinctive dining experiences, one celebrating Asian cultures and the other delivering beachfront wood-fired specialties.

Best Coastal : Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes, California


Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes, California

Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes, California

Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $446 per night
  • Attractions: California's Palos Verdes Peninsula, mountain views, ocean views
  • What's Included: Breakfast, adult-only and heated pools, airport transportation, fitness center, spa, room service
Why We Chose It

The Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes is located on California's iconic peninsula with ocean views all around in addition to a spa and wellness center, golf course, and plenty of outdoor activities.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Budget options available

  • Ocean views surrounding peninsula

  • Award-winning golf course and on-site spa

Cons
  • Guests noted that rooms are outdated

  • Customer service isn't always reliable

Overview


Without going very far it’s possible to find a beach-lovers paradise in Southern California’s Terranea Resort, complete with rose petal turndown service, bubbly, and strawberries. One hundred and two acres give way to an award-winning golf course, countless immersive outdoor experiences (think guided hikes along the gorgeous Cali coastline, standup paddleboarding, archery, and even falconry) and a substantial wellness program that includes a new restorative restaurant, Solviva, serving food to benefit the body and mind.

Fitness classes and a renowned spa (go for the VIP ocean suite, where you’re given custom-embroidered monogrammed bathrobes to wear for Champagne after a bath and massage) round out the good-for-you amenities. But with nine total dining outlets, there’s a seriously mouthwatering emphasis on bright, bold and locally sourced cuisine, too.

Foodies can take it a step further and head out with the executive chef to explore the off-site farmland or book a romantic picnic on the peninsula.  

Best Adult-Only : Bungalows Key Largo, Key Largo, Florida


Bungalows Key Largo

Bungalows Key Largo

Key Specs
  • Starting Price: About $799 per night
  • Attractions: Florida Keys, ocean views
  • What's Included: Parking, pool, unlimited dining, on-site activities, fitness center, spa, heated pools, sauna, room service
Why We Chose It

Bungalows Key Largo is an adults-only resort in the Florida Keys, the southernmost point of the East Coast and a popular tropical destination.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • All-inclusive resort

  • Only adults above 21 years old allowed

  • On-site attractions and nearby destinations

Cons
  • Customer service isn't always reliable

  • Some guests disappointed in room cleanliness

Overview

If a tropical retreat with a relaxing atmosphere is your dream destination, look no further than Bungalows Key Largo. This resort in the Florida Keys is only for adults, and it's located inside a botanical garden featuring 1,000 feet of shoreline to enjoy your honeymoon without disruptions.

Book your bungalow for an all-inclusive stay with unlimited dining at any of the resort's five restaurants, beachside service, and premium alcoholic beverages. Enjoy laid-back attractions from Coconut Beach to the zen pool and beachside cabanas, or opt for activities like kayaking and snorkeling in addition to special events.

Final Verdict

Post Ranch Inn is our best overall pick for honeymoon resorts in the mainland U.S. This resort offers the best of both beachside and mountain destinations, including luxurious (but rustic) rooms with plenty of on-site entertainment. Guests can enjoy the relaxing wellness center or opt for activities like hiking and stargazing in Big Sur.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Number One Honeymoon Destination in the U.S.?

Many honeymooners travel to destinations like Hawaii for their special trips, but there are also plenty of mainland U.S. options. Resorts at tropical beaches, mountain escapes, desert retreats, and more are all available for guests without leaving the country.

Where Do Americans Go for Their Honeymoon?

A few of the most popular honeymoon destinations for Americans include Hawaii, Florida, and California.

What Is the Honeymoon Capital of the United States?

Niagara Falls was known as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World" for many years, and this iconic site can be visited either from the United States or Canada.

Which Is the Most Romantic Place for a Honeymoon?

The most romantic destination for your honeymoon depends on your specific desires and interests. Many couples opt for beach vacations, while others may prefer visiting cities to explore together or a private retreat near national landmarks.

Methodology

To find the best honeymoon resorts in the mainland U.S., we researched top destinations and compared them based on their price, landscape, amenities, on-site and nearby entertainment, reviews, and services. Resorts from a variety of regions are included to help guests determine the best option for their specific desires and location.

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