The competition amongst hotels to please and delight and therefore earn the business of couples celebrating their nuptials in the most glamorous of ways is at an all-time high. What’s this mean for your upcoming honeymoon in 2019? Basically, you have the pick of the litter, and even some first-to-market experiences none of your jealous friends will have experienced on their own ‘moons. Since each and every pair is truly unique, we’ve scoured the best of the best of what’s brand new or set to open in ‘19, from overwater bungalows to mountain-side resorts to urban escapes. Scroll through to see the posh places you should consider planning your honeymoon this year:
Dream Nashville, TN
Nashville has long been a popular bachelor/bachelorette party choice, but don’t discount Music City as a honeymoon destination, especially now that, this coming year, the Dream Hotel is setting up shop. The 168-room hotel, with high-ceilings and art-deco design, is set to open in January in two landmarked buildings on historic Printer’s Alley, one of Nashville’s most covetable addresses. If you and your #1 keep music high on your list, you’ll want to look into booking the GuestHouse, a 1,400-square-foot penthouse on the 10th floor, or the Terrace Suite, which has its own outdoor grill and an on-call barbecue butler.
The St. Regis Bangkok, Thailand
For a truly over-the-top honeymoon experience, look no further than the St. Regis Bangkok’s new Owner’s Penthouse Experience. You’ll stay in a two-story, three-bedroom penthouse with a spiral staircase you need to see to believe, plus both a soaking tub and your own private infinity pool with panoramic city skyline views. Besides round-the-clock service from not one, but two dedicated butlers, and all the extravagant amenities the St. Regis is known for, the package includes a hidden gems excursion guided by a local expert and an indulgent private dining experience (by the hotel’s in-house Michelin-starred chef, naturally).
Santarena Hotel, Costa Rica
Set in Las Catalinas, a car-free beach town on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Coast, Santarena will be accepting visitors in early 2019 in its tropical oasis with a bohemian, yet contemporary vibe. Each of its 45 guest rooms are made of sustainable materials and offer stunning views of the Pacific—most with their own private balcony. Adventurous couples will love that the resort offers easy access to a range of outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. Did we mention there’s also an impressive rooftop lounge for sipping cocktails as you hear the waves of the famed Playa Danta crash nearby?
Paradise Beach Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis
Characterized as unspoiled and idyllic, Nevis is filled with sandy beaches, volcanic hot springs, amazing wildlife, lush landscapes and colonial-era charm. The Caribbean island is a mere 36-square miles, translating to an intimate feel both on and off property when you book a ‘moon at Paradise Beach, which recently introduced five new casual-meets-posh style beach houses. Seriously, you’ll feel like you have the place all to yourself because you will. The brand new Balinese-inspired villas are raised on stilts over a private stretch of beach and boast high ceilings, marble indoor/outdoor rain showers, private plunge pools, and serene sea views. Perks include butler and personal concierge service.
RH Guesthouse, New York City, NY
There’s not too much info on the soon-to-be-opened RH, Restoration Hardware guesthouse (aka hotel concept) opening in New York in the fall of ‘19. It’s the first of its kind for RH, and rumored to have a small number of rooms. What we do absolutely know is that if the brand new RH Gallery and rooftop restaurant that opened up just steps around the corner in NYC’s Meatpacking District this year is any indication, RH Guesthouse is sure to be super glam and over-the-top. And, of course, full of insanely beautiful furniture, art, and other tchotchkes that will wow any design or decor-loving couple.
Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
Six Senses is adding to its portfolio of luxury five-star hotels and resorts with a new location on Krabey Island in Cambodia in ‘19. The property, which is accepting reservations for March, has 40 private villas tucked into the lush tropical landscape—perfect for some newlywed alone time or exploration. The 30-acre resort is on a private island, three miles off the country’s southern coast. Honeymooners can book activities like fishing and snorkeling or organic farm visits with cooking classes.
Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St. Barth’s
Combine Parisian chic with laid-back island life and you’ve got Le Barthélemy. Set on a picturesque crescent-shaped white-sand beach, the resort fully reopened in October after closing for renovations following Hurricane Irma. The renovation added new dining, wellness, and spa options, including a hammam. With heated private lap pools and direct access to the beach, the full-service villas may be the resort’s most luxe accommodations, but every room has a view.
Caldera House, Jackson Hole, WY
Embrace the magic and romance of a winter wonderland locale with a stay at Caldera House. Mandy Moore just did on her honeymoon. The brand new, eight-suite luxury resort is Jackson Hole’s newest hotel and members-only ski club in the heart of Teton Village. With sweeping mountain views and easy access to skiing and winter sports (or just apres-ski culture), its ideal for spending time indoors and out. The resorts interiors are a mix of contemporary design mixed with European chalet: Think floor-to-ceiling windows, snowmelt patios, wood-burning fireplaces and large, romantic soaking tubs.
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Maldives
Because the words private island should really be synonymous with luxury, on our please let me get there next year list is Kudadoo. The recently opened resort, on Lhaviyani Atoll, is forty minutes by seaplane from the main airport in the Maldives. It’s exclusive (and an all-inclusive) with just 15 residences. Each is expansive and overwater, with large private sundecks and pools to scratch your relaxation itch. Expect butler service, fine dining prepared by personal chefs, and luxury spa treatments—including a Himalayan Salt Room, a first for the Maldives.
Grand Isle Resort & Spa’s 23 North, Great Exuma Island
With a mile-long stretch of soft powder beach and some of the most magnificent aquamarine water on earth right outside its doors, Grand Isle Resort is already an exotic paradise. The villa-style accommodations, each with their own look and feel, are ideal for spreading out with bae after a long day of island hopping around the 365 distinct cays of the Exumas, the Bahamas’ best kept secret. One of those small islands even houses an opportunity to swim with pigs. Opening in early 2019, Grand Isle will debut 23 North, a new beach club that promises to become a new oasis within the resort. Your cabana or daybed here will be perched overlooking the beach with the sand just a few feet away, along with an indoor and outdoor bar and restaurant that make this the ideal spot for honeymooning couples to hang out all day—and even stay into the night for dinner at the property’s new Bahamian-fusion restaurant. (Bonus: If you haven’t quite made it to the honeymoon stage yet, it’s also an ideal place for a proposal or for the wedding itself—with one of the most insane bridal suites you’ll ever feast your eyes on.
Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito, CA
Looking for a honeymoon beach escape that won’t involve a full day of flying? In February, Rosewood Miramar Beach will become Southern California’s newest five-star beachfront resort when it opens in Montecito, fifteen minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. Many of the hotel’s suites and bungalows will have direct access to the beach, a first in the area and it’ll also have six—count ‘em—distinct dining options. A Rosewood’s Sense Spa, and a rooftop lounge.
Hotel Lutetia Paris, France
Hemingway. Matisse. Picasso. These are just a few of the historic figures who stayed at The Lutetia, a grand, historic respite in the City of Light. A recent acquisition by Set Hotels, who are known for the stunning Hotel Cafe Royal in London, this opulent Rive Gauche beauty is what Parisian honeymoon dreams are made of, especially since it’s just steps from the Parisian shopping mecca of Le Bon Marché. The hotel is finally open after an extensive renovation, and features handsome blue suites with luxe marble bathrooms and Hermes toiletries—many chambres here also feature Eiffel Tower views—making this the crême de la crême of Parisian hotel openings this year. Its 1920s-inspired Jazz cocktail bar, Bar Josephine, is reason enough to visit even if you don’t plan on staying, as is the gigantic subterranean spa serving up some of Paris’ most innovative and restorative treatments in the finest of settings.