The competition among hotels to please, delight and earn the business of couples celebrating their nuptials in the most glamorous of ways is at an all-time high. What does this mean for your upcoming honeymoon? 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. We’ve scoured the best of the best of what’s brand new or set to open, from overwater bungalows to mountain-side resorts and urban escapes. Here are the posh places you should consider when 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 the Dream Hotel set up shop. The 168-room hotel, with high-ceilings and art-deco design, opened in March 2019 in two landmarked buildings on the historic Printer’s Alley, one of Nashville’s most covetable addresses. If you and your honey keep music high on your list, 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. Book the new Owner’s Penthouse Experience package to 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 started accepting visitors in early 2019 in its tropical oasis with a bohemian, yet contemporary vibe. Each of its 45 guest rooms is made of sustainable materials and offers 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 spans a mere 36 square miles, translating to an intimate feel both on and off the property when you book a ‘moon at Paradise Beach, which recently introduced five new casual-meets-posh beach houses. Seriously, you’ll feel like you have the place all to yourself—because you will. The 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 a butler and personal concierge service.
RH Guesthouse, New York City, NY
There’s not too much info on the soon-to-be-opened Restoration Hardware Guesthouse (aka hotel concept) but it has both the retail and hospitality worlds buzzing. This new venture in hospitality, which, as of early 2020, is "nearly complete" according to New York City realty reports, is the first of its kind for furniture label RH and rumored to have only 14 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 is any indication, RH Guesthouse is sure to be super glam and over-the-top. And, of course, it's full of insanely beautiful furniture, art, lighting installations, and other tchotchkes that will wow any design or décor-loving couple.
Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
Six Senses recently added to its impressive portfolio of luxury five-star hotels and resorts with a new location on Krabey Island in Cambodia. The property, which opened its doors in 2019, 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 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 like Mandy Moore 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), it's ideal for spending time indoors and out. The resort's 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" list is Kudadoo. The resort, on Lhaviyani Atoll, is 40 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, 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 an exotic paradise. The villa-style accommodations, each with its 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. Grand Isle also debuted 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? Enter Rosewood Miramar Beach, Southern California’s newest five-star beachfront resort in Montecito, just 15 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. Many of the hotel’s suites and bungalows have direct access to the beach, a first in the area. It also has six (count ‘em!) distinct dining options, the 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, the group 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 Le Bon Marché.
The hotel is finally open after an extensive renovation, and features handsome blue suites with luxe marble bathrooms and Hermès toiletries—many chambres here also feature Eiffel Tower views—making this the crême de la crême of recent Parisian hotel openings. 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’s most innovative and restorative treatments in the finest of settings.