Picking the perfect honeymoon is no easy feat—countless romantic destinations, endless hotel options, limited vacation time and the struggle-is-real challenge of finding the perfect place to please both you and your new spouse. Where to begin? Well, right here. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuoso—a global network of more than 15,000 luxury-travel specialists—to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Whether you're looking for bucket-list hotels and resorts, far-flung beaches, the top cruise lines for couples, inexpensive honeymoon ideas or unexpected honeymoon-worthy locales, you’ve come to the right spot. Presenting our 2017 Honeymoon Awards—dive in to see the top 10 most romantic cities in the world!
With its wide boulevards, world-class museums, historic grand dame hotels, petit boulangeries, and couples strolling hand-in-hand everywhere you go, the romance of Paris is undeniable. Whether it's your only destination or your jumping off point to the Cote d'Azur, Provence, or Normandy, you'll discover the true meaning of romance as soon as you step foot in the City of Light.
There's a reason Ancient Rome chose to make this metropolis its basecamp for an entire civilization—for centuries. And you'll see why once you walk the quiet streets, amble into delicately lit piazzas, and stop for wine and pasta at an outdoor café. Take a moment to let the omnipresent history of Rome, and all those who came before you sink it—it'll make a honeymoon here all the more life-changing.
10. New York City
You may not think of the hustling, bustling, city-that-never-sleeps as your first choice of honeymoon locales. But take a minute to consider its quieter pleasures—Central Park, Broadway, Michelin-starred restaurants, classic hotels, and more neighborhoods and local atmosphere per square mile than anywhere else in the world—and you should find a few reasons to add it to your list.