Bora Bora gets most of the attention when it comes to honeymoon destinations that epitomize that paradise island ideal. But its beauty is not actually unmatched.
The South Pacific is home to countless islands that are just as spectacular, if not more so – and they are way less crowded. You'll see mind-boggling coral reefs, silky sandy beaches lined with coconut palms, luscious green hills, and maybe even a waterfall or two. Fiji is where this kind of magical-sounding landscape is a reality.
To make it even better, the journey to this idyllic land is surprisingly convenient from the U.S., especially the from the West Coast, where there's a nonstop flight on Fiji Airways. The flight from L.A. to Nadi (the island's main airport) leaves at night and takes about 11 hours, so you wake up on the island and kick off your honeymoon without wasting any time.
Resorts here tend to be on the smaller, more private side, but they definitely do not lack in luxury. With a blend of fancy amenities and unmatched privacy, Fiji has some of the sexiest honeymoon resorts around. Here are a few of our favorites:
For the Privacy Seekers
For a decade now, Laucala has been one of the most exclusive and incredible private island resorts in the world. The resort stretches over an entire 3,500-acre island – gorgeously lush and jungle-like – but has just 25 villas, ensuring a ridiculously private spot for your honeymoon. Free-form private pools give way to vast private beaches and a multitude of daybeds, lounge chairs, and sitting areas, plus massive bathtubs both inside and out.
All-inclusive here means ultimate indulgence: There are more than half a dozen room-service menus so you could literally never leave your villa if you want to spend lazy days as a newly wedded couple. Each villa is fully stocked with a wine fridge containing about a dozen bottles (all included), plus liquor, kombucha, infused water (filtered and bottled in glass on-site from the island’s natural spring), and fresh juices.
At Laucala, you can have whatever you want, whenever you want it. A personal golf cart gives you free rein of the island so you can explore the extensive organic farms where produce is grown. Plus, the restaurants never close, and you can hop on a jet ski, go fishing, take a five-star surfing trip (complete with jet-ski pickup after you’ve ridden each wave), or jump in the submarine for an otherworldly adventure. The on-site spa will melt away any remaining post-wedding tension, and you can float in your own private pool or the clear-sided so-called mermaid pool, which seems to levitate above the lagoon pool. It’s one of the only photo ops that might compete with your favorite wedding shot.
Kokomo Private Island Fiji
For Those Who Want it All
One of the country’s newest private island resorts is the Kokomo Private Island Fiji. The breathtakingly beautiful helicopter or seaplane arrival is as epic as the all-inclusive experience that awaits. Although the off-the-beaten-path island is well-suited for family getaways (there’s a collection of large residences), the 21 beachfront villas seem tailor-made to seduce honeymooners looking for an active yet luxurious getaway.
Traditionally styled villas with contemporary-meets-Fiji furnishings each have their own pool and massive bathtub in case you ever tire of the turquoise sea and powdery sand, and the spa is a dream, with treatments like a hot seashell massage.
Unlike some all-inclusives, the cuisine here is truly worth a five-star nod, and quite customizable. There’s a fine-dining restaurant serving multicourse dinners by innovative chef Anthony Healy, including one of the signatures of the resort, his preparation of the delicate, sustainable, locally caught bussa fish, part of the Dock to Dish program guests may take part in. A beachfront casual spot, Walker d’Plank serves Asian street-style tapas and whatever is freshest off the boats that day (plus to-die-for pork ribs). Private romantic dinners are, of course, a popular honeymoon perk.
Yoga, waterfall treks, village visits, diving and snorkeling, coral garden replanting, surfing, garden tours, fishing and even more round out the total package. Whether you're exploring the colorful world that is the Great Astrolabe Reef (one of the world’s largest) with a marine biologist or chatting with guides while hiking about life on the surrounding small islands, you'll have plenty to do throughout your stay. The best advice: Stay as long as you can.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
For the Adventurous Couple
Did you love summer camp? If so, you’ll adore this dreamy eco-resort in Savusavu. The dive shop on the property offers diving and certification courses, and you can also kayak, paddleboard, take a trip on a glass-bottom boat, ride on a catamaran, or take a hike around a waterfall. Needless to say, this is not the resort to visit if you want to sit on a beach all day long, but if you do want to take a quick leisurely dip, there's an adults-only pool.
Lush jungle vibes are pervasive here. There seems to be life everywhere you look. The most epic thatched-roof accommodation for honeymooners is the luxurious villa, with its own spa tub, waterfall, and walled garden. When you’re not hanging out in your bure (a traditional Fijian wood and straw hut), noshing on fresh, locally caught fish (it’s all-inclusive and delectable dishes are a guarantee, as is an enviable breakfast spread including traditional local wellness shots), enjoying the live music or indulging in the dreamy spa, it’s possible to engage in reef protection efforts and even a giant clam breeding project, both part of the extensive conservation efforts the resort spearheads (there’s also recycled water, eco-friendly toiletries, and an organic garden supplying the restaurant). Natural beauty and pampering aside, this is a place you come to gain understanding about a world beyond our own—it’s an experience that sticks with you long after you’ve been seen off by the sweet staff with a Fijian song.
Six Senses Fiji
For the Surfers and Spa Seekers
Opened in 2018, this paradisiacal resort on Malolo Island is one of the best positioned places to ride waves at the iconic Cloudbreak. Of course there’s so much more to the destination than surfing, but the sport – for both experienced and beginner wave riders – is absolutely a great reason to go. Tropicsurf, renowned for its coaching of beginners to pro-level surfers, is on hand for every level to ensure good times, taking practiced guests out on boats to the famed breaks and sticking to flatter water with newbies.
The beaches here are perfect, and there’s nothing wrong with lounging in the sun for days on end—a pursuit that’s rewarded by wonderful service and vast range of impeccable cocktail and cuisine options, delivered, if you wish, to your side. With strong sustainable initiatives and wellness programming, this is a place you can feel good about spending time. Those who really want to reset after the wedding can do so at the furry thatched-roof spa bures, or with more intensive packages that aim to improve on sleep habits and diet, among other complaints. It would seem impossible, though, to have a bad night’s rest in the gorgeous carved-wood bures, which are set around a sandy path like a traditional village. For the utmost privacy, book a residence, which comes with a kitchen where you can cook your own meals (there’s a small market selling fresh produce and other groceries) or have a private chef come treat you to a candlelit dinner by your private pool.
For the Non-Planners
Are you the type of people who like to keep it simple (especially after so much wedding planning)? If so, Namale is your dream come true.
At the sprawling resort in Savusavu on Vanua Levu island, all you have to do is show up, and the vivacious staff will ensure your trip is as full of activities or as relaxed as you wish. Ensconced in a wood-clad bure or villa – the Honeymoon Bure is unsurprisingly a top recommendation since it's equipped with gorgeous wooden decks (boasting crazy beautiful ocean views) and private mini plunge pools. The jungle vibes will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time to real Fiji, the way the island was hundreds of years ago.
Because it’s all-inclusive, you can basically eat and drink your way through the honeymoon, choosing to nosh on surf and turf in the lodge-like restaurant, order whatever you want from room service whenever you want it, or join the other couples for cocktails and nightly entertainment (the cultural performances by local village troupes are vibrant, special, and exciting). Don’t miss the kava ceremony nights!
There are also plentiful opportunities for romantic rendezvous removed from other guests: There’s a heart-shaped pool with views of the aquamarine water and blowhole in the reef that can be booked, and even a rushing private waterfall for dining immersed in nature (hiking optional). But from horseback riding to wake boarding to Fiji’s only bowling alley, there’s also tons of activities and even field trips on offer if you’re feeling frisky.