With borders opening, closing, and reopening again, far-away worlds (and honeymoon-worthy suites!) are finally starting to feel accessible and after being holed up at home for so long, the rooms we choose to check into matter now more than ever.
“We have all become used to self-isolation, so that sense of extreme privacy is something we are more accustomed to,” explains Melissa Biggs Bradley of Indagare. Privacy will always be a given, especially when it comes to a trip celebrating the ultimate party of two, but it’s worth pointing out that hotels are seeing an increased demand for awe-inspiring pools and hot tubs in the room versus outside.
Meet the Expert
- Melissa Biggs Bradley is a luxury travel expert and the founder and CEO of bespoke travel company Indagare.
- Arnaud Wielgus is the chief commercial officer of Relais & Châteaux, a collection of gourmet restaurants, boutique hotels, resorts, and villas headquartered in Paris.
- Brian Kelly is the founder of The Points Guy, a website that publishes advice to help readers maximize their travel experiences.
Bradley adds, “Mexico, Southeast Asia, and Africa tend to have more of these features than hotels in Europe and America and that’s due to two factors: newer luxury hotels and climates that are good all year round."
Here at Brides, we believe in the notion that dreams come true—no matter how long you wait—so with that in mind, we’ve compiled a compelling list of domestic and international sojourns that place private pools and jacuzzis on a pedestal. Peruse our recommendations below, with a few helpful tips and suggestions from the pros.
Toast to your newly-minted nuptials high above St. Barths in Le Carl Gustaf’s dreamy observation deck oasis. The newly renovated hotel boasts 21 keys to well-appointed rooms and bungalows in addition to the Royal Loft and Diane suites with secluded pools and jacuzzis. But its their downtown Gustavia address that gives you easy access to a myriad of shops and restaurants. They’re also adjacent to island legends Shell Beach and Shellona, making Le Carl prime honeymoon headquarters territory.
Twin Farms is the epitome of getaway goals with five-star offerings at every turn. Nestled on 300 acres of verdant rolling hills, you’ll spend your days axe throwing, fly fishing, and meandering through the Green Mountains before soaking overworked muscles in the Aviary Cottage’s natural stone hot tub. Afterwards, enjoy a multi-course dinner or couples massage in front of the forest canopy and contemplate never returning to normality again.
"The Nautilus is a five-star Relais & Châteaux resort located within the Maldives’ stunning Baa Atoll," boasts Arnaud Wielgus of Relais & Châteaux. "Amazing accommodations abound, particularly in the two-bedroom overwater villa with glass-floor paneling. This cradles an expansive sun deck and its own private infinity pool. The Nautilus is deeply conscious of its duty to protect Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and plays an active part in the management, restoration, and replanting of the atoll’s reefs."
Prepare to lose a few followers to travel FOMO once you start posting from this outrageous resort. Each room at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort has its own private plunge pool, but the standout romantic private pools are secretly housed within the larger luxury villas. There you will be privy to striking views of the UNESCO Pitons that were once worshipped by the natives as Gods.
According to Bradley, "Glamorous camping has reached a new level at this stunning tented campsite in the desert of Utah. The luxury suites at Camp Sarika have hot tubs sunken into the landscape with colored lights that glow cycle like a shifting aquatic light show and whether you soak while watching wildebeests by day, or at night to observe the stellar ceiling, it's a spectacular experience."
There are hotel room pools and then there are LED-powered infinity pools that twinkle all night long at the forefront of the Indian Ocean. To experience this tranquility in person, check into the Six Senses Seychelles, where your personal GEM (Guest Experience Maker) awaits. There's plenty to entice lovebirds here: Think mountaintop picnics and kayaking around marine protected Coco Island or perhaps a game of Petanque. But your greatest pleasure will undoubtedly be the time you spend in your villa built into the lush cliffside vegetation. Did we mention there’s a swing for two in the bathroom?
It’s hard to tell where your private plunge pool ends and where the Sea of Cortez begins at the majestic Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. This storied resort is one of the most sought-after stays in Cabo for its vantage point alone—the 24-acre site is positioned at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. However, it’s their sprawling suites that really do it for us. Oh, and you will come to expect a daily 4 p.m. delivery of warm chips and cold Coronita on the balcony. Good luck going home!
For a true New England respite, look no further than the ever-charming Weekapaug Inn. Discerning nature lovers return to this Rhode Island refuge for a slower-paced escape—and the coziest accommodations that make you forget what time of day it is. Situated between two salt ponds, the landscape is ideal for beach walks or bird watching with onsite naturalist Teddy. As for the premiere rooms, reserve one of the three Fenway suites with deep soaking hot tubs and panoramic views of the marsh.
The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is an all-villa beach resort that offers a swimming pool in each private villa's walled garden. "There’s just a different level of comfort when you have your own outdoor space, pool, and lounge area away from anyone else," adds Brian Kelly of The Points Guy.
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa was made for self-care-seeking couples devoted to mind, body, and spirit wellness. And their residence-style accommodations at The Retreat do not disappoint! All rooms feature a free-standing soaking tub, indoor-outdoor shower, and patio with a hot tub. The Reflection, Unity, and Gratitude suites also offer private reflection pools and lounge areas that encourage bonding, as if that wasn’t a given.
"To safari lovers, the name means arguably the best lodge in Botswana’s best wilderness area, in the best location of the best reserve (Moremi Game Reserve), in the best safari region (Okavango Delta)," explains Bradley. "Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Mombo Camp's luxury tents each feature plunge pools so you can watch the amazing wildlife right from your private pool. You may see elephants, hippos, or rare eagles fishing, and at night soaking under the Southern Cross is unforgettable."
The W South Beach’s E-WOW Penthouse is impressive upon first sight with its glitz and grandeur, but the most prominent detail would have to be the rooftop terrace and plunge pool with unparalleled views of Miami’s skyline. The two-bedroom playground also features four balconies and a telescope, not to mention a piano. The best perk? Being treated like royalty, thanks to their signature Whatever/Whenever team.
Located on the picturesque coast of Punta Cana, Eden Roc Cap Cana offers honeymooners a one-of-a-kind Caribbean experience. Known for its spacious and exclusive accommodations loved by celebrities, socialites, and newlyweds alike, all suites on the property come with in-room coral stone bathtubs with marble jacuzzis, and either a beachfront view or private pool, with an exterior rain shower and spa area.
Live out your Yellowstone fantasies at this all-inclusive, adults-only hideaway in Western Montana. There’s no better definition of relaxation than not having to whip out your credit card on vacation, except for maybe snuggling with a pack of Siberian Huskies after dog sledding at Triple Ranch Creek. Their 32 suites and ranch homes are outfitted with wood-burning fireplaces and jacuzzis tucked into the woodlands, but don’t be fooled—this wintertime wonderland was built with the year-round romantic rendezvous in mind. And there’s always sapphire panning in case you misplaced your something blue!
"Le Royal Mansour is the King of Morocco’s personal passion project and the most expensive and extravagant hotel in Marrakech," shares Bradley. "The hotel’s sprawling riads are the perfect enclave for those seeking the ultimate in privacy and pampering. Every riad at the Royal Mansour has a rooftop terrace with a pool and views of the Koutoubia Mosque tower, plus the Atlas Mountains in the distance."