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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 best beach resorts under $350!
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Turtle Inn, Placencia, Belize
Few places are better for exploring the Belize Barrier Reef (the world’s second-largest coral-reef system) than this 25-villa sanctuary fronting the Caribbean Sea. Among its highlights are a pristine white-sand beach, easy access to the laid-back fishing village of Placencia, and one very famous proprietor: legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. At dinner, expect dishes blending seafood and Italian cuisine (made with ingredients from the organic garden)—and maybe even his Oscar-winning daughter, Sofia, at the next table.
Hotel Punta Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
There's no shortage of sun and surf on Costa Rica's Pacific side. And at this chic eco-lodge, set on 80 acres of untouched coastline, you'll have your pick of views—be it from the small crescent-shaped beach, the swim-up bar in the main pool, or the adults-only infinity pool. While there's no "bad" room, suites are worth the splurge, since you'll get a separate seating area and outdoor whirlpool on a private deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Talk about honeymoon perks.
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Thailand
It's literally impossible to go hungry on a honeymoon at this chic spot in the popular resort town of Phuket. Why? Because there are 14 dining outlets, featuring a global lineup of cuisines, everything from deli-style grab-and-go to Italian, Japanese, and a hearty American steakhouse. Don't worry, the are bars, too.
Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Want to learn to surf? Horseback ride? Play a round of golf? Turtle Bay is so much more than just a Hawaiian beach resort. (It's no surprise that it was the setting for Forgetting Sarah Marshall.) Not only are you secluded away on Oahu's rugged North Shore—away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki Beach—but you also get refreshed guest rooms and five-star service, of course.
Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize
If you're looking to book a honeymoon on a budget, try Central America unsung hero, Belize. Filled with boutique beach and jungle resorts, the small country has no shortage of honeymoon worthy hotels and experiences. Case in point: The small resort town of Ambergris Caye, a tiny smack-dab between the mainland and the Belize Barrier Reef. There, you'll find elegant yet laid-back thatched-roof resorts like Victoria House. Take your pick among the 42 distinct accommodations (rooms, suites, and villas) and post up by the oversize pool, fronting one of the best Caribbean beaches.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba
Sure, this 104-room, adults-only resort in Oranjestad is ideally located near a casino and a golf course, but couples come here for the secluded setting on a quiet end of Eagle Beach—far from its towering neighbors. Add to it classic resort vibes (pools, spa, two restaurants), and you've got yourselves a real escape.
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas, USVI
If there's any clearer indication that a hotel is honeymoon-worthy, it would be whether The Bachelor has filmed there. Good news: As the resort of choice for a luxurious getaway during Season 21 (with bachelor Nick Viall), Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort clearly makes the cut.
Casa Marina Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West, Florida
Nestled along the southern edge of Key West (on more than 1,100 feet of private beach), this resort is one of the most exclusive enclaves in the Florida Keys. Honeymoon activities include: couples' massages in a private beachfront cabana, rum tastings at the newly opened rum bar (RUMba), jet-ski tours of the island, and more. Also worth booking: a four-course dinner for two on the beach, featuring a champagne toast and locally inspired menu of lobster with vanilla butter, black grouper with an avocado-papaya salsa, and homemade apple confit.
Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
From your secluded location perched above the golden-sand beach, in the northern Guanacaste province, it's hard not to fall in love with the alluring Pacific landscapes of Costa Rica. Expect days filled with lounging by the numerous pools, outings on a nearby golf course, tennis matches, and VIP cocktail service at the adults-only Royal Beach Club.
Anastasis Apartments, Santorini, Greece
Few destinations are more romantic that the Greek Isles—and the whitewashed Insta-ready island of Santorini, in particular. If you're in the market for infinity pools with panoramic Mediterranean views (and a chic honeymoon on a budget), look no further than this boutique hotel set high on the cliffs above the sparking sea.