2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons: The Top Honeymoon Beaches

Honeymoon Beaches 2016
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see the best beaches for your honeymoon!

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1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

It's no surprise that this 12-mile stretch of white sand and turquoise waters on the northeastern shore of Providenciales nabbed our number-one spot. The made-to-Insta scene is an easy trip from the international airport, meaning that within minutes of touchdown you'll be on a chaise lounge at one of the island's top resorts•Grace Bay Club, Beaches Turks & Caicos, the Palms. Or, if it's total seclusion you're looking for, make the 20-minute drive to the Wheeland Settlement and post up at the super luxe Amanyara resort. The barrier reef just off the shore is unmatched for snorkeling and diving, if you're up for a little adventure.

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2. Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Drive one hour south from bustling Cancun and you'll find yourself worlds away from party central. This quiet haven is home to a number of sizeable resorts, but they're all committed to preserving the area's 500-plus acres of untouched rainforest and clear blue waters. Insider tip: The first overwater bungalows in the Western Hemisphere are opening in September at El Dorado Maroma Resort by Karisma—now you can get honeymooners' paradise for just a fraction of the cost (and many many fewer hours of travel time).

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__3. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

__Matira is South Pacific island's only public beach, meaning you can have a picture-perfect chill zone that rivals any overwater bungalow (no offense, St. Regis Bora Bora, we love you, too). If you're looking to do more than snap a few selfies in the sand, there's always mingling with the locals, hunting for black pearls, or diving into coral-fringed lagoons.

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4. Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

Honeymooners hitting up Oahu's crowded Waikiki Beach will find welcome refuge on laid-back Kauai's North Shore. This two-mile stretch of sandy perfection is surrounded by palms and densely covered mountains•and offers stunning views of the Pacific, of course. Check in to the Westin Princeville for an even more secluded locale (it's set on a cliff 200 feet above the ocean, so no one will interfere with your beachfront cuddle-sesh). When you're done relaxing, we suggest hitting the swells—surfers from around the world say Hanalei Bay is the spot for catching some mega waves.

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5. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

With a mile and a half of pale pink-and-white sands and water so clear you can see the fish swimming around your toes, it's no surprise that Anse Lazio is on our must-see list. Situated on the northwest tip of Praslin Island in the Indian Ocean, expect to meet travelers from Europe and Asia—resorts like the Raffles Seychelles attract a well-heeled crowd of international jet setters.

6. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

This sun-soaked landscape is more unique than your average beach with its giant granite boulders strewn along the sand. Another distinct feature: it's totally secluded and hard to access—you have to visit by boat or hike over land through caves and grottoes to discover the rock-covered stretch. Once you arrive, you'll find yourself in a pure oasis—a perfect backdrop for a quick photo shoot atop the rocks!

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7. Meads Bay, Anguilla

At Meads Bay, it's all about the sand, which is soft, fine, and pretty much perfect. Claim a lounge chair at the newly renovated Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, on one end of the sandy stretch or post up at the Viceroy Anguilla on the other. Either way, you're sure to be in a state of pure Caribbean bliss.

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8. Flamands Beach, St. Barts

It may not be a long particularly long beach, but if you're looking for one that's insanely beautiful, you'll find none better on the luxe island of St. Barts. From your chaise lounge at Cheval Blanc St.-Barth Isle de France, glass of rosé in hand, toast to your new marriage before taking a dip in the bright blue water with lush mountains and grand villas perched high above.

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9. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

Disclaimer: this stunning Caribbean beach is not actually seven miles long—it's only a five-and-a-half mile stretch, but no less beautiful. Honeymooners love the relaxed setting: no local vendors or ear-crushing DJ booths in sight. But if you do want some action, seek out Red Sail Sports, a local outfitter who will hook you up with daylong sailboat or kayak rentals.

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10. Kapalua Beach, Maui, Hawaii

This crescent-shaped strip on Maui's southwestern tip is known for it's snorkeling. Post up at Montage Kapalua Bay, an all-suite resort with activities aplenty. Take a picnic lunch down to Kapalua Beach and dive in the serene water to find tropical fish and sea urchins. Later, hit the links with your hubby, go horseback riding, immerse yourself in the local food and wine culture, or take in the sights from above on every honeymooner's bucket list excursion—a helicopter tour of the island.

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