The 10 Most Romantic Destinations in the World
Picking the perfect honeymoon is no easy feat, with 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 resorts in the mainland U.S. and Canada!
1. Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California
You never need a reason to honeymoon in Napa, but the reasons to stay at this über-romantic resort, on 33 acres of vines and olive groves, are many. First, there are the 50 modern yet cozy rooms, suites, and maisons (a fancy term for mansions). Then there’s the fine-dining Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, which has 11 consecutive Michelin stars and a 15,000-bottle wine cellar. But most important, it’s the feeling you get of total, unequivocal relaxation, the kind of zen that comes from being surrounded by nature and that warms you from the inside out, like a good bottle of cab.
(Rooms from $675; aubergedusoleil.com)
2. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
This Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired ecolodge, perched 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, is a secluded haven for both honeymooners and A-listers like T-Swift. Take your pick of 39 individual buildings—more specifically, tree houses, villas on stilts, and suites with wildflower-covered roofs—before delving into the complimentary minibar for sunset cocktails on your private balcony. Want to venture outdoors? Go for a horseback ride on the beach, stroll through the surrounding redwood forests, or stargaze from the infinity pool.
(Rooms from $675; postranchinn.com)
3. Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
Few desert retreats can match this remote stunner on the Utah-Arizona border. Nestled among the red-rock mountains, Amangiri feels ensconced in nature—a vibe that's equal parts haute hotel and tranquil nature lodge. Whether you're looking to climb mountains, gallop on horseback through vast open landscapes, waterski on Lake Powell, or just chill by the insanely gorgeous pool (also built into the rocks), there's little chance you'll be disappointed. (Rooms from $1,200; aman.com)
4. Amangani, Jackson, Wyoming
There are plenty of reasons why this property (the only other Aman resort in the U.S.) is a celeb hot spot. (Becca Tobin recently got married here, and it was the honeymoon of choice for Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden, who—tear—are no longer together.) A few reasons why we love it: The western-inspired interiors, crazy-attentive service, and near-perfect location near the Jackson Hole slopes, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. Bonus: The plunge pool is heated year-round and for Insta-worthy shots with the Tetons in the distance.
(Rooms from $800; aman.com)
5. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta
This grand 548-room mountain resort opened way back in 1890 and has somehow managed to remain the hotel of choice for both leisure and adventure enthusiasts. And with its stunning location in Bandff National Park—surrounded by dense, forest-covered mountains, a stunning emerald lake, and the famed Victoria Glacier—it's pretty much a given that honeymooners spend the majority of their time outside. Also not to be missed: sunrise canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking along the shore. (Rooms from $267; fairmont.com)
6. Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma, California
Riding through the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley on a drive to this boutique property will at once get you in the relaxed honeymoon spirit. But settle into one of the 25 rooms—with chic white decor and working fireplaces—open up a bottle of cabernet on a spacious private deck, and we guarantee you'll kick back a little more. (Rooms from $545; farmhouse.com)
7. Little Palm Island, Florida Keys, Florida
Ever wonder what the ultimate honeymoon luxury is? We'll tell you: It's jetting off to a remote destination, far, far away, and checking into a private-island resort—a place where all you see is sun, sand, surf, and each other. A place where you probably sleep in a hut floating above the water and where you won't encounter guests from other resorts, cruising day trippers, spring breakers, or, in many cases, kids. If that sounds way out of your budget, good news—you don't have to fly to the South Pacific to honeymoon on a private island.
In fact, depending on where you live, you don't have to fly period: Just take Highway 1 from Miami to Little Torch Key and post up in the Florida Keys. Here, suites are topped with thatch and outfitted with an outdoor bamboo shower—the castaway fantasy at its best. (Rooms from $890; littlepalmisland.com)
8. Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort, Napa Valley, California
This extensive 157-acre property is so tucked away in a forest of oaks and pines of Napa Valley that you'll barely be able to spot your cedar-shingled bungalow. But you'll be so glad you did once you step inside to discover a gas-lit fireplace, an al fresco shower, and floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding hills. During your stay, bop around on foot or bike to explore the grounds and take advantage of honeymoon-worthy amenities like the spa (which offers a vinotherapy spa bath, natch), 5,000-plus bottle wine cave, and adults-only swimming pool.
(Rooms from $745; aubergeresorts.com)
9. Meadowood Napa Valley, California
With acres of vines as far as the eye can see, Napa is one of those dreamy destinations that can make literally anyone feel at home. And nowhere is this feeling stronger than at this classic estate in St. Helena. The vibe is laid-back but not stuffy. (You'll find couples relaxing by the pool or hitting balls on the nine-hole golf course.) It eschews white-glove service but is still filled to the brim with luxury amenities (renovated guest rooms, an all-suite spa). And the cuisine at the Relais & Chateaux–designated the Restaurant is elevated and forward-thinking—it's helmed by a three-star Michelin chef, after all—but the ambiance has a rustic quality that pairs perfectly with menu focused on valley-grown ingredients, many of which come from the resort's own garden.
10. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Getting to this remote adventure lodge is no easy feat; couples have to fly to Vancouver or Tofino, British Columbia, and then take a seaplane transfer to land on the Clayoquot Sound waters. But all the effort is worth it, because Clayoquot takes glamping to the next level with dreamy-looking draped canvas tents and a secondary location 4,500 feet above sea level—literally called "Cloud Camp," set on Ursus Mountain (accessible only by helicopter). Settle into the outdoor groove for adventures that include fishing, boating, horseback riding, hiking, and stargazing after a dinner prepared by a private chef.
(Rooms from $1,345 per person, all-inclusive; wildretreat.com)
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