You know if you want an outdoorsy, beach, or city honeymoon. But finding the best place to honeymoon for your budget can take some next-level sleuthing. So we did it for you— whether you aim to splurge, stretch, or save, here are the best honeymoon ideas for every budget, and style.
For nature on steroids, it doesn’t get better than the eco-chic Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in a remote location outside Tofino on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. You’ll have the waves all to yourself while surfing, glimpse soaring bald eagles and breaching orcas, and hike through old-growth forests before soaking in a cedar hot tub and crashing in your seriously luxe safari-style tent.
Overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific and set against the backdrop of redwood forests (with blissfully terrible cell reception), Ventana Big Sur lets you unplug after all that wedding insanity. You’ll take a guided flora and fauna hike, do a little yoga, and have amazing alfresco meals—like Ora King salmon and a delicious pour from the resort’s 10,000-bottle cellar of Central Coast wines.
Jackson, Wyoming, is a skier’s paradise during winter, but it’s arguably even more special in summer and fall. The hip, modern Anvil Hotel (with just enough Gold Rush references) is where you’ll want to relax after riding horses through the backcountry, hiking in Yellowstone, and fly-fishing on the Snake River.
If you have your heart set on the whole over-water bungalow thing (who doesn’t?), the Conrad Bora Bora Nui on its own private island has the best version. After waking from a nap in your over-water hammock, grab a snorkel and dive from your terrace into the clearest, most unbelievably cerulean lagoon in the world.
On Malaysia’s Langkawi Island, the Datai Langkawi pretty much invented barefoot luxury: It’s more of a high-end adult summer camp than manicured resort. You’ll pass insanely cute dusky leaf monkeys on the footpath through the 10-million-year-old rain forest to the white sand beach.
There’s a long, sandy beach for sunset strolls, epic waves nearby, and—best of all—palapa bungalows with private plunge pools at Hotel Escondido in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. There’s no better spot to eat fish tacos and drink Pacificos.
SplurgeEveryone does Venice or Florence—for good reason!—but your honeymoon may be one of the few times you can take two weeks off work, so go somewhere a little farther away—like Jaipur, India. Stay at Suján Rajmahal Palace: It’s the Jaipur royal family’s palace turned hotel, and exquisitely over-the-top with a carved marble staircase, peacock-blue velvet sofas, and loads of wildly patterned wallpapers. Shop for jewelry at Gem Palace and for shawls at Satayam, and don’t miss dinner at Bar Palladio.
The Parisian honeymoon doesn’t have to mean a four-figure-a-night hotel with lines just to get a drink at the bar. The new Brach Hotel in the 16th arrondissement has all the Parisian style but none of the ’tude. Designed by Philippe Starck, rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and an haute groovy vibe. There’s a restaurant, cocktail bar, patisserie, gym, spa, and (oh là là) pool. If it were anywhere but Paris, you might not leave all day.
For the sheer number of restaurants you want to hit and sights you actually want to see, Barcelona is a no-brainer. After a day packed with Gaudís and tapas, the cool and distinctly Catalan Soho House Barcelona—with its barrel-vaulted ceilings and pops of gold and blue—is exactly where you want to end up.