Deciding on a destination may seem like the first step when it comes to honeymoon planning, but we like to focus on what really matters: the swoon-worthy hotel you’ll be sleeping in. After all, this is the kind of trip where you’ll actually want to spend the majority of your time in the bedroom. We scoured the globe from city to shore to find the hottest honeymoon hotels to hit the market in 2018 for stays that will be just as exciting and new as your recent nuptials. From far-flung private island paradises in Southeast Asia to spa retreats near Morocco’s maze-like souks, these 12 resorts will be just as much of a destination in themselves as the places they’re sitting in.
Six Senses Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia
Honeymoon fave Bali is adding another seaside resort to its offerings this March with the opening of Six Senses Uluwatu, which will feature 103 suites and sky villas suspended over the Indian Ocean. Looking out to the Uluwatu Temple, one of Bali’s spiritual pillars, the new resort will serve as the ideal nature-inspired retreat that’ll have couples feeling rested and rejuvenated thanks to its signature wellness programs, morning yoga sessions, and organic garden-fresh cuisine. If this isn’t enough to get you into honeymoon mode, the ridiculously romantic sunset views from the resort’s 250-foot-high clifftop perch are sure to do the trick.
Alila Villas Koh Russey in Cambodia
Looking for a locale that’ll make everyone ooze with envy when they scroll through your Insta feed? Set your sights on Southeast Asia sleeping in a private island haven on the Cambodia Riviera (a much welcome alternative to the glitzy European Rivieras). In late summer, Alila Villas Koh Russey will debut in the Koh Rong archipelago, just a 10-minute boat ride from mainland Cambodia. This is the true definition of far-flung. Once an outpost of the Cambodian Navy, Koh Russey is now mostly bamboo jungle flanked by copper sandy shores. The sleek villas are inspired by Krama, a patterned cloth that’s an integral part of Khmer life, with garden-encased private pools that will get both of you into an instant state of relaxation the second you take a dip in the water.
Amanyangyun in Shanghai, China
Combine elements of something old and something new into a honeymoon stay at Aman’s fourth location in China, the Amanyangyun. Tucked away in the forests outside of Shanghai, this spot is the epitome of tranquility, complete with bathhouses and a spa serving up Eastern healing tailor-made therapies. Even the suites here bring elements of the outdoors inside, with perfectly framed views of the surrounding camphor woodland and pathways leading to private gardens and pools. For a stay that’ll truly make the long-haul flight worth it, opt for one of the antique villas crafted from ancient bricks hailing from Ming- and Qing-dynasty dwellings.
Pink Sands Club, Canouan in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Mandarin Oriental will take over the 26-suite Pink Sands Club in mid-2018 and open its first resort in the Caribbean on the tiny island of Canouan in the Grenadines archipelago. Predicted to become the next St. Barts with its new super yacht marina, Canouan is a quick 25-minute ride away (in the resort’s private jet) from larger locales like Barbados. The island is also only five square miles in size, so you’ll really feel like you’ve got the whole place to yourself in the colonial-style, sea-facing villas and sumptuous suites lining the hillside.
Coqui Coqui Bora Bora in French Polynesia
Last summer, the perfume masters in Mexico known for their now-closed boho chic bungalows in Tulum left the country for the first time to set up shop on shores just as stunning as the Riviera Maya: Bora Bora. Expect Coqui Coqui’s signature scents, as well as a line of eight new French Polynesian–inspired fragrances, to play starring roles at the olfactory botanical garden debuting on the hills of Matira Beach this fall, with luxe lodgings tucked between Polynesian plants like Tiare and jasmine, or Pita.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay in Ibiza, Spain
Located near Ibiza Town on Talamanca Bay, the 152-room hotel debuting in May is nothing like those lying in the party-centric areas of Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio. Floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces suspended over the sea are just the start when it comes to soaking up the best of the White Isle’s views in pure tranquility. Couples can sit back and take in panoramic vistas from the rooftop or admire the sea while lounging in one of the poolside day beds as light Balearic music plays in the background. As a member of Small Luxury hotels, this spot definitely knows how to pamper guests. Unwind at the Bohemian Ibiza Bay spa by Six Senses spa—where you can even have your massage performed seaside—or get those California-perfect beach waves you’ve always dreamed of at the on-site John Frieda hair salon. When you’re ready to ease into the evening, start with drinks by the beach before taking a seat at the hotel’s namesake (and quite famous) eatery, Nobu.
Mr & Mrs White New Style Hotel in Paros, Greece
Have your sights set on a cliffside hotel in postcard-perfect Santorini? Look just an island away and you’ll find another paradise where honeymoon dreams are made—plus the sandy beaches that pebble-lined Santorini lacks. With just 48 rooms, this boutique hotel in Paros tucked along the edge of the whitewashed village of Náoussa captures the classic Cycladic design these islands have become famous for (think white on white on white). Beds are framed by driftwood-style boards and private gardens and balconies overlook the blue domes crowning the village’s signature white buildings. While it wouldn’t be hard to stay cozied up in these intimate enclaves all day, it’s worth stepping out for a moment to soak up some of the surrounding area’s beauty, particularly while taking a dip in one of the tucked-away pools.
Château du Grand-Lucé in Loire Valley, France
The former home of the Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, which hosted the likes of Voltaire, Rousseau, and Goth during the Age of the Enlightenment, has received a bit of sprucing up, bringing the Versailles-like suites and gardens back to their elegant 18th-century states. Opening in summer, this is the closest thing you’ll get to living like French royalty. Not only are the suites as posh as they come (think gorgeous patterned wallpaper, gold-framed mirrors, and 20-foot-high ceilings), they’re also super private (accessed by a 12-foot-wide hallway) and feature sweeping views across the Loire Valley village of Le Grand-Lucé and the château’s perfectly manicured gardens.
The Silo in Cape Town, South Africa
Once a grain silo, the newly opened boutique hotel has taken over the grain elevator portion of the historic building, with only 28 rooms scattered across the top six floors. While relaxing in a claw-foot tub with a glass of champagne in hand, couples can admire views of Cape Town’s landmarks like Table Mountain and Signal Hill from the floor-to-ceiling, geometric-shaped “pillowed glass” windows. For newlyweds looking to soak up some of the city’s culture, all you need to do is head downstairs to the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Not only will the hotel set up a private tour, they’ll lead you to it via a secret museum entrance on the fourth floor.
The Oberoi Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech may be known more for its bustling souks than private island escapes, but the Oberoi knows how to blend the best of both worlds. Just 20 minutes from the city center, the Oberoi Marrakech sits on 25 acres of citrus orchards and olive groves, showing off some of the most picturesque views over the snow-topped Atlas mountains in the distance. Newlyweds can relax like royalty in one of the spacious villas, designed in the same style as Morocco’s ancient palaces. While the rooms with their romantic plunge pools are one draw, wait until you get a glimpse of the floating spa, suspended on a private island in the lake in the middle of the orchards. Unwind in the traditional hammam before settling into an Ayurvedic or Moroccan-inspired massage that’ll have you drifting into honeymoon bliss in no time.
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica
Honeymoons should be as stress-free as possible (you already had enough to deal with during the wedding planning process!), so why worry about travel budgets or having to secure the right restaurant reservations every night? At one of the newest all-inclusive properties to land on Montego Bay’s shores, everything is covered—including butler service. If you really want to go all-out, book one of the private villas where a chef can whip up a romantic Jamaican meal for two—with a menu of truffle mashed potatoes and jerk lobster with filet mignon—in your outdoor kitchen under the stars. You can also celebrate your new union with the ultimate in couples’ massages, the Salt Stone Love massage, which incorporates hand-carved salt stones from the Himalayas for a treatment sure to rid any lingering tension and leave you relaxed and ready to enjoy the honeymoon ahead.
The Celino South Beach in Miami
Paying tribute to 1940s Miami, the Celino is the newest hotel to open on South Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive. Everything from the staff’s sequined birds of paradise dresses to the chic Art Deco bar will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time to Miami’s golden days. Modern touches are woven into the vintage-style space thanks to loft-like rooms and swanky restaurants and bars helmed by Toronto’s “King of Clubs,” Charles Khabouth. Most of the hotels lining the beach boast pools, but this one is a bit special. Head to the rooftop and you’ll come across one of the Celino’s stand-out features: a glass-bottom pool overlooking the Atlantic.