For newlyweds inspired by art and design, the ideal honeymoon includes a few nights’ stay at an unforgettable resort — one with striking architecture, drool-worthy interiors and, of course, breathtaking scenery that’s almost too good to be true. These five destinations fit the bill perfectly; from an eclectic Mexican retreat to a modern gem in Thailand, these resorts were made for design-minded couples.
Secret Bay (pictured above)
If the thought of honeymooning in a posh treehouse piques your interest, add Secret Bay to your list of potential destinations. Rooted on a clifftop in Dominica, an unspoiled island known as the Caribbean’s best-kept secret, the eco-luxury resort is an exotic hideaway that’ll appeal to nature lovers and architecture buffs alike. The resort was designed with minimal impact on the environment, so the property’s villas and bungalows blend seamlessly into the island’s forest surroundings — hence the treehouse vibes. Whether you opt for one of the three Zabuco honeymoon villas with their spacious raised decks and private plunge pools or one of the multi-level hillside bungalows (think floor-to-ceiling windows and winding staircases), the accommodations offer unparalleled access to the great outdoors without sacrificing any of the modern amenities you’d expect from a luxury resort.
When architect and owner Nick Troubetzkoy designed Jade Mountain, his intent was for the resort to feel like a natural extension of St. Lucia’s lush island environment. He accomplished this goal by keeping the structure of the property as open and free-flowing as possible — all 24 of the infinity pool sanctuaries are missing a fourth wall, so your room is completely exposed to the warm outdoors and the uninterrupted views of the Piston Mountains and Caribbean Sea off in the distance. Special attention to detail was paid to the interiors as well: The infinity pools are awash with a mosaic of colorful glass tiles, the living areas feature more than 20 different species of tropical hardwood flooring and trims and the walls are coated in crushed coral plaster quarried in Barbados.
COMO Point Yamu
Designer Paola Navone took a minimalist, Mediterranean-inspired approach when dreaming up COMO Point Yamu, and the result is a far cry from the tropical bungalows that are standard in Thailand. Clean lines and large, open spaces are the hallmarks here, complemented by a refreshing color palette — a blend of white, aquamarine and burnt orange — that’s reminiscent of the Andaman Sea and the robes of Buddhist monks. Throughout the property you’ll find a variety of funky, artistic design elements which offer a nice contrast to the resort’s streamlined style; a tower of ornate wooden coffee tables stands tall at the center of the lobby while swaying lampshades (their shape mimics local lobster traps) fill the ceiling overhead. A series of cross-hatched bamboo corridors lead to the guest rooms, which boast the most beautiful tiled bathrooms you’ll ever bath in.
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort
You’d be amazed by the amount of thought and care that went into every stage of constructing and designing Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort. The resort, framework and all, was built entirely by hand — no heavy machinery involved — and the exquisite décor was handcrafted by talented Mexican artisans using locally-sourced materials. Their impeccable craftsmanship can be seen in the inlaid pebble headboards, hand-carved cedar doors and latilla ceilings. (The resort was also built with a series of underground tunnels so that the service personnel can move around quietly and discretely.) Design-savvy couples will also be in awe of the colorful glass chandelier that hangs above the tequila and ceviche bar; the resort’s owner commissioned the massive piece from one of his favorite Mexican artists — and had it flown in via private jet.
W Retreat & Spa — Vieques Island
The design aesthetic at Puerto Rico’s W Retreat & Spa — Vieques Island is whimsical and vibrant, with a focus on bright colors and varying textures. Renowned designer Patricia Urquiola created a welcoming space that combines both elegant and playful elements; in the resort’s hip lobby area (they call it the Living Room), oversized brass-plated steel lamps mingle with plush sofas and a rainbow of weaved Moroso chairs. In the guest rooms, sleek contemporary furnishings in a palette of beige, white and black are paired with crocheted light fixtures, abstract artwork and patterned rugs that make the spaces feel cozy and comfortable. Plus, the open-concept bathrooms feature luxurious old-fashioned steel tubs, perfect for post-dinner bubble baths with your new spouse.