Wedding planning, however exciting, is not for the faint of heart. So, if you’re looking for an uber-relaxing honeymoon after you’ve tied the knot and said, "we do," we don’t blame you.
If calming and quiet vibes are what you crave for your first trip as a married couple, we’re here to help. Here are some of the most relaxing honeymoon destinations, and where to stay when you get there.
Vanua Levu, Fiji
This island is home to mainly native Fijians and Fiji Indians, and is the second-largest island off of Fiji’s mainland. Way less touristy than other cities, this island is filled with mountains and waterfalls, lush forests, and a stunning coastline. Instead of paved highway, you’re likely to find more dirt roads, and not too much of a bustling city center at all, keeping the vibes calm and beautiful.
While in Fiji, stay at the Koro Sun Resort. Surrounded by rainforest and crystal-clear turquoise waters, you and your love can opt to stay in one of their luxurious villas or in the directly-on-the-water Bures with your own private deck. Candlelight dinners, breakfast in bed, and romantic massages at the Rainforest Spa complete the incredible offerings.
With a population of roughly 3,100, the smallest inhabited island of Hawaii is a gem. Filled with incredible resorts and some much-desired privacy, it’s only nine miles from popular Maui, making it easy to check out at your leisure when you want a little more action. Short romantic hikes, snorkeling, and to-die-for sunsets are only a small sampling of the wonders of Lanai.
For the ultimate experience, call the Four Seasons Resort Lanai home during your honeymoon stay. There are tons of rooms to choose from including the incredible Alii Royal Suite and the Ohana Oceanfront Suite, and you’ll be surrounded by elegance and incredible service throughout the resort. A 10-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course awaits any golf enthusiast, and relaxing pools, ocean activities, and the Hawanawana Spa are all perfect opportunities to let any lingering wedding stress melt away as you build lasting memories.
Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the south of Spain’s Andalusia region, Granada is a scene straight out of a fairytale. Leisurely strolls through historic royal palaces, monuments, and scenery that what will take your breath away are only a few features that will keep you mesmerized all day long, except while you’re siesta-ing of course.
To keep the fairytale vibes going, retire to the five-star boutique Hospes Palacio de los Patos, centrally located within historic Granada. Reminiscent of a palace (because it was) the building is actually two combined, and it’s known for being a Property of Cultural Interest with incredible architecture and heritage. Its Bodyna Spa is essential for some ultimate relaxation, and the quiet surroundings make it a fantastic retreat.
If you want a taste of France without the hustle and bustle of Paris, Provence is an ideal place to spend your first vacation as a married couple. Bordering the Mediterranean Sea and Italy, its lush landscapes and natural surroundings like olive groves and lavender fields are what French dreams are made of. Rich with history, food, and wine, Provence is also not too far from the French Riviera.
While in town, it’s only fitting to stay at the Le Pigonnet Hotel Aix en Provence, with a beautiful hotel garden to stroll through, close proximity to the city center, and incredible service. With 40 rooms and 4 suites, its serene setting is ideal for couples looking to escape, and you can do so while lounging by the pool or indulging at the La Suite Spa.
If a historic and charming villa in the Italian countryside sounds like a dream come true, it’s because it is. The capital city of the Tuscany region, Florence, of course, has lots of things you’ll want to see and do, like visit the Ponte Vecchio and Michelangelo’s “David” to start; but while you’re not sightseeing or doing other touristy things, its splendor and surroundings make “Firenze” a wonderful destination to recharge your newly-married batteries.
Portrait Firenze, of the Lungarno Hotel Collection, is an indulgent all-suite property that will make you feel at home in its ideal location that’s off-street for added intimacy. Gorgeous in-room views of the Ponte Vecchio will take you back in time, and the White Iris Beauty Spa has a menu that will certainly melt away tension and stress. Opt for the Pro Sleep Massage, designed to help you relax and sleep after long flights and jet lag—yes, please!