Ever wondered how the other half lives? Or more precisely, how the other half vacations? No matter how much you like to splurge and treat yourself, we all have our limits. But maybe, just once, it could be worth it to truly go all out—especially when it comes to your honeymoon resort. A couple handfuls of resorts around the world prove there’s five star and then there’s five star. Their price tags match the exclusivity and VIP service. Each of these truly spectacular hotels wow so completely you may have to pick your lover’s jaw off the floor, both when you see your room and when you get the bill.
They don’t come cheap: These are elite properties where any room or villa is at least the cost of your monthly rent or mortgage—for just one night. There’s no way you’ll forget this night—or two—in heaven. Scroll to see 16 amazing splurge-worthy honeymoon resorts.
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
It’s tough to imagine a suite more unique than one built right into centuries-old lava, with floor-to-ceiling windows, that is also surrounded by the mystical geothermal waters of Iceland’s famed Blue Lagoon. Stays at the brand-new (as of April 1) resort start at $1,432/night and include access to a transportive underground spa, upscale dining at Moss Restaurant, daily yoga and Northern Lights viewing tours.
Royal Mansour, Morocco
Marrakech’s hotel scene is a veritable feast for the senses, but one of the true standouts is this resort-style property where each room is actually an entire several-floor riad (the Moroccan term for a house with gardens). Expect things like personalized gold-embossed stationary and butlers entering almost invisibly through a separate system of doors and tunnels underground to bring breakfast to your private rooftop terrace (complete with plunge pool). The privacy and sense of opulence are outrageous.
Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand
For some $1,300 per night you and your love can have the privilege of cuddling up in front of a fireplace with panoramic views of the postcard perfect Lake Wakatipu and Remarkables Mountains just outside New Zealand’s adventure capital of Queenstown. The intimate property is big on personalization and privacy, so you can rest assured you’ll be dreaming about the visit for years to come.
Il Sereno Lago di Como, Italy
A reasonable $986 per night (starting rate) gets you a room at the intimate new Lake Como hotel designed by Patricia Urquiola, one in a small group of hyper-luxurious options around the illustrious Italian lake. You never know, George Clooney (and Amal) might just be dining beside you at the Michelin-starred Berton Al Lago.
Surprisingly the Utah hotel that seems to be endlessly enticing is not in a snowy ski destination, but in the desert. This Aman is so stunning in its minimalist silhouettes and natural integration that it has inspired many, making it a must-go for anyone who appreciates design with a side of luxurious pampering and privacy.
The Silo, South Africa
It’s hard to imagine a city hotel more glamorous, vibrant and comfortable than this new addition to Cape Town’s luxury hospitality scene. Perched in the top half of a former grain silo, even its windows stun, from the outside and inside. Design and art aficionados will drool over every detail. The exclusive access to the highest rooftop—not to mention the insanely picturesque rooftop pool—might be worth the price tag (think about $1,300 and up) alone.
The St. Regis Bora Bora, French Polynesia
If you are a sucker for a crystalline sea or an otherworldly blue lagoon, a trip to this French Polynesian paradise will knock your socks off. With 89 rooms and suites—including the overwater villas the island chain made famous—scattered around 44 acres of perfection, it’s the place to do everything (jet ski trips around Mount Otemanu, SUP, diving and more) or absolutely nothing.
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
It’s not exactly a quick hop to reach this idyllic island with some of the best surf and most picturesque beaches in the world—think two to three flights, minimum. And the price tag is commensurate with the length of the journey. But once you arrive, how sweet it is, thanks to a distinctive brand of wild and rugged luxury and warm hospitality that makes you never want to leave.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
Thailand has more than its fair share of jaw-droppingly gorgeous hotels, not to mention beaches, but one of its best isn’t even near the turquoise water. This super unique Four Seasons is so intimate you might just know everyone’s names by the end of your stay, that is if you even feel motivated to leave the seductive confines of your plush tent. The rescued elephants, though, might just work their magic though.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Whether it’s a winter wonderland or sunny summer season, this Montana luxury ranch is worth every penny (starting at $1,800/night for double occupancy, inclusive) when you add up the amount of memorable, adventurous experiences offered to you, not to mention world-class food and beverages. Then there are the one-of-a-kind accommodations, which include super romantic partially tented hideaways with hot soaking tubs and fireplaces.
Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
Beach villas with private pools are the “standard” room at this idyllic Maldivean retreat, so it’s not surprising rates start around $1,125. When you see your surrounds, though, you’ll be so wowed you might not even care. If it’s a really special occasion in your relationship, you may even want to spring for a super sexy Private Ocean Retreat—with pool, naturally—that’s detached from the main island and only available by 24-hour boat service, for a mere $2,155/night.
Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, France
Freshly rejuvenated and reopened, this iconic City of Light landmark (closed for a four-year restoration) is even more opulent than before. With the best views around, the hotel’s rooms and suites guarantee to drop jaws, but a few of the Les Grands Appartements, designed by Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel, go way over the top. Choose wisely, and go all out dining and drinking and eating chocolate, too.
Twin Farms, Vermont
Barnard, Vermont, might not be the expected destination for a world-class hotel, but that’s actually one of the many reasons it’s so incredible. Starting at $1,500/night, this all-inclusive five-star resort (Vermont’s only one) is the place for foodies and outdoors-lovers, with unique culinary offerings and plenty of activities that are made even more exciting by the meadow- and woodland-filled environment.
Nobu Ryokan Malibu, California
At $2,200-per-night (with a two-night minimum), be prepared to be treated like true VIPs at intimate, exclusive hotel on Malibu’s famed Carbon Beach. A stay here puts you in rarefied company, and also includes the opportunity to not only soak in a Japanese-style wooden tub and watch the sunrise and set in a $700 bathrobe, but also do either while savoring Nobu’s world-renowned sushi and sashimi via room service.
It’s not often, or at all, that a resort can boast such once-in-a-lifetime opportunities as a submarine trip. But this Fijian paradise of a private island is no average resort. That’s just one of the many ways the property will wow, amaze and stun you and your honey after y’all cough up the $4,800/night rate. (It’s where Miranda Kerr and her Snap CEO hubby honeymooned, btw, so you know it’s something special.)
Musha Cay, Bahamas
David Copperfield’s idyllic private island in the Caribbean—fortunately not harmed during the last hurricane season—is not a one-month’s-rent type of stay, it’s more than a year, clocking in at $39,000 per night, all-inclusive. But, that’s the fee for the entire island, so if you’ve ever entertained fantasies of what you’d do with your very own island , you might want to start saving now.