Honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes — a beach vacation, a safari, a ski trip — and are based more on the couple's joint personality than on tradition. This list is just a snapshot of 10 of the world's hottest honeymoon destinations, from sunny beaches to snowcapped mountains.
A honeymoon in Bali is pure magic. The Indonesian island—the only one in the huge country that’s Hindu—is a perfect place for passion. With a bit more of an exotic feel than the tropical islands closer to the US, Bali doesn’t only offer unspoiled beaches, surfing, snorkeling and massages, it’s full of culture, art, music, rice terraces and temples, many, many temples. Nature is celebrated here, and it’s easy to get into the spirit at lush, authentic properties such as Four Seasons Bali at Sayan and Uluwatu Surf Villas.
There are many reasons the Amalfi Coast continues to be at the top of honeymooners’ bucket list. It’s hard to picture more classically romantic a scene than Positano’s steep village streets, Moorish architecture, azure water and colorful loungers and umbrellas lining the dark sandy beaches. Glamour comes easy, especially at the five-star Le Sirenuse, where the formula for a sexy, sophisticated getaway is tried and true.
Is your dream honeymoon one in which you and your love take shelter in a luxurious overwater bungalow propped on stilts in bright aqua water? Bora Bora is for you. Le Meridien’s signature bungalow even has a glass floor. Like the other idyllic islands in French Polynesia, where the brilliant color of the water is only rivaled by the intense blue of the sky, this one is pure heaven.
Known as the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai is mountainous city in northern Thailand that delivers stunning cultural attractions—vestiges of ancient infrastructure, elaborately carved temples, charming hill tribes, monasteries—alongside delicious food, adventure camps and elephant sanctuaries. One of the most incredible accommodations is the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, which is plush, lush and surrounded by terraced rice fields and a mystical valley.
New Yorkers know the Big Apple is ripe for romance. Boating in Central Park, Sleepless in Seattle–style rendezvous on the Empire State Building, strolls through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There are literally endless ways to wile away your days in the metropolis if you just use your imagination. And set the tone with a plush place to sleep like The Chatwal, a prohibition era–style spot hidden away in the middle of all the action, or the age-old five-star favorite, The St. Regis New York.
Habitual hikers can blend their favorite pastime with an otherwise beach-centric vacay in the Dominican Republic, since the nation boasts the tallest mountain in the Caribbean. At more than 10,000 feet, climbers usually summit Pico Duarte over a three-day journey, after which you can snuggle up in a bungalow at the bright and inviting Playa Grande Beach Club and revel more leisurely activities: golfing, snorkeling, watching whales.
Is there a more classic exotic island honeymoon than Fiji? It’s hard to imagine something better than hopping between five-star resorts on the South Pacific’s 300-plus islands, filled with white sand, palm trees, mountains and blue lagoons. For a dose of heaven on earth, visit Laucala, a private-island destination blending tropical rainforests and volcanos with deserted beaches, sustainable locally grown cuisine and activities ranging from diving and golf to horseback riding and game fishing.
Hear Maldives and you instantly think honeymoon. The tropical South Asian nation is made up of 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean, which means unlimited beaches, turquoise waters for miles, extensive reefs and plenty of fresh fish and seafood. You’re pretty secluded at whichever of the luxurious resorts you choose—such as the Four Seasons and several Anantara locations—so expect a vacation filled with intimate meals, spa treatments, underwater adventures and just plain relaxation.
Talk about a no-brainer. Paris is the City of Lights, but it might as well be called the City of Love. If you appreciate a great romantic walk hand-in-hand, you’ll love the French capital, which offers culture, architecture and art alongside, of course, incredible food and wine. From iconic luxury stalwarts like the Four Seasons George V to impeccably designed new boutique hotels such as Hotel Providence Paris, you can tailor a honeymoon to your style, whether it’s classic and fancy or more boho and artsy.
10.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pack a lot of bikinis for leisurely days on the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches made more dramatic by jagged mountains in the background. If you love dressing up, time your honeymoon to the always raucous Carnaval festival around February. Or take a more intimate approach. At the glamorous Belmond Copacabana Palace, concierge can arrange a private sunrise picnic at the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.