Beaches around the world offer couples and honeymooners a chance to relax in the sun, snorkel and enjoy romantic sunset walks. Our top 20 list was created to inspire your next holiday, whether you are looking for a remote tropical island escape or a great beach resort closer to home. If you live on the West Coast, head to Southern California or check into a luxury beach resort in Mexico. If you are traveling from the East Coast, many of the Caribbean islands such as Barbados and the Bahamas are just a short flight away. Jamaica offers unique affordable cottages for couples with open views of the water. You may also like: the World's Most Romantic Private Islands.
»Viceroy Riviera Maya
A secluded getaway overlooking the Caribbean Sea in Mexico, Viceroy Riviera Maya is a perfect beach getaway for grown-ups. Whether you are on your honeymoon or just want to get away from it all, the resort offers attentive service, calm surroundings and Mayan-inspired spa treatments. Couples are accommodated in 41 luxury villas with private pools, outdoor terrace, handmade crochet hammock and outdoor shower. The villas are very private since they are surrounded by tropical jungle gardens.
If this is your honeymoon, splurge on the Presidential Villa which has a romantic 2nd floor bedroom overlooking the water. Order room service so that you can spend your days relaxing next to the villa's oversized pool and enjoying the view from the terrace. The Spa offers relaxing spa treatments with holistic touches. Treatments incorporate herbs native to Mexico's Mayan Riviera. Resort guests have access to the steam room, jacuzzi and Swiss showers. Right next to the water, there is a spa area for the Temazcal bath, massages, facials, treatments, Tai Chi, and Yoga. The Temazcal bath, originally practiced by Mayans and other indigenous groups, is the spa's signature treatment which combines a cleansing sweat bath with herbs, flowers, music, and soothing massage. Vacation activities include horseback riding, fishing, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing and romantic walks down 7 miles of white sandy beach. La Marea serves refined Mexican cuisine accented with international influences while the Coral Grill & Bar serves a Mexican-Mediterranean menu. Rates start at USD 393 per night (888-230-7330, website).
»Cobblers Cove in Barbados
Cobblers Cove is an all-suite luxury hideaway in Barbados, perfect for couples and honeymooners. The hotel has a freshwater swimming pool, tennis court with lights, and a wellness center. The resort sits in a protected cove that is perfect for swimming. There is a reef just offshore for easy snorkeling adventures. Choose from 40 romantic suites which are housed in ten two-story cottages (four suites in each cottage). The Camelot Restaurant is one of the best places to dine on the island, located right on the ocean's edge. Head to the bar for fresh juices and sunset cocktails. If you want to play golf, tee times can be arranged at amazing courses nearby. The hotel is 18 miles from the Grantley Adams International Airport. Ask about the Rolls service to and from the airport when booking your stay. Suites start at $415 per night (246-422-2291, website).
»Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios
Relax on Jamaica Inn's private beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and visit Ocean Spa which offers Ayurveda and Fijian treatments with a Jamaican twist. You can try a variety of sports on your trip. Activities and facilities available at the hotel include croquet, swimming pool, snorkeling, kayaking and sunfish sailing. Windsurfing, sailing, diving facilities and many sandy Jamaican beaches are available nearby.
The rooms, suites and cottages at the hotel are spacious and overlook the beach. There are a number of accommodation options at the Inn including five different types of suites ideal for honeymooners and four different cottages. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the inn's restaurant. All meals can be enjoyed on the terrace and a romantic dinner can be set out on the balcony of your suite with views of the Caribbean Sea. Men are required to wear long pants and a collared shirt for dinner. The hotel is a one and a half hour car ride from Montego Bay Airport. For a fee, the inn can arrange for a private car to pick you up at the airport. Rates start at $235 per night. VacationIdea.com Tip: look for packages to save, especially in the low season (876-974-2514, website).
The Betsy is a luxury hotel in Florida which will make you feel pampered from head to toe with its five star service and luxury accommodations. Relax on the outdoor deck with views of South Beach and head to the sandy shore which is just across the street.
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»Oceanview Suite at the Viceroy Santa Monica
Book an oceanview room at the sophisticated Viceroy Santa Monica and enjoy a weekend filled with great views, luxury service and elegant decor. Have dinner on the terrace with views of the Pacific Ocean.
»Villas at Tortuga Bay Hotel
Villas at Tortuga Bay Hotel were designed by the famous designer Oscar de la Renta and are set right on a beautiful sandy shore. Guests can get treatments at Six Senses Spa and dine at several gourmet restaurants.
Sandals Whitehouse on the south coast of Jamaica is a 50-acre resort with a European village, seven restaurants, duty free shops, formal gardens and a sandy two-mile Jamaican beach. The resort is surrounded by a 500-acre reserve and has the largest pool on the island. The resort offers all inclusive packages that include all meals, drinks, watersports and airport transfers. Activities include kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis and beach volleyball. Guests can book treatments at the spa and play golf on one of the nearby courses. All of the 360 rooms and suites offer ocean views. For ultimate indulgence, reserve on of the suites which come with Butler Service. Meals and drinks are included in the cost of your stay. Find more about planning your dream honeymoon. Rates vary by season, starting at around $3,000 for two for a 7-night stay (888-726-3257, website).
»Anacaona Boutique Hotel in Anguilla
Enjoy the sunny shores in Anguilla while staying in a suite at Anacaona Boutique Hotel in the British West Indies. The hotel has two pools and easy access to a sandy shore. The Sri Balinese Petite Spa offers Balinese, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Indian and Thai-style massages.
»North Island in the Seychelles
North Island in the Seychelles has just 11 guest villas, providing guests with the ultimate in privacy and luxury. The spa offers holistic mind-body treatments customized to each guest individually. The spa is elevated up on the hill and offers scenic ocean views. If you don't want to leave your villa, book a massage on your private deck with a view of the ocean.
»Romantic Halekulani in Waikiki
Halekulani is an oceanfront resort located on the famous Waikiki Beach near Honolulu on Oahu, Hawaii. The resort is a great honeymoon spot in Hawaii where couples receive five star service and enjoy stunning ocean views. Halekulani provides a beautiful setting, luxury service and romantic atmosphere.
Honeymooners enjoy a range of activities, including relaxing on the beach or by the pool, golf, shopping and fine dining on their Hawaiian honeymoon. The resort is a private oasis near the excitement of Waikiki Beach. There are 456 rooms in five separate buildings. Many guest rooms offer ocean and oceanfront views from their spacious private lanais, and measure 519 to 720 square feet in size. For spectacular views of Diamond Head and the ocean, check into the luxurious Diamond Head Suite.
The resort offers three restaurants and three cocktail lounges and offers 24-hour room service. La Mer is an elegant oceanfront restaurant serving dishes inspired by cuisine from the south of France. Orchids Dining Room offers indoor and outdoor seating and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The House Without A Key restaurant is the resort's gathering entertainment spot featuring sunset cocktails and Hawaiian music. Couples can choose from a number of things to do, including shopping in Honolulu, and several nearby museums. The resort concierge, located in main lobby, can make arrangements for sightseeing, entertainment and recreational activities. Fly to Honolulu International Airport. Taxis are readily available at the airport or contact the resort concierge to make travel arrangements. Rooms and suites range from US $385 to $5,000 per night. The hotel often offers packages, especially for honeymooners (800-367-2343, website).
»Bitter End Yacht Club
If you love sailing, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving, at the Bitter End Yacht Club you can have it all. Located on the North Sound of Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean, the resort offers its guests a complimentary fleet of more than 100 sailboats, windsurfers, Hobie kayaks and other watercraft. During the day, you can join one of the exciting excursions, or relax by the freshwater swimming pool. The resort, reachable only by sea, stretches along a mile of white sandy beach which is perfect for snorkeling and romantic walks along the beach. If you are traveling on your own yacht, the club has a service marina with over 70 moorings.
The resort's casual atmosphere is great for Caribbean family vacations. The sailing school offers programs for kids from 5 to 10 years old. Accommodations are as diverse as its activities - choose from beachfront villas, suites, a private house and 30-foot sailboats, that sleep up to six. Fly to Tortola's Beef Island airport, then take a 30-minute the high-speed ferry ride (the North Sound Express) to Bitter End. For more help with getting there, call the hotel at 284-494-2746. Ferry transfers are $25 per person each way; free for kids under 16. Rates start at $550 per night, including three meals daily, unlimited use of the resort fleet and an Introduction to Sailing course. The resort is popular with summer family vacations, so it's a good idea to book early (284-494-2746, website).
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»Cambridge Beaches - Bermuda for Couples
Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda offers snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and other water sports. At night, arrange for a candlelit dinner on the water.
»The Surin Phuket
The Surin Phuket on Pansea Beach in Thailand is an all-cottage getaway with a beautiful sandy beach, lush tropical surroundings and elegant design. If you are looking for a stylish cottage getaway, book one of the beachfront or hillside cottages. Cottages and suites feature outdoor sun decks, allowing you to relax surrounded by tropical plants. The resort has a spa, pool, sports facilities and wedding services. There are five scenic championship golf courses within 30 minutes of the resort.
The spa offers contemporary and Thai-inspired treatments and incorporates locally-produced spa amenities. The spacious treatment rooms are designed for meditation and reflection before and after a treatment. Couples can book a treatment together on their vacation. Vacation activities include beach volleyball, learning how to sail a catamaran, snorkeling, scuba dicing, table tennis, a new beachside gym and two tennis courts lit for night play. You can learn to scuba dive on vacation at a 5-star PADI training facility. Lounge next to the black tiled swimming pool which contrasts dramatically with the white sandy beach. Snacks and drinks are available by the pool all day long. There is a children's pool for younger guests. Rates at the hotel in Thailand start at THB 8,900 including breakfast and other perks.
»Anse Chastanet Resort in St Lucia
Escape to the beautiful Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia, a getaway for water sports enthusiasts. The property offers great scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and other adventures for couples. The sandy Caribbean shore is perfect for relaxing.
»Gran Ventana in the Dominican Republic
There are many advantages to booking an all-inclusive Caribbean getaway so that you don't have to worry about all the charges for dining and activities. Gran Ventana in the Dominican Republic is a large resort set on a sandy bay within the Playa Dorada Complex, offering many activities, a choice of restaurants and a golf course with scenic views.
The property has 506 guest rooms, suites, junior suites and penthouses, each with a balcony or terrace. Ask for one of the rooms facing the ocean so that you can enjoy the view all day long, especially if this is your honeymoon. The Beata Wing is the quietest building with its own pool, favored by couples. The resort grounds feature lush landscaping with romantic gazebos and different types of tropical plants. There are many activities to choose from, including volleyball, table tennis, water polo, aquarobics, Olympic games, bike tours and darts. Each guests receives a scuba diving lesson in the main pool, giving you a chance to see if diving is for you before you sign up for lessons.
Daytime entertainment consists of Spanish lessons and Merengue lessons, while at night there is live music and entertainment for adults and children. For families, there is a separate children's pool, a playground, and a Kid's Club offering daily programs, all included in the cost of the stay. Playa Dorada golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, is uniquely Caribbean, featuring wide fairways and huge sand bunkers. Greens fees are additional, but you do get a 20% discount as a guest of the resort. All-inclusive packages at the resort start at $650. Browse more unique all-inclusive vacations.
Owned by the famous film maker Francis Ford Coppola, Turtle Inn in Belize is a secluded hideaway on a sandy beach. The resort has just 25 guest accommodations and five star facilities, including two infinity swimming pools, a dive shop, luxury spa and great restaurants. The free standing thatched cottages are inspired by Balinese architecture, offering simple elegance that blends into the beautiful natural surroundings. Each cottage has hand-crafted furnishings, a luxury bathroom and a private deck for enjoying the tropics. Private gardens with outdoor showers provide the best in indoor/outdoor living. The guest cottages have a refrigerator stocked with water, wine, soft drinks, Belikin beer and local snacks. Amenities include plush bathrobes, a writing table, sofa, iPod docking station and organic handmade toiletries.
Several specialty accommodations are offered, some designed for families and others for honeymooners. The property is located next to a pristine coral reef. Jump in with a mask and snorkel or pick up gear at the resort dive shop. Other activities include canoe trips up the Monkey River, biking to a local town and hikes to hidden spots. Get a massage in an open-air Balinese Rice House with stunning views of Placencia Lagoon at the spa which specializes in traditional Thai massage and uses only locally-sourced organic ingredients.
Choose from several distinct restaurants, including the Mare Restaurant serving seafood and traditional Italian dishes, the beachfront Gauguin Grill and the rustic-style Auntie Luba's Kitchen which overlooks the calm lagoon. Two bars serve delicious drinks and light snacks: the Skip White Bar and the Laughing Fish Bar right next to the beach and the infinity pool. Kid's have their very own Gelato Bar serving delicious locally made ice cream. Guest cottages at the inn start at $299 per night.
»Hyatt Regency Phuket
A larger than Olympic size pool, modern oceanview rooms and a sandy beach make the Hyatt Regency Phuket one of the best new resorts to open in Asia. Guests are accommodated in 199 sunset-facing rooms with panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. Open-plan rooms feature incredible views from nearly every angle: from the bath, from the bed and from the large balcony with a private jacuzzi or dipping pool. If you are planning a honeymoon to Phuket, ask about the best suite in the house - the Regency Suite. This two-bedroom corner suite boasts one king bed, two single beds and a large outdoor terrace, perfect for relaxing with a view.
Phuket, Thailand is a destination for beach and adventure enthusiasts. There are many scenic golf courses in the area, eco-adventure tours, shopping and vibrant nightlife. The resort has a children's pool and supervised play area, great for a family vacation. The luxurious Nahm Spa has eight private spa suites where you can enjoy massages, aromatherapy and traditional Thai treatments. Rooms at the the resort start at 3,570 THB.
»The Tryall Club in Jamaica
This villa getaway in the Caribbean offers championship golf, tennis, a kid's club and a selection of water sports. Located in Montego Bay on north coast of Jamaica, the Tryall Club is a 2,200 acre gated community where you can rent one of the 69 private villas. If you are planning a family trip, you can choose from different accommodations ranging from one to seven bedrooms. At the center of the former sugar plantation sits the Georgian Great House with 13 Great House Villas which overlook the golf course and the Caribbean Sea. Each villa comes with a housekeeper. If you wish you can request a cook for an additional cost.
The Golf Club has hosted several international golf events, including the Johnnie Walker World Championships, Mazda Champions and Jamaica Classic. In addition to championship golf, the resort has a tennis center with nine tennis courts, two lit for night play: seven tennis courts have Nova Cushion surfaces and two Classic Clay.
Other activities include fishing, horseback riding, bird-watching and a variety to water sports. If you would like to sail on your island getaway, Hobie Cats and Sunfish are available for complimentary use. You can also enjoy sea kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.
The Kid's Club offers activities for kids ages 5 to 12, including treasure hunts, sand castle making and nature walks, giving you plenty of options on your family beach vacation. While you can dine in the privacy of your villa, the Great House Restaurant serves international and Jamaican cuisine in a romantic setting, complete with candles and beautiful views of Montego Bay. At lunch time, dine at the Beach Cafe, just steps from the water. Or book the Beach Gazebo with a personal butler, a romantic idea for couples. Winter rates start at $550 per night for a one-bedroom Great House Villa; summer rates from $395 per night (800-238-5290, website).