Your honeymoon is the perfect time to relax on an island with sandy beaches, azure waters and palm trees. Pick a destination that will let you enjoy all of your favorite activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, romantic beach picnics and sunset cruises.
If you like to try many different restaurants and go shopping, pick an island where you can drive or walk to a diverse choice of attractions. If you prefer to check into an overwater suite, order room service and never leave, there some incredible places where you can do so in style. While our collection focuses on more exotic island honeymoon destination, you can also find amazing island escapes in Florida, closer to home. If you are going to the Caribbean from the East Coast, you can be there in a few hours. Or you can decide to visit an exotic destination such as Fiji, Thailand or Bora Bora.
1.Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives
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Located just five degrees north of the Equator, Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives is a relaxing spa getaway. The eco-friendly resort has 100 luxury beach and water villas and suites, designed using natural materials. The wellness center has five uniquely designed secluded treatment rooms surrounded by tropical plants. Facilities include sauna, Kneippe experiences, sound therapy and a gym with lap swimming pool. At the end of the day, head to H Bar, designed to include glass floor panels giving patrons a direct view into the ocean. The resort has six bars and restaurants. The property is located in the Laamu Atoll, in the south of the archipelago. The resort has a dive school and sports center offering windsurfing, canoeing, catamaran sailing and wake boarding.
2.Lady Elliot Eco Resort in Australia
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Resting at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and known as the “home of the manta ray,” Lady Elliot Island is a magnificent coral cay and marine sanctuary off the east coast of Australia. World-renowned for its amazing marine life and untouched coral reefs, Lady Elliot is the ultimate eco-friendly island honeymoon getaway. Keeping in line with sustainable management of the environment, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort offers a range of comfortable accommodation options in the form of 41 rustic suites, units and cabins. Designed to minimize any impact on the island, guest rooms are comfortably furnished and fan-cooled to offer snug retreats. Enjoy complimentary buffet meals in the Beachfront Dining Room, or head to the Beachfront Café for a selection of light meals, cocktails and drinks. Spend your vacation days exploring the pristine marine world around the island, snorkeling, diving or on glass-bottom boat cruises, spotting rays, turtles and colorful fish. Eco cabins start at AU $149 per night.
3.The Royal Hawaiian, Oahu
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Affectionately known as ‘The Pink Palace’, the Royal Hawaiian is an elegant oasis in the heart of Waikiki. Embracing spellbinding views of Diamond Head Crater and a mere stone’s throw away from the beach, this evocative retreat is paradise found. Innovative design combines with sophisticated glamour to offer luxurious oceanfront living in the form of 528 exquisitely appointed rooms and suites. Ocean views float through open-plan living spaces and out onto wide, embracing terraces that seem to flow effortlessly into the sea. Relax next to the freshwater pool, which offers spectacular ocean views, or indulge in a traditional Lomi Lomi massage at the exclusive Abhasa Spa, which features suite-style treatment rooms and steam showers in a beautiful garden setting. Dine in style at one of the resort’s restaurants - try the Azure Restaurant for fine dining, the Royal Hawaiian Luau – Aha ‘Aina for an unforgettable epicurean journey, or Surf Lanai for a more casual meal. Toast the setting sun with colorful cocktails at the Mai Tai Bar before dining alfresco-style on freshly caught seafood by the light of soft candles. Rooms start at $324 per night. Read more.
4.Goldeneye in Jamaica
Stay at a luxurious Jamaican retreat and find out where Ian Fleming found the inspiration for his famous 007 novels. Goldeneye is an 18-acre hideaway in Jamaica which includes Ian Fleming's 1940s home where he wrote 14 of his James Bond novels. Guest villas offer privacy, seclusion and luxury with a private beach, outdoor garden baths and showers. There are four private villas at the resort varying from one to three bedroom units. The resort grounds include a hidden regulation tennis court and trees planted by several celebrities during their stay. Low Cay Beach is a private beach offering a variety of vacation activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing and snorkeling.
The waterside Gazebo dining area is available to guests for dining and cocktails. The restaurant serves traditional Jamaican dishes and fresh seafood. All food and beverage is included in the rate. The hotel can also make special arrangements prior to their guests' arrival. The Ian Fleming Villa has three bedrooms with a master bedroom that faces the sea and features Ian Fleming's original writing desk. The house has a cut stone courtyard and a lilly pond with exotic fish. Large windows and high ceilings five the villa an open feel. There is a private access to the pool and the cove below the cliffs. The one bedroom villa costs from $595 USD per night, depending on season and availability. The Ian Fleming Villa costs from $2,500 USD per night. The hotel is located in Oracabessa, a small port on Jamaica's northern coast, two hours east of the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Ground transfers start at $150 one way, for up to four passengers from Montego Bay Airport. Boscabel airport is a 10-minute drive from Goldeneye.
5.Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island
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Nestled on the tiny island of Eriska at the mouth of Loch Creran in Scotland, the Isle of Eriska Hotel is a private island getaway that takes luxury to new heights. Beautifully appointed rooms and suites feature contemporary décor complemented by soft lighting and warm tones. Work out in the fully equipped fitness center, detox in the steam room, and take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. Rejuvenate with luxury treatments at the Stables Spa, or play a round of golf at the Eriska Links Course. Deluxe rooms have private balconies with breathtaking views of the surrounding island. Indulgent en-suite bathrooms boast bathtubs, showers, and bespoke toiletries. Complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite television and an executive writing desk add extra comfort. Dining is an unsurpassed experience at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, whose Michelin-starred restaurant offers a menu of exceptional local and international cuisine, accompanied by a selection of world-renowned wines. Rooms start at $293 GBP per night.
6.Pacific Resort Aitutaki in the Cook Islands
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Pacific Resort Aitutaki is surrounded by a blue lagoon and is a perfect scuba diving and snorkeling destination where you can get close to nature, spend time on a pristine beach and enjoy an array or water-based activities. The property has just 27 luxurious beachfront bungalows, suites and villas with spectacular views of the Pacific. The resort is a perfect for honeymooners and couples looking for a unique experience. And if you decide to elope and get married in paradise, the resort has a dedicated Wedding & Events team to help you plan your perfect wedding. The Cook Islands are surrounded by the Pacific ocean featuring awesome scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and sunbathing. The property continues to win awards for its service, luxury accommodations and a diverse range of activities. Rates for a beachfront bungalow start at NZD 815 per night (+682 31 720). Browse more great island trips and offers.
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© Kanuhura Maldives
Located on the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, Kanuhura offers its guests secluded beaches, a five star spa and great food. Guests are accommodated in plush ultra-spacious villas right over the water. Steps lead from the private deck into the blue lagoon of the pristine Indian Ocean. If you are traveling with children, the resort has one of the best kids' clubs in the country.
The island is 3,200 feet long and 656 feet wide, covered with pristine beaches and palm trees. The surrounding lagoon and coral reef are filled with tropical marine life. The island can be reached by seaplane - it is about 40 minutes from the international airport at the Maldives capital, Male. Designed for ages four to eleven, the Kids Club is offered to resort guests free of charge. Two and three-year-olds can attend when accompanied by an adult. Facilities include a sand-filled playground and an enclosed shallow swimming pool close to the beach.
Your children will get a chace to participate in pirate games, themed activities and beach sports. Children receive a a welcome gift pack, a farewell present and children's menus. Luxury villas have private verandas with scenic ocean views, perfect for an outdoor massage, romantic dinner over the water and stargazing at night. Villa interiors feature hand-crafted wood, raffia, bamboo and other natural materials which complement the natural beauty of the island. In addition to the overwater villas, Beach Villas are located along the island's sandy beach. These villas have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with spectacular views of the ocean. Both the overwater and the beach villas offer plenty of privacy to honeymooners (+960 662-0044).
8.Le Meridien Koh Samui
While most luxury resorts in Koh Samui, Thailand, offer sandy beaches and oceanfront pools, Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort goes a step above with its 730 foot floating deck over the Gulf of Thailand. You can spend your days relaxing on the deck surrounded by the soothing energy of the water. The resort offers an array of unique amenities that let you immerse yourself in the local culture. There is the nightly good luck ritual of releasing Kohm Loys lanterns by the pool, sunrise yoga on the beach, signature buffet dinners and the signature art program at the Nakhai-Huathanon shrine. Those interested in learning about Thailand's craft tradition can learn how to make Thai bracelets with locally sourced precious metals and gemstones. Private language lessons, aromatherapy candle making, Coconut Leaf Art, Thai sculpture and batik painting are also offered.
This all-suite resort has spacious accommodations that offer plenty of indoor and outdoor living space. If you want the luxury of your own pool, ask for a Plunge Pool Suite which has its own outdoor pool and a jacuzzi, great for couples on their honeymoon in Thailand. The Pavilion Pool Villa and the Ocean Front Pool Villa are the most luxurious, featuring outdoor courtyards and a private saltwater infinity pool. Le SPA offers 5 beautiful private treatment rooms large enough to accommodate side-by-side massages. Latitude 9 restaurant overlooks the resort's Feng Shui water and light feature and serves international cuisine. Latest Recipe is a poolside restaurant that serves a mixture of Eastern and Western cuisine. The restaurant has spectacular views of the ocean. The casual Plunge Bar offers light snacks, exotic cocktails and other refreshments. Nightly rates at the hotel start at THB 4,250 (66 77 960888). You may also like: 25 Most Amazing Private Pools and 24 Most Outrageous Ocean Views from Your Hotel Bed.
9.The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort in the South Pacific
The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is an incredible destination for couples. The resort is located in French Polynesia, in the Tuamotu Islands in the South Pacific. The overwater bungalows are ideal as honeymoon suites, while the lagoon of Tikehau has beautiful pink-sand beaches and amazing marine life.
The resort offers a choice of beach bungalows and overwater suites. The "premium" bungalows are slightly more private since they are farther away from the main areas of the resort. Consider booking one of those on your island honeymoon. 13 Beach Bungalows are located on the beach, facing the lagoon, under ironwood and coconut trees. Unique indoor/outdoor bathrooms overlook a small garden. There are 9 beautiful Overwater bungalows set on the atoll, with a glass table for looking into the water. For additional privacy, ask for one of the 7 Premium Overwater bungalows which are set at the far end of the pontoon. Overwater Suites offers the most beautiful sunset views and luxuries such as air conditioning and large bathtubs. There is just one Beach Villa, located in a quiet part of the resort, complete with a thatched roof and a pool.
The main restaurant at the resort, the Poreho Restaurant and Terrace, lets you to watch the sunset as you enjoy your dinner.
There is a set menu for lunch and dinner. The Tianoa Bar, right between the
pool and the beach, serves cool drinks and cocktails daily. Explore all
that the underwater world has to offer on your island honeymoon vacation. Consider using the resort's snorkeling
equipment to explore the lagoon from the beach. For certified scuba divers,
Blue Nui Divers can take you to nearby dive sites, including Tuheiva Pass, Shark
Hole, and Mamaa. Fly to Tahiti and catch a connecting flight to the Tuamotu Islands. Rates for this vacation start at around 318 EUR for a Beach Bungalow and 586 EUR for an Overwater Suite (+689 50 84 54).
10.The Kahala Hotel & Resort
The beach at The Kahala Hotel & Resort is 800 feet long, wide and sandy. About 10 minutes by car from Waikiki, this hotel is for those looking for a more secluded getaway while still having access to the excitement of Waikiki. The hotel makes sure that guests don't feel crowded on their beach vacation by spreading lounge chairs a comfortable distance apart. Complimentary chairs and towels are available to hotel guests. Or rent one of the private, covered cabanas for a fee. Butlers will provide you with cold towels while you relax in the sun. Waikiki is a 10-minute drive away. If you don't plan on renting a car, The Kahala Hotel & Resort provides a shuttle or can call you a taxi. Rooms at the hotel start from US $325 per night.
11.Capri Palace Hotel
Located in Italy on the island of Capri, the Capri Palace Hotel has stunning ocean views from almost every part of the hotel. Relax and hang out at the pool on your trip, stroll through the town of Anacapri and take in the sunset from your balcony. Take a boat trip to see the famous Grotto Azzura or Blue Grotto, a cave accessible only from the water. The Capri Palace Hotel has some of the most amazing suites that you will find at any hotel over the sea. The suites will give you large open spaces and great views. While the Classic rooms, at 270 square feet are significantly smaller. However, significantly smaller also means significantly less money and the view from the bed is still fabulous.
Check the exchange rate between Euros and US Dollars before you decide to go. Make sure you know how much you are really spending on the room. Try to go in June. If the you get lucky and the weather is good you will have the benefit of slightly off peak rates. The Capri Palace Hotel is certainly not a getaway for the budget traveler but it is an incredible destination. The classic rooms start at around 265 Euros in the low Season.
The Greek island of Santorini is famous for its scenic views and black sand beaches.
Vedema Resort makes it easy to relax in the sun surrounded by scenic island views. The resort offers 45 colorfully decorated villas situated in town houses with white cupolas. Guest accommodations have marble bathrooms and terraces.
There are four villas with private swimming pools, ideal for couples looking for additional privacy. Olympian Villa has a a bedroom with a four posted bed, a living room and a bathroom featuring a shower and a tub with hydro massage. The patio of the luxury villa has a view of the sea.
Vedema Resort has a swimming pool and a spa. There is a free shuttle service the hotel's beach which offers a bar, sun beds and towel service. Couples can explore the island using complimentary mountain bikes available at the hotel. Sailing, submarine trips to the volcano and speed boat rides to nearby islands can be arranged. Other popular activities include picnics and wine tours.
A private 500-acre island in Fiji, Turtle Island is a beach lovers paradise. On Turtle Island you can be sure that you won't have to spend any of your valuable time worrying about anything; your bure manager will see to that. Each couple has a dedicated bure manager who will make sure that you have everything you want. Bure managers are equipped with both a digital movie camera and still camera so that they can capture images of their couple (with their consent). At the end, you will be presented with a DVD and a photo album of your trip.
The 14 beaches on the island provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. Each couple is assigned a beach every second day for their exclusive use. No crowds here. The romantic dining isn't limited to lunch either. You can arrange a "dine-out" and dine together almost anywhere you wish; on top of the mountain and in the middle of the lagoon are both very popular choices. No honeymoon would be complete without a luxurious suite. The grand bures at Turtle all have king-size beds, Jacuzzis, outdoor showers, and for your lazy afternoon naps together, a queen-size day bed on the verandah.
14.Couples Tower Isle
The all-inclusive Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios, Jamaica is a romantic vacation destination for couples. The Zen-inspired spa beckons with its menu of relaxing treatments. Have romantic dinners with views of the ocean or order room service and enjoy views from your private terrace. Ask for an ocean view room with a terrace overlooking Tower Isle and the Caribbean sea when booking your stay. All-inclusive pricing lets you relax on your honeymoon without having to worry about the cost of activities and meals.
The hotel offers many services and amenities with honeymooners in mind, such as candles, rose petals and a bottle of sparkling wine for two. The hotel can help you coordinate a romantic proposal with a private candle-lit dinner on the beach under the stars and engagement photos you can forward to your families. A visit to the resort spa is a special treat, whether you want a massage in an outdoor cabana overlooking the water or a treatment on the beach. Indoor treatment rooms are arranged around a soothing plunge pool.
The beach offers a fun selection of water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking and snorkeling. Join a game of volleyball, go on a catamaran sail or watch colorful marine life swim under a glass-bottom boat. Every night, the hotel offers live entertainment ranging from reggae and rock 'n' roll to movie nights and performances in the piano bar. All-inclusive rates start at $345 (876-975-4271).
15.Matachica Resort and Spa in Belize
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Matachica Resort and Spa is located on a stunning white-sand beach on the Ambergris Caye island in Belize. Guest accommodations offer spectacular views of the second largest barrier brief in the world. The spacious guest villas have exotic thatched roofs and feature original art, large bathrooms, private patios with hammocks, and comfy bathrobes. Receive a Sea Salt & Sea Clay Body Mask Massage and other relaxing treatments at Jade Spa, go for a swim in the infinity pool, and unwind in the Jacuzzi. Join in on one of the many activities available at Matachica Resort, including snorkeling, sea kayaking, fishing, and cycling along the sandy beach. Mambo Restaurant serves locally inspired entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as drinks and café items. 7-night honeymoon packages start at US $5,075 in a Beachfront Casita, including breakfast, daily dinner and activities.
16.Anantara Si Kao Resort, Thailand
Located along Thailand's scenic Andaman coast on Changlang Bay, Anantara Si Kao Resort is a getaway for beach and spa enthusiasts. The resort has a stunning infinity pool, amenities for kids and a private Beach Club on the island of Koh Kradan, accessible by speedboat. The five restaurants and lounges serve a selection of local and international cuisines. There are 139 guest rooms and suites with private terraces and balconies overlooking lush gardens or the pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows let you stay in touch with the beautiful surroundings. Families should book the Family Pool Terrace Suite which is just steps from the pool, comprised of two adjacent Deluxe Terrace Rooms connected via a spacious outside deck.
Vacationers have access to two swimming pools, one of which is dedicated to families with kids with a separate children's pool and slide. Activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, excursions, Thai cooking classes and biking. The Dugong Club for children will keep the little ones entertained while you get a relaxing treatment at the spa. Acqua is the signature restaurant which serves seafood and pasta specialties with authentic Italian flair. Other cuisines to choose from include eastern and western dishes at the open-air Leelawadee, snacks & smoothies at the Beach House, gourmet pizzas at the Pool Bar, and a la carte dishes at Koh Kradan Beach Club.
Dining by Design is perfect for couples looking to celebrate a special occasion in a unique setting. Pick an intimate spot on the sand and enjoy a stunning pink sunset while a personal chef and butler cater to your wishes. If you are looking for a romantic spot to propose, this dining option is a great choice. Anantara Spa offers six air conditioned treatment rooms, including a luxurious suite with a private steam room, Jacuzzi and sala. The hotel is located an hour south of Krabi International Airport.
17.Over Water Pavilion Pools at Niyama
Niyama Maldives is a fantastic island getaway for couples who love beaches and the ocean. 40 minutes by seaplane from Male in the Maldives, this secluded hideaway has beautiful overwater pavilions and studios with private pools.
The studios are made for honeymooners, featuring spacious decks with comfy lounge chairs. Jump in the pool to cool off or go for a quick swim in the blue lagoon. Order a massage on the over water deck or head to Lime Spa. In addition to the spacious over water studios, the hotel offers even more spacious pavilions, also with private pools. The two-bedroom Ocean Pavilions have a sunken living room, infinity pool and Jacuzzi on the edge of the ocean, and wooden stairs leading into the water. Personal dining, cocktail bar, wine collection and even a telescope to watch the night sky will make you wish you never had to leave.
Get treatments at Lime Spa 24 hours a day, choosing from aromatherapy, phytotherapy, marine therapy and other therapies. The spa has 8 treatment rooms surrounded by a lime tree garden. You will find exclusive products used at the spa, such as Anne Semonin, REN and Esthederm Paris.
Customize the dining to your own preferences on your honeymoon, whether you want a romantic dinner on the beach, a romantic sunset sail or a gourmet picnic in a secluded spot. Tribal restaurant sets the mood with Tiki torches and serves dishes inspired by South America, Africa and Asia, cooked in the outdoor kithen where entrees are seared over open flames. Nightly studio rates at Niyama start at $700 USD.
Halekulani offers first class service and luxurious accommodations just steps from Waikikion Oahu. Get a room with a view of the ocean, enjoy romantic sunsets and choose from a number of activities. The rooms are spacious and open, featuring large lanais with views of the ocean or the garden courtyard. Bathrooms have a separate glassed-in shower and deep soaking tub. And don't worry about packing the sunscreen - the hotel will provide you with several personalized amenities, including sunscreen and salt tablets. If you like to have many things to do, Waikiki is the ideal place. You'll be able to combine relaxing on the sandy shore with shopping, surfing and catamaran rides. There are also numerous restaurants to choose from near the hotel.
20 Luxury Island Honeymoon Ideas
- Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives, Photo: Six Senses Laamu
- Lady Elliot Eco Resort in Australia, Photo: Lady Elliot Eco Resort
- The Royal Hawaiian, Oahu, Photo: The Royal Hawaiian
- Goldeneye in Jamaica, Photo: Goldeneye
- Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, Photo: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island
- Pacific Resort Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, Photo: Pacific Resort Aitutaki
- Kanuhura Maldives, Photo: Kanuhura Maldives
- Le Meridien Koh Samui
- The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort in the South Pacific
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort
- Capri Palace Hotel
- Vedema Resort
- Turtle Island
- Couples Tower Isle
- Matachica Resort and Spa in Belize, Photo: Matachica Resort and Spa
- Anantara Si Kao Resort, Thailand
- Over Water Pavilion Pools at Niyama, Photo: Niyama
- Halekulani, Photo: Halekulani
- Cover Photo: Six Senses Laamu