10 Amazing Honeymoon Destinations
You planned. You wed. You partied! Now it's all about time for two—and these romantic places are ideal for a stellar escape by the sea.
After drinking the fine wines and browsing the chic boutiques of this immaculate 8-square-mile Caribbean isle, you'll feel like lovers in Paris—but with the backdrop of a sparkling ocean and bountiful beaches. Couples who dare to bare can head to Gouverneur (pictured left) and Saline beaches, where bathing suit tops (and sometimes bottoms) are optional. But the seductive ambiance of the island makes it hard to notice anything but each other.
Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France
The rooms at this inviting property (pictured left) on Flamands Bay—with some of the island’s best beach views—are decorated with a French Country feel; Isle de France or 800-810-4691.
This upscale resort combines exclusivity with a stunning location overlooking a palm-studded beach on Grand Cul-de-Sac cove; Le Sereno or 888-537-3736.
Hotel Le Toiny
Privacy seekers will love this extravagant hotel perched on a hillside—each of the 15 secluded bungalows has its own gated entrance; Hotel Le Toiny or 800-680-0832.
Hit a Dance Club
Burn calories at hot spot Nikki Beach (pictured left). If your feet start to hurt, take a rest on one of the sexy beds in the sand.
It's hard not to feel swept away when strolling 500-year-old cobblestone streets surrounded by Spanish Colonial architecture in Old San Juan, or staring at the sunset on the beaches of Rincón. Look past the casinos and cruise ships and you'll discover an intensely sensual culture here. Puerto Rico sizzles in every sense of the word—and will put you in the mood for amor.
The Horned Dorset Primavera
These lovely villas (pictured left) in Rincón have canopied beds, over-size tubs, and one of the best restaurants in Puerto Rico; The Horned Dorset Primavera or 800/633-1857.
Hotel El Convento
A 17th-century Carmelite convent turned luxury hotel, this Spanish Colonial gem is located in the heart of historic Old San Juan; Hotel El Convento or 787/723-9020.
The Gallery Inn
For Old World appeal, check into one of these 22 rooms decorated with an eclectic mix of local paintings and pottery; The Gallery Inn or 866/572-2783.
Conquer the Wilderness Together
Hike amid stunning 30-foot-tall ferns in lush El Yunque rain forest—what could be more romantic?
Shop 'Til You Drop
Skip the souvenir stands and head to Old San Juan for fabulous strolls through art galleries, antiques stores, and chic boutiques.
If you want to feel like you're a world away, try a tiny isle in the Bahamian archipelago. Elbow Cay in the Abacos stretches for six miles, blissfully undiscovered, offering perfect alone time together; harborfront Hope Town features colorful cottages, a historic lighthouse, and not much else. For even more privacy, hop a fast flight from Nassau to Andros Island and check into Kamalame Cay. This 96-acre retreat is the place to unplug (no TVs in the rooms, limited phone and Internet access).
Pink Sands Resort
Rent ocean- or garden-view rooms, cottages, and estate houses (pictured left), and enjoy access to Harbour Island's blushing beaches; Pink Sands Resort or 800/407-4776.
Offering 19 finely appointed rooms and suites and a deluxe spa, this romantic, secluded sanctuary restores body and soul; Kamalame Cay or 800/790-7971.
Hope Town Harbour Lodge
The 25 colorful rooms, romantic beachfront cottages, and cabanas are right on the shore. Bonus: You're just a few yards from the coral reef, so the snorkeling is sublime; Hope town Harbour Lodge or 305/407-1556.
Get to the colorful bar at Hope Town Harbour Lodge (pictured left) for cheerful bartenders and potent rum cocktails.
Explore the Water
The snorkeling near the reef is world-class—keep an eye out for tarpon, colorful fish, turtles, and the occasional dolphin.
Make an appointment for a stress-melting massage, facial, seaweed wrap, or sea salt scrub at Kamalame Cay.
Located on a bluff on the northern edge of the isle, this Mediterranean-inspired resort (pictured left) features a deck with zip line--delivered drinks; Cap Maison or 888/765-4985.
Splurge on an infinity pool sanctuary (there's no fourth wall!) in this hotel built into a cliff on the west coast—and then prepare to swoon; Jade Mountain or 800/223-1108.
One of the island's newest resorts, this Balinese-style property features poolside swim-up suites and waterside cottages; Calabash Cove or 800/917-2683.
Make reservations at the Treehouse Restaurant at Anse Chastanet resort to enjoy gourmet Caribbean cuisine by glowing candlelight.
Soak Away Stress
On the southeast end of the island, take a rejuvenating dip in the warm volcanic mud at the world's only "drive-in" volcano.
The Spa at Ladera resort offers a number of restoring and aromatherapy treatments in your unique "open wall" room (think lavish treehouse) over-looking the towering Pitons and the sea.
Sun, sand, and English hospitality—that's the beauty of the British Virgin Islands. Honeymooners seeking real R&R on this island chain will love settling into a luxe resort on Virgin Gorda where you can plant yourself on a powdery beach or rent a Boston Whaler and explore nearby cays, stopping to snorkel in the North Sound. End the day dining on lobster caught off the coral coast. However you choose to enjoy these idyllic isles, you won't have to lift a finger (except to sip your rum cocktails).
Bitter End Yacht Club
Guests love this casual Virgin Gorda resort and spa (pictured left) overlooking the calm North Sound for its sailing school, full-service marina, and carefree Caribbean vibe; Bitter End Yacht Club or 800/872-2392.
Biras Creek Resort
This tony, 31-suite property on 140 acres in Virgin Gorda offers a host of activities—and a cashmere-soft strand of beach if you don't want to do any of them; Biras Creek Resort or 877/883-0756.
Peter Island Resort & Spa
The ultimate private-island paradise, this adults-only enclave has extravagant rooms and villas, fabulous gourmet food, and a world-class spa; Peter Island Resort & Spa or 800/346-4451.
Charter (crewed or not) a powerboat or a luxury yacht from The Moorings on the island of Tortola.
Splurge on a Spa
Book a fabulous full-day spa suite with a private patio, hydrotherapy soaking tub, and Swiss shower at Peter Island Resort.
The island has a disproportionate number of five-star resorts and restaurants for its size, but its real draw is the wealth of white sand strands. With more than 30 beaches covering 12 of its more than 40 miles of coastline, you're guaranteed to find a private slice of paradise. Sure, fine-dining options abound. But the key reason to come to Anguilla? To get cozy on a crescent of sand with barely anyone but the two of you around. Pictured left: Shoal Bay East.
Design diva Kelly Wearstler decorated the 166 bluff-top and beachfront rooms (pictured left)—many with private plunge pools—at this ultra-chic resort; Viceroy Anguilla or 800/578-0283.
Moorish-style architecture ups the romance ante at this A-list enclave with luxe oversize villas, several gourmet restaurants, and a pristine beach; Cap Juluca or 888/858-5822.
Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa
This property is known for its palatial spa offering couples' massages and scrumptious dining on fresh produce from the on-site hydroponic farm and organic gardens; Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa or 800/943-3210.
Beach-HopCouples craving a little action can snorkel at Shoal Bay East or book a sunset horseback ride around Cove Bay.
Take a five-minute boat ride out to the tiny isle of Scilly Cay to eat fresh-caught lobster with your toes in the sand.
Enjoy reggae and R&B over drinks at The Dune Preserve, owned by Bankie Banx—he's known as a cross between Bob Marley and Bob Dylan.
Large, lush, and laid-back, the Caribbean's biggest English-speaking island (and one of its most accessible) attracts carefree couples to its irie way of life. Stunning beaches are the main draw, but eco-adventure lovers also find bliss among the rivers of Montego Bay, water-falls of Ocho Rios, and rocky bluffs of Negril. Not just a haven for all-inclusives, Jamaica is rich in hip boutique hotel hideaways and elegant colonial-style resorts, all perfect for newlyweds to while away the days. (Pictured left: Round Hill Hotel and Villas)
With no TVs, radios, or clocks, the beach is the star at this 48-suite Ocho Rios hideaway. The crescent-shaped, 700-foot private stretch of Champagne-colored sand is one of the Caribbean's best; Jamaica Inn or 800/837-4608.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas
Since 1953, jet-setters (like Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy) have enjoyed this beautiful 110-acre Montego Bay property. Ralph Lauren--designed oceanfront rooms, a James Beard award--winning chef, and a spacious, restored-plantation-home spa make it thoroughly modern; Round Hill Hotel and Villas or 800/972-2159.
The Tryall Club
Couples looking for total privacy can retreat to a villa complete with chef, butler, and housekeeper—no need to leave to swim, dine, or get a pampering spa treatment. Venture out for tennis, golf, or sailing on the private beach; The Tryall Club or 876/956-5660 (pictured left).
Even Queen Elizabeth (1 and 11) couldn't resist Sir Noël Coward's Edenic hill-top estate east of Ocho Rios—visitors will appreciate its panoramic view of the Caribbean.
Channel James Bond
Keep an eye out for sunbathing celebs at James Bond Beach on the island's north coast, where the movie Dr. No was filmed.
Hire a private captain for a river tour of bamboo and banana groves along the Rio Grande—the bamboo rafts are perfect for two.
At this luxurious retreat (pictured left), each spacious room overlooks either the Sea of Cortez or the Pacific Ocean from a private patio or balcony; One & Only Palmilla Resort or 800/637-2226.
This boutique resort with sumptuous casitas over-looking the Sea of Cortez is a tranquil escape in the middle of Cabo's hotel corridor; Esperanza or 866/311-2226.
Check in to this desert dude ranch with casual-chic decor and a laid-back vibe to surf, swim, or whale-watch from your suite; Rancho Pescadero or 910/300-8891.
From fish taco stands to high-end eateries, such as Ristorante Tre Galline, you'll never go hungry.
The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park protects a rare 20,000-year-old hard-coral reef—grab a mask and fins for a better look at the orange and yellow coral.
The less-developed East Cape of Baja, where the waters of the Sea of Cortez meet the Pacific Ocean, is known for sportfishing.
From its heavenly, wide shoreline to its shimmering water awaiting surfers, paddleboarders, and scuba enthusiasts, this multifaceted island is nature's playground for newlyweds to experience. Catch the stunning sunrise from Haleakala National Park's lunar-like summit, and stay to soar through the trees on a zip-line tour. Drive the road to Hana for plenty of places to pull over and stroll to see wondrous waterfalls. Afterward, relax on one of the isle's 81 postcard-perfect beaches together (pictured left, Kapalua Beach).
Inn at Mama's Fish House
These deluxe cottages on the North Shore (pictured left) are just steps from the sand—and home to one of the best restaurants in Maui; Inn at Mama's Fish House or 800/860-4852.
Formerly the Hotel Hana-Maui, this relaxed property set above an awe-inspiring lava coast exudes Old Hawaii hospitality; Travassa Hana or 808/359-2401.
A prime spot on the beach, plenty of posh ocean-view rooms, and access to three 18-hole golf courses make this high-end hotel a standout; Grand Wailea or 800/888-6100.
Climb the Crater
Explore Haleakala's more than 40 miles of trails, from subtropical rain forest to a head-in-the-clouds height of 10,000 feet.
Catch Some Waves
Try your hand at surfing or windsurfing—watch the pros master the trade winds at Hookipa Lookout.
Ride horseback through the rain forest and past layers of lava rock in Haleakala National Park.
This exotic Indonesian isle of glorious beaches is enhanced by its rich, spiritual culture. You can spend your days sightseeing at ancient temples, sunbathing on golden-sand strands, relaxing at one of the many exclusive resorts, and getting centered with a meditation session. No matter what, you'll work up an appetite that's rewarded with Balinese cuisine like spicy chicken satay or an aromatic seafood stew.
An architectural gem made from hand-carved volcanic stone (pictured left), this cliff-hugging hotel near Uluwatu has 59 sleek, contemporary villas; 62/361/847-1000 or bulgarihotels.com.
Como Shambhala Estate
This award-winning holistic health retreat offers soothing interiors, yoga classes, and signature treatments at its sprawling spa; 62/361/97-8888 or cse.como.bz.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Pavilion-style villas with private plunge pools, four open-air restaurants, and a pretty beach make this hotel a popular pick; 62/361/70-1010 or fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay.
Loosen UpBali is renowned for its spas. Make sure to indulge in a coffee body scrub or a mud bath and massage. The spa at Alila Villas Uluwatu (pictured left) offers a detoxifying cocoa, coffee, and coconut wrap or scrub.
Cycle the Countryside
Take a two-wheel tour past rice paddies, thatched temples, and traditional villages in the central region.
Browse handmade jewelry and beautiful bamboo and teak furniture at the markets in and around Ubud. (Many vendors will ship purchases to the United States.)