Admittedly, one of the best parts of planning a wedding is planning the honeymoon. It’s your chance to jet halfway around the world and guiltlessly splurge on a unique, out of this world trip. While one of our favorite honeymoon islands is a quick 5-hour trip from the US, others are across the world in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Nevertheless, each includes charming, honeymoon island suites that will make you never want to leave. Wanderlust, right this way.
1. Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa, Taha’a, French Polynesia
The Room: The Beach Villa
Dreaming of jetting to the South Pacific for a stay on one of French Polynesia’s dreamy islands? This one is for you. Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa is located on the island of Taha’a, a tranquil destination accessible only by boat via the Raiatea airport (a 45-minute flight from Papeete, Tahiti’s main airport). The island is known for producing vanilla, and the intoxicating scent drifts in the air. You’ll find the fragrant treat in the delectable food, as well as aromatherapy at the spa. The Beach Villa offers an open-air thatched bungalow with direct access to the white sand beach and a view of the lagoon. Luxe features include a private dipping pool and a secluded outdoor bathtub and shower amidst a tropical garden. Our favorite feature? The serene hammock draped between palm trees that jets out over the lagoon. Plus, the ocean view from the bed is pretty incredible.
2. Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, Ubud, Indonesia
The Room: One Bedroom Riverfront Pool Villa
Inspired by traditional Balinese architecture and décor, Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a true resort gem. Just over an hour north of the beach scene at Jimbaran Bay resides a totally different honeymoon island escape. Ubud, the cultural center of Bali, is well-known for its natural beauty including the Ayung River, as well as the lush rice paddies and surrounding tropical rainforest. The location boasts a culturally enriched arts scene and extraordinary carved temples are plenty, and Mandapa’s beautiful suites are situated amidst the natural beauty of Ubud. Our favorite suite has to be the One Bedroom River Front Pool Villa. At 4,630 square feet, the suite includes a large living room and bedroom that looks out to your private outdoor garden. Your own 320 square foot pool has views of the Ayung River with lounge chairs conducive for all-day relaxation. Perfection.
3. Qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia
The Room: Windward Pavilion
Planning to visit the Great Barrier Reefs? We suggest the ultra-luxe Qualia, located at the northern coast of Hamilton Island. The Windward Pavilion boasts beautiful views of the Whitsunday passage and Coral Sea from your own private sundeck and infinity pool. And let’s not forget access to your own private golf cart (awesome!). Plus, that amazing soaker tub in the bathroom that has direct views of the sea outside. The designer furnishings are simple, and you can never get enough of the beautiful views through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
4. COMO, Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
The Room: One-Bedroom Beach Villa
COMO is on the island of Parrot Cay, a private island in Turks and Caicos in the Northern Caribbean. Its beautiful white beaches and relaxing island atmosphere is the perfect short-haul destination for an island honeymoon. We suggest the One-Bedroom Beach Villas, which will truly make you feel like you’ve been transported to a far-away paradise. The crisp, white walls and vaulted ceilings are the perfect backdrop for the neutral furnishings. The villa’s sundeck includes a private pool, and an ocean-view straight through from the living room. While this is the perfect suite for a truly relaxing honeymoon, you still have plenty of options for activity including water sports and a dream day getaway to Iguana island for a picnic on the beach.
5. Trisara, Phuket, Thailand
The Room: Ocean Front Pool Villa
Your honeymoon to Thailand should definitely include a visit to one of the country’s beautiful islands. Trisara. Located on Phuket, one of Thailand’s more popular islands, the experience is perfect for the couple looking for true Thai hospitality. The Ocean Front Pool Villa is a sanctuary for relaxation, and its’ location directly above the beach allows for magnificent views of the Andaman Sea and stunning sunsets from your private teak sundeck and marble infinity pool. Make sure not to miss the Sunday Jazz brunch, which is a must-do activity at the resort.
6. Four Seasons Seychelles, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
The Room: Ocean View Villa
Located near the East African Coast, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands, and is known for its powder white beaches and amazing rock formations. The culture here is French Creole, which means amazing, flavorful cuisine. The Four Seasons Seychelles should be your home here, and you won’t be disappointed by the Ocean View Villa, which has amazing views of the Indian Ocean from your private infinity pool. The tree-top cabana (complete with daybed) is perfect for seaside views all day long.
7. Kirini Suites & Spa, Santorini, Greece
The Room: Master Suite
If you’re one of the lucky girls making her way to Greece for her honeymoon, a visit to Santorini is a must. Not only is the island one of the most picturesque places you’ll ever visit, but the boutique hotels are so charming and unlike anything else in the world. One of our favorites is the Kirini Suites & Spa in Oia, (the small town where you’ll see those postcard sunsets). The suites here are simple and white, but not without undeniable magic. If your budget allows book the Master Suite, which includes a plunge pool on a beyond enchanting sundeck.
8. Pangulasian Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
The Room: Pool Villa
Pangulasian Island is an eco-luxury resort located in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. Called the “Island of the Sun” for its beautiful sunrise and sunset views and pristine beaches, this remote honeymoon island resort offers pretty much all you’d need for the perfect vacation. Overlooking Bacuit Bay, the Pool Villas are a total treat with a private pool and serene locations that will make you feel like you’re the only ones there. When you’re done relaxing consider visiting other treasures in the Philippines, like the famed Chocolate Hills or historic Vigan, the Spanish-colonial town that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.