Written by: Andreia Fontainhas
The vows have been said, the bouquet tossed, and the cake cut. Your special day has passed and wedded bliss has begun. You and your spouse are ready to embark on the world’s best honeymoon. Now is the time to relax, and enjoy your dream, romantic getaway! We’ve got the best luxury hotels and resorts for the top honeymoon vacation. Depending on your idea of a romantic interlude, you and your spouse may want to be pampered by hitting the spa, explore local attractions and tour, or simply relax on the beach in a private cabana. The luxury honeymoon hotels on this list will meet your every need. Which will you choose to start your happily ever after?
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, the centre of Dubai’s heritage and conservation efforts, lies nestled within a green and verdant oasis amongst some of Arabia’s most impressive dune and desert landscapes. Resembling an ancient Bedouin encampment this secluded, internationally-awarded hideaway resort offers personal and seductive experiences of the region’s history and hospitality, in absolute comfort.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is a tribute to traditional life in the Arabian Desert. Built in the style of an ancient Bedouin settlement, the neutral toned ‘tents’ shade individual suites of understated, modern luxury. Each private suite is furnished with original, unique and rare collections of regional artwork and antiques.
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Amanjena (“peaceful paradise”) is the first Amanresort on the African continent. The resort’s 32 pavilions, six, two-storey maisons and largest accommodation, the Al-Hamra Maison, are set within an oasis of palms and mature olive trees. Amanjena’s rose-blush walls mirror Marrakech, known in Arabic as Al Medina al-Hamra (the red city). The resort’s design emulates the old Moorish pise (packed earth) buildings, as well as the Berber villages that cling to the High Atlas Mountains. Marrakech was brought to radiant life by the brilliance of 11th-century Almoravid irrigation. Water is no less the unifying element of Amanjena, which has as its centrepiece, a large bassin, traditionally a holding pool to collect water for irrigation. Amanjena’s pavilions and maisons extend from the bassin, fanning out in two directions, separated by reflecting pools in a landscape of lawns and vines, emerald-clay roofs, marble fountains and glittering hand-cut, glazed tiles (zellij).
With a convenient location at the edge of Marrakech, Amanjena provides the ideal base for further exploration of Marrakech and beyond. The city itself, with its gardens, souks, art and culture, is just seven kilometres away and the resort looks out onto the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, the highest range in North Africa. Carefully constructed private tours and treks, taking in local highlights, are easily arranged.
Ever since architect Nick Troubetzkoy first purchased the first 14 hillside units, and throughout the expansion and renovation that followed, design in harmony with nature, complementing the island’s natural beauty, has remained his focal point. The 600-acre site is a lush garden of tropical foliage bordering one of the island’s best beaches, where soft silver sands dip into the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. A second beach, Anse Mamin, belonging to the estate is just around the corner and can be reached by the Resort’s water taxi. St Lucia’s trademark green peaks – the Gros and Petit Pitons – make for a dramatic backdrop. No two rooms at Anse Chastanet are exactly alike. Twelve beach level units are tucked away behind the coconut palms, just steps from the water’s edge and the resort’s renowned SSI Platinum Pro/PADI dive facility. Perched on the hill are Anse Chastanet’s original rooms; cheery white-washed cottages with wrap-around wooden balconies. These octagonal-shaped “gazebos” offer splendid views of the Pitons and the sea, framed by an abundance of flourishing blossoms. Chairs and beds are covered in madras prints – a traditional island fabric of bright plaid woven with the same colors as the ginger lilies, anthuriums and bougainvilleas found in every room.
Dramatic landscapes and sensational East Sea vistas greet you every day at Banyan Tree Lang Co. Located in Vietnam’s new playground for the sophisticated vacationer; this stunning all-pool villa resort is poised to be its most exclusive attraction. With the gentle waves of the East Sea lapping at your feet and the magnificent Truong Son (Annamite) Mountain Range in the background, Banyan Tree Lang Co is truly a multi-dimensional tropical beach retreat.
Inspired by the glory of ancient Vietnamese dynasties past, the architecture and design of this stunning all pool-villa resort pays contemporary tribute to the cultural richness of the region. Integrating clay tiled pitched roofs, open courtyards and wood rafter ceilings, the main building and villas feature modern interpretations of design elements seen in the traditional garden houses of Hue.
On this mystical island with its necklace of white-fringed coral islets, Four Seasons elevates the excitement to redefine South Seas escape. Exotic over-water suites, and beachfront villas with pools, immerse you in ultramodern comforts and the spirit of French Polynesia. Culinary art embraces operatic sunsets over the island’s primeval peaks. Introduce your family to sea turtles. Kite-surf across the impossibly blue lagoon. Spirit yourselves away in a spa by the rolling Pacific surf. Surrender to the liberating service of a luxury resort unmatched on Bora Bora.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers 121 spacious hideaways within 100 over-water bungalows and 7 beachfront villas. Nestling around the Bora Bora lagoon and its outer beaches, they overlook the lagoon’s turquoise waters and spectacular views of Mount Otemanu.
Inspired by local architecture, all guest accommodations offer a restful, airy ambience; complete with traditional teak wood furnishings, high ceilings and thatched roofs made from pandanus leaves. Special touches that accentuate the feel of Polynesia include striking works of art, private pools and sliding doors by deep bathtubs for panoramic fresh-air views of the lagoon.