Looking for the dreamiest tropical honeymoon destinations? After months of wedding planning, it’s easy to see why the simplicity, serenity and seclusion of a tropical escape are alluring to many newly-weds. What could be more romantic than just you, your sweetheart and utter isolation from the rest of the world?
And don’t worry if the thought of spending a week or two on a remote island is giving you cabin fever. Many of these destinations offer a huge array of opportunities, experiences and adventures. So, whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a beach bum or a high roller, we’ve got you covered.
Celebrating your newly cemented relationship status deserves a bucket list honeymoon destination, and these tropical honeymoon destinations are up for the challenge. Ready to find your own island oasis?
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If you’re stuck between city and beach, adventure and relaxation, this diverse string of islands might just be for you. The lush archipelago attracts plenty of newlyweds thanks to its dramatic landscape of beautiful beaches, dormant volcanoes and lush forests. Each island has its own inimitable charm, yet for many Honeymooners, Maui offers the perfect combination of everything the ‘Aloha State’ has to offer. For a taste of real Hawaii, drive the famous ‘Road to Hana’ coastline, marked by black sand beaches, rainforests and waterfalls. While Oahu is the busiest of the Hawaiin Islands, you wouldn’t have it any other way.
Much of the excitement takes place on the world-famous Waikiki Beach, lined with high-rise hotels, glitzy shopping malls and lively beach bars. Take a surfing lesson, hike Hawaii’s most recognizable landmark – Diamond Head volcano – or simply sit back and enjoy a Mai Tai, or two. Affectionately known as the ‘Garden Island’, Kauai lures adventurous travellers with its craggy cliffs and wild landscapes. It’s significantly less populated than the three big islands – Oahu, Big Island and Maui – offering honeymooners their own private paradise. Snorkel amid a rainbow of marine life, hike one of the scenic trails in Waimea Canyon and sail the Na Pali Coastline at sunset. Honeymoon bliss!
Maldives, Indian Ocean
If it’s an uninterrupted natural beauty, romance and relaxation you seek, the Maldives is the ultimate honeymoon hotspot. This string of idyllic coral islands, scattered across the Indian Ocean, is made up of 26 atolls composed of white sand bars and coral reefs and packed with a rainbow of marine life. The resorts – many of which occupy their own private island – often come complete with overwater villas and private pools. Besides offering unparalleled luxury, many resorts offer exclusive experiences including open-air cinemas, private picnics, romantic photoshoots and private yacht cruises. Sure, it can be a little pricey, but this little slice of paradise is worth every penny. A few stand out properties include the ultra-luxurious Soneva Fushi, where fun extras include an open-air cinema and treetop yoga, the remote Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru and the eco-friendly Six Senses Laamu, the epitome of barefoot luxury. For something more affordable, the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma and Kihaad Maldives Island Resort are both great options.
Like the Maldives, Seychelles – off the east coast of Africa – has all the ingredients for the perfect post-wedding escape. Expect ocean-edge dinners, lavish accommodation, luxury spas and personalised service. But with fewer visitors, spread out over many islands, Seychelles, offers more exclusivity and natural beauty. As well as infinity pools and private butlers, this wild archipelago, made up of 115 granitic and coralline islands, is home to some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna. Here, you can dive with the plankton-eating whale shark, visit Cousine Island – a designated bird and turtle reserve – and explore the islands’ lush and mountainous interiors by foot or bicycle. Regular flights, ferries, speed boat and helicopter transfers make it easy for honeymooners to island-hop. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the three most populated islands and could be perfectly paired with private islands such as Denis, North and Desroches. We think you should definitely aim to spend as least a couple of night on La Digue, if you like a laid back, relaxed atmosphere with some of the best beaches in the world.
Bali paints a romantic picture with its tropical beaches, jungle-draped volcanoes, rich green rice paddies and ancient-walled villages. Add to this, gorgeous resorts ranging from zen hideaways and wellness retreats to bougie boutique hotels and traditional homes, and a honeymoon to Bali can be just about anything you want it to be.
Nestled into the jungle-clad mountains, exuding a zen calm unlike anywhere else in the world, Ubud is considered the country’s cultural and culinary heart. Bali also has a rich assortment of beaches, from the striking black sands on the north and western shores, to the palm-fringed coastline on the island’s south. Seminyak is one of the island’s most stylish beach resorts, home to fine dining, fashion boutiques and exclusive beach clubs. Further south, Nusa Dua is a hotbed of five-star resorts and sprawling golf courses and is considered Bali’s high-end ‘all-inclusive’ beach resort. Thanks to the well-organised tourism complex, honeymooners can enjoy the convenience of shopping malls, superb facilities and private beaches – all within a short walk from your hotel. Uluwatu, located on the dramatic Bukit peninsula is perhaps Bali’s most exclusive beach area and is perfect if you’re looking for a quiet retreat away from the busy beaches of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
Turks and Caicos, The Caribbean
Turks and Caicos is a sparsely populated group of 40 islands, scattered throughout the turquoise blue Caribbean, promising romance and relaxation in spades. You don’t come to Turks and Caicos to tick off big-ticket attractions or party into the early hours. You come to relax. That said, for those honeymooners looking to combine beach time with a healthy dose of adventure, you’re also in the right spot. Providenciales, commonly known as ‘Provo,’ is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. Stretching more than 12 miles, Grace Bay is consistently voted as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean and is where you’ll find a handful of luxury accommodations, including the exclusive Grace Bay Club. Though even the biggest hotels are on the small side, so the island never feels overdeveloped. The Turks and Caicos archipelago encompass one of the world's most extensive coral reef systems, earning the islands a reputation as a diving hotspot. Many of the top dive or snorkel spots are accessible from shore, including the popular Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef.
Tropical beaches, beautiful dramatic landscapes and colourful culture make Thailand the destination where you really can have it all. And honeymooners don’t have to compromise on luxury, with five-star hotels, world-class spas and delicious food all at an exceptional value. What’s more, frequent domestic flights make it easy to combine the city and beach.
Bangkok is an intoxicating combination of vibrant nightlife, high culture and vibrant nightlife. Rise early to visit the richly adorned Grand Palace before the crowds emerge or explore the city’s canals on a long-tail boat. When night falls, dine 61 floors above the city at the Banyan Tree’s rooftop restaurant. After the bustle of Bangkok, hop on a short flight to the palm-fringed islands of the south. Phuket is the biggest and busiest island, boasting world-class golf courses, luxury shopping malls and high-end dining. Tucked away in nearby Phang Nga Bay, the Six Senses Yao Noi feels like a different world entirely.
A champagne breakfast, followed by a morning massage and an afternoon spent lazing by your private pool will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time. On the Gulf of Thailand, the gorgeous island of Koh Samui is the country’s second-largest island yet it has managed to retain its Thai charm. Bathe in the sun-kissed beaches of Chewang, a hotspot for nightlife and water sports, or travel inland to explore Samui’s wild jungle interior. A visit to Angthong National Marine Park, a pristine archipelago of 42 islands, is a must-do experience for anyone travelling around Koh Samui.
Fiji, South Pacific
Empty beaches, turquoise lagoons, waterfalls, palm trees and a blissfully slow pace. It’s no surprise honeymooners flock to Fiji. Located in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from anywhere, Fiji is a castaway fantasy, made even more magical by its warm and welcoming locals. The archipelago is made up of 333 islands, a third of which are inhibited. The biggest of the Fijian Islands, Viti Levu, offers a great introduction to the country. After a few days exploring the rich local culture, head to one of the idyllic Mamanuca or Yasawa Islands for a true paradise experience. Visit Fiji and inevitably you’ll fall into “Fiji Time” – the national belief that life should be lived moment by moment, without stress or hurry. It’s also a country where traditions are still honoured and culture persists, which means you’ll never forget where you are.
French Polynesia, South Pacific
Look up ‘paradise’ online and you’ll be presented with hundreds of photos of French Polynesia, aka Tahiti. This a string of picture-perfect, French-influenced islands is home to honeymoon hotspots like Bora Bora and Moorea, which are luxe enough for the likes of Carrie Underwood, Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry.
All flights land and depart from the island of Tahiti, and while it’s worth staying a night or two, if you’re looking for that Robin Crusoe experience, make your way to Bora Bora, where luxury villas hover above the sea on stilts against a backdrop of dramatic scenery and imposing mountains. Yes, you’ll pay a pretty penny to stay in this paradise, but when you’re gazing out from your private pool as the sun sets over Mount Otemanu, you won’t regret the splurge. For ultra-luxury, check in to the St. Regis, Four Seasons or Intercontinental. Besides sunbathing and sipping champagne, guests can swim with stingrays, enjoy a pampering in the spa, dine on a deserted islet or explore the island on a jetski.
Just a 15-minute flight, the island of Moorea looks like something out of Jurassic Park and is often considered the ‘real Polynesia.’ Of course, Moorea also knows how to roll out the red carpet for newlyweds, with no shortage of overwater bungalows and luxury spas.
Saint Lucia, The Caribbean
Impossibly picturesque, boasting volcanic landscapes, tranquil bays and glorious sandy beaches – Saint Lucia is quite rightly heralded as one of the world’s most romantic destinations. To experience everything that this diverse island has to offer, split your stay and enjoy some time in the secluded south, marked by the dramatic twin pitons, along with a few days in the lively north. For something unique and boutique, stay at Ladera, a romantic retreat perched on a forested ridge and modelled on luxury treehouse living. If you can tear yourself away from your private pool, explore the world’s only drive-through volcano, Mount Soufriere. In the north, the luxury Cap Maison resort sits atop an ocean bluff affording beautiful views of the bay. Here, you can kayak, snorkel, or hop aboard the resort’s private yacht. As the sun sets, dine at Cliff at Cap, one of the hottest tables on the islands. Or, for a taste of Caribbean culture, head to Gros Islet’s Friday night ‘jump up’ party to feast on tasty Creole cuisine.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
While its 22,000 miles of coastline is a huge draw, Australia is certainly not a place to fly and flop, and the Great Barrier Reef is no exception. With over 90 islands, stretching the length of Queensland, unique experiences abound. And while you’ll find luxurious resorts peppered across the archipelago, you’ll also find low-key lodges that take their cues from the abundant nature and wildlife. The only resort located on a 1,013-hectare National Park and directly on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island offers seclusion and natural beauty that is hard to beat.
Nature walks, snorkelling, swimming and serious pampering are the order of the day here. And with 24 beaches, you’re sure to find your own private paradise. Situated at the northern tip of the island, Qualia is perhaps the best-known luxury resort and enjoys its own private peninsula with coast or beach on three sides. Elegant, private pavilions are nestled into the jungle foliage, many of which overlook the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. In the south of the island, Hamilton Island offers a range of more affordable accommodation.