The fact that a honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime(-ish) trip gives you license to spoil yourself in all sorts of ways, and the best hotels are built for exactly this kind of indulgence.
There are a million reasons to travel, but there might be no better way to experience a hotel than on a honeymoon. The fact that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime(-ish) trip gives you license to spoil yourself in all sorts of ways, and the best hotels are built for exactly this kind of indulgence.
As you might imagine, we’ve got a number of hotels that absolutely excel at this sort of thing — which is why, when the wedding experts at BHLDN asked us for a couple of suggestions, we had to force ourselves to stop at ten. You’ll find all of them below and you might consider getting married just to have a reason to stay at one of these….
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort
Los Cabos, Mexico
Among the leaders in upgrading Mexico to a proper luxury destination is this seaside stunner, a Los Cabos resort that pulls out all the stops. Worth knowing: it’s consistently rated by Tablet customers as one of our very best spa hotels.
A Moroccan riad hotel is all about splendid seclusion, and from ornate carved doors to fine woodwork to the lush velvet textures of the furniture, Dar Darma is unflinching in its pursuit of opulence, cranking the romance up to eleven.
This one is all about atmosphere. In the heart of Florence, a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio, this 16th-century villa has been updated in an eclectic, vintage-inspired style, and is now a perfect little ten-suite boutique hotel.
The Harmony Hotel
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
High luxury isn’t the only way to go. Here, at the end of a dirt road, is a charmingly handmade boutique hotel that happens to have access to one of the world’s great beaches for surfing. For when escaping is the greatest luxury of all.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Rome is a city where it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but when you’ve got a posh hilltop villa to return to at the end of the day, tranquility is in plentiful supply. This has always been among the world’s most romantic cities, and from here you’ll see it in style.
Bali has long been a magnet for dreamers and romantics, and for our money, the lush interior of the island is where it’s at. Perched on the edge of a jungle valley, Alila Ubud feels like a wild frontier — and, as a bonus, it’s got one of the world’s greatest infinity pools.
Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef
The Maldives are often seen as a haven for the private-jet set, but this is one of the region’s relatively more affordable options — which means you get legendary Taj service and the iconic overwater-villa experience, and still start your marriage with something in your bank account.
Napa Valley, California
Any number of California wine-country resorts would do, but Calistoga Ranch gets the nod for its surplus of privacy. Every lodge is freestanding, secluded, and supremely luxe, and it’s a perfectly self-contained experience, the sort of place where you never have to leave the grounds.
Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
In some ways the Eastern equivalent of Calistoga Ranch, Blackberry Farm is perhaps best known for its legendary farm-to-table restaurant — but it’s got all the bells and whistles, and the Cottage Suites are right up there with the finest honeymoon digs in the United States.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
For most of us, it doesn’t get much more far-flung than Zanzibar. Here you can get maximally away from it all, and be treated like royalty while you’re at it — and you can torture the folks back home with Instagram photos definitively proving that you and your beloved are truly #blessed.
Of course, if you’re actually deep in the honeymoon-planning process, we’re aware that the hotels are just one part of the picture. We’d like to take this opportunity to announce something new: we’re now offering custom honeymoon planning services. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our travel specialists will get back to you with destination advice based on your preferences and budget, as well as help with details like airport transfers and coordinating local activities and excursions.
You’ll also get the full complement of Tablet Plus privileges during your honeymoon, which means room upgrades (when available) and other exclusive benefits like late check-outs, early check-ins, or dining or spa credits, depending on the hotel in question.