After all the hard work of planning a wedding, you deserve a honeymoon destination that is truly special and relaxing. There's no better way to ensure your trip feels like a once-in-a-lifetime holiday than booking an incredible honeymoon hotel. And to help you do that, we've put together a list of the best honeymoon hotels from around the world - trust us, they are incredible!
Whether it's a place to unwind after an action-packed adventure honeymoon, or the focal point of your relaxing break, the key to a great honeymoon is an even greater honeymoon hotel. Our edit includes some of the world's best honeymoon hotels from safari lodges and landmark locations to above-water huts and chic city spots - there's something for every kind of honeymooner.
Sounds expensive? It doesn't have to be! There are plenty of cheap honeymoon destinations and incredible honeymoon hotels that won't break the bank, as well as luxury stays for those who do want to splash out.
11 of the World's Best Honeymoon Hotels
One couple's idea of the perfect honeymoon hotel will be completely different from the next, which is why we've made sure our edit has something for everyone! Whether you're looking for somewhere to stay on your safari honeymoon or you're after complete relaxation Maldives-style, we have a honeymoon hotel that'll suit you!
1. Best Honeymoon Hotel for Beach Bliss - Sandals Grande St Lucian
Where: St Lucia
Review Rating: 4.5/5, based on 2,412 Google reviews
Naturally, a Caribbean honeymoon destination had to make the list, and taking the top spot is Sandals Grande St Lucian. Situated on its own peninsula, this honeymoon hotel is one of three Sandals resorts in St Lucia, the paradise island famous for Les Pitons, twin volcanic spires that make picture-perfect backdrops to all your honeymoon photos.
This romantic luxury resort couldn’t make you feel more in love, with extras like a butler service, couples’ massages on the beach and even the first overwater villas in St Lucia. You’ll never tire of things to do: try complimentary scuba diving and water sports, spend a day at one of their two golf courses or on a skippered yacht, take a cooking class or go on a volcano jeep safari.
Sandals have a fantastic ‘Play at 3’ programme which allows you to use the facilities at all three of their luxury all-inclusive resorts, opening up 27 restaurants for you to choose from and making you feel like you get three holidays in one.
Reviewers also praise the resort, saying that "They exceeded all expectations. The resort was lovely with a nice beach, great pools, really good food, and their service was exemplary."
Another also said, "The hospitality is one of a kind!"
2. Best Honeymoon Hotel for Wildlife Lovers - Ulusaba Kruger National Park
Where: South Africa
Review Rating: 4.9/5, based on 40 Google reviews
Perched high on a hill in the Sabi Sands Reserve, the lodges at Ulusaba offer panoramic views across miles of South Africa’s finest national park. From game drives and safari walks to stargazing excursions at their own private bush observatory, there’s a huge amount to see and do here (although there’s a spa too if you just want to relax).
If you want to do some good on your honeymoon, there’s even a chance to volunteer at the nearby children’s school and in local community projects.
Owned by Sir Richard Branson, this game reserve hotel is a fantastic choice for adventurous honeymooner who aren't afraid to go wild. One guest says, "Ulusaba provides impeccable hospitality and attention to detail. They surprise you with special activities and the rangers are knowledgeable."
Keen to explore wildlife? Check out our guide to Safari honeymoons for everything you need to know.
3. Best Honeymoon Hotel for Ultimate Luxury - Four Seasons Motu Tehotu
Where: Bora Bora
Review Rating: 4.7/5, based on 644 Google reviews
If you've decided to spend your honeymoon in Bora Bora, then you have to check out the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Standing in the shadow of Mount Otemanu, their dedicated couple’s experiences are ones you’ll never forget.
From a champagne dinner on a private white-sand island to a snorkelling safari to couple’s spa treatments where you can look down in the exotic fish-filled waters of the lagoon below, this hotel is one of the best in the world for newlywed couples. Foodie couples will love the four on-site restaurants, which offer unique and creative culinary treats.
4. The Best Honeymoon Hotel for Landmark Views - Oberoi Amarvilas
Review Rating: 4.7/5, based on 3,380 Google reviews
If you’re after one of the best honeymoon hotels in the world that gazes over one of the modern wonders of the world, then look no further than Oberoi Amarvilas, a luxurious resort offering views over the famous Taj Mahal from nearly every window.
This hotel is the definition of luxury, from it's opulent interiors to it's world-class restaurants and 24-hour butler service that comes as standard in every room. The hotel can arrange a private star-lit dinner in their poolside pavilions for honeymooners, with stunning views of the Taj Mahal, located a mere 600 metres away. You'll never want to leave your room, and we don't blame you!
Previous guests recognise the uniqueness of the venue, with one stating, "All the rooms have perfect views of the Taj and this makes it unique. On top of that the service is unrivalled and the Estaphan restaurant is superb."
5. The Best Honeymoon Hotel for Spa Sanctuary - Keemala
Review Rating: 4.6/5, based on 756 Google reviews
Nestled in the Kamala rainforest, this luxury resort is a little sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket. Keemala’s holistic philosophy is one of healing spas, home-grown cuisine – which you can learn to cook – and an eco-friendly ethos, although it’s close enough to the lively Patong Beach for those couples who want a mix of relaxing and activity.
Of all their 38 villas, the architectural wonder of the Bird’s Nest Villas make them our clear favourite, with their lap pools jutting out over the rainforest and offering views across the Andaman Sea.
The advantages to this hotel are seemingly endless. One reviewer says, "I’ve travelled an awful lot and stayed in arguably some of the world’s best hotels (I know, I know), but I found Keemala completely different and completely wonderful. To me it’s the small things that separate the good from the bad.
"Like the huge leather-chest minibar, say, which was stocked with fresh coffee, mixers and little jars of interesting snacks like Fuji plums and puffed rice crackers." Yum!
6. The Best Honeymoon Hotel for a Chic City Break - La Réserve Hotel and Spa
Review Rating: 4.7/5, based on 728 reviews
The first thing you’ll notice is the view; overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais and Pantheon and, being just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées, there’s no finer spot to wake up. For the ultimate romantic European honeymoon experience, La Réserve is a must-visit hotel.
7. The Best Honeymoon Hotel for a Sustainable Detox- Pacuare Lodge
Where: Costa Rica
Review Rating: 4.9/5, based on 136 Google reviews
If living sustainably is important to you - perhaps you're even planning an eco-friendly wedding - then you have to check out Pacuare Lodge. This eco-hotel is hidden deep in the Costa Rican jungle and offers a proper back-to-nature stay.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t any pampering, but rooms are electricity-free for the ultimate digital detox (Wi-Fi is available in the lobby so you can still Instagram), food from their own organic farm is on the menu, and you arrive and leave on a raft.
This is one of the best hotels in the world for thrill seekers: explore the jungle on a beautiful hike, go horseback riding, zip-lining or white-water rafting. This resort has it all - previous guests have described it as, "Adventure combined with relaxation and endless pampering."
8. The Best Honeymoon Hotel for Five-Star Romance - Grace Santorini
Review Rating: 4.6/5, based on 165 Google reviews
Get ready to live out your Mamma Mia fantasy! Settled above Santorini’s famous Caldera and carved out of the clifftop, Grace Santorini is a luxury hotel with a truly stunning infinity pool, famed for offering some of the most breath-taking views you can find on the island.
This boutique hotel is a great choice for fitness-loving couples, with daily complimentary yoga sessions in their dedicated studio, and fresh and flavourful food, inspired by the surrounding Greek villages. At night, you can take in their legendary sunsets by the buzzing pool bar or arrange a private sunset island cruise.
If you still need more convincing (although we doubt it!), past guests have described Grace as "A complete 5-star experience and a must if you visit Santorini."
9. The Best Honeymoon Hotel for Culture and Cuisine - L’Hôtel Marrakech
Review Rating: 4.6/5, based on 39 Google reviews
British designer Jasper Conran has turned his hand to hotels in this luxury venture and he couldn’t have got it more right. This intimate riad, with just five suites, is a charming oasis from the bustle of Marrakech’s medina and Souk, while keeping you close to the action of the vibrant Jemaa El Fna square.
The whitewashed walls, peaceful courtyard and elegant décor of L’Hôtel Marrakech give a feeling of utter serenity and relaxation. You and your partner can unwind with views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains from the roof terrace or enjoy a drink under the flower-laden pergola. This is thirties glamour at its best and a truly romantic honeymoon hotspot.
This luxury riad offers a very unique and personalised experience. One guest says, "Staying here feels a bit like staying at someone’s incredibly beautiful home, rather than in a hotel. There’s no official restaurant, instead there’s an intimate and elegantly decorated dining room that looks out onto the courtyard through big iron-edged glass doors.
"There’s no menu either – instead you let George and his colleagues know that you’ll be having dinner and they let you know what’s being served."
10. The Best Honeymoon Hotel for an Incredible Resort Stay - Kimpston Aysla
Review Rating: 5/5, based on 20 Google reviews
The first branch of the Kimpton luxury resort branch can be found in Santa Posa, Mallorca. Kimpton Aysla Mallorca opened in Autumn 2022 and has already established itself as one of Europe's greatest and unmissable luxury resorts. With luxurious facilities, breath-taking views and convenient access to the beach, it's easy to see why!
Here you can find not only excellent traditional Spanish food, but also a delicious pan-Asian restaurant serving up the best of Japanese and Korean cuisine. When it's time to relax, you can enjoy the three pools, various spa rooms (including steam room, sauna and salt room) and the personalised Maison Codage spa treatments. Trust us, you'll be so relaxed, you'll never want to leave!
You can take our word for it - we were invited to visit this stunning property right after it opened! Read our full Majorca holiday review for more information.
11. The Best Honeymoon Hotel in The Maldives - Kuramathi
Where: The Maldives
Review Rating: 4.7/5, based on 392 Google reviews
As a destination renowned for luxury and relaxation, it's no surprise to see a Maldives honeymoon destination on our list - it's arguably the first place that comes to mind when you think of honeymoons! Kuramathi is one of the islands' most popular resorts - and it's easy to see why. This four star resort is an island hotspot for swimming, eating, relaxing and sustainable practice!
Here you'll find not one, but two oceanwater infinity pools, as well as a freshwater pool and, of course, the ocean itself with a reef accessible via the beach and 20 nearby spots for diving. You and your partner can treat yourself afterwards by filling up at one of the 8 restaurants, 7 bars, coffee shop or beach BBQ.
Previous guests have been more than happy with their experience. One guest said, "This is a paradise island for those who wish to have a completely relaxing holiday. The rooms are lovely and spacious. We had a infinity pool which we used all day, this lead straight into the sea by steps.
"The water is so clear you can swim in the pool and see the fish from the pool side, or swim in the bay with the provided snorkelling equipment. either way the experience is magical."
How to Tell a Hotel it's Your Honeymoon?
Some of the more confident among us will have no problem marching right up to the front desk and loudly declaring, "IT'S MY HONEYMOON!"
But if this just isn't you, fear not. There are a number of less upfront ways to tell your hotel it's your honeymoon such as sending a quick email or making a short phone call.
It's important to let your hotel know in advance, as this will give them to to prepare any complimentary extras, as well as offer any honeymoon packages or add-ons they may supply.
Hayley Baker from The Langham Hotel advises, "Simply let the hotel know in advance when making a booking that you are celebrating this momentous occasion with us and we would be glad to pull out all the stops and more to ensure you have an unforgettable stay."
Catrin Marks from The Harper, a residents-only boutique hotel with a private bar, spa, and a restaurant with a menu that changes daily, adds, "One option is to contact the hotel directly. You may find they offer their recommendations to shape your experience to get the best out of your stay – after all, this is a particularly special one."
Do Hotels Have Honeymoon Suites?
The words 'honeymoon suite' conjure up an image of luxury, romance and exclusivity - but are they becoming a thing of the past? Hayley says "It’s less common nowadays for hotels to have a room labelled as the honeymoon suite since most hotels have a portfolio of rooms and suites with different styles and features to suit all sorts of occasions and staying preferences."
Catrin says "Although it is common for hotels to have a specific honeymoon suite, the room may not be described as this online, and instead could be listed as the highest grade room available. If you’re unsure, it’s worth contacting the hotel directly to ensure you receive the best room they have to offer."
If you can’t decide on a honeymoon destination or are waiting a bit after your wedding, then you might want to consider a short mini-moon in the UK first. Check out our edit of the best places to mini-moon in the UK or our pick of the best mini-moon hotels in Scotland.