It’s been a tricky few years for the wedding industry, with many couples having to postpone their special day, but the next few years are predicted to be some of the busiest yet for weddings across the country. With the month of love well and truly upon us, and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, get inspired by some of the most romantic destinations around the world that make for the perfect honeymoon.
15 Honeymoon Destinations Around the World
Lesser-known Okinawa within the Japanese archipelago is a beachy and cultural paradise perfect for couples looking for more than a fly and flop honeymoon but who don’t want to sacrifice sun, sea and sand. Experience the bright lights of Tokyo, look for geisha in Kyoto and find peace at the Hiroshima Peace Park before landing on the white sand beaches of Okinawa. Visit the relaxing Miyako Island, which boasts some of the best beaches in all of Japan. Snorkel in the azure waters or, for more adventurous couples, take part in a range of water sports. Audley Travel offers a ‘City & Beach: Tokyo & Okinawa’ package from €7,092 for 13 days.
Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa, The Islands of Tahiti
The Islands of Tahiti embody peace and serenity, perfect for newlyweds to relax, unwind and enjoy each other’s company. French Polynesia is home to legendary honeymoon hotspots with a number of islands to choose from including lagoon-embraced Bora Bora, mountainous Moorea, and idyllic Tuamotu atolls such as Tikehau.
Set on beautiful Motu Tautau, private islet Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa looks onto the lush shores of Taha’a on one side and the majestic silhouette of Bora Bora. Honeymooners can stay in one of their iconic Overwater Suites villas, dine in one of three restaurants offering delicious French-Polynesian fusion food, or indulge in a massage, facial, body scrub or wrap at. Tāvai spa, nestled in a beautiful exotic garden.
Celebrate love in Loveland, Colorado
As the name suggests, Loveland is the perfect place to spend a truly romantic honeymoon. At Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, newlyweds can disconnect from everyday life and soak up one another and their beautiful surroundings. With so many activities to choose from, couples can decide if they want to be adventurous on the many hiking and biking trails or simply relax in the outdoor heated pool.
Lovers can choose from a variety of packages including a one-night stay with a Sweetheart Dinner and Sunday brunch, starting at €255.00 per couple or a two-night stay with Sweetheart Dinner (two dinners, breakfast and Sunday brunch) from €346.00 per couple. British Airways flies direct from London to Denver from €590.00 return.
Andaz West Hollywood, California
With its prime location on the Sunset Strip and the incredible Hollywood Hills as the backdrop, Andaz West Hollywood is in a class of its own when it comes to luxurious accommodation. This popular film location boasts a newly renovated Andaz West Hollywood, with a rooftop pool and glamorous ballroom where couples can spend their honeymoon in style in LA.
After a busy day checking out the sights and sounds that LA has to offer, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Hollywood Bowl, head back to the hotel and indulge in its luxurious facilities. Guests can schedule a couple’s massage in the privacy of their own room, allowing them to relax and rejuvenate. Room rates from €228.00 per night.
Vila Planinka, Jezersko, Slovenia
Slovenia’s naturally beautiful landscape and slow pace of life lends itself to a laid back, romantic honeymoon. In the picturesque Jezersko valley is five-star Vila Planinka, where guests can relax, unwind and connect with nature in luxurious surroundings.
Make it a honeymoon to remember with the Romantic Package which includes two nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation, complimentary fruit and sparkling wine on arrival, 60-minute private sauna use, mountain bike rental and sparkling wine breakfast served in the room. Priced from €515. British Airways flies direct from London to Ljubljana from €87.00 return.
Reconnect to Romance at The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, Lake Washington, Seattle
Located on the peaceful shores of Lake Washington, The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa is a relaxing yet adventurous escape that immerses visitors within the welcoming Pacific Northwest. Whether guests want to participate in outdoor activities or experience a luxurious night in, the venue offers visitors the chance to reconnect with themselves and their significant others.
The Reconnect to Romance package includes two nights accommodation, Still Spa signature bath butler (including Pacific Northwest lilac & honey scrub, rosemary mint lotion and a dry exfoliation brush), Woodmark Treveri Cellars Bubbles, rose petals and $30 dining credit. Priced from $130. American Airlines flies direct from London to Seattle from €637.00 return.
Gifu and Ishikawa, Japan
For honeymooners looking to learn traditional crafts and get under the skin of Japan, there’s no better place than the Gifu and Ishikawa prefectures. Easily accessible from Tokyo by bullet train, these prefectures offer a view into authentic Japan.
Discover the traditional process of paper making before getting your hands dirty making ‘washi’ (Japanese paper) the ancient way. Join a dedicated craftsperson in a small workshop to learn all about the intricate art of gold leaf making, or get a glimpse of rural Japan at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawago which is famous for its farmhouses built in the unique gassho-zukuri architectural style. Wendy Wu offers a ‘Discover Japan’ package from €6050.00 pp for 13 days.
Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, Canada
Couples can celebrate the rest of their lives together with an unforgettable honeymoon at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Whether savouring a Champagne breakfast and taking in the surroundings from a private balcony or exploring the top of an awe-inspiring glacier, newlyweds can connect through extraordinary adventures, the luxurious spa and culinary indulgences. Each room at the luxury Four Seasons Whistler includes a flat-screen cable tv and gas fireplace with a cosy seating area. Couples can also enjoy a daily complimentary wine reception and make use of the onsite spa and fitness centre. During the winter season, there is a free shuttle bus that will take guests to and from Whistler mountain. Prices from €285.00 per night.
San Diego, California
The laidback city of San Diego offers honeymooners the best of both worlds; beautiful beaches with sparkling Pacific Ocean views, and a welcoming cityscape with an abundance of restaurants, bars, museums and galleries.
Get out onto the water with a private San Diego Sailing Tours sunset cruise or relax with a drink by the firepit at Level 9 Rooftop Bar in the Gaslamp Quarter. Make the honeymoon extra special with the ‘La Jolla is for Lovers’ package at four-star Estancia La Jolla, which includes a bottle of Piper Heidsieck NV Cuvee Brut, chocolate truffles, flowers and late checkout. The hotel is one of the most romantic properties in San Diego, complete with a heated saltwater pool, award-winning Cali-Baja restaurant, and tranquil spa. ‘La Jolla is for Lovers’ package priced from €340.00 per night. British Airways flies direct from London to San Diego from €500 return.
For couples looking for the ultimate wellness destination, there is no place better than Japan’s onsen island. Dominated by volcanoes and onsen hot springs, Kyushu is the perfect getaway for couples looking for wellness with a difference.
Bathe in steaming sand, explore the cool coast city of Fukuoka, and visit the volcanoes of Aso and Kirishima National Park, the imposing and imperial Kumamoto Castle, Kagoshima city and the subtropical island paradise of Yakushima. Original Travel offers a ‘Kyushu in Style’ package from €8100.00 for 13 days.
Float Away on a Romantic Stay at the Delta King, Sacramento, California
The Delta King is an authentic paddlewheel riverboat that has been revived to its former glory and is now moored along the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Originally built in 1927, the Delta King was restored and converted into a boutique hotel hosting one of the most unique honeymoon suites in Sacramento.
The Captain’s Quarters honeymoon suite is located on the top forward deck of this wonderful paddle wheeler and on arrival, honeymooners are greeted with a dozen red roses in the suite and gorgeous panoramic views of the river and Old Town Sacramento. During their stay couples can enjoy exploring Sacramento Old Town with its historic park full of Gold Rush-era buildings, cobblestone streets and romantic horse-drawn carriages. Captains Quarter – Prices from €445.00 per night.
Romance, Romance Package at the Priory Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
With world-class museums, independent shops, scenic walks and an abundance of restaurants, Pittsburgh makes for an unforgettable, urban city break for couples. The Priory Hotel is one of Pittsburgh’s finest boutique properties, located within a former Benedictine monastery on the North Side, putting it within easy reach of all of the city’s best sights.
The Romance, Romance Package at the Priory Hotel includes one night’s accommodation, a bottle of champagne and snack plate on arrival, a dozen red roses and late checkout the following day. Priced from €235.00 from 3 June, British Airways will fly direct from London to Pittsburgh from €534 return.
Three Star Road, Japan
Nestled in the northern reaches of Japan’s largest island, the stunning Japanese Alps offer a different side to Japan. Far from the lights and fanfare of Tokyo, the Alps offer unparalleled access to some of Japan’s most incredible natural wonders.
The Three Star Road – so named for internationally recognised starred attractions in the region – is the perfect destination for adventurous couples who want to get under Japan’s skin and have a truly authentic experience. Explore traditional towns, hot-spring-swimming monkeys and the beautiful coastal city of Kanazawa. Original Travel offers an ‘Across the Japanese Alps’ package from €5590.00 for 12 days.
Romance Without Compromising on Leaving a Footprint, Bardessono Yountville, California
Bardessono Yountville is a five-star, award-winning hotel that allows guests to have a romantic and memorable stay without compromising on leaving a footprint behind. Nestled in the heart of Yountville, California, the hotel offers a mindful approach to living the good life. Couples can unwind in luxurious suites and enjoy an intimate dinner with seasonal dishes made fresh from the garden. Guests can also relax with a couples massage which is offered in-suite as either a 60-minute massage or a 90-minute massage.
Following the service, the bathroom is transitioned back into a luxurious spa bath with a bath butler preparing the cabernet and passion fruit bath. Prices: €1010 per night.
Luxury Ascent Spa, Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite Mariposa, California
Located just 45-minutes from Badger Pass ski area is the luxurious Tenaya Lodge, a full-service resort nestled in the Sierra National Forest hosting the incredible Ascent Spa. Indulge in first-class treatments, from massages to manicures inspired by Yosemite’s natural side,unwind in the sauna or relax in the steam room after a hard day out on the slopes.
The cottage rooms at Tenaya Lodge are a short walk from the main lodge offering private entrances, outdoor sitting areas and fireplaces. For even more privacy, try an Explorer Cabin at Tenaya Lodge. These two-bedroom cabins offer a more secluded experience with a comfortable living room and a private deck. Tenaya Lodge’s ‘Escape to Romance’ package includes; one night deluxe, premium or cottage room accommodations for two, a romance welcome amenity of chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne, breakfast for two and VIP turndown with chocolate kisses and rose petals. Prices from: €168.00 per night.