If you’ve grappled with seating charts and agonised over napkin shades, you deserve to enjoy the best part of wedding planning: the honeymoon. So, let’s move on to more important questions, such as overwater villa or jungle hideaway? Italian palazzo or Parisian manoir? Amalfi cliffhanger or Berber tent? Here, we’ve gathered a confetti of honeymoon suites around the world, from the Cotswolds to Colorado and beyond.
ICONIC SANTORINI, GREECE The Iconic Suite
With its cobalt waters and dreamy whitewashed architecture, you might think Santorini couldn’t get any more romantic. However, you’ll want to hold that thought until you’ve seen the Iconic Suite. Carved into an ancient cave, this extravagant abode has a private terrace with pergola-covered seating overlooking the Aegean, a rain shower and an indoor grotto pool (and yes, it has jets – did you even have to ask?).
PALAZZO AVINO, AMALFI COAST The Orizzonte Suite
You probably didn’t register 18th-century antiques on your wedding gift list, so enjoy them while you can in this palatial palazzo room. Spend as much time as possible ogling the ornate decor by dining on the suite’s private balcony (it also has sea views, if you can tear your peepers away from the precious furnishings). Afterwards, enjoy a digestif in front of the room’s white marble fireplace. Just be sure to save at least one dinner for the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Rossellinis.
HAPUKU LODGE, NEW ZEALAND The Upper Branch Tree House
For the adventurous couple looking to get away from it all (if you’re honeymooning in New Zealand, chances are, that’s you), the charming Upper Branch Tree House is ideal. Perched 10 metres above a manuka grove, you’ll live out all those childhood fantasies of treehouse living, with a private forest-top deck, custom wooden bed and cosy fireplace. Plus, there’s a couples Jacuzzi, so you can live out all those adult fantasies, too.
KASBAH TAMADOT, MOROCCO A Berber Tent
Rolling mountains? Check. Spa hammam treatments? Check. Winding gardens and pristine courtyard? Double check. Live like a king (and queen) in one of Kasbah Tamadot’s Berber Tents, nestled in Morocco’s picturesque Atlas Mountains. Spend the day dipping into your private plunge pool, feasting on North African cuisine or imbibing at the restaurant’s fireside bar.
DUNTON HOT SPRINGS, COLORADO The Well House Cabin
Maybe you and your consort want something a little more rustic (assuming ‘rustic’ means a bespoke climbing wall, locally sourced gourmet food and mountains as far as the eye can see). The luxe cabins of Colorado’s Dunton Hot Springs offer all that and more. Book the Well House Cabin – built around a private hot spring – to see what Western dreams are made of.
GAIA RIVERLODGE, BELIZE A Waterfall View Suite
In Belize’s lush rainforest (don’t be surprised if you hear a jaguar or two), Gaia Riverlodge is the perfect marriage of luxury perks and adventurous location. After a day of biking, hiking and diving into swimming holes, a two-story Waterfall View Suite is the perfect retreat for couples who want to relax in a king-size bed and fall asleep to the sound of rushing water.
BLAKES HOTEL, LONDON The Prague Suite
If you want your honeymoon to feel like a true getaway, book Blakes’ stunning Prague Suite. Hidden under the (secret) first floor, it’s draped in the most sumptuous velvets, gossamer-fine silks and a four-poster bed, courtesy of designer doyenne Anouska Hempel. A moody grey colour scheme, accented with stone and mirrors, evokes the kind of indoor-sunglasses glamour you deserve.
ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH, THE MALDIVES A Water Villa with Pool
The thing about staying in your dream overwater villa is this: it opens you up to a whole slew of previously unforeseen problems. Should you eat breakfast on the chaise lounge with ocean views or on the daybed with ocean views? Is it better to nap in the hammock or in those Egyptian cotton sheets? And how many white candles should you light around your private infinity pool at sunset? More Maldives, more problems.
PONTA DOS GANCHOS, BRAZIL The Especial Esmeralda Bungalow
It’s all about privacy at Ponta dos Ganchos, which sits on a secluded peninsula on the shores of Brazil’s Emerald Coast. There are only 25 bungalows at the hotel and the Especial Esmeralda is the most exclusive of them all. The suite is a sprawling 298sq m, with a bathroom so large it has daybeds in, so you can take a rest between walking from the ocean-facing tub to the rainfall shower. There’s also a private pool, in-room sauna with sea views and a gym, if you must.
POST RANCH INN, CALIFORNIA Ocean House
As comedian Jessi Klein puts it, Post Ranch Inn is ‘a hotel set on the cliffs of Northern California that has won every Most Luxurious, Most Ridiculous, Most Over the Top award from Travel & Condé Whatever magazine so many times in a row that now they’re just showboating.’ Do the most for your honeymoon by staying in this legendary hotel’s Ocean House, built into Big Sur’s rocky coastline with Pacific views from the bedroom, bath and terrace.
DORMY HOUSE, THE COTSWOLDS The Hot Tub Courtyard Suite
Hot tubbin’ and honeymooning go together like fondant and cake. For some rural rest and relaxation, head to this country suite, which has its own outdoor whirlpool. Inside, there’s a separate lounge, a king-size bed and loads of the Scandinavian design that has earned Dormy House rave reviews. Beyond the jets, check out the hotel’s spa for the Turkish Delight treatment for two. It includes a hot-steam therapy, some body buffing and a 60-minute massage.
LA RÉSERVE HOTEL & SPA, PARIS The Suite Imperial
If you were on a scavenger hunt for opulent decor elements, you could cross pretty much everything off the list in this one hotel room: black lacquer, gold filigree, elaborate inlays, damascene silk brocade wall hangings, Carrara marble, herringbone-patterned parquet wooden flooring – the Suite Imperial has them all. It’s also got a fifth-floor private balcony with views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais .
Let your heart flutter around our luxury honeymoon hotels and villas…