Honeymoon Destinations

Honeymoon destinations—unlike destination weddings—are all about the people who just got married. With no relatives to appease or friends to placate, eating preferences to be catered to or songs to (begrudgingly) include, newlyweds can be unabashedly selfish.Honeymoon IdeasThe world is your newly married oyster when it comes to honeymoon ideas. It’s a challenge when planning any vacation to balance wild dreams with realistic budgets, but there are no limits to options available at a range of prices and suited for a range of preferences.Honeymooners looking to relax might look into rental properties, all-inclusive resorts, or luxury hotels. Newly-weds seeking out adventure might sign up for a honeymoon tour of a far-flung city or ecosystem. Honor your interests and open your mind: buy tickets to Coachella or the Bayreuth Festival, organize a trip around the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or New Orleans Jazz Fest. Dress up like Klingons at Las Vegas’s annual Star Trek convention and then catch the newest Cirque du Soleil production on the strip. What matters most is that it’s an experience special to you as a couple.For some, this is the chance to book that trip of a lifetime. So dream big, whether you want to spot gorillas in the mountains of Rwanda, rent an Aston Martin and speed through southern France, sail up an Alaska fjord, book a sumptuous suite overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal, or hole up in a lagoon-side bungalow in Bora Bora.Whether your tastes run more towards adventure or relaxation, beach or mountain, city or countryside, and whether you are a budget-conscious couple looking to have the most fun for the least amount of money or two newlyweds determined to pay for that dream getaway, Travel + Leisure’s editors and contributors seek out the most memorable experiences, drool-worthy vistas, and best values in honeymoon travel.

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The World’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts

Travel + Leisurereaders know what it takes for properties to win over couples and set the tone for a romantic escape. Certain touches are a given: ultra-personal service, luxurious accommodations, and — perhaps above all else — privacy. But the crop of standout properties that T+L readers voted as their Top 50 romantic hotels go beyond the basics with little extras and diverse amenities that indulge couples’ shared interests, whether that means warm-weather strolls on white-sand beaches, meditative spa treatments amid lush jungle forests, or exhilarating adventure sports. Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value, with romance being an additional optional factor. Our readers voted for properties all around the world, but clearly have an affinity for warm-weather islands (St. Lucia, Bali, Hawaii), coastal California (Big Sur, Laguna Beach), and glamorous old-world Europe (Paris, Florence, St. Moritz). Our next class of World's Best winners will be announced this summer, but for now, the 2019 survey is still open, and you can vote for your favorites until March 4.
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The World’s Best 2017: Most Romantic Hotels

Before she had even left, Tiffany Dowd was planning her next couples escape to the Brando, an exclusive resort on its own private atoll in the South Pacific. “I kept asking my husband over and over when we could come back,” the global luxury hotel expert told Travel + Leisure. During their stay in a beachfront villa, with its private infinity pool and outdoor soaking tub, Dowd and her husband snorkeled, enjoyed spa treatments, and took part in Polynesian cultural activities (she learned to palm weave; he learned to play the ukulele). “It’s one of the few places in the world I have truly felt away from it all,” she remembered. “You feel like you are in a postcard-perfect setting and it’s just the two of you.” It’s not just the two of you, of course. The Brando has 35 villas catered to by a staff of 200. But good design — and that whole private island aspect — make everything and everyone else drift away. “The Brando feels like a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you must experience again and again,” Dowd added. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. T+L readers echoed Dowd’s affection for the Brando, giving it a perfect score for romance in this year’s World’s Best Awards survey. (A staggering nine other hotels this year received flawless marks on the survey as well, ranked below by number of votes). Regardless of where they are in the world, this year’s crop of romantic hotels all share a commitment to discreet, personalized service, and the opportunity for couples to enjoy intimate moments alone in a gorgeous setting — be it a Tahitian atoll, rural Vermont, or Argentina’s picturesque wine country.