6 of the Best Honeymoon Destinations

From Belize to Santorini, these romantic getaways are a dream come true

The whirlwind months of wedding planning have finally come to a halt. The big day is over; the dress was chosen and worn, beautiful photos captured, speeches presented and lifelong memories created. What’s the best thing about one of the most exciting days of your life coming to an end? Almost forgetting that you have a wonderful honeymoon still to come. So put the grueling task of the seating arrangement aside for a moment and get planning the real celebration of love with our picks of the best honeymoon destinations.

1. Casa Solana, Belize

Honeymooners want privacy. How to maximize on privacy? A private island, of course! Located just 3 miles off the coast of San Pedro, Casa Solana is situated on the petite little paradise Cayo Espanto. You’ll have endless time with one another, with not a second wasted doing life’s menial tasks: your very own staff is included, complete with a personal houseman, private chef and laundry service. And watching the sun set from your private infinity pool? Not bad either.

2. Manipura, Maui

East meets west in this perfect blend of Hawaiian- and Balinese-inspired touches at Manipura. Every inch of the this home has been considered, from custom wood cabinetry to an outdoor stone shower and bathtub. Secluded among the West Maui Mountains, the only noise that will interrupt your romantic holiday is the splashing waves of the ocean.

3. Barcolino, Umbria

There’s something about the Italian countryside that just oozes romance. It could be the rolling hills, the hazy sunshine and pervasive sense of warmth, or the romantic little hillside homes perched on grassy knolls reminiscent of a childhood fantasy of what adult life might be like. Villa Barcolino is effortlessly charming and quaint—a perfect fit for couples looking for total solitude and a wine tasting or two.

4. Penthouse Suite, Virgin Gorda

Begin your married life on top in this Oil Nut Bay penthouse. The Caribbean ocean is brought inside with floor to ceiling glass windows, complemented by an open-air living room that steps out to a private infinity pool, and even a magnificent ocean view from your bathtub. Chic, modern décor brings simplicity and peacefulness to the home—a surefire way to get your life together off on the right foot.

5. Les Palmiers, St. Martin

A beachfront cottage in St. Martin will provide honeymoon memories to last a lifetime. Les Palmiers has an effortlessly elegant Caribbean vibe, complete with cozy interiors and protected by total privacy with your own security guard and gate. Jump in the pool and hop straight onto the unpopulated beach right afterwards, then hide away in your romantic little cottage, and repeat.

6. Blue Angel, Santorini

It seems that romance is embedded in every corner of Santorini. At Blue Angel, enjoy a candle lit Jacuzzi soak on your private terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. Panoramic views outside are complemented by close attention to detail inside: handmade stained glass and tiles give a warm character to the home. And your master suite is complete with its own stone Jacuzzi tub, too. Warning: you’ll have a hard time peeling yourself away from paradise.

 

 

Colleen McNamara