Last week we provided some ideas on getting started with your honeymoon planning. This post will help jump into more details on the first of the three factors; Personal Interests. Specifically where to go and what to do based on what you are looking to accomplish. Today’s focus will be on honeymooners targeting beach relaxation but stay tuned for our next post which includes both adventurous honeymoon ideas and destinations for food and wine lovers
10 Best Honeymoon Destinations for Beach Relaxation:
Maldives ($$$) – The Maldives is one of the trickier locations to travel to from the US but once you arrive you will be blown away. Over 1,100 islands make up the Maldives and each resort is located on separate private islands. The white sand beaches combined with picturesque horizons and turquoise sea make these islands the perfect destination for any honeymoon couple. It is the perfect place for total relaxation and rejuvenation. The one island one resort concept means these resorts are generally secluded and isolated so you feel like the island is all yours. For the days you are looking to explore there is some great snorkeling right outside your rooms and fishing chances each night at sunset. You will arrive into the Maldives through Male international airport and most resorts arrange private transfers to get to your final destination (seaplane anyone??). There are also local ferries to travel in between the inhabited islands but this is not common so most visitors stick to one resort during their stay in the Maldives. The hardest part of the Maldives is finding the right resort out of the 20-30 options that will fall within your budget.
Bora Bora ($$$) – If you have two weeks and don’t mind a long flight the islands of the French Polynesia might be perfect for you. Once you make the trek to French Polynesia its worth exploring 2-3 islands during your journey. This trip is truly one of pure relaxation. Here is one itinerary that honeymoon couples have loved: http://www.hisandhersvacations.com/getaways/french-polynesia-paradise-bora-bora-tahiti/. For those with more than 14 days I would recommend looking to replace Tahiti with Moorea.
St. Lucia ($$) – St. Lucia is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for honeymoon travelers from the USA. JetBlue has recently increased their flights to St. Lucia including direct flights on Saturdays from Boston and daily flights from New York City. But more importantly than convenience its an island focused on romance; stunning sunsets, natural hot tubs, and hikes with amazing views. Here’s a few ideas on what to do when honeymooning in St. Lucia; http://www.hisandhersvacations.com/getaways/st-lucia/. St. Lucia has some amazing hotels so do your research and figure out what is the best option within your budget and based on the two of your interests/personalities.
Antigua ($$) – Antigua has been a popular place in the Caribbean for honeymooners for years. What makes it so popular is the great upscale all-inclusive hotel options, white sand beaches and British Caribbean culture (similar to Anguilla). Galley Bay Resort & Spa is a unique upscale all-inclusive in the Caribbean with great food and an amazing white sand beach. This property lands on top hotels ranks each and every year. Another popular all-inclusive resort more off the beaten path is St. James’s Club Resort. If you are looking to splurge check out Jumby Bay All-Inclusive which is located on a private island off of Antigua. This is a true secluded five star location with stunning beaches, world class spa and memorable dining options.
Anguilla ($$) – Anguilla is purely paradise; slow pace of life, amazing beaches, great food, private uninhabited islands and an amazing golf course. There are 5 great hotels on the island plus many smaller boutique hotels and villas depending on what you are looking for. If food and golf are a priority check out CuisinArt as they have the only golf course on the island and also an impressive hydroponic farm which serves as the basis for the hotel’s culinary inspirations. If spa is a main focus then check out the newly reopened and upgraded Malliouhana Resort. If beach and pool relaxation is a focus I recommend Viceroy Resort. Viceroy boosts one of the best infinity pools in the Caribbean and sunset lounges for happy hour cocktails. The other two large hotels on the island for those looking for beach relaxation are Cap Juluca and Frangipani. Again there are also some great boutique options just a stone throw away from the beach. Check out our review on a perfect week in Anguilla: http://www.hisandhersvacations.com/getaways/anguilla-perfect-piece-of-paradise/
BVIs ($$) – You will not be disappointed with any of the islands that make up the British Virgin Islands. If you are looking for pure relaxation and romance I would recommend Virgin Gorda (including small islands nearby) or Peter Island. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous than just a week at a resort, check out the option of private chartering a sailboat with just a captain and even a cook if budget allows it. Here are two ideas of both an island getaway and a sailing adventure: http://www.hisandhersvacations.com/getaways/biras-creek-bliss-virgin-gorda/ and also http://www.hisandhersvacations.com/getaways/bvis-adventure/
St. Kitts & Nevis ($$) – St. Kitts & Nevis are two great honeymoon locations right next door to each other. St. Kitts is the more developed Caribbean getaway whereas Nevis is going to be much quieter and isolated. There is an easy ferry for both people and cars that goes between the two islands which makes travel convenient. The Marriott is the most well known hotel on St. Kitts but take a look at Ottleys Plantation which is located off the beaten path and has some great views of the Atlantis Ocean. If you are not staying at the Marriott you will need a car to travel throughout St. Kitts to get to some of the best beaches. Nevis will be much less touristy and for a splurge check out the Four Seasons on Nevis or smaller boutique places Montpelier or Nisbet.
Thailand ($$$) – Thailand is a place where you can enjoy culture, adventure, food, and beach relaxation. There are a few different locations for beach relaxation from Koh Samui to Phuket. The best option depends on what you are looking for. The Mu Ko Ang National Park off Koh Samui had white sand beaches, impressive snorkeling and amazing views from Emerald Lake. Check out our trip summary for more details: http://www.hisandhersvacations.com/getaways/southeast-asian-adventure/. I would only recommend Thailand if you have a minimum of 14 days to travel as you will want the opportunity to travel to at least 2 locations (most likely 3) while visiting Thailand. Bangkok is great to see even if only for 2 days then it’s recommended for one beach destination and one cultural destination. There’s so many options for romance while in Thailand from couples massages to private cooking classes to dinner under the stars to private villa with butler service at a place like Six Senses in Samui.
Hawaii ($$$) – A combination of Kauai and Maui is perfect for those looking for beach relaxation mixed in with some outdoor recreation. If you have ten days travelling from the East Coast or 7 days travelling from the West Coast Hawaii could be the perfect destination for a week of romance. Maui will give you the perfect opportunity for total relaxation beachside and rejuvenate after the hectic planning of your wedding. The best part of Hawaii is that each day you can choose between lounging on the beach/pool or taking a helicopter tour of Kauai or drive up Waimea Canyon. So much to do and so much beauty across the islands of Hawaii.
Vieques Island, Puerto Rico ($$) NO Passport Required for US Citizens:– If you are looking for a relaxing beach getaway for 5-7 days with no passport required, Vieques Island is located 8 miles off Puerto Rico. We spotlighted the W Retreat and Spa on Vieques Island in a past post on weekend getaways from NYC as for the cost the W Retreat & Spa is a 5 star resort at a 4 star price. As mentioned if you are a Starwood traveler for work this could be a great opportunity to use your points in true paradise.
As always please reach out if you are looking for honeymoon suggestions and looking to plan a trip of the beaten path!