They say your wedding is the best day of your life, but ask any weary bride or groom after they’ve cut the cake and danced themselves sleepy, and they might tell you that the best—the honeymoon—is yet to come. Whether it’s golden sands and sparkling waters or historic homes and art-filled museums you crave, the Insiders community has plenty of suggestions.
Hawaii tops the list for the best honeymoon destination in the world, and there are plenty of reasons why: soft-sand beaches, breathtaking sunsets, lush greenery, bright-blue waters and everything from world-class cuisine to pampering spa treatments. The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina in Oahu is a favorite amongst Insiders. Awmorris3 says it’s “by far and away the best choice for honeymooners,” while cindyb calls it “spectacular” and its spa “our favorite spa to this day.” Rjatjax and his wife love the “elaborate breakfast buffet,” which is “not to be missed,” and jvan1048 found the grounds beautiful, the staff generous and the food amazing, saying it was “our best vacation yet.”
While Hawaii is certainly romantic, it’s a good place for adventure, too. Iamcanadian recommends Oahu’s Ko Olina Beach Club for its beautiful pools, spacious villas, private lagoon/beach and “the best luau I’ve been to in Hawaii.” Plus, you can easily access a number of activities including snorkeling, diving, hiking, horseback riding, Hummer tours and more. “It’s the only hotel I would consider when I return,” iamcanadian says. The Big Island has “plenty of adventure to keep you going,” according to dobber, who also recommends hiking and the remote small-town feel in Kauai.
Hawaii isn’t the only place with beaches and sunshine. The Caribbean is filled with romantic islands ideal for a honeymoon escape. In St. Kitts you’ll get “great sunsets, good rates and some incredible nearby beaches,” earthcitizen says. For a beautiful beach right outside your door, scotsman recommends the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, while janedoe prefers The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, where the resort fee includes countless activities including snorkeling and rafting. “We were spoiled with attentive service, a beautiful stretch of beach and wonderful restaurants and pools. I…would go back in a second.” For white sand that’s “almost like baby powder,” zukracer suggests Aruba.
Mexico gets good reviews from glennm, who “never felt the need to venture outside” the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, which offers live music nightly, hand-rolled cigars and “first-class service.” In Costa Rica, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is a top choice for Insiders. Cfczola rates it a 10, calling it “amazing,” and jayslivs agrees, mentioning the “awesome” people and the numerous options for dining, sightseeing and relaxing. Canuckinsider had an “outstanding” experience at the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, an oceanfront property with a quiet beach. If you’re up for traveling across the globe, travelicious recommends the Marriott Phuket Beach Club, set in a “lovely but remote location” where “sometimes we were the only ones out [on the beach].”
If your idea of romance is less sand and more sights, a city escape can be a great alternative. Perhaps no city is more of a romantic icon than Paris, where platinum4ever recommends the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees, offering an ideal location amidst the city’s architecture, history, nightlife, dining and museums. For the “trip of a lifetime,” platinum4ever suggests the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, where “you will be rewarded with the most memorable honeymoon.” Las Vegas might not scream “romance,” but zukracer and his wife stayed at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa as part of their honeymoon and had “a perfect experience.” At The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel, “you know you’re in San Francisco,” diogenes72 says, noting the two glass domes, decor and cable car right outside the hotel. Tjcnewyork also points out the “flawless” service that “will make your honeymoon experience very special.” If you want big-city energy but aren’t willing to give up the beach, you’ll find the best of both worlds at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, where you can take in architecture and art during the day and world-class cuisine and nightlife after sunset. Jewelsh liked the modern and sleek decor, ocean views, “heavenly beds” and direct beach access.
Special thanks to members awmorris3, cindyb, rjatjax, jvan1048, iamcanadian, dobber, surfclubber, md_mclain, earthcitizen, scotsman, janedoe, zukracer, glennm, cfczola, jayslivs, canuckinsider, travelicious, platinum4ever, diogenes72, tjcnewyork and jewelsh. To see one of your posts featured, we encourage you to contribute helpful tips, thoughts, experiences and insights throughout the community.