The most romantic all-inclusive honeymoon resorts around the world

17 March 2023

After the wedding bells ring, the only thing likely on the mind of a newlywed couple is hopping on a plane and heading to paradise for the honeymoon.

Before that big moment, you have to decide where to go — and that’s no easy feat considering just how many incredible places there are around the globe to visit.

Should you choose a honeymoon cruise to hit a handful of tropical islands in one go? Or maybe escape to an adults-only resort in Europe? Maybe you’d rather visit one of the best honeymoon destinations right here in the United States.

One way to make things easier is to book an all-inclusive resort or hotel. Once you get there, you know everything is more or less taken care of.

There are many spectacular, luxurious hotels and resorts around the world you might want to consider booking for your honeymoon. A tented camp in Thailand where elephants roam, a private island resort owned by Sir Richard Branson, or a dude ranch in Montana — below you’ll find the best, most romantic all-inclusive resorts to book for a honeymoon.

Now all you have to do is pick the right one and say, “I do.”

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In 1967, Marlon Brandon bought a piece of paradise in French Polynesia with the idea of creating an eco-friendly resort that was as luxurious as it was remote.

Though he didn’t live to see that vision come to fruition, his memory lives on at The Brando, a resort with 35 thatch-roofed villas with plunge pools outdoor bathtubs and private beach access. It’s also the only resort on the island, making for a totally intimate, secluded honeymoon.

You might want to spend your honeymoon lounging on your private beach. However, there’s plenty to do to keep busy, like snorkeling the lagoon, biking around the island, stand-up paddleboarding the crystalline waters, hitting the tennis courts or joining the island’s biologist for a nature excursion.

There’s also the fabulous Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa, offering treatments rooted in “the sacredness of nature’s elements.”

The sand-floored Beachcomber Cafe serves Classic French and French Polynesian cuisines. Les Mutines is the place for an intimate dinner with top-of-the-line wine pairings from the glass-enclosed cellar. There’s also a teppanyaki restaurant offering Japanese food cooked right in front of guests. Or, opt for a beautiful dinner on the beach right outside your own villa.

Rates at The Brando start at $3,900 per night for double occupancy.

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Stepping into the breezy entrance of this Hyatt Zilara, in a private gated area in Punta Cana, is love at first sight. You’re immediately greeted with views of the expansive resort, its beautiful infinity pools and its postcard-perfect beach.

Zilara is the adults-only side of the dual-branded complex (Ziva being family-friendly). However, adults have a full run of both, meaning more restaurants, pools and amenities to take advantage of, like a water park with some impressive waterslides.

With 25 restaurants and bars, it’s nearly impossible to try it all, but be sure to stop by Brando’s for a Polynesian-French fusion meal at a table sitting in what’s essentially a birdcage and at One Eyed Cat for a pre-dinner martini. For a honeymoon treat, request a private, candlelit dinner on the beach for an additional fee.

The 375 oceanfront rooms are big, colorful and contemporary, with large glass showers facing into the room, balconies or terraces to take in the Caribbean views and 55-inch televisions — as if you’ll ever turn it on. Since it’s a honeymoon, splurge for a swim-up suite and wake up with direct water access. Be sure to hit up the cenote-inspired spa for a couple’s massage.

Couples can even create a resort honeymoon registry so friends and family can gift credits or spa packages and more to the newlyweds.

Rates for Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana start at $539, based on double occupancy. As a Hyatt All-Inclusive Category C property, award nights are 21,000 to 29,000 points per night for double occupancy. Additional guests require an additional 10,500 to 14,500 points per person per night.

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After a long international journey and a 45-minute seaplane flight from Male’s Velana International Airport (MLE), sights of stunning aquamarine water, lush flora and the contemporary design of this brand-new Alila are waiting to welcome you.

With 36 overwater bungalows boasting sunset or sunrise views and 44 beachfront villas, all with private pools and deep soaking tubs, alongside relaxing earth-toned furniture, every room type feels like heaven.

Though Maldivian vacation days are slow and leisurely, there’s plenty to do at the resort, including scuba diving and snorkeling some of the world’s most vibrant reefs or taking a kayak out for a journey above the colorful marine life.

After, book the 150-minute Maldivian Indulgence experience ($350) at the spa for a mini facial, a scrub with fresh-grated coconut and a 60-minute massage performed with local coconut oil.

You can (and should) arrange a romantic sunrise breakfast on the beach. One night for dinner, head to Umami, for a beachside Japanese dinner consisting of fresh-caught fish, sushi, sashimi and Wagyu beef. End the night with craft cocktails and sweeping sunset views at Yakitori Bar, set on the ocean.

All-inclusive package rates for the Alila Kothifaru Maldives start at $1,275 per night, based on double occupancy with a four-night minimum stay. Regular rates start at $722, or 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

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There’s a reason couples flock to St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain for honeymoons, starting with the fact that each of the resort’s 24 “sanctuaries,” or hotel rooms, are destinations in and of themselves.

With 15-foot high ceilings, private infinity pools and an open fourth wall offering unobstructed views of the island’s stunning geological features, there’s a chance you might never leave the room.

There are reasons to get out, though, starting with the 110-minute “The Alchemy of Two” spa treatment ($595), specifically designed for couples and comprising massages, poetry readings, tantra oils and handcrafted chocolates.

Another reason is to experience James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser’s take on tropical cuisine served in a beautiful setting around the infinity pool at Jade Mountain Club.

Starting at $6,980, the “Total Romance” package is a great option for honeymooners and includes a three-night stay, three meals daily, select alcoholic drinks, a bottle of Champagne, a scuba lesson, a snorkel trip, a one-hour massage, a yacht sail, jungle biking and more.

Rates at Jade Mountain start at $1,675 per night based on double occupancy.

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The Middle East might not be top of mind as a honeymoon destination. However, Al Maha, just 45 minutes from downtown Dubai’s high rises, is a delightful escape for couples who want to spend quality time together while immersing themselves in an exciting culture.

Part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, Al Maha has just 42 suites, each with a private deck, plunge pool and total privacy. Kick back and enjoy the scenes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and its Arabian oryxes and wild gazelle.

Activities include camelback desert treks, falconry lessons and adrenaline-pumping desert drives. There are also slower, more relaxing moments, like washing away all the sand with a soak, scrub and massage at the Timeless Spa. Whatever your inclination, two desert activities are included in the full board pricing.

Al Diwaan, the resort’s international-style restaurant, serves three meals daily with a side of stunning reserve views. Hajar Terrace Bar is the ideal spot for a sunset cocktail with the love of your life. For an extra-special moment, request a candlelight dinner on your private deck or out in the desert under the Arabian sky.

Rates at Al Maha start around $720 per night for double occupancy or 88,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

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In Arizona, Hyatt’s wellness-focused Miraval is a great place to come down from a post-wedding frenzy thanks to a seemingly endless variety of holistic offerings that allow couples to focus on themselves individually and come together as one.

Connect with horses in the Arizona sunshine, then meditate in a suspended silk hammock or join each other for True Love and Compassion Yoga and a Duet Relaxation massage as part of the resort’s Couple’s Retreat experiences.

Set in the Sonoran Desert, the resort comprises casita-style accommodations that are bright, earth-toned and relaxing. They range from the 400-square-foot Native Spirit Room to suites and full-on residences with adobe fireplaces, hot tubs and spa-style baths.

All rooms also have cellphone “sleeping bags” to encourage guests to power down and leave the rest of the world behind.

The resort’s main restaurant, Cactus Flower Lounge, serves healthy fresh Southwestern cuisine. Guests can also enjoy meals in the room, at the poolside bar or from the quick eatery and snack bar, Palm Court Cafe. Alcohol is not included in Miraval’s all-inclusive pricing but guests can enjoy drinks during meals or at the Coyote Moon Bar & Lounge.

Rates at Miraval Arizona start at $1,100 per night or 57,000 to 72,000 World of Hyatt points per night, both based on double occupancy.  

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The Caves takes island life to the next level with its colorful hues, tropical bars and general easy-living style of hospitality.

Literally built into cliffside caves, the resort is home to 12 cottages dotting the coast. Each is distinctly designed and big on personality with brightly painted walls, bohemian textures, turndown service, air conditioning and provisioned minibars.

Guests can laze by the pool, snorkel, kayak on the water or hit up The Caves Spa for a treatment using Aveda products and locally sourced ingredients, like Blue Mountain Coffee. However, don’t miss the best activity on property: cliff diving, which gives new meaning to the phrase “take the plunge.” Don’t worry, an expert can give you advice on where and how to do it.

At Bamboo Terrace, a painting of Bob Marley greets you for dinner or a late-night drink (the bar is open 24/7) while traditional Jamaican breakfast items like ackee and saltfish are served with breezy ocean views at The Gazebo. The star of the show, though, is the Blackwell Rum Bar, set inside a secret cave in the volcanic cliffs and illuminated by candlelight.

Rates at The Caves start at $490 per night, based on double occupancy. Reservations require a two-night minimum stay.

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We’ve long been fans of Alila Ventana Big Sur thanks to its picturesque location on one of the most legendary stretches of the Golden State. In 2020, we fell even more in love with the property when it converted to an all-inclusive model.

With its 59 contemporary rustic-designed rooms and suites, you’ll likely fall in love too, especially considering each has a private deck or balcony, breathtaking views, a walk-in shower and a separate soaking tub, plus a fully stocked minibar. For a honeymoon, splurge for a room with a fireplace or a hot tub.

At The Sur House, enjoy modern American dishes crafted with organic produce grown right on property along with other local, seasonal ingredients. Alcohol isn’t included in the pricing, but the resort’s sommelier can help you discover the perfect California red to accompany your meal.

Spend days hiking the rugged terrain, slowing down with yoga or hitting up the indoor and outdoor wellness studios. There are also multiple pools in which to unwind before hitting Spa Alila for a couple’s soak and massage, starting at $545.

Rates at Alila Ventana Big Sur start around $1,300 per night for double occupancy, including all meals and various activities. World of Hyatt members can book this Category 8 property from 35,000 to 45,000 points per night.

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For a honeymoon off the beaten path, Four Seasons’ luxurious glamping resort in the mountains above Chiang Rai, Thailand, is a chic destination where you can connect with nature — and each other.

Sleep in 581-square-foot tents that are airy, full of bamboo furniture and leather accents and have outdoor spaces with views of the lush mountains or the languid Ruak River. For an extra romantic treat, book a deluxe tent so you can enjoy each other’s company in a wooden hot tub on the deck.

Outside the tents, visit rescued elephants at the resort’s Elephant Camp, where mahouts, the elephant’s caregivers, teach guests about the gentle giants and their efforts to protect them. Treks through the mountains, fishing with locals, cultural tours into Chiang Rai and even half-day visits to a town on the border of Myanmar are on offer.

A candlelight dinner with live, traditional Thai music at the Elephant Camp is a must, as is a private sundowner, or sunset cocktail hour, atop a Land Rover out in nature. And no trip to this Four Seasons is complete without a stop at the open-air Jungle Spa for a full-body bamboo massage infused with local lemongrass oils (90 minutes for $178).

Rates at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle start around $2,100 per night, based on double occupancy.

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Designed specifically for couples, Sandals Resorts know how to give guests an all-inclusive experience centered around love, from cozy restaurants for romantic dinners to rooms with soaking tubs to enjoy together.

This recently renovated property in the Bahamas boasts 10 different restaurants that offer a tour around the world, from a classy French bistro to a Japanese teppanyaki grill. There’s also a seafood restaurant set above the sea on a wooden pier. To make an evening really special, request a private candlelight dinner away from other guests.

Across the 404 rooms, choose from hideaway villas with private pools, a swim-up suite or a honeymoon suite with butler service and an outdoor soaking tub. At the Red Lane Spa, book a 60-minute Tropical Paradise Couples Massage ($416) out on the beach or take a 90-minute Love & Trust Massage Tutorial ($270) to learn massage techniques to take back home.

Included in the stay is the opportunity to visit Barefoot Cay, the resort’s private offshore island with a beach club and snorkeling, as well as a comprehensive diving program, watersports, daily pool and beach parties and live entertainment.

Rates at Sandals Royal Bahamian start at $379 per person per night.

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At the Westin Reserva Conchal resort, 2,400 acres of beautiful beaches, tropical rainforest, a championship golf course, tennis courts and more are waiting for you. Guests can be as active or laid back as they wish, with days spent watching monkeys swing in the trees above your beach chair or playing volleyball in the lagoon-style pool.

The 406 rooms range in size and amenities, including deluxe junior suites with balconies and Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed to club-level suites that offer access to the club lounge and an exclusive pool. At the Heavenly Spa by Westin, couples massages are a great way to unwind after a three-hour hike through the rainforest that can be organized by the resort.

Meals include steakhouse dining in a large, open-air hut, classic Thai dishes at the Asian restaurant, Bamboo, and even grab-and-go barbecue by the pool. Swim-up bars serve refreshing classics, while the Astrea Theater Bar & Lounge is the place to sip your favorite cocktail before taking a seat for the night’s live entertainment.

Rates at The Westin Reserva Conchal start at $425 per night. Marriott Bonvoy members can book award nights starting at 71,500 points per night, both based on double occupancy.

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In Jamaica, celebrate saying your vows with a sunny stay at the popular Hilton Rose Hall, where each of the sun-drenched rooms has enormous windows, private balconies or terraces and modern and comfortable furnishings.

In fact, in 2021, we gave this resort our “recommended” seal of approval after our reviewer enjoyed the stunning beaches, activities such as kayaking and water biking, tennis and basketball courts, as well as tons of entertainment.

Home to one of the largest water parks in Jamaica and a 280-foot waterslide, this resort is great for newlyweds who are kids at heart. To grow up a little, though, hit the Radiant Spa for a 50-minute wine-infused massage ($157).

Speaking of wine, a glass of vino is the perfect accompaniment to pasta at the upscale Three Palms Italian restaurant overlooking the golf course. At Rum Factory, switch to a Caribbean cocktail served alongside local dishes like oxtail stew, pan-seared red snapper and pineapple upside-down cake.

Rates at Hilton Rose Hall start as low as $325 per night, based on double occupancy. Hilton Honors members can book an award night starting at 74,000 points per night. 

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For a honeymoon you’ll never forget, book a stay on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private 74-acre hideaway in the British Virgin Islands, where there’s a fair chance you might just bump into the legendary billionaire himself.

The island is typically rented out in its entirety. However, guests can book individual rooms during select times of the year.

If you’re able to snag one of those coveted accommodations — ranging from the master suite with 180-degree ocean views and an outdoor bathtub to a Balinese-style house on a cliff with a plunge pool and an open-air bath — you won’t regret the trip.

All the classic activities are offered, including kayaking and paddleboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, yoga and tennis. At the Samudra Spa, salt scrubs, jet-lag recovery treatments and crystal chakra balancing sessions are available to book in treatment rooms open to the ocean.

The island’s team of chefs can make every meal exactly as you want, and all meals and alcoholic drinks are included in the stay. Just keep your eyes peeled for the floating sushi bar because what’s a honeymoon without a spicy tuna roll in a pool?

Rates at Necker Island start at $5,400 per night, based on double occupancy. Individual rooms are only available to book during “celebration weeks” at intervals throughout the year. The entire island can be reserved for up to 48 guests in 24 rooms for $134,500 per night.

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Out in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, North Island is a far-flung private island resort that’s almost too beautiful to be real — but luckily for us, it actually is.

It’s also part of the Marriott Bonvoy family, so you can book a stay with points or earn them on spending during a honeymoon there.

The resort is home to 11 villas, including 10 open-air, beachfront lodgings that are nearly 5,000 square feet each and come with private plunge pools on dark wooden decks, deep soaking tubs, large canopy beds and plenty of seating both indoors and out.

A kitchenette is stocked with Nespresso pods, snacks and alcoholic beverages, and guests can arrange private in-room dining. Otherwise, enjoy pizza and barbecue on a blanket on the beach at Sunset Beach or hit up Laid Back for a romantic, candlelit dinner of fresh-caught octopus or squid ink linguini.

For fun, go scuba diving or snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, spend a half-day fishing, head to the Environment Center to learn how the island stays sustainable, or borrow bikes for a vigorous cycle around the island. Just keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife that calls the island home.

Don’t leave for home without stopping at the Vie by Goldhands spa for a rejuvenating couple’s treatment.

All-inclusive rates at North Island Seychelles start around $7,900 per night, based on double occupancy. Award availability is hard to find, but expect to trade in at least 360,000 points per night, if not more.

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Deep in the jungle, about an hour north of Ubud, the adults-only Buahan (the first Banyan Tree Escape property) is a dreamy place for a honeymoon.

With a “no walls, no doors” philosophy, the resort’s traditional-style buildings are constructed from wooden elements and surrounded by lush greenery. Villas are called “bales” and are entirely open-air, with private infinity pools and hand-beaten copper bathtubs. With only 16 bales available, the experience is quite intimate.

Meals are served at Open Kitchen and feature ingredients that all come within an hour’s drive from the property or are grown right on the grounds.

At breakfast, the buffet proffers dishes like nasi liwet rice with braised tempeh, egg and spicy sambal. Lunches might include chicken skewers and rice balls, while rotating multicourse dinners mean you never have to worry about eating the same thing twice.

Stop by The Botanist Bar after for a craft cocktail using herbs grown down in the garden. (Note that alcohol is not included in the rate.)

During your stay, join an aerial yoga class, experience nature on a hike or learn the art of Loloh, traditional Balinese medicines. You can also go on a foraging excursion to learn about local plants and then join an immersive cooking class to learn how to make a traditional dish you can recreate at home.

At the Toja Spa, book the Buahan Bliss, the signature treatment with a dry body brush, stimulating massage and detoxing body wrap.

Rates at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape start at $820 per night, based on double occupancy.

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The experience at Kokomo Island Resort actually starts at Nadi International Airport (NAN), where guests get their first taste of Kokomo’s luxurious service in the private lounge where Champagne and a warm shower are waiting for you before a roughly 45-minute transfer flight to the private island.

With just 21 villas and five residences, privacy is paramount on Kokomo Island, as is luxury. In the villas, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, expect a lush garden, a private pool, direct beach access, air conditioning, indoor and outdoor showers and a soaking bath.

Included in the rates are three meals daily at either Beach Shack, serving fresh-caught seafood; Beach Grill, with light options like poke and ceviche; or Walker D’Plank, with a rotating menu of Asian street foods. Alcohol is not included in the rate, but there are a handful of bars and a wine cellar offering private tastings.

Guests can choose between an included 45-minute spa treatment or a house reef dive. For divers and snorkelers, the resort is set on the fourth-largest barrier reef in the world, so exotic aquatic life abounds. Fishing, surfing, motorized watersports, yoga and cultural tours are also offered at Kokomo Island Resort.

Rates at Kokomo Island Resort start at $2,100 per night, based on double occupancy.

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You might not have considered Montana, with its towering mountains and vast skies, for your honeymoon — or known it has all-inclusive resorts.

But trust us: The Ranch at Rock Creek should be at the top of your list. With just 29 accommodations, including comfortably appointed glamping tents, multiroom houses, cozy cabins and a historic barn converted into suites, this is an intimate and charming trip of a lifetime.

Over the course of a stay, guests can fly fish or ride horses, hit the slopes for skiing or snowboarding in the winter, and even enjoy a summer rodeo during the warmer months. Reservations at The Ranch include a “Ranch Ambassador” who can tailor and plan every activity so all you have to do is show up.

Fancy cowboy fare is served throughout the day, including in various locations across the property for breakfast, at the Buckle Barn for lunch and with dinner menus that rotate seasonally to shake things up. Dinners are often accompanied by special affairs like barn dances, rodeos and s’mores around the fire.

Rates at The Ranch at Rock Creek start at $2,000 per night, based on double occupancy.

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What’s better than waking up next to your partner on the first morning of your honeymoon? How about waking up next to them, pulling back the curtain to your luxury tent and being greeted by an elephant meandering past in the early morning haze?

That’s a possibility at andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, a small and luxurious lodge in Botswana’s eco-diverse Okavango Delta.

With only nine tents, privacy and romance are de rigueur. Each tent has a four-poster bed draped in linens, a soaking tub and open-air shower, an outdoor living area where you can have a massage and even a private plunge pool for a romantic dip.

Tents also include a personal bar and “gym-in-a-basket” kits if you want to keep fit during your stay.

The all-inclusive experience includes game drives in safari trucks on the camp’s private 223,630-acre reserve with a maximum of six guests. Depending on the season, walking safaris, boat cruises, catch-and-release fishing, photography, stargazing and birding activities are on offer. Meals are served alfresco under the neverending sky.

Rates at andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp start at $1,015 per person per night.

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For an unexpected honeymoon experience, step back in time at Zoëtry Mallorca, in the countryside of the Spanish island of Mallorca. Built in and around a historic 14th-century estate, this Hyatt-affiliated property wows with Old World Mediterranean style, vine-covered stone buildings and plazas with bubbling fountains. There’s even a windmill and a large neoclassic church.

Meals at Es Mercat feature coastal Mediterranean flavors served in a neutral-toned and airy dining room, though the concierge can help organize a special chef’s dinner at a long table in a private room. Spanish-themed cocktails are best consumed under the stars and twinkling patio lights of Coto or in the living room-like Sa Clasta Bar.

Spend your days relaxing by the adults-only pool in a cabana before joining a guided vineyard tour and wine tasting at Bodega Bordoy, a quick jaunt from the hotel. After a day of sipping luscious Spanish wine, book a spa session for a relaxing treatment with Natura Bisse products, followed by a soak in the indoor hydrotherapy pool.

Rates at Zoëtry Mallorca start at $793 per night, based on double occupancy.

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