After many months of intense wedding planning, you’re probably dreaming of the perfect honeymoon destination as newlyweds. Islands offer the ultimate escape from reality and the opportunity to focus on making lasting memories with one another. Whether you picture far-flung exotic islands with beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters or the remote countryside of overlooked northern isles, an island destination is sure to provide you with some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Here is our list of the best island honeymoon destinations.
With picturesque mountains, sparkling blue waters, and colorful coral reefs, the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora is a dream honeymoon destination. Though the island is small, topping out at six miles long and two miles wide, its jaw-dropping scenery has enticed generations.The 18th-century explorer James Cook deemed it the “Pearl of the Pacific,” while author James Michener declared it "the most beautiful island in the world.”. This blissful tropical getaway is home to many luxury resorts and has a friendly, welcoming vibe. Though all this beauty comes at a price, Bora Bora is one of the most expensive destinations on our list. The best times to visit from November to April.
What to Do: Lounge on Matira Beach, the island’s largest public beach and a popular tourist destination. Explore the island’s interior on a 4x4 excursion. Charter a sailboat, catamaran, or glass-bottom boat to tour the surrounding islets or for a luxury dinner cruise. Snorkel or scuba dive among coral reefs with colorful fish, stingrays, turtles, and other marine wildlife. Hike Mount Otemanu, an extinct volcano in the center of the island with breathtaking views from its summit.
Where to Stay: The St. Regis Resort Bora Bora is a tropical sanctuary located on the crystal waters of a blue lagoon. The resort offers spacious garden and beachside villas or lavish overwater bungalows. A stay here gives you complimentary access to the resort’s famous butler service. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is located farther along the same lagoon and also boasts private overwater bungalows in addition to dreamy beachfront villas.
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This gorgeous Caribbean gem is a part of the Windward Islands archipelago. It offers a little something for everyone, from adventure-seeking adrenaline junkies to those just looking for beach time. You’ll be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, such as the mighty peaks of the Pitons, and charming villages. St. Lucia promises to help you lose track of time and surrender to island life. With temperatures in the 70s and 80s, late spring and the early summer months are the best time to plan a visit. Hurricane seasons run from late June to early November, and December to April is the busiest and most expensive time of year to vacation in St. Lucia.
What to Do: Snorkel and scuba dive in the clear waters off Anse Chastanet beach for unforgettable views of abundant sea life. Hike The Pitons, volcanic peaks covered in emerald green vegetation, and stop by the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens brimming with vibrant foliage. Stroll through Castries Market, the capital’s centuries-old food and flea market. Zipline through the luscious rainforests of the island.
Where to Stay: Jade Mountain Resort is in the mountains rising above Anse Chastanet and provides a stunning panoramic of the surrounding vistas. Each of the resort’s 24 suites, known as sanctuaries, are constructed with only three walls, the fourth is omitted to offer unobstructed views of the spectacular landscape. Jade Mountain has been deemed one of the most romantic resorts in the world and gives you a chance to completely disconnect as the sanctuaries do not have televisions or phones available.
The oldest island of Hawaii, Kauai is a quiet destination that entices visitors with its quiet charm and simplicity rather than the polished luxury of Oahu and Maui. It’s a fantastic honeymoon destination for seniors or any couple who are looking for a little adventure. With only two major roadways, some parts of the island can only be accessed by foot, while it's resorts blend in with the natural scenery, standing no taller than a coconut tree. Kauai is the perfect island destination for adventurous honeymooners looking forward to packing their hiking boots and getting a little further off the grid. The prized nature trails of the Garden Island come at a premium, however, during peak months. Take advantage of lower airfare and hotel rates during the “shoulder seasons” spanning September to November and April to June.
What to Do: Charter a helicopter for unforgettable views of the island’s majestic mountain peaks. Hike through all 14 miles of the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon. Traverse the cliffs of Napali Coast that stretches 17 miles along Kauai’s northwest coast. Snorkel the expansive reefs of Tunnel Beach. Relax on the golden sands of Kalapaki Beach, one of the island’s safest shorelines for swimmers due to the breakwaters of nearby Nawiliwili Bay.
Where to Stay: Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort is located near Poipu Beach on the southern coast of the island. All 121 rooms of the resort feature a private patio or balcony, guaranteeing that you will peacefully enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings. You’ll also benefit from a lagoon-style pool, luxurious spa, and ocean front lawn complete with firepits and beach access. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is a luxury oasis offering the perfect place to unwind after a day filled with adventures. This upscale resort features immaculately kept grounds, a sand-bottom pool, golf course, multiple gourmet restaurants, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
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The least populated country in Europe, Iceland boasts incredible, untouched natural landscapes. This honeymoon destination for the nature-loving couple is romantic yet exciting, serving as the perfect location for any type of adventure seeker. An often overlooked destination when discussing the best islands for honeymoons, this nordic island offers plenty of romance for newlyweds. Whether you choose to enjoy the endless days of the Midnight Sun in the summer months or cozy up under the dancing Northern Lights in the winter months, there’s something enchanting about this island of the north. If you choose to travel around the famous Ring Road, you’ll be privy to cascading waterfalls, lunar-looking volcanic landscapes, soaring geysers, and bright blue hot springs. However, the capital city of Reykjavik is a destination in its own right, with a lively nightlife scene and charming local shops.
What to Do: Book a day tour from Reykjavik to the popular tourist destination the Golden Circle and see the dual waterfall of Gullfoss, the geothermal valley of Strokkur, and other natural wonders. Skip the pricey Blue Lagoon, and opt for the Mývatn Nature Baths on the island’s north side after exploring the nearby Krafla Lava Fields. Journey to Látrabjarg, Europe’s westernmost point–but only if you have a 4x4 vehicle. Go whale watching in the fjord near Akureyri. Walk along the black sand beaches of Vik. Marvel at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Charter a guide to hike across and through glaciers.
Where to Stay: ION Adventure Hotel is an unforgettable escape into the wilderness of Iceland. The contemporary architecture of the hotel sits in beautiful contrast against the glacial backdrop of its surroundings. The rooms are sleek and modern in their decor with large windows offering panoramic views of the scenery. On-site, there’s an airy, minimalist eatery, posh bar, and luxurious spa featuring a heated outdoor pool. Day tours to the surrounding area are on offer from the hotel. Keahotels have 10 hotels in key locations across the island of Iceland, each designed with luxury in mind. The stylish interiors and convenient locations make them an excellent choice for every stop on your trip.
Now that you’ve learned about some of the best islands to honeymoon, it’s time to choose a destination! Whether you go for a tropical island or a romantic getaway, this list of honeymoon ideas offers a little something for everyone.