8 Ultimate Honeymoon Suites
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Nothing says honeymoon like slumbering in a heavenly suite. We canvassed the globe — from the Maldives’ atolls to Marrakech’s labyrinthine souks — to uncover spacious spreads full of newlywed appeal. Once you check in, you won’t want to check out.
There’s a reason why W Retreat & Spa Maldives, on Fesdu Island, part of North Ari Atoll, named this suite “Ocean Haven”: The idyllic beachfront pad comes with an oversize infinity plunge pool with bubbling hot-tub seats, an outdoor rain shower, a barbecue station, indoor glass floors and an open-air master bedroom that opens onto a wraparound sun deck. By the way, all of these amenities offer 360-degree views of the turquoise Indian Ocean. The stunning seascapes also take center stage at Fire, a beach-meets-jungle barbecue in which diners choose their preferred grill — charcoal, open rotisserie, tandoori oven or Mongolian-style — and dine barefoot in the sand.
The white-sand beaches of Nusa Dua, in southeastern Bali, Indonesia, are popular with newlyweds seeking seclusion, exotic panoramas and serious pampering. Most hotels in this corner of the country fall into the luxe category, but The St. Regis Bali Resort stands out. Guests staying in one of the 10 Strand villas not only have private access to the surreal blue ocean but also have a sprawling personal pool with an Indonesian-style daybed-furnished gazebo at their disposal. Interior perks include Balinese art, an interactive flat-screen TV, a bed wrapped in Egyptian Ploh sheets and a marble bathroom with a two-person soaking tub. At night, the plush gazebo morphs into a candlelit dinner nook.
French Polynesia has some of the most romantic watertop rooms in the world — and the rooms at Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa are no exception. At 1,500 square feet each, the resort’s two thatch-roof Royal Overwater Villa suites are indulgently spacious. Each one comes with a mahogany canopy bed that overlooks the ocean, a two-person patio whirlpool and glass floor panels for spotting the bevy of multicolored fish swimming underfoot. For the best vantage point, book villa 107, which has front-and-center views of Mount Otemanu, plus a bit of celebrity status — Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelorette, stayed here.
The list of VIPs who’ve stayed in an Ocean Front Luxury suite at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, in Los Cabos, Mexico, reads like the credits for a Hollywood flick: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Brad Pitt. As the resort’s name (Windows to Paradise) implies, these suites are stunning, with alfresco garden showers, pebble headboards inlaid by Mexican artisans, adobe fireplaces, telescopes for whale watching, and Sea of Cortez-facing terraces with hot tubs and infinity pools. At night the suite’s around-the-clock butler can whip up a romantic turndown by sprinkling the room with rose petals and drawing a spa bath complete with berries and bubbly.
Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is home to the largest animal migration in Africa — more than a million zebras, antelopes and wildebeests pass through its grassy plains each year. Guests can catch the epic National Geographic moment from their private Horizon Villa suite balcony at the Bilila Lodge Kempinski. Each of the two suites, named Akaanyor (Love) and Sidaai (Beauty), come with an infinity plunge pool, an open-air shower and an oval soaking tub for two that overlooks the savanna. Bonus: In-room telescopes make it easy to spy on your four-footed neighbors.
As if the Caribbean locale of Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club wasn’t dreamy enough (the 74-room resort sits atop a secluded stretch of coral cliffs on Curaçao), this beachfront hideaway has a unique Tree House Mansion suite concealed high in the branches. Accessed via a spiral staircase, the two-bedroom African-inspired spread was personally decorated by the resort’s founder, Jacob Gelt Dekker, with antique treasures he amassed traversing the globe. The open-air suite also has a Balinese bridal bed and a wraparound terrace with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.
The legendary Moroccan city of Marrakech has unmistakable allure, thanks to its labyrinthine souks and eclectic mix of merchants, dancers, fortunetellers and snake charmers. Couples staying at La Sultana Marrakech (opposite), a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, have up-close access to a prime part of the city: The 28-room hotel is located in the heart of the central souk. Spread across five historic riads, the guest rooms — including the sexy Junior suites, bedecked with ornate vaulted ceilings, copper detailing and marble floors — are one-of-a-kind. (Upgrade to a Junior Suite Deluxe, and you get a bonus balcony.) An oasis in an otherwise frenetic city, the hotel’s harem-like spa is the perfect place to while away an afternoon (the indoor hot tub has its own fireplace!). Come nightfall, have dinner on the rooftop while gazing at Marrakech’s fanciful minarets.
With a name like the Royal Residence, this posh suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Dhara Dhevi, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, leaves little doubt that honeymooners who book it will be treated like a king and queen. Designers spared no lavish perk creating the multiroom compound, which features a garden of towering rain trees, three swimming pools, several spa tubs and saunas, hand-carved pavilions linked by ornate brick walkways and life-size pachyderm sculptures that pay homage to Chiang Mai’s oldest temple, Wat Chiang Man. For adventurous guests, the hotel can arrange a visit to a neighboring elephant camp for a ride atop one of the iconic Thai creatures.