1. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
After a summer wedding, get away from it all at this luxury resort, located in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve in British Columbia. You’ve never enjoyed tent camping like this: Eleven deluxe guest tents – all within the rainforest – feature Adirondack-style beds with down duvets, antique furniture, heirloom china, and plush terry robes and towels. The eco-safari-style spa, called Healing Grounds, offers wood-fired hot tubs, a sauna, outdoor showers, seawater baths, and a yoga studio with heated floors. Swedish and hot-stone massages are available, along with facials and body wraps. The cuisine here is as elegant as it is healthy, with fresh, natural ingredients from the area utilized in a variety of regional and spa dishes.
2. Raffles Hotel, Singapore
This luxurious spot has made just about every “best hotels and resorts” list you can imagine. For a special experience, book one of the 12 “personality suites,” each named for a famous guest who stayed at the hotel. The Rudyard Kipling Suite, the Somerset Maugham Suite, and the John Wayne Suite are just a few examples, and each suite features décor, photos, and books that correspond to the personality it honors. The spa – RafflesAmrita – is named for an ancient Sanskrit legend in which deities searched for “amrita,” the elixir of youth. Indulge in hydrating, polishing, or exfoliating body treatments, as well as massage, facials, or special couples treatments for honeymooners. For extra pampering, sign up for the 24-hour butler service.
3. Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A bustling spot on the Arabian Gulf, the Madinat Jumeirah complex contains several hotels and a vast area of upscale shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars. Al Qasr, which has been called the “palace” at the heart of Madinat Jumeira, sits on Jumeirah Beach and features rich Middle Eastern décor and stunning views of the sea. Each room has a private balcony, luxurious bathroom, antique furniture, and a lounge seating area. Make a reservation at Talise, the spa at Madinat Jumeirah, and take a boat to this top-notch facility, which offers massage, facials, yoga, saunas, steam rooms, and hot and cold plunge pools.
4. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Its very own lagoon is just one highlight at Huvafen Fushi, located in North Male Atoll of the Maldives. Accommodations include bungalows (each faces the private lagoon) with air conditioning, Frette linens, and a private courtyard with a freshwater plunge pool, waterfall shower, and daybed. Don’t miss Lime, the spa, which boasts two underwater couples treatment rooms as well as over-water treatment rooms with a glass floor. For privacy at mealtime, you can enjoy your food served to you in your bungalow, or choose from several restaurants that emphasize fresh produce flown in daily from around the world.
5. Victoria Palace, Paris, France
If you’re dreaming of a honeymoon in Paris, splurge and go to the Victoria Palace Hotel, situated on the Left Bank. Accommodations include deluxe rooms and suites, and with the honeymoon package you get a junior suite, champagne, and a dinner cruise on the Seine. Renovated in 2000, the hotel was built in 1913 and was frequented by such notable guests as James Joyce and Italian artist Giorgio De Chirico. Rooms feature French décor (walls are covered with stretched fabrics) and marble bathrooms, and each guest is provided a bathrobe and slippers. Guests have access to the nearby Club Med Gym, and there is a private garage for easy parking.
6. Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort, Tuscany, Italy
Built in the 17th century amid therapeutic hot springs, the Fonteverde is a luxurious resort in the Tuscan countryside. Rooms are elegantly appointed, and guests can enjoy the incredible spa with its seven pools, one of which features balneotherapy, in which colors and aromas are combined to relax you with “liquid sound.” Enjoy a variety of body treatments (such as the popular perfumed olive oil massage), facials, or “harmony therapy,” deemed a successful treatment for stress, insomnia, or depression. The restaurants here serve traditional Tuscan and spa cuisine, and the hotel can arrange wine and food tastings.
7. Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
The Royal Plantation has been called the Caribbean’s most exclusive boutique resort, and you would be hard pressed to find a more pampering destination than this one. A variety of suites include beds outfitted with Italian linens, marble bathrooms, mahogany furniture, and striking ocean views. Beach butlers will deliver tropical drinks to you right on the beach, and you can take advantage of other services such as dinner for two with chilled champagne, candlelight and soft music, or a private moonlit picnic on the beach. The spa features marble treatment rooms and offers such services as massage, wraps, body polishing, scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and fitness classes. (
8. Sea Change Rarotonga, Avarua, Cook Islands
Luxurious one- and two-bedroom villas with four-poster king-sized beds draped with gauze curtains, luxurious bathrobes, pristine white-sand beaches, and private outdoor swimming pools are just some of the features at Sea Change, which makes a special effort to appeal to honeymooners. Villas include showers for two, a full kitchen, and a private deck, and you can opt for a massage or treatment in your villa or receive complimentary transport to a local spa for a variety of services.
9. Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Imagine the light filtering into your luxurious room or suite, falling on your curtained king-sized bed, illuminating hand-painted tiles, wool rugs, and original art, and you’ll have an idea of what to expect at the Maroma. In addition, the hotel features three outdoor pools, a library/game room, complimentary breakfast daily, a boutique, and a fitness center. The spa offers a variety of massage and body treatments as well as ancient healing methods and salon services. Book a private dinner on the beach to make the most of the romantic atmosphere.
10. Ka’ana Boutique Resort, San Ignacio, Belize
This little spot of luxury features only 15 rooms, each appointed with elegant linens, a private veranda, air conditioning, an LCD flat-screen TV and iPod docking station, and a private bath. If you feel like exploring, take advantage of jungle, Mayan ruin, or river tours that can be arranged by the hotel. The spa offers poolside treatment rooms and a variety of massage options, including a couples massage that lets you finish up with a bottle of champagne.