While planning and preparing for the perfect wedding day can be a stressful experience for any couple in the months leading up to their nuptials, deciding where to travel for a romantic and relaxing honeymoon need not be so taxing. After exchanging vows in the presence of friends, family, and other loved ones, many newlyweds are eager to escape to an intimate destination where they can spend their first few weeks of married life celebrating their love for one another. When Napoleon’s brother honeymooned in Niagara Falls, Ontario, with his American-born bride in 1804, he was so impressed that his rave reviews prompted couples from all over the globe to flock to what was soon called the Honeymoon Capital of the World. Today, honeymoon destinations skew toward the romantic or the exotic, with European or tropical locales topping most newlyweds’ lists.
When considering a honeymoon holiday rental, couples may find that a resort setting can provide all the luxury amenities of a five-star hotel plus unparalleled service and attractions like golf, horseback riding, or sailing. Alternately, renting an individual property may be preferable for those who wish to steal away to somewhere a little more intimate and secluded. Regardless of its location or accommodations, a honeymoon destination should be relaxing, inspiring, and—most importantly—conducive to creating memories a couple can savor for years to come. These luxury rental properties from around the world represent just a few of the unique options available for an unforgettable honeymoon.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Escape to paradise at this two-bedroom luxury condominium surrounded by incredible azure waters. The dazzling white interiors of the beach villa open onto a generously sized patio with unobstructed views of the Atlantic. A romantic private terrace off the master suite and a swimming pool with shaded lounge area provide additional spots for enjoying the sights and sounds of the sea. Luxurious touches throughout include sparkling marble floors, a whirlpool bathtub, and gorgeous, French-inspired décor.
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
This luxury villa boasts impressive architecture of exposed timber eaves, structural stonework, and heavy oak doors. Though this spacious escape is equipped with a whirlpool tub and swimming pool, honeymooners will also want to explore the resort’s spa, world-class golfing, and many restaurants.
La Jolla, California
This unique beachfront home offers panoramic views of the Pacific and the La Jolla shore as well as phenomenal sunset watching. The striking contemporary architecture makes use of ample windows to capture southern California’s fabled sunshine, and the large rear deck is highly conducive to sunbathing. Inside, luxury stonework and custom hardwood cabinetry create an atmosphere of casual elegance for honeymooners.
Côte d’Azur Allure
Villa Èze, a hillside retreat on France’s stunning Côte d’Azur, promises to delight with incredible views of the Mediterranean, the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cap-d'Ail, and the village of Èze. From this villa’s prime location, honeymooners can easily make day trips to Nice or Monaco as they explore the scenery and beaches of France’s famous seaside destination. The seven-bedroom home is appointed with sophisticated décor and amenities, including a nearly 80-foot-long infinity pool and sunny terraces for dining and sunbathing.
Saint Peter, Barbados
Villa Ravello’s location on elevated acreage on the stunning western coast of Barbados make it a scenic and intimate island retreat for a newly married couple. This contemporary luxury villa is designed to maximize its ocean views with floor-to-ceiling windows and a master suite that opens onto a terrace overlooking the Atlantic. The swimming pool with custom water feature and luxurious finishes such as a crystal chandelier are just a few of the extravagant details that make Villa Ravello special. While this home’s secluded location ensures privacy and quiet, newlyweds can also enjoy nearby restaurants as well as the Beach Club at Port Saint Charles.
Terrace in the Sky
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Experience the best of a honeymoon in Puerto Rico with this chic beachfront condominium in San Juan’s ritzy Condado district. At nearly 4,000 square feet, it offers plenty of room to relax and enjoy the slower pace of island life. A sizeable terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows provide relaxing ocean views from outside or in. Convenient access to the building’s swimming pool and private beach as well as Condado’s trendy restaurants and clubs combine to help create a compelling Caribbean honeymoon experience.
Sail Away to Belgarde
Paget Parish, Bermuda
Belgarde is the ideal property for a honeymoon planned to coincide with the June 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda. Executed in classic Colonial style, this exquisite rental property sits on an elevated site overlooking Hamilton Harbour and the Great Sound, where the esteemed regatta will take place. Its generous interiors are richly decorated and filled with charming details like fireplaces and hardwood floors, and the manicured grounds boast intimate enclaves to explore. While a wraparound verandah on the north side looks out across the ocean, a second verandah has views of the home’s swimming pool and hot tub.
Costa Smeralda Simplicity
Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy
Villa Seaworld is a gem of an estate built into the rugged hills of northern Sardinia. The property is ideally located near the yacht club and exclusive boutiques of Porto Cervo in the heart of the island’s Costa Smeralda, or Emerald Coast. Its two terraces provide romantic vistas of the Tyrrhenian Sea as well as idyllic settings for intimate dinners. This private rental property is designed with a rustic simplicity yet includes a bevy of modern amenities such as a home theater as well as wireless connectivity and air conditioning.
Miami Beach, Florida
This gorgeous contemporary townhouse offers four floors of beautifully designed living spaces that are rich with tropical intrigue. Architect Todd Michael Glaser and interior designer Chad Oppenheim have combined modern classics like furniture by Mies van Der Rohe and lighting by Castiglioni with edgy architecture to create a strikingly sophisticated result. Light streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the double-height living room, and exotic indoor foliage contributes to a uniquely Caribbean sense of place. Two rooftop decks, one with a playful pink spa, and a third-floor terrace offer romantic places to take in the Miami skyline.