The world's 50 best honeymoon hotels and destinations

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The Brando, on a private island, offers vast thatched villas, each with a slice of private beach and its own pool.

This is one of the most anticipated and indulgent holidays you’ll ever take, so naturally expectations are high. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as champagne picnics on uninhabited islands, diving with whale sharks and staying in over-water villas with their own chef tend have long lured happy couples. But now action and adventure are a top priority for newlyweds who have already taken sun, sea and sand holidays together numerous times – anything from gorilla encounters in Uganda to tandem skydiving in New Zealand. And twin-centre honeymoons – city and spa, safari and sand – are also very popular. Some things never go out of honeymoon style, though: a big bed, amazing views, fantastic food and top-notch service.

Over-water villas

Baros, Maldives

30 wooden water villas line a crescent boardwalk in the lagoon, and these are furnished with large four-poster beds and private sunbathing decks with daybed and loungers. It’s also home to Lighthouse, one of the loveliest Indian Ocean restaurants; open-sided, set over water and circular with tables dotted around the edge, you really feel like you’re dining alone together in the middle of the ocean. 

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Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives

Maldives

9Telegraph expert rating

Marine adventures are guaranteed at Baros thanks to a staggeringly special house reef. One of the Indian Ocean’s first luxury dive resorts, this Maldivian-owned, all-villa escape has stayed fresh since opening in 1973, and remains a heavenly setting for honeymoons and grown-up family holidays. Read expert review From £306 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Tahiti

Each over-water villa is a pocket oasis, complete with broad bed, private deck with steps to the sea and a freestanding bathtub beside sliding doors which, when opened, reveal views of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu across the lagoon. It’s the sexiest tub in the world. The private beach, cathedral-like spa with couples’ massage room and poolside cabanas are also fabulous. Over-water suite from £625.

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

9Telegraph expert rating

This is a family-friendly, five-star resort from a top-class brand that delivers the Bora Bora dream. Think over-water bungalows, a dizzying roster of restaurants, and a frantic range of activities, including paddleboarding, yoga, or a session with the resident marine biologist. Read expert review From £755 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Each over-water villa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a pocket oasis, complete with broad bed, private deck with steps to the sea and a freestanding bathtub.

St George’s Caye Resort, Belize

If you’re on a budget but want the over-water suite experience, St George’s Caye is a great option. The six thatched-roof cabanas built on stilts in the Caribbean Sea are simply furnished with a mosquito-net draped bed, private bath, hammock on the porch and little else for a Robinson Crusoe-vibe. When you’re not snoozing in the hammock, Belize is on your doorstep, which means some of the best scuba diving in the world and Mayan ruins to explore. 

St. George's Caye Resort, Belize

St. George's Caye Resort

St. George's Caye, Belize

5Telegraph expert rating

This adults-only beachfront resort is the only place to stay and dine on this traffic-free, mile-long island close to the Belize Barrier Reef. It’s popular with divers and offers a low-key getaway with 16 thatched cabanas, a pool, restaurant and one-room spa. Read expert review From £206 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

If you’re on a budget but want the over-water suite experience, St George’s Caye is a great option. Credit: ©Stuart Westmorland2014/Stuart Westmorland

Pangkor Laut, Malaysia

Surrounded by rainforest and pristine sandy beaches on a private island off the west coast of Malaysia, Pangkor Laut is honeymoon gold. Standing elegantly on stilts in Emerald Bay, each wooden sea villa has a king-sized bed, balcony and enormous bath with sea views. Two pools, yoga deck and rainforest walks are calming diversions, or you can book treatments at the Spa Village, which offers ancient Malay, Chinese and Thai healing rituals.

Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Island, Malaysia

Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut Island, Pangkor Island, Malaysia

9Telegraph expert rating

This private island, a former favourite getaway of Pavarotti’s, has plenty of space to unwind, including sublime Emerald Bay, an extensive Spa Village and myriad restaurants. Residents on this jungle-covered paradise include fruit bats, hornbills and white-bellied sea eagles that soar like the great tenor’s voice. Read expert review From £178 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Pangkor Laut, in Emerald Bay, is honeymoon gold.

Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge, Panama

Wonderfully remote, this Bocas Del Toro eco retreat isn’t a renowned honeymoon escape but it should be. The nine green and yellow over-water cabanas, connected to each other and the restaurant via walkways, have a downstairs living area and veranda with a ladder plunging into the sea. It lies in 150 acres of protected rainforest and mangrove reserve, and everything’s powered by solar energy. Prices include snorkelling, kayaking, breakfast and candle-lit dinners.




Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge, which lies in 150 acres of protected rainforest, isn’t a renowned honeymoon escape but it should be.

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Barefoot bliss

Malliouhana, Anguilla

Set on a bluff jutting between Meads Bay and Turtle Cove Beach on the north-west coast of the island, Malliouhana is a dreamlike world unto itself. It is surrounded by the hypnotic Caribbean Sea. Facilities include tiered infinity pools lined with yellow ruffled umbrellas and a luxurious spa with island-inspired treatments like a warm seashell massage or an avocado butter facial.

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Malliouhana, Anguilla

Malliouhana

Anguilla

9Telegraph expert rating

Perched on a craggy cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Malliouhana is Anguilla’s original luxury resort. The boutique hotel has been restored with an eclectic tropical aesthetic, offering cascading infinity pools floating into the horizon and sublime views as far as the eye can see. Read expert review From £1,096 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Gecko Beach Club, Formentera

Formentera, 30 minutes by ferry from Ibiza, has gorgeous, secluded stretches of sand, but the only really stylish place to stay to take advantage of them is this Migjorn beachfront hideaway. Lounge around the pool, bike to a beach, return and sink onto a giant white day bed to watch the sunset. Then repeat. If you want to push the boat out, book an upstairs Gecko Suite for its massive terrace with sea views.

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Gecko Beach Hotel, Formentera

Gecko Hotel & Beach Club

Formentera, Ibiza, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

Relaxed glamour comes to bohemian Formentera in the form of the ultra-chic Gecko Hotel & Beach Club, where guests start the day with yoga in the gardens or long breakfasts gazing at the sea. Rooms with plunge pools and daybeds on the terrace mean chilling out has never felt more natural. Read expert review From £238 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Fundu Lagoon, Zanzibar

On the tranquil island of Pemba, only accessible by boat, Fundu is the epitome of barefoot honeymoon chic. Although the setting is wild and remote, the 18 tented safari-style bungalows are surprisingly swish, most on a hillside but four edging the eye-poppingly perfect white sand beach, of which you’ll never tire of taking pictures. Surrounded by pristine coral reef, this is also an excellent place for diving and snorkelling. 

Fundu Lagoon, Pemba Island, Tanzania

Fundu Lagoon

Pemba Island, Tanzania

8Telegraph expert rating

Life’s made easy at this secluded retreat, from beach time and dhow cruises to scuba diving pristine, colourful, fish-filled sites. There’s a seafood-heavy menu, spacious, safari-style tents and thatched buildings decorated with African crafts, a sunset-facing pier bar and a far-away-from-it-all ambience. Read expert review From £276 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Fundu, which is only accessible by boat, is the epitome of barefoot honeymoon chic.

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Amanpuri, Thailand

You can’t go wrong with an Aman hotel – and Amapuri, the first resort the upmarket chain opened, is still the best. Pansea Beach, which it overlooks, could be a blueprint for paradise so perfect is the sand lapped by the warm, turquoise Andaman Sea. Luxury Thai-style pavilions are scattered among the palms and the level of romance is off-the-scale, from sunset cruises to candle-lit dining. 

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Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand.

Amanpuri

Phuket, Thailand

8Telegraph expert rating

The Amanpuri hotel was the first in Aman’s ultra-luxurious hotel empire. Nearly 30-years on it is still arguably one of the best hotels in Thailand, if not Asia. Facilities include four fabulous restaurants, a superlative spa, a seductive black swimming pool, an embarrassingly beautiful beach and a fleet of yachts. Read expert review From £726 per night Check availability Rates provided by Mr & Mrs Smith

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands

Step ashore on Bligh’s Beach and marvel at the white, white sand, then check into one of the nine new beachfront bungalows facing Sunset Beach, or bag an over-water wooden bungalow. The real star here, however, is the lagoon dotted with uninhabited sandbars. Take a boat trip to Honeymoon Island where you can plant a coconut palm together and enjoy a lunch of freshly caught fish. 




The real star of Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, however, is the lagoon dotted with uninhabited sandbars.

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Animal attraction

Samode Safari Lodge, India

Samode has raised the bar for wilderness safaris in India. When you’re not out spotting tigers in neighbouring Bandhavgarh National Park, you can chill out together in one of the 12 villas. Each has a sexy indoor/outdoor bathroom, dressing room and sitting room. The main lounge, with fireplaces and comfy sofas, is the heart of the lodge, there’s also a spa, gym and pool. 




Samode has raised the bar for wilderness safaris in India.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Uganda

Deep in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in western Uganda, this eco lodge of eight permanent en suite tents offers the chance to see more than 113 species of mammals, including elephants and mountain gorillas, one of the rarest mammals on the planet. After a day of adventure, relax on your raised tent’s veranda then enjoy dinner a deux around the campfire. 

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, set deep in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in western Uganda, offers the chance to see more than 113 species of mammals.

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Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands

Hotel locations don’t come more staggering than this: atop an extinct volcano on Santa Cruz Island ringed by a marine reserve that’s one of the seven underwater wonders of the world. It’s the first design-led, carbon neutral accommodation in the Galapagos. Guests are invited to hop aboard the hotel’s luxury yacht to follow in Darwin’s footsteps and visit islands sheltering marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobys and giant tortoises. Back at your sustainable modernist base there’s an infinity pool to enjoy. Unforgettable. 

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Pikaia Lodge Hotel, Galapagos, Ecuador

Pikaia Lodge Galápagos

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

8Telegraph expert rating

The islands’ first luxury hotel – and the only Small Luxury Hotel of the World in the Galápagos – is built on the edge of an extinct volcanic caldera in the forested hills of Santa Cruz. A great alternative for those who don’t enjoy staying on boats, or want to explore the islands’ land-based attractions. Read expert review From £3,695 per night

Hotel locations don’t come more staggering than Pikaia Lodge.

Belmond Savute Elephant Camp, Botswana

Watch elephants drink and hippos wallow at the waterhole adjacent to Savute, a heaven-sent place in Chobe National Park. Your accommodation will be one of 12 swish en suite tents covered by African thatch with timber deck, mosquito net-swathed bed and his and hers vanity units. When you’re not out on game drives tracking lion and hyena, there’s an elephant-proof pool to dive into and, at night, a traditional fire-lit boma to dine in.

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, Botswana

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Chobe National Park, Botswana

8Telegraph expert rating

An on-site watering hole that attracts animals from miles around makes this relaxed, eco-conscious luxury camp stand out. With Savute home to huge numbers of elephants and big cats, you are sure to have rewarding wildlife sightings here. Read expert review From £750 per night

Watch elephants drink and hippos wallow at the waterhole adjacent to Savute, a heaven-sent place in Chobe National Park. Credit: Mark Williams/Mark Williams

and Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

A decadent lodge set high on the rim of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, a Unesco World Heritage Site stretching from the Rift Valley to the Serengeti and sheltering a haven of wildlife including the Big Five. It’s not a rustic experience, we’re talking personal butlers, crystal chandeliers, antiques, claw-foot bath tubs sprinkled with rose petals - but hey, this is your honeymoon. Fun extras include picnics in the crater, Maasai cultural visits and bush walks.

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a decadent lodge, which offers personal butlers, crystal chandeliers, and claw-foot bath tubs sprinkled with rose petals.

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Activity and adventure

Misibis Bay, Philippines

Segways, zip-lines and dune buggies are all exciting ways to explore Misibis Bay’s eco park and surrounding forests on Cagraray Island. And if that’s not enough to get your pulses racing, the resort also offers whale shark interaction tours, where you can snorkel alongside the world’s biggest fish, or sightseeing from the Misibis helicopter including whizzing around the top of the Mayon Volcano and peering down at lava fields, Nag-Aso Lake and Legazpi City. 

Misibis Bay, Cagraray, Philippines

Misibis Bay

Cagraray, Philippines

8Telegraph expert rating

It's a place where you can drive ATVs on volcanic slopes or learn how to windsurf across the waves, then indulge in massage treatments or order cooling cocktails to your private plunge pool. There’s enough here to keep everyone happy, from newlyweds and families to little ones. Read expert review From £89 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Tierra Patagonia, Chile

On the eastern edge of the Torres del Paine National Park this unique hotel has serious wow factor, from the 40 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and minimalist Scandi design-style to the living roof. Once you’ve stopped gawping at the architecture and view, it’s time to pick from the 30-plus excursions; boat journeys past icebergs, riding with gauchos, hiking to the base of the Torres and condor viewing are all available. 

Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Torres del Paine, Chilean Patagonia, Chile

9Telegraph expert rating

Set on a lake looking across the famous granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park, sleek wooden Tierra Patagonia blends perfectly into its surroundings but still manages to be a haven of laid-back luxury. Read expert review From £453 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Huka Lodge, New Zealand

Horse riding, kayaking, white water rafting, bungy jumping, skydiving, quad biking; however you want to get your honeymoon kicks, it can be arranged at this elegant hunting lodge on Lake Taupo and the Waikato River. Lodge rooms are elegant, but for total privacy book the Owner’s Cottage, which has a view of the mighty Huka Falls with outdoor dining table, fireplace, private chef and butler. 

Huka Lodge, New Zealand

Huka Lodge

Taupo, New Zealand

9Telegraph expert rating

Huka Lodge retains its position as the jewel in the crown of New Zealand's premier luxury accommodation with a world-class combination of sublime location, marvellous food and outstanding service. Read expert review From £1,035 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru

Colourful Peruvian alpaca blankets, local artwork and views of the Vilcanota River fill the 85 rustic casitas of this whitewashed, red-roofed Andean village-style property. The five-star hotel's location, set amid 12 acres of cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu, is unbeatable. On site, there’s a library, 'Andean eucalyptus sauna', spa treatments and a small pool.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pubelo, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Machu Picchu, Peru

8Telegraph expert rating

With its extensive private reserve, stunning riverside setting, spacious rustic-chic guest rooms and excellent in-house guides, this is one of the best hotels in the area of Aguas Calientes, the town closest to Machu Picchu. Read expert review From £332 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica

If you’re craving a back-to-nature honeymoon, pick this. Set in the remote Costa Rican rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River (you can only reach it by boat), days pass too quickly with activities such as guided jungle tours and white-water rafting on offer. Back at base, newlyweds will want to spend at least one night in the Canopy Honeymoon Suite, a treetop retreat reached via a private suspension bridge. 

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Pacuare Lodge, Bajo del Tigre, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge

Bajo del Tigre, Costa Rica

8Telegraph expert rating

Pacuare Lodge is a luxury rainforest escape with a memorable twist: the only way in and out is by whitewater rafting down Costa Rica's most scenic river, the Río Pacuare. Family-owned, its commitment to sustainability and community involvement is exemplary, and it is also overwhelmingly romantic. Read expert review From £283 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Private islands

North Island, Seychelles

For a total blow-out, it has got to be North Island. Seamlessly blending bespoke eco luxury (it has just 11 villas) with absolute relaxation, it’s a paradise island of white sand beaches and granite boulders where high-profile guests such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who honeymooned here, can completely switch off. As much a conservation project as a resort, giant tortoises roam, rare birds tweet in the treetops and the rich marine life is heaven for snorkellers. 

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North Island is a paradise island of white sand beaches and granite boulders. Credit: © Olwen Evans. All rights reserved/Olwen Evans

Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka

A two-and-a-half acre tropical fantasy located just 100 metres off Sri Lanka’s south coast and reached only by wading through knee-deep water or on the back of an elephant (yes, really). Once you’ve arrived it’s an oasis of palm trees, beach, infinity pool and an octagonal villa built in the Twenties by an eccentric Count. A staff of six, including a chef and butler, have catered to the whims of royalty, film stars and recluses as well as honeymooners. 

Taprobane Island is located just 100 metres off Sri Lanka’s south coast and reached only by wading through knee-deep water or on the back of an elephant.

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Como Maalifushi, Maldives

Como Maalifushi is tropical minimalism done to perfection, allowing that 50-shades-of-blue ocean to take centre stage. It's located on the tranquil Thaa Atoll, a lone island almost entirely surrounded by coral, with a gorgeous strip of beach for lolling. Villas sweep over water and have rambling decks, infinity pools and waterside cabanas. Stilted over the water, Japanese restaurant Tai has sensational sunset views and nightly visits from a magnificent marble stingray. The spa, a destination in its own right, round out the facilities.

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COMO Maalifushi, Maldives

COMO Maalifushi

Thaa Atoll, Maldives

9Telegraph expert rating

Located in the resort in the northern Thaa Atoll, Como Maalifushi is seductively low-key, attracting famous fashion designers and Hollywood celebrities with its minimalist styling, knowing service and superstar-worthy food and facilities. Read expert review From £549 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

The Brando, French Polynesia

Once Marlon Brando’s private retreat, his eight children united after the film star’s death to create this new super luxe resort on Tetiaroa Island accessible only by private plane. The island is now home to vast thatched villas, each with a slice of private beach, pool and media room. There’s plenty on offer to idle the days away – treatments in the Varua Spa, paddleboarding to an uninhabited island or visiting the environmental research station to discover more about the island’s wildlife.

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The Brando, Tahiti

The Brando

Tahiti, French Polynesia

8Telegraph expert rating

Marlon Brando's private atoll is now home to a super-luxurious beach resort. 35 beachfront villas are magisterial with thatched rooves, massive ironwood tree-trunks and acres of space. Read expert review From £3,031 per night

Song Saa, Cambodia

Serenity reigns at this all-villa island resort on an archipelago 30 minutes by boat from mainland Cambodia. Overlooking a deserted golden beach, 27 villas are dotted between palm trees or set over the sea and all have private decks and plunge pools. The diving is fabulous – the owners created a marine reserve – and rates include all meals and most drinks, so there’s no shocking bill at the end of your stay. 

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Song Saa Private Island

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

9Telegraph expert rating

Song Saa is a remote private island resort off the coast of Cambodia, offering ultra-luxurious villas built into the jungle or perched on stilts over the sea. The food is fabulous, there’s a soporific spa, and a ravishingly relaxing vibe. Rates are expensive, but include all meals and most drinks. Worth saving up for. Read expert review From £549 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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European cities

Belmond Cipriani, Venice

Who wouldn’t be seduced by a private boat ride across the Venetian lagoon? It’s the only way to reach glamorous Cipriani, which sits on Giudecca Island opposite St Mark’s Square. Everything at the hotel is splendid - Murano glass chandeliers, antiques, the gold ceiling of Oro Restaurant, Olympic-sized pool – and there are few activities more romantic than sitting on the club terrace gazing across to Piazza San Marco with a glass of Champagne in hand at sunset. It’s little wonder George Clooney stayed here when he married Amal Alamuddin.

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Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Giudecca, Venice, Italy

10Telegraph expert rating

With sweeping views across the Venetian lagoon, the 96-room Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the definition of luxurious perfection. Guests can count on stellar – and discreet – service at this five-star resort in addition to Michelin-starred dining, an Olympic-sized pool filtered with seawater and gorgeous grounds. Read expert review From £639 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Four Seasons Hotel, Prague

Converted from three historic buildings in the Old Town on the banks of the Vltava River, Four Seasons Prague is a place of repose. Rooms are elegant yet up-to-the-minute; book a premier river room for fabulous views of Prague Castle or Charles Bridge. The hotel’s much feted restaurant, CottoCrudo, includes a raw bar where the freshest seafood are prepared before you. For extra honeymoon magic, treat yourselves to a private night at the opera followed by vintage Rolls Royce transfer and dinner on the hotel’s rooftop. 

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Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

9Telegraph expert rating

Prague's Four Seasons is one of the city's plushest and best-located hotels, with a blend of styles from different eras which lend plenty of character to the interior and rooms. Décor and furnishings are a mix of classic and contemporary, service is impeccable throughout and there's a swish spa and relaxation pool. Read expert review From £356 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Byblos Art Hotel, Verona

You’ll wander jaws-to-the-floor in awe of the modern works of art scattered all over this colourful 18th century villa – Damien Hirsts, a gold Kate Moss statue by Marc Quinn and Anish Kapoor pieces. Beautiful gardens, large pool and first-rate dining are the icing on the arty cake (it’s a popular wedding venue too). When it’s time to discover Verona, book a night at the opera and drop by Juliet’s house for a chance to recreate Romeo’s balcony wooing scene.

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Byblos Art Hotel, Verona, Italy

Byblos Art Hotel

Verona, Veneto, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

A living contemporary art gallery housed in a 16th-century villa 20 minutes’ drive from Verona. It has a delightful garden and swimming pool. The hotel was created by the owner of the Byblos Milan fashion empire and won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I think it’s great. Read expert review From £213 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Shangri-la Paris, Paris

For the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the city, book a suite at this painstakingly restored palace. If you can afford it, splash out on a split-level Eiffel duplex suite, where the tower looks close enough to touch. If you can drag yourselves away from that view, book a table at the hotel’s restaurant Shang Palace, Paris’ first Cantonese restaurant to gain a Michelin star. 

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Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

Originally the private mansion of Roland Bonaparte, eccentric botanist and great-nephew of Napoleon, the 101 suites and bedrooms evoke a grand classical lifestyle, some with balconies from which you can almost touch the Eiffel Tower across the river. Read expert review From £631 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik

The views of the Adriatic from this modern cliff-top hideaway at Miramare Bay are breathtaking and available from every wood and cream suite. Launch yourselves into crystal-clear waters from the pebbly beach below, then enjoy some post-dip Mediterranean bites on the terrace at Nevera restaurant. An indoor pool and quality spa are welcome extras and a sunset stroll from the Bellevue to Dubrovnik’s Old Town is fabulous. 

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Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

8Telegraph expert rating

Midway between Dubrovnik's Old Town and Lapad Peninsular, this slick, modern hotel lies in a sheltered bay with a small sand-and-pebble beach. All 91 rooms and suites have sea views, and most have balconies too. It has two restaurants, a bar, and a wellness and spa with a sea-view indoor pool. Read expert review From £218 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Palais Amani, Fes

This restored Riad on the edge of Fes’ ancient Medina lies behind enormous gold-studded doors. Within, there’s romance by the bucket load, with 14 intricately tiled rooms overlooking an orange- and lemon-tree filled courtyard and a roof terrace with tiny bar and mesmerising views of the city. After a lie-in, tuck into a late breakfast before a massage in the hotel’s hammam or a cookery lesson. 

Palais Amani, Fes, Morocco

Palais Amani

Fes, Morocco

9Telegraph expert rating

Serene, peaceful, heartbreakingly beautiful, this 17th century palace with its carved plaster arches and orange-tree shaded courtyard got its Art Deco edge in the 1920s after an earthquake. Today it's the ultimate base from which to lose your heart to the mystical labyrinth that is the Fes el Bali. Read expert review From £118 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Crosby Street Hotel, New York

There are dozens of amazing hotels in Manhattan, but for a honeymoon Crosby Street’s Meadow Suite is hard to beat. Floor-to-ceiling doors slide open to reveal a private terrace garden with more than 50 varieties of flowering plants, including aster, echinacia and blueberry. A true oasis in the heart of the city (Balthazar and Bloomingdales are just round the corner) it looks good year-round. There’s also a popular gastro pub, private screening room and roof terrace with a herb garden. 

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Crosby Street Hotel, New York

Crosby Street Hotel

New York, United States

9Telegraph expert rating

Tim and Kit Kemp’s 86-room hotel overflows with style, great design, and sophistication, awash with unusual finds and classic details. Every nook and cranny of this Firmdale property really does tell a story. Luxury knows no bounds, yet the five-star service lacks pretence and is remarkably approachable. Read expert review From £580 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

One&Only Cape Town, Cape Town

This Victoria and Alfred Waterfront resort boasts views of Table Mountain from all 91 rooms, a restaurant by Nobu and a spa set on a private island. It’s a splendid base from which to ascend Lion’s Head or for wine tastings in Stellenbosch. Handily, there’s a honeymoon registry wedding guests can contribute to, including a night in a suite or a massage for two. 

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One&Only Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

8Telegraph expert rating

One & Only Cape Town is a large luxury urban resort located in the Waterfront Marina, with excellent facilities and services that include a fittingly large pool, daily children’s programme, an award-winning spa, and views of Table Mountain from most rooms. Read expert review From £425 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires

A Philippe Starck-designed red brick playground in the hip Puerto Madero district, Faena is sexy and fun. In contrast to the dark, velvet curtain-clad lobby, the red and white rooms are surprisingly light with wood floors and a nod to Belle Epoque. Don’t miss dining at El Bistro, a white and gold room with unicorn heads on the wall, flamboyant tango shows at El Cabaret or late night cocktails at the Pool Bar. You’ll be assigned an “Experience Manager” on arrival who can book you anything from tango lessons to tickets to a polo match. 

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Faena, Buenos Aires

Faena Hotel Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

8Telegraph expert rating

Think chipped antiques, clawfoot furnishings and white leather exploded onto a canvas that’s a fierce shade of red. But there is more to this hotel than its stomping interiors — not least its on-site tango theatre and rather regal swimming pool. Read expert review From £211 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Upper House, Hong Kong

Occupying the top 13 storeys of a 50-floor block in Pacific Place, Upper House offers exceptional city views that make even the most seasoned traveller stop and stare. It’s all deliciously slick and modern, from the Asian-led design to the roof garden and one of the Hong Kong’s best restaurants, Café Gray Deluxe, on the 49th floor. 

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Upper House, Hong Kong, China

The Upper House

Hong Kong

9Telegraph expert rating

This sleek, 117-room stopover is adored by international road-warriors. It was the first ‘paperless’ hotel in Hong Kong and although such technology has caught on elsewhere in the city, it still manages to be both cutting-edge and an exceptionally comfy residence. Read expert review From £339 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Gourmet getaways

Hotel 20°Sud, Mauritius

The main restaurant at this boutique retreat lies 10 metres from the sea, so you can hear the waves lap the shore as you tuck into a six-course lobster menu or sushi prepared from catch of the day. Other options include a candle-lit meal amid picturesque ruins on a nearby private island – or how about supper on the resort’s renovated boat, the Lady Lisbeth? As with all the best honeymoon hotels, breakfast is available at any time, so if you can’t bear to leave your suite’s white four-poster, just dial room service. 

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20 Degrees Sud, Mauritius

20 Degrees Sud

Grand Baie, Mauritius

9Telegraph expert rating

The first boutique hotel in Mauritius is elegant and exclusive without being over the top. It's the ideal place for those who like to head out and explore without being tied into a resort, and who also want somewhere peaceful and private to come back to. Read expert review From £209 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Le Mas Candille, France

Aside from stunning views (it’s set high in the hills above Cannes), Sheiseido Spa and beautifully furnished rooms (honeymooners book 216, with its four-poster bed and authentic French styling), you’ll rave about the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Candille. The six-course Menu Découverte, all paired with local French wines, is so delicious you’ll eat every morsel. Book a night at the Chef’s Table inside the kitchen to watch chef David Chauvac at work.

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Le Mas Candille, Mougins

Le Mas Candille

Mougins, Provence, France

9Telegraph expert rating

Tuck yourself into a manor house with manicured grounds in the backcountry of Cannes. This boutique retreat sits snug in Mougins, the desirable, snail-shaped medieval village Picasso called home. Pose in the tantalising infinity pool, wallow in the swish spa and dream of Michelin-starred feasts. Read expert review From £163 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts

Gastronomes will want to move into this organic Caribbean farm spread over 400 ocean-view acres on Kittitian Hill. Everything that passes your lips is either locally sourced or picked right on the farm, like lemongrass-poached lobster with dasheen risotto. Champagne Sunday Brunch has more than 30 dishes and a 12-course tapas-style tasting menu is ideal for sharing. The beach club, golf course, spa, pool and hot tub are welcome distractions. 

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Belle Mont Farm

St Kitts

8Telegraph expert rating

Offering hillside splendour on a seriously luxurious organic farm. Expect private plunge pools, roll-top baths and truly exceptional dining courtesy of French chef Christophe Letard. If you are a golfer, you'll be happy here: there's an Ian Woosnam-designed championship golf course and unlimited caddie hire. Read expert review From £189 per night Check availability Rates provided by Mr & Mrs Smith

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The Sarojin, Thailand

It’s impossible not to be captivated by The Sarojin, which is why it regularly tops lists of the best places to honeymoon in the east. Dining on delicious Thai and Italian cuisine (steak with spinach tagliolini and fresh lobster) beneath a giant lantern-lit Fiscus tree is magical. Less formal but just as enchanting is The Edge, a pavilion next to the beach serving curries and noodles. Best of all though are the intimate dining experiences: champagne suppers for two beside a waterfall or on a private island after a sunset cruise. 

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The Sarojin, Khao Lak

The Sarojin

Khao Lak, Thailand

9Telegraph expert rating

A romantic enclave next to Khao Lak beach, this enchanting Thai hotel offers large rooms set in 10 acres of tropical gardens backed by ancient rainforest. Activities include watersports, cookery lessons and jungle forays, and there’s an onsite spa for relaxed pampering. Two restaurants include one beachside option. Read expert review From £133 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Bali

Overlooking lush rice fields, jungle and Gunung Agung volcano near Ubud, the open-sided, thatched roofed restaurant at this peaceful Balinese retreat is a thing of beauty. Each Sunday at sunset a torch-lit barbecue is set up in the fields so guests can dine on local black pig, freshwater carp and free-range chicken plus salads from the chef’s vegetable garden. Book a cooking lesson in the open-air kitchen to learn how to create dishes like jackfruit salad and black rice pudding once you return home. 

The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali

The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

9Telegraph expert rating

The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah is a superb hotel that pays homage to the arts of Bali, housing a private collection of Balinese paintings. The luxuriously secluded villas are tucked into a garden of trees, lotus ponds and small lakes. A beautiful island retreat. Read expert review From £327 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Fabulous views/romantic vistas

Grace Santorini, Greece

It’s a pinch-yourself moment the first time you catch sight of the Caldera from the whitewashed terraces of this gorgeous hotel carved into a cliff face in the north west of Santorini. Luckily that view is available pretty much everywhere, from the breathtaking infinity pool to the stylish white honeymoon suites (couples looking for added wow factor should book the Grace Suite which has its own hammam, hot tub and plunge pool). There’s even a 15th-century church a stone’s throw from the hotel, so you could marry here too. 

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Grace Santorini, Greece

Grace Santorini

Santorini, Greece

8Telegraph expert rating

Despite the hike to get to this caldera-side property from pretty Imerovigli, panoramic views to Skaros rock combined with a striking infinity pool and stylish accommodation make the effort worthwhile. There are tasty treats for breakfast and a restaurant serving Mediterranean food. Read expert review From £645 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona

Escape the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas at this hilltop hotel overlooking the city that Gaudi made his own. Airy rooms make you feel the glamour of a bygone age – the hotel was host to Hemingway back in the day – and you can take breakfast on the terrace with a spectacular city and sea vista, or dinner as the lights twinkle below. 

Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona

Gran Hotel La Florida

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

Perched atop the verdant Mount Tibidabo, this five-star urban resort blends classic with contemporary style and offers dramatic views over Barcelona. A large pool and terrace provide unparalleled privacy and tranquility, while luxury wellness and dining options inspire moments of romance and relaxation. Read expert review From £131 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Loisaba, Kenya

Set on top of a rocky escarpment in a 61,000-acre private reserve, suites are dreamy affairs with four-poster bed and timbered deck with life-affirming views across the plains to Mount Kenya. Honeymooners are invited to spend a night on a handcrafted Koija star bed rolled onto an elevated platform for an evening spent gazing at the Milky Way. As well as game drives, Loisaba also offers rafting, horseback and walking safaris. 

Honeymooners at Loisaba are invited to spend a night on a handcrafted Koija star bed rolled onto an elevated platform for an evening spent gazing at the Milky Way.

Adler Mountain Lodge, Italy

Hidden away in the heart of the Dolomites, this remote hotel offers awe-inspiring mountain panoramas from the outdoor pool and 18 suites (plus 12 chalets), as well as spa treatments using local products. It’s also a year-round honeymoon destination; skiing, snow-shoe hikes, tobogganing in winter, picnics in flower-filled meadows and late-night stargazing in summer. 

ADLER Lodge ALPE, Alpe di Siusi, Italy

ADLER Lodge ALPE

Alpe di Siusi, Dolomites, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

Alpine lodge meets African safari camp at this luxurious retreat, set against a scenographic backdrop of ‘the most beautiful mountains in the world’. After a day's skiing, hiking, biking, or merely drinking in the views, you can pamper yourself in the spa and wallow in steamy thermal pools. Read expert review From £171 per night

Oberoi Amarvilas, India

There’s an uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal from every guestroom at this converted palace fit for a Mughal emporer. It’s not hard to imagine being a prince and princess as you stroll around the ornate gardens, or dine on delicious Indian cuisine at Esphahan while a sitar player strums. Post-dinner drinks on the hotel bar’s terrace offers captivating views of the Taj lit up at night. 

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The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur, India

The Oberoi Amarvilas

Agra, India

9Telegraph expert rating

One of India's most celebrated hotels, as much for its unobstructed views and proximity to India's most famous attraction — you can literally watch the Taj Mahal change in hue from sunrise to sunset while lolling on your bed — as its own design grandeur and craftsmanship. Read expert review From £213 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hotels with fabulous spas

Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

The Aman group’s largest spa recently opened at this swoonsome island hotel, a converted 15th-century fishing village reached via a narrow causeway. The four double treatment suites, indoor-to-outdoor granite pool, pilates studio and private hydrotherapy suites with herbal baths big enough for two, are all divine. After a day’s pampering stroll back hand-in-hand along a maze of cobbled streets to dine in the central piazza before hitting your suite. 

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Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Aman Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

9Telegraph expert rating

Effortlessly graceful and romantic, the fortified islet of Sveti Stefan rises from the deep blue Adriatic. A stone causeway, a swathe of pink pebbles, a winding path through pinewoods, and you arrive at the 1930s Villa Miločer, which is now attached to a boutique retreat with a spa to form Aman Sveti Stefan. Read expert review From £756 per night Check availability Rates provided by Mr & Mrs Smith

Borgo Egnazia, Italy

There’s much to get excited about – two beach clubs, sumptuous rooms, championship golf course - at this romantic castle-like Puglia escape high above the Adriatic, but the no-expense-spared Vair Spa is definitely the highlight. Set across two floors, treatments are inspired by the past, think Roman bath rituals and massages using local herbs. 

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Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy

Borgo Egnazia

Fasano, Puglia, Italy

9Telegraph expert rating

A luxurious imitation citadel that has put Puglia on the map among celebrities, sybarites and affluent families, offering meticulous service, high contemporary design, a range of restaurants and an indulgent spa. Read expert review From £464 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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D-Hotel Maris, Turkey

Located in a nature reserve on Turkey’s Datca Peninsula, the hotel’s ESPA spa offers all the top treatments, including a large pool, sauna, steam room and hamman. If you’re both into health and fitness, you’ll be pleased to know James Duigan (the man who created Bodyism, loved by the likes of Elle Macpherson) recently hooked up with the resort to create a workout plan and dining options – meaning you should return from your honeymoon looking more radiant than when you started. 

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D-Hotel Maris, Marmaris, Turkey

D-Maris Bay

Marmaris, Turquoise Coast, Turkey

9Telegraph expert rating

D Maris Bay’s fabulous setting, superb food and extensive facilities make it one of the best, if not the best, luxury resort on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Five white-sand beaches, a water ski school, indoor and outdoor pools, and a huge spa with 10 treatment rooms mean you're unlikely to be stuck for something to do. Read expert review From £253 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil

Everything about this glorious resort near Florianopolis is geared towards romance; no time limit on breakfast, private cinema, 25 enormous suites, dining on a private island and secluded day beds. However it’s the tiny spa you’ll be reminiscing about on a cold grey day back in Blighty. Consisting of just three ocean-view white tents at the very edge of the resort’s peninsula, you can hear the sea below as warm breezes caress the skin during a hot stone treatment, reflexology or shiatsu massage. 




Everything about this Ponta Dos Ganchos, near Florianopolis, is geared towards romance.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia

One of the most original spas in the Caribbean. Surrounded by rainforest, therapists give massages in seven treehouse treatment rooms often using lotions and potions created from fruit and herbs grown on site. When you’re not being pampered, wake late in the four-poster of your hillside pool villa then ask your butler to hail a buggy and head down to the beach. 

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Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Sugar Beach

Soufriere, Saint Lucia

9Telegraph expert rating

Nestled between St Lucia's landmark Pitons on a former sugar plantation, this luxurious hotel occupies one of the most memorable spots anywhere in the Caribbean. With white-on-white interiors, the accommodation is gorgeous; other highlights include a forest spa with treehouse treatment gazebos. Read expert review From £457 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com