9 of the Hottest Honeymoon Destinations for 2015
Planning your honeymoon for this year or next? We’ve scoured the globe for the most romantic, postcard-perfect, unforgettable destinations for your post-wedding getaway for two. From secluded beaches to epic cliffside cities to restorative rural towns, these hot spots are calling your name. Warning: We can’t guarantee you’ll ever return.
Every great honeymoon should start with a romantic dinner of sipping wine and dipping focaccia into smooth olive oil, don't you think? And what better place to do it than the home of the olive industry: Tuscany? The region is also the birthplace of the Renaissance and boasts numerous relics of art and science. Plus it's also a wine capital, home to Chianti, Brunello, and more. And did we mention it's home to numerous historic sites like the Tower of Pisa, the Medici Villas, Siena, and more? And, hello: Florence!
Bites to Try: Lampredotto, Crostini Toscani, Panzanella, Lardo di Colonnata, Ribollita, Pappa al Pomdoro, Caciucco
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: Poggio Piglia ($248/night and above)
Known for its whitewashed buildings climbing across the clifftops, Santorini is a drop-dead-gorgeous Greek city by the sea. Whether you’re exploring archaeological ruins, climbing ancient stairs, getting lost in back alleys, bronzing on a cruise, or filling up on divine Greek cuisine, it’ll be an unforgettable honeymoon.
Bites to Try: Sea urchin, artichoke salad, wild capers, Brodedo, Mackerel fritters, Bellinis
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: Chromata Hotel ($772/night and up)
An island nation in the Indian Ocean/Arabian Sea, the Maldives is an archipelago consisting of 1,192 islands—a true tropical paradise. Offering private massages and delicious room service, the island’s private villas dotting sparkling blue waters are the ultimate place to escape for a romantic and remote week or two!
Bites to Try: Skipjack Tuna, Mas Riha and other curries, Kavaabu, Sai, Raa
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi ($863/night and up)
Want to stay in the continental U.S.? Head south to the Florida Keys for a true island experience. With fishing, diving, all sorts of water sports, and 90 miles worth of beaches—as well as plenty of Jimmy Buffet-style margaritas—this string of islands is an affordable and convenient honeymoon destination.
Bites to Try: Conch fritters, Key Lime Pie, Stone Crab, Grouper sandwiches, raw oysters, poached salmon
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: La Mer Hotel & Dewey House ($639/night and up)
The oldest of Hawaii’s main islands, Kauai appeals to laidback travellers looking for adventure in a hike through its prized trails like the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon, or a kayak down the Wailua River. With chocolate beaches, clear blue skies, and dramatic cliffs, it’s a sight for eyes—and of course, offers lots of warm coastline for relaxed beach days.
Bites to Try: Ahi Poke, Manapua, Spam Musubi, Saimin, Huli Huli Chicken, Malasadas, fish tacos
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: The St. Regis Princeville Resort ($485/night and up)
Northeast of New Zealand, this Melanesian republic is an archipelago of more than 332 islands and 500 islets with crystal-clear waters, shiny sand, and countless luxury resorts. The tropical getaway is a great choice for honeymooners who like to surf, dive, snorkel, hike, golf, and all-around decompress.
Bites to Try: Kava (a favourite local drink made from yaqona root), Kokodo, Palusami, Indo-Fijan cuisine, Qari, Ota Fern Salad
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa ($288/night and up)
With turquoise waters, green-canopied volcanoes, and white sandy shores, the meandering coastlines of Bali, an island and province of Indonesia, are downright heavenly. Some of the area’s most significant features are its many decadently designed temples and pagodas which punctuate the landscape. As part of the Coral Triangle, it’s also a magnificent place to admire coral and other marine species.
Bites to Try: Babi Guling, Sate, Nasi Ayam, Tahu, Lawar Jimbaran seafood
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: Alila Ubud ($176/night and up)
Famous for its aquatic luxury resorts, Bora Bora is a small island in French Polynesia that’s surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. It’s been coined “the pearl of the Pacific,” and “the most beautiful island in the world,” and definitely tops the list when you’re talking about romantic destinations. Beach lounging is a must, but there’s also plenty of opportunities to snorkel through its lagoons and explore its natural beauty on a hike of Mount Otemanu.
Bites to Try: Poisson Cru (tuna marinated in lime and coconut), Saumon des Diex, vanilla panna cotta, papaya puree, rotisserie pork, Mahi Mahi
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island ($414/night and up)
Off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is the nation’s largest island. Rainforested and mountainous, it boasts electric blue waters, white sandy beaches, and lush landscapes. Every honeymooning couple is due for a romantic cruise to the postcard-perfect Phi Phi islands, but there’s plenty more to do, from canoe cave tours, Thai massages, elephant-back safaris, local cooking school, temple visits, and of course, good old beach bumming.
Bites to Try: Tom Yam Goong, Pad Thai, Kuay Tiew, Som Tam, Geng Kheaw Wan Gai
MyDomaine Hotel Pick: Anantara Phuket Villas ($269/night and up)