A honeymoon is the first holiday you can show off your newly acquired titles of Mr and Mrs. The honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to splurge and tick a few items off the bucket list. An integral part honeymoon planning involves selecting the perfect hotel! But what makes hotels honeymoon worthy? Some couples look for luxurious and secluded hotels, while others seek sandy beach side resorts. Whatever your preference, we’ve compiled some of the best hotels across the globe for a holiday that is as memorable as it is romantic.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, California, USA
The Beverly Hills Hotel located in California certainly isn’t short of personality. The iconic banana-tree wallpaper lined hallways lead to themed bungalows where Elizabeth Taylor once honeymooned with six of her seven husbands. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, sipping a cocktail at the Cabana Cafe or dining at the polo lounge, the pink palace has everything to satisfy even your most indulgent desires.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
The charismatic charm of Giraffe Manor may leave both you and your partner with the bizarre sensation of having walked straight into a whimsical children’s book illustration. The resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffe will join you as you dine in the boutique hotel’s breakfast room before retreating into the surrounding forest sanctuary.
Hotel De Crillion, Paris, France
Hotel De Crillion in typical French style oozes sophistication and elegance from every corridor. This Parisian hotel is a modern day Versailles with its decadent decor, grand chandeliers and luxurious marble flooring. You can expect extravagant style, when two of the hotel’s large signature suites were designed by Chanel’s former creative director Karl Lagerfeld. To top off the spectacular interiors, westerly facing rooms have excellent balcony views of the Eiffel Tower.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Vietnam
While there is an abundant array of beach side resorts in Asia, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa takes the cake. As the story goes, the five star resort was originally a restoration project of the decaying (and fabled) Lamarack University, eponymously named after a French evolutionary theorist. The reimagined hotel pays homage to various faculties including the Department of Chemistry (a bar where chemists serve exquisite elixirs) and the Department of Physical Education (a gym featuring championship banners and a trophy lined shelves). Despite the quirky themed spaces, the hotel manages to blend old-world charm, French colonial flare and traditional Vietnamese style.
Icehotel Sweden, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
The Icehotel in Sweden was first built in 1989 but actually rebuilt each year over a period of 6 weeks with approximately 6 tonnes of ice blocks sourced from the nearby Torne River. The -5 °C temperatures required to keep the ice furniture from melting offer the perfect excuse to cuddle up to your newly wedded partner.
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The Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
The Southern Ocean Lodge located on Kangaroo Island juxtaposes both luxury and sophistication with the ruggedness of the surrounding landscape. The lodging features floor to ceiling views of the wild Southern Ocean and untouched Kangaroo Island wilderness. Enjoy fine dining, costal cliff walks or even an indulgent spa treatment with your new life partner.
Aescher Cliff, Schwende, Switzerland
If you’re after a more simplistic honeymoon experience, look no further than the Hermit Lodge at Aescher Cliff. The adjoining restaurant situated on the edge of the precipice is a spectacular feat of architecture. Delicious traditional cheese fondue-for-two and Appenzeller delicacies can be enjoyed while contemplating the surrounding alpine scenery.
La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
La Mamonia epitomises lavish Moroccan opulence, with almost every surface decorated beautifully with memorising mosaic tile work. The subtle shifting shapes and lines decorating the various courtyards and hammams (Arabic for bathhouse) create a secluded haven of peace in the centre of the bustling city. Whether you stay in one of the classic rooms, signature suits or one of three intimate riads you will be met by an undeniably romantic honeymoon retreat.
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Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
The magical Hotel Kakslauttanen allows you to sleep under the stars in a luxe glass ceilinged igloo. If you’re lucky, fall asleep as the spectacular colours of the Aurora Borealis dance across the night sky. With nighttime activities secured, fill your days with husky sleigh rides, ice fishing or even a trip to Santa’s workshop.
Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland
The historic Ashford Castle located in Ireland offers a lavish hotel experience in a 13th century castle. The beautiful surround grounds offer a plethora of activities to occupy one’s time, including horse riding, clay shooting, golf, zip lining, tree climbing, falconry, fishing and fine dining to name a few.
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We’re certain that no matter which destination you choose, your honeymoon will be a blissful escape for both you and your partner. If you enjoyed The 10 Most Phenomenal Hotels For Your Honeymoon Escape, have a read of our last blog Our Top 10 Dreamiest Honeymoon Destinations to set your sights on a magical location for your post-wedding vacay!