The World's Most Exclusive Adult's-Only Honeymoon Properties
In time for honeymoon planning, consider one of these high-end, adults-only hotels that go far beyond the conventional resorts.
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Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali
At least one massage is usually needed after the stress of wedding planning, but go one better with an entire honeymoon centered around spa treatments at Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali. As an all-inclusive, rates include a daily 50-minute spa treatment. Beyond that, the spa menu offers pages of spa experiences. For example, the couples-only penganten melukat treatment is based on a traditional cleansing ritual used to prep brides and grooms three days before the wedding. Equally enjoyable after the wedding, the process begins with a Balinese massage, then moves on to a body scrub. Fresh milk is applied next, before finishing with a floral bath soak. What wedding stress? Other spa highlights include an evening massage under the stars, in-room milk baths and a coconut oil hair mask. Yoga and Balinese dance classes are also part of the wellness experience, as are organic Indonesian and Western dishes. Rooms are spacious, with terraces or balconies, and overlook the lush gardens. The one-bedroom Baruna and Sumudra villas are even more perfect for honeymooners as they offer private plunge pools facing the Bali Sea. As an added bonus, those who book directly through the site can choose a free activity: biking to a nearby waterfall; taking a sunset cruise in a traditional jukong boat; or experiencing a private aerial yoga class.
Iconic Santorini, Greece
Santorini is #honeymoongoals for many, and Iconic Santorini is easily considered one of the most romantic hotels on Greece’s most iconic island. The property and its 19 rooms recreate the island’s traditional cave dwellings, complete with traditional white walls and pops of Santorini blue throughout. Not as traditional but equally welcome are the plethora of plunge pools, found both in the rooms and on private balconies. And since the hillside retreat is located 1,000 feet above sea level, it’s hard to beat prime caldera views while soaking away the last remnants of wedding planning. Beyond the rooms, the property is equipped with a small spa and fitness center, plus a restaurant that specializes in local Greek dishes and wine. And couples never have to leave the views behind, since an open-air terrace overlooks the caldera, while breakfast is conveniently delivered to rooms.
Auberge du Soleil, CA
If few things sound better than drinking all the Napa Valley wine during your honeymoon, base yourself at Auberge du Soleil. The property is renowned for its Michelin-star restaurant, a world-class spa and light-filled rooms with soaking tubs, fireplaces and unbeatable Napa Valley views. The terrace rooms offer some of the best views, overlooking the ground’s olive and oak trees, with the valley and mountain ranges beyond. The restaurant’s terrace—where diners can enjoy Mediterranean-style fare from Executive Chef Robert Curry—also maximizes the views. Dishes range from Cabernet-braised short ribs to wild shrimp risotto, and vegetarian options are available. Of course wine is covered too, with about 15,000 bottles in the cellar. And since you’re here for the wine, the resort can customize a wine-tasting itinerary, whether it’s exploring vineyards with a winemaker or doing a deep dive into a particular varietal.
Coco Plum Island Resort, Belize
Experience private island life at the adults-only Coco Plum Island Resort. With 18 cabana rooms on 16 acres, Coco Plum only hosts up to 42 people at a time, making it the perfect anecdote to crowded chain honeymoon resorts. While small, there’s little reason to be bored if you enjoy lounging on a pristine beach, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, getting massages and doing yoga. It’s also possible to take a cooking class in local Garifuna cuisine from Coco Plum’s chef, or sail on a private sunset cruise. The resort can even arrange off-site ziplining in the rainforest and visiting Mayan ruins in Xunantunich. An all-inclusive honeymoon package covers all meals, local alcohol and a candlelit dinner over the water.
Bedarra Island Resort, Australia
Who needs a private island when you can stay at Bedarra Island Resort, a remote hideaway offering just 10 villas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Each villa is surrounded by rainforest and offers a different vibe, from split-level treehouses to open-floor layouts, but all provide balconies, espresso machines and front-seat ocean views; some even include plunge pools. While secluded, villas are also equipped with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tablets. But couples come here for the chance to snorkel or scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef since it’s right there. The resort can also provide kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and small motorboats. And though an open-air restaurant provides all meals, arrange at least one picnic basket meal to savor on the beach, whether in front of your villa or on a nearby deserted island thanks to the boat you borrowed. Overall, the resort is geared toward true island life, with days spent circulating between the self-serve bar, beach activities and your 1,000-square-foot villa.
Triple Creek Ranch, MT
Not all couples want the conventional white sand beaches and swaying palm trees for their honeymoon, and that’s where Triple Creek Ranch comes in. Depending on the time of year, this Rocky Mountain retreat in Montana is made for couples who are into hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, skiing — basically anything outdoorsy. Less traditional activities such as sapphire panning are offered too. As a Relais & Châteaux property, guests can expect luxurious cabins with hot tubs, wood-burning fireplaces and even homemade cookies. And as an all-inclusive, it’s unlikely you’ll go hungry as rates cover hearty breakfasts and lunches and multicourse dinners (house wine included). As a nice touch, pre-dinner cocktail hour is a nightly ritual in the Western-chic Rooftop Lounge, serving up craft beer, the signature Huckleberry Lemondrop cocktail and wine (the wine cellar contains more than 700 bottles). There are even regularly held events at no additional cost, like painting and cooking classes.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico
The five-star Rosewood Mayakoba is just south of Cancun near Playa del Carmen, and offers spacious villas with private plunge pools. (Even the entry-level lagoon studio suites start at 788 square feet.) The entire property is part of a 1,600-acre resort, and so large that a boat delivers you to your room upon arrival. Afterward, staff-driven golf carts regularly circulate, transporting guests between six dining options, the spa and fitness area and two pools. (Alternatively, personal bikes are available as well.) That is, for those who even leave their villas, which are also equipped with a private deck, outdoor rain shower and dining room. A fresh fruit bowl is always filled with your choice, easily arranged by round-the-clock butler service. Butlers can also mix a welcome mezcal cocktail, made with the locally produced spirit, plus light candles around your heated plunge pool for a pre-bedtime dip. As a caveat, Rosewood Mayakoba isn’t technically an adults-only resort. However, a new $2.5 million adults-only beach section called Aqui Me Quedo launched in November 2018, unveiling three infinity pools, a food truck serving Mexican street food like shrimp memelas (delivered straight to your lounge chair), and an open-air palapa-style living room, where couples can enjoy some shade on comfy couches while reading books or playing board games.
Hotel Wailea, HI
Since families love Hawaii as much as couples, finding an adults-only property can prove challenging. But the five-star Hotel Wailea on Maui fills that niche, while offering at least as many activities as family-oriented hotels. Those who fear beach boredom don’t have to worry thanks to floating sound baths, mixology classes, kiteboard lessons and a Hawaiian Outrigger boat trip. Another activity you rarely find? Exploring the island in a vintage Porsche rental. Hotel Wailea completed a $15 million renovation in 2015, with 72 suites sprawling across 720 square feet of space. Couples in ocean-view suites might even catch sight of whales depending on the time of year, but all suites contain soaking tubs, outdoor space, kitchenettes and more. And as Hawaii’s only Relais & Châteaux entry, dining options are local, organic and seasonal, including ingredients sourced from an on-site organic garden.
Kilkea Castle, Ireland
Channel your inner royalty by checking into the 12-century Kilkea Castle, fresh off of a $35 million renovation in 2017. Note that only 11 of the property’s 140 bedrooms are located in the castle itself. Castle rooms are individually decorated and contain features like clawfoot tubs, bay windows and decorative fireplaces. Couples can even get married at the 180-acre estate, seguing into their honeymoon with options to play an on-site, 18-hole golf course, ride horses through the Kildare countryside, take a falconry lesson and go fly fishing. A spa and fitness center is still under construction, but a personal trainer is on hand. Guests can also wander over to a nearby 9th-century Irish pub that attracts the occasional celebrity, from Sandra Bullock to Clint Eastwood. But there’s really no reason to leave, because in addition to all of the activities, there are multiple dining areas, from a formal dining room to a cozy drawing room serving afternoon tea. And what self-respecting castle would lack a gastropub? Just know that while children are technically allowed, the entire property is geared toward adults.
Castle Hot Springs, AZ
From the late 19th century to the mid 20th, America’s elite families (Rockefellers, Vanderbilts) would make the bumpy journey via stagecoach to remote Castle Hot Springs, an oasis in the desert and prized for the water’s restorative values. The once-popular resort eventually declined, then burned down in 1976. Like the phoenix, Castle Hot Springs has arisen from the ashes as of February 2019, and the new-and-improved version reclaims its air of exclusivity. Today the trip takes about an hour from Phoenix via SUV (yours or the hotel’s), as the route involves seven miles of unpaved road. Or, splurge and arrive in style by helicopter. Once there, couples will find just 32 bungalows and cabins and the signature natural hot springs. The latter flows into bedroom soaking tubs, the main swimming pool and three rock grotto pools. The water can also flow into your veins if you swig the resort’s own Lithium Lager beer, made from the natural spring water. Spa services incorporating the spring water are also available. Non-water activities involve horseback riding and yoga, but nobody will blame you for simply soaking in the springs the entire time.