The 15 Best Honeymoon Destinations Ranked

Choosing a great honeymoon destination is part of the wedding planning process, and it is often one of the most exciting parts after the nuptials for soon-to-be newlyweds. Sure, the perfect venue, DJ, cake, bridesmaids, groomsmen, seating arrangements, and caterer all matter. But let's face it, these details tend to focus more on your wedding guests, friends, and family. The honeymoon, however, is about the start of a hopefully beautiful future together for you and your life partner.

But with so much going on in preparation for the big day, finding the best place to celebrate your everlasting love can be challenging (via Travel Triangle). Well, the good news is that you no longer have to spend hours on end searching. Whether it is a dream honeymoon vacation, a popular respite for newlyweds, or a budget-friendly yet lesser-known spot you are looking for, this ranking has got you covered. That said, here are the top 15 destinations for just-married travelers.

15. Hamilton Island, Australia

This destination may not be as popular as others on this list, but it is a true hidden gem with all the makings for a memorable honeymoon (via Bride's Diary). With stunning white sandy beaches, the Coral Sea, lush palm trees, no cars, and a tropical climate, Hamilton Island has quite the reputation when it comes to romantic getaways. This beautiful paradise belongs to a group of islands called the Whitsunday Islands and is situated between Queensland and Australia's Barrier Reef — so get ready for some incredible snorkeling and scuba diving.

Newlyweds can enjoy a completely customizable experience on Hamilton Island. So regardless of whether your ideal honeymoon is an adventure-filled one or a secluded love nest, you can make it happen here. Of course, the flight time here is a tad bit lengthy, but honeymooners should not let that deter them. The abundance of luxury resorts and the available phenomenal honeymoon packages on Hamilton Island is well worth the extra frequent flyer miles you will both accumulate (via Australia).

14. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Another incredible destination for honeymooners looking for romance and adventure is Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is an excellent spot for newlyweds with breathtaking temples, picturesque beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, a group of incredible islands to explore, and so much more (via Honeymoon Backpackers). With a wealth of amazing places to stay that offer first-rate honeymoon packages like the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, and the Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai, this far-away gem knows how to set the mood.

In general, Chiang Mai is considered the perfect spot for a well-balanced and relatively affordable honeymoon, thanks to its overall ambiance and countless couple activities that are guaranteed to bring lovebirds even closer together (via Wedaways). From night safaris and cliff jumping to exploring gorgeous waterfalls and appreciating the rich cultural heritage, Chiang Mai is definitely a destination you two will not forget. So if this sounds like the honeymoon you have been dreaming of, then pack your bags.

13. Napa Valley, CA

If traveling to far-off places is not for you, then Napa Valley, California, is worth considering. A wonderful respite for wine lovers and foodies, Napa Valley, has adorable B&Bs and boutique hotels that are perfect for celebrating post-nuptials (via Honeymoon Goals). Surrounded by lush vineyards, rolling hills, and a truly stunning mountainous backdrop, Napa Valley offers newlyweds a taste of Tuscany and the overall feel of being somewhere in the South of France, all without breaking the bank.

In the way of honeymoon activities, just-married visitors can check out the countless wineries in this region as well as those in nearby Sonoma. Or, opt to keep it local with a fun daytime excursion on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Newlyweds can also enjoy romantic hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, biking tours, intimate picnics, rave-worthy dining, relaxing spa days, and even more wine tasting (via Brides). A Napa Valley honeymoon can be a fun and exciting getaway paired with wonderful wine-related adventures or a private relaxing outing for two — ultimately, the choice is yours.

12. Mauritius

Of course, if you are looking for more of an off-the-grid kind of honeymoon, then Mauritius is an excellent choice. Although it can take a while to get to this gorgeous destination, which is located in the Indian Ocean, newlyweds who choose Mauritius as their honeymoon spot will not regret it. With a wealth of relaxing beaches, remarkable wildlife to see, and ample couple activities to try, honeymooners have everything they need here and then some (via Martha Stewart).

Despite being one of the more remote options, Mauritius has a relatively large selection of resorts and hotels (that will fit any budget). Lovebirds craving a quiet getaway with fruity drinks and poolside relaxation with ocean views should head to the eastern coast. For something a little more lively, honeymooners can opt to stay in one of the many luxury accommodations on the island's western coast. But that's not all — newlyweds who prefer a getaway with local attractions and historical sites can stop by the inland areas of Mauritius (via Hitched).

11. Portugal

Portugal is the ideal spot for honeymooners on a budget who still want a range of experiences. With incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, must-see cities, wonderful beaches, an amazing nightlife, fairytale-like castles, lovely resorts, stunning architecture, and old-world vibes, a honeymoon in Portugal is a dream come true (via Honeymoon Goals). Plus, there is no shortage of honeymoon-approved things to see and do here.

This is also a great choice for newlyweds who want to wine, dine, and be romantic (via Elegant Bridal). Lovebirds can traipse around major cities such as Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Sintra, and Algarve, simply appreciating the culture, cuisine, vino, and picturesque surroundings. Portugal is actually one of the least expensive places to honeymoon in the whole of Europe. So if you and your soon-to-be spouse have always wanted to solidify your new marriage overseas while enjoying a budget-friendly and breathtakingly beautiful holiday, then Portugal is the destination for you.

10. Fiji

There is no denying the fact that Fiji is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. So it only makes sense that Fiji is a popular option for honeymooners. From its spectacular accommodations, sandy beaches, and superb scenery to its uber-romantic vibes and semi-affordability, it really does not get much better than Fiji (via The Knot). But, it is understandable if you are wondering if honeymooning in Fiji is right for you.

Since Fiji is another remote option, for most people getting there is often half the battle. There are typically longer flight times and multiple flight connections involved (via Turtle Fiji). But due to its popularity among newlyweds and couples seeking a romantic getaway, there are now direct flights from both the U.S. and Australia that you can book. And for those worried about crowds and overall costs, Fiji has more than one main island (Fiji is actually comprised of 333 islands and 540 islets), so you definitely have some wiggle room when it comes to honeymoon package pricing and levels of available privacy.

9. Hawaii

Whether you are looking for luxe resorts, beautiful white and black sandy beaches, great hiking, or amazing food, you can find it all in Hawaii. Maui, in particular, is one island that travel experts and newlyweds rave about long after the honeymoon; though things can get a little pricey here if you are not careful (via Brides). Maui is a delightful island with adult-only resorts, an abundance of couple activities, the best weather, and a little something for everyone.

Newlyweds looking to bask in all the beauty of Hawaii or looking for diverse experiences, however, do have other islands to choose from (Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, and Hawaii) for their post-nuptial celebrations (via Martha Stewart). But Maui is still the clear winner for many. So you may want to consider adding some good old-fashioned island-hopping to the honeymoon itinerary (via boat, puddle-jumper, or helicopter) if you fear you are missing out by not visiting every square inch of this Pacific Ocean paradise.

8. Aruba

This particular Caribbean paradise has been a fan favorite for quite some time. So, it is not too surprising that Aruba is in a class all its own with its near-perfect weather year-round, outstanding high-rise hotel resorts, and abundance of world-renowned beaches (via The Knot). Here, a real bonus is that the island is located outside of the hurricane belt. Thus, there is no need to worry about severe weather ruining your happily ever after while you are here.

Besides being the ideal place to be on a getaway, Aruba is all about a healthy mix of relaxing beach time and thrilling adventures. So you and your spouse can play things by ear, unwind for days on end at the lavish beach resort of your choice, and venture out of your comfort zone for some fun in the sun if either of you gets a little stir-crazy. Overall, Aruba was made for honeymooners, and with all the first-rate honeymoon packages, options, and guarantees, it is not hard to see why (via Aruba).

7. Italy

It may seem like honeymoons and beach vacations go hand in hand. But, after the I dos, it is up to you to make your ideal honeymoon a reality. So if you have always dreamed of celebrating your new union in Italy, then what are you waiting for? Newlyweds can opt for classic honeymoon spots like Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Vatican City, Florence, Lake Como, and the Dolomites for a beach-free lovefest (via Our Escape Clause).

Alternatively, just-married wanderlusters can enjoy the best of both worlds in seaside paradises such as the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Portofino, Puglia, Sicily, and Sardinia. No matter which Italian slice of heaven you choose, be prepared for beautiful small towns, great beaches, fascinating history, robust wines, incredible food, and more (via The Knot). Finally, for lovebirds who are able to swing an extended honeymoon, the option to explore more than one destination is always on the table and definitely worth considering.

6. Bora Bora

Bora Bora is another honeymoon spot that is on most people's top 10 list. Known as the ultimate romantic destination, with its secluded and utterly gorgeous sandy beaches, lush landscape, and over-the-water bungalows, Bora Bora is the perfect paradise for newlyweds (via Honeymoon Dreams). Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is a part of French Polynesia and a highly coveted destination for honeymooners. Here, newlyweds can bask in the afterglow of their nuptials in the lap of luxury.

So if you and your significant other do not mind splurging to enjoy the finer things in life, then a Bora Bora honeymoon getaway will be just your speed (via Bora Bora Island Guide). With excellent 5-star accommodations, such as St. Regis Bora Bora resort and the Four Seasons, lavish honeymoon packages, first-class pampering, and much more, this breathtaking island is definitely worth the long flight and higher price tag.

5. The Caribbean

For newlyweds looking for a slightly more affordable honeymoon, the Caribbean is a great alternative to a lavish Bora Bora getaway. Here, just-married travelers have several incredibly scenic islands to choose from. At first glance, it may be a tad difficult to narrow down the best honeymoon spot in the Caribbean. But, when you factor in your budget, your interests, what your dream honeymoon looks like, and other important trip details, your honeymoon will practically plan itself (via Trips To Cherish).

That said, most honeymooners tend to look at some of the more popular spots, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Barbados, and St. Lucia (via Travelers Joy). Of course, every destination has something different to offer. But, in general, you can find great honeymoon packages ranging from budget-friendly to top luxury, a diverse selection of resorts and hotel accommodations, miles of sandy beaches, some all-inclusive options, plus picturesque views of the Caribbean.

4. Paris, France

If there is one destination on this list that is practically synonymous with celebrating one's happily ever after, it would be Paris, France. Known as the City of Love, it is hard not to feel a little more romantic than usual when vacationing in this city. Newlyweds who have been so lucky to honor their union in Paris often describe it as pure magic, which seems a little hard to top (via Honeymoon Always).

Of course, celebrating your future together in one of the most romantic cities in the world does not come cheap. But if you have the funds to do so, then Paris should absolutely be in your top five (via Brides). With love in the air, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, sunset cruises along the Seine River, Michelin-star restaurants, world-class spas, the region of Champagne only a romantic train ride away, and so much more, you might just want to spend all of your vacations here. 

3. Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is also a fan favorite for honeymooners. Just a short flight from most locations in the U.S. and Canada, Turks and Caicos is a little slice of paradise that clearly attracts the rich and famous, along with the die-hard beach lovers of the world. With lavish adults-only resorts, private villas, secluded beach rentals, and intimate hotel accommodations (perfect for a mid-range budget), newlyweds can feel like they are the only two people in the world (via Visit TCI).

So if you are looking for miles of gorgeous white sandy beaches, shimmering turquoise waters, private sailing, a bustling mainland with rich history, and celebratory beach bonfires, then Turks and Caicos is an excellent choice. More intimate options are also available in South Caicos, including luxury villas with private pools, chef services for private candlelight dinners, spa amenities for two, non-motorized water sports, and couple activities galore (via Honeymoon Always).

2. Maldives

Unsurprisingly, the Maldives is one of the most beautiful tropical destinations in the world — making it arguably one of the best honeymoon getaways one could ever book. Coming in at second place, the Maldives is an idyllic destination that is all about romance and luxury. With world-class accommodations, an overall dreamy ambiance, unforgettable underwater adventures, top-tier spa experiences, and gourmet dining you will dream of for years to come, a honeymoon in the Maldives is nothing short of epic (via Maldives Magazine).

Here, newlyweds can enjoy an unrivaled honeymoon surrounded by gorgeous blue waters, powdery beaches, and all the trimmings of a romantic escape for two. So if you are ready to celebrate the beginning of a beautiful life together — ideally in one of the many phenomenal overwater bungalow resorts on the 1,100+ islands that make up the Maldives, then it is definitely time to start shopping honeymoon packages (via Brides).

1. Santorini

Now that you have reached the end of the list, you are probably wondering what could be better than the Maldives. Well, the truth is it doesn't get much better than Greece, especially if you have your sights set on the ultimate newlywed couple's escape, that is, Santorini. Here, the island of Santorini takes the cake with its iconic villages adorned with white houses and blue churches, luxurious resorts with massive honeymoon suites overlooking the sea, tantalizing cuisine, and breathtaking beaches (via Our Escape Clause).

For a truly unforgettable honeymoon, this picturesque Greek island is it. Here, newlyweds can marvel at the most magnificent sunsets, dine near the sea, party until the sun comes up, enjoy romantic cruises, appreciate the mesmerizing scenery, and swim in the bluest of waters (via Santorini View). Santorini truly has it all — making it the top pick for a perfect getaway destination for just-married couples to celebrate their special union.