10 Amazing Secret Islands for Your Honeymoon
If you've been dreaming about your own private escape, consider these relaxed and exclusive stays for your post-wedding getaway. Whether you want to get lost in paradise on a budget (some resorts go for as little as $130 a night) or you want an ultra-luxurious escape, we promise you'll have the most amazing honeymoon ever on any of these islands.
This island resort off northern Belize checks all the boxes for a paradise getaway: palm tree-lined beaches, hammocks, and a private pool for six of its seven luxury villas (except one with a glass bottom overlooking the fish-filled Caribbean). But the real draw is Cayo Espanto's customized pampering. Not only do you have a personal butler on call 24/7, but you can also snap your fingers to have dive boats, scuba masters, and snorkeling and fishing guides collect you for a tour. And because all guests send dietary preferences in advance, every meal incorporates your favorite foods (from $1,495 per night per couple, all inclusive).
It's fitting that Song Saa means "sweethearts" in Khmer, the Cambodian language: these two private specks off the country’s southwestern coast are the ideal place to celebrate your new status. The resort is sustainable—with a recently protected coral reef at its doorstep and a slew of community programs—but still splashy: 27 stand-alone natural timber-and-thatch villas, which come with private pools, are nestled into the jungle or perched overlooking the sea. Nightly rates include meals and drinks, transfers from the coastal city of Sihanoukville to the islands, guided snorkeling trips, and kayaking journeys to other deserted islands (from $1,117 a night, all inclusive).
Venissa Wine Resort
This island estate isn't expensive—or even ultra-remote. The six-suite Venissa sits on the sleepy isle of Mazzorbo in the northern part of the Venetian Lagoon, a ferry ride from Venice's tourist-packed main islands. (The city itself is composed of 117 small islets occasionally laced together by bridges over canals.) Tucked between 14th-century walls and surrounded by its own vineyard and organic garden—and a Michelin-starred restaurant that utilizes the two—the simple lodgings leave room in the budget for gondola rides (from $130 a night).
Where: French Polynesia
How do we love Vahine? Let us count the ways: First, its 23 almost-empty acres are filled with coconut groves for walking and beaches for frolicking. Second, from wherever you sunbathe, you'll overlook a turquoise lagoon—but the more ambitious can play badminton, learn to weave palm leaves, or windsurf, all included in your waterside abode's rate. Finally, if you're up for exploring, sail to the nearby isle of Taha'a to visit a vanilla plantation or a pearl farm, where you'll pick up the Tahitian black variety (from $395 a night).
Where: The Bahamas
Once you've dropped your bags in your beachfront bungalow, you will be eager to venture out. Bone-fishing, snorkeling, swimming, sunning, and kayaking are just a few of the options at this 34-room resort nestled on a three-mile, white-sand strip that's a mere three-minute ferry ride from Andros Town. If that sounds too taxing, there's a lazier option: While being massaged with pine, juniper, and cypress essential oils in the overwater spa, you can sightsee through the clear glass floor at your sea-dwelling neighbors (from $250 a night).
Where: French Polynesia
While it may take a few days to reach this speck of land in the middle of the South Pacific, the travel time is worth it. Marlon Brando purchased the island of Tetiaroa back in the '60s, but it wasn't until last year that it opened as a resort. There are 35 villas (each with a private beach), a spa, two Polynesian-inspired restaurants, and all the activities you would want, from snorkeling to bird watching. Or, you can just do nothing (from $2,248 per night, all inclusive, two-night minimum).
Turtle Island Resort
You know that movie Blue Lagoon, starring a very young Brooke Shields? It was filmed on this 500-acre private island resort, owned by former cable television magnate. You'll find just 14 bures, or thatched-roof cottages, 14 white-sand beaches (which can be reserved just for you), a new spa offering indigenous treatments, and activities like sunrise horseback rides and snorkeling. As for the sustainable part, the resort operates on almost 100 percent renewable energy (thanks for almost 1,000 solar panels), all fruits and vegetables are grown on-site in its four-acre garden and tropical orchard, and headboards, benches, and cabinets are built from fallen timber (from $2,500 per night, six night minimum, all inclusive).
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Christopher Columbus discovered this secluded, 300-acre island in 1493—and today it remains relatively untouched: no cars, no vendors, no nothing except what's part of this luxurious resort. You'll find 40 beautifully designed guest rooms and suites (many with ocean views, private courtyards, and outdoor showers), a handful of restaurants, two pools, and the open-air Sense spa (from $1,095 per night, all inclusive).
Where: Vieques, Puerto Rico
The latest addition to this tiny island off the east coast of Puerto Rico is an architectural anomaly as far as beach getaways go, thanks to its rather stark, curvilinear grey concrete exterior. But the 22-room hotel will still have you feeling relaxed in no time, with access to hiking and biking trails and white-sand beaches. The food is courtesy of José Enrique, who cooks steak and seafood on a grill fired up with native sour-orange wood (from $230).
This new property is made up of just seven villas set right on the beach—and the two-bedroom rental is ideal for honeymooners. Each private villa is just steps from the sand and comes with a personal butler, pool, outdoor shower, and grill. For those who don't want to make their own meals, personal chefs are on hand to whip up whatever you want (breakfast and lunch cost $45 per person, dinner is $75). Also on offer: sunrise and sunset yoga classes (from $850 per night).