If you've always dreamed of a honeymoon in paradise, put these epic hotels on your list.

By Elizabeth Swanson
January 30, 2020
Courtesy of Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Fiji is far away, in the best way. It's comprised of 333 tiny islands in the South Pacific Ocean—some of the closest countries to it are New Zealand and Tonga—and it is lush, green, and colorful with sea blue waters, vibrant sunsets, and brightly colored, beautiful flowers. It is quiet, it is peaceful—it is quite literally paradise, and it is the perfect honeymoon destination. So, do you think a quiet, romantic trip to a tropical island sounds like your ideal trip? Then consider one of our three favorite Fijian resorts for your post-nuptial getaway. Each idyllic spot would be a perfect home base for your adventure.

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Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Take a ferry from Port Denarau to Malolo—a scenic trip in and of itself—and you'll find a picturesque resort with sandy beaches. Enjoy a warm glass of lemongrass tea made from plants plucked straight from the property's organic herb garden, then enjoy one of their ever-changing meals, which are based upon seasonal and local ingredients. Then retire to your room: They have water bungalows with partially clear floors so you can see the fish literally swimming underneath your feet. Rooms that aren't water bungalows have their own private pools (and have beach access and great views of the water), but there's also a beautiful shared infinity pool for all guests to lounge near by day—along with a spa that's to die for. (Massages, body wraps, manis, and pedis—whatever you want, they have it, and they do it well.)

The only thing you have to worry about at this resort are falling coconuts—seriously! If you manage to get one—which you will at breakfast, no doubt—it will be the freshest coconut water you'll ever taste. A huge bonus on this island: They are very environmentally minded, and when we were there, they were in the midst of going plastic free. They also breed the Malolo Island Crest Iguana, which was considered extinct until 2010 when one was discovered at Likuliku. Be sure to check them out—you can even hold one, if you're brave enough.

Namale Resort & Spa

Located on an island called Vanua Levu further to the north, Namale is beautifully rustic, seemingly untouched, and a true haven—you'll feel like you're living on another planet throughout your stay. It's really that secluded, which makes sense given that the property has hosted ultra-private guests like Edward Norton, Russell Crowe, and Donna Karan. It's also a great spot for couples who are adventurous because activities are plentiful. You can take part in everything from tennis and bowling to snorkeling and scuba diving. They also have salt river drifts, waterfall treks, dolphin excursions, and much, much more. The spa is amazing, too, especially because its private rooms open onto the water so you can hear waves crashing upon the shore whilst getting a mud wrap, massage, or any other couples' treatment. Another highlight of this resort is the romantic dinner for two at a secluded outdoor spot overlooking the water. They'll bring you your meal, dessert, and wine while you dine under the stars. It's truly an experience to remember.

Royal Davui

We took a private helicopter to this resort, which is the only thing located on this super tiny island. After your flight, which takes you just above the lush green mountain tops and through the clouds, you'll find the resort is just as thrilling as the ride there. Incredible snorkeling is a dive right off the island, and you can have fresh green juice in the morning, amazing wine at night, lounge in a hammock to watch the sunset, and—one of the coolest activities on the island—take a dingy out to Sand Kay, a tidal islet that's seven minutes away from the resort. They'll pack you a picnic and let you lounge and swim for a few hours, then pick you up. But here's the cool thing: Because of the tides, it only stays an island for a few hours each day, and then gets covered by water. That means you'll get to spend a little time, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere. It's as close as we've ever come to a spiritual experience, and a definite must.

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