Now, exotic doesn’t need to mean far-off locales or over-water bungalows (although we are all about those too). Exotic honeymoon destinations are anywhere that allows you to experience anything out of the ordinary that sparks that zest for love and life that is so important to embody during your first trip together as a married couple!
Ready for an adventure? We’re going to share one fun honeymoon spot in each continent!
Africa: Mahé, Seychelles
Pronounced say-shells, these African islands have grown in popularity over the past few years. And for a good reason! With similar views as you’d soak up in the Maldives or Bora Bora, the crystal clear water is home to 115 islands that make up this nation. You’ll come across giant tortoises, incredible marine life in the coral reef, and pure, uninterrupted relaxation.
Must-Book Hotel: Anantara Maia Seychellles Villas
This impeccable island resort is the ultimate tropical escape. A complex of 30 private villas in the center of the Indian Ocean, each accommodation has a private pool and a personal butler to attend to your every need—no need to get out of your bathing suit or bathrobe!
Must-Try Activity: A Private Yacht Charter
Part of the beauty of the Seychelles lies off the island in the water! Book a private charter for just you and your love to spend the day exploring, snorkeling, and indulging in fresh seafood and bubbly, all while soaking in the most stunning views you’ve ever seen!
Asia: Kihavah Huravalhi Island, Maldives
Now, you knew the Maldives had to be on the list! An idyllic destination of serenity, beauty, and sun-kissed beach days, these islands have made the ultimate romantic escape for couples over the years. You’re able to enjoy newlywed bliss while indulging in life’s most beautiful luxuries.
Ancient coral reefs, crystal clear waters and shimmering white sandy beaches create a truly magical backdrop to your honeymoon journey. It truly feels as if you’ve been transported to another world!
Must-Book Hotel: Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
If you’re looking for an unforgettable honeymoon experience, staying at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas might just be the best decision to make. Located in the paradise of Baa Atoll, the villas are more than just luxury accommodations—they offer a chic yet intimate respite for newlyweds to immerse themselves in and celebrate this new life together in style!
You can choose from overwater or beachside villas, both complete with stunning views of crystal-clear blue waters and white-sand beaches. There are also plenty of activities to try out, such as snorkeling sessions amidst vibrant coral gardens, floating breakfast picnics on a private yacht, romantic nighttime stargazing tours with an astronomer, and so much more!
Must-Try Activity: Go to an Underwater Spa and/or Dinner
Head off-resort for a day and explore an underwater world of luxury! There are multiple spas and restaurants that are actually housed under the turquoise blue sea, so you can get acquainted with sea life while getting pampered, wined, and dined!
Australia: Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Private island, anyone? Yes, please!
This suggestion is a little unique as this Australian honeymoon destination is a destination in itself. Welcome to Orpheus Island Lodge! This secluded oasis takes a 30-minute helicopter ride from Townsville with one trip to-and-from each day, flying high above crystal clear water peppered with rich coral ecosystems.
Once there, you can enjoy water sports, al fresco dining, adventures in the surrounding national park, couple’s massages at the spa, and chef-made-to-order meals daily!
Must-Do Activity: A Romantic Beach Picnic
The resort will take you and your honey to a private island nearby the hotel, where you can enjoy a sweet moment alone and enjoy a five-star dining experience off the resort property!
Europe: Venice, Italy
Is there anything more exotic than a city built on water? We think not! From its serene canals and its unique architecture to its charming trattorias and historic palazzos, Venice is an ideal destination for couples who are seeking an unforgettable luxury getaway with old-world charm.
Take in picturesque views while sipping espresso at a cafe near St. Mark’s Square, explore winding alleyways by gondola while being serenaded by a Venetian gondolier, and sip all the prosecco!
Must-Book Hotel: The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
You’ll surely feel like royalty staying at The Gritti Palace, a 15th-century palace converted into a luxury Marriott hotel in Venice. We recommend the Palazzo Canal Suite to really bask in the ambiance of this special hotel.
One incredible feature is all the unique activities they have available through the hotel. You can meet local Venetian craftsmen, private tours with the concierge to get a true look at Venetian traditions, Italian wine tasting, an epicurean school, and more.
Must-Try Activity: A Private Prosecco Tour
After wandering the streets of Venice and stumbling across exotic culture and cuisine around every corner, get out of the city for a day! The prosecco-growing region of Valdobiaddane is just about an hour from Venice. Hire a private guide and vineyard hop, tasting some of the best prosecco and Italian wines in the world.
North America: Whistler, Canada
Okay, hear us out here… not everyone loves the tropics! And North America is an incredible locale for luxurious ski honeymoons!
The Four Seasons Resort & Residences at Whistler is another one that’s a destination in itself for your winter honeymoon. The Townhouse residence on property even has a private hot tub.
Honestly, there’s something super cozy and romantic about a cold-weather honeymoon locale. It means cuddly nights by the fire, under the stars, sharing a delicious bottle of Cab Sav. Sounds pretty luxurious and relaxing to us.
Must-Try Activity: Snowshoeing
The resort offers snowshoeing, where you can try a new activity together in the winter wonderland that is your resort! After you’re done, warm up with hot cocoa or grab dinner in the chalet-style town next door, Creekside Village.
South America: Galapagos, Ecuador
Pretty sure there’s nothing more exotic than the place where evolution was discovered, right? The Galapagos Islands is the perfect luxury locale for an adventure-loving couple. Spend your days split between exploring the islands, getting to know the wildlife, and relaxing at a beautiful resort.
Must-Book Hotel: Pikaia Lodge
A Relais & Chateaux property in the middle of a glorious remote destination isn’t unheard of, but it is rare. And this hotel is a true hidden gem. Winner of The World Travel Awards for the World’s Best Adventure Hotel and South America’s Leading Adventure Hotel, you’re surely in for a treat.
Book the Pool Suite, so you have your own private pool for relaxation after long days of eco-adventures. But you don’t have to go far to meet new friends, as the lodge is located in a private giant tortoise reserve. How cool is that?
Must-Try Activity: Day Trips to Different Islands
The hotel owns a private luxury yacht that can take you on day trips from your home base in Santa Cruz to islands throughout the Galapagos in comfort and style.
Know what these destinations are also incredible for? Destination weddings!
If you’re seeking a spot for an intimate elopement or a small wedding with your nearest and dearest, these incredible exotic honeymoon destinations can also serve as the dreamiest destination wedding locales!
If you want to talk destination wedding planning in exotic locales worldwide, let’s chat.