Your honeymoon is going to be the after-party to end all after-parties. And the best part? Only the two of you are on the guest list! So consider your hotel room the ultimate, velvet-roped, VIP section—only without all the “oontz-oontz” thumping bass and much better bottle service. This is meant to be the greatest vacation you’ve ever taken and your hotel is going to be a huge part of that. You’re looking for maximum romance and relaxation and the right hotel might even help you decide where exactly you want to spend your honeymoon. (We can always help with that too.)
We’ve scoured the globe, focusing on locations where honeymoons are taking place (boy, folks sure do like Hawaii) to bring you the very best options for where to shack up. There’s something for everyone on this list, from the familiar confines of lower 48 to far off reaches of the Maldives (sorry, Antarctica didn’t make the cut.) This isn’t a ranking, it’s more of a snapshot of the accommodations that really know how to, well, accommodate newlyweds. And the best thing about this after-party? Your bed is right there.
Halekulani Honolulu, HawaiiHalekulani Hotel, Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, États-Unis
The ocean-soaked views from Halekulani’s white-on-white rooms and suites are what Hawaii honeymoon brochures are made of. Set the mood with champagne on the hotel’s Veranda, or on your private lanai should you opt for one of the swankier suites (and you should). Service is polished and discreet and the hotel’s restaurants are considered some of the best in Honolulu—making this the perfect place to linger for days without a shred of FOMO or guilt about being shut-ins.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, HawaiiFour Seasons Resort Lanai, Manele Bay Road, Lanai City, Hawaii, États-Unis
Getting away from it all (and everyone but your bride) is one of a honeymoon’s great joys. With a remote location off the coast of Maui, Lanai ticks that box big time and the Four Seasons will reward you with cliff-top views of Hulopo’e Bay and sprawling tropical grounds to get lost in. Nobu has your fancy dinners sorted, the whole resort still feels fresh from a 2016 renovation, and there’s an Adults-Only pool with private cabanas they call sanctuaries.
Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, JamaicaSandals Royal Plantation, Main Street, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Sandals has resorts all over the Caribbean, but its Royal Plantation resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica stands out. There are only 74 rooms—all of them suites with ocean views—so you have guaranteed privacy. You also have guaranteed service, as every suite comes with it’s own personal butler. Royal Plantation offers an all-included experience: dinner at one of five top-tier restaurants, unlimited wine and spirits, unlimited sports (including an 18-hole golf course)—pretty much unlimited everything.
The Moorings Village Islamorada, The Florida KeysThe Moorings Village Islamorada, The Florida Keys
For lazy days and nights beneath a canopy of coconut palms, head south on US1: The Moorings Village in Islamorada is an impressive island escape less than two hour’s drive from Miami. With just 19 villas on 18 acres, it’s entirely possible to wander the grounds or hang on the beach without seeing another guest. Free access to bikes and kayaks are included but porches, hammocks, and rain showers will make it hard to peel yourself away from your own private casa for two.
Crosby Street Hotel New York, New YorkCrosby Street Hotel, Crosby Street, New York, New York, États-Unis
Walking into the rooms and suites at the Crosby Street Hotel is like entering a grown-up fairytale full of bold colors, patterns and textures. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the SoHo neighborhood provide a balance of New York City realness. It’s a bit ‘British manor in Manhattan,’ but more playful rather than stuffy.
Meadowood Napa Valley St. Helena, CaliforniaMeadowood Napa Valley, Meadowood Lane, St Helena, California, États-Unis
If the Napa Valley setting alone doesn’t lull you into a dreamy state, the region’s vineyards and the hotel’s renowned food might help you get there. The Restaurant at Meadowood is the proud bearer of three Michelin stars, and for more secluded, casual meals, Meadowood will send you off with a gourmet picnic spread and a bottle or two from their impeccable wine list. Cottages and suites have a California country club style, cozy cocoons designed for privacy and comfort.
The Wauwinet Nantucket, MassachusettsThe Wauwinet, Wauwinet Road, Nantucket, Massachusetts, États-Unis
Nantucket is the perfect place for a classic, Kennedys-esque getaway—you know the kind: all casual and nonchalant on the outside, even though beneath the façade it’s expensive and fancy. But, hey, it’s worth every penny if you’ll feel like America’s royalty for a week. The Wauwinet is a classic gray-shingled New England inn with private beaches, a daily port and cheese hour and its own boat, the Wauwinet Lady, for sunset sails with a glass of wine in your hand.
Little Nell Aspen, ColoradoThe Little Nell, East Durant Avenue, Aspen, Colorado, États-Unis
If you and your bride share a love for getting rad on the mountain, this five-star hotel puts you in the heart of the action. Little Nell is the only hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Mountain, and its spacious rooms are still fresh from a 2017 renovation. With a clientele of celebs and hedge-fund billionaires, the service is top-notch, but the overall vibe is laidback. To snag amenities like a soaking tub or fireplace, you’ll want to book one of the Luxury Suites.
Sanctuary Resort at Camelback Mountain Paradise Valley, ArizonaSanctuary Resort at Camelback Mountain Paradise Valley, Arizona
Red rock mountain and canyon views are yours when you check into the intimate Sanctuary Resort next door to Scottsdale. Casitas and suites set in Camelback Mountain keep things simple—tell your love it’s “desert chic”—so the real star of the show, that show-stopping scenery, can shine. The resort has one of the country’s best destination spas, ideal for sloughing off any wedding stress for good.
Post Ranch Inn Big Sur, CaliforniaPost Ranch Inn, California 1, Big Sur, California, États-Unis
The 39 guest rooms at this Big Sur retreat are perched in houses with names like Coast, Ocean, Mountain and Tree. That should give you a good idea of the inn’s affinity with and respect for the great outdoors. Post Ranch Inn is a high-end hikes and yoga kind of place, but to relax, there’s an infinity pool set in the cliff overlooking the Pacific. Stargazing nights set the scene for romance.
Nobu Ryokan Malibu, CaliforniaNobu Ryokan, Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California, États-Unis
Some guys treat their ladies to a special meal at a Nobu restaurant. Top that and book a honeymoon at Nobu Ryokan Malibu, a sleek luxury hotel sitting on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. There are just 16 rooms inspired by traditional Japanese ryokan inns; in this A-list setting, the minimalist result is drop-dead sexy.
L’Horizon Palm Springs, CaliforniaL'Horizon Resort & Spa, East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California, États-Unis
L’Horizon mid-century modern masterpiece is an adults-only resort, and the freshly revamped 25 bungalows, open-air spa and outdoor restaurant are indeed a grown-up’s fantasy come to life. The bungalows are all-class, with a residential feel, some with outdoor showers, and the kid-free pool is exhilaratingly peaceful.
One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos, MexicoOne&Only Palmilla, Carr Transpeninsular, San José del Cabo, Basse-Californie du Sud, México
One&Only is the kind of resort where celebrities might be snapped revealing their best bikini bodies or holed up with a new love in one of the villas. It’s Cabo luxury in a gorgeous setting on the Sea of Cortez and the area’s best swimming beach. A butler will unpack while the two of you settle in with cocktails in hand before you head for the ocean-view infinity pool or check yourself into the spa.
Rosewood Mayakoba Playa del Carmen, MexicoRosewood Mayakoba, Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexique
This gorgeous Rosewood Mayakoba resort along Mexico’s Riviera Maya makes it hard to choose between a beachfront villa and one on the lagoon, but either way a private plunge pool is all yours. The spa is on its own private island and has indulgent Mayan-inspired treatments and water journeys (don’t worry, that just means showers and hot tubs and steam rooms). For other ways to find your Zen, there’s a tequila library.
Cuixmala Careyes, MexicoCuixmala Careyes, Mexico
A private estate and one-time private home, Cuixmala is a seriously glam, cinematic choice for your honeymoon, with a sprinkling of suites, bungalows and casitas plus three private villas sitting on a 25,000-acre nature preserve south of Puerto Vallarta. This is worth the splurge to escape the crowds—and imagine what it’s like to have your own Instagram-worthy hacienda.
Hotel Esencia Xpu-Ha, MexicoHotel Esencia Xpu-Ha, Mexico
Another former private home, this one for an Italian Duchess, is close to Tulum, the epicenter of laidback luxury resorts on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. It’s an area where yoga, margaritas and fish tacos are the norm, but Hotel Esencia is truly special, with suites nestled in the jungle just steps from the sand. Pool Villas are just that, while new Beach Suite have tantalizing large double bathtubs. The fitness room, juice bar and spa overlook the estate’s own cenote.
Kamalame Cay Andros, BahamasKamalame Cay Andros, Bahamas
Situated on its own private island, Kamalame Cay feels more like your buddy’s effortlessly chic family compound than a resort (if your buddy had bank, that is). That’s because the family who owns Kamalame welcomes you to their barefoot paradise with warmth, your favorite drinks, and delicious food, but leaves you to do your thing in your beachfront bungalow—where breakfast is delivered to your door by golf carts they call sand chariots.
The Other Side Eleuthera, BahamasThe Other Side Eleuthera, Bahamas
Strip away the resort amenities, the crowds, and the constant connectivity—but keep the stunning beach and warm Caribbean breezes—and you’ll arrive here, on one of the Bahamas’ most exclusive islands. The Other Side is an intimate “Glamping” site consisting of just a handful of shacks and elegant tents, each with a four-poster bed, wi-fi, A/C, a walk-in shower, and outdoor tub. This is one hell of a place to do as little as humanly possible.
Parrot Cay Providenciales, Turks & CaicosParrot Cay Resort, Providenciales and West Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
Here’s one healthy way to emulate Keith Richards: Book your honeymoon at one of his favorite getaway spots, Parrot Cay, a private-island resort in the British West Indies. The simple Balinese-style design—flowing white curtains, teak floors and patios—is as soothing as any meditation practice, and the hardest decision you’ll have to make is: infinity pool or calm, crystal clear water and white-sand beach? The answer, of course, is both.
GoldenEye Oracabessa, JamaicaGoldenEye Hotel, Oracabessa, Jamaïque
It’s where Ian Fleming wrote his Bond novels and where record producer Chris Blackwell has welcomed his flock of well-healed creative friends for years. The Villas of GoldenEye are slung on a beach or over the tropical lagoon, and (Blackwell) rum-infused cocktails with fresh juices flow from the beachside Bizot Bar all day long. Throw in paddle-boarding, a spa and delicious Jamaican food and you have yourself a number one with a bullet.
St George’s Caye Resort BelizeSt. George's Caye Resort, Belize City, Belize
Two of the finest words in the world: overwater bungalows. Plus three more you rarely hear in the same breath: on a budget. Yes, that holy grail of vacation accommodation may be within reach, even if you can’t jet to French Polynesia or the Seychelles. There are six over-water cabanas (plus garden and oceanfront options) at the laidback St. George’s Caye Resort on the west side of Belize, and there’s no better place to watch the sunset than on your very own dock.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Soufriere, St LuciaSugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, Soufriere, Sainte-Lucie
With its towering mountains set against the ocean, St. Lucia is one of the most dramatic, Jurassic-like locations in the Caribbean. And if you ever forget the name of the twin peaks you’re gazing at from villa’s plunge pool, just remember: It’s the name of the local beer: Piton. (The peaks are Gros Piton and Petit Piton.) There are water sports galore offered by Sugar Beach, but, well—beer. Plunge pool. Rinse. Repeat.
Petit St. Vincent Resort St. Vincent & the GrenadinesPetit St Vincent Resort, The Grenadines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
There are just 22 cottages and villas on this exclusive Petit St. Vincent island resort in the southern tip of the Grenadines. None of them have phones, wi-fi or television, but this is your honeymoon, remember, so you’ll want to relax into the stillness and quiet—knowing that all you need do to order room service or a ride to dinner is raise a flag outside your perfect little beach house.
Belmond Cap Juluca AnguillaBelmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla
Cap Juluca’s striking Moorish architecture and perch on one of Anguilla’s most beautiful beaches—Maundays Bay—are just the start of the luxurious life you’ll lead at this newly renovated resort, reopening in November 2018. There’s no reason to tear yourself away from the turquoise water and powder-soft sand—stay put and enjoy the 3 p.m. daily sorbet delivery, direct to your beach umbrella.
Paradise Beach NevisParadise Beach Nevis, St Thomas' Parish, Saint-Christophe-et-Niévès
Nevis, the smaller, more secluded island of The Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis, is one of the Caribbean’s quiet achievers. A visit to this clutch of Paradise Beach’s seven private villas will likewise gently win you over, with its privacy and luxurious amenities that includes in-villa classes with local chefs. Villas have plenty of space, along with private patios and plunge pools. Which makes it hard to commit to more active pursuits like horseback riding, hiking, and scuba diving—but that’s all here if you want it.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Peninsula Papagayo, Costa RicaFour Seasons Resort Costa Rica Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
When you arrive at this hotbed of luxury on the 1,400-acre Peninsula Papagayo in northwest Costa Rica, you’ll realize that all that “pura vida,” happiest-people-in-the-world stuff is legit. Just see what happens to your heart rate once you step into the Four Seasons Resort’s open-air lobby and check into your newly revamped suite or villa. A huge spa, a par-72 championship golf course, four restaurants, and four pools will keep those happy vibes going.
Cavas Wine Lodge Mendoza, ArgentinaCavas Wine Lodge S.A., Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
The 18-room Cavas Wine Lodge is beautiful, luxurious—and it’s situated in the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by acres and acres of Mendoza’s famous vineyards. There are over 1,500 wineries in the region, so when you think about it, a stay here is an educational experience. After sampling your way to Malbec expertise, you can unwind on your private deck, refresh in your private plunge pool or outdoor shower and sit down to a Relais & Châteaux-approved meal.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Machu Picchu, PeruInkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Machupicchu, Pérou
If hiking Machu Picchu is on your bucket list for two, you’ll want to make sure you have a cushy home base to repair to once your minds have been blown and your calves are screaming. The intimate Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel consists of 83 adobe casitas set on 12 beautiful acres. You’ll have to share the world’s largest native orchid collection here with the local birds, but the villas, suites, and mystical-feeling spa are all yours.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui French PolynesiaConrad Bora Bora Nui, Vaitape, French Polynesia
You’ve seen Bora Bora overwater villas in the pages of every bridal magazine your fiance has ever brought home. Imagine what it’ll be like when that cover shoot daydream comes true. You’ll be lolling in your private oceanfront infinity pool, or gazing down at the Pacific from your villa porch at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Maybe you’ll feel like jumping right into the water with your snorkel mask and flippers. Or go paddle-boarding or kayaking. Prefer to be an overwater hermit? There’s no better place to do it.
Qualia Resort Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, AustraliaQualia Resort Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is your closest neighbor when you stay at this upscale resort on the northern tip of Queensland’s Hamilton Island. The simple elegance of the guest pavilions here is what great Australian design is all about. You’ll nail the classic Aussie lifestyle—devouring plates of fresh seafood, throwing back ice-cold beers, lounging about and swimming in the pool—in no time at Qualia, which is happily reserved for those 16 and up.
Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island, South Australia, AustraliaSouthern Ocean Lodge, Karatta South Australia, Australia
Will you see kangaroos on Kangaroo Island? Indeed. They share this pristine island with other uniquely Aussie wildlife, too—wallabies, koalas, echidnas, goannas, fur seals, and a whole host of birds. This is as classy as bush accommodations get—there are just 21 crisp, comfortable suites of the Southern Ocean Lodge strung along the cliff, with breathtaking views of the coastline. Sunken living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel like you’re floating on air above the ocean.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs Matauri Bay, New ZealandThe Lodge at Kauri Cliffs Tepene Tablelands Road, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
The places that are hardest to reach are often the most spectacular. And why yes, this 22-suite lodge with panoramic views of the Pacific happens to be halfway around the world, a four-hour drive or helicopter ride from Auckland. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs has the all-natural knockout looks and easygoing charm to make up for the jet-lag, though, with fun on tap in the form of beach walks, hikes, golf, spa days, and delicious gourmet food.
The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra, IndiaThe Oberoi Amarvilas, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
You want to see the Taj Mahal but have an aversion to crowds? Stay at the super fancy The Oberoi Amarvilas and see it without getting out of bed. The Oberoi Amarvilas is a mere 2,000 feet from the majestic monument and the décor is suitably glitzy. If you do decide to cave to romance, the hotel has private golf buggies to whisk you to the Taj Mahal in comfort. Reward yourselves with a swim in The Oberoi’s OTT pool and dinner on your private balcony.
Keemala Phuket, ThailandKeemala Phuket, Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket, Thaïlande
Being right on the beach is the standard operating procedure in Phuket, but for a fresh perspective with oodles of privacy, head up into the rainforest-covered hillside where Keemala’s 38 villas are tucked away. Hanging chairs hover above the villa porches, providing front row seats for their private plunge pools surrounded by trees. Monsoon showers and tubs with views of the coastline are just a few more reasons you’ll need that Do Not Disturb sign.
Song Saa Koh Rong, CambodiaSong Saa Koh Rong, Cambodia
This pristine private island resort offers spacious wooden villas, its own beach and a preserved coral reef to explore. Everything is local here, with zero hipster pretense that the word has come to embody. Song Saa’s villas are made from local materials utilizing up-cycled furniture and wood salvaged from fishing boats, with local art on display. Fresh seafood and Cambodian spices make the meals sing, and you can sleep it all off with a nap by your private pool.
Upper House Hong Kong, ChinaThe Upper House, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is all bright lights and heights but a food-laden city honeymoon or a luxurious layover here en route to other Asian destinations will fill your souls as much as your bellies. Skip the OTT décor of most of the city’s posh hotels and glide into the peaceful haven of Upper House. The look is minimalist but the huge pied-à terre style rooms are warm and ready for nesting—with killer views of the city and free-standing bathtubs.
Soneva Jani Noonu Atoll, MaldivesSoneva Jani, Noonu Atoll, Maldives
If the photos of this clutch of Indian Ocean atolls don’t convince you to take a Maldives honeymoon, perhaps the fact that it may not be around for many more years will? (Thanks, climate change.) Soneva Jani’s owner describes the resort as a lagoon with five private islands. Said lagoon has an open-air overwater cinema and overwater observatory and some of the ultra-luxe overwater bungalows have their own slides for a smooth ride straight into the ocean.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp Moremi Game Reserve, BotswanaSanctuary Chief’s Camp Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
If you’ve opted for a safari honeymoon, set your sights on this freshly redone camp of 10 “bush pavilions” and a luxury suite located in the shade in the Okavango Delta. Game drives and canoe tours of the delta are available, but you might also spy a giraffe or elephant from the comfort of your covered deck. Sanctuary Chief’s “Camp” accommodations also include large tubs, terrace pools, and outdoor showers.
La Mamounia Marrakech, MoroccoLa Mamounia Palace Hotel Marrakech, Avenue Bab Jdid، Marrakech, Morocco
With its Moroccan design of tiled walls and mosaic floors, La Mamounia feels more like a movie set than a hotel. It’s so irresistibly photogenic that you won’t be able to blame your wife for asking you to play Instagram husband as you explore the palatial grounds. Your reward awaits in the garden-flanked pool, in your elaborate suite or riad, or at one of the five bars, like the leopard-print dotted Le Churchill, a favorite of Sir Winston’s.
Six Senses Zil Payson Felicite Island, SeychellesSix Senses Zil Pasyon, Felicite, Seychelles
Private island. Pool villas. Remote location. Indian Ocean. You and your love. All perfect pairings, and all yours when you honeymoon at the luxurious Six Senses Zil Payson resort with its 30 drop-dead gorgeous villas perched on the ocean. There’s water as far as the eye can see here; luring you to get wet in many different ways. A key interior design note in your bathroom: there is a swing in front of the bathtub.
Le Sirenuse Positano, ItalyLe Sirenuse, Via Cristoforo Colombo, Positano, Salerne, Italie
The Amalfi Coast, south of Naples, oozes romance from every curve in the winding roads that hug the cliffs rising up from the sea. Le Sirenuse is the unofficial clubhouse of Positano, the most glamorous of Amalfi towns, with a prime position overlooking the Li Galli Islands. There’s beauty in every nook and cranny of this storybook hotel, where balmy summers evenings are all about Negronis on the terrace and dinner at the Michelin-starred, candlelit restaurant, La Sponda.
Villa d’Este Lake Como, ItalyVilla d’Este Lake Como, Italy
This is Clooney country, but if you don’t snag an invitation from George, the historic Villa D’Este is a fine place to shack up for an A-list style romantic getaway. The hotel’s pool sits on a platform on Lake Como itself, and the 16th-century building is surrounded by acres of immaculate private gardens. For jaunts off-property, you can choose from a car and driver, a motorboat with captain, a helicopter, and a private plane.
Aman Venice, ItalyAman Venice, Venice, Venise, Italie
More Clooney credentials: this former private residence on the Grand Canal was part of the worst Batman’s elaborate wedding celebrations once it became a 24-room luxury hotel. You’ll arrive by gondola or private water taxi and be ushered into the 16th century palazzo full of frescoes and tapestries and silk wallpaper. While Aman’s public spaces lean toward the extravagant, guest rooms are more comfortably modern—with garden and canal views that can only be described as magical.
Villa La Massa Tuscany, ItalyVilla la Massa, Via della Massa, Candeli, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Don’t know anyone with their own villa in Tuscany? This 37-room mansion on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by lemon trees and olive groves, will play the part to perfection. Staying here gives you the best of both worlds, as Villa La Massa is a short distance from Florence should you want to balance your Tuscan countryside escape with some art- and gelato-filled city time.
Dromoland Castle Newmarket-on-Fergus, IrelandDromoland Castle Golf Club, Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, Irlande
Plenty of five-star resorts have luxurious grounds and spas, but the turreted Dromoland Castle in Clare ups the amenities ante with golf, fishing, riding, clay shooting, archery and falconry all on offer. (There’s no skimping on the manicured gardens and spa, either.) Inside, the décor is fit for a king—no surprise when you learn that this was once the home of the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond.
Soho Farmhouse Great Tew, EnglandSoho Farmhouse, Tracey Farm Cottages, Great Tew, Chipping Norton, England, Royaume-Uni
Most of the Soho House empire has a city clique kind of vibe but this outpost is located in the Cotswolds so it swaps the urban swagger for a bucolic British countryside pace. That doesn’t mean it isn’t cool; au contraire, Soho Farmhouse has all the clubby trappings of its fellow “Houses,” only here you can escape to the copper tub in your cabin or enjoy a game of tennis before your Sunday roast.
Grace Santorini Hotel Santorini, GreeceGrace Santorini Hotel Santorini, Greece
Whitewashed walls, the azure Aegean Sea, the warmth of the sun and a delicate breeze. It’s not a mirage; Grace Santorini can deliver the Greek island getaway of your dreams. The 21 rooms and suites here (refreshed in 2016) are luxurious but simple, to showcase the pulchritudinous beauty outside your clifftop perch. The Grace Suite has its own steam bath and interior plunge pool, but the hotel’s infinity pool and the area’s private sunbathing spots are just as sexy.
Shangri-la Hotel Paris Paris, FranceShangri-La Hotel, Paris, Avenue d'Iéna, Paris, France
How do you top a dinner in Paris for major romance kudos? How about a view of the Eiffel Tower from your bathtub? Make it a one and done at this opulent hotel in what was once the palace of a Napoleon descendant. You can choose from two Michelin-starred restaurants here, one French, the other Chinese, or go all in and book a suite with a terrace and call down for room service. It can be tricky to balance old-world bones and modern style but the Shangri-La absolutely nails it.
Baumanière les Baux de Provence Les Baux-de-Provence, FranceBaumanière Les Baux de Provence, D27, Mas de Baumanière, Les Baux-de-Provence, France
This spread in the South of France— a part of the world that has entranced everyone from Cezanne to Johnny Depp—is a popular foodie destination. But it would be a shame to dine at one of Baumanière’s two restaurants and not spend the night. The elegant country inn has 54 rooms and suites spread out across five historic houses, set on impeccable grounds with three swimming pools, a spa and a tennis court.
Villa Orsula Dubrovnik, CroatiaVilla Orsula Dubrovnik, Ulica Frana Supila, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Whisk your new bride away to Dubrovnik, or as you may prefer to view it: King’s Landing. Yes, the ancient Croatian city is the stand-in for the capital of Westeros in Game of Thrones, and you’ll get some of those palatial vibes from Villa Orsula’s canopied terraces overlooking the sea. Inside, the history is paired with contemporary art and design, and guests have access to an exclusive beach with views of the island of Lokrum.