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The Most Exquisite Honeymoon Resorts (PHOTOS)

Posted: 06/29/2012 2:00 am

Wedding season brings festivities and families together, but after the ceremony is over its time to celebrate -- in private. Whether you're planning your honeymoon today or dreaming about where to go someday, the hotel price comparison site has put together a list of 10 hotels in breathtaking destinations around the world to help make your dream a reality.

Here are 10 exquisite hotels in which newly married couples can spend an unforgettable honeymoon. Whether it's a private catamaran cruise in the Maldives, an exciting safari in South Africa, a romantic candlelight dinner in Capri or a luxurious beach bungalow in Mexico, these destinations are chosen with newlyweds in mind.

Here are the 10 selected hotels that have received outstanding reviews from travelers and are particularly suitable for those looking for honeymoon destinations:

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  • Kuredu Island Resort (Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives)

    Surrounded by a rainbow-colored coral reef, turquoise blue water and sandy white beaches, the Kuredu Island Resort welcomes newlywed guests to a small key in the Maldives. The bungalows and villas at the resort have customized floors and wicker furniture with open-air baths and natural wood walls which fit perfectly into the exotic surroundings. Honeymoon guests are greeted with a glass of champagne upon arrival. Other benefits include a luxurious fresh lobster dinner for the newlywed couple and a sailing trip on a private yacht. Couples have the opportunity to swim with dolphins and explore the colorful underwater world. End the romantic day together in the Maldives by watching a picturesque sunset over the ocean.

  • Hotel Six Senses Yao Noi (Phuket, Thailand)

    In Thailand Phang Nga Bay, guests arrive by boat to the five-star Hotel Six Senses Yao Noi. All 56 hotel villas are located within the tropical forest and include a terrace with a private infinity pool, where guests can of gaze out over the bay. Staying true to their slogan "Enjoy with all senses," visitors to the luxury hotels can spend their honeymoon in harmony with nature. The villas are decorated in traditional Thai style, the walls are made of wood and the roofs are covered with palm leaves. Each villa has its own butler is available. Just married couples have the options of enjoying Thai massages under the stars or a relaxed day on their own private beach. An unforgettable dinner is offered in a private gazebo, surrounded by palm trees, with glass floor under which you can observe the wonders of the ocean below.

  • Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa (Moorea Island, Tahiti, French Polynesian)

    The Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa is located on the small island of Moorea, Tahiti. The traditional Polynesian island resort features 94 rooms and bungalows, all of which are equipped with dark wooden furniture and traditional decorative elements and furnishings. For newlyweds, the hotel staff decorates the room with colorful flowers, a bottle of Champagne and a relaxing Polynesian couple's massage. As the premium overwater bungalows are set just above the reef drop off, active couples have the opportunity to spend the day snorkeling, jet skiing, scuba diving in search of whales and dolphins or even deep-sea fishing. Couples can then spend a quiet evening enjoying a "honeymoon dinner" at Le Matiehi, which prepares a romantic dinner for two with and paired with a prestigious wine list and food deserving of the title "culinary poetry."

  • Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island (Nassau, Bahamas)

    The Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island is a luxury hotel on the sunny island nation of the Bahamas. Guests of the five-star resort have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful white alabaster sand beaches as well as 10 restaurants and eight bars which feature a culinary variety of tastes from oriental to Italian to fine French cuisine. Honeymoon travelers are welcomed with a bottle of Champagne, rose petals in the room to help set the romantic mood, as well as breakfast in bed. The highlight of the resort is a secluded private island, which is particularly popular among young couples. Here, the pair can spend hours on the Island's private beaches -- snorkeling, relaxing in a private cabana or just enjoying each other's company while overlooking the beautiful turquoise Caribbean Sea.

  • Esperanza - An Auberge Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)

    Close to the colonial town of San José del Cabo, lies the beautiful five-star Esperanza Resort. Located on the Baja Peninsula, the Resort's rooms offer spectacular views overlooking the Sea of ​​Cortez. Newlyweds can enjoy two 120-minute couples' spa treatments, a bottle of Champagne along with delicious chocolate dipped strawberries upon arrival. The resort also offers activities such as windsurfing, diving, tennis or golf. In addition, every Thursday at Mexicanísimo at La Palapa, visitors can enjoy an authentic Mexican fiesta, complete with typical Mexican food from various regions, dancing with live music and beautiful fireworks.

  • Hotel Villa Marina Capri (Capri, Italy)

    Tucked away in a private garden, overlooking the coast of the Mediterranean rests the Villa Marina Capri Hotel & Spa. Behind its glamorous 20th-century façade, the five-star hotel gives guests the opportunity to stay in one of 21 elegantly timeless rooms and suites -- complete with marble floors, stylish furnishings and subtle lighting which highlight the luxurious rooms. Overlooking the Gulf of Naples, newlyweds are just a few steps away from the famous cable car that connects the port of Capri to the Piazzetta. Here, visitors of the island have the chance to experience "La Dolce Vita" in the numerous bars and taverns. Besides being welcomed to their room with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine, couples also have the option to enjoy an island boat trip, a romantic bath or a private candlelight dinner at "Ziqù" surrounded by the sounds of the sea.

  • Hotel Bayan Tree Seychelles (Mahé Island, Seychelles)

    The Bayan Tree Hotel Seychelles is located on the southern west coast of Mahé Island in the Seychelles. The resort offers 60 luxurious villas, created in Creole style with wooden furniture in natural colors. Each villa includes a private pool and veranda, where newlywed couples can make themselves comfortable overlooking the Indian Ocean. The hotel offers lover's a "Moonlight Gazebo" dinner in one of the secluded pavilions on Intendance Beach, a private 47-foot catamaran cruise to "Discover the Blue" and couples massage from the spa. The "Champagne on the Rocks" should also not be missed by newlyweds: After a short climb to the top of a rock, a butler serves the guests champagne while they enjoy the romantic atmosphere and watch a breathtaking sunset over the Seychelles.

  • Hotel Château Saint-Martin & Spa (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France)

    The Château Saint-Martin & Spa is a luxury hotel located in Vence, the French region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. The hotel's rooms and suites are stylishly decorated with bright furniture and floral patterned walls which connect the interior of the rooms with the romantic surroundings. During the day, lovers can stroll through the fragrant lavender gardens and rest in the shade of the olive trees. In the afternoon, couples can enjoy the spa area with exclusive skin care and beauty treatments, like hot stone massages, pampering scrubs or even a joint meditation course. The crowning glory of the day is a visit to the restaurant "Le Saint-Martin," where a romantic dinner of elaborate French delicacies are prepared by two Michelin-starred chef Yannick Franques with view overlooking the green valley.

  • Lizard Island Resort (Queensland, Australia)

    The Lizard Island Resort is a hidden hotel on a secluded island over Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It has more than 40 elegant villas in warm, natural colors such as beige, yellow and cream. Large windows allow natural light to flow into each room and giving them an open air atmosphere. This idyllic retreat is perfect for nature lovers, divers and snorkelers, thanks to the enchanting coral reefs. Newlyweds can enjoy a romantic picnic on private beaches or explore the colorful and unique flora and fauna which is protected on the island. Must-do activities for honeymooners includes a Champagne cruise at sunset, as well as a romantic, seven-course meal served directly on the beach. Right now couples will receive complimentary flights between Cairns and Lizard Island for two adults when staying with the Lizard Island Resort for a minimum of five nights.

  • Ulusaba Private Game Reserve (Kruger National Park, South Africa)

    Surrounded by seemingly endless South African jungle, guests of Ulusaba Private Game Resort turn into the hotel at the edge of the Kruger National Park. Located on a rock slope, the resort offers visitors a fascinating view over the green canopy of the jungle. Owner of the luxury hotel is the extrovert billionaire adventurer Richard Branson, whose exclusive taste is reflected in the elegant design of each room. Traditional dark furniture, African art and modern style pieces create a balanced atmosphere between being fashionable and traditionally African. Honeymoon couples can enjoy the absolute peace and seclusion of the private pool and spa treatments under the open African skies. One of the most memorable aspects of the resort include its safari tours, where visitors can experience the wild, among the lions hippos, rhinos, giraffes and other members of the animal kingdom.


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