Ultimate honeymoon inspiration

Adult only hotels made for romantic escapes

Perhaps you’re picturing lounging on a tropical island in complete and utter luxury. Or maybe you want to pair boutique hotel comfort with a taste of adventure. Your honeymoon is the chance to pull out all the stops and plan the trip of your dreams. And we’ve got plenty of luxury, adult only hotels in incredible locations to inspire you…

Italy: perfect for foodies

If your idea of heaven is wandering around colourful markets overflowing with local produce, or sampling regional specialities at tiny agriturismos and beachside trattoriasItaly is calling.

Sheer cliffs topped by gleaming white villas. Rocky headlands that hide pastel-hued villages, their streets zig-zagging down to sheltered beaches lapped by turquoise waters. With so many heart-snaring views, it’s no surprise that the Amalfi Coast is among Italy’s most sought after honeymoon destinations. Soak up the atmosphere at Hotel Villa Franca in glamourous Positano, with private balconies and a rooftop pool from which to take in your spellbinding surroundings.

For a different view of Italy, head to Puglia on the east coast. Its white stone, Greek-style towns – many of which feature Kasbah quarters – evoke the region’s history as a meeting point between east and west. While its long beaches can be refreshingly tranquil. Particularly if you choose a luxury resort such as La Peschiera, which has its own stretch of coast. Feast on just-caught seafood on a candle-lit terrace, then enjoy a hand-in-hand stroll along the sand.

Mexico: history, nature and beach bliss

Away from the lively resort towns further north, Tulum is the place to be for travellers in search of luxury with an eco, spiritual edge. Think white sand, a cliff crowned by an ancient Mayan ruin and boutique hotels nestled in a jungle that fringes the sand. The beach road connects to Tulum town, where down-to-earth markets and eateries rub shoulders with designer boutiques and pop-up restaurants from the likes of Michelin-starred Noma. While the surrounding countryside is famed for its mystical cenote caves and majestic Mayan temples.

There’s even more to discover away from Mexico’s Mayan heartland. For days packed with incredible activities (and nights with everything from romantic restaurants to lively clubs), base yourself on the Riviera Maya. Mezzanine boutique hotel is strictly for grown-ups, with a stylish pool and long stretch of sandy white beach to enjoy. Beyond the resort, you can go scuba diving to swim with dolphins and manta rays. Take a private tour into the Sierra Madre mountains. Or hop on a boat to go in search of secluded bays. Then, as evening falls, stroll along the malecón – a boardwalk/giant, outdoor art gallery.

Bali and Rarotonga: island luxury

There’s something about tropical island resorts that seems tailor made for honeymoons. Perhaps its quintessential views of swaying palms and icing sugar sands. Mirror flat seas glowing under deep red sunsets. Or the feeling that you and your loved one are the only two in the world. We’re not talking the Maldives, however (although we’ve waxed lyrical about how magical they are). But exclusive corners of larger islands where you can pair relaxation with exploration.

At Little Polynesian Resort in Rarotonga, you’ll have your own traditional beachfront ‘Are’ bungalow complete with secluded outdoor shower. Along with a private beach and complimentary snorkelling gear to discover the underwater world that waits in the protected lagoon. While at Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali, you could make yourself at home in a private villa with personal plunge pool. Then spend your days indulging in top-to-toe pampering at the traditional spa. Or out exploring the dramatic volcanic landscapes that explore this tranquil village getaway.