Of all the most socially acceptable reasons to take a whole bunch of time off from work, a honeymoon may just be your splurgiest, most over-the-top trip. We’ve combed the planet for the best romantic holidays across every climate, season, and category—from short-hop mini-moons to far-flung forays into the exotic.
For the ultimate jet-setters planning on both a short, post-nuptial trip and an epic honeymoon around your first anniversary, we suggest one destination closer to home, and another more off-the-beaten path. If you’re getting hitched in 2020, here are the top ten destinations that should land on your honeymoon shortlist.
In 2020, the classic luxury stay, Turtle Island (of Blue Lagoon movie fame) will inaugurate its 40-year anniversary by unveiling a complete renovation. The country’s first private-island stay offers 14 villas, ten private beaches, and plenty of space—500-acres of paradise, to be exact—to have some much-needed alone time after your wedding. Few travelers know that the property is also one of the world’s pioneers of sustainability, reintroducing 250 native species of flora, and planting over one million trees to return the realm to its original splendor.
Fiji hasn’t yet ascended to the heights of ubiquitous appeal like the Maldives, St. Barths, and Tahiti, but the 300-island archipelago has plenty of space for honeymooning at the ultra-luxe Kokomo Private Island—another heavy hitter in the eco-conscious category—Six Senses Fiji, and Laucala Island.
The addition of Fiji Airways’ new A350 aircraft at the beginning of 2020 now makes it even easier to reach the islands with direct links from LAX and SFO, allowing for an 8% increase in capacity for American travelers. “Fiji also combines really well with other destinations, like New Zealand. That makes for a great itinerary for couples that want to start their honeymoon on the beach and then experience some adventure,” explains Katie Frederick Jacobson of Ever After Honeymoons.