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.
9. St. Barths
The high quality of service has long set St. Barths apart from other luxury destinations in the Caribbean—not to mention the slim, coolie hat-like hills that rise up around its pearlescent beaches. Following the widespread damage of the island’s properties during Hurricane Irma in 2017, it’s been a careful journey back toward recapturing that perfection as St. Barths’ legendary brands attempt to restore the luster of their resorts. And everyone’s ready to swing open the gates anew, starting with the late-2019 resurrection of Eden Rock, the island’s original high-end stay; subtle tweaks in the redesign are a throwback to the 1950s when it opened as a hangout for Hollywood types.
The Cheval Blanc down on Flamands Beach is also looking better than ever as of November 2019. Le Carl Gustaf, perched above the port of Gustavia, is back on the scene under the management of the Barrière group, of Fouquet’s fame, in Paris. The Guanahani, with its signature case creole bright-box Caribbean cottage architecture, will complete its long-awaited renovation in October of 2020.