15 International Honeymoons That'll Give Your Friends Instagram Envy

From Morocco to Argentina, figure out which international honeymoon is the best fit for you and your guy.

A once-in-a-lifetime love deserves a once-in-a-lifetime celebration -- and we're not talking about the kind with a big white dress. You and your sweetheart deserve a trip to remember that's just for the two of you, and we know just where to find it.

There's an adventure for every couple in our 15 best spots for an international honeymoon.

Marrakesh, Morocco

 Marrakesh

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Great For: A little bit of everything
Budget: $$/$$$$
Best Time of Year to Go: November to April
Where to Stay: La Mamounia is one of the world’s great classic hotels, ornately and elegantly styled, with perfect, welcoming service. From the perfumed hotel air to the hundred-year-old garden on the grounds, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the city. Honeymooners will want to avoid the rooms on the side near the Koutoubia mosque. It’s a beautiful view, but it comes with a predawn wakeup, courtesy of the call to prayer. (From $550/night.)

Another option: Riad Le Clos Des Arts is located in the heart of the medina, an oasis from the bustle of the market that is your own luxurious escape. Formerly a private home, it retains that intimate feel, and it’s the perfect jumping-off point to explore the city. (From $145-$225/night.)

What You Can’t Miss:
The Majorelle Gardens, created by legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. They’re the perfect mix of wildness and sophistication, just like Marrakech. They’re maintained by his lifelong partner in his memory, a beautiful tribute to their love for each other and this place.

Paris, France

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Great For: True romantics
Budget: $$$
Best Time of Year to Go: Year-round
Where to Stay: If ever there was a time to spend $2,000 a night at the ultra-luxury Ritz, Crillon or George V, your honeymoon is certainly it. But for an insanely sexy experience, The One by the Five is designed to stimulate all of your erotic senses, from the bed suspended in midair to the custom cocktail you’ll mix for your lover in the black lacquer bar. 

What You Can’t Miss:
You don’t need our help to stroll arm-in-arm sharing a brie-smeared baguette or to split a bottle of wine on the banks of the Seine. But to take your romance to the next level, go for wine and oysters at Le Baron Rouge, the little French wine bar of your dreams. 

Maldives

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Great For: Beach bums
Budget: $$$$$
Best Time of Year to Go: November to April
Where to Stay: One & Only Reethi Rah is the Maldivian resort too gorgeous to be believed: over-water villas, miles of blue water and pristine beach, and magical sunsets every night. From dinner on the beach to a glass of champagne in your private ocean-facing infinity pool, they’ll give you a honeymoon to remember from the moment you touch down. (From $1,036/night.)

What You Can’t Miss:
The main attraction of the Maldives is right on the surface: beautiful, secluded beaches that are custom-made for honeymoon indulgence. The dhoni is the classic boat of the Maldives, crafted from local coconut trees, and all you need to swim, sunbathe, sail or snorkel is to charter one. 

 

Tulum, Mexico

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Great For: Happy hippies
Budget: $$
Best Time of Year to Go: October to April
Where to Stay: Eco-chic and just luxurious enough, at Amansala you’ll stay in one of 25 private cabanas, open to the ocean and designed for relaxation. Delicious fresh dishes and a gorgeous open-air yoga room will nourish your bodies and re-center your thoughts on each other. (From $285/night.)

What You Can’t Miss:
This beachy Zen village has gotten trendier in recent years, but fashion hasn’t chased away the laid-back vibe. The cenotes (an underground network of rivers and pools) just south of Tulum are the perfect place to share a spiritual experience together.

El Chalten, Argentina

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Great For: Outdoorsy couples
Budget: $
Best Time of Year to Go: Year-round; high season is October to March.
Where to Stay: The Esplenador is a beautifully designed boutique hotel in the town of El Calafate that’s the perfect jumping-off point for your adventures. Wake up snuggled into the chic, contemporary décor looking out over the natural beauty of its lake views. (From $150/night.)

What You Can’t Miss:
If you’re the kind of couple that prizes your North Face over your nice white dress, this tiny Patagonia town (along with the nearby El Calafate) is the perfect escape. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park, you can’t miss hiking the infamous Perito Moreno glacier. 

Rajasthan, India

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Great For: Veteran travelers
Budget: $$$$
Best Time of Year to Go: Year-round, although summer will be hot and can be rainy.
Where to Stay: The Oberoi Udaivilas in the lake district of Udaipur is the one you can’t miss. The lakeside palace will make you feel like total royalty, from your richly appointed room to the uniformed butlers there to assist your every need. While the floating Taj Lake Palace is the iconic luxury hotel at this destination, the Udaivilas outrank it in service, style and design. (From $770/night.)

What You Can’t Miss:
Rajasthan includes all of India’s greatest hits: the gems of the pink-walled city of Jaipur, the blue-painted city of Jodhpur and the Mehranghar Fort, the tiger preserves of Ranthambore, the Arabian Nights feel of Jaisalmer. But of course, we have to recommend you stop at the Taj Mahal in Agra, the greatest monument to love (other than your own) on earth. 

Hong Kong

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Great For: Foodies
Budget: $$$$
Best Time of Year to Go: Year-round
Where to Stay: One of the best values for the money in a very expensive city, the Mira Hotel is bright welcoming and modern -- and conveniently located in the central Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district. (From $271.) One of the grande dames of Victoria Harbour, the views from the InterContinental Hong Kong are second to none, and the sexy open-plan layout gives you plenty of room to play. (From $394.) A stunning all-suite hotel in a 150-year old building, formerly a police headquarters, Hullett House recalls the elegant glory days of a bygone empire, You’ll feel immersed in local culture in each of the unique rooms, while still coddled in total luxury. (From $550 a night.)

What You Can’t Miss: It’s nearly impossible to recommend a single restaurant in this city: treating yourself to dim sum meals, anything in a bun or on a stick at the Temple Street night market, fine dining at the city’s many upscale destination restaurants, even weird potato chips at the grocery store is an unforgettable experience. But for an authentic taste of Cantonese cuisine (and the best suckling pig in town) in a chic environment, reserve a table at Fook Lam Moon

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Great For: Ski sweethearts
Budget: $$$$$
Best Time of Year to Go: June to October
Where to Stay: In Christchurch, the seven-suite Otahuna Lodge is one of the most beautiful of the many old-fashioned country lodges in the area, with thoughtful amenities including a nightly five-course tasting dinner with wine pairings. $992/night. Or, use the Scandinavian-chic Whare Kea Lodge in Wanaka as your home base for more mountainous adventures. (From $415/night.)

What You Can’t Miss:
If you’re more country mouse than city mouse, this garden spot is perfect for your getaway. Outdoor adventures reign supreme in southern New Zealand, and in the Southern Alps, a day of heli-skiing up high and drinking from local vineyards down low are an unforgettable bonding experience.

South Africa

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Great For: Animal lovers
Budget: $$$
Best Time of Year to Go: Year-round
Where to Stay: Kensington Tours is one of the most respected outfitters in the world for comfortable yet rustic safaris, and their seven-day tour through Kruger National Park is one of the best deals around. You’ll stay at two different luxury lodges, doing twice-daily game drives. (From $2,604 per person for 7 days.)

What You Can’t Miss:
Everyone goes to Kruger to spot the Big 5: the African lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. Waking up to see sunrise over the savannah and drinking sundowners at the end of a long day will seal your experience in your minds forever. Extend your stay in Capetown to take in the sights of one of the world’s most vibrant coastal cities, surrounded by excellent vineyards.

Capri, Italy

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Great For: Classic lovers
Budget: $$$$
Best Time of Year to Go: Year-round
Where to Stay: A former palace perched on the cliffs of Ravello, the Hotel Caruso is a legendary indulgence. As you stroll the steps of this coastal town, ending up dining poolside overlooking the Mediterranean (and eating the best Italian meal of your life) is the perfect way to kick off your honeymoon. (From $611/night.)

What You Can’t Miss:
After the big white wedding comes the classically luxurious honeymoon, right? That would be a jaunt down the Amalfi coast, stopping at Ravello, Positano, and ending in Capri. The beauty of the coastline and the famous Blue Grotto, the historic palaces and churches, and the food and wine of Italy’s coast have drawn generations of honeymooners for a very good reason. 

Roatan, Honduras

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Great For: Eco-tourists
Budget: $$$
Best Time of Year to Go: March-June, September-December
Where to Stay: The Mayoka Lodge is home to arguably the best food and some of the prettiest rooms in Roatan. The intimate property is laid-back and friendly, and all equipment for snorkeling, kayaking, and tennis is included. (From $290.)

What You Can’t Miss: That natural wonder you married is in good company, as you’ll be swimming over the second-largest coral reef in the world; getting underwater is imperative for visitors. Finish out your days on the western end of the island, which has the best beaches and the best bars for dancing the night away. 

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Great For: Party people
Budget: $$
Best Time of Year to Go: May to November
Where to Stay: The David is the luxury hotel of choice for Westerners, beloved for its beachfront location and international feel (though do keep in mind, all hotels in Israel will likely have children staying there). The spacious rooms will awaken your senses with their beautiful views of the Mediterranean. (From $182.)

What You Can’t Miss:
When you’ve gotten your fill of beach time, stroll the old port of Jaff (it’s magical at night), get your fill of Israel’s unique mix of cuisines at Brothers restaurant, and dance all night at clubs on Lilienblum Street. The historical sites of Jerusalem are less than an hour’s drive away.

Dominica

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Great For: Nature lovers
Budget: $$
Best Time of Year to Go: Winter and Spring
Where to Stay: Jungle Bay Resort houses guests in adorably rustic private cottages, and their morning yoga, organic detox meals and a 30-minute daily spa treatment make your honeymoon the perfect place to relax and just be together. (From $295/night.)

What You Can’t Miss: Dominica still feels truly wild. The Morne Trois Piton National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and even the easiest 30-minute hikes take you to the stunning Emerald Pool, to thermal hot springs, or swimming through Titou Gorge. Ziplining, hiking and snorkeling at all skill levels is accessible and beautiful. 

Bermuda

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Great For: Golfers
Budget: $$$$
Best Time of Year to Go: Winter lows are only in the 60s; for maximum beach time, go in the spring, summer or fall.
Where to Stay: Cambridge Beaches, a new luxury resort, is a kid-free haven on a secluded peninsula. Four private beaches and some of the most luxurious rooms on the island will have you in total bliss. (From $450/night in the high season.)

What You Can’t Miss: This island has the highest concentration of golf courses in the world, but the legendary pink sand beaches have plenty to offer for non-players, too. The Mid Ocean course is legendary for a reason, while the Port Royal is a great local (and public) course. Relax together after your rounds at the popular Horseshoe Bay or Church Bay beaches, or for something more secluded, try the stunning Jobson’s Cove. 

Fiji

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Great For: Total privacy
Budget: $$$$$
Best Time of Year to Go: Year-round; high season is June to November
Where to Stay: The private island resort, Laucala Island, is one of the most luxurious in the South Seas, with just 25 beautifully appointed residences on 3,500 acres. Reopening in March 2014, the new renovations will include enhancements to the design of the five-year-old resort. Five restaurants serve perfectly fresh food, and an 18-hole golf course, spa and horses are there for your amusement—or to be totally ignored in favor of floating in the warm turquoise water. (From $3,800.)

What You Can’t Miss: It’s a natural attraction—trekking together in the mountains and snorkeling or diving the reefs are the main draws to these beautiful islands. Take the adrenaline rush of your South Pacific adventure with you all your lives. 

Kate Winick and her well-worn passport live in New York City. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram and read more at her website here.

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