Amalfi Coast, Italy
There are many reasons the Amalfi Coast continues to be at the top of honeymooners’ bucket lists. It’s hard to picture more classically romantic a scene than Positano’s steep village streets, Moorish architecture, azure water and colorful loungers and umbrellas lining the dark sandy beaches. Glamour comes easy, especially at the five-star Le Sirenuse, where the formula for a sexy, sophisticated getaway is tried and true.
It may be a struggle to pronounce most of the words in Denmark’s capital, but that's half the fun. The gorgeous Scandinavian home of the Little Mermaid sculpture, grand castles and tons of hyper-influential design is easily navigable and intimate. Beyond the city take day trips to hike in wooded Edens, and by night cuddle up at a top hotel like the iconic Hotel d’Angleterre with your one true love in hygge style, with an excess of candles, wine, sweets and a fire roaring in the background.
Whether you want to explore magical crystalline terraced lakes and waterfalls, check out historical sites and ruins, sail around on a yacht, tour cathedrals or even go wild partying, Croatia is the place to do it. The country that stretches down the Mediterranean offers a Greek Isle-like flavor but with its own unique culture and look. Superbly designed sea-view spots like Villa Dubrovnik are what this authentic, unspoiled destination is all about.
This group of islands in the Aegean Sea includes favorites like Santorini (where Grace Santorini is fresh off a gorgeous renovation) and Mykonos, home to the new swoon-worthy, entirely farm-to-table Nesaea restaurant. There are also important archaeological ruins, stunning sunset vistas and up-and-coming islands like Paros and Folegrandos, where you can experience the beauty of your surroundings with fewer faces around. Even better, explore the whole region by 104-foot luxury yacht with Entre Cielos.
Iceland is for adventurers. It’s lengthy list of attractions includes the spectacular Northern Lights in the wintertime (stay at Ion for an impeccable viewpoint), seemingly endless opportunities for trekking, riding the country’s famously tiny but strong horses, exploration of caves, volcanos, ice fields and glaciers; and steamy hot springs and lagoons—the new Retreat at Blue Lagoon is the place to sleep and play at the most iconic of them all, with a spa built into the volcanic earth and a five-star restaurant. The land of fire and ice may be cold, but there’s enough adrenaline and romance to keep you hot.
Talk about a no-brainer. Paris is the City of Lights, but it might as well be called the City of Love. If you appreciate a great romantic walk hand-in-hand, you’ll love the French capital, which offers culture, architecture and art alongside, of course, incredible food and wine. From iconic luxury stalwarts like the Four Seasons George V and Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris to impeccably designed new boutique hotels such as Hotel Providence Paris, you can tailor a honeymoon to your style, whether it’s classic and fancy or more boho and artsy.
You don’t have to be obsessed with Outlander or The Crown to think that a Highlands honeymoon is a good idea. Between cities Edinburgh and Glasgow, and farther-flung wooded wonderlands like Cairngorms, with lakes (lochs) and verdant alleys (glens) between, there’s something for every taste. Activities even range from golf—world-class, like at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links on Islay, home to nine whisky distilleries—to surfing, with a thick wetsuit, of course. As home bases go, the luxurious hotel The Balmoral, with its Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, is pretty epic.
In Sicily, you can experience island vibes and Italian vibes—the best of two worlds. Hanging right off the toe of Italy’s boot, it straddles the divide between Europe and Africa and is the largest isle in the Mediterranean. Appropriately, the out-of-this-world food isn’t the only thing that’s diverse—there’s architecture, art and ruins from many different influences. Likewise, accommodations from which to soak it all in run the gamut, from colorful farmhouses (Hotel Signum) to sea-facing suites (Monaci delle Terre Nere) to Baroque residences (Seven Rooms Villadorata)
Between Zurich’s excess of chocolate, flowers and lingerie—not to mention art, Michelin-starred food and supreme TLC at The Dolder Grand—and the Swiss Alps’ extreme beauty, world-class skiing and year-round natural attractions, Switzerland has plenty seducing newlyweds. The UNESCO-protected Lavaux wine region is another major crowd-pleaser, looking over Lake Geneva and showcasing not only incredible vino but also epic hikes, floating restaurants (see Le Montreux steamboat), chocolate houses, and Europe’s only overwater hotel. Hotel Palafitte channels Tahiti but on Lake Neuchatel, with ladders from the bungalows plunging you directly into the water.
If you’d thought about Georgia, last year’s trending destination, this year consider Slovenia, the Central European country of castles, verdant fields, snow-capped peaks, thermal springs, and the continent's greenest city, Ljubljana. It’s a place that’s still not overburdened by tourists, meaning you’ll enjoy getting to make your way through it a bit like pioneers. Slovenia makes its debut in the Michelin Gastronomic Guide, proof of its blossoming and widespread foodie scene. In the Julian Alps, sleep at the just reopened digital detox retreat Sunrose 7, or near an organic chocolate factory overnight in the glamping units of Chocolate Village.
London can be just as alluring as Bora Bora if you’re a couple who’s enchanted by strolls in Hyde Park, world-class museums, celebrated restaurants and plenty of culture, not to mention the idea of royalty. The posh destination has some of the finest accommodations in the world—consider The Connaught or The Savoy—which, of course, sets the tone for romance. The countryside feels like being in a storybook: Try a chic, cozy cabin at Soho Farmhouse, a stately manor room at Heckfield Place in the heart of Jane Austen country, or room in a 350-year-old castle, Cliveden House, where Meghan Markle spent her last night as a single commoner.