A honeymoon, in theory, should be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. And the best honeymoon destinations are so memorable, couples will want to rehash them for anniversaries to come. But what counts as “the perfect honeymoon” is as subjective as “the perfect dress” or “the perfect guest list”—meaning there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For the sun-worshipping set, there are sugar-white beaches and glassy infinity pools; Condé Nast Traveler names Ray Caye Island Resort as their choice for a Caribbean Escape honeymoon. For nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, great hikes and even greater safaris. And for newlyweds that, well, never want to leave their hotel room, there are plenty of over-the-top suites to keep them entertained. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best honeymoon destinations—including the off-grid gem in Southern Belize: Ray Caye Island Resort.
Ray Caye Island Resort for a Caribbean Escape
If travelers to the new Ray Caye Island Resort in Placencia, Belize, feel like they have the run of the place, it’s because they do. After all, the self-sustaining, solar-powered cay has just 20 rooms. And while it’d be easy to do a whole lot of nothing here, Ray Caye rewards adventurers. Guided activities include deep-sea fishing and diving with sea turtles, but couples can also borrow stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear and explore the isle’s white-sand beaches and miles of coral reef at their own pace.
On the eastern side of the seven-acre isle, a duo of new oceanfront honeymoon suites (from $550) offer supreme privacy with reef-view soaking tubs and glass-walled plunge pools. The Island Honeymoon Package ($2,890 per person) bundles six nights in a suite with ground and boat transfers, a torch-lit private dinner on the beach (bubbly included), and unlimited use of all non-motorized water toys. Whether couples spend their days piloting a Hobie Cat or dozing in a hammock, everyone has to whoosh down Ray Caye’s giant water slide at least once—it drops swimmers straight into the sparkling turquoise sea.