Top 18 Romantic Honeymoon Islands

Best Honeymoon Islands

For couples seeking a dreamy honeymoon destination, nothing beats the allure of an island getaway. Whether you prefer the gin-clear waters of the Maldives or the rugged beauty of the South Pacific, there’s something undeniably romantic about being surrounded by crystal-clear waters, swaying palm trees, and endless stretches of white sand.

Whether you’re looking for a secluded retreat or a lively beach scene, the world’s best honeymoon islands have one thing in common: they offer the perfect backdrop for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience. The Holidays for Couples team has curated a list of 18 of the most enchanting islands in the world, each offering the perfect setting to live out your honeymoon fantasy.

1. Fiji

Couple in Fiji
A romantic stroll on a Fijian beach is a honeymoon must; photo: Tourism Fiji

Fiji is the quintessential tropical paradise, and a great honeymoon getaway for Australian couples craving a glamorous, international destination – and a short flight.

Relax in sumptuous destinations such as Denaru Island, on the main island of Viti Levu. This is the largest integrated resort in the South Pacific, featuring lavish resorts, stunning beachfronts, championship golf courses and all the fine dining and pampering spa treatments you could want. Elsewhere, in the far-flung islands of the Mamanuca or Lomaiviti Islands, you can relax in comfortable lodgings surrounded by colourful gardens, tranquil white-sand beaches and an endless blue horizon.

Honeymooners will love:

Fiji’s warm and inviting atmosphere, just perfect for couples looking for pampering and relaxation. You’ll feel at home as soon as you arrive.

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2. Capri, Italy

Boats in Capri
Stunning Capri from the sea; photo: Dennis Jarvis – Flickr

This perennial tourist fave is still an idyllic option for an island honeymoon. Here, ancient Roman ruins meet chic cafés, all embraced by the sapphire waters that surround the picturesque Italian island. Take some time out to explore the island off the beaten track, and get lost in the architecture, natural life and culture that’s oh-so-Caprese.

Honeymooners will love:

Taking a chairlift up to Monte Solaro, Capri’s highest peak, and seeing the island from on high.

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3. Mallorca, Spain

Views of the pristine water in Mallorca; photo: Kyle Taylor – Flickr

Located in the Mediterranean, Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands (a group that also includes Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera). Stunning natural beauty abounds, with dramatic limestone cliffs plunging into indigo waters, while man’s presence can be seen in the bountiful orchards and crops that stretch across the island. Many of the island’s country estates are open to couples craving a rural escape, or you can indulge in a stay at one of the luxe resorts, which take full advantage of the gorgeous views and sun-soaked coves.

Honeymooners will love:

The scrumptious fusion of Mallorcan and nouvelle-European cuisine – especially the fresh seafood and wine.

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4. Bali, Indonesia

Temple in Bali
Lose yourself on a Balinese honeymoon – sunsets, endless water and gorgeous natural vistas

Australian couples have long been charmed by Bali’s intoxicating mix of fascinating culture and decadent experiences. From beautiful beaches, mystical temples and forests filled with monkeys and other wild creatures, to great golf courses and traditional Balinese spa treatments for two, it’s a holiday destination that guarantees you’ll never be bored. On the beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Nusa Dua you can lounge under the sun-drenched sky and watch surfers ride the breaks – or perhaps even grab a board and hit the waves for a bit of surfing à deux. There’s also world-class shopping at many beachside locations, for couples wanting a bit of holiday retail therapy. Away from the beaches, Bali’s lush interior offers exquisite accommodation options perched on towering mountains high in the jungle, with the calls of wildlife providing an exotic soundtrack. Ubud, in particular, is an idyllic destination for honeymooners.

Honeymooners will love:

Walking down a long, deserted beach with your sweetheart; the smell of incense spilling out of a temple.

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5. Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Beach
Crystal-clear waters in Phuket

Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations for couples, thanks to its gorgeous resorts, breathtaking beaches and world-famous rock formations that shoot up from the crystal-clear waters. From snorkeling at Ao Sane Beach to tropical cocktails at the island’s famous beach clubs and daily beachside Thai massages, there’s no doubt the beach is the ace up Phuket’s sleeve. But there’s so much more to this island than just its stunning beaches. Couples who tap into the culture, cuisine and adventure will be spoilt for choice, with day trips to outer islands; trips to see the giant limestone cliffs at Phang Nga Bay National Park; walks through Portuguese mansions; horse rides along Laguna’s Bang Tao beach; gorgeous sunset cruises; great shopping; vibrant nightlife and incredible street food all up for grabs.

For any would-be Rory McIlroys, Phuket is also a fantastic place for a round or two of golf, and courses winding through shimmering lakes and craggy canyons make for an utterly picturesque experience. Phuket is a surprisingly large island, and there’s something to satisfy every taste and budget.

Honeymooners will love:

The mix of über-cool beach clubs, romantic restaurants and luxury resorts.

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6. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, known as the “Garden Isle,” is a dreamy honeymoon destination for those seeking adventure and seclusion. As the least developed of the Hawaiian islands, Kauai offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a romantic getaway. Its scenic mountains, clear blue waters, charming restaurants, and breathtaking hiking views make it a paradise for honeymooners. The island is filled with lush rainforests, gushing waterfalls, mighty mountains, and pristine beaches, providing endless opportunities for exploration. Visitors should not miss the dramatic sea caves of the Na Pali Coast, which can be experienced from a zodiac boat or a tricep-torching kayak excursion. Kauai is also a haven for aquatic activities, including kiteboarding, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, and fishing. With its untamed natural beauty, Kauai is a paradise that has long inspired filmmakers, photographers, and vacationers alike.

Honeymooners will love:

With its breathtaking natural beauty, from pristine beaches to lush rainforests, there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities and romantic moments. And for those seeking a luxurious escape, Kauai offers a variety of oceanfront resorts that provide the perfect setting for a dream honeymoon.

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7. Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is a dream honeymoon destination
Koh Samui is home to a number of stunning, secluded beaches.

Once the domain of backpackers, these days Koh Samui also attracts honeymooners and luxury-loving couples from across the world. Although it caters for sophisticated travellers, Samui still boasts the charm and laid-back atmosphere of its fishing island days. Home to gorgeous beaches – some lively, some almost deserted – it’s the epitome of tropical paradise, with swaying coconut trees, aquamarine waters and white sands. Many of the beaches are dotted with quaint shacks serving up drinks and local Thai delicacies.

Check out Lipa Noi beach – it’s sheltered, private and near-deserted, and yet also home to the famous Nikki Beach Koh Samui. The tranquil bay at Choeng Mon makes it ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving, while Chaweng Beach is a favourite with younger couples wanting a bit more action, a choice of bars, restaurants and shops, and a party vibe. During the day, boat trips, snorkelling and diving are all on offer around the island, as well as yoga classes and sumptuous spa treatments – some in luxurious purpose-built havens; others in open-air environments with ocean, island and mountain views. There’s a huge array of luxury resorts, many catering especially for honeymooners. Whatever you crave – from nature and serenity to shopping and entertainment, you’ll find a five-star resort to suit, with a choice of dining options at your doorstep.

Honeymooners will love:

Being surrounded by blue, blue waters and gorgeous natural scenery.

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8. Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania is a dream honeymoon destinatoin
Where the forest meets the beach

It might not be an international getaway – indeed for some it’s not even interstate – but Tasmania is still utterly perfect for a honeymoon. On this gorgeous, pristine island wild green terrain meets sandy beaches and towering mountains – and it’s all so compact that you can discover them all in an afternoon. For culture buffs there are also thriving foodie and arts communities – be sure to savour the local wines and produce, and don’t miss the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Honeymooners will love:

Taking a romantic driving tour around this pretty island.

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9. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is an iconic island that honeymooners will absolutely adore

Perched on the edge of a still-active volcano, Santorini’s instantly recognisable whitewashed houses look out over deep blue waters that stretch as far as the eye can see. On the other side of the island there are sandy beaches (take your pick of white, red or even black sand beaches), while everywhere there’s delicious cuisine and aeons of history to discover, including the archaeological site of Akrotiri.

Honeymooners will love:

Watching the sun set from under the shade of a beautiful windmill, in the picturesque village of Oia.

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10. Vanuatu

Vanuatu Port Vila
Vanuatu’s Port Vila boasts turquoise waters and laid-back charm

From its tropical beaches to its thrilling volcanoes, this is an island nation of dramatic beauty – not to mention a friendly and welcoming culture. More than 80 islands make up Vanuatu, including Espiritu Santo, which boasts fascinating caves and extraordinary freshwater springs called the “Blue Holes”. Crystal-clear fresh water comes to the surface of these holes through layers of limestone and coral, to produce water that’s the most brilliant blue, and perfect for swimming and snorkelling – and posting photos on all your social media accounts.

Honeymooners will love:

Vanuatu’s beaches, such as Lonnoc, Golden Beach and Champagne Beach – ideal for swimming and romantic picnics at sunset.

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11. Sri Lanka

Fishing men on Stilts Sri Lanka
Famous Pole Fishermen in Southern Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a perfect honeymoon destination for couples who want to experience diverse cultures and activities in one compact location. From the bustling city life in Colombo to the sandy beaches and surf waves in the south and east coasts, and culturally rich temples in the north, Sri Lanka has something for everyone. With ancient temples in the Cultural Triangle, artist havens in Kandy, palm-lined beaches in Tangalle, colonial-era buildings in Galle, and metropolitan grandeur in Colombo, every corner of Sri Lanka offers something new to explore on your honeymoon. Couples can also enjoy a safari in Yala National Park to spot elephants and leopards, witness stilt fishermen on lakes, visit cinnamon-growing islands, hike to waterfalls, practice yoga, and indulge in Ayurvedic therapies at Santani.

Honeymooners will love:

If you and your partner are food lovers, you will be thrilled with Sri Lanka’s spicy cuisine.

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12. Mauritius

Mauritius for honeymooners
White beaches, vividly blue waters and towering palm trees make Mauritius a tropical utopia.

You’ll hear Mauritian Creole, English, French, Indian and Chinese spoken on this island that’s located in the Indian Ocean – off the coast of Africa, just beyond Madagascar. It’s this wonderful, eclectic mix that makes Mauritius an island like no other. Colourful Creole culture, world-class luxury resorts, picture-perfect beaches and watersports, diving and world-class snorkelling in blue, blue waters all await. There are dramatic cliffs, peaks and valleys to explore, as well as the island’s capital, Port Louis, which is home to charming shops, restaurants and cultural and historical sites.

Honeymooners will love:

Spa treatments including Asian Ayurvedic massages and ancient African and Creole healing techniques. 

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13. Tahiti and Her Islands 

Tahiti is a gorgeous mix of greens and blues that honeymooners will remember forever
Tahiti is a gorgeous mix of greens and blues that honeymooners will remember forever

French Polynesia is made up of five groups of islands, of which the Society Islands – home to Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Huahine, to name just a few – are probably the most famous. On Moorea you’ll find dramatic cliffs, enchanting waterfalls and open green meadows, while the name Bora Bora is pretty much a byword for “dream getaway” and features some of the most exquisite views – and luxury overwater resort accommodation – in the world. Cruise from one island to the next; indulge in candlelit picnics on deserted beaches; watch the sun set with cocktail in hand; go shopping for an indigenous black pearl to commemorate your honeymoon… whatever you do, it will be unforgettable in this part of the world.

Honeymooners will love:

The powdery white sands, gin-clear waters and luxury overwater bungalows.

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14. Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta Fising Boat
Stunning sunset at Koh Lanta; photo: Rushen – Flickr

This island gem lies off Thailand’s southern coast, offering white sand beaches and turquoise waters in droves. Honeymooners will relish the peace and quiet of Koh Lanta, not to mention the alluring panoramic views, tropical forests, quaint villages and sunny skies. Soak in the relaxed atmosphere of the Old Town, and discover culture and history at the Chao Leh Museum; stroll in mountains and forests with caverns and limestone tunnels; dine at charming restaurants; or hide away in luxury accommodation.

Honeymooners will love:

Experiencing true relaxation thanks to the quiet, traditional way of life on this island.

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15. The Cook Islands

Gorgeous sunsets and pure relaxation in the Cook Islands
Gorgeous sunsets and pure relaxation in the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are home to 15 gorgeous islets bursting with colour, culture and life. Honeymooners can enjoy everything from calm, crystalline lagoons to thrilling fire-dancing showcases by talented local performers. Unwind in a stunning, all-inclusive resort boasting spa treatments and exotic dining options, or savour the romantic atmosphere of a private villa nestled among the jungle. Relax with a picnic on the beach or make memories to last a lifetime with a paddle-boarding lesson or leisurely snorkel.

Honeymooners will love:

The picturesque views on the idyllic island of Aitutaki – nicknamed “Honeymoon Island”.

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16. The Maldives

The Maldives is a Dream Honeymoon Destination
Constance Halaveli Resort & Spa; photo: Mac Qin – Flickr

This breathtaking string of 1,190-odd islands is at the top of most honeymoon wish lists – and rightly so. Except for Male, the capital, there are no hotels in the Maldives. This idyllic part of the world is resorts–only, and most of them take up their own island. It’s the perfect destination for a honeymoon that’s private, glamorous and oh-so luxurious. Private islands in the Maldives come with benefits tailor made for a romantic honeymoon: exquisite views that look like they’ve been Photoshopped, picnics and dinners for two on deserted white-sand beaches, visits to remote islands and marine life without compare for the ultimate snorkelling or scuba diving expeditions. On top of this there are unforgettable boat cruises, pampering galore in super-glam spas and world-class dining – not to mention island transfers by speedboat or seaplane.

Honeymooners will love:

Overwater bungalows – with private decks, plunge pools, glass bottoms and lagoon access – for which the Maldives are famous.

Related article: The Ultimate Honeymoon Guide to The Maldives

17. The Whitsundays, Australia

The Whitsundays is a dream for honeymooners
Laze on the beach on Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is one of the most famous holiday spots in Australia, with islands like Hook, Long and Daydream featuring unbelievably blue waters, glistening white sands and lush forests. Go jet skiing, kayaking or take a scenic flight over the awe-inspiring landscape. Have a picnic on the pristine Whitehaven Beach – located on Whitsunday Island, it’s regularly ranked as one of the world’s most stunning shores. At the northern end is the spectacular Hill Inlet, a breathtaking mosaic of blue water and white sands caused by the shifting of the tide.

Honeymooners will love:

Hiring a bareboat charter and sailing around the islands for the ultimate in privacy and freedom. 

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18. Boracay, The Philippines

Shangri-La Boracay
Bliss out at Shangri-La Boracay

Boracay Island in the Philippines is a perfect honeymoon destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway. With over 30 stunning beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, this dreamy island offers a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop for couples to enjoy. The four kilometre-long White Beach is a must-visit, featuring sophisticated resorts, shops, eateries, spas, and watersports, all with a famously laid-back atmosphere. Despite being less well-known than other Asian honeymoon destinations, Boracay’s powdery white-sand beaches are easily accessible by foot, motor scooter, paraw (native sailboat), or motorised banca (outrigger boat). It’s easy to explore Boracay’s best beaches and create unforgettable memories with your loved one in its beautiful surroundings.

The island culture and the beauty of the tropical beaches.

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