When the trip returns and you feel safe, create your own honeymoon fairytale with a stay on these far-flung island getaways. Whether you want to rekindle the flame, woo the swarm, or ask for their hand, these seaside hideouts will fuel the rapture. From popular beachfront restaurants to suites with starry eyes and sunset views, luxury island retreats inspire poetry. Read on to take a gambol “a deux”.
Anantara Banana Island, Qatar
Be amazed with a stay in Qatar’s first mansions to float over water. The facilities on opulent Banana Island – a 25-minute ferry ride from Doha – are ideal for active couples. Learn to dive in a practice pool, then bring your newfound talents to the turquoise depths of the Arabian Sea. Spread your things on a stand-up paddleboard, surf in the two-lane surf pool, where the waves are adapted to your ability, roll, hit a few balls over the tennis net or tee off on the 9-hole golf course. A special wellness center, the first of its kind in the Middle East, offers yoga and fitness advice, and a top-quality spa offers his and her hammans, among other things. But maybe you just want to lazily dream on your deck and sip tea while the waves play a tune that means pure relaxation? With Arabic accents – filigree wood, ornate lamps, soft fabrics and four-poster beds – the resort draws on the glamorous spirit of the region. Don’t miss out on a private dinner on the Star Deck, where the night sky rivals the glimmer of Doha’s distinctive, futuristic skyline.
Four seasons, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Yes, paradise exists and is called Bora Bora. Arguably the most vaunted and breathtaking island in the world, Bora Bora consists of a series of motifs that surround Mount Otemanu, an otherworldly volcano that pierces the center of a transparent lagoon. The newly renovated Four Seasons, with its own islets, is on its own islet and has overwater bungalows connected by wavy pontoons. Book one of the four “Otemanu Overwater Bungalows”, which cover the pillars and offer a direct view of the majestic volcano. From your room, immerse yourself in water as vibrant and blue as Van Gogh’s palette. Or look out over the view from your private pool or indoor bathtub. Paramours will enjoy the resort’s romantic offerings, including a private island meal, a romantic paparazzo to take photos, a flower-filled bath, and a couples massage with the famous Tahitian Monoi oil.
Get married (or renew vows) in a Tahitian ceremony under the tiki torches, where beating drums and fire dancers leave indelible memories. Then breakfast in bed with the canoe.
Located in the Indian Ocean, 1,250 miles east of Africa, Mauritius is a collage of dramatic landscapes and an amalgamation of cultures. Thick with promise, it exudes the exotic. Immerse yourself in the Oberoi, which stretches over 20 hectares on the island’s northwest coast. Opt for a deep, rust-colored royal villa with a sugar cane roof. You must never leave your room’s private garden enclave, which has a personal pool and gazebo for secluded dining. Expect to find frangipani flowers everywhere – in your sunken bathtub (filled with just the right temperature of warm, scented water), on your pillows, even in heart-shaped designs on the floor. Spend the afternoon taking a swim in Turtle Bay or take advantage of the Oberoi’s free programs, which range from cooking classes to guided hikes on the garden-like grounds. The spa offers classic Ayurvedic treatments like Shirodara, as well as locally inspired ones – like the Creole coffee-mint wrap, made with local ingredients.
InterContinental Hayman Island, Australia
Caviar was chewing in a bare cabana by the pool. A massage bed floats in the sea. Beach suites with the sound of crashing waves as your personal symphony. Dinner with tablecloths made of pressed linen, crystal and silver in the middle of a green rainforest. Views of the coral sea, the water shimmers in lapis lazuli colors. All of this is available at the newly renovated InterContinental Hayman Island, a go-to place for the barefoot cultivated. Off the coast of Queensland, the northernmost point of the Whitsunday Archipelago, this public island has only one hotel. Stay here and you may feel like who rules the Great Barrier Reef’s premium. The resort uses Amala’s highly effective organic beauty products in the spa, sources culinary ingredients as locally as possible, and participates in a breeding program for the endangered Proserpine Rock Wallaby. The resort takes its eco-friendly nickname seriously. Cuddle as you gaze at the changing canvas of the ocean from the arrival helicopter, hold hands while snorkeling in Blue Pearl Bay, and snuggle as you soar through the waves on the resort’s free catamaran.
Bulgari Resort, Bali
Indian and Arab traders left their legacy in Bali, a mystical island province in distant Indonesia. With emerald green rice fields, green jungles and ethereal volcanic peaks in the heart of the island, Bali is framed by crescent moons of sugary sand, rough cobalt-colored waves and jagged, black lava foothills. Temples and monkeys abound. Let yourself be pampered with Bali’s infinite charm at Bulgari Resort, perched on a cliff in areas that once served as hunting grounds for the Balinese royal family. The resort is an idyllic setting for an exclusive wedding. Surrounded by white coral, it features classic Balinese exteriors with thatched coconut roofs, pitched roofs, carved wood, and hand-cut local stone. Inside, each suite channels an elegant, urban Milan – thanks to the property’s Italian designers. Flirt as you dip your feet in your private plunge pool and rave about the panorama. Both an Italian and an Indonesian restaurant will seduce you – depending on the mood. An ESPA offers muscle enamel treatments on site. Staff can arrange visits to Ubud, from Eat, Pray, Love Fame – and the social hotbed of Jimbaran Bay is just 20 minutes north.