What makes a hotel honeymoon-worthy? For some couples, it’s exotic locales offering total solitude and breathtaking views. For others, it’s all about being treated like royalty and the luxurious perks that come along with it. But no matter what your preference is, one thing everyone wants is a lit honeymoon location that inspires only the most flawless photos.
From private islands to treehouses, ESSENCE has rounded up some of the best and most instagrammable honeymoon hotels in the world to make sure that photos of your first baecation as husband and wife go down in IG history.
Do it all for the ‘gram on your first big vacation as husband and wife.
You can’t talk about instagrammable honeymoon hotels without mentioning a hotel that literally wears the crown for the most instagrammable resort in the world. Located in one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations, the Maldives, Anantara Kihavah is a paradise built for lovers. With pristine beaches, luxurious overwater villas, an underwater restaurant, private UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve snorkeling, and IG famous photo locations, it’s easy to see why over 45,000 people voted the property number one. Book the Sunset Over Water Pool Villa to ensure privacy for your in-room photoshoots.
There’s no question that Thailand is full of insta-worthy locations, but there’s only one location perfect enough for the honeymoon of your dreams. Keemala Resort in Phuket is like being in an enchanted forest. This wonderland is nestled high in the hills, away from the bustling tourist crowds, which means you can get your honeymoon photo slay on in total peace. Book the Bird’s Nest Pool Villa and break out the drone to capture an architectural design so dope, your photos are sure to set social media on fire.
Tanning on exotic islands isn’t the only places to spend your honeymoon. Culture and adventure seekers would enjoy a few days getting up close and personal with nature’s wild side with a safari at Lion Sands Game Reserve. The photo moments with Simba and crew are endless, but your honeymoon isn’t about them. Check into the Kingston Treehouse and spend your days marveling at the vastness of nature, and your nights sleeping under the sky’s sparkling stars. Trust us, this is one honeymoon that will have all your followers green with envy.
Lion Sands Game Reserve
At this African resort your footprints will be the only evidence on the island’s untouched beaches, and that’s what makes North Island such a honeymoon hotspot. Capture memories of your picnic for two on the pristine “Honeymoon Beach,” snorkeling the Indian Ocean’s crystal clear waters with turtles or the perfect sunset. For the ultimate in privacy and IG perfection, book the couples only Villa 11, and turn the over 8,000 square foot setting into your own personal instagrammable playground. Hey, if it was good enough for Gabi and D-Wade, it’s good enough for you.
The Maldives may be home to the most instagrammable honeymoon resort in the world, but Central America is home to the world’s most private island resort, and you don’t have to fly half way around the world to enjoy it. Located in Belize, in the heart of the country’s Barrier Reef Reserve, lies the ultimate in luxury and privacy, Gladden Private Island Resort. This honeymoon paradise is built for two with only one villa on the entire island. Staff are located on a smaller island not too far away, but remain ready to help you with everything from meals and spa treatments to diving certifications and day trips to the mainland. This means you can spend your days and nights doing it up for the ‘Gram without a care in the world.
Gladden Private Island
While other couples are fighting tourist crowds for the perfect shot back on Bali, head over to Indonesia’s hidden gem, Sumba Island, for a honeymoon getaway that’s picture perfect from beginning to end. Nihi Sumba Island resort was named the #1 Hotel in the World two years in a row, and it’s easy to see why. Rolling green rice fields, breathtaking waterfalls, private beaches, sprawling treehouse style villas and colorful sunsets means you will never be without an opportunity to capture the perfect shot. Need a little help finding all of Nihi’s IG famous spots? Just have the awesome in-house photographer Tanya pick you up from your picturesque Mandaka villa and show you around.
Nihi Sumba Island