Nothing says honeymoon like slumbering in a heavenly suite. We canvassed the globe — from the Maldives’ atolls to Marrakech’s labyrinthine souks — to uncover spacious spreads full of newlywed appeal. Once you check in, you won’t want to check out.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso – Los Cabos, Mexico
The list of VIPs who’ve stayed in an Ocean Front Luxury suite at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, in Los Cabos, Mexico, reads like the credits for a Hollywood flick: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Brad Pitt. As the resort’s name (Windows to Paradise) implies, these suites are stunning, with alfresco garden showers, pebble headboards inlaid by Mexican artisans, adobe fireplaces, telescopes for whale watching, and Sea of Cortez-facing terraces with hot tubs and infinity pools. At night the suite’s around-the-clock butler can whip up a romantic turndown by sprinkling the room with rose petals and drawing a spa bath complete with berries and bubbly.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – Bali
The white-sand beaches of Nusa Dua, in southeastern Bali, Indonesia, are popular with newlyweds seeking seclusion, exotic panoramas and serious pampering. Most hotels in this corner of the country fall into the luxe category, but The St. Regis Bali Resort stands out. Guests staying in one of the 10 Strand villas not only have private access to the surreal blue ocean but also have a sprawling personal pool with an Indonesian-style, daybed-furnished gazebo at their disposal. Interior perks include Balinese art, an interactive flat-screen TV, a bed wrapped in Egyptian Ploh sheets and a marble bathroom with a two-person soaking tub. At night, the plush gazebo morphs into a candlelit dinner nook.
W Retreat & Spa Maldives – Maldives
There’s a reason why W Retreat & Spa Maldives, on Fesdu Island, part of North Ari Atoll, named this suite “Ocean Haven”: The beachfront pad comes with an oversize infinity plunge pool with bubbling hot-tub seats, an outdoor rain shower, a barbecue station, indoor glass floors and an open-air master bedroom that opens onto a wraparound sun deck. By the way, all of these amenities offer 360-degree views of the turquoise Indian Ocean. The seascapes also take center stage at Fire, a beach-meets-jungle barbecue in which diners choose their preferred grill — charcoal, open rotisserie, tandoori oven or Mongolian-style — and dine barefoot on the sand.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti – Tanzania
Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is home to the largest animal migration in Africa — more than a million zebras, antelopes and wildebeests pass through its grassy plains each year. Guests can catch the epic National Geographic moment from their private Horizon Villa suite balcony at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Each of the two suites comes with an infinity plunge pool, an open-air shower and an oval soaking tub for two that overlooks the savanna. Bonus: In-room telescopes make it easy to spy on your four-footed neighbors.
La Sultana Marrakech – Morocco
The legendary Moroccan city of Marrakech has unmistakable allure, thanks to its labyrinthine souks and eclectic mix of merchants, dancers, fortunetellers and snake charmers. Couples staying at La Sultana Marrakech, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, have up-close access to a prime part of the city: The 28-room hotel is located in the heart of the central souk. Spread across five historic riads, the guest rooms — including the sexy Junior suites, bedecked with ornate vaulted ceilings, copper detailing and marble floors — are one-of-a-kind. (Upgrade to a Junior Suite Deluxe, and you get a bonus balcony.) An oasis in an otherwise frenetic city, the hotel’s harem-like spa is the perfect place to while away an afternoon (the indoor hot tub has its own fireplace). Come nightfall, have dinner on the rooftop while gazing at Marrakech’s fanciful minarets.
Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club – Curaçao
As if the Caribbean locale of Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club wasn’t dreamy enough (the 74-room resort sits atop a secluded stretch of coral cliffs on Curacao), this beachfront hideaway has a unique Tree House Mansion suite concealed high in the branches. Accessed via a spiral staircase, the two-bedroom, African-inspired spread was personally decorated by the resort’s founder, Jacob Gelt Dekker, with antique treasures he amassed traversing the globe. The open-air suite also has a Balinese daybed and a wraparound terrace with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.