14 Unforgettable Private Island Honeymoon Resorts

From Belize and Fiji to the Bahamas and the Maldives.
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Lindsay Tigar
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Updated Dec 09, 2021

It's your honeymoon—and you want it all. A private island honeymoon has everything a couple desires: luxury resorts, the privacy to celebrate, beautiful views, gorgeous white sand beaches, and of course, plenty of romance. We compiled 14 unbelievable private island honeymoon destinations to help you narrow down your refined, dream getaway.

Velaa Private Island, The Maldives

Velaa Private Island in the Maldives will check all of your boxes and then some. Couples will want to request the Romantic Pool Residence—which is only accessible via boat—as its arguably the best honeymoon suite pick. Suspended above a lagoon to provide uninterrupted ocean views, this option also comes with a private chef, butler, a jacuzzi, pool sundeck and a sunken bath. Plus, it has its own personal gym and spa treatment rooms. What we love the most about this private island honeymoon destination is the villa-to-staff ratio that takes service to another level.
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Waves kiss the fine white sand of Brando Beach in French Polynesia.
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The Brando, French Polynesia

You won't believe your eyes when you arrive in Tetioroa, French Polynesia, to your newlywed oasis in the middle of the ocean. It's 30 miles northeast of Tahiti but completely feels like a whole new world, with carefree, lush and vibrant nature. At this private island, guests can only arrive via private plane and will check into one of the property's 35 villas upon landing. These beachfront suites not only come with butlers who will assist with all honeymoon requests, but the property welcomes friendly local visitors like sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds.

A woman swims with the fishes in crystal clear water in Bora Bora.
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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Recently enhanced, this Four Seasons private island resort is ideal for a luxury honeymoon. Bora Bora is one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations, thanks to its South Pacific beauty, just northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Its lagoon is protected by a coral reef that's a must-explore for scuba divers. Couples can book from 108 overwater bungalow suites (27 come with private plunge pools) or seven beachfront villa estates. The property also features open-air restaurants, an overwater spa suite for couples and an on-site marine biologist for inquisitive minds.

Cape Fahn Hotel, Thailand

If you and your new spouse can't order enough Thai food, perhaps your taste buds will be tickled by this luxury resort. Make the journey to Koh Samui in Thailand, where your honeymoon suite awaits at the Cape Fahn Hotel. It's an intimate property located on a private island with only 23 villas. You can book the Fahn Noi Private Island Pool Villa that includes two bedrooms and a pool of your own, far away from the other guests. While there, couples will want to book authentic Thai massages, dine at beachfront restaurants, enjoy a sunset cruise on a yacht, and snorkel through sheltered coves.

Fowl Cay Resort, The Bahamas

Rather than making the journey halfway across the world, the Bahamas is home to a luxury private island resort. What's unique about Fowl Cay Resort in the Exumas is couples can rent the entire island or one of its six single villas. A stay at Fowl Cay is an all-inclusive experience, which also comes with a personal chef, stocked fridge, meals, drinks, and a personal motorboat with unlimited fuel to explore the surrounding islands. For those couples who don't just want to lounge around all day on their honeymoon, this resort will keep you busy. They can snorkel at James Bond's Thunderball Grotto, take selfies at the legendary pig beach, and even feed nurse sharks and stingrays.

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Honeymooners: feast your eyes on this breathtaking 850-acre private island resort in the British Virgin Islands. While vast and beautiful, Guana Island prioritizes intimacy and seclusion with only 18 rooms to accommodate up to 35 guests. For romance, book the property's North Beach Villa, which was recently renovated. It's located within the trees of the North Bay, complete with a wraparound deck, a private pool, and a golf cart to explore the island. For couples wanting to give back to Mother Nature, you'll appreciate this property's dedication to sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation. They've left 95% of the island in its natural form, and the organic orchard only feeds hotel guests. You can even walk through it to sample fresh fruit from the vine. To truly savor having your own private island, book the "Castaway Picnic" for lunch, beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and your own stretch of private beach.

Le Taha'a by Pearl Resorts, French Polynesia

Located in Tahiti, this five-star resort is located on a private "motu" (or island) in French Polynesia. It's quite the journey to get to this resort, including a one-hour seaplane flight from Tahiti to Raiatea and a 40-minute boat ride. Once you arrive, the gorgeous authentic Polynesian architecture and the lush, secluded grounds make it worthwhile. Couples can dine at three different restaurants and they can book massages at the spa. Choose from overwater bungalows or beachfront private villas. Plus, if you're into sea life, you can't miss booking their Lagoon Safari, where you can swim, snorkel or scuba dive with sharks, manta rays and stingrays. For a cultural experience, book a day trip to adjacent islands to tour a pearl farm and a vanilla rum distillery.

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Arguably one of the best-known private island resorts in the world, Necker Island is reputable for two reasons: offering world-class luxury and its famous owner, Sir Richard Branson. The Virgin Atlantic founder's own private island experience is all-inclusive and comes with savory meals and vacation beverages. At this level of exclusivity, however, the island is typically booked year-round. Honeymooners are, however, able to book their own rooms during its "Caribbean weeks." Along with Necker, Branson also added Moskito Island to his portfolio of properties across the British Virgin Islands in 2021. If your budget, however, is slightly outside of both Moskito and Necker's minimums, venture onto a Virgin Voyages ship and enjoy a day-long stop at Bimini Island, another private island option.

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Cast your sails (or more like book your plane ticket) to San Pedro, Belize. Upon arrival, couples will take a short, three-mile boat ride to their own private island honeymoon oasis. Cayo Espanto offers an all-inclusive romance program or its equivalent of a honeymoon package. It includes meals, cocktails, beer, wine, non-motorized watersports, massages and a snorkeling trip along with the world's second-largest coral reef system. Only seven villas exist across this property, but consider booking Casa Ventanas. This splurge-worthy option sits above the water for beautiful views and a glass bottom to see wildlife below you. Whichever villa you choose, though, you'll have a private dock and butler.

Waves lap on white sandy beaches on Jumby Bay Island.
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Jumby Bay Island, Antigua and Barbuda

Off the northeast coast of Antigua is the Caribbean's version of Long Island, also known as Jumby Bay Resorts. Considered a top private island for honeymooners from the US and UK, Jumby Bay combines refined luxury against an untainted, natural backdrop, making it one of the most serene spots in the region. The Oetker Collection property also partners often with reputable spirits brands like Casamigos for couples who want their spicy margaritas on the beach. With impeccable suites and sweeping villas, a Jumby Bay honeymoon is a well-recommended start to marriage.

Turneffe Island Resort, Belize

This 14-acre private island in Belize has a mere 22 guest rooms, providing the type of intimacy and seclusion you crave in honeymoon destinations. Of course, you can't go wrong booking the appropriately-named Honeymoon Villa, which includes a private infinity plunge pool, an outdoor shower, a screened porch to enjoy nature sans bugs, and some other special treats. What do we mean? Breakfast in bed and a champagne toast! This part of Belize is known for its scuba diving and fishing sites, and the property can arrange a visit to the infamous Great Blue Hole.

The streets of Venice lead off towards the lagoon, and San Clemente island in the background.
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San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, Italy

When considering a private island honeymoon, Italy isn't exactly top of mind. But technically speaking, Venice is an island of its own. For those who are more city-minded than tropical, a stay at this Italian property includes the option of relaxation for two against the backdrop of one of the most famous cities in the world. A stay at the palazzo includes a massage for two, as well as a bottle of San Clemente at the spa. Don't forget to book a private meal on Sunset Hill overlooking the Venetian lagoon. The dining table is adorned with red rose petals, and couples will want to savor their champagne, oyster platter and a full-course meal crafted by the chef.

VOMO Island, Fiji

If you're going to go big for your honeymoon, book your private island resort stay at VOMO Island in Fiji. They truly cater to newlyweds with a vast array of activities for two. A well-recommended excursion is to visit the "little sister" island of Vomo Lailai that is only available to one couple per day. While there, you will enjoy a gourmet picnic, use of beach chairs, towels and drinks. They'll give you a two-way radio and someone will hop over quickly. If you want to stay near your private oceanfront villa, the resort can arrange a beachside dining experience on the shoreline with a private waiter to serve savory lobster, crab and champagne. At the tail end of the island is Mt. Vomo, where couples can enjoy everything from paddleboarding and kayaking to snorkeling, scuba diving, golfing, and more.

Coco Bodu Hithi, The Maldives

This serene and majestic resort is the private island couples dream about when considering a honeymoon in the Maldives. Pristine sandy beaches, blue water and all of the intimacy and romance a location can provide, Coco Bodu Hithi is a unique honeymoon hotel. Its wellness package includes a spread of canapes and champagne in a private villa, a couples massage, facial, a private sunset yoga class, and a five-course dinner at their on-site Japanese restaurant, Tsuki. When choosing which room to call your home-away-from-home, consider the Bodu Hith Coco Residence, which includes a private pool and outdoor terrace.

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