Beaches are romantic, period. There is just something about the heat of the tropics that inspires and heightens one’s emotions. Maybe it’s the pink sunset, or the sound of gentle waves on a shore, or just the carefree atmosphere that gives rise to L-O-V-E. If you’re planning an upcoming honeymoon (firstly, congratulations on getting hitched) and both of you are fans of the sand and sea, then this article is for you! We’ve rounded up the ten most romantic beaches around the world so you can have a Blue Lagoon-esque honeymoon worthy of swooning.
Reethi Beach, Baa Atoll, Maldives
The Maldives is iconic for its’ pure white beaches contrasted against electric blue waters. Of the 1,000 coral islands, Reethi Beach is considered one of the most beautiful. It’s a tiny island, so you will feel like it’s just you and your partner alone in this stunning tropical paradise. The overwater villas add to the otherworldly charm, and you can spend evenings on the beach watching dolphins leap into the sunset. Despite the luxury, it feels down-to-earth, casual and carefree. Other activities like a refreshing couples’ spa and top-notch diving are also at your disposal. Perfect for a tranquil honeymoon for you to enjoy and appreciate each other’s company.
Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Seychelles
This beach is so stunning it 1) looks photoshopped and 2) will ruin all other beaches for you. Anse Source D’Argent is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The white sand is shaded by low-lying palm trees and large boulders. The waters are shallow but very clear, so you can see bright tropical fish and graceful sea turtles swimming beneath the water surface. Le Repaire is a beautiful boutique hotel on the island, and with only nine rooms and access to a private beach, other noisy travelers won’t be a vibe-killer for your romantic getaway.
La Cuvette Beach, Grand Baie, Mauritius
A hidden gem of Mauritius, this relatively peaceful beach is the perfect backdrop for a romantic honeymoon. Its charm lies in its simplicity — there are no dashing cliffs or awesome coastlines to gawk at, simply a sandy white beach and crystal clear waters with a handful of stalls selling refreshing drinks and local cuisine. The ease and lack of extravagance only add to the experience of being on a secluded island, which makes it all the more mysterious and romantic. That being said, there are also superb five-star hotels on Grand Baie, check out Grand Baie Resort Hotel & Spa for some luxurious living.
Pink Sands Beach, Dunmore, Bahamas
Pretty in pink has never been more true. This unique beach actually has pink sand — a result of Foraminifera, microscopic creatures whose red and pink shells give the beach its’ color. If you walk closer, you’ll notice that the beach is a gradient of pink, deepest where the waves meet the shore and it gets lighter as you walk further away from the waters, where it becomes white. This stunning beach becomes even more vibrant at sunrise and sunset when the orange and deep reds of the sky clash with the pink sand. It is a magnificent sight to behold, and who else to share this experience with than the love of your life?
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
French Polynesia is the ultimate romanticized island paradise. It enchanted the Europeans in the 16th-century with its lush tropics, exotic customs and beautiful inhabitants. Today, it continues to lure thousands of people to its’ many heavenly islands, and Bora Bora is one that draws the most tourists. It is a luxury destination for those looking for a tranquil retreat. Explore the fabulous underwater world together with a scuba diving day trip, then treat yourselves to a relaxing couples’ spa at the Intercontinental Resort & Thalasso Spa. We recommend you go between November to April before the summer crowds invade from May all the way till October.
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
India is one of those countries that is largely overlooked as a beach destination, and Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island is actually ranked the seventh best beach in the world by Time magazine. The waters are clear and perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving, where you can admire the stunning coral reefs that surround the island. Radhanagar Beach has its’ own little superstar — an adorable elephant named Rajan who you can go swimming with! For your hotel, Barefoot Havelock is a luxury eco-retreat set in the rainforest behind the beach, and you get your own little thatched villa built from sustainably-sourced indigenous materials.
Karma Beach, Kuta Selatan, Bali
Bali is not the place to go for truly magnificent beaches — sadly most of the beaches are heavily polluted and overcrowded by the swarms of tourists it gets each year. But that’s not the case for all of Bali’s beaches. Set in Uluwatu, on the southern coast, is a breathtakingly beautiful beach against a towering set of cliffs. It is a less-visited area due to inaccessibility, but the luxurious Karma Kandara Resort has a perfect location right on top of the cliffs, giving you a panoramic view of the sea. Uluwatu also has a famous temple that is one of Bali’s main attractions. You can head there for an exciting day trip. If you’re looking to spend your honeymoon in Southeast Asia, this is a must-go, especially since you’ll be waking up in paradise every day.
Taling Ngam Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand may not be the first destination that comes to mind for a romantic, serene honeymoon. Its’ islands are better known for being backpacker havens and locations for drunken beachfront raves. Taling Ngam Beach is not one of those. Located on the larger island of Koh Samui, it sits on the western coast as an unspoiled natural paradise with cool sea breeze and enchanting sunsets. Stay at the InterContinental Resort for a gorgeous infinity pool and views of the ocean. The island itself offers many exciting activities to do as a couple, like chasing waterfalls at Na Muang or enjoying nature in Ang Thong Marine Park.
Sveti Stefan Beach, Montenegro
On the Adriatic Coast lies an islet called Sveti Stefan, a seaside hideaway against the wild, untamed backdrop of Montenegro. The Eastern European countries are all mysterious in their own ways, but the little country of Montenegro is particularly so. East meets West in the five-star retreat of Aman Sveti Stefan Hotel, a red-bricked castle set atop crashing ocean waves complete with grand Turkish baths, superb seafood and a luxurious spa. You’ll truly feel like you are living in a fairytale during your stay.
Hyams Beach, New South Wales, Australia
We always describe beaches as “sandy white”, but this beach is actually white. Located on the southern shores of Jervis Bay, this beautiful beach is fantastic to just lie back and soak up all of nature’s bounties, and your other half’s presence of course. This spot is particularly good for whale watching, and Booderee National Park makes for a fascinating campsite. Hyams Beach Seaside Cottages are perfect, dreamy little houses that will make your stay feel cozy and right at home in this paradise.
Just a word of warning: you may never want to return home after you visit these places. So get booking! Don’t forget to bring along your pool floats when you hit these beautiful beaches! If you don’t have one, you can always get a flamingo float to complement the dreamy summer vibes on your holiday. And try to avoid peak seasons, nothing ruins a romantic vacation like an overcrowded beach.