Karyn Wofford is a freelance writer in the fields of travel, eco-tourism, and wellness. She’s an avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up with a passion for travel, exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean, and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.
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Sure, you could go on a cruise or stay at a hotel, but an Airbnb is an undoubtedly magnificent way to find a romantic place to stay without spending a fortune. Honeymoons are a mesmerizing time for couples, so your accommodations should live up to the expectations. From private ocean villas to gorgeous mountainside cabins, these Airbnb locations will have you and your honey totally stunned.
Hector Cave House in Santorini is one of the iconic white structures carved into the hillside. While once serving as a wine cellar, the breathtaking villa now offers a plush loft king bed and two bathrooms. But what truly sells this property as a honeymooner’s paradise is the sky-high veranda complete with plunge pool, ambient lighting and seating to sip wine or enjoy a sunrise breakfast. Soaking in views of Caldera Cliff, Thirassia Island and a volcano couldn’t be more romantic. Side note—villas in Santorini Greece are surprisingly low in price compared to other luxury destinations, and there are gorgeous attractions to explore on the island.
So many Bali Airbnbs are honeymoon worthy, but this hut amongst lushly green foliage takes the cake. Various lounging nooks weave through the treehouse oasis. While the beach is a mere three minutes walk, you can see the waters from the property. But there’s a chance you might not even want to leave this secluded paradise, unless for an authentic meal in the village, which can also be accessed on foot.
Off the grid honeymoon in Hawaii? Yes, please. A cinder path winds through a tropical forest near Hilo, and Volcanoes National Park. Upon seeing the wood structure emerge, elevated among the trees, you’ll be swooning. Enter the top portion through a trap door to reach the luxe amenities like your bedroom retreat and an impressively designed bathroom. Solar power and all the creature comforts are here, so one can just feel disconnected rather than really roughing it. Enjoy the provided local coffee in the mornings, lounging on the porch with your love.
Simple and earthy, this Tahitian bungalow hovers over the ocean waters in the village of Vairao. Sleep high in the loft or in the nook on the first floor, and enjoy intimate dining within your own private kitchen. But the outside deck space is likely where you’ll want to lounge. Snorkeling, fishing, kayaking and biking gear can all be provided for an adventurous getaway. The retreat sleeps six, so maybe the in-laws could tag along. (Insert sarcastic comment).
On Emile Duploye Street in Bordeaux, France exists a heavenly apartment with 18th-century roots. Inside is a touch of modernity, yet the walls and structure are a glimpse back in time. A tiny kitchen with a pop of red tile meets the main sleeping space and a bathroom with sleek aesthetics. A retractable staircase leads to a loft with a bed. And last but not least is the balcony equipped with intricate iron railing and a bistro table, and of course views of the historic streets. Place de La bourse, bars and eateries are nearby.
What fairytale wedding would be complete without a stay in a castle? And even better, a medieval tower in Tuscania, Italy. Other than a few touches here and there, and likely much more comfortable beds, the castle remains consistent in appearance, to its age-old roots. Your portion of the tower has sweeping views of the surroundings, whether it be from your room, or the tower top terrace and a private patio space with gardens are yours alone. The owners encourage guests to explore—wander through the abbey or the farm as well.
The beach isn’t for every honeymooner, so how about staying on a mountain hill in Kolsstaðir, Iceland? Secluded, pristine, and with sightings of animals such as arctic fox, couples can find complete rejuvenation within this simplistic but well-equipped cottage. From October to April, the northern lights dance overhead the property, making for incredibly memorable moments. Buðardalur, a nearby village with grocery stores and little restaurants is only a 15-minute drive away.
For a memorable honeymoon, you can travel to a land that’s magical that it housed the filming location for the Hobbit’s Shire from Lord of the Rings. The elevated hut has incredible views of surrounding mountainous terrain, which you’ll be given a hiking map for. Inside is eclectic and rustic, and there’s a dreamy outdoor hot bath that sits near the cliffs. So kick back, drink some wine and try to convince yourself that it is all real. Pepin Island is quite private, and the perfect place for newlyweds to celebrate.
Mykonos is also known as “the island of the winds”, as breezes often below throughout the breathtaking seaside destination. Come find your own private oasis, in this lovely white-washed, classic Greek structure. Honeymooners will have access to their own pool, which seamlessly blends with the horizon of the ocean. Inside, the space is welcoming, and cheerful at the same time. Relax under the pergola, or make your way to town, to explore restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
Yamanouchi, Japan is known for its deep historic roots and being an onsen district. Another notable site that is nearby, is a park where you can view snow monkeys, also known as Jigokudani Yaen Kōen. Weddings aren’t cheap, and neither is getting to Japan, but you can stay in a traditional Japanese hotel that is a little lighter on the wallet. Enjoy the privacy of your own tatami room, along with accommodations that are true to the culture. Romance can be found around every corner, and down every endearingly cozy street.