12 romantic villas for a private luxury honeymoon

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By Jane Anderson

If privacy is the new luxury, villas are the way forward for newlyweds. Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons, selects her favourites

Carissa Villa, Kenya

Carissa Villa at Ol Lentille on the Laikipia Plateau is a dreamy African hideaway for two – so pretty in fact, it looks like something out of a movie. Your little roundel of a house comes with sweeping savannah views from your bed, open-air bathtub, fireplace in the lounge, a private pavilion for intimate dinners, the exclusive use of a 4x4 safari vehicle and personal Maasai guide. This place is also community-owned, so you know your honeymoon money is going local. More details from Mahlatini (https://www.mahlatini.com/kenya/laikipia-plateau/ol-lentille).

Carissa Villa

Malabar Hills, Sri Lanka

Malabar Hills was created especially for couples - preferably ones in love - with 12 private villas romantically perched on a hilltop overlooking the jungly hills and ocean at Weligama. All villas come with private salt-water infinity pools, floor to ceiling glass doors and artisan furniture reflecting the Sri Lankan heritage. Perfect for honeymooners who appreciate nature and just a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride from the beach. Drag yourselves away for a day safari at Yala National Park at the very least. More details from Barefoot Traveller (https://www.barefoot-traveller.com/tour-item/honeymoon-to-sri-lanka/).


Wolf’s Trail Cottage, Turkey

After a hectic wedding, Wolf’s Trail Cottage is the perfect place for newlyweds to hide themselves away amongst the mountains of the Bozburun Peninsula. Hewn out of local stone and wood, this authentic Turkish house has a pretty pool with panoramic views over the wooded valleys down to the coast. There’s a fresh water jacuzzi too, and owner Ayhan is a talented local guide who can show you the local area or leave you in total peace. More details from Fleewinter (https://www.fleewinter.com/stays/Wolfs-Trail-Cottage/).

Wolf’s Trail Cottage

Scorpio, Kefalonia, Greece

Scorpio is made for just two, and is part of Kefalonia Boutique Villas, a cluster of hillside houses that scores highly as one of i-escape’s top rated places last year. The oversized bed has a sexy dark-wood backdrop and the living area has quirky details such as an end-table made from an old beehive. The main attraction is the indoor-outdoor infinity pool that wraps around this romantic find that couples come back to in a heartbeat. More details from i-escape (https://www.i-escape.com/kefalonia-boutique-villas).


Sandals Royal Caribbean, Jamaica

Sandals is your go-to choice for a honeymoon villa with everything included in the price from dining to scuba diving – and even your wedding vows if you so wish. Over the Water Private Island Butler Villas with infinity pools at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay were the first ever over-water suites of their kind in the Caribbean. Accessible only by boat, they feature floating hammocks, glass floors and outdoor showers, plus private check-in and butler service. What’s not to love? More details from Sandals (https://www.sandals.co.uk/all-inclusive/over-the-water/villas/).

Sandals Royal

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Maldives

We all know the Maldives is choc-a-bloc with honeymoon villas, but Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Maldives does it with old-school panache. With your own plunge pool and private steps down to the Indian Ocean, twin loungers or a double if you prefer, and a king-size bed overlooking the turquoise expanse of sea, plus your very own butler on round the clock alert, what more could you ask for? Details from Away Holidays (https://www.awayholidays.co.uk/indianocean/maldives/adaaran-prestige-vadoo.aspx).


Villa Bumortu, Corsica

Offering incredible views across the Gulf of Valinco, Villa Bumortu on Corsica’s west coast ticks all the boxes for a romantic honeymoon hideaway. The secluded pool is a delight and its romantic terrace is the perfect place to dine and toast one another with a glass of champagne as the sun goes down. Olmeto is just 3km away, along with plenty of beautiful beaches to explore together. Details from Corsican Places (https://www.corsica.co.uk/villa-bumortu).

Villa Bumortu

473 Boutique Resort, Grenada

The Spice Island of Grenada is a beautiful Caribbean island for honeymooners, and the garden villas at 473 Boutique Resort lend themselves to the authentic local feel here with a private zen garden and terrace with comfy loungers to indulge in doing absolutely nothing. Light-filled interiors are gently retro and bedrooms have sea-view garden terraces. The resort’s infinity pool is ready and waiting for couples, plus there are white sand beaches either side of the resort too. Details from Tropical Sky (https://www.tropicalsky.co.uk/caribbean-holidays/grenada/473-grenada-boutique-resort).

473 Boutique

The View, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi resort is known for its views of the limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay and for its one-of-a-kind villa, The View. With epic views from its infinity edge pool, sunken dining area and mezzanine floor, it takes honeymoons to another level with its own private cinema, and a glass floor at the end of the king-size bed with views of the waterfall cascading through the jungle beneath. Details from Turquoise Holidays (https://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/destinations/asia/thailand/phuket-khao-lak-islands/six-senses-yao-noi/).

The View

Casa Francigena, Lazio, Italy

Set on a hillside overlooking the medieval town of Bolsena and the lake of the same name, Casa Francigena is a pretty bungalow-style villa with spacious gardens and private pool. Couples adore its homely Italian vibe with wooden interiors and cosy terrace with outdoor barbeque, just perfect for intimate dinners for two. It’s the sort of place you can imagine yourself living in, in another laidback life where the Dolce Vita comes first. Details from Vintage Travel (https://www.vintagetravel.co.uk/villas/villas-in-italy/casa-francigena/).

Casa Francigena

Son Bunyola, Mallorca

The three blow-the-budget villas at Son Bunyola in the Tramuntana mountains offer one of the most idyllic settings in Mallorca for a honeymoon. Operated by Virgin Limited Edition, the estate is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and the villas are large enough for a small wedding party, offering all-out indulgence for newlyweds. As well as the privacy of their own villa, with the option to book bespoke photography, a private chef and wine tasting, couples also enjoy full use of the rest of this incredible resort. The best of both worlds. Details from Virgin Limited Edition (https://www.virginlimitededition.com/son-bunyola/villas/).

Son Bunyola

Secret Villa, Nissaki, Corfu

The Secret Villa is so private and secluded that its exact location can only be revealed once you’ve booked. Tucked amongst olive trees within private grounds, it has clean, modern interiors and a freeform private pool and terrace overlooking the blue waters of Nissaki Bay. Authentic tavernas are just a couple of kilometres away and Nissaki village with its bakery, boat hire and beaches is just a five-minute drive. Honeymooners receive a special welcome pack too. Details from Simpson Travel (https://www.simpsontravel.com/greece/corfu/simpson-secret-corfu).