There’s always a good reason for a sexy escape. Always. After nearly three decades of searching the world over for dreamy trip material, we know a thing or two about how to create an effortlessly indulgent getaway. Here are some of our favorites right now, whether you’re honeymooning or just in the mood for a romantic getaway.
SOUTH AFRICA & MOZAMBIQUE
Night safaris & your own private island
BEST FOR: Those who want to travel like a professional jet-setter; wine aficionados; foodies; and those seeking a seriously luxurious safari.
WHY GO: With every option under the sun, how does an Absolute Travel staffer pick their luxury honeymoon? Here’s how: This indulgent trip showcases the best South Africa and Mozambique have to offer. You’ll dine at Cape Town’s chicest restaurants and discover historical Cape Winelands most idyllic vineyards where you’ll learn about South Africa’s grapes and drink perfect glasses of Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. You’ll witness some of Africa’s fiercest predators and see them come to life on a legendary night safari, where encounters with the wildlife get heated! Cap off your luxury African safari on your own private island in Mozambique, where you’ll unwind at one of the world’s most impossibly stunning properties. Anything this special is remote. To get to this remote archipelago travelers must take a teeny plane, switch over to a boat, and cruise through the warm turquoise waters until you arrive at the most lovely private island you could dream up. Exclusivity and raw beauty is a given: Think dramatic cliffs, kaleidoscopes of fish, white sand beaches, your personal butler, and a super-chic coral and stone villa all to yourself. Choose how you want to spend your days: You can kayak turquoise waters, come face-to-face with sea turtles and a kaleidoscope of coral, or even hop to another part of the island for some serious culture and a step back in time. Note: we highly recommend this trip for scuba divers. All levels, beginners to pro, will appreciate the region’s healthy reefs and superb diversity of marine life.
Horse-drawn carriages, hot-air balloon rides & your personal palace
BEST FOR: Lovers of design and architecture; indulgence & pampering in its most romantic form.
MONTANA & UTAH
WHY GO: What makes a perfect getaway? If your answer is a sexy, chic, and an exotic locale that’s easy to get to, this may be the trip for you. This deluxe journey takes you from Fes’s rich medinas, vibrant artisanal quarters, and ancient souks, to the famous Saadian Tombs and romantic restaurants of Marrakech and onward. Take a traditional horse-drawn carriage to the Jardin Majorelle, the garden Yves Saint Laurent gifted to Marrakech (a bouquet of flowers certainly wasn’t enough for his favorite city), then soar over the area on a breathtaking hot-air balloon ride. Beyond Marrakech, continue to the High Atlas Mountains and Sir Richard Branson’s romantic retreat–the antidote to the city life. This luxe mountain sanctuary will almost immediately transport you by the smell of rose petals; gardens filled with pomegranates, figs, and walnuts; as many hammam treatments as you can fit in; and secret spots to steal a quiet moment for yourselves. We recommend skipping the main hotel and choosing to call a private Berber tent home for a few nights. After beautiful mountain treks and village visits during the day, indulge in your private pool, soak up the view, or simply sleep in. Cap off the trip by descending to the windswept coastal town of Essaouira for a stay at a renovated palace set inside the medina. You will feel like Moroccan royalty on this trip.
Exclusive hideaways in the wild west
BEST FOR: Travelers seeking time to rejuvenate among some of the most gorgeous views and hotels on the planet with a little adventure mixed in. No passport necessary.
BALI & SUMBA
WHY GO: This trip strikes the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. First, get lost in Montana’s powerfully beautiful and rugged landscape at The Ranch at Rock Creek. You’ll feel like you’re living in a Western novel as you ride past endless rail fences, fly fish the rushing creeks, and saddle up at the Silver Dollar Saloon in the evening. Continue to Utah’s canyon country, a region that is magical, otherworldly and so beautiful it will leave you silent. The stark landscape demands to be explored, and we have the best base from which to do this: Amangiri. This exclusive hideaway is surrounded by five national parks with plunging canyons, towering bluffs, painterly vistas and rich Navajo experiences. We’re sure a visit to this untouched valley will leave you rejuvenated, refreshed, and grounded.
An escape more beautiful than you can imagine
BEST FOR: Lovers of remote locals, exotic food, surfing, culture and serious romance
WHY GO: There’s a reason Bali tops travel and luxury honeymoon lists. It has a way of somehow always bringing out the best in us. This journey sums up the ultimate island experience with stops in the cultural haven of Bali and a surf retreat on the little-known Sumba Island: think waking up on the edge of wilderness, but in complete comfort. Expect hikes through ancient trees, exclusivity on private beaches, waking up in stilted villas overlooking turquoise waters, air perfumed with frangipani and the most sincere smiles on earth. While Bali and Sumba are just two of the more than 18,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago, their jaw-dropping natural beauty and mystical culture set these islands apart. You’ll stay at some of our favorite hotels that overlook the ocean and nestle into the lush forests, explore the islands’ temples and markets, take in traditional dance performances, be pampered with locally-inspired spa treatments, and feast on gourmet picnics prepared in jungle gazebos and on the beach on this romantic vacation. Another reason we love this trip? One of the most famous waves in the world rolls off Sumba, and draws surfers from all over the world. With only 12 surfers allowed at a time, it’s one of the most exclusive waves in the world and offers fantastic shows whether you’re in the water or not. Not a pro? No problem. Nihiwatu seeked out a neighboring bay with smaller waves to practice before tackling the big guy. There’s also horseback riding on the beach (you may bump into locals and their revered water buffalo), village visits (meet the artisans–their ikat is worth leaving room in your suitcase) and all the wellness activities you can dream up.
What to know
If you think you may want to work with one of our travel experts, it’s best to start the conversation as soon as possible. That way, you’ll have the greatest chance of securing your ideal hotels and experiences. It’ll also give you ample time to play around with ideas and design a journey that truly inspires you. But if you only have a few months to plan your getaway, that’s okay too. We’re experts at making seemingly impossible trips come together. It may just mean you have to think creatively about the spectacular location you choose, or to visit an amazing under-the-radar hotel (these are often the best ones, by the way!). We may be biased, but in our minds there’s no question planning a trip like this is the time to work with a travel expert. We will take care of every detail so you can focus on being in the moment together.
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