The cake has been cut, the last man/woman standing has finally decided to call it a night, and even the inordinately expensive flower arrangements are looking tired. Weddings are exhausting - it’s no wonder so many couples need a break to recover.
Let’s be honest, it’s the honeymoon that really puts the icing on the intricately-crafted, organic, five-layer cake. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have the romantic vacation of your dreams, so you might as well go big. And no one does big better than a celebrity.
If you're looking for a honeymoon with added wow, A-list approved destinations are a great place to start. Whether you’re an outdoorsy couple, adventure-loving, sun-seekers, or get your kicks from arts and culture, the honeymoons of the rich and famous run the whole gamut.
So, where do the famous kick back post-wedding? Well, for some A-listers, the more exclusive the destination, the better - not everyone can get a look in at Richard Branson’s famous Necker Island, after all. But not all star pairs choose destinations beyond the reach of Jo Public. In fact, many travel to some popular honeymoon hotspots like Hawaii and Bali. And the list is not all white sand and palm trees, either - just look at Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s African safari, or at Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Arizona getaway.
Sadly, the course of love didn’t run smoothly for some of these famous couples but don’t let that put you off - these locations remain a strong choice. Prepare to be inspired by these 20 celeb honeymoon locations. Passports at the ready.
20 20. Start Saving Yesterday: The Very Exclusive Necker Island
Ronnie Wood chose Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island, for his 2012 honeymoon with third wife Sally, and comedian Eddie Murphy had his honeymoon here with then-wife Nicole in 1993.
If you are lucky enough to be a friend of Branson’s, then it will probably cost you nothing to stay on Necker, in the British Virgin Islands. Mere mortals, however, need to shell out £40,000 a night. But in addition to privacy and bragging rights, that kind of money buys you 60 staff, including three five-star chefs, who can dish up anything from a fine dining tasting menu to floating sushi bars.
There is a bar, a cinema, two tennis courts, two pools plus water-skiing, kitesurfing and parasailing on offer. Or guests can just enjoy the wildlife, including 200 flamingos, lemurs, a pair of iguanas, and tortoises.
19 19. If It's Good Enough For Demi Moore...Saint Maarten/St Martin
Also referred to as St. Martin, it is a two-part island with ownership split between France and the Netherlands, located in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher honeymooned there, as did Courteney Cox and David Arquette, but while these couples’ vows didn’t stand the test of time, this honeymoon hotspot certainly does.
If you want a week of cocktails, couples massages, and canoodling on the sand, this lush 36-square-mile Caribbean paradise is for you. For sophistication and tranquility, chill in French St. Martin. But if you’d rather hit the casinos and party all night, go Dutch in St. Maarten. By the way, you will need a passport to day-trip across the border, so don’t forget to pack yours in your beach tote.
18 18. A Surprising Choice For Kim And Kanye: Ireland
It may not be your standard beach vacation, but Kimye was one with nature during their trip to Ireland. She even tweeted, “It’s such a calming relaxing place!” Which is precisely what you need on a Honeymoon getaway.
Reports are that the two headed to the Emerald Isle to honeymoon at the five-star Castlemartyr Resort near Cork City, where they spent their days touring the Ballyhoura Mountains, picnicking (complete with local cheddar cheese), and going to the movies. Maybe this notoriously over-the-top duo are really just like us. Maybe.
17 17. Created By The Gods: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban celebrated their newlywed status at the St. Regis Bora Bora in 2006. But they didn't stay in just any old room; instead, they holed up in a $15,000 per-night villa. What does an enormous price tag like that get you? A massive over-water suite that was fully equipped with butler service and a private swimming pool.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux also decided to celebrate their love on this French Polynesian island, and it’s easy to see why. This internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination is like a private oasis tailored entirely towards marital bliss. No wonder that in ancient times the island was called "Pora pora mai te pora," meaning "created by the gods" in the local Tahitian dialect.
You can be as active or inactive as you wish to be and since water is a way of life on the island, popular excursions include snorkeling, diving, cruising, fishing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, jet skiing, and shark and ray feeding.
16 16. Escape The Crowds On Turtle Island, Fiji
Nothing can ruin a honeymoon like other people. Luckily, Turtle Island is a private island paradise home to only 14 couples at a time.
Located in the center of Fiji’s Yasawa archipelago, the island has become known as one of the country’s most exclusive retreats and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the world's outstanding honeymoon destinations.
This is probably why it attracted the likes of Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson, who both honeymooned at the resort’s luxury villas, which come with a private veranda, complete with hot tub, outdoor shower, and a day bed in the sun.
15 15. The Perfect Blend Of Sun, Sea And Adventure: Costa Rica
From relaxing on white sands to hiking beside a 9,700-foot volcano - the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is the ideal choice for adventurous couples, which made it perfect for tennis star Andy Roddick and actress wife Brooklyn Decker.
The pairditched the courts and cameras for a luxury barefoot honeymoon on the resort, where they could enjoy an exhilarating zip-line ride through a cloud forest, his-and-hers organic coffee scrubs, and mango smoothies on the beach.
14 14. Crumbling Jungle Temples and Tropical Islands: Cambodia
After their wedding in Mexico, Eva Longoria and José Antonio Bastón jetted off to Cambodia for an adventure-filled honeymoon. The Desperate Housewives star even posted a pic of herself in front of the iconic Ta Prohm temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Cambodia may not be the first country that springs to mind when you think honeymoon, but with its smattering of tropical islands, awe-inspiring archeology and affordable luxury, it’s a magical destination for newlyweds.
While the majority of Cambodia’s islands remain pretty undeveloped, the stretches of Koh Rong Samleom are ideal for forging those unforgettable honeymoon memories. And if strolling through the jungle hand-in-hand discovering crumbling ruins is more your thing, then a visit to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is a must.
13 13. A Classic Honeymoon Destination: Bali, Indonesia
Bali’s mystical charm is contagious - just ask Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, who spontaneously decided to tie the knot while attending a friend’s wedding here in 2009. Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross spent their 2014 post-wedding escape at The St. Regis Bali Resort, perched on the white sand of Nusa Dua, and Channing Tatum and then wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, jetted off to Bali for a four-day mini-moon in happier times.
What to do on a honeymoon in Bali? Bali's natural beauty and its selection of great hotels and restaurants make it a perfect place for romance, even if you don’t have an A-list budget. From its idyllic seascapes to the cool and green tropical forests, and fascinating Hindu culture, it’s no surprise Bali remains one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations.
12 12. Be Spellbound By The Amalfi Coast, Italy
It’s little wonder stars have fallen under the spell of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, tucked just south of the city of Naples, with its charming hillside villages, citrus groves and to-die-for Mediterranean views. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend visited the coast of Portofino for their honeymoon, as did actor Reese Witherspoon and agent Jim Toth.
With its crystal clear water, classical architecture, candlelit cafes and mind-blowing, delicious food and wine, you are guaranteed romance by choosing this sumptuous destination.
11 11. An A-Lister's Favourite: Los Cabos, Mexico
This south-of-the-border sizzler is a perennial favourite with A-listers, including plenty of Hollywood honeymooners, including LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, before famously consciously uncoupling.
The region, which is on a peninsula, can be divided into two main areas separated by a 20-mile oceanfront tourism corridor. Cabo San Lucas is the glitzier of the two, with famous nightlife and great shopping, while San Jose del Cabo is more sedate, with an authentic small-town Mexico vibe. Look forward to Mexi-fusion cuisine and outdoor adventures ranging from ATV desert rides to whale watching.
10 10. Island Hop In The Maldives, Tom Cruise-Style
The Maldives is made up of 1,192 coral islands, grouped into 26 atolls which have 122 resort islands. But a honeymoon in the Maldives is going to be epic no matter where you stay.
After their wedding, actor Josh Duhamel and performer Fergie headed for the super posh One&Only Reethi Rah. At this secluded escape on a private atoll, guests arrive via luxury yacht and stay in thatch-roof overwater bungalows, complete with overwater wraparound hammocks, a custom-made terrazzo tub and a personal villa host.
Other superstar couples who’ve enjoyed a Maldivian honeymoon include Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who island-hopped aboard a luxury yacht, and pop star Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand, who indulged at Soneva Fushi by Six Senses before their breakup 14 months later.
9 9. The City Of Lights: Paris, France
Romance and Paris belong together like the famous couples who have honeymooned there. Isla Fisher and satirist Sacha Baron Cohen married in Paris and were rumoured to have holed up in the lavish Coco Chanel suite at the five-star Ritz Paris. British singer Lily Allen and painter Sam Cooper also flew here after their wedding and were spotted checking into the uber-hip Hotel Costes, dining at artist haunt Brasserie Lipp and touring the Musee d’Orsay.
For style, sophistication, luxury and culture, Paris can't be beaten.
8 8. Safari And Spas in Tanzania
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel reportedly jet-setted to Tanzania for a stay at the stunning Singita Faru Faru lodges in Grumeti. Guests at this luxury resort can enjoy the private reserve, hot air ballooning, four-by-four rides, plus a stress-relief spa, a wine collection with more than 200 varieties, and safari adventures on horseback.
Tanzania may not be the first place most couples think of when imagining a romantic honeymoon location, but this eastern African country offers a wealth of opportunities to view wildlife in famed spots like Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
7 7. For The Couple Who Ski Together: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Situated in the northwest corner of Wyoming, the Jackson Hole region is considered the gateway to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. With unparalleled mountain scenery around every corner, accommodation to suit all budgets, and an endless list of activities, it’s the perfect destination for newlyweds seeking that perfect balance of relaxation, exploration, and adventure.
Just ask Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden, who opted for a rustic-chic post-wedding retreat in the celeb hotspot. The new Mr and Mrs Madden reportedly spent their time relaxing together and hitting up local eateries, including the Q Roadhouse and Brewing Co.
6 6. Privacy And Tranquility In The Indian Ocean: Seychelles
The Republic of Seychelles, a 115-island country about 930 miles east of Africa, was the royal honeymoon choice of William and Kate, no less. The couple spent their 2011 honeymoon at its 11-villa North Island Resort, where a 10-day stay on the ultra-private island reportedly costs a whopping $720,000.
During Will and Kate's vacation, the couple had access to a private villa, butler service, and unlimited scuba diving and spa treatments. Hollywood royalty George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin also chose the private island for their newlywed getaway.
5 5. Crazy In Love: Paradise Valley, Arizona
If you had to guess the honeymoon location of music’s biggest couple, would Arizona even have crossed your mind? Well, that’s precisely where Beyoncé and Jay Z chose for their post-nuptial vacation, surprising pretty much, well, everyone.
The couple enjoyed some R&R at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, a desert oasis nestled between Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Mountain Preserve, and the McDowell Mountains. The beautiful resort is known for its mountain views and championship tennis courts, as well as an award-winning spa. Plus, the paparazzi were out of sight and out of mind, making the unexpected location all the more worth it.
4 4. Say Aloha To Hawaii
Hawaii is no doubt one of the world's most popular honeymoon destinations, and for good reason. It has all the classic ingredients - untouched beaches, rugged volcanoes and a rich culture. Perhaps that’s why (now ex-couple) Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green chose Big Island, where they enjoyed their first taste of wedded bliss at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
The couple reportedly indulged in some major post-wedding pampering, each receiving a spa treatment called "The Romance Escape" which included luxurious baths in a hinoki tub, aromatherapy wraps, and an 80-minute massage.
3 3. Sizzling Beaches and Sensual Samba: Brazil
Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson followed up their spectacular New Orleans wedding with a lust-worthy vacation to Brazil. In fact, the singer documented their trip on social media, sharing that their first stop was in Trancoso - a former fishing village turned trendy hotspot for jet-setters.
The newlyweds stayed at UXUA, the sole boutique hotel in the town's historic main square. They then jetted off to Corumbau, a paradise located in the Northeast region of Brazil. Knowles wrote on her profile: "Brazil could not have been kinder to us and our love..."
2 2. A Lesser-Known Gem In The Caribbean - Anguilla
This sleepy, 16-mile-long island boasts 33 beaches and some super-exclusive resorts, making it a no-brainer for privacy-seeking honeymooners.
After actor Orlando Bloom wed Australian model Miranda Kerr, the couple stayed in a two-story, ocean-view villa at the Viceroy, a stylish whitewashed resort nestled between Meads and Barnes bays. Of course, they had every A-list convenience to hand, but if they did venture beyond their resort, they will have enjoyed charming art galleries, funky lobster and barbecue-chicken joints, and dance-till-dawn reggae bars.
Please note, recovery from Hurricane Irma is continuing for Anguilla and many of its tourist spots are open for business, but best check the latest updates before booking.
1 1. The Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland
The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley kicked off the first part of her post-wedding celebrations by taking her new wife to Disneyland, and captioned an Instagram post: “Thank you @disneyland for helping us continue to have the best week ever!”
Disneyland is, after all, the happiest place on Earth and considering the original park is located in Anaheim, California, it's a hop, skip, and a jump away from the bright lights of Hollywood, making it a convenient short break for celebrity mini-moons.