After months of wedding planning, sleepless nights spent stressing over wedding cake trends and agonising over table plans, you’ll be more than ready for a break with your new spouse. The good news is, you won’t need to travel far to get your relaxation fix, with so many luxury honeymoon destinations in Europe. From idyllic Italian resorts favoured by the likes of George and Amal Clooney to Croatian hideaways adored by Royals, we predict you’ll have a tough time choosing from our pick of the very best.
Check out our top luxury honeymoon destinations in Europe.
Flight time: Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes to Dubrovnik and approx. 3-hour ferry to Hvar.
Celeb fans: Prince Harry, Beyoncé.
Known by some as the St Tropez of Eastern Europe, Hvar’s old-style charm, peaceful atmosphere and beautiful bays make it a top choice for honeymooners. Nestled on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Hvar boasts a main island packed with boutiques and restaurants as well as a number of nearby smaller islands perfect for day tripping.
Add a little party to the mix and head to Carpe Diem for music, drinks and club vibes all day on their exclusive beach. Kick back on the sumptuous double loungers and sip a cocktail - you’re guaranteed to feel like an A-lister honeymooning here.
Flight time: Approx. 3 hours 50 minutes
Celeb fans: Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian
With white-washed villas, charming chapels and azure sea, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped right onto a movie set in Santorini. The Greek island suits both couples looking for sun-soaked beach days and a spot of leisurely sight-seeing, as well as those wanting to enjoy the lively nightlife.
As a luxe resort, popular with honeymooners from across the globe, Santorini has a wide variety of hotels and suites offering everything you could possibly need for a celeb-worthy trip. Invest in a spa hotel for a true touch of luxury; we love the San Antonio Luxury Hotel.
Flight time: Approx. 3 hours 10 minutes
Celeb fans: Meghan Markle
Another luxury honeymoon destination in Europe fit for royalty, the 16th-century capital city has more history in one of its characterful corners than many islands can boast!
Before Meghan became HRH the Duchess of Sussex, the TV and real-life royalty visited Valletta, Malta to explore her Maltese ancestry. While in the charming city, she discovered the heritage attractions, delicious Mediterranean food and stunning harbour views. Follow in her glamorous footsteps and take a harbour cruise followed by a trip to the open-air theatre!
Lake Como, Italy
Flight time: Approx. 2 hours
Celeb fans: George and Amal Clooney
Popular ever since the Victorians travelled to it on their Grand Tours, Lake Como continues to thrive today as one of the top luxury honeymoon destinations in Europe. With a number of spa resorts ideal for honeymooners lining the lakefront, the only stress-inducing thing about Lake Como will be selecting just one to stay in!
Stunning views and luxury hotels aside, Lake Como is also an excellent choice for discerning foodie couples looking to sample authentic Italian cuisine. Pull on the choicest pieces from your honeymoon wardrobe and soak up the glamour as you feast on heavenly dishes – bliss!
Flight time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Celeb fans: Idris Elba, Orlando Bloom, Kate Moss
The first mention of ‘The White Isle’ may immediately summon thoughts of 18-30s holidays or 00s classic comedy Kevin and Perry Go Large but hear us out. Away from the clubbing scene is a unique honeymoon hotspot that boasts Unesco protected scenery, chic bars and a thriving wellness industry.
Pristine beaches, drool-worthy Spanish food and hotels made to be seen in, make this a luxury honeymoon destination in Europe worth checking out. Plus, if you’re partial to a poolside party or two, you’re just a stone’s throw away from Europe’s hedonistic hub, so you can continue celebrating your marriage into the wee hours!
Flight time: Approx. 2 hours and 5 minutes
Celeb fans: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga
Picture super-yachts and cocktail lounges, millionaires with impressive tans and supercars and you’re on your way to imagining a slice of life in Saint-Tropez. Away from the flashiness, the resort is famed for its slightly more understated and relaxed vibe, perfect for honeymooners looking for a true escape.
Take a boat tour and enjoy the sights as you float by or hire a car and go on your own romantic excursion along the Riviera coast. When you’re done exploring, simply pitch up at a harbourside café and watch the world go by – you may even spot a famous face or two!
Now all you need to do is decide what to include on your honeymoon gift list!