Compiled by Marian Amini and Hayley Woodward
SKIP THE OVERCROWDED HOTELS AND INSTEAD SPEND YOUR HONEYMOON LIKE A LOCAL IN ONE OF THESE LAVISH INTERNATIONAL AIRBNBS
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Located in the “Golden Neighborhood” of Barcelona, this top-floor apartment combines old-world charm with modern sophistication. Enjoy cool nights on the enormous private terrace. During the day, a short walk will take you to some of Barcelona’s most historic sites, such as Plaza de Catalunya, La Rambla, Portal de l’Àngel, the Gothic Quarter, El Born and la Boqueria market. You can also book massages, a private yacht tour and a private cooking class.
PRICE: $999 per night
2. Cape Town, South Africa
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean—and the mountains—are highlights of this modern Cape Town apartment. Luxurious features include a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, surround-sound music, extra-length king-size beds and a weekday cleaning service. Located in Camps Bay, the apartment is within walking distance of posh shopping, dining and the beach.
PRICE: $732 per night
3. Hope Town, Bahamas
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Here, you live off the water. Perfectly tucked into a tropical, mile-long island surrounded by coconut palms and flowers, this two-bedroom cottage is exactly 591⁄2 steps away from the shore, and features private beaches, a quiet backdrop and a laid-back island life: no grocery store or restaurant in sight, just a beach bar. Hope Town—and its historic lighthouses, museums and delicious restaurants—is a short boat ride away. Rent a vessel when you book.
PRICE: $300 per night
4. Santorini, Greece
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Tucked away in the cliffs of Santorini in the quiet Imerovigli village, this romantic one-bedroom villa is the quintessence of Greek tradition in its construction—all white walls, curved entries and a Mediterranean feel. Villa Ilios provides expansive views of the Aegean Sea, the area’s famous sunsets and surrounding islands. Soak in the scenery in the secluded cave pool.
PRICE: $888 per night
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Mon dieu! The views! Gaze out the windows of this three-bedroom, top-floor flat and you’ll be looking straight at the Eiffel Tower. Have morning coffee on the balcony, stroll along the Seine, visit the Louvre, stop for a crepe and go to sleep with the twinkling lights of the tower in the distance. And remember, you’ll always have Paris.
PRICE: $832 per night
6. Queenstown, New Zealand
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: What’s not to love about floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Remarkables mountain range, shops and restaurants just a five-minute stroll from your doorstep and an outdoor entertainment area with a traditional kiwi barbecue? Plush comforters and a real log fireplace add extra luxury to this extravagant townhouse, designed with native New Zealand materials. Book a stay for seven nights or more and you’ll get a mid-stay clean too.
PRICE: $1,198 per night
7. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This sunny villa is a tranquil honeymoon destination in San Miguel, a colonial-era city known for its baroque Spanish architecture and lively arts scene. Our favorite features: authentic Mexican décor, a personal cook and maid, a walled garden and five—yes, five—fireplaces.
PRICE: $438 per night
8. Sydney, Australia
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Proximity to the best spots in the city and a truly luxurious space designed by award-winning architects K.P.D.O. are the high points of this harbor-front home. The botanical gardens, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Opera House and restaurants and shops of Potts Points are all within walking distance of the newly renovated space.
PRICE: Starting at $609 per night; Get 10 percent off if you book an entire week.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The bustling streets of Tokyo are your playground at this modern sky-view apartment. The big shopping mall La La Port is within walking distance and, by taxi, the Tsukiji fish market, the renowned Ginza shopping district, Kabuki-za Theater and Tsukishima Monja Street are 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 15 minutes and three minutes away. Happy exploring!
PRICE: $204 per night
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This Venetian penthouse has the Rialto Bridge on one side and the district of San Marco on the other. Relax like a native (that is, when you’re not sightseeing) on the two terraces that look out over the historical area. The Asian antiques and chic aesthetic on the inside are a very beautiful bonus.
PRICE: $281 per night