The dream destination
Thinking of a European 'moon? Greece's affordable islands beckon, including blue-and-white beauties Mykonos and Santorini. Mix up a traditional European honeymoon itinerary by jetting to Portuguese capital Lisbon or Budapest in Hungary. For island chilling, try Malta or Menorca, a calmer Spanish alternative to Ibiza. For natural highs, Oman's Alila Jabal Akhdar offers mountain-peak perfection, or canoodle while watching Iceland's Northern Lights at the super sleek 101 Hotel in Reykjavik.
Over on the west coast, Perth has just welcomed the elegant 48-room COMO The Treasury. Housed in 140-year-old state buildings, the hotel's gorgeous boudoirs are joined by the indulgent COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa, a 20-metre indoor pool and an exciting new precinct of wining, dining and hand-picked local stores. It also makes a chic stopover before picking up Air Mauritius flights to the Indian Ocean.
For glam surfside Sydney stays, QT Bondi is perched on the site of the old Swiss Grand Resort & Spa, right across from the beach. If you want to get out of the city, head to Bannisters by the Sea at Mollymook on the NSW South Coast, where Collette Dinnigan has refurbished two Penthouse Suites (Rick Stein's restaurant is another draw). Flash new 35-room sister escape Bannisters Pavilion recently opened nearby. In Canberra, Hotel Hotel offers cutting-edge Australian design, food, drink and guest bikes.
If you're a believer in 'the more, the merrier', book a big multi-room abode and roll your destination wedding into your honeymoon, inviting your posse along for the ride. How does a French château for 12 sound? Or a six-bedroom oceanfront villa in Bali? An eight-bed villa in Tuscany? Or a summer house for 16 on Greece's Antiparos Island? The only hard part will be deciding where to go... oh, and how many pics to post to your Instagram feed.
Overseas, go wild at minimal-yet-cosy Fogo Island Inn near Newfoundland in Canada, where iceberg-dotted horizons provide a cliché-free honeymoon setting. The Treehotel in Swedish Lapland offers canopy-top cabins shaped like a UFO, bird's nest and mirror cube, while new Brit country club Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire lets you live out your English countryside fantasies with horseriding, boating, tennis, cycling and even an ice rink in winter.
The mini and multimoon
The fitspo getaway
The 'moon for your Instagram feed
The hotel hop
Can't decide on a destination, but know which hotel brand you like? Then string together several stays from your favourite accommodation group to make up an unforgettable moon (the travel equivalent of dressing in top-to-toe Balenciaga or Céline). Your loyalty may even be rewarded with combination packages or special benefits. Ravishing resorts include Bali's three Alila Hotels and Resorts - team the beachy keen new Alila Seminyak with clifftop design-den Alila Villas Uluwatu and the chilled shoreside Alila Villas Soori, a skip from Tanah Lot Temple. Aman addicts can Euro-hop from Aman Venice on the Grand Canal to Aman Sveti Stefan in coastal Montenegro, Amanzoe in Greece's Peloponnese or Amanruya on Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula. For funky US road trips, Ace Hotel has Portland, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and New York covered, plus Pittsburgh and New Orleans digs have recently opened too. This boutique hotel brand is known for its quirky rooms set in unique historic buildings.