Which is the best Marriott Bonvoy Honeymoon hotel? We review the 10 best Marriott hotels perfect for couples looking for a romantic honeymoon. These hotels are part of Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton brand, their Luxury Collection brand.
The Marriott brand includes Luxury Collection, EDITION, St Regis, W Hotels, and JW Marriott, as well as mid-range brands like Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Sheraton, Le Meridien, Design Hotels, and Westin.
We focus on beachside hotels and one in a desert, ideal for your honeymoon. Our selection includes the best Marriott in Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Maldives, and Europe. If you collect Marriott Bonvoy points, then it’s worth knowing where you can best spend them for the perfect honeymoon and the best hotels to earn these points too.
The best luxury Marriott Bonvoy hotels for your honeymoon are listed below. Let’s first look at Hawaii as the perfect destination for your honeymoon. The Royal Hawaiian is the main Luxury Collection property in Waikiki. We think it’s one of the best luxury hotels in Hawaii and definitely one of the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Waikiki. Another option is the Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach, a very swish hotel with large standard rooms and great views.
It’s worth mentioning that if you book most of these hotels through our Virtuoso luxury travel concierge, you will enjoy free benefits, including gifts, room upgrades, early check-in, late check-out, and complimentary breakfast.
1. Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is super smart with an eighth-floor infinity pool, the area’s highest, but it’s not on the beach!
This is the hotel to pick if you like ultra-luxury. This is an absolutely top-level luxury hotel and is easily one of the most luxurious hotels in Waikiki. The appeal of this property is that you get a large, modern room, a personalized and very high-end service, and a high-end luxury selection of pools with luxury cabanas.
You will have a superb time within the hotel. The problem is that you need to walk to the beach and everything else. The location is not great. It is around a 10-minute walk away from the Sheraton Waikiki in the Ala Moana Mall direction and is situated away from the beach.
Because this hotel does not have its own strip of beach, you will have to sunbathe with the masses on the public beach or around the swish pool. No private cabanas here, and Evian spritzes are only available poolside. There are no private pink umbrellas on the sand here, which is a feature we love at the Royal Hawaiian.
On the plus side, the rooms and views are fabulous, and there is no risk of booking a horrendously dated room here. They are all new and gorgeous, each with an ocean view and separate living spaces. Dining includes recognizable names such as Dean & DeLuca and Sushi Sho. And the spa weaves volcanic stones and other local elements into its five-star treatments.
This Ritz-Carlton Residence is expensive when you consider that it’s not on Waikiki Beach. Expect to pay in the region of $700 USD for an “ocean view” room plus Hawaii’s taxes.
When compared to other Marriott Bonvoy hotels, when you are paying out of your own pocket instead of staying on points, you can usually get a premier oceanfront room at The Royal Hawaiian for a similar price or a top room at The Westin Moana Surfrider. Both of these hotels are on the beach.
On points, the Ritz-Carlton may be the best deal in Hawaii as there are no bad rooms. Even if you get the base rooms here, they are large, so for the quality of the room, this is the best deal on Waikiki beach, particularly if you can snag a room on points. Plus, there are no resort fees at this hotel.
Rooms you can book with points are 426 sqft. (interior space excluding lanai). At the Royal Hawaiian, a similar room is 300 sqft. with no ocean view or lanai. At the Moana Surfrider, the point cost for a room is similar, but the size of their base room is 210-270 sqft. with no ocean view or lanai.
The out-of-pocket cost for a room at The Ritz-Carlton Residences is around $700 USD per night, but if you can spend your Marriott Bonvoy points here to stay for free, it offers a great value redemption on Marriott Bonvoy rewards in Hawaii.
By comparison, the Moana and Royal Hawaiian offer smaller rooms that are often a bit dated. Many rooms at the Moana and Royal Hawaiian have no views, so if you decide to stay at one of these, bear in mind that the base rooms here can be comparatively basic.
2. Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki, is also a fantastic choice, and it has its own beach!
The Royal Hawaiian opened in 1927. This “Pink Palace of the Pacific” is located slap band in the center of the famed Waikiki Beach. With 528 rooms and suites, The Royal Hawaiian features modern comfort, indigenous accents, and refined luxury.
In the Royal Beach Tower, each room provides an intimate lanai for a private vantage point of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. In the Historic Building, base rooms at the Royal Hawaiian can be musty, small, and dated with no view, so be warned. You might get one of these if you are redeeming points. We would always recommend booking at least one room up from the base room to avoid risking a poor stay.
The resort’s signature restaurant, Azure Restaurant, is perched along the Waikiki beachfront and serves some of the best seafood in Waikiki and Honolulu.
3. Wailea Beach Resort by Marriott, Maui
If you want a more resort-style hotel away from the city, how about Maui? Of the three best Marriott Bonvoy hotels on Maui, the Ritz Kapalua is the most expensive on points, and the Marriott Wailea and Sheraton Maui cost fewer points.
If I were spending my points, I would stay at the Marriott Wailea because of the resort area. I love Wailea. It gets bags of sunshine and oozes sophistication. I love the boardwalk along the beach that joins all the resorts and the little mall behind the resorts where you can pick up essentials and cheap eats.
The Wailea Beach Resort by Marriott Maui is a luxury Maui resort at the ocean’s edge with stunning pools, redesigned rooms, and unique amenities. This Marriott is within walking distance from the Four Seasons Maui, Wailea, which is great if you want to take advantage of the restaurants and bars in the Four Seasons. Overall, Wailea is the most high-end resort area on the island. You will also find the Fairmont and the Andaz here.
If you stay at the Marriott, you can enjoy evenings at the Four Seasons Maui for a much smaller price tag! A disadvantage of this property, beyond the resort fees that all three resorts suffer from, is that the Marriott is positioned on a rocky peninsula between beaches, which means that it can be quite a walk from this very spread-out resort, down the hill, and to the beaches.
The pools themselves are not very inspiring, so you are likely to want to try the beach. If your room is situated at the back of the resort, it is quite a walk up a hill to get back to your room.
Of course, money no object; I would stay at the Four Seasons Wailea on Maui. We think that this is the best hotel for your honeymoon in Maui.
4. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
And now for something completely different, we love Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve which is the best Marriott in Puerto Rico and has a secluded location, intimate accommodations ideal for a honeymoon, exclusive amenities, and personalized Embajador service.
With 115 oceanfront guestrooms spread across 50 acres and one mile of beach, this luxurious island sanctuary is encircled by coral reefs, blue Caribbean waters, and a lush tropical forest. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve was ‘grandfathered’ to be built on the footprint of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, allowing for every guestroom and restaurant to rest directly on the beach, only steps from the sea.
For green credentials, Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, pursued and achieved a LEED Silver Certification awarded to properties that achieve a particular level of sustainability. This level has only been given to less than 50 hotels worldwide, none comparable to Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in terms of luxury.
5. Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, los Cabos
Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is the best Marriott Bonvoy resort in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur and it really is an incredible resort, perfect for your honeymoon. If you scroll through the photographs on the hotel website, you can see just how incredible the place is!
The retreat, one of just two Ritz-Carlton Reserve resorts in the wider Caribbean-Mexico region, is set in San Jose del Cabo on the Sea of Cortez.
The property includes 115 suites and villas, along with a massive TLee Spas-designed spa and an ultimate desert luxury ambiance. The mix of units includes 87 rooms, 28 suites, and 42 villas, headlined by the 6,000-square-foot “Grand Reserve Villa.” Many of the suites and villas boast their own private plunge pools. All rooms have dark wood flooring, and terraces or balconies with glass surrounds, so railings do not disrupt the views of the ocean.
Our favorite room is the Oceanfront Pool Room, with a private plunge pool and ocean views. These rooms have windows that slide right back to open up completely, so the wooden floors stretch through the room out onto a large terrace, where loungers and an alfresco seating area with a table that looks out over the pool and to the ocean beyond.
The property is surrounded by a 27-hole golf course complex, including three courses designed by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus.
Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, joins the celebrated Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico, as the halo brand’s two regional resorts.
6. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos
Still, in Los Cabos, there is also an excellent Luxury Collection hotel by Marriott Bonvoy, which would make a great honeymoon destination. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort is a Rewards Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy hotel in an oceanfront location with easy access to Baja expeditions, downtown San Jose del Cabo and Marina Cabo San Lucas.
Contemporary rooms and suites offer the ideal respite for a truly relaxing stay, with exquisite designs, luxury beds, marble floors, and custom furnishings. Floor plans blur the line between indoor and outdoor space, with many rooms boasting private entrances with secluded, furnished patios, outdoor showers, private plunge pools, and unobstructed Sea of Cortez views.
Get pampered at the on-site spa and explore the diverse on-property dining options. Stay fit at the 24-hour fitness center and make an appointment with a personal trainer. Relax in the glistening outdoor pools, including two heated infinity pools and two children’s heated pools.
7. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
If you are looking for a Marriott for your honeymoon with a great executive club lounge, look no further than the The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, a AAA Five Diamond resort. This Rewards Category 6 luxury resort offers an enticing stretch of white sand beach, indulgent amenities such as the full-service Ritz-Carlton Spa and award-winning restaurants, and the intrigue of the ancient Mayan sites nearby. Recreational facilities include a 1200-foot sand beach, two sculpted outdoor pools, an oceanfront whirlpool, two tennis courts, and Fitness Center. It is also the best Marriott in Cancun.
The resort has 363 guestrooms, including 50 suites, all with ocean views and private balconies or terraces. Each of the resort’s guestrooms and suites is a sanctuary of comfort featuring sweeping ocean views and a wealth of welcome amenities. For families with infants, specially designed rooms offer all the comforts of a home nursery, including a crib, a changing table, and a menu of baby essentials that can be ordered prior to arrival.
Guestroom amenities include Egyptian cotton linen and duvet covers, television with international cable, CD Player, individual air conditioning controls, high speed, Wi-Fi Internet access, in-room safe, marble bath with double vanities, and separate tub and shower and plush terry bathrobes.
Whether sampling Five Diamond cuisine, dining al fresco under the stars, or attending a tequila tasting session featuring the finest and most exclusive varieties, guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun will experience innovative cuisine with unparalleled service.
The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides guests with the highest level of personal service with five complimentary food presentations daily. Worth noting, Platinum and elite Marriott Bonvoy members don’t get free lounge access. Everyone who uses this lounge has paid for a club room.
This lounge is super smart with double-height ceilings, intricately carved wall features, and the whole lounge is designed in browns and olives with lots of woods and thick chunky marble. The meals are excellent and filling, you will not be disappointed, and you will leave full (both with food and alcohol if you want).
The Club Level food includes breakfast, light snacks, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and sweets. Beyond the free food, there is also a selection of complimentary wines, liqueurs, beers, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages available, complimentary wireless, in-room internet access, and two garments pressed daily.
8. The St. Regis Venice
I end my top 10 best Marriotts for your honeymoon with two of the romantic destinations in the world. Beautiful and classy Venice and the dreamy Maldives.
With an Avant-garde design, The St. Regis Venice merges striking, modern interiors with its historic provenance as the best address in the city. Flanked by the Grand Canal with views across iconic landmarks, the hotel has stood in this privileged position for over a century and a half.
If you want a modern and classy hotel with fantastic terraces, this is a great Marriott to choose from. If you are after a property oozing history, you would do better choosing the Gritti Palace and if you want your own private pool, pick the JW Marriott Venice.
The hotel is right in the center, within walking distance from pretty much everything and just five minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square via alleyways full of luxury boutiques. It has 129 guestrooms, 40 suites (some with a terrace), a garden terrace overlooking the canal, and a fitness center.
If you are paying (as opposed to redeeming points), the price is upwards of 700 Euros per night or around 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. If you have any suite-upgrade certificates from your Bonvoy Ambassador elite status, this is the place to use them. You can upgrade to a Grand Terrace suite which is really something. You get a private terrace with views of the Santa Maria Della Salute Basilica. The Points Guy was one of the first to visit this hotel, and you can see the pictures of his suite here.
The communal areas in this newly launched hotel feel more modern than Venetian. The Italianate garden presents access to a range of dining and beverage options at Gio’s restaurant, the St. Regis Bar, and at Arts Bar.
Book a stay here with our luxury travel concierge and you will get extra free benefits.
9. JW Marriott Maldives
JW Marriott Maldives officially opened in 2019 in one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, with what is being called the region’s most impressive culinary facilities, complete with a treetop restaurant, former Nobu chef and ultra-private supersize villas…
Situated on the island of Vagary, Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa features 60 luxurious beach and overwater villas, all with private pools. There are five restaurants as well as three fully-serviced bars and a chef’s garden, an exceptional offering for a remote private island with only 60 villas.
Guests can feast on a wide range of cuisine that includes and goes beyond classic Maldivian dishes. Highlights include vibrant Thai dishes created by a former Nobu Chef in a treetop restaurant, authentic Japanese Teppanyaki, poolside Woodfired pizzas made in a traditional pizza oven, and freshly caught seafood in a fine-dining, overwater restaurant. Meals are complemented with a choice of sake, Japanese whiskey, rum cocktails, smoked cocktails, and both new and old-world wines.
The resort places a strong emphasis on privacy, which is ideal for any honeymooning couple, with private decks and pools designed so they can’t be seen from the outside. The four ultra-expansive villa types all have private pools. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom Duplex Beach Pool Villas sleep up to five guests and have upstairs living areas and direct beach access ideal for families, whilst the Duplex Overwater Pool Villas with upstairs living areas have unsurpassed views of the Laccadive Sea. Beautiful One-bedroom Beach Pool Villas and sunrise and sunset Overwater Pool Villas are also available.
Each room draws inspiration from the natural surroundings and local Maldivian culture, incorporating colors and materials that highlight the island destination. Thatched roofs on villas are reminiscent of inverted Dhoni boats, the traditional Maldivian wooden fishing vessels, and slanted roof tips recall white herons dipping their heads into the water.
Situated in the untouched Northern atoll of Shaviyani, the resort is a 55-minute seaplane flight to the north of Male. The island’s surrounding natural reef benefits from the fact that the island is far from Male and civilization and is teeming with sea life. An on-site marine biologist ensures the pristine reef remains untouched and in perfect health whilst overseeing aquatic expeditions, including diving and snorkeling.
An iconic Spa by JW, overwater gym, and an open-air yoga pavilion offers cutting-edge and indulgent spa treatments and a daily schedule of yoga and fitness activities.
10. Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa is a fantastic resort out in the desert and is part of the Marriott Bonvoy collection and a category 8 property costing around 85,000 points per night. Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is an exclusive and romantic eco-luxury hotel set in 225 square kilometers of the pristine desert landscape just 45 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Dubai, the thriving center of commerce and leisure in the Gulf.
It represents nearly five percent of Dubai’s land area and is the largest piece of land ever dedicated to a single project in Dubai. An oasis of luxury and enchantment, Al Maha lies within an award-winning conservation area where desert wildlife abounds. It’s also the only resort within the area where visitors can experience the true beauty and majesty of the desert and observe the indigenous wildlife.
Each suite at Al Maha includes all meals and two activities per night’s stay (choose from a camel ride with sundowners, archery, nature walks, and more). Beneath its stretched canvas roof, each suite boasts handcrafted furnishings and traditional Arabian artifacts, as well as a private swimming pool and wooden deck. A truly everlasting oasis, the Timeless Spa offers rejuvenating treatments and massages using international brands, also available on your private pool deck. You’ll dine sumptuously at Al Diwaan restaurant.
Is there anything more romantic than a couple’s sunset camel ride into the dunes for a glass of sparkling wine and watch Arabian oryx and gazelle roam about the private reserve.
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