5 of the Most Glamorous Honeymoon Destinations in Italy
Every bride dreams of a breathtaking honeymoon that matches the exotic locations she’s been pinning for years. If you’re looking for a destination with sunny beaches that guarantee a memorable experience, I urge you to consider Italy. With water, cliffs and loads of vintage charm, you can’t beat the old school glamour you find along the Italian coastline and lakes.
I’ve experienced my fair share of Italy and can safely recommend dozens of options, but for the sake of time I’ll keep it to just five. Trust me when I say these places will not disappoint.
So, without further ado, congratulations on your engagement and happy planning...
Le Sirenuse, Positano
Images: Le Sirenuse
Owned by the Sersale family, Le Sirenuse is the dreamiest honeymoon destination and has that sense of old world glamour. And clearly it’s quite impressive because Jamie Oliver, Louise Roe, and Reese Witherspoon all honeymooned there.
The pool is one of the prettiest you’ll ever see, and enjoying linguine vongole whilst sitting with my love and a crisp glass of white wine is one of my favourite memories.
To make sure you take complete advantage of being in Positano, you simply must enjoy a barefoot lunch at Da Aldolfo’s and a trip on the hotel's own magnificent wooden boat, Sant’Antonio.
San Domenico Palace, Taormina
So you want to follow in the footsteps of the Hollywood crowd from the 1950s… you know… Elizabeth Taylor & co. Then Taormina in Sicily will not disappoint. San Domenico Palace is the hotel you’ve been fantasising about in the town that ticks all the boxes—sea. Check. Cliffs. Check. Ancient ruins. Check. View of an active volcano. Check.
Although there are lots of luxury hotels on offer in this tiny little town, with one of the most glamorous passeggiata in Italy, I’ve chosen San Domenico Palace for its history and dramatic location. It’s carved into a steep cliff and when we threw open the shutters to our tiny balcony there was a sheer drop & limitless blue— not for the faint hearted—but there are plenty of other views if you suffer from vertigo.
The hotel dates back to the 15th century and was originally a monastery. Oh, and did I mention Audrey Hepburn stayed here (like I said, 1950s Hollywood)?
Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata
Image: Palazzo Margherita
If you’re looking for the old Hollywood glam, but want something more private and romantic (not that they aren’t all romantic—it’s Italy after all), then I suggest Palazzo Margherita. Owned by the Coppola family (as in Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola), Palazzo Margherita is a beautiful jewel in a real village—the hilltop town of Bernalda where the director’s grandfather was born.
The rooms were recently voted runner up in the category of ‘Sexiest Bedroom’ in the Smith Awards 2018. Now if that doesn’t sound appealing for a honeymoon, I don’t know what does!
Make sure you take a trip to the coast and enjoy access to one of the beach clubs on the gorgeous soft sand at Marina di Pisticci.
Il Pellicano, Tuscany
Just google “slim Aaron’s Il Pellicano” and you will understand why Il Pellicano is the most iconic hotel on the Tuscan coast. Who wouldn’t want to sunbathe on those rocks with a yellow and white striped towel? It’s simply a dream.
There’s even an entire book that’s been written about the hotel, which describes in detail the jet setting lifestyle and glamour you can experience while at Il Pellicano. You’ll feel like you’ve been taken back in time to the 60s and 70s, but in the best way.
Might I also suggest a day trip to the stunning island of Giglio. It’ll be worth temporarily leaving the lap of luxury of Il Pellicano for just a bit.
Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda
A list of the most glamorous hotels for an Italian honeymoon would not be complete without a destination on an Italian lake. And in my opinion, Lake Garda is one of the most breathtaking destinations not just in Italy, but in the world.
You’ve heard me rattle on and on about Villa Feltrinelli before, but with good reason I assure you. It is hotel perfection.
It may not sound so romantic when I describe it as the place Mussolini was kept under house arrest during the latter days of of the Second World War. But what if I told you the building looks like an Italian wedding cake, the pool is lined with sexy marble tiles, and the hotel has its own olive grove for romantic strolls! Convinced?
It is situated in the beautiful village of Gargnano on the western shore of Lake Garda, which is more authentic and less touristy than most of the other villages on the lake. Plus, you don’t get much more glamorous than a hotel that smells of Acqua di Parma products.