By Jane Anderson, editor, 101 Honeymoons
Picking the perfect honeymoon isn’t easy. Here is a selection of great honeymoon packages for every budget. Alternatively, try our quick quiz to find the best honeymoon destinations for you. If you know your wedding date, select a month to see tailored recommendations. Or see our complete guide to honeymoon planning. We also have honeymoon packages in the UK.
Budget honeymoon packages
Meeru Island Resort, Maldives
The only resort on the island of Meerufenfushi, Meeru Island Resort is textbook Maldives: powder white sand and turquoise lagoon. Except here you get four-star quality at three-star prices. An all-inclusive option is the one to bag, and look out for complimentary room upgrades. Newlyweds should aim for the Jacuzzi Water Villas or the Honeymoon Suites, a short dhoni boat ride away. See more recommendations of all-inclusive honeymoons, and my guide to the best honeymoon hotels in the Maldives.
For glamour and romance it’s hard to beat the chichi island of Santorini. It has some stunning boutique hotels. However, if you’re on a budget and are looking to relax after a stressful wedding, I recommend one of the smaller less developed Greek island such as Alonissos. Find a cosy self-catering cottage or villa with GIC The Villa Collection. One of my favourites is Sea Horse Cottage right on a beach in Alonissos.
Villas in Majorca
There’s a new cool about Majorca. Its capital Palma couldn’t get any more hip if it tried. Add to that the idyllic beaches, stunning mountains, fabulous local cuisine and to top it all, some of the best villas in the Med for the ultimate in privacy. Many are beautifully restored farmhouses with private pools in charming spots such as Sencelles and Selva. See these villas in Majorca.
Get wed in the Med
If you want to tie the knot abroad, book a glamorous weddings and honeymoon package in North Cyprus, Italy, Turkey or Malta. It’s great value and impossibly romantic. Your own personal wedding co-ordinator can source the best local florists, caterers, cocktail waiters, musicians, photographers and videographers. Find more places where you can get married abroad.
Although not a cheap honeymoon destination, Cuba is great value and an exciting, fascinating country that combines Caribbean beaches with Latin rhythms, friendly people and colonial sights. The Sol Cayo Largo is a four-star all inclusive on an unspoilt island, 40 minutes’ flight south of Cuba. Combine it with a few days at the historic Hotel Saratoga in the capital, Havana.
For an authentic Caribbean experience on a budget, see this superb collection of B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels such as Rosalie Bay in Dominica, Fond Doux Estate on a working cocoa plantation in St Lucia, Rock Haven B&B in St Kitts and The Blue House B&B in Jamaica.
Mid-priced honeymoon packages
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
One of the most under-rated islands of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is bursting with rainforest, culture and beautiful beaches. Having suffered from a cheap charter image, all that’s changing with the introduction of British Airways flights. Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers gold standards at silver prices in Spanish colonial style. Look out for complimentary honeymoon packages with lots of indulgent treats.
Quintas in Madeira
Madeira has cast aside its fuddy-duddy image and offers everything from extreme sports to extreme natural beauty. Choose from boutique hotels, contemporary boltholes and more traditional hotels, all in spectacular settings. Expect spa treatments, horse riding, golf, levada walks, dolphin and whale watching. A great short-haul option with year-round sunshine. Find out more about honeymoons in Madeira. Another great option in the same part of the world – ideal for winter honeymoons – is ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort in Tenerife.
Country hotel in Tuscany
The rolling countryside and hilltop towns of Tuscany are some to some charming and elegant hotels. My recommendations include the beautifully-restored Castello del Nero which has sweeping views over the Chianti countryside, and Relais la Suvera, a Renaissance villa dating back to the 16th century with a delightful pool and the feel of a relaxed country house. See a full selection of hotels in Tuscany.
Cary Arms, Devon
Artfully masquerading as ‘The Inn on the Beach’, The Cary Arms is actually one of the most sophisticated hotels in Devon and the latest project from Peter de Savary and his wife Lana. Teetering over Babbacombe Bay, rooms are the best of British seaside chic, there’s a bijou spa room and a space-age pod for wedding vows on the terrace with breathtaking sea views. If you only want to spend a few days away, check out my full list of mini moons.
The Dalmatian coast of Croatia combines historical cities with sparkling turquoise seas and fabulous hotels. It has all the glamour of Ibiza but at much lower prices. Arrive by private water taxi at the stylish Villa Vilina on the traffic free island of Lopud near Dubrovnik, or check into the five-star Hotel More which has a lovely pool terrace and just 35 rooms each with a panoramic view across Lapad Bay and the Elaphiti Islands. Find the latest special offers.
Souks, kasbahs and riads in Morocco
Morocco is little over three hours’ flying time from London but you’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world entirely. It’s intoxicating – make the most of it by combining a city stay in Marrakech or Fes, for example, with time in the Atlas Mountains and the beach scene at Essaouira. Find out more from the specialist company, Lawrence of Morocco.
Many honeymooners are surprised to find budget options in the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. My recommendations include the four-star Centara Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa – a new luxury hotel in a gorgeous location – where a week’s half-board with flights costs less than £1,000 per person. Or try the stylish three-star Recif Attitude hotel which combines cool contemporary style with an authentic Mauritian heart.
Upmarket honeymoon packages
Boutique hotels in the Caribbean
These intimate boutique hotels in the Caribbean are perfect for honeymoons. Discover the cool side of Barbados at The Atlantis; hide away at the gorgeous Laluna on Grenada; enjoy one of the Caribbean’s best beaches at Cap Juluca in Anguilla; be wowed by the spectacular views at Anse Chastanet in St Lucia; or opt for a stylish Jamaican experience at the exquisite Jamaica Inn or Round Hill.
You may delight in the legacy of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa when you stay at Kandalama Hotel or become an Aman-junkie when you combine Amanwella in the 17the century Dutch fortified town of Galle and Amangalla on the sensational sandy shore of Tangalle. And if you fancy tying the knot here, you can even do it on elephant back. Find more ideas in Sri Lanka. Or try this amazing two-centre honeymoon combining Sri Lanka and The Maldives.
With the awesome Morne Brabant Mountain on one side and the idyllic beaches of this southwest peninsula, known as the five-star strip, on the other, LUX* Le Morne certainly has location on its side. Having undergone a £21 million refurbishment, it’s one of the island’s most sought after five-stars with a superb Nymphea Spa and gourmet Thai restaurant. Another guaranteed winner in Mauritius is Trou aux Biches which has 66 beachfront suites, each with its own plunge pool.
And god created Oman… With little of the razzmatazz of Dubai or the restrictions of Saudi Arabia, Oman has found a middle ground, perfect for adventurous couples in search of the real Arabia. From smooching in a Bedouin tent under a star-strewn desert sky to gawping at the eight-tonne Swarovski crystal chandelier in the Grand Mosque, Oman delivers.
All inclusive Caribbean
Although the initial price tag might seem high, an all-inclusive honeymoon package at a luxury Caribbean hotel can work out a great deal as you’ll need very little spending money once you arrive. I recommend Sandals – the undisputed king of the luxury all-inclusive. Its newest resorts include the adults-only Sandals Barbados in the lively south of the island, and the Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa which is set on a dreamy secluded beach. Check out the latest offers.
South East Asia
South East Asia is a rich seam of amazing honeymoon experiences with destinations and packages to suit all budgets. The Thai island of Koh Samui is perfect for chilling out. Cambodia is truly fascinating with incredible sites and sights and, more recently, cool beach hotels; see these ideas. Head to Vietnam for a dynamic mix of history, top cuisine, beaches, junk boat rides and fab new hotels such as the Six Senses Hideaway. Borneo is home to the orang-utans and a host of other wildlife, perfect for an adventurous honeymoon; travel with Audley Travel for the best of Borneo.
Blow the budget
Havaiana flip-flops at the ready, it’s time to pull out all the stops with an intoxicating Brazilian honeymoon. Follow the jet-set and combine Ipanema beach life with after-sun partying in Rio, change pace with an Amazonian riverboat adventure then kick back in trendy Trancoso on the Bahia coast or an exclusive retreat on the Emerald Coast. Multiple honeymoons for the price of one. More from Dehouche.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa
All your safari dreams come true at Ulusaba, Richard Branson’s private game reserve. Book a new two-bedroom Cliff Lodge Suite and couples can use one room as their private spa. Honeymoon packages include French champagne, massages and a private dinner waited on by personal butler. Spectacular weddings are held under the canopy of an Amarula tree surrounded by flaming bamboo torches. More about Ulusaba Private Game Reserve.
Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef
Sure, a honeymoon in Australia is a long haul but it delivers so many incredible experiences. Wherever you go, make sure you include a stay at Hayman Island. Spoil yourselves with a Beach Villa and you’ll have your own private pool, only steps away from the dreamy beach. Snorkel, dive, pamper yourselves in the spa – and build up an appetite for the seriously good tucker.
The ultimate Maldives
There are dozens of islands to choose from in the Maldives. If you really want the “wow” factor, Huvafen Fushi fits the bill. Each villa at this barefoot luxury island resort has its own private plunge pool and a butler on call around the clock. Get a treatment at the underwater Aquum Spa. Another A-lister is NIYAMA Maldives, which covers two islands and 87 secluded beach and water studios, most with at least one private pool. It has a 24-hour spa.
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