Budget Honeymoons and Packages
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
The best honeymoons aren’t cheap, but you can find a bargain – and there are many ways of cutting costs. In this guide, I’ll show you the best package deals for four different price categories, and I’ll give you tips on saving money.
If you’re looking for a budget honeymoon, visit our homepage and select the “Silver” option under price. This will give you around 35 suggestions to start you off. You can also look for honeymoons under £1,000 and under £2,000.
Saving money on your honeymoon
If you get married in the winter you’ll probably spend more on your honeymoon, because of the cost of long-haul airfares. So getting married in the summer and taking a honeymoon in Europe, or in the UK, could save you money.
If you want to pay a single price, try an all inclusive honeymoon. Some of these are very classy, and you have the advantage of being able to budget more accurately.
Another popular way to save money is to combine your wedding and honeymoon by getting married abroad. See my suggestions for wedding venues overseas. Alternatively, you could try a minimoon – reducing the number of nights you away without compromising on luxury.
If you know the time of year when you plan to get married, see our month-by-month honeymoon planner.
- Budget honeymoon packages
- Mid-priced honeymoon packages
- Upmarket honeymoon packages
- Blow the budget
- 10 tips to cut the cost of your honeymoon
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.
Villa for two in Tuscany
The rolling countryside and hilltop towns of Tuscany provide a wonderfully romantic setting for a honeymoon. If you want some privacy try one of these villas for two, all with either a private or shared swimming pool. Prices start at just£363 per week for a week’s rental of Pesci in the quiet hamlet of Montefiorile hamlet – it has a private raised terrace and views of neighbouring vineyards.
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 islands – see the collection of boutique hotels at i-escape.com.
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.
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 Royalton Cayo Santa Maria is a five-star adult-only resort set on a tropical island. 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 Fond Doux Estate on a working cocoa plantation in St Lucia, Petite Anse in Grenada and Stone’s Throw Away in the Bahamas.
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.
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.
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. Top places to stay include the Six Senses Zighy Bay and the serene Chedi in Muscat.
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.
10 tips on cutting the cost of your honeymoon
1. Flaunt your status. Tell your travel agent, tour operator or hotel that this is your honeymoon – you may be surprised by how many extras are thrown in from room upgrades when available to flowers and fruit in the room on arrival and a candlelit dinner or two. And don’t be afraid to barter on room price.
2. Try some DIY pampering. You might not be flying business or first class, but you can buy a lounge pass relatively cheaply with companies such as Holiday Extras. And pack a soft pashmina which doubles as a blanket and a lavender pillow to aid sleep. Buy duty free champagne at the airport and pack a scented candle for your room.
3. If you don’t have the cash for a swish honeymoon, find a tour operator that offers honeymoon vouchers for your wedding guests to buy for you. They can be put towards a flight or room upgrade, an exciting excursion or a sunset cruise. Tour operators that offer this include Rainbow Tours and Audley Travel.
4. Tour operators and hotels are noting that guests are booking later and later. However you probably don’t want to take such a gamble so book as early as possible for the best honeymoon deals. If you have left it late, see our last minute honeymoon deals.
5. Choose a destination where the exchange rate is good. Go outside the Eurozone to Turkey or Egypt, for example.
6. Try an all-inclusive to avoid a nasty bill on checkout. You won’t have to worry about the number of cocktails you order or how to pay for dinner every night. The all-inclusive option doesn’t mean buffets for every meal – some are seriously classy hotels with gourmet cuisine in a choice of restaurants. Depending on the all-inclusive, you can enjoy watersports, cookery lessons, spa treatments and excursions in your package. Some even throw in a wedding for free. I particularly recommend Meeru Island in the Maldives.
7. Travel mid-week for lower fares. With the money saved, you could book a romantic night away in the UK, perhaps en route to your airport. Look out for stylish hotels like The Hoxton in London which offers rooms from £59 and even has a £1 room sale.
8. Go out of season. For example, the British summer is the peak time for weddings, but it’s the low season in the Caribbean, so you can pick up some cheap honeymoon packages.
9. Stay in the UK to save on travel costs and go self-catering. If you book far enough in advance (up to a year), you can find some beautiful, low-cost options. I recommend you look at Rural Retreats for cottages in England (see their special offers) and Sheepskin in Wales.
Last updated: 9 May 2016
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