The Best One-Week Honeymoons
If you can only manage to take a few days off work, or you want to focus on quality rather than quality, you might be looking at one-week honeymoons. Here’s my guide to the best whether you’re on a tight budget, looking for a mid-range price or have the funds for luxury. You can also see my recommendations for even shorter mini moons and two-week honeymoons.
On a budget
Choose a staycation honeymoon in the UK and you immediately cut travel costs leaving you more to spend on accommodation and experiences.
Many of us have a lifetime love affair with Cornwall which often begins as a child, but return as an adult and you’ll discover that Cornwall offers a much more grown up sophistication perfect for honeymooners. And if you can visit outside of the school holidays, you’ll get cheaper rates and more peace and quiet. It’s perfect for foodies, walkers, surfers and spa goers. And if you hit good weather, Cornwall rivals anywhere on earth.
Gwel an Mor is a five-star resort on the north coast of Cornwall where you can cosy up in your luxury Scandinavian-style wooden lodge complete with wood burner and private outdoor hot tub on your sun deck with stunning views of the Atlantic. There’s an on-site spa and indoor swimming pool, plus Terrace Restaurant and wildlife centre.
Of course there are many short haul honeymoons that are perfectly doable in a week and on a budget. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most sought-after hotspots for romance, and if you CV Villas has a great choice of beautiful self-catering apartments for two including a 14th-century Saracen tower overlooking Positano.
Mallorca is another short-haul honeymoon which becomes very affordable when you book a villa for two. Vintage Travel offers romantic self-catering options such as restored farmhouses with private pools. A week’s villa rental for two costs from £450 to £1,500 – flights and car hire can be arranged as on request.
Corsica is an affordable hotspot and Simpson Travel has handpicked the best hotels, villas and apartments for honeymooners. It’s Simpson Secret one-bedroom restored mill house has stunning views and a private rock pool under a waterfall for romantic dips.
The Algarve is another place that’s shaken off a negative reputation, this time of mass-market tourism. Now southern Portugal is full of high quality, value for money resorts and designer boltholes, offered by Sovereign Holidays.
Turkey is another excellent destination where your honeymoon budget stretches a long way. I love the adult-only Mandarin Boutique Hotel with just eight rooms, king size beds and Jacuzzis for two.
For couples marrying in winter, an Arctic honeymoon is a magical experience. Artisan Travel has an inspiring collection of honeymoon packages in Finnish Lapland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. You could sleep in a glass igloo with overhead views of the Northern Lights, or combine husky sledding with ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing on an adventure honeymoon in a wilderness lodge.
If you have a little more cash to splash on your one-week honeymoon there are plenty of amazing options including the Caribbean.
Obviously if you stay in the UK, you can upgrade your accommodation. The five-star Cary Arms in Babbercombe Bay, Devon – nicknamed The Inn on the Beach – is the ultimate place to come for British seaside chic and there’s even a space-age pod for wedding vows should you want to tie the knot here as well.
If you do want to head overseas, the closest and still the most iconic city for romance is Paris. Kirker Holidays has a fabulous range of hotels for honeymooners with added extras from flowers to champagne waiting for you and fast track entries to less obvious museums and galleries plus top dinner reservations. Hotel tips include the beautiful Relais Christine on the Left Bank.
Of course France offers much more than the bright lights of Paris, from the Atlantic coast of Brittany to the chi-chi Riviera. If you’re the type of couple who feel like they never quite find the ultimate romantic bolthole in France but you just know it’s out there, take a look at i-escape’s fabulous honeymoon options in France from adult-only B&Bs to beautiful villas for two.
Venice for a week is a splash and splurge honeymoon where you can indulge in a top-notch hotel such as Ca’ Sagrado and take in all the sights from the Bridge of Sighs to the Doges Palace. Citalia has all the insider know-how.
Andalucia is another fabulous choice especially for early or late summer honeymoons visiting Seville, Cordoba and Granada. The Algarve has some lovely hidden gems for honeymooners. The best hotels include Vila Vita Parc in Porches and the Lake Spa Resort in Vilamoura.
Madeira is another under-the-radar island for honeymooners, but full of boutique hotels that were formerly grand manor houses. Newlyweds can enjoy stunning gardens, horse riding, levada walks and whale watching. This range of luxury hotels includes some beautiful restored manor houses, including Quinta da Bela Vista and Quinta da Casa Branco.
And if you want to go long-haul despite only having a week’s honeymoon, Florida is an easy direct flight with the delights of Miami and a romantic drive down the Florida Keys entirely possible. See this range of honeymoons in Florida.
If you’re marrying in winter and would like a wintery honeymoon, Iceland never disappoints with its incredible landscapes and magical Northern Lights. Alternatively the snowy Arctic with its cosy log cabins and glass igloos, is memorable.
With just a week to spare, but cash to splash, the UK has romantic five-star hotels to rival anywhere in the world. Gilpin Lake House in the beautiful Lake District is a Relais & Chateaux gem with just six suites and a Jetty Spa Trail for couples where pampering is paramount.
If a week is all you have, the Cote d’Azur is an inspired choice with its old-school glamour. Classic Collection Holidays will book you into the best accommodation whether that’s the Fairmont Monte Carlo or Le Meriden Nice.
For a honeymoon resort that has everything you need from a wide choice of accommodation, restaurants, sports, pools, and a beautiful beachfront, Forte Village in Sardinia is hard to beat. Or how about spoiling yourselves with a luxurious week on the Italian island of Capri, staying at the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, beloved of film stars and royalty.
Sicily is the largest island in the Med and combines a romantic setting – including Mount Etna, an active volcano – with great beaches, ancient sites and romantic hotels including the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea near Palermo and Villa Angela, a hillside boutique hotel near Taormina.
A wonderful place to head into another world for a week of romance is Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains just outside Marrakech.
If you simply must go long haul, check out the best that Florida has to offer or head on down to the Caribbean to honeymoon hotspots such as Anse Chastanet in St Lucia or Laluna on the Spice Island of Grenada.
Last updated: 19 December 2016