The Best Two-Week Honeymoons
Times are changing. Our parents’ generation may have routinely gone away on two-week or three-week holidays, but now it’s increasingly common for people to only get a week off work. For a honeymoon I’d recommend two weeks: a fortnight is a perfect period for most trips. Here’s my guide to the best, whether you’re on a tight budget, looking for a mid range price or ready to splash out on luxury. You can also see my recommendations for one-week honeymoons.
On a budget
You have two glorious weeks to celebrate your new life as husband and wife, but a limited budget. To make the most of your cash, I would keep travel costs down to a minimum and aim as high as possible with the accommodation. Self-catering keeps costs down too, but the place itself can be high spec. Rural Retreats is a great place to search for self-catering in the UK with everything from lighthouses to dinky cottages up for grabs.
For overseas honeymoons on a budget, Croatia offers good value for money and Completely Croatia has the inside track.
Further afield, the Caribbean has some fabulous deals especially if you travel in the summer months which is low season. The Dominican Republic is particularly affordable with good all-inclusives such as Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana and Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa.
If you want a more local Caribbean experience, the Essence of the Caribbean offers small hotels, B&Bs and eco lodges that you won’t find in glossy holiday brochures.
And if you’d like a week to marry overseas and a week on honeymoon, Tropical Sky has exclusive deals such as free wedding packages and free accommodation for the bride in destinations as exotic as the Far East, Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Tuscany is classic honeymoon territory – check out this lovely collection of villas for two. Cycling in Italy is a novel way to get the most out of this glorious country with gastronomic routes more than making up for all that hard work!
If you have two weeks to explore and a reasonable budget, Oman is a seriously exotic choice where you’ll discover the real Arabia. Begin at Six Senses Zighy Bay in the Musandam Peninsular and work your way down to Muscat and inland to the dunes and desert camps.
Go further east to beautiful Bali and you’ll be overwhelmed by its beauty and hospitality, not to mention its tradition of fabulous spas and wellness. If this is the sort of honeymoon you’re after, the adult-only Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali offers a serene way to begin married life. Cambodia is another very special destination and one that remains an authentic adventure with a growing number of incredible places to stay.
For mid-range Caribbean honeymoons, Cuba offers a lot for your money combining Havana with all-inclusive beach resorts such as the five-star adults-only Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa. You can also combine Cuba with Mexico or Costa Rica.
If you like old-school style, Jamaica Inn on its namesake island harks back to the 1950s, a glamorous era for Jamaica. Or for more amazing boutique hotels across the Caribbean, check out Essential Detail.
Mexico’s adult-only Secrets Resorts & Spas are renowned for their value for money and great locations. But if you want a bit more off the beaten track adventure, Central America with Journey Latin America offers everything from diving the Blue Hole in Belize to the ancient Mayan cities of Guatemala.
Of course a major honeymoon hotspot is the Indian Ocean and there’s so much choice of four and five-star hotels in Mauritius in particular, that it’s a guaranteed mid priced two-week success. Resorts such asTrou aux Biches are tried and tested gems for honeymooners.
Or why not combine two iconic honeymoon destinations, Sri Lanka and the Maldives with a twin-centre itinerary created by Barefoot Traveller. Tanzania & Zanzibar is another fabulous two-centre combination full of adventure, mystique and luxury.
But of course if you want the most fun ever on a fly/drive honeymoon, you can’t get much better than a drive down California’s Pacific Highway.
You’ll also need two weeks to get the most out of South Australia where you can take a Wildlife & Wine fly-drive that includes vineyards in the Barossa Valley along with spectacular Pacific beaches and Kangaroo Island, where you can encounter kangaroos, sea lions, possums and penguin colonies.
When you have two weeks to explore and a healthy budget, the world really is your oyster. There are so many amazing places to visit and incredible resorts out there, that it’s sometimes overwhelming deciding how to spend your precious honeymoon, but here is a list of my favourites beginning with the Far East.
Thailand is well known for its incredible landscapes and superlative service, and Koh Samui with an operator such as Cox & Kings will feel like heaven. Try the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui which has villas with private infinity pools looking over the Gulf of Siam.
For upmarket Caribbean honeymoons, Oliver’s Travels offers incredible villas for two on idyllic islands such as Jamaica and St Barths. Or how about the tiny island of Anguilla, renowned for its chic hotels, pristine beaches and gourmet cuisine.
If you’d like a honeymoon that combines luxury with adventure, then Journey Latin America’s Costa Rica Wildlife Discovery could be the perfect choice for you. And of course Africa is always ready and waiting to combine romance with adventure. Mozambique is one of those destinations that can’t help itself when it comes to incredible experiences.
India is another very special place for honeymooners whether you opt for the modern art scene of Mumbai or the Rajput glories of Udaipur – or both. If you want a well being honeymoon in India, check out Ananda in the Himalayas or the gentle pace of Kerala with its Portuguese heritage and glorious backwaters.
Sri Lanka is having something of a renaissance when it comes to tourism with a boom in luxury accommodation to enhance its already staggeringly beautiful attractions.
Or head to the Maldives where resorts such as Huvafen Fushi will take your breath away, and your shoes – it’s all barefoot luxury here.
For a real journey to the other side of the world, the Cook Islands make up a far-flung archipelago that’s well worth the money to reach with incredible sights such as Aitutaki from the air. Stay at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki.
The Whitsundays off Australia are some of the most amazing tropical islands around – stay at the One&Only Hayman Island. And if you want adventure and stunning luxury lodges, New Zealand is the place for you both.
Alternatively let the train take the strain with an incredible overland journey on board a classic such as the Orient-Express.
Last updated: 25 November 2016