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    All inclusive used to mean budget. Now there are some serious luxury options

    jane small Honeymoon planningBy Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

    All-inclusive used to be a bit of dirty word in travel. Usually code for “pack ‘em in, pile ‘em high” resorts where all-inclusive meant three buffet meals a day and watered down cocktails. But oh, how things have changed!

    In these days of belt tightening, many resorts that would have shunned the all-inclusive route have embraced it as a means of bringing value for money to luxury travel. For savvy honeymooners watching their budget, all-inclusives are a great option as you pay up front and don’t have worry about indulging when you’re there.

    Just make sure you look carefully at the resort itself and what exactly is included in the price.

    Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

    In the Maldives, all-inclusive makes a lot of sense because each island is home to just one hotel, so there are no other options to eat out. Lily Beach Resort & Spa offers a “Platinum” premium all-inclusive plan which includes airport meet and greet, premium brand drinks, a la carte and buffet dining, complimentary mini bar, snorkelling equipment, non-motorised watersports and land sports and two excursions per person including a fishing trip or a trip to a local island. Find more details and prices at Lily Beach Resort & Spa and more all-inclusive honeymoons in the Maldives.

    Ikos Resorts, Halkidiki, Greece

    On the Greek mainland, the sister resorts of Ikos Oceania and Ikos Olivia offer five-star all-inclusive honeymoons at competitive prices. The price includes a choice of a la carte restaurants, the option to dine out in selected local restaurants, an extensive wine list, free mini-bar, 24-hour room service and non-motorised water sports. Ikos Oceania is the smaller of the two, with a gorgeous private beach. Ikos Olivia, which opened in May 2015, is set in gardens leading to a white sand beach on the Gulf of Toroneos. Some rooms have a private pool and others have direct beach access. You can also get married there. A third resort, Ikos Dassia, will open on Corfu in May 2018.

    Sandals Resorts, Caribbean

    In the Caribbean, Sandals led the way in luxury all-inclusive honeymoons with everything from premium brand drinks to watersports and spa treatments and even a designer wedding in the price. I recommend their resorts in Barbados and Grenada. Also in Jamaica it has some stunning over-water villas, the only ones in the Caribbean. Sandals regularly has special offers with up to 60% off.

    Hard Rock Hotels, Caribbean

    If you want a honeymoon of pampering, chilling out and partying, check out the fabulous all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. They are great value and squarely aimed at younger couples – all rooms and suites have their own Jacuzzi spa bath, in-room mini bar with optics (refilled daily), 24-hour room service and free wifi. There’s unlimited a la carte dining in a choice of restaurants with no reservations required. Check out the Hard Rock Hotel Cancún and the adults-only Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Heaven.

    Meeru Island Resort, Maldives

    At Meeru Island Resort you have the option of going all-inclusive, and this resort is known for its four-star quality at three-star prices. It’s also worth looking out for complimentary room upgrades. There are two swimming pools, non-motorised watersports, a dive school, golf driving range, tennis courts, fitness centre and two spas, one of them over the water. There is a choice of two buffet and two à la carte restaurants and a range of bars.

    Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets – well at least for the UK market which has tended to regard it as a low quality package destination. In fact it’s a vibrant Spanish island with boutique gems and top class all-inclusives like Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana. Here honeymooners will find gold standards at silver prices – set on the palm-studded, sugar white beach in Playa Bavaro. There are gourmet dining options and premium brand drinks and watersports too – all included in the price. It’s great value for money.

    LUX* Le Morne, Mauritius

    With Morne Brabant mountain to one side and the idyllic beaches of this southwest peninsula to the other, LUX* Le Morne certainly has location on its side. After a £21m refurbishment, it’s one of Mauritius’ most sought after five-stars with its superb Nymphea Spa and gourmet Thai restaurant. Newlyweds are spoilt rotten. Since its refurb, the hotel has offered all-inclusive packages that make perfect sense for honeymooners on a budget. There are four swimming pools and free watersports including windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling, waterskiing and glass-bottom boat trips. See more honeymoons in Mauritius.

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    Cruise honeymoons: what’s included

    Cruises tend to be full-board rather than all-inclusive, although there is often an option to upgrade, so all your drinks are included. At the luxury end of the market, today’s cruise ships tend to be small and intimate, with interesting itineraries and superb food. This range of luxury ocean and river cruises includes some of the most prestigious ships including the SeaDream Yacht Club which has just 57 cabins, all for adults only, and 96 crew. Like many cruise vessels, it sails the Caribbean in winter and the Mediterranean in summer. Regent Seven Seas Cruises are fully all-inclusive – shore excursions are in the price, as well as drinks and tips. Or select one of the small, intimate ships operated by Seabourn where all the cabins are suites with a private balcony.

    All-inclusive safari honeymoons

    Most safari lodges are all-inclusive because they are by their nature remote. There’s no option to pop out to a local bar or restaurant. Most include all drinks in the price. Check out my detailed guide to the best safari honeymoons.

    On a budget? You can also search for honeymoons under £1,000 and under £2,000.

    Last updated: 16 November 2017

    Jane Anderson, honeymoon expert

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