All-inclusive Honeymoons

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

    jane small Honeymoon planningBy Jane Anderson, Editor

    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.

    Ikos Resorts, 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 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, opened on Corfu in 2018, closely followed by Ikos Aria on Kos and, new from 2020, Ikos Andalucia, their first venture in Spain.

    Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites, Cyprus

    Not only does this all-suite hotel in Paphos offer all-inclusive honeymoons, but Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites is also for adults only so there will be no children to disturb you. Lively Paphos is on your doorstep and, with its warm winter sun, Cyprus is a great choice if you’re getting married outside of the summer months.

    Gloria Golf Resort, Turkey

    Turkey is another destination with a warm spring and autumn and Gloria Golf Resort offers an optional all-inclusive package as well as its own golf course as well as a superb spa.

    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. Find more all-inclusive honeymoons in the Indian Ocean.

    VARU by Atmosphere, Maldives

    Up the ante at VARU by Atmosphere where it’s all about five star luxury, outstanding service and superb accommodation – including some options with a private plunge pool and over-water villas for two. There’s a choice of four restaurants and exceptional snorkelling.

    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 US$30m 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.

    Luxury all-inclusive in the Caribbean

    I love Essential Detail, a UK-based company which works only with the best of the Caribbean’s boutique hotels. Two of them offer all-inclusive rates but without a buffet queue in sight! There’s the low key East Winds Inn on St Lucia and the more luxe Curtain Bluff on Antigua. Another little gem, Jamaica Inn, also offers an optional all-inclusive package – I love its private beach and old-school glamour.

    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-inclusive hotels 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.

    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: 2 September 2020

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