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    Best Honeymoons Under £2,000

    By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

    Everyone planning a honeymoon has a budget – the hard part is sticking to it. If you’re really counting the pennies you can check out my tips for honeymoons under £1,000. But if your budget will stretch a little further you open up some fantastic options. Here are my tips for the best honeymoons under £2,000 per person.

    Fabulous ports of call

    Short haul honeymoons under £2,000

    When you go short-haul (a flight of four hours or less) and you have a healthy budget of £2,000 per person, you can expect to stay in some fabulous accommodation. You won’t be flying by private jet but the glamour of Italy’s Amalfi Coast is achievable. You could stay at an intimate hillside hideaway or a five star hotel in the heart of Sorrento.

    If you live near the South of England, you can whistle down to Nice quick as a flash by Eurostar and even if you spend £200-£300 per room per night on five-star accommodation, you’ll still be within your honeymoon budget if you stay 10 nights or so. If you want more money to play with in the south of France, then book a more quirky bolthole with i-escape.

    For an affordable alternative to the Cote d’Azur, Croatia is tremendous value for money. For just over £1,000 each, you could stay a week at the beautiful Hotel Pucic Palace right in the heart of Dubrovnic. Completely Croatia will tailor-make a fabulous honeymoon itinerary.

    Ireland is another option where £2,000 per person will go a long way. Book with McKinlay Kidd for a luxury Irish honeymoon. The basic package will set you back just over £1,000 each for the ferry to Ireland, accommodation with breakfast, and a fabulous open-topped classic hire car to tour around in, leaving you plenty of spending money for meals out and romantic excursions.

    The Algarve is an underrated part of the world and also one that is great value for money at the moment when you’re eating out at restaurants and visiting attractions. It has some of the most amazing resorts such as Vila Vita Parc in Porches and the ANANTARA Vilamoura. If you fly easyJet or British Airways, you’re still going to be able to afford a week of true luxury on a half-board or even full-board basis.

    The Greek Islands are another value for money destination and with a healthy budget of £2,000 each, you can afford a top end villa on a sought after island such as Santorini or Mykonos, or a boutique hotel. Rather than aim too high with an internationally known five-star hotel, its sometimes nicer to go self catering or stay at a local boutique hotel and have plenty of money to treat yourselves to romantic meals out and indulgences like a sailing boat for the day or spa treatments.

    If you do want a true taste of Sir Richard Branson’s billionaire lifestyle, head to his sublime hideaway in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Kasbah Tamadot will not disappoint. Here you will be treated like VIPs from the minute you arrive, though you will have to plan carefully that your budget stretches to meals and all activities.

    If you’re looking for something different and off the beaten track, a honeymoon in Iceland could be for you, especially if you like a bit of adventure. Regent Holidays has a North & South Capitals Reykjavik & Akureyri 8-day tour from £1,585 per person including flights, guaranteed to be memorable.

    You may not have considered a cruise honeymoon, but the benefit here is that it’s all paid up front. My advice would be to avoid the big ships and pick one of these luxury ocean cruises, or an elegant tall ships cruise.

    The gorgeous beachLUX* Maldives spaRomantic dinner on the beachHouseboat on the Kerala backwaters

    Long haul options

    If you plan well, going long-haul on £2,000 per person will bag you a memorable honeymoon. If you don’t want to worry about the drinking, eating and letting your hair down, then an all-inclusive honeymoon to the Caribbean could be for you. Sandals has beautiful resorts in Barbados and Grenada. Here everything from gourmet dining to scuba diving and yoga is included and you can even tie the knot for free. See the latest Sandals offers.

    Exotic luxury destinations in Asia aren’t out of reach. This two-centre honeymoon combining India and the Maldives is outstanding value at less than £1,800 per person for two weeks.

    You can also twin the Maldives and Abu Dhabi for less than £2,000 – a wonderful winter sun option.

    Cuba is a Caribbean island where your money goes a long way. Travel with an upmarket tour operator such as Exsus to find you the best accommodation and throw in some honeymoon extras.

    And if you fancy a villa for two in the Caribbean, this can be tremendous value for money if you go in the summer months – low season for the Caribbean but still good weather for those who don’t mind the heat.

    Similarly Florida can be good value for money in the summer months whether you choose a fly/drive or perhaps a blow out few days in Miami at a swanky hotel on South Beach followed by a more laid back hotel in the Florida Keys or Gulf Coast.

    The USA in general is value for money once you are there. Go with a tour operator such as American Sky and there are some iconic routes that you can explore on a fly/drive such as 17-day Route 66 adventure from £1,519 per person including flights.

    Mexico is value for money destination and you can treat yourselves to a stay at one of the new Hard Rock Hotels for as little as £1,350 per person with flights. Check out the Hard Rock Hotel Cancún and the adults-only Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Heaven. Both are bang on the beach.

    Thailand is another great value for money honeymoon where £2,000 each is a healthy budget. It will get you both a week at a top resort like the Sarojin with lots of romantic extras.

    The Maldives is one of the most sought-after honeymoon choices for couples. It’s never going to be a cheap choice, but with a budget of £4,000 between you, and a value for money all-inclusive resort such as the five-star LUX* Maldives with lots of added extras, you can’t go wrong.

    Similarly Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island that still feels very special and exotic, and has many fabulous honeymoon resorts to choose from. If you go for a good four-star such as Zilwa Attitude, rather than a top end five-star, you will have plenty of cash to spend once you are there and they will look after you very well.

    Last updated: 27 April 2017

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