Best Honeymoons Under £3,000

By Jane Anderson

If you can stretch to a honeymoon budget of £3,000 per person, the world is pretty much your oyster. If that’s beyond you, see my recommendations for the best honeymoons under £1,000 and under £2,000 per person.

With a total budget of £6,000, you could opt to stay close to home and go ridiculously high end with a luxury suite at a grande dame hotel in Paris, for example. Or you can jet off to a once-in-a-lifetime destination. I think most couples would choose the latter. Or you could even do both, taking a luxury mini moon just after the wedding and a longer honeymoon later on. This works well for couples whose wedding date clashes with a rainy season in their chosen honeymoon spot, or can’t get a significant time off work until later in the year.

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The Caribbean is a great destination if you want to push the boat out. Its smaller, lesser known islands are home to incredible beaches and sought after resorts that cost a bit more, but are well worth the investment. The tiny island of Anguilla is great for foodies and beach lovers with top hotels such as Cap Juluca and the Four Seasons. Essential Detail is a group of 10 beautiful boutique properties across the Caribbean where you’ll be treated to a very authentic experience.

Indian Ocean

The Maldives is a year-round favourite amongst honeymooners with ridiculously romantic private island resorts such as Huvafen Fushi and NIYAMA. With your budget of £6,000 you will be able to afford an over water villa – that always come at a premium and indulge in all these beautiful resorts have to offer from top spa treatments to incredibly romantic trips to cast away islands for a champagne picnic lunch.

The Seychelles demands a good honeymoon budget to make the most of its incredibly pristine islands. Prices are higher here as there is a strong eye on conservation and also many of the private islands are so remote, they have to import almost everything. An island hopping honeymoon is a good way to spend your honeymoon cash, combining a stay on the main island of Mahé – where the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is particularly inviting – with one of the out islands such as Praslin where I recommend Raffles Praslin.

A tried and tested two-centre is Sri Lanka and the Maldives which will come in around the £3,250 mark for honeymooners with a tour operator such as Barefoot Traveller. It also offers the amazing combination of China and the Maldives, pushing the boundaries of two-centre honeymoons. This 17-day tour costs from £3,275 per person.


For a high-end safari experience, it’s hard to beat Botswana from the lazy waters of the beautiful Okavango Delta to the vast plains of Chobe National Park where herds of elephant and buffalo roam, along with prides of lion. If you want a remote and authentic experience, try this trip to the Makgadikgadi salt pans and Kalahari Desert.

A great way to make the most of your honeymoon budget is to follow up a safari with a relatively nearby beach destination. Safari honeymoons can be exhausting, so a pampering beach follow-up works wonders. Best combination is South Africa followed by Mauritius or the Seychelles. This classic safari and beach honeymoon combines a Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park with an exotic island escape at the five-star deluxe Heritage Le Telfair resort in Mauritius.

Another superb option in South Africa is Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle in the Winelands. It has just 28 rooms and its own vineyard and makes a great wedding venue too.

Luxury journeys

Or how about one of the world’s great luxury train journeys? Travel to Venice on the Orient-Express or between Bangkok and Singapore on the Eastern & Oriental Express. The Rocky Mountaineer in Canada offers one heart-stopping view after another along with gourmet dining.

Central and South America are destinations that demand a healthy budget and going with a tour operator such as Journey Latin America that has real specialist knowledge is well worth the extra cash. They will make a honeymoon to Costa Rica, for example, extra special with the perfect mix of wildlife, rainforest and beach. See more honeymoons in Latin America.

Brazil and Argentina are similarly mind-blowing honeymoon experiences whether you want to learn to tango in Buenos Aires or slip away to Buzios, the St Tropez of South America.

If you’ve always wanted to go to Australia, your £6,000 budget will set you well on your way. Stay in iconic boutique hotels such as Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and Longitude 131º overlooking Uluru.

Last updated: 11 April 2022

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