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Best Honeymoons Under £3,000

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By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

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.

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. For example, The Atlantis Hotel on the wild east coast of Barbados is a find and rooms costs around £182 a night in high season.

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.

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Also in the Indian Ocean, 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 Banyan Tree is particularly inviting – with one of the out islands such as Praslin where I recommend Raffles Praslin.

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. Find out more about the cost of a safari honeymoon.

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.

Another 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.

If Asia is your dream honeymoon, head to Cambodia for a mix of ancient culture, city life and beach with specialist tour operator Selective Asia. An 18-day Complete Cambodia honeymoon costs £1,735 per person with all accommodation, guides and domestic flights. International flights are extra.

If you fancy a real adventure to restore body and soul, the Himalayan resort of Ananda is the ultimate wellness honeymoon. A total budget of £6,000 will allow you to indulge in many top class treatments and activities.

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, Argentina and Peru are all similarly mind blowing honeymoon experiences whether you decide to visit Machu Picchu 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. Experienced tour operator, Wexas can arrange a touring honeymoon including a superb Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive. Stay in iconic boutique hotels such as Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and Longitude 131º overlooking Uluru.

And if a journey to the other side of the world appeals, a honeymoon around New Zealand is made all the more romantic with stays in luxury lodges such as Hapuku Lodge which costs around £169 half board per person per night.

Or – if you have a bit more time – why not go the whole hog and book a Round the World ticket and mix up the luxury with the adventure and glamping. You could, for example, return from New Zealand via the Cook Islands.

Last updated: 16 October 2018

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