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The Best One-Week Honeymoons

By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

If you can only manage to take a few days off work, or you want to focus on quality rather than quality, you might be looking at one-week honeymoons. Here’s my guide to the best whether you’re on a tight budget, looking for a mid-range price or have the funds for luxury. You can also see my recommendations for even shorter mini moons and two-week honeymoons.

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On a budget

Choose a staycation honeymoon in the UK and you immediately cut travel costs leaving you more to spend on accommodation and experiences.

Many of us have a lifetime love affair with Cornwall which often begins as a child, but return as an adult and you’ll discover that Cornwall offers a much more grown up sophistication perfect for honeymooners. And if you can visit outside of the school holidays, you’ll get cheaper rates and more peace and quiet. It’s perfect for foodies, walkers, surfers and spa goers. And if you hit good weather, Cornwall rivals anywhere on earth.

If you fancy more freedom to roam on your honeymoon, check out McKinlay Kidd’s fantastic touring holidays of Ireland or Scotland by classic car or sports car.

Of course there are many short haul honeymoons that are perfectly doable in a week and on a budget. Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most sought-after hotspots for romance, and if Classic Collection has a great choice of handpicked hotels including Villa Franca above the village of Positano.

Mallorca is another short-haul honeymoon which becomes very affordable when you book a villa for two. Vintage Travel offers romantic self-catering options such as restored farmhouses with private pools. A week’s villa rental for two costs from £450 to £1,500 – flights and car hire can be arranged as on request.

Corsica is an affordable hotspot that combines French sophistication with rustic charm. The specialist tour operator Corsican Places has handpicked the best hotelsvillas and apartments. It says the Hotel U Capu Bianca overlooking the Gulf of Santa Manza is one of its top picks for honeymooners.

The Algarve is another place that’s shaken off a negative reputation, this time of mass-market tourism. Now southern Portugal is full of high quality, value for money resorts and designer boltholes, offered by Sovereign Holidays.

Turkey is another excellent destination where your honeymoon budget stretches a long way. I love the adult-only Mandarin Boutique Hotel with just eight rooms, king size beds and Jacuzzis for two. 

For couples marrying in winter, an Arctic honeymoon is a magical experience. Artisan Travel has an inspiring collection of honeymoon packages in Finnish Lapland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. You could sleep in a glass igloo with overhead views of the Northern Lights, or combine husky sledding with ice fishing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing on an adventure honeymoon in a wilderness lodge.

Romantic evening strollsA beach stroll

Mid-price

If you have a little more cash to splash on your one-week honeymoon there are plenty of amazing options, including the Caribbean.

The most iconic city for romance is Paris. Kirker Holidays has a fabulous range of hotels for honeymooners with added extras from flowers to champagne waiting for you and fast track entries to less obvious museums and galleries plus top dinner reservations. Hotel tips include the beautiful Relais Christine on the Left Bank.

Another fast-track route to privacy is to rent a villa for two in Greece. Some have their own pools, others are located a few steps from a beach.

Venice for a week is a splash and splurge honeymoon where you can indulge in a top-notch hotel such as Ca’ Sagrado and take in all the sights from the Bridge of Sighs to the Doges Palace. Citalia has all the insider know-how.

Andalucia is another fabulous choice especially for early or late summer honeymoons visiting Seville, Cordoba and Granada. The Algarve has some lovely hidden gems for honeymooners. The best hotels include Vila Vita Parc in Porches and the Lake Spa Resort in Vilamoura.

For a dose of Italian charm and glamour, head to Puglia in the south where I recommend the secluded family-run Masseria Le Torri.

Madeira is another under-the-radar island for honeymooners, but full of boutique hotels that were formerly grand manor houses. Newlyweds can enjoy stunning gardens, horse riding, levada walks and whale watching. This range of luxury hotels includes some beautiful restored manor houses, including Quinta da Bela Vista and Quinta da Casa Branco.

Cyprus works well in the spring and autumn because it’s so far south. You can find some outstanding deals on five-star hotels such as the adults-only Asimina Suites and the luxury all-inclusive Olympic Lagoon Resort.

And if you want to go long-haul despite only having a week’s honeymoon, Florida is an easy direct flight with the delights of Miami and a romantic drive down the Florida Keys entirely possible. See this range of honeymoons in Florida. Or how about combining four nights in Las Vegas with three nights in New York from £1,250 per person, including flights.

Another great option is the Cape Verde islands where you can expect year-round sunshine, idyllic sand beaches and dramatic landscapes. With direct six-hour flights from the UK and only one hour’s time difference, it’s a seriously good option for a week’s honeymoon, and excellent value. Check out the main islands of Sal and Boa Vista.

In the Caribbean, Barbados and Grenada are both easy long-haul spots for a one-week honeymoon and Sandals’ all-inclusive resorts have everything you need. You can even tie the knot for free.

If you’re marrying in winter and would like a wintery honeymoon, Iceland never disappoints with its incredible landscapes and magical Northern Lights. Alternatively the snowy Arctic with its cosy log cabins and glass igloos, is memorable.

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Luxury

With just a week to spare, but cash to splash, the UK has romantic five-star hotels to rival anywhere in the world. Gilpin Lake House in the beautiful Lake District is a Relais & Chateaux gem with just six suites and a Jetty Spa Trail for couples where pampering is paramount.

Ibiza straddles the gap between mid-price and luxury. Flights are inexpensive but there are plenty of seriously sexy accommodation options, from a boho agriturismo all the way up to this celebrity retreat with a luxury Balinese spa, beach restaurant and chill-out area with day beds and DJs.

Tenerife is a great year-round option with short direct flights from across the UK. There is a lot to do – from dolphin watching to volcano climbing – and some wonderful hotels, including Red Level at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, an adults-only hideaway and with ocean-front villas and private pool.

For a honeymoon resort that has everything you need from a wide choice of accommodation, restaurants, sports, pools, and a beautiful beachfront, Forte Village in Sardinia is hard to beat. Or how about spoiling yourselves with a luxurious week on the Italian island of Capri, staying at the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, beloved of film stars and royalty.

Sicily is the largest island in the Med and combines a romantic setting – including Mount Etna, an active volcano – with great beaches, ancient sites and romantic hotels including the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea near Palermo and Villa Angela, a hillside boutique hotel near Taormina.

Similarly the Greek Cyclades are the stuff of honeymoon heaven with gloriously minimalist white hangouts such as Hotel Grace to make you feel like you’ve fallen into a movie set.

A wonderful place to head into another world for a week of romance is Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains just outside Marrakech.

If you simply must go long haul, check out the best that Florida has to offer or head on down to the Caribbean to honeymoon hotspots such as Anse Chastanet in St Lucia.

Last updated: 4 September 2018

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