The Best One-Week Honeymoons

By Jane Anderson

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 (about US$580) – 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 to options to suit all budgets.

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. The Aurora Zone 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.

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. If you want a few more amenities, Simpson Travel has a gorgeous collection of hard-to-find adult-only hotels in Greece and Turkey including the Purple Apricot Hotel on Paxos (which has just seven individual suites) and the stunning Kalkan Regency in Turkey.

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.

Andalucia is another fabulous choice especially for early or late summer honeymoons visiting Seville, Cordoba and Granada. If you’re travelling in spring or autumn, how about one of these walking and cycling honeymoons for foodies. You’ll explore one of Europe’s most beautiful regions from Andalucia to Umbria, with your luggage transported each day to your next hotel.

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.

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.


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.

How about indulging in five-star pampering at the Hotel Capo d’Orso Thalasso & Spa on the gorgeous island of Sardinia. 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, head on down to the Caribbean to honeymoon hotspots such as Anse Chastanet in St Lucia.

Last updated: 9 February 2022

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