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The Best Two-Week Honeymoons

By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

Times are changing. Our parents’ generation may have routinely gone away on two-week or three-week holidays, but now it’s increasingly common for people to only get a week off work. For a honeymoon I’d recommend two weeks: a fortnight is a perfect period for most trips. Here’s my guide to the best, whether you’re on a tight budget, looking for a mid range price or ready to splash out on luxury. You can also see my recommendations for one-week honeymoons.

Field Cottage, The CotswoldsMore Hotel, CroatiaZoetry Agua

On a budget

You have two glorious weeks to celebrate your new life as husband and wife, but a limited budget. To make the most of your cash, I would keep travel costs down to a minimum and aim as high as possible with the accommodation. Self-catering keeps costs down too, but the place itself can be high spec. Rural Retreats is a great place to search for self-catering in the UK with everything from lighthouses to dinky cottages up for grabs.

For overseas honeymoons on a budget, Croatia offers good value for money and Completely Croatia has the inside track.

Further afield, the Caribbean has some fabulous deals especially if you travel in the summer months which is low season. The Dominican Republic is particularly affordable with good all-inclusives such as Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana and Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa.

When it comes to the Maldives you might assume that it’s out of your price bracket, but go to an operator such as Hayes & Jarvis and they will source fabulous three-star resorts such as Meeru Island.

And if you’d like a week to marry overseas and a week on honeymoon, Tropical Sky.has exclusive deals such as free wedding packages and free accommodation for the bride in destinations as exotic as the Far East, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Badem Tatil EvRomantic Florence and the River ArnoSnorkelling in OmanSome rooms have swim-up rooms

Mid-price

Tuscany is classic honeymoon territory – check out this lovely collection of villas for two. If you are an active couple, how about cycling in Italy – a novel way to get the most out of this glorious country with gastronomic routes more than making up for all that hard work!

Go further east to beautiful Bali and you’ll be overwhelmed by its beauty and hospitality, not to mention its tradition of fabulous spas and stylish hotels.

Cambodia is another very special destination and one that remains an authentic adventure with a growing number of incredible places to stay.

For mid-range Caribbean honeymoons, Cuba offers a lot for your money combining Havana with all-inclusive beach resorts such as the five-star adults-only Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa. You can also combine Cuba with Mexico.

If you like old-school style, Jamaica Inn on its namesake island harks back to the 1950s, a glamorous era for Jamaica.

Of course a major honeymoon hotspot is the Indian Ocean and there’s so much choice of four and five-star hotels in Mauritius in particular, that it’s a guaranteed mid priced two-week success. Resorts such as Trou aux Biches are tried and tested gems for honeymooners.

Or why not combine two iconic honeymoon destinations, Sri Lanka and the Maldives with a twin-centre itinerary created by Barefoot Traveller. Tanzania and Zanzibar is another fabulous two-centre combination full of adventure, mystique and luxury.

The Maldives can now also be combined with both India and the Arabian Gulf – with two-week honeymoons from less than £1,800 per person! Check out Magic of India and Maldives, and Maldives and Abu Dhabi.

Of course, if you want the most fun ever on a fly/drive honeymoon, you can’t get much better than a two-week drive down California’s Pacific Highway.

You’ll also need two weeks to get the most out of South Australia where you can take a Wildlife & Wine fly-drive that includes vineyards in the Barossa Valley along with spectacular Pacific beaches and Kangaroo Island, where you can encounter kangaroos, sea lions, possums and penguin colonies. One of the most popular honeymoons in Australia is this Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive.

Cook Islands from the airCaribbean villas for two

Luxury

When you have two weeks to explore and a healthy budget, the world really is your oyster. There are so many amazing places to visit and incredible resorts out there, that it’s sometimes overwhelming deciding how to spend your precious honeymoon, but here is a list of my favourites beginning with the Far East.

Vietnam is an inspired honeymoon choice with its rich culture, colonial charm, superb food and incredible resorts such as Six Senses Hideaway. You’d also need at least two weeks to do justice to the Philippines – how about this Secluded Islands honeymoon.

Bali has a great selection of five-star resorts at affordable prices. The best include the COMO Shambhala Estate and ultra-hip The Bale.

For upmarket Caribbean honeymoons, how about the tiny island of Anguilla, renowned for its chic hotels, pristine beaches and gourmet cuisine.

If you’d like a honeymoon that combines luxury with adventure, then Rainbow Tours has the perfect solution in this Costa Rica in Style trip.

In Africa, Kenya remains the place to head for safari, despite its troubles over the years, along with South Africa, which offers beautiful lodges such as Ulusaba. and romantic boutique hotels such as Mont Rochelle.

Namibia is an other-worldly place to celebrate your nuptials. Totally memorable and breathtaking. See my guide to the best Africa safari honeymoons.

South America is one of the hottest honeymoon regions right now with ArgentinaBrazil, PeruChile and the Galapagos Islands all high on wish lists.

In Chile, this 12-night private tour features many of the country’s highlights including the icy wilderness of Patagonia, the central wine region and the unworldly lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert.

India is another very special place for honeymooners whether you opt for the modern art scene of Mumbai or the Rajput glories of Udaipur – or both. If you want a well being honeymoon in India, check out Ananda in the Himalayas.

Sri Lanka is having something of a renaissance when it comes to tourism with a boom in luxury accommodation to enhance its already staggeringly beautiful attractions.

The Indian Ocean has many incredible honeymoon experiences but the Seychelles is one of the most impressive with its understated resorts such as Denis Private Island and Desroches Island.

Or head to the Maldives where resorts such as Huvafen Fushi will take your breath away, and your shoes – it’s all barefoot luxury here.

For a real journey to the other side of the world, the Cook Islands make up a far-flung archipelago that’s well worth the money to reach with incredible sights such as Aitutaki from the air. Stay at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki.

And if you want adventure and stunning luxury lodges, New Zealand is the place for you both.

A great way of seeing as much as possible over your two weeks is to take a luxury ocean or river cruise. If you like a more traditional sail, book a cabin in a tall ship.

Alternatively let the train take the strain with an incredible overland journey on board a classic such as the Orient-Express.

Last updated: 14 October 2018

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