When it comes to choosing a honeymoon, there’s a baffling number of choices.so I’m delighted to share 10 diverse ideas to kick start your Honeymoon planning
Even if you have a fixed budget and departure dates, you are still faced with thousands of options.
Where should you start?
We’ve teamed up with the specialist site, 101 Honeymoons, to give you some suggestions.
This really engaging and informative site is edited by award-winning travel writer and author Jane Anderson.
It features 101 honeymoon ideas which you can filter by destination, budget and your individual style of travel.
Whether you are an “eco-warrior”, “fashionista” , “a foodie” or “an adventurer” there is the perfect honeymoon plan for you.
Here are 10 great suggestions from 101 Honeymoons to help you in your decision making process.
- 1. Maldives on a budget
- If you dream about a private island in the Maldives but assume it’s outside your budget, take a look at Meeru Island Resort, which offers four-star quality at three-star prices.
- The only resort on the island of Meerufenfushi, it offers an array of facilities including two spas, tennis courts, scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing.
- Its also a perfect place to just lie back and relax on a pristine beach.
- Seven nights full board costs from just £1,339 per person including flights from the UK and speedboat or ferry transfers.
2. Italy in a Mini Cooper
Inspired by BBC TV’s The Trip, in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon drove around Italy in the footsteps of Shelley and Byron.
Travel company Exsus Travel created its own two-week version, Delicious Italy in a Mini Cooper, which takes the same dreamy route from Turin through Sinio, Camogli, Pievescola, Rome, Ravello and on to the exquisite island of Capri.
There’s a choice of rental cars and, of course, the chance to enjoy some of the finest food and wine that Italy has to offer.
3. Low-key luxury Caribbean all-inclusive
The phrase “all-inclusive” can conjure up images of characterless resorts, wristbands and long buffet queues, but East Winds on the gorgeous island of St Lucia is very different.
Set in lush tropical gardens, the hotel is small and intimate with just 30 suites.
Everything is included – cocktails, afternoon tea, four-course a carte dinners – so all you have to do is relax.
Honeymooners get extra treats thrown in, including champagne and chocolates on arrival and the choice of a couples massage in the spa or a sunset cruise aboard a luxury catamaran.
4. Peace and quiet in Paxos
When the charter flights land on Corfu, a small number of passengers don’t stay on the island, but take a three-hour ferry ride onward to the tiny, picture-perfect island of Paxos.
The extra effort is more than worth it: Paxos is a slice of “old Greece”: rustic, friendly, slow-paced and unspoilt.
There are not many hotels but the Purple Apricot is perfect for honeymooners who crave a touch of bohemia.
It’s exclusive to Simpson Travel and is for adults only with just seven suites, each individually styled by the designer Jaxx Russell Flint.
5. Venice by Orient Express
Is there a more romantic journey than the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?
This historic luxury train will take you across the countryside and mountains of Europe to the timeless city of Venice where a water taxi awaits to take you to your hotel.
The journey begins in London and includes gourmet meals served in the stylish dining car, with accommodation in a private sleeper cabin.
Afternoon tea is served as you descend through the Dolomites arriving into Venice at 6pm.
6. India and the Maldives
India is one of the world’s most exciting destinations, a full-on cultural and sensory experience.
So it’s not a bad idea to follow it with a few days of lazy beach time.
This two-week trip gets the balance spot on: a week’s private tour of the Golden Triangle of Rajasthan – including the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Amber Fort in Jaipur.
This is followed by six nights in the Maldives, staying at the four-star Cinnamon Dhonveli.
7. Rent a cosy English cottage
If you like the idea of a honeymoon in the UK, how about renting the perfect English country cottage?
The tricky bit is finding the perfect place, but the specialist agency Rural Retreats has done all the hard work for you.
Its recommendations include Field Cottage, a cosy stone-built thatched cottage for two set in rural Worcestershire.
Its set in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by walking country and its also close to the Cotswolds.
8. South Africa and Mauritius
If you’re considering a safari honeymoon in Africa but you also like the idea of time on a paradise beach, take a look at this two-week honeymoon to South Africa and Mauritius.
After four nights in a stylish lodge on the Ngala Private Game Reserve, where you can even arrange a private dinner in the bush, it’s only a four-hour onward flight to Mauritius where you’ll spend a week relaxing at the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort.
9. Cruise with a difference
The idea of an ocean cruise is thrilling but the reality can be disappointing: huge characterless ships with thousands of passengers and entertainment aimed at the over-50s.
For something different, how about setting sail on a tall ship.
Under billowing sails, you’ll experience the thrill of a real sailing ship and explore the small ports that larger vessels can’t reach.
There are Mediterranean itineraries in summer and Caribbean routes in winter.
10. Colourful Costa Rica
You want adventure, tropical beaches and natural wonders but you don’t want to spend endless hours travelling.
Step forward Costa Rica, a tiny safe friendly country that is packed with eye-popping sights and thrilling excursions – and served by direct British Airways flights.
On this two-week Costa Rica in Style private tour, you’ll stay at a hot springs resort at the foot of an active volcano.
Fromm here you will be able to see hummingbirds in a cloudforest reserve, enjoy a picnic lunch on a tropical beach and sleep in a lodge on the edge of Corcovado National Park.
So to supercharge your Honeymoon planning and narrow down the right destination for you and your partner on the most special holiday of your life take a look and find the very best place to go…
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