UK couples are spending well above £3,000 on average for their honeymoon. If you’re on a tight budget, Jane Anderson, editor at 101 Honeymoons, has sourced the most romantic getaways for under £1,000 per couple in the UK and £2,000 overseas for two!
Mexico is a long-haul gem. Its Mayan Riviera has incredible white sand beaches, mind-blowing history in the form of Mayan ruins and a vibrant culture – it’s also home to value for money all-inclusives. The Occidental Grand Xcaret is close to the Xcaret eco- archaeological park and Playa del Carmen, on its own private beach. The Grand Romance package includes a bottle of champagne and an in-room couples massage. How much? Tropical Sky offers seven nights all-inclusive at the 4.5 star Occidental Grand Xcaret from £869 per person including flights and transfers.
There’s nothing quite like the Westcountry when it comes to romantic boltholes. The picturesque town of Fowey is one of its most beguiling spots on the south coast, with hidden coves and cosy pubs. Couples will love Barnacles, a romantic apartment for two right on the River Fowey. Once upon a time it belonged to a ship’s chandler, and transactions took place from the boats moored alongside the decking. Now honeymooners can sit back and enjoy the views of the Boddinik Ferry and the changing river scenes from their gorgeous sitting room, a four- poster bed and freestanding bath. How much? From £362 per couple for three nights. And up to £1,034 per week in summer.
What could be more romantic than the Portofino Coast in Liguria, Northern Italy? It oozes sophistication, yet go with Classic Collection and you could be honeymooning at the Bristol Resort & Spa, even on a tight budget. Its pink façade and palm trees look like something off a vintage postcard and there’s a soothing spa and lots to explore nearby. How much? Classic Collection Holidays offers seven nights at the Bristol Resort & Spa from £997 per person, sharing a junior suite sea view on a half board basis, with return British Airways flights and return transfers.
For a snowy honeymoon at the Arctic Circle, Finnish Lapland won’t disappoint – or break the bank. Head to the rustic Iso Syöte hotel, where, once the snow has fallen it becomes a true Winter wonderland. The Iso Syöte hotel is built in Finnish style and after a day of Winter fun like snowmobiling or husky safaris, it’s a really cosy, romantic place to come back to and warm up. The Eagle view Suite has walls and a roof made of glass with a huge round bed offering uninterrupted panoramic views of the Winter wonderland outside. Best Served Scandinavia offers four nights at Iso Syote with one night in Eagle’s view suite, flights and transfers from £650 per person.
Bradforn on Avon
For a fabulous UK honeymoon that won’t break the bank, the brand new Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire is a former riverside boozer, transformed into a truly stylish boutique hotel with fabulous food by Tom Blake, formerly of River Cottage. This 14-room gem has a Nordic influence, with Farrow and Ball greys, tiling, fishing lamps, fur cushions and bare wood. It’s already been likened to the nearest thing you’ll find to Babington House for comfort and luxury. And it’s perfect for honeymooners who don’t want to drive – it’s two minutes from the train station. How much? From £145 per night including breakfast and complimentary Bramble products when booking through I-Escape.
For a memorable short-haul honeymoon, head to Venice on a romantic train journey through the Alps. Begin your adventures at London St Pancras for a glass of champagne before boarding Eurostar. Travel across the Alps via Paris en route to the stunning city of Venice for three nights of luxury in this stunning floating city, home to St Mark’s Square and those iconic canals. How much? From £899 per person including the Eurostar and onward travel to Venice, one night at the Schweizerhof Zurich, three nights at the Luna Hotel Baglioni and BA flights from Venice to London.
The Dominican Republic is a beautiful spot for honeymooners on a budget. Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa is set among tropical gardens and by a fine sandy beach. Honeymooners will love the award winning free-form swimming pool which meanders through the resort. With the Dreams resorts Unlimited Luxury programme, you receive unlimited branded drinks, gourmet dining options, 24-hour room service and all activities. How much? Seven nights on an Unlimited Luxury all-inclusive basis costs from £859 per person including flights with Tropical Sky.
Thailand is a winner for honeymooners who want a taste of exotic luxury on a budget. You could combine a few nights experiencing Bangkok before you head off for an idyllic beach resort. Selective Asia can source some amazing deals at beautiful hotels such as the Veranda Resort and Spa in Cha Am. Selective Asia also offers couples a honeymoon gift list service which allows friends and family to contribute towards it. How much? Bangkok & Beach costs from £981 per couple including three nights in Bangkok at the Furama Xclusive Sathorn in a Deluxe Room with breakfast, seven nights at the Veranda Resort & Spa in a Deluxe Room with breakfast, flights and private transfers.
Top of the list for honeymooners is Son Viscos, a coolly stylish B&B in the Mallorcan mountains just 40 minutes from Palma, with romantic hidden terraced gardens. Although there are cheaper rooms, newlyweds will love romantic Romero, a beautiful, light-filled bedroom in the eaves, with valley views and an antique bathtub. The hotel is great value considering its chic décor, feast of a breakfast, and its idyllic location – plus it’s truly tranquil as children under 12 aren’t allowed! When you can tear yourselves away, hike or bike in the mountains, or pop to pretty villages and picturesque Cala Deia. Return to a massage in your room, and dinners in the nearby village. How much? From £737 per person for 10 days with breakfast, flights and a bottle of wine for guests booking via I-Escape.
Morocco is only a four hour flight away, but could be on the other side of the world in terms of exoticism and mystique. It’s the perfect honeymoon for couples on a budget seeking a cool dose of ethno chic. Chez Max is a six bedroom guesthouse in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, built in the style of a lovely Berber house. It’s run just like a home with a small team of discreet staff to take care of all your needs. How much? A five-night stay in a double room with terrace from £620 per person half board, with flights, airport transfers, guided tour around the olive grove and a hammam and scrub for two.
DDG Retreat perches atop the pretty Pueblo Bianco of Casares high above the Med, enjoying spectacular views across three countries with just six detached casas offering peace and privacy. For sheer romance, you can sleep under the stars in an alfresco bed and for pampering, DDG Retreat has a spa cabanah nestling among the trees. Couples can indulge in butler service on board a yacht or choose to get their marriage off to a flying start with a hot air balloon ride over some of Spain’s most spectacular scenery. How much? Seven nights in Casa Cipres in high season costs from around £1,250 for two, leaving plenty for return flights and honeymoon extras like champagne and a pampering spa treatment each. In April, May and October Casa Cipres costs just under £700 for two for a five- night minimoon.
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