Honeymoons are for taking off big chunks of time to indulge in the best meals, to be treated like royally in every way possible. So what is the problem? The cost. Here are 10 destinations that will not break the bank.
1. Mexico (Riviera Maya)
Looking for beaches? Check! Activities galore? Check! You will get anything you want as the newlyweds. This region of Mexico is immersed with a ton of competitive priced. Hotels like Unico 20 87 offer all-inclusive options, so you will get a luxury experience without worrying about racking up the bill during your stay. With all that, excess money you saved you can put it towards the adventures and excursions outside of the resort.
A generally less expensive alternative to Thailand’s famous tourist destinations, Vietnam has a little something for every kind of honeymooner. Like to hike? Visit the Valley of Love in Dalat or enjoy scenic views of the Muong Hoa Valley or Fansipan Mountain. In addition, when you are ready to relax, head to one of the most beautiful and affordable honeymoon spots in the country, Con Dao, with its secluded white-sand beaches and scenic trails. Six Senses Con Dao starts at $3,400 for a customizable vacation, which includes some meals, shared road transfers, and more special offers.
Jamaica has that true island flair, great food, and cool local experiences. You can even get a private villa feel when staying at the intimate hideaways like Round Hill Hotel and Villas, which is nestled in the hills overlooking the Caribbean Sea. If its villa 10 you will be a part of history- that is where JFL and Jackie honeymooned.
Belize is also home to many all-inclusive resorts, which will save money on food and drinks. Xanadu Island Resort, located at Ambergris Caye overlooking the second largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea, offers an array of complementary activities, such as kayaking, bird watching, paddle boarding, and bicycle rentals. Moreover, if you want to stretch your dollar into a luxurious stay, you can even rent your own private island off the coast for less than $500.
With affordable, quick flights to choose from and many sights still untouched by tourism, Cuba is a unique, budget-friendly honeymoon experience. Find yourself a deal on an Airbnb in Vedado, a mostly-residential neighborhood just a 10-minute drive from Old Havana where old mansions and authentic eateries abound. For sunshine-filled relaxation, hit the white-sand Cayo Lago Del Sur or Varadero Beach, and plan a day tour to see the tobacco fields of Viñales by horse.
A sunny honeymoon is almost guaranteed, no matter what time of year you get married. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino, where you can relax in a reserved private hut on the white sand beach. You are also close to the main shopping district if you want a little more action.
Bermuda treats honeymooners like royalty. Stay at The Reefs Resort & Club, which has four restaurants and bars, two tennis courts, and complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel gear. Up the ante with the resort’s honeymoon package, which also includes an ocean view room for five nights, a welcome Rum Swizzle, Champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, a 60-minute couples’ massage, and a romantic dinner on the beach.
Portugal is less expensive than Spain and many other popular European destinations. After hopping on a common flight deal, you will see the country does not skimp on old-world charm, offering ancient castles and fishing villages alongside chic urban areas and beach retreats. Portugal is a great option foodie couples, as the culinary scene is exploding and dining options are cheap. (For a special meal, we recommend you try Belcanto, the first restaurant in Lisbon to earn two Michelin Stars.) Find yourself in the Douro region in the north, full of lush eucalyptus fields and vineyards, the vibrant city of Porto, or the Algarve down south, with white sand, turquoise water, flowing sangria, and unparalleled seafood.
9. Honolulu, Hawaii
If Hawaii tops your honeymoon, list but does not seem feasible when it comes to cost, consider bustling Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. While it is still Hawaii, it usually is the cheapest destination from the continental U.S. in terms of airfare, and with a public transportation system that could put even the largest U.S. cities to shame; honeymooners can forgo renting a car. The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is mid-range and does not skimp on the romantic views. The hotel also has a variety of packages for honeymooners, including a “Make Room for Romance” deal and offers that come with a free rental car.
10. Saint Barthelemy
The sophistication and stunning natural surroundings of St Barts make it a classic honeymoon go-to. Expect aquamarine seas, divine beaches and glamourous accommodation. The island has a distinctly St Tropez feel, meaning gourmet food and lots of glitz. Aside from shopping and people watching, you could easily while away your holiday exploring and snorkeling off the island’s 22 beaches, each one embodying a particular laid-back St Barts vibe.
11. California (Sonoma)
If you enjoy wine you will love, Sonoma has all of the benefits of the more expensive Napa, like vineyards and spas. Use the Gaige House as your home base while you explore area wineries. After a long day of tasting, kick back at the cozy B&B, which offers an evening wine and cheese reception and has an onsite spa.to doesn’t break the bank since it’s smaller and more up-and-coming, the prices aren’t as steep
** Bonus** India (Udaipur)
Udaipur is often said to be India’s most romantic city, perhaps the world’s. Right at its heart lies the glassy blue surface of Lake Pichola, a man-made lake that lends the city an ethereal and peaceful presence. Perched right in the middle is the Lake Palace and on one side, City Palace; both grand and beguiling structures. Take a romantic boat trip across the lake and admire the beamingly bright saris of the women washing clothes on the ghats. Then enjoy a rooftop dinner with a backdrop of glittering lights reflected on the water.