It’s understandable that a number of factors must be considered when planning a honeymoon including both budget and time constraints, however, this is your honeymoon – and therefore, this is the time to dream big in terms of your travel plans.
The list below offers two stunning suggestions to inspire your honeymoon vacation that can enable that trip of the lifetime feeling, however, if you’re looking for something closer to home the Caribbean is always a popular choice, such as the Courtyard Nassau Junkanoo Beach in The Bahamas which has oceanfront rooms available.
Known as being the “land of smiles”, Thailand is a magical kingdom that has something to offer everyone – whether you’re looking for a laid back beach vibe, swinging in a hammock on a deserted island, the hustle and bustle of city life, the culture of temples and hill tribes or the adventure of swinging through the jungle and racing down river rapids.
Thailand remains a firm favourite for honeymooners, as whilst it’s become very developed there is still much unspoilt beauty in the tantalizing Kingdom of Thailand left to discover, particularly in the region of Krabi and Koh Lanta, but the undeveloped and rustic image that was so prevalent twenty years ago has unfortunately been somewhat replaced with neon lights, massage parlours, non-stop parties, and gridlocked congestion.
There are a number of five star boutique hotels perfect for honeymoons in the regions of Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui, but a more authentic experience can be found by taking in more remote parts of Thailand such as Pai and Udon Thani, in the North.
Whilst in Thailand, particularly if you visit the North, you may want to head into Laos, where life has a much slower pace – the cost of living is significantly cheaper than the tourist areas of Thailand too… but don’t expect to find the same standard of home comforts you can expect to find in tourist resorts within Thailand.
Another firm favourite, on everyone’s bucket list is Italy. Beyond the obvious cities of Rome and Venice, which in reality, whilst very beautiful and certainly worth visiting, are touristy to the point of being a little abrasive on both the soul and the wallet. There are two regions within Italy that are particularly perfect for honeymoons: Lake Garda (about an hour from Milan airport) and Tuscany (best option is to fly into Pisa airport).
Lake Garda offers refined luxury whilst retaining a comfortable, authentic and accommodating vibe that is the antithesis of the fashionista fuelled pretension found in cities such as Milan and Rome. Here, you can take scenic boat rides, go horse riding, climbing, walking and even paragliding. It’s therefore a fantastic spot for those that love nature, good food, fine wine, and a warm welcome from the locals.
Tuscany is an incredibly popular choice with travellers who are drawn from all over the world in search of fine wine, delicious food and beautiful scenery. This enchanting region has marvellously mild weather, almost half of Italy’s artistic heritage, and traditional people that make Tuscany feel less of a tourist destination and more of a home. For a real treat, head to Borgo Santo Pietro – in fact, you really do want to pause reading and check out this link, as it’s been voted one of the world’s most romantic hotels and deserves a place on everyone’s honeymoon bucket list.
Similar to Lake Garda, when you enter Tuscany, you feel like you are part of the experience – rather than an outsider looking in; as this romantic and majestic land will welcome you with open arms.
In summary, a honeymoon is the one time you should feel perfectly justified in splurging – and these two options provide decent value for money. A honeymoon, for most people, should be more than a luxury resort – it should be a life enhancing immersive experience with memories that last a lifetime.