Can anyone recommend a honeymoon style holiday please?

(55 Posts)
thecuntureshow Thu 17-Jul-14 22:37:57

We never had a honeymoon. We're looking to go for 2 wks January-March

I'd love to go to the Maldives or somewhere like that but we don't have that kind of money unfortunately

Found a lovely place in hmmBarbados earlier but it was £7k. We can't afford that. Maybe half? If that! grin

thecuntureshow Thu 17-Jul-14 22:38:23

Oops don't know what the hmm face is about!

justabigdisco Thu 17-Jul-14 22:44:26

Sri Lanka is perfect that time of year. You can do beach/jungle/safari/culture or just laze around! Lots of different accommodation from budget to luxury. Check out for ideas (have used them many times and never had a bad hotel).

SoapySudsy Fri 18-Jul-14 08:59:35

We went to Barbados for ours and it was gorgeous. I'm sure you could get somewhere really nice for much less than 7k. Or other Caribbean ?
Also maybe have a look at Mauritius?
I would love to go to Sri Lanka as suggested above, my brother really rates it.

SoapySudsy Fri 18-Jul-14 09:01:53

Actually not sure if Mauritius could be rainy then, we went in April and the weather was lovely.

chestnut100 Fri 18-Jul-14 09:03:11

Jamaica every time for me! Check out the "couples" chain. Been to them all and they are fabulous! Should be able to bring it in well under 3.5k. If budget stretches a little further, South Africa (inc a safari is awesome; check out shamwari private game reserve)

TheFairyCaravan Fri 18-Jul-14 09:05:18

We went to Cape Verde back in March. They call it the 'forgotten Caribbean'. It is white sands and very blue seas, unfortunately they are rough a lot of the time in Boa Vista where we stayed,but I don't go in. It was a lot cheaper than 7k too!

We stayed here I'd thoroughly recommend it. If you look at the other Riu hotel on the island that has adult only areas.

My parents went to Sal and loved it, too.

Ainmnua Fri 18-Jul-14 09:06:16

Mauritius was a bit meh for me. The resort was nice but there wasn't lots to do outside of it.

Mexico was brilliant but try to go a few hours south of Cancun.

MATB1 Fri 18-Jul-14 09:07:10

I was going to suggest Sri Lanka too.

A fab website for hotels of all different budgets is

Good luck!

MATB1 Fri 18-Jul-14 09:07:54

I was going to suggest Sri Lanka too.

A fab website for hotels of all different budgets is

Good luck!

Kundry Fri 18-Jul-14 09:12:54

Do you absolutely want beach resort? South Africa is fab at that time of year and there are numerous price brackets for safari.

Heels99 Fri 18-Jul-14 09:50:10

There is plenty to do in mauritius, boat trips to Islands, nature reaves, rainforest, Hindu temples, the capital has loads of shops etc, waterfront area and unesco world heritage site museum, plantation houses, lots of fab beaches and restaurants. Watersports, golf, spas etc.

I think carribbean at that time of year though, should get a week all inclusive for 2 of you for your budget.

I think South Africa may push your budget a bit, but is fab and agree shalwari is amazing.


ChickenFajitaAndNachos Fri 18-Jul-14 10:15:05

I think I would go for either the Caribbean or Thailand at that time of year. St Lucia is beautiful as is Jamaica.

thecuntureshow Fri 18-Jul-14 13:36:53

Thanks all

I've been to Thailand many moons ago and Mexico before I met DH to a lovely luxury resort.

Was thinking Jamaica - seems you get more for your money in the Caribbean than Indian Ocean

I'll definitely look at Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

Feel like we may only get one more adults only holiday before we think about DC so want to make sure it's a good one. Lesson learned though - we should have asked people to buy us a honeymoon when we got married. Noted for next time winkgrin

Ceadagam Sat 19-Jul-14 00:04:04

I often wonder if us Europeans over look special destinations because they're in Europe and don't sound as exotic?
I would be tempted to look closer to home for a hidden gem, perhaps save myself some money and have it to spend while away and have a shorter haul.

MillyMollyMama Sat 19-Jul-14 00:09:19

I would fly to San Francisco (March though) and go down a Highway 1 in a sports car. Fly back from Los Angeles. Beach resorts are ok but hardly an experience to remember. Hiring a Mustang and driving in California is much more exciting. I would also look at LA (Santa Monica) and driving down to San Diego. Nice weather in March too and plenty to do.

thecuntureshow Sat 19-Jul-14 00:11:32

Cead - I take your point but we fancy good weather and there isn't any in Europe then really

I would have thought the US would be out of our budget but I will have a look smile thanks

bughunt Sat 19-Jul-14 00:15:53

5* Scotland. Hire a posh car and do a tour staying in castles and other usual places.

bughunt Sat 19-Jul-14 00:17:05

Oops, just saw you don't want Europe. Soz.

thecuntureshow Sat 19-Jul-14 00:21:18

Still open to suggestions bughunt! smile

thecuntureshow Sat 19-Jul-14 00:21:57

Ooh we could do Scotland like The Trip! It was Scotland wasn't it...?

thecuntureshow Sat 19-Jul-14 00:24:34

Oh, no, it was just 'the north'

There are too many places to go/things to do. Might have to do a bucket list. And put off DC for 10 years...

ColdCottage Sat 19-Jul-14 00:26:51

Mauritius is lovely, I'd recommend the Beachcomber hotels as they cover a spectrum of budgets. Not in January, too hot and about 90 percent humidity (I was running from aircon car to aircon venue, so sweaty), October or November is perfect time to get some winter sun. Lots to do and great people and food (due to Dutch, French and English invasions).

The Cook Islands are amazing - there is a direct flight to/from LA every Saturday so you could combine with a few days there. Either that or go via New Zealand (which is amazing) and if you have time include a few days in Renwick visiting the vineyards.

Panama is beautiful and great all year round, very safe apart from Panama City where you just need to use taxis to get between the good bits. You have beaches, extinct volcanos to climb, coffee plantations to visit, great if you want a little adventure and very reasonable.

ColdCottage Sat 19-Jul-14 00:29:05

What is your budget? You could go 5 star in the uk and splash out on spa treatments and Michelin star food.
Chewton Glenn and Lucknam Park are my two UK favorites. Oh and the Four Seasons Hampshire is beautiful, though not stayed there so don't know how good the spa is.

bughunt Sat 19-Jul-14 00:29:09

We had 2 honeymoons cos we couldn't decide.

One was Scotland (luxury), and one was a rtw trip (budget) 6 months later. grin

thecuntureshow Sat 19-Jul-14 00:34:24

Love to do rtw but if we had the money for that I think we'd have to use it to help buy a home.

Coldcottage - could stretch to £3k maybe but less if possible

Holidays are so expensive. No idea how people go on so many!

I do feel though this should be something we'd be less about to do if we had kids

Maybe a beach holiday isn't the best thing. Don't know now. Lots of good ideas here

bughunt Sat 19-Jul-14 00:36:43

Half the fun's in the dreaming planning.

Heels99 Sat 19-Jul-14 06:34:24

I think the far flung destinations could be a challenge on the budget, but thailand would be possible?

BuzzardBird Sat 19-Jul-14 06:43:23

Langkawi, penang. Good time to go.

justabigdisco Sat 19-Jul-14 09:00:51

I've just got back from LA and it was cheaper than we thought it would be - significantly cheaper than Europe once you're there.

ShanghaiDiva Sat 19-Jul-14 09:04:35

Both pretty cheap for hotels and food - food is fab and lots of amazing sights. You need to avoid Vietnamese new year though - end of February next year. Cambodian new year is april so not a problem.
Chiang Mai in Thailand, cheaper than beach resorts.
Hong Kong or Singapore combined with a beach destination?

ColdCottage Sat 19-Jul-14 10:17:55

What sort of things do you like? Are you sporty? Do you like adventure? Would you want something cultural? A mix of interesting things to do combined with some luxury days?

Kundry Sat 19-Jul-14 10:51:57

What do you want to do and does it have to be Jan-March? What can you compromise on?

We spent far less than £3K on ours doing a multi-centre trip round Italy in August. Compromises for us were the weather - it was insanely hot, we don't do hot - and travelling by train between cities - actually turned out to be not that bad. We still stayed in fantastically romantic hotels, ate at amazing restaurants and did everything we wanted to do. Flights to Europe are obvs much cheaper.

When looking at hotels it was clear that at the top of the market large markups are going on for things we had no interest in but look 'luxury'. Once we ignored every hotel with a wellness centre for example, we found loads of family owned, individual and romantic places that were actually much more us than a 5* luxury chain. And we did get to stay in castles and palaces.

thecuntureshow Sat 19-Jul-14 11:28:48

Coldcottage - a mix would be good. We like art culture food. Not sporty

Kundy - we could be more flexible. I thought about then to get away in miserable winter, and to be honest not before because we need to save the money for it (hope to put a deposit down the pay off nearer the time)

Thanks for the tip re 'luxury'.

We actually went to Italy for a few nights last September and loved it. At the time we wished we'd done 2-3 weeks and explored more. It's on our list to go back to!

ChickenFajitaAndNachos Sat 19-Jul-14 11:44:06

If you want a resort based holiday how about the Dominican Republic?you get a more for your money there? I've been to a couple of hotels in Samana and Punta Cuna that were very nice. Cayo Levantado which is on the beautiful white sand island where the bicardo ad was filmed many years ago is fab.

baggyb Sat 19-Jul-14 11:45:46

Sensatori resort in Mexico!

iwantgin Sat 19-Jul-14 12:43:16

It depends on what you like to do.

Me and DH had our honeymoon in Tenerife. Not the place one would first think of when planning a honeymoon for most, I know.

But - we stayed ina very nice hotel. It was up the coast - fairly quiet area. Mostly adults.

We only had a week - as have DC, and didn't want to take them ;)

We had a great time - lots of lounging, eating, drinking, touring around the island.

I can't remember how much it cost- it was something in the region of £1000 each for the week on a bed and breakfast basis - so not a cheapo place.

Ceadagam Sat 19-Jul-14 13:34:02

Sorry, I didn't notice you were going in Jan/Feb when I posted.

If you're planning on having kids at some stage then I'd try and plan the type of holiday you won't have the opportunity to get again once kids come along, iykwim.

Italy is amazing, wasted on our kids though so this is top of our list for when they've flown the nest. Personally on your budget I would change the travel dates and go in Europe, your money will go further and either you can stay in nicer accomodation or go for longer.

ChickenFajitaAndNachos Sat 19-Jul-14 14:03:14

I found Italy great with DC. We've been to Rome, Sicily, Pisa, sienna, sorrento, Pompeii, Venice, Verona and skiing as a family.

mummaduke Sat 19-Jul-14 14:08:07

India&Andaman Islands? Or Thailand?

mummaduke Sat 19-Jul-14 14:08:31

Or Hong Kong & Phillipines???

Heels99 Sat 19-Jul-14 15:48:28

I think some of the suggestions here are a little ambitious given a 1500 per person budget for a 2 week holiday!

Kundry Sat 19-Jul-14 17:43:55

If you like art, culture and food why are you looking at standard honeymoon resorts in Barbados grin?

Push the dates back slightly so you get better European weather, do cheap flights and then enjoy yourself doing the Italy trip you were dreaming of. Or Spain/Portugal. We are lucky enough to be going back to Italy this year (unfortunately still in August) - this time hiring a car and staying in agriturismos. We've sought out upmarket ones where we can sit late into the evening having traditional Italian food made by the owner's mother type places - it is going to be lush!

BTW what sort of culture are you in to? Verona is v romantic and the opera festival is a great experience.

thecuntureshow Sun 20-Jul-14 13:10:55

You are both right Heels99 and kundy! grin

This thread has given me lots of food for thought.

We're now thinking of doing super cheap week in the UK in September (mainly for the break off work and annual leave to use) and then pushing our jan/Feb holiday back. I've done the Cotswolds and Cornwall before and we've both done Devon so going to look for somewhere different for our sept break

We could spend more if we wanted though so the more expensive ideas are still much appreciated. Thank you

ChickenFajitaAndNachos Sun 20-Jul-14 15:46:00

If you fancy something other than a honeymoon resort type place then I can really, really recommend Cape Town. It is so beautiful, the weather will be lovely in our Spring time. The food and wine is incredible, the days out amazing plus it's great value for money when you get there. It's my favourite place in the world.

ColdCottage Mon 21-Jul-14 09:27:39

Sorry for no more replies. Had guests. They go this afternoon so will come back then smile

MillyMollyMama Mon 21-Jul-14 19:25:47

If this is a replacement honeymoon, do go somewhere you will remember. I would definitely second Cape Town and you could stay on the garden route or the winelands area too. However, this is high season in SA, but not in California. Try 10 days and go somewhere better.

123Jump Tue 22-Jul-14 18:46:26

We honeymooned in St Lucia, here. However, it was expensive. But there are many more resorts in St Lucia now, and much more affordable. The island is stunning, I would really recommend it.
We were advised to go to Barbados too. We wasted a day travelling there, and we did not like it at all.
We did Cuba for the Millennium, it was all inclusive, and it was fab. Amazing beach and weather. We just chilled, but you can split the holiday/do day trips to the cities, which are supposed to be brilliant.
Italy is divine, my number one holiday choice.

PotatoPolly Tue 22-Jul-14 18:49:48

Have you considered a cruise OP? We cruised for our honeymoon and I can't wait to do another one!

Coconutty Tue 22-Jul-14 18:54:42

New York is fantastic.

House swap?

Lala5 Tue 22-Jul-14 23:37:17

Sri Lanka! I went to Maldives and Sri Lanka for honeymoon. Sri Lanka trumped the Maldives, beautiful fascinating country with wonderful people and lovely tourism. Some gorgeous hotels with excellent food and service. Can't recommend enough!

TheresLotsOfFarmyardAnimals Thu 24-Jul-14 13:56:08

Expedia is coming up with Hawaii for 2 in January for �3,100?

WE went to Bali for �1,100 each for our honeymoon. It was lovely, albeit a long flight!

MillyMollyMama Thu 24-Jul-14 18:36:05

Hawaii takes so long to get to and is very American. Not everyone's taste.

rhubarbcrumbleplease Thu 24-Jul-14 20:04:42

We've stayed here & really enjoyed it. Not high end luxury but fun & original and rather romantic. Ticks the box value wise but not much culture.

In the Indian Ocean my favourite is the Seychelles. It's heaven on earth.

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