The honeymoon is often down the to-do list as planning a wedding can be exhausting and so time consuming. Your honeymoon is that magical time, after you’ve shared your vows in front of your nearest and dearest, when you can relax, explore and enjoy your first holiday together as husband and wife.
Everyone wants some luxury on their honeymoon, but what that means differs so much between couples! For some, they would love nothing more than an overwater bungalow on a tropical island and breakfast in bed. For others, luxury is spending 6 weeks travelling South America and hiking to Machu Picchu….and everything in between!
So, how do you get the most out of your honeymoon?
Have a good conversation with you fiance (or many conversations!) about your realistic budget and time frame, then importantly, how you want to spend your honeymoon. Your honeymoon is exactly that…YOURS! It can be anything and anywhere you want it to be so choose a destination, or multiple destinations, that suit you both and your interests.
There are also amazing honeymoon bonuses worldwide that can be taken advantage of, so once you have chosen your style of honeymoon and destination, this should definitely be the next thing to check on. Bonuses are mostly found at hotels and include upgrades, extra special amenities delivered to your room, added experiences and more. Not every hotel offers honeymoon bonuses so it is definitely worth finding the ones that do!
Insider tip: No matter where you go or what you do for your honeymoon, make sure you include at least a couple of days at the beginning of your trip for relaxing and pampering…with nothing planned. The lead up to your wedding and the day itself are amazing, exciting…and exhausting! So allow yourself that time to rest, reflect and recoup before embarking on anything too full on.
My top 5 honeymoon destinations:
1. New Zealand
It’s close, it’s beautiful and offers a range of options to appeal to just about everyone. A great destination for a couple who can’t agree on what type of honeymoon to have! You can relax and be pampered, take a tour, cruise, self-drive, adventure, hiking…you name, NZ has it.
The ultimate over-water bungalow destination. Crystal clear waters, luxury, breakfast in bed, private plunge pools, swimming with sharks and rays. Heaven on earth and amazing deals for honeymooners year round.
3. South Africa
Diverse, exciting and surprisingly affordable. SA can suit most budgets, and you can enjoy a huge mix of options – boutique hotel in the winelands? Tented safari and game drives to see the big 5? Rich history? Great food? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
4. Intercontinental Hayman Island and Qualia Hamilton Island
Luxury getaways, close to home. Perfect if you’re limited on time but still want that luxury honeymoon experience.
A destination close to my heart – this is where I took my husband on our honeymoon. Perfect self-drive island with lots to offer. Perfect for adventure seekers, foodies, nature lovers, hikers and can be tailored to most budgets.
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