11 of the best honeymoon destinations for any budget

Feb 5, 2022

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Weddings are springing back to life this year — which means honeymoons are too. As countries lift Covid restrictions, newly married couples can begin to think big once again when it comes to this very special romantic holiday of a lifetime.

From far-flung to closer to home, from budget to luxe and everything in between, from the most typical spots and some destinations you may have never considered for a honeymoon, we’ve included some truly epic destinations for couples on this list.

Check out these 11 honeymoon destinations for a romantic, special holiday for two.

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1. Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Preto_perola/Getty)

For those that want an affordable, all-inclusive, adults-only tropical beach honeymoon in the Caribbean, Punta Cana is the place to go — there isn’t much else to do besides lounge on the white sands while sipping tropical drinks. Use points to stay at the Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana (nightly rates start at 21,000 Hyatt points), set along the tranquil Playa Juanillo, far from the debauchery of the busy Bavaro beach and resorts.

Cultural enthusiasts should spend some time in Santo Domingo, where they can wander the colonial streets and take bachata dance lessons.

2. Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. (Photo by Mint Images/Getty)

From Cancun‘s resorts to Mexico City’s foodie scene to San Miguel de Allende’s colourful culture, Mexico offers anything and everything to honeymooners. For a true tropical escape, head to the hidden island of Holbox, reachable by a short aeroplane ride or bus/ferry combo from the Riviera Maya. The island is car-free, so grab a bike and cycle around, visiting quiet beaches and stopping at blissed-out beach bars.

Learn all about Mexico‘s most famed drink with a visit to Tequila, an easy day trip from the city of Guadalajara. And if the boho-chic Tulum is your pick, consider resorts like the Hilton Conrad Tulum, which recently opened in 2022 (nightly rates start at 90,000 Hilton points).

3. Argentina

A vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. (Photo by Bruno Maia/Getty)

There’s nothing more romantic than learning how to dance the tango in Buenos Aires — except maybe wine tasting around Argentina’s Mendoza wine region, where one of the best ways to hop from winery to winery is by bike.

Adventurist honeymooners can enjoy the majestic Iguazu Falls, one of the largest waterfall systems in the world. For a romantic, wine-infused accommodation experience, stay at Mendoza’s Cavas Wine Lodge (nightly rates start at £558 per night), a boutique Relais & Chateaux property located on a 55-acre vineyard at the base of the Andres, where rooms come with outdoor, wood-burning fireplaces and private plunge pools.

The falls aren’t the most exotic thing to see in the country’s far-flung Patagonia region. Travellers can also explore Perito Moreno, one of the most impressive glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park.

4. Greece

Paros, Greece. (Phpto by Sven Hansche / EyeEm / Getty)

One of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, Greece offers the typical luxury honeymoon experience in spots like Santorini, where couples can bask in colourful sunsets and romantic, fancy dinners.

But honeymooners may experience fewer tourists and have a more intimate and charming holiday on islands like Paros, which features thousands of acres of vineyards and is known for its gastronomic scene. Several renowned chefs have opened restaurants there, and Paros has a distinct Cycladic spin to its food, using methods like sun-drying fish and infusing food with locally grown spices and herbs. Stay at Summer Senses (nightly rates start at £140), where some of the suites come with private pools and stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

5. The Maldives

W Maldives. (Photo courtesy of Nicky Kelvin/TPG)

This bucket-list holiday is one of the most exotic trips honeymooners can take. It’s best for those wanting an epic splurge and the ultimate paradise luxury. If you’re well and willing to fork over the dough, you can seaplane to your resort and stay in an overwater villa, making it pretty easy to dive directly into the ocean whenever you feel like it.

With hotel options like the St. Regis Vommuli, The Westin Miriandhoo Resort, the JW Marriott Maldives and the W Maldives, among others, those with a stash with Bonvoy points definitely have an advantage. Here at TPG UK, we love the W Maldives, mainly because the base rooms designated for award travellers are the ocean-facing overwater villas (nightly rates range from 70,000-100,000 points per night).

6. Sri Lanka

Elephants in Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka. (Photo by Guido Cozzi/Atlantide Phototravel/Getty)

For such a small country (about a third of the size of the U.K.), there’s a remarkable amount of things to do in the beautiful and exotic island of Sri Lanka. Honeymooners can hike Adam’s Peak and explore the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura and surf the beaches of Arugam Bay or Weligama all in the same trip. From quietly roaming tea plantations to seeing elephants roam wild at Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, there’s no shortage of exotic and affordable experiences to have in this country.

And the best part is that budget travellers can enjoy luxury lodging and experiences at shockingly affordable rates. For example, nightly rates at the Shangri-La Hambantota in boho beach town Trincomalee start around £100 per night.

7. The Azores

Sete Cidades in the Azores. (Photo by Westend61/Getty)

Want to honeymoon off-the-beaten-track? Head to the Azores, the Portuguese archipelago that sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Besides the gorgeous sunsets and impressive natural wonders such as the Sete Cidades Lake, various volcanic peaks and craters and many thermal hot springs, the island’s understated beauty and tranquillity envelopes visitors from start to finish.

For intimate accommodation surrounded by verdant natural wonders, Furnas Boutique Hotel (nightly rates start at £140) on the island of Sao Miguel is located within easy reach of the most famous thermal pools on the islands. The hotel also features a massive spa that uses the island’s powerful thermic waters in some of its installations and treatments.

8. Hawaii

The Na Pali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii. (Photo by M Swiet Productions/Getty)

Your most complicated decision about a honeymoon in Hawaii will be deciding which island to visit. The remoteness of Kauai makes the island an ideal spot for a more secluded Hawaiian adventure. Honeymooners can embark on adventures like admiring the Na Pali coast via helicopter ride.

In contrast, Maui has it all: romantic, luxury resorts and plenty of activities from relaxing beach days to adventurous water sports.

Lanai is where couples can really get away from it all, but in the lap of luxury at one of two Four Seasons properties: The Four Seasons Resort (nightly rates start at £1500) or the adults-only Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort where honeymooners can focus on wellness and relaxation (nightly rates start at £650).

9. Utah, U.S.A.

Arches National Park in Utah. (Photo by MargaretW/Getty)

Outdoorsy types will enjoy a ski-inspired winter honeymoon or a desert-inspired summer honeymoon in this underrated U.S. state. From Arches National Park’s iconic rock formations to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, there’s plenty of wide-open space to get away from it all.

For a luxury, desert hideaway that caters to your every whim, the Amangari offers suites, villas and even tented pavilions with private pools for true desert seclusion (nightly rates start at £2000). But those on a budget can still enjoy desert sunsets and rewarding honeymoon hikes while glamping at Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase, a safari-inspired retreat where tents are perched on a Canyon Rim Plateau (£330 per night)

10. Tanzania

Zanzibar, Tanzania. (Photo by Bob Krist/Getty)

Those that want to combine a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience with white sands and azure waters should visit Tanzania. The best season to take your honeymoon is July and August when the wildebeest migration occurs in the Serengeti and Zanzibar is in dry season.

Couples should stay at the Mwiba River Lodge (£950 per night for two) which boasts eight private suites set upon boulders overlooking the wild expanse of the Serengeti, complete with some of the most beautiful freestanding bathtubs in Africa. Post-safari, head over to Zanzibar to relax on the beach — and make sure to visit the Jozani Forest Park to view the endemic red colobus monkeys that live there.

11. Malaysia

Sea kayaking in Langkawi. (Photo by John Seaton Callahan/Getty)

Neighbouring countries like Thailand and Indonesia often get all the honeymoon fame, but Malaysia is just as incredible for an epic couples adventure. From the crystal clear waters and white-sand beaches of Langkawi or the Tioman Islands to the street art of Penang to the jungles of Borneo, there’s something for any perfect pair to enjoy in this Southeast Asian paradise.

Adventure travellers on a budget should ride the jungle train through the country, enjoying the verdant views of daily Malaysian flora, fauna and village life. And mid-range travellers can experience luxury hotels in the country without breaking the bank, as properties like the Four Seasons Langkawi start at less than £200 per night.

Bottom line

A lion in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Anton Petrus/Getty)

From the wild savannahs of the Serengeti to Greece‘s whitewashed roofs to Caribbean sunsets, there are many dream destinations for honeymooners. No matter what your budget is or how far-flung you’d like to go, there’s a couples holiday right for you on this list.

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