Who wants to be counting pennies on honeymoon? There nothing quite as quick to kill the mood as debating whether you can afford a second cocktail or if you should really try that once-in-a-lifetime activity.
All-inclusive honeymoons don’t necessarily come with a huge price tag (although there’s luxury galore if you’re splurging) and you won’t find any of those tired, repetitive buffets on these wonderful trips. Here are 10 all-inclusive honeymoons for every budget.
Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
The perfect barefoot luxury, this resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya near Playa del Carmen has just 41 villas set in tropical forest. Along with your own plunge pool in a private courtyard garden, there’s a lagoon pool and sun beds on the white sand beach. Try tequila and ceviche tasting as well as oceanfront yoga to set the final seal on your relaxation. Turquoise Holidays offers seven nights from £2,699 per person for the Mayan Indulgence all-inclusive offer, including flights and transfers.
Garonga Safari Camp, South Africa
This is laid-back luxury safari – no pressure to jump out of bed at 5am and search for animals. Instead, a strategically-placed hammock lets you view white rhino, lions and cheetahs while almost horizontal, along with game drives whenever you want. Or sleep under the stars after indulging in the camp’s fusion food. Honeymooners also receive a massage and half a bottle of champagne. i-escape offers all-inclusive stays from £266 per person per night, excluding flights.
Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki, Greece
All-inclusive needn’t mean long-haul – the five-star Ikos Olivia on Greece’s Halkidiki peninsula is perfect for a luxurious short-haul honeymoon. The resort’s ‘infinite lifestyle’ package lets you dine at five restaurants on site as well as at local restaurants, plus activities including mountain biking and some watersports. Enjoy the adults-only section of beach and choice of several pools. Sovereign offers seven nights from £996 per person including flights and transfers.
Baraza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar
This boutique resort has all the ingredients for an all-inclusive honeymoon with serious style, thanks to a mix of Arabic and Indian influences plus Swahili design. With just 30 villas, there’s also a PADI dive centre to explore the spectacular coral reef off the expansive beach. If you are honeymooning as a family, the resort does allow kids – although spacious villas with a private plunge pool mean you’ll barely notice them if you’re not. Audley Travel offers four nights at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania and seven nights at Baraza Resort from £3,343 per person including all flights and transfers.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome, Tenerife
Located on the prestigious Costa Adeje, a million miles away from the fleshpots of Playa de las Americas, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome is an adults-only hotel with just 24 suites. Tucked away from its sister hotel, the Iberstoar Anthelia, guests can enjoy the facilities of both with a great choice of restaurants, a fabulous spa and two beaches. Tenerife’s year-round sunshine makes this a great choice for a winter honeymoon, with flights available from most UK regional airports. Simples. One week with Classic Collection costs from £2,079 per person including flights and private transfers plus special additional treats for honeymooners.
Khao Lak, Thailand
There’s a good reason Thailand is such a popular honeymoon destination – but look away from the best-known islands and discover a more secluded gem. Khao Lak, north of Phuket, is home to unspoiled national parks and beautiful white sand beaches, including Pakarang Beach where you’ll find Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villas. Enjoy a Thai cooking class or just sit back with an all-inclusive cocktail (or three) by the infinity pool. Hayes & Jarvis offers seven nights at Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villas from £1,098 per person including flights and transfers.
Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua
This adults-only hideaway is one of the loveliest spots on Antigua, set on a three-quarter mile long beach and natural lagoon that’s home to rare birds. Check in to one of the beachfront suites or thatched suites with private plunge pool, all surrounded by 40 acres of tropical gardens. Local cuisine and fusion dishes are on the menu at the three restaurants, plus a Caribbean beach barbecue and weekly cocktail party, snorkelling, watersports and bikes available. Carrier offers seven nights from £2,860 per person, with discounted spa treatment offers available. Flights and transfers included.
Irrawaddy river cruise, Myanmar
Discover Myanmar in style on a luxurious journey along the Irrawaddy river on the Sanctuary Ananda, with its 21 five-star suites. It’s the best way to explore this country, newly opened up to tourism. Sail past pagodas and timeless villages, try cookery classes or sunrise yoga before floating over the ancient city of Bagan in a hot air balloon. Then head to Lake Inle with its traditional stilted villages and some relaxation at Ngapali Beach. Experience Travel Group offers a 14-night honeymoon from around £5,400 per person, including a four-night Sanctuary Ananda cruise.
Alila Diwa, Goa
The perfect romantic setting among the coconut palms and rice paddies of Goa, the Alila Diwa takes you off the beaten track without losing any luxury. Honeymooners receive a rose petal bath or relax in the infinity pool and book a couple’s massage after exploring the local area on foot. As well as three restaurants to choose from, including fusion cuisine, you can try the weekly ‘dine in the dark’ evenings from the hotel’s award-winning chef. Goa Experience offers 14 nights from £2,517 per person including flights and transfers.
Heritage Awali Golf & Spa, Mauritius
Set on the 2,500 Domaine de Bel Ombre in Mauritius’ wilder south, this all-inclusive five-star beach resort is great for activity or pampering. A back massage at the Seven Colours spa and access to the resort’s award-winning Heritage Golf Club are included while couples also have a choice of five restaurants, champagne and a daily sunset cocktail. For added indulgence, upgrade to premium all-inclusive for extra spa treatments, a quad bike excursion and additional dining options. Tropical Sky offers seven nights from £1,449 per person including flights and transfers.
* All prices quoted are on an all-inclusive basis. Visit 101 Honeymoons for more inspiration.