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9 Heavenly Honeymoon Ideas For Couples Who Want To Unplug On A Budget

The most relaxing spots, according to travel experts 🌴
06/21/2016 03:57pm ET

Wedding planning is stressful. So if you're fortunate enough to go on a honeymoon after the big day, we recommend somewhere you can unplug and recharge.

The resorts below are travel agent-recommended and make it easy to disconnect -- plus, they come in under $500 a night.

1. Rancho Santana in Nicaragua

Rancho Santana is on an isthmus -- land that is bordered on both sides by water. It's perfect for surfing! 

"Rancho Santana is a 2,700-acre resort community on the Pacific coast. It features private homes, a Spanish colonial-style inn and five stunning beaches. The ranch's main beach, Playa Santana, is one of Nicaragaua's top surfing beaches. Ride the waves if you know how, or take a horseback ride along the hard-packed sand -- Rancho has their own onsite stables. You can stock up on groceries at the local 'tienda,' and save on taxi fare by renting a four-wheel drive car, which you'll need to get around the dirt roads." -- Susan Moynihan, The Honeymoonist

Rates for The Inn's rooms and suites range from $295-$325 per night.

2. Casa de los Suenos in Yelapa, Mexico

Casa de los Suenos is nestled in jungle gardens overlooking a lagoon.

"Casa de los Suenos is a secluded retreat accessible by water-taxi on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Think affordable paradise, where the order of the day is relaxing on a hillside overlooking a lagoon, just three minutes from the beach. Snorkeling, fishing, horseback riding and dolphin and whale watching make up the activities nearby. Guest rooms do not have TVs, and we recommend ignoring the on-site Wi-Fi and getting outside to the botanical gardens, waterfalls and jungles." -- Sara Margulis, CEO of Honeyfund.com

Rates start at $56 a night in the low season.

3. Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands

Peter Island Resort & Spa has 52 ocean-view and beach-front suites and a great spa -- perfect for relaxing after the big day. 

"Peter Island Resort is the only resort on the entire Peter Island and is a very special place with old-world Caribbean charm and service. TVs are only available on request. A must-do activity for honeymooners is to see the sunset view from the loop, which is the most beautiful point on Peter Island. Hotel staff drop you off with a fruit and cheese platter and your favorite beverage to enjoy the sunset. For the foodie, the coconut-crusted French toast at breakfast is not to be missed as well as the Tradewinds Gala Buffet on Saturday nights featuring local seafood and the resort's famous bananas foster." -- Kara BeBell at The Travel Siblings

Rates for ocean-view rooms start at $450 per night.

4. Anse Chastanet in Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Anse Chastanet features views of Saint Lucia's Pitons, the most photographed landmark on the island. 

"Given its unique topography, Saint Lucia lends itself to hiking and zip lining as well as the more traditional island activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing. This rustic retreat of 49 rooms and suites sits on a hillside within an estate of 600 tropical acres. Showcasing its beautiful natural surroundings, the hotel does not provide TVs in the rooms nor a pool on property, encouraging guests to appreciate its two black sand beaches, jungle hiking, biking trails and crystal-clear waters perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and paddle boarding. A trip to Saint Lucia isn't complete without experiencing its iconic Pitons [volcanic plugs]. They're a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. We also recommend sunset cocktails at Dasheene [restaurant and bar], which offers arguably the best views on the island." -- Alexandra Korey, KK Travels Worldwide

Rates begin at approximately $350 per night.

5. InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea in Moorea, French Polynesia

InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea features views of volcanic peaks and the South Pacific. They also have gardens with more than 200 species of tropical plants and trees.

"Located approximately 12 miles west of Tahiti, Moorea is a 51-square-mile island encircled by a lagoon of strikingly clear turquoise-blue waters. Embracing a traditional Polynesian aesthetic, this property offers 146 rooms including beach bungalows with direct beach access, garden bungalows with private plunge pools and overwater bungalows. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, there are a number of ways to enjoy the island's surrounding nature, from ATV touring to swimming with dolphins. To fully appreciate this volcanically formed island known for its scenically dramatic interior mountains and gorgeous expanses of white and black sand beaches, we recommend a jet ski tour through the strikingly clear turquoise waters of the lagoon encircling Moorea." -- Alexandra Korey

Rates start at approximately $350 per night.

6. Kamalame Cay in Andros Island, Bahamas

Kamalame Cay features the third largest barrier reef and the only overwater spa in the Bahamas.

"If you think you know the Bahamas from visiting Nassau on a cruise, think again. The Out Islands -- think the Exumas, the Abacos or Andros -- have a totally different vibe, with tiny hotels, barely any industry beyond fishing and farming and a sleepy pace of life. Kamalame Cay is a private-island resort accessible by a five-minute ferry ride from Andros. This place includes so much -- from activities to meals to Tiki Bar at the Great House -- for much less than you'd find at a luxury resort on Nassau or elsewhere in the Caribbean. The vibe is Hamptons-beach-house, with standalone villas and cottages accented with white linen, seashells and old books and games. It feels more like a home than a hotel. There's only Wi-Fi in the main office: not at the restaurant and not in your villa. So, you have no choice but to disconnect, which in itself is priceless. Andros is known for its stellar scuba diving, with an offshore reef and unique blue hole. Take advantage of the onsite PADI dive center and do some underwater exploring." -- Susan Moynihan

Rates start at $250 per night.

7. Belcampo Belize in Punta Gorda, Belize

Belcampo Belize has a private tram that takes you to a riverside dock where kayaks and canoes are available for complimentary use.

"This eco sanctuary is the perfect intimate retreat with only 16 suites. Guest rooms do not have TVs, so be prepared to embrace all of the amazing activities Belcampo has to offer, from bird watching to chocolate making to their infamous organic farm tour. A must-do experience is the 'snorkel with the chef' tour. A boat ride takes you down the Rio Grande from jungle to Caribbean ocean. On this journey, the chef along with the lodge staff prepare a delicious lunch on-board fully comprised of local ingredients from the Belcampo farm." -- Kara BeBell

Rates start at $244 a night for the jungle suites.

8. West Bay Club in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The West Bay Club features all oceanfront suites.

"Highlighting an immediate sense of place with views of the stunning, tranquil turquoise waters from the hotel's entrance, West Bay Club embraces laid-back Caribbean luxury with 47 rooms and suites. While there are a number of water-based activities available, a not-to-be-missed experience is a boat excursion to Iguana Island with snorkeling along the way to appreciate the beautiful coral reefs and rich marine life." -- Alexandra Korey

Rooms start at approximately $350 per night.

9. Playa Viva in Juluchuca, Mexico

Playa Viva's main priority is the environment. They use smart water conservation measures and run an off-grid solar system.

"Cancun and Cabo get all the buzz -- and the crowds -- which is why I love this beach town on the west coast. Playa Viva is an eco-resort set right on the beach in the tiny town of Juluchuca. There are only 12 casitas. You won't find TVs or A/C -- too noisy, and they go against the hotel's eco ethos -- and Wi-Fi is only available in the common room. Rates include three meals a day -- much of it locally grown -- and airport transfers are included with a 3-night minimum. The hotel offers yoga daily, and people come in from around the country to partake in meditation and wellness workshops, so you can expect a spa-style vibe along with a natural setting that is pure romance." -- Susan Moynihan

Rates start at $265 per night in the low season.

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