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After your marriage, your honeymoon is one of the most special things you and your partner will do together. It’s more than a vacation, it’s an opportunity to connect and settle into your new life. Because this time is so precious, you should be spending it in a destination as beautiful as your love. That means white sandy beaches, dynamic cities and cultural meccas.
But, honeymooning in some of the world’s most precious destinations can be expensive. Everyone wants a piece of paradise, and resorts know how to capitalize on that. Don’t let your budget get you down, though. There are some incredible hotels, spas and resorts out there that offer luxury and indulgence at a fraction of the price. And lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best of the best.
Good! Because this list contains the best and most beautiful destinations and resorts for under $3,500. Yes, you read that right. A piece of paradise for a fraction of the cost of the big luxury hotels. So what are you waiting for? Dive into our list and get inspired.
In Maui, robin egg blue skies meet turquoise waters, volcanic mountains touch fluffy passing clouds, and the jungle stretches to the world-famous white sandy beaches. Maui is the second most popular island in the south Pacific island chain, and for good reason. From hiking to kicking back on the beach, this island can keep you occupied with her beauty for a lifetime. Be warned: if you honeymoon here, you might never want to leave.
Huelo Point Lookout is home to three picture-perfect cottages and one house that look out onto Maui’s lush land. The property is located on the northern part of the island, perfect for easy access to Haiku, Hana, Makawao, Kula, Mt Haleakala, the bamboo forests, waterfalls and our gorgeous unspoiled beaches in Hawaii.
All the cottages are quiet and private so you and your sweetheart can enjoy the island in solitude. Plus, two of the three gorgeous cottages have sweeping panoramic views and the house has 200 degree views of mountain and ocean. Waking up to those views every morning is a dream come true, and a memory you will cherish forever.
Just as famous as it’s mountains, serene landscapes and vibrant urban feel is Matagalpa’s coffee. This major Nicaraguan city is also beloved for its laid back feel and moderate temperatures. While it is located in central America, Matagalpa is nestled in the mountains which catch a cool, refreshing breeze. If you’re looking for a vibrant, romantic adventure to start your new lives together, this magnificent city is for you.
The Selva Negra Ecolodge has a handful of private bungalows within the gardens of a private nature reserve. Here, you can enjoy each other’s company in the serenity of nature by taking walks in the rainforest, horseback riding through the organic coffee farm, and indulging in delicious cuisine at the restaurant that overlooks the lake and mountain.
The attention to detail at the Selva Negra is incredible, and the entire thing is run by a family, so you know they’ll treat you as such. This is the perfect place to honeymoon because you can disconnect from it all and focus on connecting with one another and the nature around you.
Colón Island is the northernmost and main island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago off the eastern coast. The island has some of the best beaches to enjoy in the entire archipelago, plus, the town has tons of bars and restaurants to explore too. If you want somewhere that balances rest, relaxation, pure beauty and a bit of cultural fun and vibrancy, this is an ideal honeymoon destination in Panama . You’ll leave thinking it’s your little secret spot.
The Punta Caracol villas lie right over the water, looking directly into the Caribbean sea. Each villa has direct access to the crystal-clear waters from their private terrace. Here, you can enjoy a sunrise breakfast or watch dolphins jump and glide by in the evening.
The staff at Punta Caracol is dedicated to creating the best honeymoon possible, and they do that by offering guests a pure and intimate experience with nature in a place beauty so they can relax and enjoy their time together.
Soufriere is where the rainforest, Piton mountains and sea meet on the west coast of the famous island, St. Lucia. This area is relatively underdeveloped compared to the rest of the island, so it really will feel like a special, hidden place for you and your partner on your honeymoon.
The name of the town means ‘sulfur’ in French. But, not because of the smell. Instead, this part of the island is home to hot springs and healing mineral baths which you can visit. Other notable spots in the area are the bike and hiking trails overlooking the sea, old sugar plantations and the remarkable Diamond Botanical Gardens.
Each of the breathtaking Stonefield Villa’s are tucked on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean sea and the famous Piton mountain. Lush surroundings make your villa totally private, perfect for honeymooners. The villas also have their very own pools, spacious outdoor space, and hammocks for napping.
Just about everywhere there is a view of the Caribbean sea and clear blue skies which open your heart and allow you to escape, relax and rejuvenate. This property is going to suck you in from the minute you step foot onto its lush land, so much so, you might find yourself coming back here years after your honeymoon.
It may be the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, but St. John leaves a big impression on everyone who visits. The island’s unspoiled natural beauty is praised as some of the best in the Caribbean, and with roughly 60-percent of the island protected as a national park, there’s plenty of that natural beauty for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re seeking water- based adventures, upscale shopping, beach combing, or simply a romantic, postcard-worthy place to relax, there’s no better place to spend your honeymoon than this picture-perfect island.
The Gallows Point Resort is tropical themed, and every single room boasts beautiful, romantic, ocean views from their private terraces. This resort also offers a pool, fully equipped kitchen, maid service, and jacuzzi — amongst other luxurious amenities.
The property sits on an exclusively private peninsula, so you have free range and access to the pristine grounds and beach. Plus, the resort is just a five-minute walk from town. So, if you want to get a little bit of a cultural experience or decide to go for drinks and dinner it’s all close by. Although, the gourmet chefs on site mean you might never need, or want to, leave the Gallows Point resort. This is the ideal Caribbean island honeymoon resort — and a place you will love to revisit for years to come.
Located all the way out by New Zealand and Tahiti in the south Pacific, the Cook Islands are a stunning island nation all their own. If you’re looking for an exotic location that is totally new to you, this is the place for you.
The Cook Islands are actually made up of 15 different islands, and the destination we’re featuring is the largest island of Rarotonga. Here, volcanic peaks and lush palm forests meet white beaches and water so clear you can see the sand glisten in the sunlight. Alongside its sandy shores is the coastal lagoon which is home to reefs for ideal scuba diving and snorkeling. There’s also tons of hiking to be done here too, when you’re not sitting on the beach soaking up the sunshine, of course.
The Sea Change Villas Resort is located on the enchanting Titikaveka lagoon on the secluded southern side of Rarotonga. Each villa at this romantic 4.5 star sanctuary enjoys stunning views of the lagoon, a freshwater swimming pool and private courtyard. And besides the romantic and breathtaking views, the concierge-style service and exceptional attention to detail ensures the perfect honeymoon stay.
Nestled in the northernmost reaches of the Maldivian archipelago is the Noonu Atoll. Noonu is a community of islands, each with its own distinct allure – like hidden coves, lush groves of palm trees, and a lagoon so pure it seems almost unreal. Some of the islands here have been transformed into world-class resorts, while others are still villages where residents live traditional and beautiful lives.
The Maldives are some of the most sought-after vacation destinations in the world and are often referred to the playground for the rich and famous. Lucky for you though, we’ve found a deal you just can’t resist.
In one of Maldive’s top resorts, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, savor the view everyone imagines when they picture Maldives: white sand beaches, swaying trees and sunny blue skies. You’ll enjoy having your own private, romantic villa with a big bed, white linens and a porch that looks out into paradise.
To give your honeymoon a unique touch, the resort offers complimentary services including a romantic, flower-petal-strewn bed on arrival, a fresh tropical fruit basket with juicy exotic fruits and a candle-lit dinner in one of their three a-la-carte restaurants.
Bali is one of the most famous Indonesian islands, well known for its volcanic mountains covered in lush tropical plants, iconic rice paddies, beaches and precious coral reefs. This island is a true paradise, known by the locals as ‘Land of the Gods’ for its magical landscape. The island is also a hotspot – strung with trendy restaurants, juice bars, and boutiques. Of course, you can also partake in nature hikes, water sports and beach walks. And exploring the cultural gems of this island should also be a top priority — the experts Fabulous Ubud have the inside scoop on all of that. at In the end, Bali is the perfect mix of culture, relaxation and pure beauty.
Celebrate your love where timeless romance and exotic luxuries blend-at Hotel Tugu Bali. From the floating honeymoon suite over the private lotus pond, candlelight tete-a-tete dinner on your private open air balcony, and soaking in your sunken outdoor limestone bath the staff at Hotel Tugu has created the most romantic retreat. From your villa, suite or bungalow you can also sunbathe by your private pool, have a private spa treatment or simply watch the sunset.
The hotel prides itself on its Indonesian heritage and wants to share that with all its guests through artful design and themed décor as well as from the various cultural experiences that guests can only have in the hotels. From lavish feasts and parades of soldiers, dancers, and offerings, to humble village dinners of Java and Bali, the Hotel Tugu wants you to leave with your heart full.
East of Bali but in no way overshadowed by the popular island, Lombok is a tropical oasis in her own right. Lombok has some of the most pristine white-sand beaches in the world, is a mecca for surfers, has smoldering volcanoes and lush forests. The Indonesian island enchants with beauty and brings visitors back time and time again with her undying allure and mystery.
Hotel Tugu Lombok is set on a heavenly white sand beach of Sire, on the northwest coast of the island. Neighboring this tropical haven is a beautiful 18 hole golf course and virgin landscapes, traditional thatched roofed huts and empty green fields where local life continues in today’s age much the same as it has done for centuries.
The Tugu Lombok’s lush gardens and beach-front property will take your breath away. For some real rest and relaxation though, you should head to your private villa, suite or bungalow which boast beachfront views, private pools and incredible views of the estate’s lush, manicured garden. Each and every accommodation is decorated in local woods and furnishing and strewn in soft fabrics and the smell of fresh flowers. It is your own romantic oasis away from everyone else — and you might never want to leave.
Phuket is Thailands largest island. And while you might get lost in the expansive views of where the blue water meets the blue sky with giant cliffs protruding from the shallow sands, when you’re on the island and exploring the town you might just forget you’re on an island altogether. That’s because Phuket is so lively and colorful that you get lost in her streets and enchanted by her beauty. While this island might have a reputation for being a nightlife hotspot (which it really is), it is also pure paradise.
The Paresa Resorts are exquisitely lavish yet stylishly modern. The sleek lines and cool, organic colors relax and sooth you from the minute you step foot in your suite — but really, it’s your private infinity swimming pool and sea views that are going to get you in the island mood.
The Spa Pool Suites also come complete with their own steam room and outdoor shower, and private spa treatments are always available. The staff at the Paresa resorts are dedicated to making your honeymoon special, too. Just ask about their private dinners where they ask their chef to cook you your very own three-course, gourmet meal ($102 USD + taxes per person extra). With a stunning and romantic backdrop like Phuket, you can’t really go wrong. The Paresa Resorts simply make your stay effortlessly relaxing and sexy.
Just off the most southern tip of Phuket is Racha Yai island. It’s often referred to as a hideaway island because it’s overlooked by the bigger island, but you’ll be glad you didn’t overlook it the second you see it emerge from the turquoise waters.
The Racha resorts are the only resorts on the island, which is lucky for you because you will get that white-sand crescent bay with the postcard-perfect backdrop all for yourself.
The five-star resort is spread over 20 acres and boasts 85 villas — all totally unique. Some are tailored to the spa experience while others boast sweeping views or private plunge pools. The Racha describes their villas as eco-chic luxury living, and while here, guests can easily slip away from it all without taking anything away from the breathtaking environment.
Khao Lak is just 1 hour transfer from Phuket International Airport, in the province of Phang Nga. Khao Lak offers secluded pristine beaches, stunning primary forested national parks such as Khao Sok, and also acts as the gateway to the world famous dive sanctuaries of the Similan and Surijn Islands national marine parks and Phang Nga Bay renowned for its dramatic limestone islands and captivating sea cave canoe journeys. Khao Lak is lower key than the island of Phuket and offers a more gentle and relaxed atmosphere and an opportunity to glimpse more of the local Thai life in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
When you step foot on the Sarojin Residences, you’ll feel as though you’ve been welcomed into a friend’s private estate. While luxurious and stunning, this resort also feels like the comfort of homes (but we’ll admit, a bit better).
The Sarojin in Khao Lak, is beautifully located on a secluded 11km white sand beach, providing year round swimming and water sports. The Similan Islands dive sanctuaries, forested national parks and Phang Nga Bay are all nearby. Facilities include a la carte breakfast with sparkling wine (available all day), extraordinary, romantic dining experiences, personal guides and bespoke private excursions, award winning spa.This resort is totally secluded to ensure maximum relaxation and bring couples closer together.
Croatia may consistently pop up on lists of must-see travel destinations, but one has to wonder whether the Zagreb Tourist Board might be the silent party involved in puppeteering this newfound fame.
Knai Bang Chatt is the ideal honeymoon destination to disconnect from the world and fully connect to one another. Alongside offering lush tropical gardens to stroll, gourmet dinners to devour and private spa treatments, the Knai Bang Chatt staff will wait on you hand and foot to ensure the perfect relaxing stay.
All of the interiors in this resort are totally zen. The driving force behind the clean lines and minimalist style of Knai Bang Chatt is actually adopted from the ancient Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, which places importance on rustic simplicity. As if the stunning scenery wasn’t enough to relax you, the wonderful people at this resort have thought of every last detail to ease you into paradise.
Sri Lanka is an incredible country located below the southernmost tip of India. Well known for its tropical climate, sandy beaches, and beautiful sea, this island is becoming increasingly popular for travelers and honeymooners alike. Koslanda, which lies at the heart of Sri Lankan hill country, is a stunning area surrounded by magical forests and tea plantations.
With just 4 beautiful suites, located on 80 acres of forest and gardens, Living Heritage Koslanda offers honeymooners a piece of paradise, tranquility, and privacy. The property is peppered with secluded nooks to enjoy each others company and open spaces to take in the views.
The infinity swimming pool is a short walk from the world-class suites, and offers the most incredible views of the Sri Lankan hill country, a further 20 minute walk and couples can find themselves enjoying a dip under a paradisical waterfall located on the estate – these natural wonders, a sense of unending space coupled with the best of Sri Lankan hospitality and cuisine, will most certainly leave any newly wed couple filled with bliss and amazement.
Port Douglas is surrounded by beautiful scenery – with the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef and beaches at Cape Tribulation on one side and the Daintree Rainforest on the other. The beaches at Port Douglas are renowned around the world, let alone the country. The city also has a great a cosmopolitan vibe with some of the best cuisine and most delicious cocktails in Queensland. If you’re looking for a slice of fun, adventure and paradise for your honeymoon, Port Douglas, Australia is calling your name.
This adults only boutique resort offers a relaxing, lush and tropical environment for honeymooners. The Pink Flamingo Villas are totally private and feature a double size outdoor bath & shower perfect for a midnight soak and stargazing. And, because the Pink Flamingo only allows a maximum of 24 guests at any one time and no children, your peace and quite is always ensured.
Effortlessly combining the affordable with intimate, and hip, the Pink Flamingo resort in Port Douglas has a lot to offer for anyone looking to unwind. From the spacious accommodations and bright decor to the incredible tropical gardens — it is the ideal honeymoon getaway with a backdrop that’s picture perfect.
Montville is a tiny town located in the lush, tropical rainforest of Queensland. Here you’ll relax under shady palms, fall asleep to the pitter-patter of rain, and admire incredible creatures from afar. This part of the country is unlike any other — making it a truly special and unique place to escape to.
Discover the natural beauty and romantic seclusion of the rainforest in eco-friendly luxury at Narrow Escape. With just six boutique contemporary design pavilions, your seclusion is guaranteed. Each morning you and your partner will wake up to birdsong and the tranquillity of ancient rainforest surrounding you — as well as freshly baked croissants from the staff.
Plus, each villa has their own fully appointed kitchens, deep double spa baths, log fireplace and a verandah to soak in the views. Located just one hour north of Brisbane, close to the beaches of Noosa and a short drive to Fraser Island, Narrows Escape is minutes from charming hinterland villages, art galleries, and wineries to delight your senses. If you’re looking for a honeymoon spot where you can spend days on end relaxing then jump into adventure, this Australian resort was meant for you.
Oak Beach, just south of Port Douglas, a nearly two kilometer stretch of tropical paradise. The beach has an inner coral reef at one end, a rainforest behind it, and seemingly endless blue skies. What’s special about Oak Beach is that while it is close to the bustling, vibrant town of Port Douglas it remains a secluded retreat for visitors seeking a quiet escape.
Hide away with your partner at the secluded Thala Beach Nature Reserve which sits on a 145-acre property tucked perfectly between Port Douglas and Cairns. The nature reserve has the highest stamp of approval from the industry and boats almost 2 kilometers of private, pristine beaches, access to coral reefs and tropical national parks.
Besides providing guests a lush, romantic backdrop for their honeymoon adventures, the Thala Beach Nature Reserve has a gourmet restaurant which overlooks the coral sea, excuisetly designed villas and a staff that will do anything to ensure you have a relaxing stay. It’s the perfect retreat for couples looking to get lost in nature, and themselves.
What can been said about Santorini that hasn’t been said yet? This incredible Greek island, overflowing with white houses that sparkle against the deep blue sea, is possibly one of the most romantic places on earth. Honeymooners love it for the sweeping views, ancient cobbled streets, mouth-watering cuisine and overall romanticism. This island oozes with stories, beautiful people and some of the most unique views in the entire world. Why wouldn’t you want to escape to this island with your partner?
The name, Canaves Oia, literally describes these stunning, white and picturesque buildings we’ve come to know Oia, Santotini for. This hotel’s canaves date back to the 17th century, but have been modified and transformed into designer-chic luxury Suites, oozing the sophistication of minimalism. At the Canaves Oia, elegance and harmony are hidden in simple, dazzling white forms against the velvet blue of the Aegean Sea.
For that reason alone, this is the perfect romantic honeymoon. But of course they didn’t stop there. The staff at Canaves Oia provide world-class service to all of their guests to ensure they get the most out of their stay at the luxurious resort and the island they call home.
As the birthplace of the great Zeus, would ou expect anything less than spectacular? The island of Crete is Greece’s largest, and is known for its varied terrain and world-famous beaches. This ancient island is home to so much history and civilization, and so many valleys, mountains, sandy beaches and cobbled streets that it would take a lifetime to uncover. But why not start exploring the wonders of this island on your honeymoon with the one you love? After all, it will be a great excuse to return time and time again.
Youphoria Villas are perched on a hill along the beautiful northwest coast of Crete close to the town of Kissamos. The property boasts phenomenal panoramic views of the Gramvousa peninsula and clear blue waters of Kissamos Bay. And in the distance, you can see — and maybe even smell — the olive groves and fresh rosemary.
In an attempt to one-up the awe-inspiring views of Crete, the folks at Youphoria designed each villa individually, but with an emphasis on outdoor living dining and relaxing. Each and every natural, raw, material was chosen to fit the space and feel soft to the touch. The Youphoria Villas are the perfectly stunning backdrop for your partner to once again sweep you off of your feet.
Aristi is a picturesque village in Greece’s Epirus region. Also a listed traditional settlement and canyon, this region combines the best of authentic and historic Greek culture with picture-perfect tree-covered mountains.
Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Gamila Rocks combines comfort and luxury. This luxurious yet budget-friendly mountain hotel features a sauna, gym, outdoor Hydropool and tastefully decorated rooms. The anatomical, hypoallergenic mattresses and linen Dunlopillo, in conjunction with herbal toiletries, create a truly lavish honeymoon experience. Homemade, local flavors in the rich breakfast buffet and wine bar create an authentically Greek experience.
The Amalfi coast is ‘la dolce vita’. With warm weather, cool sea breezes and water so blue it rivals the sky — you’re bound to be instantly captivated by this exquisite stretch of land. For centuries artists and dignitaries have flocked here to capture and soak in its essence, so maybe it’s about time you do too. Of course while along the Amalfi coast you must visit the beach, but you should also take the time to drink the wine, eat the food, climb the cliffs and take many moments to soak it all in.
Striking the perfect balance of seclusion without solitude, Monastero Santa Rosa is the ideal honeymoon getaway on the Amalfi coast. When you arrive it’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that all of these lush grounds, the pool and the accommodations are for just 20 rooms and suites. But, by taking a boutique approach the Monastero Santa Rosa has been able to provide friendly and caring service that’s become renowned.
What’s more, each room has been designed by hand in conjunction with the owner and a local Neopolitan designer to create an elegant ambiance graced by timeless Italian antiques. You also can get a massage in your room that overlooks the gardens or sea, or head to their full-fledged spa equipped with wellness rooms, saunas and hot pools. This hotel is everything you ever dreamed about Italian luxury mixed with the allure of the world-famous Amalfi coast. We can’t really think of a more romantic honeymoon than that.
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If you’re looking for a cultural experience that mixes lively activities with relaxing afternoons filled with tea and world-famous pastries, this is the honeymoon for you. Budapest might not be a tropical paradise, but it is paradise for explorers. Here, you can wander ancient streets, get lost in the maddening beauty, and of course — pay the famous Turkish Baths a visit. This city will steal your hearts, and hopefully make you feel like you’re falling in love with each other all over again as you venture deeper into the soul of this city.
In 2009, 110 years after it was built, the stunning Hotel Palazzo Zichy reopened its four-star doors to world-traveling guests. Located right in the center of downtown — in the Palace quarter, right behind the National Museum — this hotel is at the apex of art, culture and cuisine in Budapest.
The hotel has 75 modern rooms and five luxurious suites, a spa, and offers a buffet breakfast every day in their atrium. Plus, a real treat is that the staff still cares for this hotel like the palace it was and treats you like the royalty that once lived there. The storied halls and grand decor juxtaposed against the modern infusions will spark intrigue and romance and is bound to make you fall for this city even harder.
From the sandy shores of Australia to the mountaintops of St. Lucia, the lush forests of Thailand and the Amalfi cliffs of Italy, wedded bliss and paradise awaits you. We hope this list has shown you that you can have the luxurious, stunning honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of — and at a fraction of the price of the big hotels. If you want to go through the list again or jump to a specific location, check out the navigation bar just below.
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