Everyone wants their honeymoon to be unique, individual and once-in-a-lifetime, so seeking inspiration from your friends, family and fellow brides is a smart thing to do. You and your partner make the experience unique, so by asking around to find out what other honeymooning couples did you can build a shortlist of honeymoon-friendly destinations, perfect for you.
To get you started, we caught up with four hitched couples and asked them to share their honeymoon stories; if they sound good to you, you’re welcome to “borrow” them...
Steeped in history and exotic beauty, Mexico is a hot choice for honeymooners. From the warmth of the Mexican people to the heat of the idyllic Caribbean coast, Mexico is perfect if you want to combine sightseeing, lazy beach days and luxury.
Victoria says: “We went on honeymoon three days after the wedding and booked with Thomas Cook. We had an amazing time in a five star resort where everything was done for us. The accommodation was lovely, and we even had our own Jacuzzi. We chose Mexico because we could have relaxation and adventure - in one word it was AMAZING.”
Read Victoria and Jonathan’s “real wedding” on hitched:
COUPLE: Rebecca and Stephen
WEDDING DATE: 30th June 2012
Bangkok and Koh Samui
Even if you’ve been to Thailand before, this country never fails to amaze. From the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to the idyllic islands, with beautiful beaches, fertile forests and delicious cuisine, honeymooners can truly lose themselves here.
Rebecca says: “The six senses resort in Koh Samui was the best place I have ever visited in my entire life - perfect for honeymooners. All the little luxuries you would expect, plus things you wouldn’t even think of to make your stay comfortable. My parents are even going there next year because they have seen our pictures and want to try it for themselves.”
Read Rebecca and Stephen’s “real wedding” on hitched:
Mesmerising Middle East — and the Maldives!
COUPLE: Jennifer and John
WEDDING DATE: 1st September 2012
Dubai and the Maldives
Break up your journey to The Maldives, an archipelago of more than 1,000 islands off the south-western tip of India, with a stopover in the ever-entrancing Dubai, where you’ll find superb shopping, man-made islands and luxurious hotels.
Jennifer says: “Having time out just the two of us after the hectic build up to the wedding was just lovely. Being able to chill out on our Maldivian Island reflecting on our day was bliss and we didn’t want to return to normal life. Dubai was amazing and our island in the Maldives was just paradise.”
Read Jennifer and John’s “real wedding” on hitched:
Captivated by a Cruise
COUPLE: Francesca and Barry
WEDDING DATE: 20th April 2012
Editor of hitched.co.uk, Francesca decided to experience a multi-destination honeymoon by taking a cruise around the Mediterranean. An ideal honeymoon if you want to experience culture, adventure and sunshine — but avoid any sort of long haul flight.
Francesca says: “We chose a cruise so we could experience several destinations on one holiday — on the equivalent of a hotel that moves. We sailed with Princess Cruises and visited Spain, Malta, Italy, Croatia, Corfu and Gibraltar over 17 nights; an experience that would have taken us years had we travelled to each location on separate holidays. Our romantic cruise was a once in a life time experience, filled with culture, romance and lots of fresh, sea air.”
Three of the best cruise companies:
Princess Cruises — honeymooners are welcomed with a bottle of champagne and two long-stemmed roses in their stateroom.
Royal Caribbean Cruises — cruise from the UK to Russia, Scandinavia or Europe — of fly off for a Caribbean cruise.
P&O Cruises — explore the Mediterranean on a honeymoon cruise package — or travel farther afield.
Read Francesca and Barry’s “real wedding” on hitched: