After splashing out on your dream ceremony, you might be left with a tight budget for your honeymoon. But that’s no reason to dismiss tropical locations, chic hotels or unique places to stay. You can have your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon without breaking the bank — here’s our pick of the best for under £100 per night.
Ireland, The Perfect Staycation
Voted the “Best Boutique Hotel in Ireland”, The Twelve in Galway, just 10 minutes from Galway City, is the perfect getaway for couples who don’t want to travel too far. With "hip & understated designer interiors" it is decorated with work by local artists and has an award-winning restaurant. The chic Splendid Guest Rooms offer affordable luxury; from around £93 per night they have super-kingsize beds, atmospheric lighting and a Juliet balcony.
A Romantic Escape to Turkey
After the stresses of wedding planning, escape to Turkey’s Lycian coast. The 12-bedroom Ece is the only hotel on the sleepy, pedestrianised island of Sövalye. Laze on the beach, explore pine-scented forests or paddle around the island in a canoe, discovering submerged houses. A regular boat service runs to Fethiye on the mainland and rooms cost from £300 for three nights, B&B.
Eco-conscious Luxury in Dominica
Set in 55-acres of jungle, surrounded by the unspoiled Unesco World Heritage Morne Trois Piton National Park, you can have a Caribbean getaway without blowing your budget at Dominica’s luxury eco-resort. With 35 hardwood cottages (from around £60 per night) set in the trees, you can stargaze, hike in the rainforest, enjoy the hot springs — or lounge in a hammock before your spa treatment.
Bliss for Beach Lovers in Mexico
Along the coast from Acapulco, Mexico’s Puerto Escondido is known for its surfer beaches – although the golden sand is perfect for relaxing and sipping a drink in a chilled-out beach bar too. Perched on the cliffs above the turquoise sea, Villas Carrizalillo is a collection of 12 villas surrounded by palm trees with private steps to the beach. Try margaritas at sundown and savour some of the town’s best sunset views from a hammock. Rates start from £67 per night.
Vietnam, Great for Globetrotters
If you’d rather explore the world than kick back on a beach, you’ll love the colonial-style Harbour View Hotel in Haiphong, Vietnam, where room rates start at £95. Close enough to explore the famous Halong Bay, adventurous couples can also cycle around Haiphong’s French-influenced, tree-lined boulevards, or the hotel can arrange trekking tours to the nearby tropical forests, mountains and rural villages.
A Totally Tropical Paradise in The Bahamas
On a white, sandy beach dotted with swaying coconut palms, Swains Cay Lodge on Andros Island in the Bahamas is a picture-perfect honeymoon destination. Snorkel in the crystal-clear water and explore the island with a kayak or bike. There are hammocks if you’d rather lie back and daydream, and with a beach-side terrace to sip cocktails on, and a restaurant serving fresh lobster, it’s the perfect place to relax. Rooms cost from £98 per night in low season.
A Unique City Break in Montenegro
Montenegro might not be the first place that springs to mind for a honeymoon, but the luxury boutique hotel Astoria, in the 2,000-year-old town of Budva, provides plenty of reasons to change your mind. Inside, the décor is minimalist chic, outside there are narrow twisting streets, red-roofed houses and 17 beaches to choose from – plus a roof terrace with a fabulous view. Rooms cost from around £80.
South Africa is Perfect for Nature Lovers
On South Africa’s Garden Route, the Bamboo Guest House is just a short distance from some of the area’s beautiful nature reserves. All 14 African-styled rooms are decorated differently with private terraces or decks. Browse shops and restaurants five minutes away, in the town of Knysna, and enjoy a string of nearby beaches. Set in its own stunning gardens, rates start from around £75.
Laid-back Luxury in Koh Samui
The Outrigger Koh Samui Resort and Spa might only be 10 minutes from the island’s airport, but you’ll feel a million miles away. With rooms from around £69 per night it is set on the beautiful Bophut Beach — and with its own tropical gardens, it’s perfect for relaxing. When you’re not lazing around, have a go at Thai cooking classes provided by the hotel’s chef and then try delicious fresh seafood at the restaurant.
An Offbeat Honeymoon in The Netherlands
If your eyes first met on the daily commute, where better for a honeymoon than a converted tram? Controversy Tram Inn in Hoogwoud, The Netherlands, has one Italian-themed tram and one French-style which both sleep two people, each with their own bathroom and kitchen. Another tram has been cleverly converted into a canteen. Priced from around £99.75 per night, there is a discount for longer stays.