Following in celebrity footsteps doesn’t necessarily mean a credit card meltdown. Here are five of the hottest honeymoon spots — with lovely hotels that won’t blow your budget.
An Indian Ocean island paradise, The Seychelles is a classic honeymoon destination. The unspoiled islands, surrounded by turquoise waters, are perfect for enjoying the sun, sand and each other.
A destination hugely popular with celebrities, pop star Rachel Stevens and husband, actor Alex Bourne, honeymooned at the exclusive Labriz resort which can only be reached by boat or helicopter.
David and Victoria Beckham are also fans of The Seychelles — they celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a romantic break there in 2009.
The Beckhams are rumoured to have spent £100,000 hiring a private island — but you can have luxury for less.
La Villa Holiday Apartments have magnificent views over the ocean and are surrounded by beautiful gardens.
From £127* (with sea view) www.lavilla-seychelles.com
With breath-taking beaches, natural beauty, friendly locals and winter warmth, Phuket — 862km south of Bangkok — is a top destination for celebrity couples. Take That’s Mark Owen and his wife Emma Ferguson enjoyed a December honeymoon there in 2008, frolicking in the sea and strolling hand-in-hand on a secluded beach.
Although the weather is a big bonus, you’re not confined to sun-worshipping in Phuket; active couples can also dive, snorkel, windsurf and sail — and dining on fresh seafood is a Thai experience not to be missed.
The Dewa is a beach resort with fresh and modern accommodation. Offering friendly, boutique-style hospitality and design, it has four pool villas — each with a private plunge pool — and 62 Junior Suites.
Rates from £99* www.dewaphuket.com
From bright lights to an electric atmosphere, Las Vegas is perfect for newlyweds who want a fun-packed adventure with first-class entertainment, world-class shopping and luxury accommodation. Don’t miss the romantic fountain show at Bellagio, or the edgy Freemont Street Experience — and no honeymoon in Vegas is complete without a gondola ride at the Venetian.
Then follow in celebrity footsteps by catching a big-name show.
When Wayne and Colleen Rooney honeymooned in Vegas they watched George Michael perform at the MGM Grand.
Situated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian has a range of suites, pools and nightspots, providing an A-List experience on an affordable budget.
Rates from £113* www.venetian.com
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick may have tied the knot in NYC, but they chose the Emerald Isle as their honeymoon destination. And if it’s good enough for Carrie Bradshaw… Ireland is much closer to home, but it is no less beautiful than far flung destinations.
Getting there is easy by ferry or cheap flight, and you can enjoy fresh food, sweeping scenery, idyllic beaches and, of course, experience the craic in one of many local Irish pubs!
At the water’s edge of Lough Eske, near the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, you can escape into a world of relaxation at Lough Eske Castle. From the garden spa to the beautiful guest rooms, it is perfect for honeymooners.
Rates from £118* www.solislougheskecastle.ie
For the ultimate in romance, St. Lucia offers golden beaches, swaying palms and exotic cocktails. Although their honeymoon details were a closely guarded secret, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr are reported to have visited St Lucia, Anguilla and Mustique during their honeymoon in July 2010.
Perhaps they were drawn to the Caribbean Island by its picturesque coastline — where dolphins play — or the spectacular view from the town of Soufriere? Or maybe they couldn’t resist the majestic Pitons — a ‘drive-in’ volcano.
Set on a palette of lush gardens bordering the sea, Sandals Halcyon Resort blends in with its surroundings; no building is higher than the highest palm. The charming ‘gingerbread’ cottages are ideal for honeymoon couples.
Rates from £399 www.sandals.co.uk
Price is per couple per night and includes ‘Luxury Included®’ accommodation, return flights with British Airways and hotel transfers, for travel dates in May/June 2011
*Hotel prices are ‘from’, do not include taxes and are per couple, per night