Real Life Honeymoon Inspiration

Four hitched couples share their real honeymoon experiences to inspire you – you might find your dream honeymoon whilst reading about theirs


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...

Marvellous Mexico

COUPLE: Victoria and Jonathan

WEDDING DATE: 12th May 2012

Cancun, Mexico

Victoria & Jonathan's real wedding

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.”


Three of the best Mexican resorts:

Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun — located on a spectacular white sand beach with glorious views.

Matachica Resort and Spa, Belize — an award-winning beach resort considered the “hidden jewel” of Belize.

Villa Viva Vallarta and Villa Tesoro del Mar, Puerto Vallarta — a breathtakingly romantic setting, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Read Victoria and Jonathan’s “real wedding” on hitched:


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Tempting Thailand


COUPLE: Rebecca and Stephen

WEDDING DATE: 30th June 2012

Bangkok and Koh Samui

Rebecca & Stephen's real wedding

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.”


Three of the Best Thai Resorts:

Outrigger Resort & Spa, Koh Samui — a luxurious yet laid-back beachside haven on Bophut Beach.

The Surin, Phuket — set on the beach overlooking Pansea Bay.

Dasada, Bangkok — a rejuvenating and inspiring get away, just over an hour’s drive from Bangkok.

Read Rebecca and Stephen’s “real wedding” on hitched:


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Mesmerising Middle East — and the Maldives!


COUPLE: Jennifer and John

WEDDING DATE: 1st September 2012

Dubai and the Maldives

Jennifer & John's real wedding

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.”


Three of the Best Dubai and Maldives Resorts:

Bab al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai — an exclusive, low-rise resort surrounded by gently sloping dunes and natural desert landscapes.

Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Huvahendhoo, Maldives — a luxurious paradise set on snow-white sand.

LUX* Maldives, Dhidhoofinolhu, Maldives — a romantic resort with the entire island of Dhidhoofinolhu to itself.

Read Jennifer and John’s “real wedding” on hitched:


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Captivated by a Cruise


COUPLE: Francesca and Barry

WEDDING DATE: 20th April 2012

Mediterranean Cruise

Francesca & Barry's real wedding

Editor of, 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; 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:


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