Planning The Perfect Honeymoon in 2018

Honeymoon

Are you getting married this year? Congratulations if you are! Research shows that amongst couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99% of them go on a honeymoon — it’s all part of the wedding experience and a much-needed break after the excitement (and stress) of the big day. In the UK, the average honeymoon costs just over £3,500. Considering that the average cost of a summer holiday for a family of four costs close to £1,000, it’s clear to see that couples certainly splash out for their after-wedding getaway.

When we were considering where to honeymoon we started the planning process by getting inspiration from friends and family and via the internet — an outstanding 80% of honeymooners in the last 5 years have used social media to research their ideal destinations.

There are so many things to think about once you’ve decided on your dream destination, the to-do list only seems to get longer! Can we afford it? What will the weather be like? What should I pack? How long should we go for? Who is going to cat sit (maybe that was just us!)? Here to ease the stress, Angelic Diamonds, retailers of wedding rings, tell us the top luxury honeymoon locations of 2018 and how to perfectly plan your romantic trip there (down to the pound).

Top destinations for 2018

British based luxury travel operator, Kuoni, revealed the top honeymoon destinations based on the number of bookings made.

1. The Maldives

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The Maldives is the nation in South Asia that you’ve probably always dreamed of travelling to. It’s made up of more than 1,000 coral islands and is famous for its sugar-white sand beaches, private islands and luxurious resorts. It oozes magnificence and romance, no wonder it was revealed to be the top honeymoon destination of 2018.

Cost of flight: £474*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £110 – £290
Mid-range: £220+
Top-end: £545+

A must-do:

Visit the Piano Deck at Baros. This is a platform built in the heart of the ocean that can be hired for a few hours for breakfast, lunch, dinner or spa treatments. Why not treat yourselves to a sunrise breakfast for £235?

2. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean

Covered ancient sites, temples and never-ending beaches, Sri Lanka has only recently become a popular tourist destination but it’s clear to see why. It has so much to offer, with eight UNESCO sites and many opportunities to have memorable experiences.

Cost of flight: £346*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £10 – £17
Mid-range: £17 – £42
Top-end: £42+

A must-do:

Hike to World’s End — a sheer cliff situated in Horton Plains National Park which looks over tiny villages and tea plantations. The round trip is around 7.5km by foot, and many say that you won’t regret it (and it costs under £20).

3. Mauritius

Mauritius, Indian Ocean

Situated in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is synonymous with everything luxurious. There’s plenty to do in the way of activities but, of course, you can lie on the beautiful beaches all day if you’d prefer — take your pick…

Cost of flight: £369*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £35 – £66
Mid-range: £70 – £133
Top-end: £133+

A must-do:

Visit the Chamarel Waterfall. Surround yourself with luscious vegetation instead of the sandy beaches you may have become accustomed to and explore the southern side of the island.

4. Thailand

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Behind the Maldives, Kuoni named Thailand the second most popular honeymoon destination for LGBT couples and fourth for straight newlyweds and was the destination we chose for our honeymoon almost 7 years ago. It’s become popular with backpackers over the past decade but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of hidden gems and romantic spots.

Cost of flight: £279*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £13 – £23
Mid-range: £23 – £91
Top-end: £91+

A must-do:

Explore the Phi Phi islands. Considered to be some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia, you can reach them by a short speedboat journey from Phuket or Krabi. Discover true paradise and turquoise-blue waters with your partner.

5. Indonesia (Bali)

Bali, Indonesia

In Bali, you’ll experience the locals’ unforgettable culture combined with beautiful landscapes and numerous temples. The people are friendly, the beaches are one-of-a-kind and it is one of our favourite places on earth, we’re not surprised it made it into the top five.

Cost of flight: £345*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: less than £36
Mid-range: £36 – £109
Top-end: £109+

A must-do:

Visit the Gili Islands by sea. Take the fast boat over from Bali to the islands and sit on the famous Datu Swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset with your loved one as the sun goes down.

Once you’re all booked up, all that is left to do is pack your suitcase. Make sure you budget for the following — according to one survey on wedding couples these are the items most likely to be bought before honeymoon travel:

  • New wardrobe (70.1%)
  • Swimsuit (69.9%)
  • Sunglasses (69.9%)

Wherever you choose for your honeymoon destination, we hope you have the best time and have the opportunity to sit back, relax, spend time with your spouse and chat about the happy memories you have from your wedding day.

*At time of research. Based on cheapest month to fly and cheapest return.  

Sources and further reading

https://www.skyscanner.net

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/maldives/a/nar-gr/money-and-costs/357011

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka/a/nar-gr/money-and-costs/357442

http://www.dive-the-world.com/reefs-and-parks-maldives-hanifaru.php

http://www.baros.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Piano-Dinners.pdf

https://www.undiscoveredguide.com/sri-lanka/nuwara-eliya/worlds-end

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-4596054/Could-slash-cost-summer-holiday.html

http://www.phiphi.phuket.com/#

http://www.kuoni.co.uk/upload/misc/pdf/honeymoon%20trends%202017.pdf

https://www.tripsavvy.com/wedding-statistics-and-honeymoon-facts-1860546

https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-planning/organising-and-planning/wedding-survey-2016_1193.htm

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