Honeymoon is one vacation that all newly-weds eagerly look forward to. Post the continuous and exhausting wedding functions, it is like a sigh of relief for them. However, it is a not-so-unknown fact that weddings tend to burn holes in people’s pockets and take a toll on their honeymoon budget. But instead of compromising on the location due to a money crunch, simply strategizing the honeymoon in terms of dates will help save loads of money. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.
Booking.com has created a list of perfect holiday destinations to guide newlyweds and aid them in achieving the most memorable honeymoon. They brainstormed and figured out the most efficient time to go for your honeymoon to several locations, depending on whether you are adventure junkies or luxury lovers. They took into account the hotel rates, seasonal changes, local holidays etc and struck the perfect balance of affordable and enjoyable. So here is the list of ideal honeymoon locations (month-wise):
December – February
Adventurous – Kyoto
With numerous shrines, gardens and temples to its credit, Kyoto is an ideal honeymoon spot for travelers. It is perfect if you are looking to explore and discover. It is very cold around this time of the year, but that just gives you all the more reason to cuddle and wrap up in blankets. The food is commendable, providing a mix of Michelin-star restaurants and local restaurants in wooden buildings. Kyoto is an off-beat location and promises a memorable vacation.
Last year, the final week of January was ¥19926 on average for 4* and 5* accommodations, 53% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year at ¥42696.
Classic – Paris
This one needs no introduction; it has been an all-time favorite destination for years now. It isn’t called the “City of Love” for nothing. The air is infused with magic which makes you fall in love with the city. It’s laden with tourist destinations like the wondrous Eiffel Tower, the historic Notre Dame, the illuminated Champs-Elysees and many more.
Last year, the final week of February was €171 on average for 4* and 5* accommodations, 45% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year at €308 in June.
March – May
Adventurous – Kauai
Lush green trees, sandy beaches, magnificent mountain ranges, sparkling water; all this and more which make Hawaii’s oldest island deserve a spot on our list. This place is surreal in its beauty and gives you an opportunity to take it all in by trekking, kayaking, sun-bathing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing etc. All these thrilling activities with your spouse will lead to nothing short of the perfect honeymoon.
Prices decreased towards the end of May last year, with the third week of May USD408 on average for 4* and 5* accommodations, 36% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year at USD637.
Classic – Saint Barthelemy
If you’re looking for a relaxed and laid back honeymoon, then this is your calling! There are over 20 beaches, all accessible and gorgeous which provide a serene atmosphere and a relaxed vibe. There is plentiful people-watching and luxury shopping which will keep you entertained. The islands are very inviting and serene.
Last year, the penultimate week of April was €515 on average for 4* and 5* accommodations, 64% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year at €1439 in the lead up to Christmas.
June – August
Adventurous – Hamilton Island
The picturesque beauty of the island makes it eligible for the most romantic getaway. Its pristine beauty is extremely inviting and the ambiance is unforgettable. It is a dreamy location with its white beaches, crystal clear sky and breathtakingly blue water.
Last year, the second week of August was AUD391 on average for 4* and 5* accommodations, 27% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year at AUD538.
Classic – Sonoma
Opt for Sonoma instead of the very commercial and populated Napa as it is equally serene but much less crowded. It is also more economical which is a definite win. It is the best to travel between the months of June-August as opposed to the latter harvest season.
Last year, the third week of June was USD324 on average for 4* and 5* accommodations, 42% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year in October at USD558.
September – November
Adventurous – Udaipur
Udaipur is a destination culturally and historically rich, it is also a hot spot for destination weddings due to the royal and romantic aura around it. It is a great way to reconnect with your roots and enjoy lavishly. Mid-September and the winter beginning, is prime time to visit before the tourist season really hits its peak in December. It’s is neither too hot nor too cold, it’s the perfect pleasant weather to enjoy sand dunes, camel rides and candle light dinners on the rooftop. The place is full of tiny temples and palaces that are mysterious. Apart from this, is the gorgeous Lake Pachola which offers tranquil boat rides.
Last year, the second week of September was INR7185 on average for 4* and 5* accommodations, 59% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year at INR17498.
Classic – Santorini
The contrast of the white walls with elements of blue creates the most visually aesthetic scenery. It is the perfect place for a romantic and classy honeymoon. You can enjoy golden Mediterranean sunset in tranquility if you visit after the tourist rush of summer. The weather is still sublime but the beaches relatively empty so you’ll feel more special.
Last year, the final week of October was €278 on average for 4* and 5* accommodations, 63% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year at €744.