Getting Married In 2018? How To Plan The Perfect Honeymoon!

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Honeymoon in Thailand

There’s so many things to think of once you’ve decided on your dream destination, the to-do list only seems to get longer! Here to ease the stress, Angelic Diamonds, retailers of halo engagement rings (down to the pound).

Start the planning process by getting inspiration from friends and family through the internet – an outstanding 80% of honeymooners in the last 5 years used social media to research their ideal destinations.

In the UK, the average honeymoon costs just over £3,500. Research shows that amongst couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99% of them go on a honeymoon to extend and enjoy the whole wedding experience. Considering that the average cost of a summer holiday for a family of four costs close to £1,000, its clear to see that couples certainly splash out for their after-wedding vacation, after all, it’s all part of the wedding experience!

Where are the top destinations for Honeymoon in 2018?

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

Honeymoon in the Maldives
Honeymoon in the Maldives

1.  Maldives

Made up of more than 1,000 coral islands and is famous for its sugar-white sand beaches, private islands and luxurious resorts, you’ve probably always dreamt of travelling to The Maldives, a nation in South Asia. It’s. 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.

Sri Lankan Temple
Sri Lankan Temple

2.  Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has only recently become a 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. It is covered with ancient sites, temples and never-ending beaches.

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).

Relax in Mauritius
Relax in Mauritius

3.  Mauritius

Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean, 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:

Surround yourself with luscious vegetation instead of the sandy beaches you may have become accustomed to and visit the Chamarel Waterfall.

Phi Phi Islands Tour
Phi Phi Islands Tour

4.  Thailand

Kuoni named Thailand the second most popular honeymoon destination for LGBT couples and fourth for straight newlyweds behind the Maldives. 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.

Bratan Lake in Bali
Bratan Lake in Bali

5.  Indonesia (Bali)

You’ll experience the locals’ unforgettable culture combined with beautiful landscapes in Bali. The people are friendly and the beaches are one-of-a-kind – 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%)

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

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