- Shop around for the best Honeymoon packages, which often include an upgraded room, champagne and flowers on arrival, gifts and even a free candlelit dinner. To be eligible you usually have to produce your marriage certificate, so make sure it’s packed safely inside your hand luggage.
- Be demanding of your travel agent. Spell out your ideal honeymoon package and see if they can come up with a trip to match your dreams. If they don’t seem very imaginative try somewhere else.
- If possible, don’t travel on the same day as your wedding. Wind down together in a pretty local hotel and then fly out the next day once you’ve recovered from all the excitement (and stress) of the big day.
- Don’t be fooled by glossy brochure-speak, pictures are often of the best rooms. Even a double bed is not guaranteed unless you outline your requirements beforehand, preferably in writing.
- Just because this is a honeymoon, don’t imagine you have to spend every waking minute together – it would be too much for even the most love-struck couple! If your fiancée fancies playing a game of golf or two, arrange it. A few hours apart will make your time together even more fun.
- Many of the ‘couples-only’ resorts in theCaribbeanare all-inclusive which means everything from food and drink to water sports are paid for in the one price. These can be good value but if you’re not the active type and don’t want to use all the sporting facilities, they can be expensive. It may be worth considering a half board package and then paying for your own romantic extras.
- TheCaribbeanis the number one hot spot for honeymooners but it is expensive, especially during high season. Watch out for special deals during their low season, our summer months. The weather can be unpredictable but the savings are worth it and honeymooners are more likely to be upgraded when the resorts are not so busy.
- Ask one another how important the traditional honeymoon extra’s like a four-poster bed are to you both. You don’t want to skimp on your room but you could be spending the additional budget on more worthwhile extras like wonderful food or interesting day trips.
- Try to pick a hotel in a romantic setting; overlooking a lake, on a deserted stretch of beach, on a wooded hillside or near some famous landmarks. If the setting is right, moonlight walks will take on a whole new meaning.
- Everyone loves a honeymoon couple. Don’t be shy especially when making reservations with your travel agent, in hotels, restaurants and on planes, you should be pleasantly surprised by the special treatment you receive. A glass of champagne, a room upgrade, a candle-lit dinner, a free gift or just extra special service.
It wouldn’t be a Honeymoon without an indulgence or two,
- A room with a view. Imagine laying in your bed or your bath looking at a stunning beach, city sights or simply the stars.
- A spectacular ride in a hot-air balloon, helicopter, boat or horse-drawn carriage – holding hands the whole time, of course
- A glass ofChampagnewhenever and wherever possible.
- Candlelight, ask your hotel to put candles into your bedroom and bathroom
- His ‘n’ Hers massage, then meet up into a communal Jacuzzi for a spot of romance.
- A special memento, like a copy of the menu from your first meal together as man and wife, signed by the Chef, bathrobes or slippers bearing the hotel logo to remind you of the trip every time you wear them.