Your Honeymoon Questions Answered | UK WEDDING BLOG

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Afternoon! This is my last honeymoon post for the year whilst I work away to prepare lots of exciting 2018 content for you including the annual where’s hot to honeymoon guide for next season. I can’t quite believe how fast Christmas is now approaching and where the last 11 months have gone to? But we’re looking forward to bringing lots of inspiration and more first hand trip reports from January. In the meantime I’m sharing some of FAQ’s below which should help you with any planning woes with everything from winter city breaks to luxury honeymoons on a budget. There’s some really useful insider information from Turquoise Holidays in there too who are one of the leading honeymoon boutique tour operators {and one of our very favourites}. 

To help me answer some of your most frequently asked questions from Instagram I’ve enlisted Turquoise Holidays to help out, as you may know I booked my own honeymoon through Turquoise a few years back and loved their specialist {yet competitively priced} service with lots of little extras offered along the way.

Q ‘We’d love to go to The Maldives on honeymoon but won’t have the biggest budget in the world. How can we best do luxury there on a budget?’ // Similar also to  Q ‘Can you have a romantic honeymoon on a tight budget?’

  • Define what luxury means to you – is it being in a remote location, having five star service, feeling as far away as possible, being able to eat and drink out locally, having an abundance of activities…? It is so important to you as a couple to know what means the most… there will be things that can be compromised and things which can’t…so make sure that if you are sticking to a budget, you’re not trying to find something which doesn’t exist or push yourself to the limit so much that something is bound to disappoint.
  • Turquoise Holidays always recommend booking the best room in a more affordable hotel than the cheapest room in a more expensive hotel…you’re on your honeymoon and wherever you stay you should feel like royalty!
  • Speak to an expert – booking with an operator not only gives you access to advice, information and assistance but also to the best rates in the business. Honeymoon specialists (such as Turquoise 😊) will be able to tell you which months are the most effective time to travel, when the best offers are, which rooms to book and how to make the most of your budget. Shoulder seasons tend to be the absolute best time to travel…escape the crowds and the price tags…usually the weather is just as good as peak season and you’ll have the beach to yourself.
  • Also, booking through an operator will mean that you can split your costs…there is usually a deposit at time of booking and then the final balance is due around 10 weeks before departure.
  • Use a travel gift list service – gone are the days when wedding lists are the only way of kitting out your first home together… more and more people are buying experiences for wedding gifts, and what better experience could your loved ones give you than the honeymoon of your dreams! Turquoise’s average honeymoon gift list receives £2,000 – which can either be put towards the total cost of your honeymoon or experiences and spending money whilst you are there.
  • Honeymoon sales – look out for the Turquoise honeymoon sale. For the last two weeks of Feb each year, honeymooners can access the very best rates in the UK for honeymoon itineraries all over the world. Not only are there around 20 exclusive hotel and airline offers, every couple who book in that period get a choice of free gift worth over £200.

Q ‘My husband and I are torn for next year’s holiday. We can’t decide between doing 3 little trips such as Rome, Paris and Croatia maybe or one big such as Bali. What are your thoughts?’

  • If this is for your honeymoon then definitely go for one more memorable trip. But as you’ve said holiday then if it was my choice then I’d go for three little trips which will give you a much wider range of experiences and destinations. I guess it depends also on your attitude to long flights, European trips like Rome/Paris/Croatia are just a hop and a jump away from the UK so the experience will feel very different. Likely to be a low cost airline, perhaps just hand luggage. Whereas Bali may feel like more of a proper holiday. Sorry if this has only confused you more! It is such a personal choice. Perhaps look at the time of year you want to go away also, in the summer months Europe tends to be much better but if you want Winter sun then Bali is a great bet.

Q ‘We’re looking to book a long overdue winter sun holiday for early Feb. Where would you go and where would you stay? Probably no more than 5k total?’

  • For me personally I would choose either the Caribbean or the Maldives although at these times it is peak season and correlates with the highest prices. For better value look to Thailand perhaps with out of this world beaches but a lot more bang for your buck.
  • If you’re looking to the Indian Ocean {for those white sand paradise island beaches} – I would suggest either Mauritius or the Maldives. Avoid school half terms at all costs and be aware that it is an expensive time to go. However, as it is very popular, it does mean there is a lot of flight availability so flight prices can be quite reasonable.
  • This is one of the best times to visit the Maldives weather wise. Turquoise Holidays suggest having a look at Velassaru or The Residence Maldives. Price is of course so dependent on room category, exact dates, board basis etc. One top tip for the Maldives though to save some money is to choose a resort which you can access by speedboat rather than by seaplane…! You can see our guide to booking a Maldivian trip here. And our previous resort favourites there at Baros & Shangri La Maldives.
  • Mauritius is another great option with a multitude of hotels to choose from which tend to be a lot better value than the Maldives although the weather isn’t quite as guaranteed at this time of year. Have a look at the newly re-opened Heritage Le Telfair or LUX* Le Morne. We can’t recommend Shangri La Le Touessrok or Constance Le Prince Maurice highly enough and these should be around your 5k budget.
  • February is one of our favourite months of the year to visit the Caribbean, long hot days and calm water. Antigua is Turquoise’s honeymoon island of choice and COCOS is a charming Caribbean bolt hole, full of character and amazing value for money. Hire a car and explore the island, not forgetting to make it to Shirley Heights for Sunday sundowners!
  • For guaranteed sunshine and a mix of culture and beach, Oman ticks all the boxes. Often overlooked and overshadowed by neighbouring Dubai, visit Muscat and be transported back in time. Explore the markets day or night, head to the mountains for an outdoor adventure, hit the beach for some pure relaxation and discover a sleep out under the stars in the desert…all less than 8 hours away! Flights are super reasonable here with the Middle Eastern airlines and at resorts you’ll be treated like royalty.

Q ‘We’re going to New York for Christmas this year and not sure whether to book sightseeing things beforehand or wait until we get there?

  • New York will be so magical at Christmas! It would depend on what sightseeing things you mean but as a general rule I would wait until around 5 days in advance so you have a better idea on the weather. For observation decks like Top of the Rock/the Empire State Building/One World Observatory you can buy tickets on the day for all of them but the queues are often long. Pre booking solves this but you want to make sure it’s not a really foggy day or you won’t see anything. Also look up their daytime/twilight combined tickets for a better value way of seeing the city in both daylight and sparkly at night.
  • Our New York guide may also help you with some itinerary suggestions.
  • For theatre tickets book these in advance. Museums I would get these on the day. The Staten Island Ferry is free and you can’t prebook this.
  • Also depending on the length of your stay look into the New York Pass which may save you some money if you plan to visit a few places.

Q ‘I’d love some suggestions for winter quick weekend getaways in Europe?’

  • If you’re happy to wrap up warm and spend some time in coffee shops then the Winter can be perfect to visit European cities.
  • Amsterdam despite it’s slightly seedy reputation is just a quick 45 minute flight away and would feel romantic wandering around the canals. There are lots of museums to duck into if the weather isn’t great, but if it’s sunny then hop on a bike and explore the city.
  • If you’re talking pre-Christmas then look up cities with Christmas markets which would be magical. Copenhagen looks amazing although fairly pricey. Berlin or Vienna perhaps for all things festive and to warm up with some mulled wine whilst you peruse the markets.
  • Rome is just over two hours flight away and can be easily done in a couple of days and the food there is oh so good!
  • If you want some warmth then Marrakech obviously isn’t in Europe but it’s an exotic version of a city break and just a three hour flight away.
  • With any of these cities the flights at this time of year will be great value with low-cost carriers. Splurge on a cosy boutique hotel or look at Airbnb for something more practical on a budget {and feel like a local}.

Q ‘If we are planning on travelling for a couple of weeks which is the best way to book flights as a return is often cheaper than one way but we don’t want to return from the first destinations?’

  • If you’re looking to stay within Europe then just book two one way flights with a low cost carrier like Easyjet or whoever flies to your destination. There isn’t a lot of difference price wise for two singles compared to a return.
  • But for long haul trips then for this situation your very best bet is to book it through a travel agent. I really recommend Dial a Flight {or try Trailfinders if you prefer} who will look at all the different options for you and give you a much better price than you could find yourself online. They can often save you further money by booking it as a package {by including a car or hotel} which will then give you ATOL protection too. We often book flights into one airport and out of another if travelling around this way.

I hope this is of some help? Do let us know any future travel woes and we can put together another guide. With thanks to Turquoise Holidays for their help putting this together {this is by no means a sponsored post though}. Have a wonderful end to 2017 and happy honeymoon planning.

If you’d like to see more of our travel articles in between now and January then there’s lots more to explore on our honeymoon area of the blog {here}.

R <3 xx