The vows have been exchanged and the bubbly has been popped – and now, you and yours can move onto the next (or best?) part of your Washington DC area wedding… the honeymoon! Before the fun in the sun can begin, you have just a little more wedding planning in store, but fear not because planning a destination honeymoon just got that much easier! Today, we’ve got leisure travel specialist Sue from Connoisseur Travel here to share ideas for honeymoon getaways fit for any budget! On that note, take it away, Sue…

St Regis Bora Bora Wedding Honeymoon

Photo Courtesy of Starwood Hotels of the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

I am going to share my advice on factoring budget for your honeymoon travel. I know it’s tempting to put off on the honeymoon when planning the “perfect wedding,” however, please remember – your wedding is over in one day. Your honeymoon is a week (or so) together, just the two of you, starting your new life together.

I often find couples are at a loss when it comes to planning their honeymoon. I want to share with you some basic ideas of what different budgets can get you. This is based on a honeymoon for two from Washington DC that includes flights, accommodations & transfers. To do a bit of a straight comparison, I went with three different beach vacations.

Honeymoon Budget: $4,000

With a budget of $4000, I’d recommend staying for up to a week at a fabulous resort in Mexico or the Caribbean.

With $4000 you can often get the most for your money in Mexico, and with non-stop flights from Washington DC to Cancun, it makes for an easy travel destination. Cancun is, for the most part, a bit too built up for a honeymoon destination. But just about an hour drive from Cancun airport is the area known as the Riviera Maya. Long stretches of resorts dot the beaches along this quiet coast, which ends around Tulum. For your honeymoon, I’d recommend staying at the new Viceroy Riviera Maya in a Royal Villa with private pool, private sunbathing deck with hammock & outdoor rain shower. These spectacular 1000 square foot villas include a private butler, personalized VIP service & afternoon and evening amenities. Lots of activities nearby: the ruins of Tulum, snorkeling the cenotes, zipline through the forest, scuba diving off of Cozumel and at night visiting the happening beach town of Playa del Carmen.

Honeymoon Budget: $8,000

With a budget of $8000 you will have lots of options. Things to consider with this budget—how much travel time do you have? How far do you want to go? If you’re looking to do 2 weeks in Thailand in upscale accommodations you will be pushing it; however you can have a lovely honeymoon in most parts of the world.

One that comes to mind would be a multiple island adventure in Hawaii. Hawaiian Airlines has non-stop flights from JFK to Oahu. From there, fly over to the Big Island and explore the only active volcano in the United States, Kilauea. Follow that up with a few days in Kauai, hiking the lush Na Pali Coast line one day, and the arid Waimea Canyon the next. Move on to Maui for surfing lessons, snorkel trips, and a bike ride down a dormant volcano, Mt. Haleakala. This is a great option for active couples that want the freedom to rent a car and explore islands on their own.

Honeymoon Budget: $12,000+

With a budget of $12,000 plus, you can really travel anywhere. Where to?

One of my favorite honeymoon destinations with this budget is visiting the islands of Tahiti in an over water bungalow. Usually, this can be done nicely with a 10 night stay on 2 islands. Flights to Tahiti are non-stop on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles – an 8 hour flight, either departing mid day or a red-eye. Ideally get the red-eye, so when you land in Papeete, you can go on to the islands you want. (Otherwise you’re over-nighting in Papeete, which is just soso.) From Papeete, take a quick ferry ride to the island of Moorea. Moorea is the second largest island in the Tahitian chain, so here you’ve got lots to explore on land as well as at sea. After a few nights in Moorea, you must visit the island of Bora Bora—often considered (with good reason) the most beautiful islands in the world. Staying in an over water bungalow with a view of the amazing lagoon and Mt. Otemanu in the distance, is truly a once in a lifetime experience!

I hope these tips are helpful to you as you plan your honeymoon. You can reach me with any questions via email. Good luck and congratulations to you two!

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I can already feel my feet in the sand, can’t you!? A big thanks to Sue for sharing these wonderful ideas. If you’re looking for a little more direction on your honeymoon getaway plans, be sure to check out Connoisseur Travel or email Sue at sue.michailidis@ctltd.com! And, if you and yours are planning to stay local, check out our ideas on local mini moon ideas.

Photo Credit: Starwood Hotels

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