BY Pallavi Pinakin
A honeymoon isn’t just any old holiday; it’s the vacation you’ll be reminiscing about for the rest of your life. So create an epic honeymoon to begin your new life together.
TYPE OF HOLIDAY Your partner and you will need to settle for a shared understanding of the ‘perfect honeymoon.’ Getting pampered in the lap of luxury? Disconnecting from urban life and immersing yourselves in nature? Being in the middle of the action in a dynamic city?
If you’ll have different perspectives, seek compromise. For example, a high end resort in the middle of a jungle combines luxury with wilderness. If you’re lucky enough to have a long break, you could also divide your trip and enjoy both types of holidays.
MORE FOR LESS If there’s ever a time to splurge, it’s on your honeymoon. And this can be achieved even on a limited budget. For example, if weather is not a major concern, look at destinations that will be in low season on your chosen dates.
Another possibility is to book a higher category room or suite in a hotel with fewer stars because you will not only get more bang for your buck but receive VIP treatment too. And keep an eye out for honeymoon perks such as room upgrades, spa treatments and candlelit dinners.
BE PREPARED After months of wedding related prep, your romantic getaway should provide a break from all the stress. Since annoying snags and unpleasant surprises can lead to frustration and spark arguments, handle key aspects of the trip with care.
Get things off to a good start by planning each step of your journey from home to hotel – especially if you’re headed to a foreign land. When choosing accommodation, check reviews across multiple platforms or seek a personal recommendation from someone you trust. The last thing you want is to land in a hotel that looks nothing like those beautiful pictures online!
QUALITY TIME Experiencing something new together is a great way to connect and spend quality time, as well as create lifelong memories. Plan a few exciting activities that are outside your comfort zone such as bungee jumping, mountain treks, cooking classes and wine tours.
Expensive experiences should be mutually agreed upon but a couple of smaller surprises for your partner would be great. Experts recommend focussing on relaxed activities during the first half of the trip with more active adventures later on.