6 things to consider and top tips from luxury travel experts

So, you’re well on the way to marrying the love of your life, and it’s time to plan the holiday of a lifetime - but where do you even begin? With so many stunning destinations globally to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, choosing the perfect honeymoon destination is no easy feat. 

And, let’s be real - your honeymoon is more than just a holiday, it’s essential to get it right. Ultimately, your honeymoon represents the beginning of your shared journey as a married couple, a memory you'll cherish forever. So, nailing down the perfect destination is key.

There's a lot to consider. Do you picture yourselves lounging on pristine white sandy beaches, indulging in luxurious spa treatments? Or does your dream honeymoon involve thrilling adventures and cultural exploration?

To help you choose the perfect honeymoon destination, we’ve teamed up with luxury travel experts at F&P Travel to give you all the guidance and insider tips you need. 

Rock My Wedding Competition with F&P Travel

Win a £1000 F&P Travel voucher to put towards your dream honeymoon/minimoon!


"We are finding a trend for more unique destinations and exploration of off-the-beaten-path destinations... Gone are the days of just doing a 10-night fly and flop. Couples now want to experience more from their honeymoons. Beach holidays are still popular, but couples want to pair this with adventure or romantic hidden gems."

- F&P Travel

Types of honeymoon destinations to consider - popular locations to trendy trip types 


When it comes to planning your honeymoon, it's all about you as a couple and what truly speaks to your hearts. While popular destinations and trends are great for inspiration, it's a must to ensure your honeymoon is uniquely yours, making it an experience you'll cherish for a lifetime.

According to insights from F&P experts, there's a growing trend towards seeking more unconventional and off-the-beaten-path destinations. It's not just about relaxation anymore; couples are craving a balance of serene beach escapes with thrilling adventures - after all, why have just one thing when you can enjoy the best of both worlds?

So, how do you bring this trend to life? F&P suggests crafting itineraries that offer a blend of experiences, like starting with the lush landscapes of Sri Lanka before ending with a romantic getaway in the Maldives. Or maybe you'd prefer a mix of safari adventures in Tanzania, followed by blissful beach time in Zanzibar. For those seeking exploration, a journey through the wonders of Costa Rica or Bali could be the perfect fit.

While it's hard to pinpoint the most popular honeymoon destinations, since every couple's preferences are unique, F&P couples are exploring a range of options. Think adventurous escapades in Iceland to cosy ski retreats and secluded tropical paradises - there's something for every duo's dream honeymoon.

And, in terms of popular honeymoon trends, F&P has provided us with all the latest buzz-worthy concepts to set a spark to your creativity while planning: 


1. Consider a minimoon or even multiple honeymoon destinations 

F&P luxury travel experts have observed a growing trend among couples opting for a unique twist on the traditional honeymoon: the 'minimoon.' But what exactly is a minimoon? Typically, it's a shorter and closer-to-home getaway, differing from the average 10-day to 2-week post-wedding escape.

Instead of one long journey, couples are now opting for multiple mini-holidays to celebrate their union. These bite-sized adventures offer the perfect blend of romance and relaxation without the need for a lengthy time commitment. Picture enchanting European city breaks to Paris or Palma or a mouthwatering culinary exploration in Italy or Portugal. Some lovebirds are even jetting off pre-wedding for a dose of pre-marital bliss and quality time together before the big day.

New to minimoons? Check out the other latest honeymoon trend: Buddymoons


2. Choose your honeymoon destination based on activities or shared passions 

While honeymoons are all about unwinding after the hectic wedding planning phase, there's a growing trend among couples to use this time for more than just relaxation. Many couples are seizing the opportunity to explore shared interests and passions together. Your honeymoon offers a rare chance to escape the everyday hustle and focus entirely on quality time with your partner, doing things you both enjoy.

Whether you're drawn to adventure-filled holidays, wellness retreats featuring activities like yoga and snorkelling, or culinary adventures including anything from cooking classes to wine tasting, there's something for every duo. F&P has noticed an increase in couples using their honeymoons as an opportunity to bond over their favourite activities, creating lasting memories along the way.


3. Take a sustainable approach when choosing your honeymoon destination

These days, sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It's a real consideration for many couples who consider themselves eco-conscious. For couples who pride themselves on their green values, it's not just about the wedding day but the entire journey, including the honeymoon! More and more couples are going for destinations and properties with a strong sustainability offering, engaging in responsible tourism activities, and opting for destinations known for their conservation efforts.  

6 factors to consider when choosing a honeymoon location


1. Stick to your set budget

Let's dive into the budget – not the most exciting part of honeymoon planning, but oh-so essential for deciphering a dream destination that works for you. Keeping an eye on your spending opens up a world of possibilities. While those extravagant long-haul escapes with multiple stops might seem tempting, why not opt for something a bit more savvy, but just as much fun? Imagine strolling through the charming streets of Paris or cosying up in a boutique inn for a chic minimoon. Budgeting might not be the most glamorous of planning considerations, but it's how you curate an unforgettable honeymoon experience. 


2. Don’t hang around! Get your booking secured well in advance 

You've pinpointed your dream honeymoon destination, so what are you waiting for? While you can sometimes find low last-minute prices, it's never guaranteed, and you'd be mad to take a chance with only the biggest holiday in your lifetime. To actually get the best deals, F&P advises that it's always best to be prepared - just like anything in life. So, don't wait around and secure your booking well in advance. With flight prices skyrocketing, booking your honeymoon as early as possible will help you score the best deals. Plus, booking ahead ensures you'll snag the top-notch rooms and properties, avoiding last-minute letdowns. So, don't miss out – lock in your dream getaway today!


3. Consider travel time - Are long hauls in or out?

While it might seem obvious, it's essential to consider how much of your precious vacation time you want to spend on a plane. Picture this: you've pencilled in a luxurious 10-day to 2-week getaway, but half of that time gets eaten up by a marathon flight (plus transfers, don't forget). Well, no thanks! Maybe it's time to rethink and opt for somewhere closer, where you can swap those hours in transit for more beachside bliss. Whether you're a seasoned jet-setter or a first-time flyer, it's all about making the most of your time away. And guess what? There are plenty of stunning honeymoon spots closer to home with just as much sunshine to soak up! Why not explore the best staycation honeymoon destinations to switch things up a bit?


4. Protect your honeymoon to avoid nasty surprises

So, you’re at the stage where you've selected your perfect honeymoon destination, booked the package of your dreams, and are gearing up to go. And, while we’re sure all will be well and good in the lead-up to your honeymoon, there’s nothing worse than a nasty surprise. Pay attention to whether who you are booking with is bonded for ultimate peace of mind. F&P are ABTOT bonded - this means they can book every element of your holiday, from accommodation to transfers and flights. And, being bonded means that IF anything were to crop up, each one of these elements is protected, perfect for promising a worry-free holiday.


5. Reap the benefits of support and guidance even while away 

During the planning process, you’ll likely have to call in the experts to ensure your honeymoon runs smoothly, but with F&P, the guidance doesn’t stop there. Be sure to consider how important ‘on the ground’ support from your Tour Operator is to you while away. The F&P concierge team not only look after you throughout your stay but also works with knowledgeable teams in each destination to ensure guests are never alone and always have a helping hand nearby.


6. Don’t forget to take a moment to relax! 

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t be! Yes, there are lots of plans to make and ideas to consider for those getting married and arranging a honeymoon, but take the pressure off your shoulders and let the travel experts work their magic. Factoring in for some relaxation time is a must. After all, planning a wedding on top of life itself can be pretty full-on. While you may want to discover multiple destinations, try your hand at some new activities or adventurous excursions - definitely factor in plenty of relaxation time, too. 

5 top tips on choosing your ideal honeymoon destination from the experts! 


1. The best way to ensure your honeymoon destination aligns with your interests and preferences

Ensuring your honeymoon destination perfectly matches your interests and preferences is a non-negotiable. And the easiest way to make that happen? By consulting with an F&P expert! These travel pros take the guesswork out of planning by delving into your likes and dislikes. They'll hand-select destinations, accommodations, and activities that align seamlessly with your vision - what more could you ask for?

With their extensive knowledge and firsthand experiences, F&P experts meticulously curate each recommendation. From testing out accommodations to exploring local hotspots, they leave no stone unturned to ensure your honeymoon is everything you've dreamed of and more!


2. The most important considerations for couples traveling internationally for their honeymoon: travel restrictions, visas, vaccinations, etc. 

Before you jet off, F&P have covered with detailed pre-departure information to streamline your travel plans. 

Navigating all travel requirements, including passport and visa rules, doesn't need to add to your already growing wedding planning stress. From passport necessities to visa requirements, F&P have the inside scoop on all your travel essentials. And with the rising popularity of off-the-beaten-path destinations, navigating travel complexities can be a breeze with expert guidance.

Considering a honeymoon in a malaria-prone area? Fear not! Malaria tablets have come a long way. Let the travel experts manage all the serious stuff so you can focus on what matters most – enjoying your romantic getaway to the fullest!


3. Top tips for planning a honeymoon itinerary that balances relaxation and exploration?

Keen to start your honeymoon right? Well, it's always best to begin with a soft landing. Whether lounging on a serene beach or soaking in the beauty of a picturesque spot, take some time to unwind before diving into activities – especially if you're gearing up for something like a full-on safari adventure.

Give yourself the chance to slow down and fully enjoy each destination by spending at least three nights there. With just two full days to explore in a three-night stay, anything less might leave you feeling rushed and exhausted.

Sometimes, less is more when it comes to creating unforgettable experiences. Focusing on fewer destinations makes it so much easier to truly immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere of each location, making your honeymoon all the more special.


4. The best romantic activities or experiences couples can enjoy at popular honeymoon destinations

Romance is what you make it! And whether you consider yourselves super lovey-dovey (and a fan of PDA) or not - there's a romantic activity or experience that suits all kinds of couples. The various destinations bookable through F&P offer a range of dining experiences, from intimate beachfront dinners to riverside feasts and secluded picnics. Fancy dining under the stars in the bush? It's a one-in-a-lifetime experience in African honeymoon destinations!

But wait, there's more! Picture a sunset bush bath, a serene dhow cruise at dusk, or sipping private sundowner cocktails as the sky turns pink. And for some added pampering, indulge in spa treatments or embark on adventures like bareback horse riding or hot air balloon rides followed by a Champagne breakfast. Your honeymoon, your choice – the possibilities are endless!


5. The top resources or tools for couples researching and planning their honeymoon destination

Still hunting for your perfect honeymoon destination? Couples planning their dream honeymoon have a wealth of resources at their fingertips. From the expert guidance of F&P Travel specialists and insightful articles on their blog, full of inspiration and even more tips, to trusted travel publications like Conde Nast Traveller and the endless inspiration found on the F&P Instagram page - there's no shortage of tools to help turn honeymoon dreams into reality. Happy planning and bon voyage!

Book your dream honeymoon destination!

Don't forget to enter our competition in partnership with F&P Travel...

Win a £1000 F&P Travel voucher to put towards your dream honeymoon/minimoon!

Enter now


And... If you're about ready to commit to booking your dream honeymoon destination, start planning with an F&P Travel expert! 

Book your dream honeymoon today

Shona Ezimogho-Moran

Written by Shona Ezimogho-Moran

Toggle all article tags

Planning articles you may also find useful