All-Inclusive Honeymoon Ideas for Every Type of Couple
On your post-wedding vacation, you want to spend peaceful, uninterrupted time soaking in the sights with your new spouse—not haggling loudly over prices with vendors. Reduce your stress about cash flow by booking an all-inclusive trip. Since you'll be shelling out for the whole honeymoon up front, you can dedicate the entirety of your time to each other.
Here, you'll find a list of the best all-inclusive resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, and safari outfitters for every type of personality. We've also taken it a step further and broken up each trip type by price, to satisfy every couple's budget. Whether you're looking to save the most money, spend modestly, or go all out, there's an adventure—from safaris through South Africa's Kruger Nation Park, to luxurious cruises, and beachside resorts in Antigua—waiting for you.
While all-inclusive trips are often the best way to save on your first married journey, be sure to check for hidden fees before you book. "At some places, they're part of the business model," said Howard Green, Chief Executive Officer of MoonRings, a travel service specializing in honeymoons. A few words of advice: Call to ask what's not included, or consider only mid-to high-end companies, since they're more likely to include everything, even gratuities, in your package. Once you've decided on the right all-inclusive for you, kick back and enjoy—after all, it's paid for!
No matter your budget, safaris are pricey. But they're also high up on the list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. And with an all-inclusive package to boot, you're sure to get the biggest bang for your buck. Here you'll find lots of bang, with itineraries that include three or four parks and daily game drives in search of the "big five"—lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants.
Budget: Go 2 Africa's "Garonga Camp Sarari"
Spend your honeymoon in Garonga, an exclusive camp in the greater Makalali Conservancy, situated west of the Kruger National Park. Completely conducive to privacy and romance, the camp's twelve thatched-roofed residences include a private deck, outdoor shower, and swimming pool. As for activities, embark on guided walks and drives on the daily, and spend evenings dining on wild fruits, berries and local game. Rates begin at $440 per couple, per night.
Moderate: Journeys Discovering Africa's "Kenya Luxury Safari"
On this adventure through Kenya, get ready to experience luxury in the desert. You'll lodge in several of the country's most stylish boutique hotels that cater to safari experience. The extended 11-day trip includes daily game drives through Meru National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and Maasai Mara and traditional bush meals, taken al fresco. You'll also take a trip to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where you and your spouse will be given an elephant to foster. Rates begin at $6,419 per couple.
Luxury: Micato's "Timeless Wilderness Safari"
Honeymoon in Botswana in grand style, thanks to a leisurely 12-day pace, striking setting, and private plane transport. The best part of this trip, by far, is the expert safari guides who know exactly where to find elephants, buffalo, and more. On the dramatic game drives, guests traverse the lagoon-rich Okavango Delta not only in a four-wheel vehicle, but also in a "mokoro" (gondola) and a helicopter—which is also how travelers experience thundering waters of Victoria Falls. Rates begin at $25,300 per couple.
Next up, you'll find three all-inclusive resorts for couples who want their beach honeymoon with a side of sophistication, fine dining, and rest. To ensure that R&R, Green said to seek out resorts labeled "adult only" and to skip places that advertise "group activities" and "cruise directors," since both are code for spring-breakers. For the most reasonable rates and still-nice temps, visit in late fall or spring (between November and April) instead of winter.
Budget: Secrets Maroma Beach Resort in Cancun
Carved from 500 acres of jungle, the Secrets Maroma Beach Resort is an homage to relaxation. Located in the Riviera Maya, the resort's 412 suites all feature four-poster beds draped with honey-hued curtains. At night, the resort is bathed in candlelight—perfect for a dip in your private jacuzzi. And with its 13 pools, seven restaurants, eight bars, entertainment theater, and an impressive activity list, you'll never want to check out. Rates start at $127 per person, per night.
Moderate: Kanopi House in Jamaica
Kanopi House's five luxe "tree houses"—stand-alone accommodations on stilts offering close-up views of banyan trees—give the sense that you're lodged thick in the rainforest. The lush six-acre retreat curves around a blue lagoon and attracts chic Americans and Brits who prefer to kayak and snorkel the days away, snacking on mangoes, jerk chicken, and banana fritters. Rates range from $350-$600 per couple, per night.
Luxury: Hermitage Bay in Antigua
Overlooking a dreamy-blue bay, 30 hillside cottages with verandas and private plunge pools offer a cooling respite from the Caribbean sun. Hermitage Bay has turned its 140 acres of tropical gardens into a sophisticated, eco-friendly paradise filled with light. Guests can snorkel or lounge in the pool by day and order delicious meals (flavored with herbs from the resort's garden) by night. Rates start at $1,173 per couple, per night.
Whether you have wanderlust or lounging fever, book a cruise. Set out for the open seas on one of these amazing voyages and you'll get to see a myriad of places—all while staying in one spot. A tip before you book: Alcohol, snacks, and "extra" activities often aren't a part of all-inclusive cruise packages, so just be sure to read the fine print before handing over your credit card.
Budget: Princess Cruises in the Caribbean
Princess Cruises ships combine straightforward friendliness with unabashed romance. Of the company's many vessels, Crown Princesses are best for honeymooners, thanks to their adults-only lounge areas. On the Caribbean routes, which start in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, guests can swim with dolphins in Ocho Rios and ride horses in Grand Cayman. Rates start at $439 per person, per night.
Moderate: Celebrity Cruises in the Galapagos
Celebrity Cruises stand out in an area in which similar companies drop the ball—food. Their 7-day tour of the Galapagos Islands, for instance, includes onboard dinners of locally sourced fruit and fresh catches from Ecuadorian fishermen—all prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. Acitivies include regular dives, where Guests can encounter giant tortoises while snorkeling in crystal-clear waters. Rates from $5,000 per person, all gratuities included.
Luxury: Regent Cruises in the Mediterranean
Elegance threads its way through Regent's 10-night "Seven Seas Voyager" Mediterranean cruise, from the dress code, to the onboard casino, cigar lounge, and theater. While ashore, passengers can check out Athenian ruins or Istanbul's spice market, alone or with a guide. At night, they can retreat to their ocean-view suites, each featuring a balcony. Rates from $9,800 per person.
Not included in these action-packed tours? Lovers' tiffs about who was supposed to pack the map or make the dinner reservations. Organized tours allow couples to bypass the logistical details and head directly to the scenic route. Here, you'll find several tours that take you by boat, bike, feet, or raft, through the world's most interesting places, like the American West, Costa Rica, and Vietnam.
Budget: Western Spirit Cycling through Utah
On Western Spirit Cycling Adventure's "Grand Staircase Escalante" tour of southern Utah, enjoy the American West's multicolored cliffs, mountains, and canyons by bike. Spend two nights glamping under the stars, and the other three in luxury hotels. While the group covers 10 to 30 miles per day, the biking isn't strenuous (participants should, however, be fit). Rates from $1,360 per person, alcohol not included.
Moderate: Wildland Adventure Tour through Costa Rica
Wildland Adventure's "Pacuare Costa Rica Adventure" punctuates moments of incredible adventure with much-needed downtime. Take a thrilling raft ride down one of the world's most wild rivers one morning, and then hike, kayak, or zip-line your way through the rain forest the next—all with the guidance of a traditional Cabecar Indian shaman. At night, dine by candlelight in your private rainforest bungalow, surrounded by signs of the friendly wildlife. Rates from $4,075 per person, alcohol not included.
Luxury: Butterfield and Robinson Bike Tour of Vietnam
Butterfield & Robinson's magical 9-day bike tour of Vietnam winds its way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and incorporates planes, boats, and Vietnam's best hotels. Outings include biking through quiet rice fields, driving along the scenic cliffs, and eating fish hot pot and lotus-root salad in the countryside. When you reach the seaport Hoi An, be sure to have a dream dress or suit custom-made by one of the city's famed tailors. Rates from $7,675 per person.