With uncertainty still rife about travel restrictions, planning your dream honeymoon this year is undoubtedly a challenge. However, there are plenty of fantastic options if you decide to stay local. To help, we’ve rounded up some tips on planning an incredible UK honeymoon in 2021.
As always, it’s important to make sure to adhere to travel restrictions and local COVID-19 rules.
Honeymoon places in the UK
When we think of honeymoons, palm trees and crystalline shores often spring to mind. We might not have a tropical climate, but the UK does have some wonderful beauty spots.
First, consider what you’re looking for in a UK honeymoon. Do you like to relax by the coast or find yourself surrounded by nature? Or are you someone who needs adventurous activities and things to do?
Coastal retreats close to home
We have some gorgeous coast not far from our doorsteps. Planning a retreat in somewhere like Cornwall or Devon will ensure wonderful views. Although you can’t guarantee the weather, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland both also have incredible secluded beaches…you might even have a beach all to yourselves! Just make sure to adhere to any travel rules if you decide to honeymoon in the Republic of Ireland.
What’s more, as you’re saving money on long flights, you’ll have a higher budget to put into your UK honeymoon. You could book into a local spa or 5-star hotel to get you in a relaxed mood after your big day, or take a tour around some of the south coasts most scenic areas.
For some people, the idea of relaxing on a beach holiday just isn’t exciting enough. The problem is, capital cities don’t always scream romantic getaway. But if you’ve ever been to Edinburgh, you’ll know it’s something different.
The city almost feels like it comes from a fairy-tale. It’s well known for its gorgeous architecture, lovely old town, green parks, and incredible bars, shops, and restaurants.
Because it’s so close to the coast, you’re not far from the beach, either. TimeOut lists six wonderful beaches within a short drive of the city.
If you love finding yourself in the midst of nature, there are plenty of options. Places like Snowdonia, the Lake District, and even the Scottish highlands are wonderful destinations for a UK honeymoon.
For a grand, elegant getaway, why not consider staying in a manor house or country estate hotel? With a bit of research, you could have luxury waiting for you after rural walks and lovely views.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer a cosier feel, websites like Airbnb have some spectacular, quirky, and unique places to stay. TimeOut recently listed some of the best Airbnbs in the UK, including a castle, a windmill, a Lake District geodome, and a glass-fronted airship on Scotland’s west coast.
Top tips for planning your UK honeymoon
Budget, budget, budget
Just because you’re not flying abroad, it doesn’t mean the costs won’t add up. Some people prefer to budget their honeymoon into their wedding to make things simpler.
But in that case, you’ll need to make sure your numbers don’t fluctuate too much. You don’t want an over-expenditure on flowers eating into your hotel budget!
Timing is everything
Decide in advance when you want to go away to get the best deals. It’s also a good idea to research the area you’re staying in thoroughly. For example, August in Edinburgh usually sees the city packed full of visitors for the Edinburgh festival, with accommodation prices spiking.
In romantic holiday films, the happy couple usually whisk themselves away to the airport the moment the wedding ends. But you’re in control of your UK honeymoon! You might prefer to wait a little while after the wedding whirlwind calms down, giving yourself something to look forward to.
If you think travel insurance is just for holidays abroad, think again. Depending on what you choose to do and where, you might be able to get cancellation insurance, cover for holiday curtailment, luggage cover, and more.
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