After months of wedding planning, not to mention spending a hefty portion of your savings on a single event, the last thing you want to do is plan a detailed honeymoon and deal with researching restaurants, tours, and more. You want to relax—and save money! All-inclusive resorts help you do both, and these are some of the best all inclusive honeymoon packages for both unforgettable experience and value.
While all-inclusive honeymoon packages have always been popular, they’ve gained even more hype as a result of the post-COVID surge. During the height of the pandemic, countless couples were forced to postpone their weddings and honeymoons, so there are more newlyweds than arguably ever before looking to finally take their long-awaited trip.
“What we’re seeing is a combination of couples who waited to get married until this year or waited to honeymoon until COVID regulations lightened,” says Jennifer Jacob, travel expert, C.O.O. and co-founder of Tique HQ. “We are seeing a unique situation where the pent up anticipation has increased the amount that clients are willing to spend, which is fortunate considering the increase in the overall cost of travel this year.”
Honeymoon packages are undeniably appealing. They offer prepaid, pre-package romantic amenities specifically targeting romantic couples celebrating their once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, explains Teresa Belcher, travel agent and founder of Honeymoon Islands, Inc. Such amenities include a romantic sunset dinner cruise, couples massage at the spa, a private dinner or picnic lunch for two on the beach, etc. Sounds pretty nice, right?
If you’re looking for more than the basics to make your honeymoon special, Belcher notes that it pays to purchase a honeymoon package. “Let’s face it—you are less likely to pay-as-you-go as the expense may hold you back, therefore making your honeymoon less memorable,” she says. “Why not get the painful part of your honeymoon out of the way early on like paying for it, then reaping the benefits and participating in activities or perhaps surprising your fiancé with romantic experiences that you pre-planned, pre-paid?”
If you’re thinking about going the all-inclusive route for your honeymoon, here are some of the most enticing packages right now, according to travel experts.
This package is for the more daring of couples, or those who want to stay 600 feet above St. Lucia’s rugged coast in a carved out hideaway with unobstructed views of the iconic countryside. All 28 of the Jade Mountain suites are open to nature with soaring ceilings and infinity pools that connect the bedroom and living areas. Located near an 18th-century cacao plantation and several farms, the food served at the private restaurant is full of local and organic ingredients. Guests also have access to a bar, fitness center, spa, and sky-top terrace. While you can opt for a room-only package (starting around $1,600/night), all-inclusive rates average $3,000/night for a couple for the all-inclusive Romance package which includes meals and most drinks, airport transfers, tours, and a resort scuba diving course.
Named among the best resorts for honeymooners in the entire Caribbean, Belcher highlights the unforgettable experience couples can expect to have when they visit this destination post-wedding. You get your very own beachfront suite overlooking the crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Everything is on-site for you, including their Garden Spa, on-site dining, private boat charters and even paddle boarding. Rates start at $2,689 per person and this includes all your meals and beverages.
Likuliku means “calm waters” in the Malolo dialect and the minute you arrive at the Likuliku Lagoon Resort, you’ll see that it is aptly named. At the resort, surrounded by the gorgeous flora and fauna, choose from overwater or beachfront bungalows with amenities like king beds, spacious sun decks, and blossom-filled foot-washing bowls. Infinity pools overlook white sand beaches and hiking trails abound for those couples who like a little more adventure as a part of their honeymoon. The trails lead past historic ruins and feature stunning views of the neighboring islands. Rates start at $4,663 for two for room and all meals (exceot for drinks) and complimentary use of non-motorised water sports and activities including snorkeling equipment. You can also opt for a “Honeymoon Bonus” which includes either a couple’s massage and a bottle of champagne, or a bottle of sparkling wine and a tropical fruit plate.
If you’re the sort of couple who wants to get away from it all on your honeymoon, then look no further than the Triple Creek Ranch straddling 600 acres of Montana’s spectacular Bitterroot National Forest. What with the region’s ranching heritage, the aesthetic is cowboy-chic with log post beds, Western-themed quilts, majestic photos, and world-class local artworks. Most of the suites offer private outdoor hot tubs and wood-burning fireplaces to increase the romance of your time together. Rates start at $950 a couple and, depending on your package, include all meals and house drinks as well as trail rides, hikes, tennis, cross-country skiing, fly-fishing, snowshoeing, and more. For more savings, the four-night Mountain Romance package offers a discount on the Luxury Cabin plus a couple’s massage and champagne and chocolates upon arrival. We love the intensive weekend workshops focusing on photography, cooking, wine, and horsemanship.
Thailand is quickly becoming the go-to place for cheap and romantic honeymoons, and Chiva-Som Hua Hin, located on seven acres of lush gardens and untouched beaches, is just one of the many relaxed retreats that make guests feel like royalty. Since its opening in 1995, Chiva Som has become the perfect place for new couples who favor health and wellness as part of their relaxation. They want you to leave as a better version of yourself and, as such, you will be paired with a health consultant who, upon arrival helps you schedule an array of cooking classes, meditation, yoga, tai chi, stress management, massages, anti-aging regimens to make sure your best self comes to the forefront. Rates start from $530 a couple which include all meals as well as a complimentary physical analysis, daily fitness and leisure activities, a daily spa treatment and more. While they do want you to be healthy and feel your best, they also encourage you to relax and indulge in all the good food and wine they have to offer.
Jim Campbell, founder of HoneymoonGoals.com, believes Sandals Grande St. Lucian to be one of the most beautiful and luxurious resorts in the world. “Situated on a pristine beach, the resort offers guests an unparalleled level of luxury and service,” he says. “Not only are the accommodations top-notch and the grounds impeccably maintained, but there’s an incredible variety of activities to keep you busy, or you can simply relax by the pool or on the beach.” He also highlights that the staff are incredibly friendly and attentive, and that they go out of their way to make sure every couple has a wonderful experience. “While the resort is already Adult-Only and All-Inclusive, their honeymoon package includes free champagne, a romantic turn-down service, and a complimentary breakfast in bed,” he says. With rates starting around $980/night in peak season, “There’s really no reason not to visit Sandals Grande St. Lucian—it’s simply the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some true luxury.”
If you’re looking for relaxation that’s not too far from the United States, consider the Grand Velas Los Cabos, which is located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Not only does it have an AAA Five Diamond rating, but it offers everything a couple would be looking for in an all-inclusive resort—and some. We’re talking a 35,000-square-foot spa, personal concierge, 24-hour room service, poolside-delivered meals, 10-course tasting menus, plus all the top-shelf tequila you could possibly dream of. The only potential downside for honeymooners is that this all-inclusive resort is not adult-only, so don’t be surprised if you spot some families vacationing on the premises. Rates start at around $1,200/night.
Located in French Polynesia, this dreamy honeymoon resort offers newlyweds a vacation they will never forget. It’s set on the island of Tetiaroa, which is just 30 miles from the main island and is quiet, tranquil and relaxing, and every honeymooning couple gets their own private villa complete with an outdoor pool. They have a ton of dining options, plenty of which accommodate vegetarians and vegans, and offer an endless array of outdoor activities, from snorkeling and scuba diving to tennis and biking. Rates average around $3,800/night+ for the all-inclusive option, which including your lodging and meals/drinks (premium might be extra) as well as daily spa treatments, beach equipment, and excursions.
Another Sandals pick, there’s a reason that Sandals is synonymous with honeymoons. They have a ton of packages in places all over the world from the Caribbean to Mexico to Europe. The Jamaica location has one of their best all-inclusive packages, and even includes scuba diving excursions and rounds of golf. Stay in one of the swim-up suites and take a plunge from your poolside patio. Prices for the all-inclusive honeymoon packages start around $741 for two and they’ll also throw in a personal butler to cater to your every whim. Like the sound of being waited on hand and foot while you watch the sun set over crystal-blue waters and gaze lovingly into your new partner’s eyes? Then book a Sandals all-inclusive resort and use your energy to focus on the important things…like which bathing suits to bring.