honeymoons
honeymoons
honeymoons
honeymoons

Overview

Your honeymoon. As a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it's important to get it right. At MoonRings, luxury honeymoons have been our specialty for over a decade. We understand the emotional nature of this trip and how it's different from a regular vacation. Our planning process is designed to ensure that your custom-tailored itinerary is the perfect fit, whether you're foodies, adventurers, or simply want to relax on the ultimate beach. MoonRings' goal is to create a personalized honeymoon experience just for you.

Our honeymoon to Bali was absolutely amazing! With your guidance, we picked the ideal hotels, activities and restaurants. The whole trip was so well-organized that we never had to worry about a thing. Thank you!

-- Stephen and Amanda, New York City

A moment on your

Honeymoon...


You wake up in Bora Bora to the sounds of gentle surf outside your overwater bungalow. There's a knock at your door – breakfast has arrived – by canoe! You stroll onto your private veranda, taking in the most spectacular turquoise water and mountain scenery you've ever seen. As you savor some of the island's exotic fresh fruit, your new wife is thrilled to discover an assortment of gluten-free scones (how did the resort know?) So begins your first day together in honeymoon paradise…

Destinations

What's your ideal honeymoon destination? While everyone is different, below you'll find a selection of some of our top honeymoon itineraries from around the world to help you visualize what's possible. Keep in mind any of these can be tailored to your specific interests. We also invite you to search by location, compare various destinations or receive a personalized Destination Evaluation by using the navigation at the left.

Our Top Honeymoon Itineraries

seychelles

The Seychelles - A Garden of Eden

Reaching paradise is not easy - but we promise it will be worth it once you arrive! This remote coralline island is the perfect place to unwind after the wedding and a lengthy overseas journey.

cook islands

Visions of Sand & Surf in the Cook Islands

Lounging in a beach chair, book in one hand, drink in the other, gazing at the blue lagoon and seriously contemplating permanent residency...This is arguably the most popular...

fiji

Privacy and Romance in Fiji

The love of beautiful water, sun and a beach are almost universal when it comes to honeymoons, but Fiji takes each of these elements further than most destinations, to a level of...

hawaii

Essence of Hawaii

This honeymoon provides a well-rounded view of the islands - Kauai and Maui are very different and both enjoyable in their own ways. On laid back Kauai, you will have time to...

australia

Australia - Classic Coast & Mountains

For those of you who crave sand, surf and sun, this itinerary incorporates two different coastal stops, along with a taste of the mountains and big city! After months of wedding planning...

maldives

Ultimate Exclusivity in the Maldives

Does relaxing and playing on a remote private island while staying at the world's most luxurious resorts sound like your ideal honeymoon? If yes, then this trip will take you to new levels of...

bali

Bali - The Aman Experience

The Aman chain of resorts is undoubtedly one of the finest in the world. For those unfamiliar with the name Aman, it is synonymous with original architecture, impeccable taste in materials and...

tahiti

French Polynesia - Tahitian Decadence

Tahiti is without a doubt one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations. If one of your top priorities is unforgettable accommodations, Tahitian Decadence is for you.

new zealand

New Zealand's Famous Lodges

One of the very special aspects of traveling in New Zealand is the warm and intimate lodges that you find tucked in and around the countryside. While still making sure to visit all of the places that...

italy

Italy - Coast & Countryside

You'll arrive in Naples, perhaps weary from your journey but excited for what you are about to encounter - decadent hospitality and views on the coast, excitement in the islands, and tranquility in...

thailand

Thailand and Cambodia - A Spiritual Experience

Situated amidst the awe-inspiring scenery of Phang Nga Bay, the quiet island of Yao Noi provides the perfect antidote for jet lag and wedding-related stress. The island is home to just a handful of...

panama

Off the Beaten Path in Panama

Only a short flight from Miami, Panama is nothing more than a hop, skip and a jump from most North American locations. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport and whisked away to...

mauritis

Mauritius - A Jet Set Island Experience

Mauritius, a supremely sublime and faraway honeymoon destination, will truly transport you to heaven on earth. This beautiful island embodies the glamour and opulence sought...

new zealand

All Around New Zealand

This honeymoon offers a leisurely, fun, and comprehensive exploration of New Zealand. Three weeks will leave you satisfied and relaxed. It combines the luxury of several of New Zealand's...

cook islands

Visions of Sand & Surf in the Cook Islands

Lounging in a beach chair, book in one hand, drink in the other, gazing at the blue lagoon and seriously contemplating permanent residency...This is arguably the most popular...

spain

Art and Romance in Eastern Spain

Eastern Spain features some of the country's most traditional and most progressive elements: Basque villages with vineyards and catacombs used continuously since medieval times and...

bali

Exotic Lands - Bali, Thailand & Hong Kong

Perhaps Bali has you thinking about a wider reaching Asian honeymoon? As long as you've come this far, it seems only natural to add some other local flavors. That is why, on this honeymoon...

yucatan

A Different View of the Yucatan

This is an ideal honeymoon for those who desire a little more than the typical Mexico beach experience. It begins with relaxation, pampering and privacy along the Yucatan's southern coast, and...

australia

Oz Chic in Australia

Are you into cutting edge design, fashion and style? Like to experience what is rather than what was? If so, read on. Your first stop will be one of Australia's top tropical playgrounds...

costa rica

Costa Rica - Living the Pura Vida

Pura Vida means "Pure Life", and the Costa Ricans should know. This phrase is how they greet each other as well as how they express happiness in conversation. This itinerary is...

Weather Guide

A major concern for many honeymooners is the weather, especially for those traveling to warm climates. The beach isn't as much fun when it's pouring rain. If you pay attention to weather from the onset, you will decrease the odds of "weather disappointment." If your heart is set on a particular destination, plan your honeymoon during the time of the year when the weather is best, even if it means delaying your travel dates. Alternatively, start with your travel dates and choose your destination based on where the weather is good.

To give you a better feel for global weather patterns, let's take a quick look at where to go when, which will hopefully spark some ideas for you (note to our Aussie, Kiwi and South African friends: we've referenced the seasons found north of the equator – thanks for understanding!).

spring honeymoons

Winter Warmth

For those taking a winter honeymoon, there are many solid possibilities. If you are in the market for a beach experience, the Caribbean (particularly the north and central islands) and coastal Mexico are wonderful from December through April. Because this time of the year is considered "high season", hotel rates are near their peak (but so are your odds of great weather). For a more exotic beach setting, check out the Maldives!

If the beach is not your thing (or you'd like something to do in addition to the beach), wintertime presents a number of alternatives. The weather in Thailand is as good as it gets (only slightly hot and humid). It's also a great time of year to visit New Zealand (remember, it's summer down under). For a diverse jungle-beach adventure, January through April is ideal for a honeymoon to either Costa Rica or Panama. And farther south, our winter is the perfect time to explore Argentina, Chile and Peru. Finally, if you are skiers or boarders, this is the time of year to check into a cozy lodge in the Rockies or the Alps.

spring honeymoons

Spring has Sprung

Early spring can be a challenging time to plan a honeymoon since it's often considered a weather transition period in many locales (i.e., from the rainy to dry season, or vice versa). Late spring, however, is often a great time to honeymoon, due to the wide variety of destinations with appealing weather. Those in search of a pristine beach will find just what the doctor ordered in Hawaii, French Polynesia, Fiji and the Caribbean (particularly the central and southern islands).

European countries become an option as late spring weather brings warmer temperatures, more sunshine and blossoming foliage. Italy, France, England, Spain and Greece are outstanding choices for those desiring a bit of Old World charm.

Which exotic locations are worth considering in the spring? Bali, Egypt, Turkey and Morocco all hit their stride during these months. If your dream is track wild game, late spring is an excellent time to take a safari in much of Eastern and Southern Africa.

spring honeymoons

Summer Lovin'

As the summer heats up, your honeymoon options change a little. For starters, the Caribbean "hurricane season" really kicks in mid-July, so it's best to avoid the region from then until early November. However, if the Caribbean is your top choice, head to Aruba which falls outside of the hurricane belt. Fortunately, there are many other fine summer beach choices, including Hawaii, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the remote Seychelles.

Europe can work in the summer if you select your destinations and dates carefully. In general, it's best to avoid the month of August, which is not only very hot but also quite crowded as many Europeans take their summer holidays.

For those in search of something different, summer is a fine time to visit Australia, Bali, Japan, East Africa and South Africa.

spring honeymoons

Fall Fantasies

Fall honeymoon options change as the season progresses. In early fall, the best beach weather tends to be found in French Polynesia and Hawaii. The Caribbean and Mexico start to come back into play around mid-November after the hurricane season passes.

If you are planning a fall honeymoon and have your eye on Europe, it's best to go in September or October. In general, temperatures are still pleasant with average amounts of precipitation. The further you get into the season, the more winter-like it gets.

Finally, the fall is a fantastic time to visit Australia since it's spring down under—temps are perfect and the air is fresh! The weather is wonderful in nearby New Zealand as the calendar approaches November and December. Other fantastic fall destinations include Bali, Turkey, Morocco, East Africa and South Africa.

There is only one thing that is certain about the weather - there are no guarantees, so try to plan your trip based on when the odds are in your favor.

Budget Guide

How much should you spend on your honeymoon? At first glance, this appears to be a simple question of budget. It turns out, however, that many couples are uncertain of the "right" amount. Because this is such a special trip, couples are often willing to spend more than normal.

So, how much should YOU spend? This, of course, will depend on many factors, including your income level, personal savings, and desired honeymoon experience. A good benchmark to begin with is the average honeymoon cost of about $4000 in the US. In general, the average cost of a luxury-level honeymoon tends to fall between $7000 and $12,000. Of course, the exact cost will depend on a variety of factors, including those outlined below.

Cost Components

Another way to think about your budget is to break it into pieces. There are four major cost components to a honeymoon, plus three key "influencers." These include transportation, accommodations, dining and activities, with the influencers being trip length, destination, and time of year.

  • Transportation

    Do you want to fly economy, business or first class? Will you use frequent flyer miles for the ticket or to upgrade? Will you need additional transportation while at your destination(s)? These choices greatly affect your overall costs.

  • Accommodations

    If 5-star luxury is what you want, be prepared to spend $450+ per night no matter where you go. Of course, the rate could be higher or lower depending on the chosen destination, hotel, and season. In general, accommodations usually account for a substantial portion of the overall trip cost.

  • Dining

    Do you prefer Michelin-starred restaurants, more casual settings, or a little of both? Is your idea of breakfast a granola bar or eggs benedict delivered by room service? Depending on your personal tastes and eating habits, food can account for a large (or small) percentage of your honeymoon cost.

  • Entertainment & Activities

    The cost of local activities can range from nil to significant, depending on what your destination has to offer as well as what you like to do. The cost of relaxing on the beach for seven days – nothing (well, not including cocktails). The cost of charting a private boat to explore the Amalfi Coast - much more! When budgeting, take into account personal interests such as visiting the spa, golfing, scuba diving, and shopping.

  • Trip Length

    The average honeymoon lasts 7 to 9 days. Varying the length of your trip is one of the easiest ways to change the total cost. It is also a good way to increase the level of luxury - go for fewer days but stay at a 5-star hotel instead of a more standard property.

  • Destination

    Your choice of destination will also play a role in the total cost. For example, with a strong Euro and high labor costs, many popular European destinations tend to be quite pricey. Conversely, places like Costa Rica and Southeast Asia often provide solid overall value.

  • Time of Year

    Some destinations are seasonal in nature, having higher rates during more popular times of the year and lower rates when fewer people tend to visit. The weather, school vacations, and holidays all play a role. The Caribbean, for example, has its highest rates during the winter months when it has great weather and many North Americans want to escape cold. The opposite is true during the autumn months when the Caribbean is rainier overall and also in the midst of its hurricane season.

Suggestions

Assess and prioritize the factors listed above. If you don't care about airline comfort, fly economy and spend your money on better hotels and exciting activities. Increase your luxury quotient beyond your budget by mixing & matching hotels - split your stay between the "top" hotel and a more modest, but completely enjoyable one. If you have frequent flyer miles, now is a great time to use them! Finally, a package, cruise or all-inclusive resort can make budgeting easier since many costs are included in a single price. It's your honeymoon so don't skimp in areas that are important to you!

Why MoonRings

Focus on luxury honeymoons

With years of experience and thousands of honeymoons planned, we know the ins, outs and nuances of what it takes to design the perfect post-wedding travel celebration.

Destination expertise

Our team travels the world in search of the best honeymoon destinations, gathering first-hand knowledge, and allowing us to provide more insightful recommendations.

Impeccable execution

Our holistic planning process ensures that all trip elements are seamlessly coordinated so there's nothing to worry about after departure. This peace of mind is especially valuable on a honeymoon.

Strong industry relationships

Our reputation within the industry as a luxury honeymoon specialist translates into special treatment for our clients.

Are we a good fit for you? If so, please contact us to discuss your honeymoon interests and learn more about the next steps to becoming a client.

favorite hotels
Maia Luxury Resort and Spa

Maia Luxury Resort and Spa

mahé, seychelles

Maia Luxury Resort and Spa

The spectacular setting of this exclusive resort is just one of the factors that set it apart. On the Seychelles' main island of Mahé, Maia cascades across a hilly promontory, leading down to two beautiful white sand beaches on either side. The change in elevation means you have your choice of view – will you select a villa at the top with a sweeping panorama, or one closer to the water, some of which have their own private cove beaches? Either way, Maia is a honeymoon dream. The villas are enormous (2700 sq. ft. / 250 sq. m.), completely private and unbelievably luxurious. Not only do they have large outdoor plunge pools, but there is a Jacuzzi within the plunge pool, so again, you are spoiled for choice. Each villa comes with its own butler who will attend to your every need, including acting as a private chef at any meal you wish. You can opt for their decadent all-inclusive plan, or simply have daily breakfast, with other meals and beverages a la carte. If you see yourselves in a faraway, exotic beach locale on your honeymoon, Maia should definitely be on your radar.

Katikies

Katikies

santorini, greece

Katikies

Perched high above the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea, clinging precariously to the caldera that is Santorini, Katikies offers some of the most stunning and romantic views on earth. With a discreet and unassuming entrance, you might not fully appreciate what's hidden behind the doors. But as eager staff dressed from head to toe in white race to collect your bags and welcome you, you realize what Katikies is about: simple elegance and ask-for-anything service. As you descend the carefully carved steps into the heart of the property, your host greets you warmly and makes you feel at home. All rooms and suites have been fashioned from caves and display a perfect combination of sophistication and chic. All have lovely terraces where guests while the days away, taking in the magnificent surroundings. The gravity-defying infinity pool is perfect for a plunge on a hot afternoon, or for simply relaxing while the staff take care of your every desire before you ask. No request is too small for these seasoned pros – from private cliff-side dinners, to local wine tastings, to romantic sunset cruises. Anything is possible at Katikies.

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