Few destinations are more “classic honeymoon” — or really even “classic vacation” than Hawaii. Among the state’s islands, Kauai — with it’s lush, wild mountainous terrain — is arguably the most beautiful and relaxing for a honeymoon. But that doesn’t mean it has to cost you an arm and a leg. The secluded Kauai Beach Resort is a great budget option, featuring large rooms with gorgeous views of the sun rising over a rugged beach, a sand-bottom pool with a waterslide, and a romantic bar with live music. It’s an excellent choice for a quiet, low-key Hawaiian honeymoon. The cherry on top? Rates consistently hover around $150 per night.
For a romantically rustic honeymoon, Vermont offers picturesque and cozy stays, many of which are reasonably priced. The Inn at the Round Barn Farm is one such choice, featuring a serene location with more than 245 acres of rolling green hills in every direction. It has a decidedly romantic ambiance; most rooms have whirlpool tubs and/or working fireplaces. Its small indoor pool and fitness center are true rarities for B&Bs in these parts, but the real draws here are the peaceful vibe, the incredible views, and the back-to-nature feel, all of which amounts to a romantic and cozy experience. And the rates are ideal for a couple looking to pinch some pennies.
A Caribbean honeymoon can quickly break the bank, and seemingly value-packed all-inclusive options can end up being quite pricey. But we’ve managed to find some affordable hidden gems dispersed across the islands. Splurge on the oft-expensive flights and save by cozying up at Jake’s. With just 30 hippy-chic cottages on Jamaica’s secluded Treasure Beach, Jake’s is where low-key couples come to unplug and save some green — there’s no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages, and rates hover around $115 per night. The black-sand beaches aren’t Jamaica’s most impressive, but the Driftwood Spa, on-site painting and yoga classes, and excellent food make this a particular favorite.
For outdoorsy couples looking for an authentic eco lodge experience, Nicaragua offers many great options that come under budget (unlike those in neighboring Costa Rica, where even rustic spots can get quite pricey). A family-run organic farm and coffee estate with accommodations ranging from hostel rooms to private bungalows, Selva Negra boasts a lush, cool mountain setting that’s rich with wildlife (expect howler monkeys, lizards, agoutis, and all types of birds). The hotel’s sustainable practices are evident everywhere, from the excellent farm-made cheeses at the restaurant to the solar water heaters. The lodge is charmingly rustic rather than luxurious (buildings were designed in a quaint German style), and the friendly owners help make it a truly special place. One-bedroom bungalows ring in under $100 per night.
Is there a more romantic city than Paris?! That question’s rhetorical because no, there is not — especially for a honeymoon. But finding a hotel in the City of Light for under $200 can be a challenge. The BLC Design Hotel, however, fills a couple’s basic needs in a hip setting. The 11th arrondissement location is packed with dining and nightlife, and puts guests close to the Notre Dame and Opera de la Bastille, among other sites. Rooms, while a tad small, offer comfortable beds and sleek, contemporary design.
While other destinations in Florida can end up being very expensive (even when you’re trying to be good with a stateside vacation!), Naples offers honeymooners a quiet, beachfront location — for generally about half the price of nearby Miami. The Bayfront Inn has a quaint and convenient location on 5th Avenue, the city’s main drag, near shops and restaurants overlooking Naples Bay. The 91-room hotel is a step above some nearby hotels in a similar price range: It has stylish rooms with classic decor and modern bathrooms, a secluded tree-surrounded pool area with a nice water feature, and numerous rooms with attractive bay views.
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A Venetian honeymoon is, for many, the stuff of dreams. Fortunately, this six-room bed and breakfast in quiet Cannaregio offers a dreamy experience and dreamy prices that often ring in under $150 per night. Ca’Riccio is a bright, homey pick filled with fresh-cut flowers and a variety of attractive art on the walls. Rooms are cozy and clean with wrought iron headboards, Murano glass lamps, and minibars. A free continental breakfast is served in a charming space and Wi-Fi is free — but there is no elevator. This quaint pick offers a wonderful value considering its level of charm, and it’s within walking distance of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square.
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