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Where to head for the perfect honeymoon in 2019

According to research, 99 per cent of couples who select to have a traditional wedding will also go on a honeymoon once they’ve tied the knot. A honeymoon is part of the wedding experience, after all, though in the UK the average trip costs in excess of £3,500. In contrast, the average cost of a summer holiday for a family of four is closer to £1,000 — a huge difference, especially since honeymoons will likely only involve two people too.

To make sure that you select a dream destination if you’re heading on a honeymoon in 2019, palladium wedding rings retailer Angelic Diamonds has selected their top luxury honeymoon locations of the next 12 months. Keep reading and you’ll also learn how to plan the perfect romantic trip at each resort…

Five ideal honeymoon destinations for 2019

  1. Indonesia (Bali)

Beautiful landscapes and an unforgettable culture await when you arrive in Bali. The people are friendly and the beaches are one-of-a-kind too — it’s little surprise it made it into the top five then.

Cost of flight: £345*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: less than £36
Mid-range: £36 – £109
Top-end: £109+

A must-do:

Head to the Gili Islands. Take the fast boat over from Bali to the islands and sit on the famous Datu Swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset with your loved one as the sun goes down.

  1. Maldives

A destination in South Asia that you’ve likely dreamed about visiting at least once in your life is the Maldives. It’s made up of more than 1,000 coral islands and is famous for its sugar-white sand beaches, private islands and luxurious resorts. It oozes magnificence and romance as well.

Cost of flight: £474*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £110 – £290
Mid-range: £220+
Top-end: £545+

A must-do:

Head to Baros and visit the Piano Deck. This is a platform built in the heart of the ocean that can be hired for a few hours for breakfast, lunch, dinner or spa treatments. Why not treat yourselves to a sunrise breakfast for £235?

  1. Mauritius

Mauritius sits in the Indian Ocean and is the epitome of luxury. There’s plenty to do in the way of activities but, of course, you can lie on the beautiful beaches all day if you’d prefer — take your pick…

Cost of flight: £369*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £35 – £66
Mid-range: £70 – £133
Top-end: £133+

A must-do:

Make some time to take in the Chamarel Waterfall. Surround yourself with luscious vegetation instead of the sandy beaches you may have become accustomed to and explore the southern side of the island.

  1. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to never-ending beaches, covered ancient sites and temples. It has so much to offer, with eight UNESCO sites and many opportunities to have memorable experiences.

Cost of flight: £346*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £10 – £17
Mid-range: £17 – £42
Top-end: £42+

A must-do:

Explore World’s End. It’s a sheer cliff that’s situated in the Horton Plains National Park which looks over tiny villages and tea plantations. The round trip is around 7.5km by foot, and many say that you won’t regret it (and it costs under £20).

  1. Thailand

Thailand may have become particularly popular with backpackers over the last decade or so. However, this doesn’t mean it’s not full of hidden gems and romantic spots for couples heading on their honeymoon too.

Cost of flight: £279*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £13 – £23
Mid-range: £23 – £91
Top-end: £91+

A must-do:

Pop across to the Phi Phi islands. Considered to be some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia, you can reach them by a short speedboat journey from Phuket or Krabi. Discover true paradise and turquoise-blue waters with your partner.

Decided on your honeymoon destination for 2019? That’s great, as all that is left to do now is pack your suitcase. Make sure you budget for the following — according to one survey on wedding couples, these are the items most likely to be bought before honeymoon travel:

  • New wardrobe (70.1%)
  • Swimsuit (69.9%)
  • Sunglasses (69.9%)

*At time of research. Based on cheapest month to fly and cheapest return.

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