Are you getting married in 2018? Plan your perfect honeymoon now!

It’s all part of the wedding experience to jet off on an exciting, luxurious destination after you have tied the knot. In fact, research shows that amongst couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99% of them go on a honeymoon. In the UK, the average honeymoon costs just over £3,500. Considering that the average cost of a summer holiday for a family of four costs close to £1,000, its clear to see that couples certainly splash out for their after-wedding vacation.

Here to ease the stress, Angelic Diamonds, retailers of solitaire engagement rings, tell us the top luxury honeymoon locations of 2018 and how to perfectly plan your romantic trip there (down to the pound). After all, there’s so many things to think of once you’ve decided on your dream destination, the to-do list only seems to get longer! Start the planning process by getting inspiration from friends and family through the internet — an outstanding 80% of honeymooners in the last 5 years used social media to research their ideal destinations.

Where are the most popular places to travel in 2018?

Kuoni, British based luxury travel operator, revealed the top honeymoon destinations based on the number of bookings made.

Wedding Couple Sitting on Green Grass in Front of Body of Water at Sunset

The Maldives

You’ve probably always dreamt of travelling to The Maldives, a nation in South Asia. Home to 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. No wonder it was revealed to be the top honeymoon destination of 2018!

Cost of flight: £474*

Accommodation cost per night:

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

A must-do:

Why not visit the Piano Deck at Baros, a platform built in the heart of the ocean that can be hired for a few hours for breakfast, lunch, dinner or spa treatments. A typical sunrise breakfast will cost you £235?

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is covered with ancient sites, temples and never-ending beaches. Despite being so popular, Sri Lanka has only recently become a tourist destination. 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:

Hike to World’s End — a sheer cliff situated in 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).

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Mauritius, which is situated in the Indian Ocean,  is synonymous with everything luxurious. 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:

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


Kuoni named Thailand the second most popular honeymoon destination for LGBT couples and fourth for straight newlyweds behind the Maldives,. It’s become popular with backpackers over the past decade but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of hidden gems and romantic spots.

Cost of flight: £279*

Accommodation cost per night:

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

A must-do:

Considered to be some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia, why not explore the Phi Phi islands, you can reach them by a short speedboat journey from Phuket or Krabi. Discover true paradise and turquoise-blue waters with your partner.

Indonesia (Bali)

You’ll experience the locals’ unforgettable culture combined with beautiful landscapes in Bali. The people are friendly and the beaches are one-of-a-kind — we’re not surprised it made it into the top five.

Cost of flight: £345*

Accommodation cost per night:

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

A must-do:

Visit the Gili Islands by sea. 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.

Once you’re all booked up, all that is left to do 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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