As the wedding bells draw nearer thoughts are turning to the honeymoon. As a parent, I already feel the guilt creeping in, as I think of traveling without the little man. But, you only have one honeymoon…
Therefore I am braving it and going with just my husband. Taking a plane and leaving the country without my little lad worries me ever so slightly, but I don’t really fancy a honeymoon in the UK, plus I haven’t been away from the UK for over a year.
When looking for the best honeymoon spot I decided not to use the word ‘honeymoon’ when searching, I found this brought with it a much higher holiday cost. Therefore we searched for luxury holidays or premium holidays. It’s worth mentioning here that we are not millionaires so when I say luxury I mean a holiday that costs no more than £3,000 for two, with at least breakfast included.
If I had no budget then I’d travel to New York, California and then meet the rest of the family in Florida, but right now that’s not going to happen.
On this budget, we knew it would be best to stay in Europe, plus I don’t really like leaving my son and I wouldn’t want to go to the US without him.
Our main issue was that we are two very different people, who look for differing things in a holiday. I like exploring and the hubby (to be) likes relaxing on the beach. With this in mind here are the places we considered:
Spain has a lot to offer and meets our criteria of history and beaches, but I have been here quite a few times. Although there still a few places I’d like to visit, and they would be good for a honeymoon:
Bordering the coast of Southern Spain sits Andalusia, which is home to an array of scenery making it a popular filming location. Andalusia is made up of eight provinces, with Seville as the capital.
Seville is full of history and is very picturesque. The ornate Alcázar castle complex is an amazing piece of architecture, well it would have to be as it is a part-time home of the Spanish royal family.
Malaga is also part of Andalusia and is home to some fantastic beaches. We stopped here as part of our cruise and unexpectedly I really liked it here, we spent the day relaxing on the beach – which was lovely and the sunbeds weren’t too expensive either. Before we boarded the ship we took to the shops, which were modern and inviting, we also stopped at an ice cream parlor – which was great and sold a good selection (I can’t remember its name). I would definitely like to stay for longer in Malaga but not for my honeymoon.
I am sure there is much more to be seen here but as I have briefly visited these destinations, this is all I can discuss.
For some reason I really want to visit Prague, I don’t know why because I haven’t heard many people talk about it and I don’t remember it being heavily advertised but it has always stood out to me. Images of this destination show breathtaking sites that encompass the region’s history and culture.
Prague Castle, which overlooks the city is on the top o my list to explore. Within the castle complex, there is much to see from the cathedral to the Golden Lane. Moving away from the Castle to Old Town with its colourful buildings and churches I would be very happy sitting with a coffee and watching the world go by.
As we wed in May the weather here should be perfect during the time we’re looking, so that is another tick for Pague. But there is one issue – there are no beaches 😦 so my partner is a no go. Although I could try and tempt him with the pivo, a fine beer!
South of France
Such a lovely place offering everything we’re looking for, but we’ve already been here a couple of times before. Plus, you would think that our budget wouldn’t get us much here, but you’d be surprised. As well as the high-end luxury for 20,000+ per week, there are also plenty of less expensive accommodation. We wouldn’t be looking to stay in a villa of our own but a nice hotel or apartment which cuts the cost quite considerably.
We also don’t mind a short journey to the affluent areas of St Tropez, Cannes and St Jean Cap Ferrat and of course Monaco.
So, we decided on Sicily, a place with glorious scenery, beaches and plenty of places to visit.
The hotel we have chosen is on the beach, perfect for relaxing, and the attractions are easy to reach (we’re hoping).
Now all that’s left to do is a bit of research into where we’ll visit and eat whilst we’re there. Another post I think…