Ahh, the honeymoon. After the process of planning and executing a wedding (which is no easy feat!), the honeymoon often comes in as the period of relief at the end where it's finally just you and your loved one off galavanting somewhere to celebrate the very huge milestone you've just crossed.
But it's no secret that honeymoons can be expensive, especially if you've set your sights on a swanky hotel in a far-off location. And when you've just spent a chunk of moolah on a wedding, it may be difficult to justify a super expensive honeymoon! But fret not. Because we've rounded up some of the best (and affordable!) honeymoon destinations, with recommendations on where to stay that won't break the bank!
1. Krabi, Thailand
Thailand as a country has won the hearts of honeymooners all around the world. In particular, Krabi caught our attention because of its budget-friendly activities and a wide variety of halal eateries ?
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Choose from their plethora of affordable Muslim-friendly resorts with halal dining options and prayer facilities! When in Krabi, island hopping and exploring their vibrant night markets are activities you can enjoy with your life partner. ?
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One particular resort that would perfect for a honeymoon is the Ban Sainai Resort in Aonang. This resort offers a unique experience - it's tucked slightly away from the beach and popular Aonang town, but it sits on a beautiful property with lush greenery and limestone cliff views! It also prides itself on being a secluded resort, with only 40 "cottages" available that will provide a tranquil and romantic stay. Halal dining options are also available.
Price per night: From USD57 on Agoda
Address: 550, Soi Aonang 11/1, Moo 2, Tambon Aonang, Amphur Muang, Krabi 81180, Ban Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand 81180
Contact no.: +66 75 819 333
For more ideas on where to stay in Krabi, check out this list of Muslim-friendly resorts!
2. Lombok, Indonesia
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Another trending Indonesian island among travellers is Lombok, home to Mount Rinjani and pristine white sandy beaches.
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If you've always dreamt of a fun-packed honeymoon beyond lazing by the beach and playing water sports, you can up your honeymoon game (literally) by hiking Mount Rinjani! Feast your eyes on breath-taking waterfalls, intriguing caves and the rewarding view at the mountain's peak. This is truly the definition of an unforgettable adventure!
#HHWT Tip: Mount Rinjani is known to be a sacred place to the locals of Lombok (Sasak and Balinese). They believe that it is the home of the Gods and often place offerings in the water. Hence, it is better to consult a local before visiting any of the sacred places, out of respect.
If you're looking for the perfect accommodation, why not try Kila Senggigi Beach Hotel? This affordable resort is located on the west coast of Lombok, and boasts hotel 12 hectares of hotel grounds filled with lush greenery and a private beach! Choose a sea view room for maximum romantic effect ? The hotel restaurants also serve food prepared with halal ingredients (though please do note that alcoholic beverages are served. We recommend readers to dine at their own discretion).
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Price per night: From USD51 on Agoda
Address: Jalan Pantai Senggigi, PO Box 1001 Senggigi, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia 83355
Contact no.: +62 370 693210
While Kila is an awesome place for an affordable honeymoon, Lombok is abundant with affordable beachfront resorts and halal eateries, so you're sure to enjoy your honeymoon without worry! You can even take your spouse out for a romantic meal at these gorgeous restaurants with views like no other ?
3. Kapas Island, Malaysia
This is the place for a beautiful and relaxing beach honeymoon! Located just a few kilometres off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia (in the Terengganu province), Kapas Island or Pulau Kapas is an island paradise left mostly untouched by rampant development. With its soft, white sand beaches lined with coconut trees and its crystal-clear waters, newlyweds will be left in awe of the sheer beauty the island has to offer?!
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But if you're not into just chilling out, there's still plenty of fun and outdoor activities to try here. One of the main draws of the island is snorkelling! Kapas Island has amazing biodiversity. Spot colourful schools of fish, gorgeous corals, majestic turtles and even sharks ?
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If you don’t feel up for a dip in the sea, opt for a romantic walk on the beach. Fortunately, all the hotels and eateries are located on the same side of the beach, so it’s pretty easy for couples to walk from one end of the beach to the other.
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Plus, there are plenty of other fun activities that you can include to your honeymoon itinerary here, like scheduling a day trip to Gem Island, going jungle trekking or just chilling out in a hammock to soak up the soothing vibes and to enjoy each other’s company.
4. Bandung, Indonesia
Known as the city of flowers, Bandung is blessed with fresh and cool weather; making it a top spot for honeymooners who don't have the means to travel far but still wish to escape the tropical heat. Located in West Java, the city boasts beautiful colonial and art deco style architecture, an abundance of shopping outlets, delicious halal food and plenty of natural attractions set against a majestic mountainous backdrop ?.
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Take a scenic trip to the White Crater (known as Kawah Putih to locals) and be transported into a totally different realm. The crater and its surroundings are predominantly a pale white colour, giving it a rather otherworldly ambience. Adding to the mystical allure, the volcanic crater is also filled with surreal, turquoise-coloured water and tree-clad cliffs surrounding the crater - making for a stunning backdrop especially when the clouds start to roll in!
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For couples who love nature, make sure to visit gorgeous Dusun Bambu! This leisure park sits at the foot of a mountain with the most incredible picturesque surroundings. Couples can choose to either take a shuttle or walk along the paths surrounded by lush green foliage, fantastic bamboo structures and giant art sculptures made from nature ?
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There's really no reason to feel bored here as the things you can do here are limitless! Visit the magical Dago Dreampark, go off-roading, visit museums, drop by the Lembang Floating Market and go outlet shopping ?
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Check out The Papandayan for affordable accommodation that's perfect for a honeymoon! This hotel has a certain old-world glamour that provides a romantic setting for couples. Coupled with amenities such as a beautiful pool and lounge area along with spa facilities, you're guaranteed a lovely stay.
Price per night: From USD51 on Agoda
Address: Jalan Gatot Subroto 83, Bandung 40262
Contact no.:+62 22 7310799
If you prefer someone that's a little close to nature check out this list of resorts that'll let you have a honeymoon in Bandung's beautiful natural sceneries.
5. Da Lat, Vietnam
Known as the capital of Lam Dong Province in Vietnam, the city of Da Lat is located in the Southern Central Highlands. What you probably don't know is that this city is also known as the ‘Honeymoon Capital’ and ‘The City of Eternal Spring’! It's temperate climate, gorgeous scenery, breathtaking palaces and bustling shopping districts make Da Lat a perfect potential honeymoon destination for newlywed couples ?.
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The near magical looking lakes and gorgeous waterfalls have long been Da Lat's top attractions, while Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace and the grand looking Buddhist pagodas are just as popular. As for food, there’s plenty of Muslim-friendly, vegetarian restaurants like Thien Duyen Vegetarian Restaurant, Tu Hanh Vegetarian Restaurant, Thanh Tinh Vegetarian Restaurant and Hoa Sen Vegetarian Restaurant that offer tasty meals!
Couples cannot miss paying a visit to Thung Lung Tinh Yeu. Known as the Valley of Love, it's located just 5 km away from the city! The Valley is home to Niagara Falls of Vietnam and lives up to its name with its beautiful landscape, magnificent flower gardens, tranquil lake and peaceful atmosphere ?
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Be sure to stop by the beautiful Prenn Falls and go shopping at the Da Lat Market! For where to stay, check out Terracotta Hotel & Resort Dalat. This romantic resort sits nestled among pine trees near Tuyem Lam Lake and would be the perfect getaway for two. Halal food is available upon request, so do make inquiries with staff when booking your stay.
Price per night: From USD60 on Agoda
Address: Zone 7.9, Tuyen Lam Lake Tourist Area, Ward 3, Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, Da Lat
Contact no.:+84 263 3883 838
6. Telunas Beach Resort (Sugi Island)
Telunas Resorts is a resort located on the islands of Riau, about one-and-a-half-hour boat ride from Batam. Getting to this beautiful paradise with azure waters requires a one-hour ferry ride from Harbourfront to Sekupang in Batam, followed by a 90-minute boat transfer arranged by the resort.
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Telunas Resorts offers two types of accommodations, the Telunas Beach Resort and Telunas Private Island. While Telunas Private Island boasts 15 Maldivian-style overwater villas which are lovely, it's also pretty pricey (around USD230 per night). But at Telunas Beach Resort, on the other hand, you can get one of its 14 overwater chalets for between USD60 - 115, depending on which type of chalet you choose! And best part, you'll be able to enjoy the beauty of the island, with all the privacy you need ?
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Don't expect super luxurious furnishing (the chalets are built in traditional Malay fashion with simple but cosy decor), but do expect stunning views and a honeymoon where you can truly bask in each other's company. There’s no Wi-Fi or televisions here so it’s back to the simple life and all about connecting the one who matters most to you! Don't forget to enjoy the plethora of activities available, from kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding or simply lazing on a hammock by the beach.
Halal food is served at Telunas, though please note that alcoholic beverages are also served on the resort.
Price per night: From USD60 on their website
Address: Sugi Island
Contact no.:+62 811-7710-951
And that wraps up our list of affordable honeymoon spots! Hope it gives you some inspiration towards planning an amazing honeymoon with your loved one while staying within budget ?