Just one generation ago, honeymoon couples tended to focus around a fly and flop beach getaway to recharge and indulge after the excitement and stress of the wedding.
However today’s honeymooners are slightly older and increasingly well-travelled, meaning the stakes are higher when it comes to planning this special trip, according to luxury travel company Kuoni.
Couples are looking for more wow factor, more stimulation, and greater interaction with the locals in a non-touristy way.
Plus honeymoon expectations are at an all-time high when it comes to food, décor, spa, activities and experiences.
There is far more choice when it comes to combining adventure with luxury and more resorts are putting an emphasis on bespoke, authentic
experiences, which are often very romantic.
It’s not just a room with a view that matters, it’s all about a bath with a view or a bed with a view.
Private pool villas and over-water villas with views to die for are de rigueur, particularly in the Indian Ocean where Luxury travel specialist Kuoni has seen a 20 per cent rise in
bookings year-on-year for wow-factor private villas with pools.
Multi-destination honeymoons are a great way to explore but get that all important relaxation time.
Kuoni has seen a steady increase in honeymooners combining more than one destination since 2014, with Kuoni’s travel experts reporting Sri Lanka & the Maldives, Dubai & the Maldives and Singapore & Bali the most popular combinations.
The majority of couples get married in the summer, which doesn’t always match the best weather in some long-haul destinations, so Kuoni is seeing more couples opting for a short, European stay immediately after their wedding with Italy and Greece the most popular – and heading off for a longer stay later in the year.
Couples are also looking at a wider search for their dream getaway with Instagram emerging as one of the top search platforms for inspiration – a shift from traditional web searches.
So whether it’s an open-air treehouse or champagne dining on a private sandbar, wow
experiences captured on camera are helping to secure bookings like never before.
Kuoni excels in creating tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to more
than 90 destinations around the world.
To discuss your honeymoon requirements Kuoni can be found at John Lewis Leeds @Victoria Gate or in their designated store on Leeds King Edwards Street.