Super-Savvy HoneymoonsOyster.com has found 5 fabulous beach-honeymoon spots that will be kind to your new joint bank account. And just because they’re budget-friendly, it doesn’t mean these spots sacrifice style. These are some of the most quaint, peaceful, and romantic hotels around. So relax! Your wedding will be perfect and no matter what, you’ll be able to follow it up with the romantic trip that doesn’t break the bank.
The Still Beach HouseThis island of friendly people and gorgeous beaches has recently seen an influx of tourism. It maintains a sense of unspoiled, exotic beauty that gives it great appeal for a romantic getaway. The Still Beach House, along Soufriere Bay, is a quaint, budget-friendly inn perfect for penny pinchers. There’s little in the way of amenities -- in fact, the only extras are direct access to a gorgeous public beach and a breezy restaurant and bar.
Adventurous couples will find the hotel’s location exceptional and its accommodations satisfactory. Not only does the inn offers incredible views of Petit Piton -- which appears at arm’s length from every room’s private balcony -- the landmark is also within walking distance of Soufriere. So there’s lots of local flavor to be found. And with just 5 rooms, Still Beach guarantees newlyweds peace and quiet.
The Atlantis HotelBarbados on a budget? We admit it’s no easy feat on this gorgeous and expensive island, but if you have your heart set on a Barbadian honeymoon, there are ways to make it work. First off, skip the ritzy Western side of the island and opt for the Eastern edge instead. Sure, it’s a bit windier and the waves are choppier, but its beaches are arguably just as beautiful. This area is home to attractions such as the Andromeda Botanical Gardens and world-famous golf courses.
Also, make sure to book your stay at The Atlantis Hotel. The historic property reopened in 2009 and offers only 8 rooms -- they are some of the most romantic we’ve seen on the island. The rooms come complete with canopy beds, exposed stone walls, marble bathrooms and modern amenities. The beach is more suitable for surfing than swimming, but the small pool has great ocean views, and the indoor/outdoor restaurant is popular among guests and locals. These are all reasons why the Atlantis is a budget-friendly property well-suited for a honeymoon.
Ke Iki Beach BungalowsOahu is a beautiful spot for a honeymoon with calm, warm waters, a lively nightlife and relatively dry weather throughout the entire year. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s generally cheaper to catch a flight here (from both coasts) than taking one to Maui or Kauai. Location trumps luxury at Ke Iki Beach’s 11 beachfront bungalows sitting just above the sand on the picturesque North Shore. The bungalows are modest, amenities are non-existent and service is minimal.
However, Ke Iki Beach Bungalows are just the spot for a couple looking for a laid-back, toes-in-the-sand kind of honeymoon. A beautiful, peaceful beach is just outside the door of the bungalows -- each of which are equipped with full kitchens, hammocks and grills, making them ideal for a private, post-wedding BBQ. And Oahu’s most famous surfing spots and a charming surfer town, Haleiwa, are just down the street.
Boardwalk Hotel ArubaLocated outside the Caribbean’s hurricane belt, the flat desert island of Aruba remains at an average 82 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Though restaurants on the island can be expensive due to imported food, there are numerous wallet-friendly resorts and hotels. Honeymooners can even try their hand at winning some cash at the casinos for a possible upgrade.
For couples in search of a truly intimate boutique experience in Aruba, the Boardwalk Hotel -- owned by a set of Belgian twins -- is an excellent mid-range choice. This peaceful 13-room property, tucked behind 3 massive Marriott properties and situated on a former coconut plantation, remains an oasis of calm and romance. Similar to apartments, the rooms are spacious and bright with fully equipped kitchens, fine linens and private patios. Snorkel gear is provided free to guests, as are beach towels, coolers, chairs and umbrellas. Newlyweds can hit the beach and relax on the sand -- and it’s all within walking
Jake'sBeyond the nonstop all-inclusive booze-fest -- which can be fun -- there’s a different Jamaica: brilliant reggae, jerk chicken from an oil-drum pan, rugged cliffs, blue lagoons and overwhelmingly pleasant locals. Direct flights to Kingston and Montego Bay can easily be found from most major US cities, and the island has numerous value hotels to boot.
One of our favorites for a honeymoon is Jake's. Made up of just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake’s is one of Jamaica’s most romantic hotels. Guests come to unplug. There’s no phone, Internet or TV in the cottages. Each cottage has its own, unique design with sexy touches such as canopy beds, fresh flowers, hardwood floors and breezy balconies. Given its gorgeous Driftwood Spa, painting and yoga classes, and excellent food; it’s reasonably-priced, laid-back spot for some newlywed R&R.