You’re getting married – congratulations! Your wedding will be an amazing time to celebrate your relationship with the one you love in front of your dearest friends and family. You might already have your outfit sorted for your special day, the venue booked and the all-important rings on order. What about your honeymoon, though?
That special time together after your wedding may need as much planning and thought to go into it as the ceremony and reception. Many think it’s important to consider exactly how they want to spend those first few days or weeks together as a married couple.
Holidays can be stressful at the best of times; maybe more so when you have the added pressure of making sure everything is perfect because it’s your honeymoon. That’s one of the reasons why some people go for all-inclusive packages, as you don’t need to worry about items such as transfers, restaurants or activities: everything is there for you in one place.
These types of getaways are not for every couple, though – and if that’s you, don’t worry! You can still have that precious time together, especially if you look at having a villa holiday. Here are some of the best reasons why this could be the perfect option for you.
- It feels like a home from home
That’s the best thing about villa holidays: you have your own space. You can do what you want, when you want – after all, it is your honeymoon!
There are so many different options for you to choose from, depending on your budget and where you want to go. Pick your destination, say how much you want to spend, and off you go looking for what you want from your ideal holiday villa.
You can also pick exactly what you want from your villa without having to compromise on anything else. Want a private pool? You’ve got it! Need to have everything on one level? You can have that. Fancy being near a spa or golf course? That can be sorted for you too.
- You don’t have to share
It’s ‘you’ time. Just you and your new husband or wife, together. Because it is a special time for you both, you might not want to share it with other couples or families round a resort (even if they may also be on honeymoon).
So if you want to have exclusive use of a pool, hot tub or any other facility, you can add that as an option when looking for a holiday villa. This usually means you’ll get your own private space into the bargain, so you can have a celebratory drink or dinner outside without other people looking in. Or even just have the chance to enjoy drinking your morning coffee in the peace and quiet.
- You can bring the family
If you have children, or you want to share your honeymoon with your extended family, renting a holiday villa gives you the perfect opportunity to do this and make this special time a ‘familymoon’. Staying in hotels with little ones or other family can mean either tripping up over each other or having to pay more to have additional rooms. This can increase your holiday expense and take the fun out of your experience all in one go.
Villas can be an affordable alternative, and you get to share a useable living space together. You can all have dinner in one place, play games, enjoy time in and by the pool – all without having to worry about the other people who may be around you.
- Spend time together
How many times have you and your partner wasted part of your holiday watching TV in your hotel room because you’re not quite sure what to do next? We’ve all been there, and it’s not much fun when you’re supposed to be enjoying your time together.
Even if you’re a couple who’s been living with each other for a while, you might not have had time to do things together and not get distracted by emails, phone calls and having to do other tasks around your home (even if you do need to put the washing machine on). So use your time in your villa to get away from normal routines and do things together.
It doesn’t have to be much: it can be as simple as cooking a meal with each other, planning your next steps (either on honeymoon or in your lives as a married couple), or talking about anything and everything well into the night. It’ll be one of the many experiences you can then share again in the months and years after you return from your honeymoon.
- Explore local delicacies when you want
All-inclusive hotels mean exactly that: everything is included, even your meals and drinks. It’s one less thing you have to worry about when you’re enjoying your honeymoon
Yet with a holiday villa, you get to pick which days you get to eat out and try the local foods and restaurants. This is an exciting way of exploring the history of where you go, and gives you experiences and memories you can take home with you. Found a great little place to eat? That’s fantastic! Even if you end up having a disappointing dinner on your trip, it’s still something you can look back on and even laugh about together in the years to come.
It’s your honeymoon, so you can make the call on your schedule too. You don’t have to go for dinner at the same time every night if you don’t want to, and you can have a say on what you eat.
For some people, it might even be easier to do self-catering. Someone with a food allergy or intolerance, for example, may be nervous about eating something they’ve been given incorrectly that might make them ill – so might be happier being able to cook their own meals and select their own food.
But no matter what you choose and where you go, your honeymoon should be what you make of it. Tailor-make it so you and your new spouse have something amazing to share, and start to make your special memories together as a married couple.