May 9, 2013

Tips on finding affordable accommodation for your honeymoon

Going on honeymoon is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have. As a newly married couple, you get to spend total quality time together without having to think about anything but your own comfort.

Although you want the best location, accommodation and activities, the cost of the wedding probably means you’ll be on a tight budget. However, there are ways you can find affordable accommodation and still enjoy a fabulous honeymoon.

Package deal
It may be cheaper to purchase accommodation as part of a package holiday deal. An all-inclusive package will also mean you don’t have to worry about extras like food, drink and entertainment.

Unfortunately, in recent years tour operators have found they’ve increasingly had to cancel holidays owing to bankruptcy. In every eventuality, you can still make an accident claim abroad for damages and compensation.

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau can also provide advice and information about booking a package holiday.

Shop around

Use every avenue and resource at your disposal to find the best possible accommodation. This will include travel agents, holiday brochures and online comparison sites.First-hand feedback on review websites will also give you a good idea on the best and the worst accommodation available.

You may think you’ve found the ideal accommodation early on in your search, only to find the same location somewhere else for significantly less money.

Make enquiries

Certain operators and hotels will offer a honeymoon package aimed specifically at newly married couples. So if you’ve found your ideal location, get in contact before making a booking to see whether they have any special deals.

Honeymoon packages will either include money saving deals like seven nights for the price of six, or they might give you an option for a lavish meal with champagne and extra spa treatments for an additional cost. Therefore be careful of what the deal actually includes.

Don’t be fussy with the room
If you’re not fussed about the room and intend to spend most of your time at the beach, by the pool or in the spa, then don’t spend out for unnecessary extras.

A smaller room or one without a view will be cheaper and you can usually opt out of these options during booking. This will sound obvious, but make sure your room has a double bed, instead of being stuck with two singles.

Say that you’re newlyweds
Once you’ve arrived at your hotel or chosen accommodation, tell the staff you are newlyweds and are on your honeymoon. Although no hotel is obliged to provide you with something extra, you may get lucky with a room upgrade or complimentary extras.

What’s more, review sites are growing in popularity and their importance for a hotel is increasing. If you promise to write a favourable review, you may well receive something beneficial in return.

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