Most popular honeymoon destinations for 2021
30 Sep 2020
Kuoni reveals top honeymoon destinations for 2021 in light of Covid-19
The honeymoon isn’t over as thousands of couples save and upgrade to make their trip of a lifetime bigger and better than ever
Wedding and honeymoon plans have been thrown into disarray over the past six months as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, however couples are more determined than ever to make their first trip after tying the knot a trip they will never forget.
Travel specialist Kuoni has found that couples are saving up and upgrading to make their honeymoon extra special with the average spend per honeymoon rising by £530 from £7,709 in 2019 to £8,247 for 2021.
There has been an increase in couples taking two honeymoons, one short trip to places in England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy or Greece immediately after their wedding ceremony, followed by plans to take a bigger long-haul trip next year or the year after.
The Maldives remains the top honeymoon destination for newly weds
The Maldives tops the dream honeymoon destination list for 2021 followed by Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania, South Africa, Italy, Bali, Thailand, Greece and the Seychelles. Despite travel restrictions for immediate travel, couples are continuing to plan ahead.
Stacey Owens, one of Kuoni’s honeymoon experts, said: “It’s been rewarding to help couples reshape such a special trip at an emotional time for them. They’ve had the huge disappointment that their wedding plans aren’t going ahead and at times we’ve all been in tears. We’ve pulled out all the stops to help couples with their plans."
Derek Jones, CEO of Kuoni, said: “This has been an emotional time for a lot of couples and behind the scenes our team have moved mountains to help couples change their plans, recreating complex itineraries for new dates next year or even the year after. A honeymoon is still the most important holiday of a couple’s life and the signs are that, despite the turmoil in travel, people are determined to adapt their wedding and honeymoon plans within the guidelines. There’s no doubt that the romance of travel is alive and well, and the lure of the wonders of the world is still as strong as it ever was.”
African safaris in Kenya and Tanzania are topping the trends for honeymoon activites
1. Private pool villas
2. Secluded luxury away from the crowds
3. Private in-villa dining
4. Multi-destinations including adventure and beach
5. Saving and upgrading
6. The double honeymoon
7. Spa and health retreats
8. Luxury UK and Ireland honeymoons
9. African safaris with tended camps
Best-selling honeymoon destinations for 2021:
1. The Maldives
2. Sri Lanka
4. Kenya and Tanzania
5. South Africa