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The affordable honeymoon in Kenya

In Honeymoon on July 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm
Avoiding the beaten track in Diani Beach, Kenya

Avoiding the beaten track in Diani Beach, Kenya

“Darling, what about Kenya for the honeymoon? There’s white sand beaches, coral reefs, safaris, elephants, snorkelling…”

“Sure, sweetpea, but how can we afford it?”

Well, for a start, you can cut costs by avoiding tour operators. ‘Tailor-made’ holidays tend to follow the same pattern anyway – white sand beaches on the Indian Ocean, followed by a safari on the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara and maybe a visit to Mount Kilamanjaro. Simply copy a honeymoon itinerary like this one yourself.

To remove the costs of the middle man, simply book your hotel direct. Asha Cottages, a boutique eco-hotel on the white sands of Diani beach resort on the Indian Ocean, just 30 miles from Mombasa, is offering 20% off for honeymooners who mention The Credit Crunch Bride. Yippeee! [Offer now ended]

at Asha Cottages – the  sea-front, family-run boutique eco-hotel on Diani Beach, Kenya.”]For our readers, get a 20% discount at Asha Cottages, a beautiful, family-run boutique eco-hotel on Diani Beach, Kenya.Then, get the hotel’s advice on activities and good excursions – their knowledge is probably going to be as good if not better than any tour operators. If you’re lucky, they might even book your safari trips for you,  like the good people of Asha Cottages.

View of the Indian Ocean from one of the five cottages of Asha Cottages

View of the Indian Ocean from one of the five cottages of Asha Cottages

Go off the beaten track. Avoid the hordes of the North Coast and Malindi (and the inflated prices that come with them). And for your safari what about trying the more low key Shimba Hills National Reserve rather than the Maasai Mara, Samburu, Tsavo East etc. It has more bio-diversity, elephants and antelopes than Eden itself.

No trip to Kenya is complete with a quick safari trip

No trip to Kenya is complete with a quick safari trip

Love The Lonely Planet for Kenya.  It may be the backpacker’s bible, but it can also be a honeymooner’s friend. Here’s their top picks for Kenya:

1. Amboseli National Park – Elephants and Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s most famous picture-postcard views.

2.Lake Nakuru National Park – Fluorescent flamingo-fringed shores, ragged cliffs and more wildlife than you can shake a stick at.

3. Hell’s Gate National Park – Gorgeous gorges, steaming hills and the chance to mingle with the wonderful wildlife on foot.

4. Tsavo National Park Kenya’s largest national park, famed for its wild, wild wildlife

5 Mombasa Old Town – The coast’s focal port, with an earthy old quarter and the mighty Fort Jesus

The rare Colubus monkey - often found hanging out in the gardens of Asha Cottages.

The rare Colubus monkey - often found hanging out in the gardens of Asha Cottages.

Love TripAdvisor too. This website, made of user reviews, is the place to find out about if the toilets were dirty or the service slow. Don’t book any hotel, spa or safari without checking this first.

Massage and pampering is compulsory even on a honeymoon on a budget

Massage and pampering are compulsory even on a honeymoon on a budget.

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How to honeymoon on a shoestring

In Honeymoon on May 20, 2009 at 5:24 am
The classic Caribbean honeymoon with the classic honeymoon pricetag.

The classic Caribbean honeymoon with the classic honeymoon pricetag.

Ah the honeymoon – a chance to relax post-wedding, and drink in your new-found coupledom in total peace and solitude. Oh no, what’s that knocking? Oh yes, it’s the Back Of Your Mind reminding you how much the honeymoon is costing you per minute.

There’s nothing fun about a holiday so ludicrously lavish that you spend it worrying about how you’ll ever clear your overdraft. So here’s how to honeymoon on a shoestring:

1. Keep it short. You don’t need to be a Nobel Prize winner to work out that a 3 day mini-break will be cheaper than 3 weeks away. A mini-break is long enough to breath out slowly, gossip about the wedding with your beloved and write your thank-yous.

2. Don’t be a lemming. If you choose popular honeymoon destinations and stay in honeymoon suites in honeymoon type hotels you’ll pay honeymoon prices. Try the Finnish Lakes rather than the Bahamas, Java rather than Barbados or Damascus rather than Marrakech. Anything that makes the Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations is likely to cost you.

3. Go out of season. If you insist on going to Hawaii, go May – June and September – December (before Christmas). Otherwise the Caribbean is off season (and hotter) from Spring – July.

White sand beaches can only truly be idyllic when they're as empty as this.

White sand beaches can only truly be idyllic when they're as empty as this.

Look for low season discounts:

Asha Cottages is a tiny family-run boutique eco-hotel in Kenya with just five guest rooms During low season (now) B&B goes down to 50 euros per night per person. You can really easily just spend a week chilling there, getting massages, eating great food and lolling on the beach without it costing and arm and a leg. Yippee!

Asha Cottages, on Diani Beach on the South Coast of Kenya near Mombasa.

Asha Cottages, on Diani Beach on the South Coast of Kenya near Mombasa

5. Play the ethical card. Volunteering could be your way of affording a tropical destination. Oh, and yes, it might help you both be better people. Help out at orphanages, painting, cleaning, washing and preparing meals in Thailand, South Africa, Kenya and Fiji through Hands Up Holidays.

at least 10% of profits made are given back to community partners that you are involved with on your honeymoon.

At least 10% of profits made are given back to community partners that you are involved with on your honeymoon. Sweet.

6. Lie. Pretend to your friends you’re going on honeymoon and then switch off the phones and create a holiday from life in your very own backyard. Bring on the take aways, roll out the DVDs.

The honeymoon destination of 2009: Great Britain

In Honeymoon on March 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm
The Brecon Beacons kicks the ass of some tropical honeymoon destinations

The Brecon Beacons kicks the ass of some tropical honeymoon destinations

Imagine yourself on under an umbrella on an exotic beach, sipping a cocktail as the palms waft in the breeze. Mild-mannered, uniformed flunkies hover about, eager to serve you watermelon slices or obscure cocktails. However, there’s just one nagging thought that keeps floating into your honeymoon nirvana. Oh yes, you’ve just remembered you’re in The Biggest Recession of Your Lifetime, have another round of redundancies due on your return and a rather large hotel bill to pay. All of a sudden, your exotic dream honeymoon seems like financial self-harming.

And all of another sudden, a honeymoon in the UK seems like a far less stressful plan. There’s absolutely no chance of getting in-flight thrombosis, very little chance of catching a tropical disease or having your passport stolen and only a small chance of Grade I sunburn.

Here’s some UK honeymoon ideas fit for an eco-friendly cash-strapped bride:

Purton Green, an isolated Landmark Trust property in the heart of the Suffolk countryside

Purton Green, an isolated Landmark Trust property in the heart of the Suffolk countryside

1. Hire a historical property in the country. The Landmark Trust has an amazing bank of heritage properties in remote corners of the British Isles. If you’re looking to really get away from it all or are secretly hermits, try The Landmark Trust’s cottages on Lundy Island, off the Devon Coast.

2. A week in a Scottish castle – For less than cost of two tickets to the Maldives, you could create a week of gastronomic excess without a mosquito bite in sight.

3. Walk the Dales.If your guests look askance when you say you’re off walk the Yorkshire Dales or cycle round the Lakes, then you should look them back askance. Only a philistine would be incapable of appreciating the beauty of Beatrix Potter country just because it doesn’t have an all-inclusive bar.

Camping doesnt have to be about sodden grass and mouldy canvas

Camping doesn't have to be about sodden grass and mouldy canvas

4. Go camping. Some find it hard to compute that a couple really could need nothing but each other, a pair of Millets sleeping bags and a nylon tent to be entirely content. Guests may give you that funny look again. It’s ok, you’ll have a fabulous time. A hoot no less.

Cosy up on a camper van honeymoon

Cosy up on a camper van honeymoon

5. Hire a VW and take a tour of Cornwall’s beaches. Hire a board in Bude and ride some tubes.

6. Last minute honeymoons. Take the same approach you might with a last minute break and just go where the cheap flight takes you. Try lastminute.com and also the late availability section of Mr & Mrs Smith and on The Landmark Trust. A little bit of spontaneity amongst all that wedding planning can be a good thing.

The Tigerlily, Edinburgh

The Tigerlily, Edinburgh

7. A city break in a boutique hotel. There’s something terribly classy and understated about vacationing in Bath, Brighton, Edinburgh or London. Mr & Mrs Smith have some eye-wateringly cool boutique hotels.

8. Boating. The Norfolk Broads is calling you. You know it makes sense.