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There's no sugar-coated way to fudge the facts: planning a wedding is expensive. And after you shell out the dough for your nuptials, the price tag of the honeymoon might seem that much more daunting. To save some money, instead of sticking to the traditional locales like Hawaii or Paris, which can be pricey year-round, consider selecting an international off-season destination that offers the same romantic luster on a smaller budget. These fall getaway spots will fulfill the visions you had for your first trip together as a married duo, without sending you into debt. Here, a guide to where to go:
During the fall, this gorgeous, jaw-dropping destination in Portugal has bright, sunny days with milder temperatures and low humidity. Even better, tourists are back at their desk jobs as summer vacations come to an end, leaving you and your partner a quiet, romantic honeymoon spot. We suggest a stay at the cliffside Tivoli Carvoeiro Resort, now a 5-star luxury getaway. Here, you can celebrate your just-married status in a suite overlooking the sea, dining at their luxe restaurants, or taking a dip in the pool or rooftop bar.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Did you and your new spouse spend more time tasting the wine you'd serve at your wedding than nibbling on cake samples? For the winos who want to experience different blends across the globe, consider Barossa Valley in South Australia. Though it's fall in the United States, Australia is experiencing their spring season, making it a blooming time of year to head down under. Just northeast of Adelaide, you can tour your way through a mix of more than 100 renowned wineries. For a luxe place to stay, savor the 19-century vibe of the area at The Louise, where you can enjoy a romantic suite in the middle of it all. The resort is only a short walk, bike ride or drive from a dozen cellar doors. And don't forget to book a fancy dinner at Appellation Restaurant, a highly recommended culinary feast at The Louise.
Is there anything more rose-colored than an Italian honeymoon? For a place that's a bit more budget friendly post-October, consider the Southern coast. Instead of a stay on the Amalfi Coast, where prices can be sky-high, consider visiting the quaint seaside town of Sciacca. Here, you can stay at the Verdura Resort, where you can take in views of the Mediterranean Coast, book a treatment at the 4,000-square-meter spa, or splash in one of their four Thalassotherapy pools. For the curious couple who's looking to immerse themselves in culture while traveling, you can choose from a variety of activities like cooking classes, mixology classes, wine tastings and hiking among the Mayan ruins, orange trees, or olive groves. For a relaxed, romantic night, this luxury find offers private sailing on their boat for couples to stargaze, fish, or just enjoy the sea.
As you and your new beau roam the colorful streets of Amsterdam you'll feel inspired by the creative, eclectic vibes of this Netherlands destination. During the off-season fewer crowds mean more opportunities to stop and take in the art scene, and cooler temperatures give you full permission to be outdoors from sunrise to sunset. While you're in town, book your stay at The Pulitzer Amsterdam, offering a signature suite with a free-standing bath in the center of the room and a super king-sized bed. This unique property design features 25 connecting Golden Age canal houses right in the heart of the city, giving you a more authentic experience. And don't forget to book a ride on their salon boat to see the iconic canals of Amsterdam in autumn, when they're surrounded by the rich tones of fall foliage.
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, Canada
Just a stone's throw away from Robbinston, Maine, this Canadian gem might be a tad chilly during the off-season, but its beauty in the fall is captivating. This destination is located on the tip of the country, featuring a triangle-shaped peninsula stretching into Passamaquoddy Bay. In St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, you and your new spouse can stay at The Algonquin Resort, who's beauty and romantic locale will make everyday feels like a fairytale. You can putt some balls at their golf course, book a treatment at their beautiful spa, or rent resort bicycles to explore nearby trails. Grab a jacket, cozy up, and learn more about the history of this charming town, while you create honeymoon memories you'll never forget
Though it's important to pay attention to weather precautions when heading to Indonesia during monsoon season from October to February, fall is an ideal to time to escape to Lombak, which features some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Less expensive than Bali, but within view of the volcano, Mount Agung, Lombak is an ideal spot to save money while still adding another country to your passport. Stay at The Oberoi on the Medana Bay, which offers private beach access and more than 24 acres of landscaped gardens, complete with indigenous trees and an infinity pool. Book lunch or dinner by the sea, take a horse carriage into the Tanjung village or snorkel your way through the nearby Gill Islands. Or, simply relax and soak up the sun (and each other), enjoying your time together as newlyweds.
Technically speaking, summer lasts until mid-October in Spain, but the air begins to cool around the September, making it an ideal time to hop on a flight and celebrate your honeymoon without the pricey rates of summer. A visit anytime from early fall to the end of January will have you feeling as if you have a private island for two, giving you more time to explore the culture, art and renowned restaurants of Mallorca without lines or crowds. Stay at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, where you can wake up to a cliffside view of the local fishing village of Port Soller. A look out the window of one of the 121 sea or mountain-facing rooms in this stunning resort will reveal the nearby Tramuntana mountain range. If you don't make it into town because, ahem, you're busy with other tasks, don't worry. Al fresco dining is the norm here, with three restaurants and two bars to pick from.
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Since the shoulder season for Zambia begins in October, it's an ideal time to have a safari honeymoon! It's also when the rainy season in Africa (refrain yourself from singing if you can), signaling the beginning of the Emerald Season, where you'll see lush greens freckled with gorgeous, jaw-dropping animals enjoying the new nibbles. You can book your adventure with The Bushcamp Company, which offers tents and thatched chalets so you can have some privacy while still exercising your adventurous side and experiencing the lush greens, stunning views and incredible game-viewing in South Lunangwa National Park.