In India, there are multiple places, which are just perfect for a honeymoon including Manali, Shimla, Mussoorie, Kerala, and Goa. So, it gets difficult to decide, which place is going to be the best for your honeymoon. Well, in this blog I will try my best to help you in deciding your honeymoon destination. I will also provide some practical tips, which will let you know how to plan luxury honeymoon in India at a low cost.
Step 1. Filter Your Destinations
In this step, you have to pick each popular honeymoon destination one by one and check whether these places have any five star hotel or not. You can take help from google or mobile apps like Make My Trip or Goibibo. In this way, you will able to eliminate places, where there is no five-star hotel.
Step 2. Make a List of the Five Star Hotels
Second step is to make a list of all the five star hotels that you have found in the selected honeymoon destinations.
Step 3. Find Contact Number of Selected Hotels
Your third step will be to find contact information of one concerned number, who is currently working in each of the selected five star hotels. You can find the numbers from the official websites of those hotels.
Step 4. Call the Hotel Representatives
The next step is to dial the numbers one by one and talk to the representatives of the hotels. You will ask them about the yearly membership of the hotel. Almost all the five-star hotel has a club membership, which is applicable for complete one year. This membership provides you with multiple coupons and other in-house benefits, which you can use while staying in the hotel.
For instance, if we talk about Marriott Hotels, the chain does offer a yearly club membership. There are two to three versions of the membership, which offer different kinds of benefits. So, you can check the benefits on their official website.
Similarly, you can check with other hotel chains and then compare the benefits and the prices for the membership plans being offered.
Suppose you have decided that you will go to Kerala for your honeymoon and you will be staying at one of the properties of JW Marriott. Per night tariff for the base category room is going to cost you approximately 10000 rupees or maybe more. Now, if you are planning to stay for three to four nights, which is obvious for a honeymoon; Then the total tariff for four nights will be 40000 rupees. At this cost, you can only stay in the hotel and can’t eat. For meals, you have to pay extra. There are chances that you may get a complimentary breakfast at the price of accommodation. What about other meals, lunch, and dinner?
Buffet lunch for a couple at any Marriott hotel is going to cost you no less than 3000 rupees. The cost varies from property to property. You may have to pay way more than this too. Let’s say you eat two meals a day at the hotel and each meal costs you 3000 rupees in total. That means, for four days, you will have to pay (3000 *2* 4 = 24000) rupees for meals, approximately. So, in total you will pay 40000 + 24000 = 64000 to the hotel for four nights stay.
Whereas, if you avail the yearly club membership for the specific hotel; you will get multiple benefits at low cost. Suppose you opt for the membership that costs around 11000 rupees. According to this membership, you will get one complete night complimentary. That means, you will not have to have any rupee for the first night.
In addition, you may also get complimentary breakfast too along with a complimentary night stay. Moreover, you also get two to three coupons that offer you around a 50% discount on the tariff for the base category room. That means, if the price for one night stay at base category room is 10000 rupees, then you half to pay 5000 only and the coupon. In this way, after using your membership coupons, you will have to pay approximately 25000 rupees instead of 40000 rupees (cost without club membership).
For meals, you get multiple coupons that offer you 50% to 100% discount. You can always take the help of crew members to enjoy your membership stay in the best possible manner. After using all the coupons related to meals, you may have to pay anything less than 10000 rupees. That means, if you avail club membership, then you have to pay around 35000 rupees including accommodation and meals for four nights stay at a five star hotel. That’s pretty cool.
Step 5. Buy the Membership
Compare various memberships in terms of benefits and cost and find the best one. Once you have decided which club membership you what to purchase and for which hotel, pay for it. It may take 10 to 15 days to process the membership. The process may vary from hotel to hotel, so you should always keep a buffer. Once you have the coupon booklet in your hand, only then finalize your travel and dates on which you are going to stay at the hotel.
Remember, these memberships are going to give benefit to you only if you are planning to stay for than two nights and three days. In case, you are planning to stay for one or a couple of days, then it is better you don’t go for any membership. Just pay per night tariff for the hotel you select.