Honeymoon Cancelled Due To COVID? Here's How To Upgrade When You Reschedule

...and save BIG.

By Jacqueline Parisi

18 August 2020

You plan for what feels like ages. Everything with the wedding and honeymoon is falling into place and then it happens. The one thing no one could have planned for...a pandemic. With travel being either too risky or, in many cases, impossible due to border restrictions, it makes sense why countless honeymoons were called off. After all, COVID doesn't exactly equate with newlywed bliss.

Just last month, Honeyfund—the popular honeymoon registry service—surveyed to-be-wed couples to understand how they're adjusting their honeymoon timeline, destination, and budget. They found that 21% of couples are postponing their original trip, while 10% are adjusting their plans by traveling to a different destination or going for a shorter amount of time. And only 7% of couples are planning to embark on their original honeymoon exactly as planned once it's safe to do so.

"The data also indicates that honeymoon travel will be the first to come back from the COVID-19 pandemic downturn," writes Honeyfund CEO, Sara Margulis.

To be in the best position once honeymoons eventually return (with a vengeance), consider purchasing hotel credits through Porter & Sail today. It's the cost-saving upgrade hack you didn't know you needed.

How hotel credits work

It's simple. Travelers purchase credits for hotels, which they can then redeem at a higher value later when planning their honeymoon (or any trip). In some cases, the discounts are as high as 50%. Travel dates are not required to book, and in most cases credits are valid for up to two years, which means more flexibility during a time when couples need it most—no one wants to be locked into set rates or honeymoon booking windows. Upon purchasing, you'll receive a confirmation email with details on how to book, now or later. Like a gift card, credits are applied against your total bill.

Another benefit? You'll be able to choose from a wider selection of boutique, independent hotels that—once travel opens back open again—may very well be prohibitively expensive due to skyrocketing demand.

Here are 10 ways to upgrade your honeymoon courtesy of hotel credits available now on Porter & Sail...

1. Escape the tourist hotspots of Mykonos and Santorini at Minos Beach Art Hotel in Crete

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

On one of the most enchanting seafront locations in Crete—between the beautiful blue waters of Mirabello Bay and the island’s rugged, verdant landscape—lies a gorgeously-designed hotel that also happens to be a credible art museum. A compelling portion of the monumental G & A Mamidakis Foundation collection of Greek art is held here.

Minos Beach Art Hotel is a place for exploring. The art installations, certainly, but also the Mirabello seabed, full of ancient remains, wrecks, rocks, caverns and reefs. (Don’t miss the ‘Lost Ears of Agios Nikolaos’—an underwater sculpture installation by Kostas Ioannides.) And when all that feels like effort, a tranquil spa, a warm pool, a breezy room, and a private balcony are on hand.

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2. Adventure beyond Madrid and Barcelona with a stay at Hotel Eugenia de Montijo in Toledo

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

This former palace of empress Eugenia de Montijo of France (wife of Napoleon III) stands in Toledo's ancient quarter. Given as a wedding present to the Spanish doña in 1853, later the home of several noble families, this fascinating spot has been lovingly restored as a hotel and a tribute to Empress Eugenia.

The refreshingly contemporary interiors of the Eugenia De Montijo are designed to feel like a journey through her life. The breakfast room, with clean lines and bright decor, is inspired by her exquisitely-mirrored dressing room. Restaurant Federico is named for her favorite designer. There’s even a marzipan corner, for guests to enjoy her favorite treat.

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3. Indulge in the remote paradise of Sumba Island at Nihi Sumba in Tenggara, Indonesia

Spend $3000, get $4500 in credits

Nihi Sumba has long been legendary as a surfing utopia. Now it’s much more.

Start with an idyllic private beach with crystal clear water, spectacular jungle backdrop and pristine sands. Add villas, built by hand from natural materials, perfectly matched to the lush papaya and palm trees that surround them. Sprinkle stylish touches by resort owner Chris Burch, co-founder of Tory Burch.

Spend your day lounging by an infinity pool, or beneath swaying palms. Take an invigorating trek to NihiOka Spa, where expert treatments come with gentle Indian Ocean breezes. Catch the world’s most coveted private wave. At dusk, the sight of horses galloping down the beach will make you wonder if you’re dreaming.

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4. Hide out in the lush greenery of Bisma Eight in Ubud

Spend $1000, get $1500 in credits

An impressive blend of industrial and organic materials sets the tone at this sleek hotel with permaculture principles. And there's plenty of space to stretch out.

In your suite, crisp white cotton sheets glow in the Bali sunlight. From your balcony, views can extend all the way to Mount Batukaru, making breakfast in bed a visual feast. To relax further, plunge into a traditional Japanese soaking tub, scattered with flower petals.

Later on, come upstairs for sundowners or perhaps a crispy grilled fish with local sambal, and lounge under an airy curtained pergola framing the dreamy scene. Slide into the infinity pool. Moving through the long light falling on the flat water as the sun turns orange makes for a sublime Bali moment.

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5. Treat yourself to stunning views over the Gulf of Thailand at Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Pranburi

Spend $1000, get $1500 in credits

On the pristine, golden sands of Pak Nam Pran Bay in Pranburi—a comfortable two-hour drive from Bangkok—sits Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa, the small luxury hotel that started the beloved Aleenta collection.

The resort practices a philosophy of ecological living: in a place as stunning and untouched as Pak Nam Pran, one couldn’t imagine it any other way. Whether lying in the waves, enjoying the bounty of nature, or indulging in spa treatments, you’ll find yourself encouraged to relax, renew, and restore the equilibrium between mind, body and soul.

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6. Stay in the heart of bustling Chiang Mai at Akyra Manor

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

Check-in to arty, urban style and sophistication in the heart of the city's most happening street, Nimmanhaemin Soi 9—known locally as “Coffee Street." Browse the chic boutiques, galleries, bars and cafes, then return to your sanctuary to sink in your own outdoor hot tub, or to enjoy a swim in the rooftop pool. When it’s time to eat, you’ll warm to the northern Thai tastes here, at Chiang Mai's most buzzed-about restaurant, Italics.

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7. Escape the summer crowds of the Amalfi Coast at Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa in Ischia

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

Waterfront on the tiny island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, proudly stands the 5-star Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa. Housed in a renovated late-1800's historic building, Terme Manzi welcomes its guests with elegant surrounds and an expert wellness program. The property exudes Italian flair, old and new. Think contemporary, upscale twists on ancient Roman design. The jewel of the hotel is Privilege, a 1.600 square meter thermal spa and pools, where lucky guests engage in exclusive face and body treatments and wellness rituals. Rooms are airy and spacious, the two on-property restaurants (including the Michelin-starred Il Mosaic) serve gourmet Mediterranean cuisine, and every corner is a picture postcard. Please note, this is a seasonal hotel.

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8. Stay in the former summer home of Spain's first Prime Minister at La Casa del Presidente in Ávila

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

Built as a retreat from the world, the summer home of Spain’s first Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez has nevertheless witnessed plenty of history. Here the mechanics of the Spanish Transition were devised by Spaniards seeking democracy. Lovingly restored as a five-star escape, it still feels very much like a classic country house, with a terrific restaurant to boot.

Nestled against Ávila´s medieval walls, surrounded by gorgeous gardens, the President’s House is a place to relax and reconnect. Wake up in a large fluffy bed, take a dip in the pool, tuck into homemade dishes of local produce popping with flavor, then read or play chess in the warm afternoon sun.

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9. Experience the hottest hotel in Lisbon right now with a stay at The Lumiares

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

This luxury 47-room hotel and spa—an 18th-century palace actually—seems to perfectly capture the colors, patterns, and famous golden sunlight of Europe's coolest city. Up on Bairro Alto, The Lumiares gets all the city's bohemian charm, as well as spectacular views.

Rooms are spacious and populated with pieces by local brands and artists, giving a 'home from home' feel. (Most are apartments, many have their own kitchen.) The Lumi Rooftop restaurant is the current home of star chef Joao Silva. Come for high quality, locally sourced, seasonal dishes served under a canopy of blue sky, or just stop at the bar for cocktails before hitting the city.

Don't miss the hotel's excellent spa, with assured therapists, and products by La Sultane de Saba.

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10. Hide away in the under-the-radar retreat of The Vintage Hotel & Spa in Lisbon

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

Clean, curved, modernist lines, tropical plants, and 1950s and 60s furniture pieces appear throughout this hip hotel, showcasing the Portuguese take on mid-century lifestyle and luxury.

As you relax in your room, your eye will fall upon a vintage bar cart, where a complimentary gin & tonic kit created by Portuguese cocktail expert Nino Lopes awaits you. Don’t stop at one: head up to the hotel’s stylish V bar overlooking São Jorge Castle for seconds. There are panoramic views of the city from here. Downstairs, meantime, you'll find a contemporary restaurant for dishes such as slow-roasted pork cheek.

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