Finding the best honeymoon destinations is a task that takes time and care.
As always, seasons come into play and matching your wedding date to your honeymoon becomes something of a challenge. Nevertheless, this is set to be the most exciting holiday you’ll ever plan, so spend your time wisely and give yourself a getaway to remember, whether you want to chill out or have your first adventure as a married couple.
From spring time florals to autumnal bursts, and summer sun to winter delights, see our guide to finding the best honeymoon destinations for every season.
Our spring season spells perfect weather in Dubai, one of the best honeymoon destinations for city-lovers. Before the heavier heat of the summer months sets in, this is the place to go for super-luxury. Shopping, spas and city lights, there is plenty to be spoiled by.
Beyond the obvious urban attractions, the desert offers a sublime romantic hideaway – we love Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai. Set amid the dunes, the Bedouin romance is tangible with enchanting private suites overlooking the wildlife reserve. Pair with a twin-centre honeymoon to Mauritius to create dual-force of Arabian indulgence and powdered-sand tropics, where you can dive to coral reefs, meet Giant Tortoises and taste fresh fish and vibrant curries between catching the rays on the beach.
To see flowers in bloom, go to Italy or Scottsdale. The Italian lakes are simply stunning during spring, while Arizona’s city in the desert is ideal for American sophistication; with over one-hundred art galleries and a soul-stirring landscape of towering rocks and other-worldly cacti, it is bound to inspire.
And for a final option, need we say more than ‘springtime in Paris’? A timeless city of love, get lost on blossom scattered walks and live that effortlessly stylish French lifestyle.
The best honeymoon destinations for summer are bountiful. An escape to the wonderland of California is one of our favourite suggestions – take a road trip, cruising along the glittering pacific coastline, cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge and sipping on the world’s best wines, before letting loose in Los Angeles… it’s the California dream!
For a memorable adventure, take a journey into the Canadian wilderness, where the scenery is stunning in the winter months on the rugged Vancouver and Sonora Islands. If you’ve always wanted to see Tanzania’s magnificent wildebeest migration, summer is the best time to do so, and makes a spectacular way to mark a honeymoon. Pair it with a stay in 2017’s newly opened Six Senses Zil Payson in the Seychelles for a perfect twin centre option.
Of course, summer boasts a number of classics in its offering of the best honeymoon destinations. Koh Samui in Thailand is at its peak in terms of weather, meaning summer newlyweds can be whisked straight from their ceremony to some of the world’s best beaches. The ever-romantic Amalfi Coast in Italy is also at its best, with a picture-perfect coastline, while Greece’s Santorini’s world-famous sunsets never lose their magic.
Autumn is one of the richest seasons, and the best honeymoon destinations for these months follow suit with a heady mix of culture and colour. Morocco is blessed with the romance of sweeping dunes, sumptuous riads and twinkling souks, not to mention the fragrant spices that make meal times the highlight of the day. Oman, the Middle East’s cultural gem, also boasts rich heritage that makes a perfect honeymoon backdrop – think burning frankincense, craggy skylines lit under the moon and world-class hospitality.
If nothing says autumn beauty to you more than blankets of falling leaves, the best honeymoon destinations for you can be found stateside in New England. October is when the hills of New England come ablaze with the hues of the turning leaves. Take a road trip along the scenic routes, stopping for a taste of handcrafted ciders, before cosying up by the fireplace. Of course, the city of New York is nearby too, meaning you can stopover for a little shopping.
Closer to home, the vineyards of Tuscany in Italy and Douro Valley in Portugal are a perfect match for wine lovers. The hillsides burst into an autumnal palette, and wines are being harvested, meaning there is plenty of activity to get involved in.
The best honeymoon destinations for winter take two forms – either hide from the cold, or embrace it!
The Caribbean is a classic winter destination. The laid-back and carefree attitude combined with platinum sands, is simply made for honeymoon heaven. Even better, you can find a number of adults-only hotels, such as Calabash Cove Resort & Spa in St Lucia, Hermitage Bay in Antigua and The House by Elegant Hotels in Barbados. Mexico, meanwhile, is all set for your first married fiesta and Viceroy, Riviera Maya is ideal for an intimate adults-only hideaway.
The Maldives is another timeless honeymoon favourite, which is at it’s prime, in terms of weather, during our winter season – nothing says romance more than those endless turquoise lagoons and flushed sunset displays. South Africa, meanwhile, is at its most cost-effective to visit in winter. An itinerary that combines Cape Town, the Winelands and a safari is a fabulous way to make the most of your precious honeymoon time. See our ‘Romance in the Rainbow Nation’ journey for some inspiration.
Finally, if the idea of a fairytale honeymoon laced in snow appeals to your romantic side, consider a ski break. Megève, in France, is a real storybook ski town, complete with horse-drawn carriages trundling along the cobbled streets alongside its ninety restaurants, including eight Michelin stars.
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