Honeymoon Inspiration: Where to Honeymoon When in the Year
As well as bucket list locations and taking flight time into consideration, your destination decision definitely depends on the time of year you’re planning to go - nobody wants to end up in Thailand in monsoon season, or at a ski resort without a spot of snow.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide on where to honeymoon when in the year to make sure your honeymoon is the most memorable trip of your life; whether you’re after sun-soaked beaches in the middle of winter or want to make sure it won’t be swelteringly hot on your city break, we’ve got you covered.
JANUARY: The Maldives
Winter sun doesn't get much more idyllic than a balmy unspoilt beach in The Maldives. Treat yourselves to some honeymoon luxury at Amilla Fushi in Baa Atoll, where the clearest turquoise waters meet 5-star service in spectacular style, <em><a href="http://www.amilla.mv" target="_blank" title="amilla fushi" rel="nofollow">www.amilla.mv</a> <br /><br /></em>If the Maldives doesn't tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other far-flung destinations you can jet off to in January that also promise winter sun. Countries bathed in winter warmth include Sri Lanka, Réunion, Tanzania and Saint Lucia.<em><br /></em><br />In Saint Lucia, we recommend booking yourself into <a href="http://www.prestigeworld.co.uk/luxury-caribbean/st-lucia/luxury-hotels/jade-mountain-hotel/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jade Mountain</a>, a hillside resort that allows you to be totally surrounded by beauty, making sure you really relax and get away from it all. <br /><br />Our top tip for Sri Lanka is the <a href="http://www.kuoni.co.uk/sri-lanka/yala-and-udawalawe/hotels/uga-chena-huts-yala" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Chena Huts</a> in the deep south of the country, boasting thatched huts with floor-to-ceiling windows. In Réunion we love <a href="https://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/reunionisland" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lux* Saint Gilles</a>, the only five-star resort on the island; it offers VIP transfers, helicopter flights and sunset catamaran cruises. <br /><br />When it comes to Tanzania, we're all about the wildlife and suggest shacking up at the <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/serengeti/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti</a>, which boasts both magical game drives and a private infinity pool.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/promotions/honeymoons-for-all-seasons-from-turquoise/22063.html" target="_blank" title="turquoise ">Click here for more inspiration on where to honeymoon in your wedding season.</a>
FEBRUARY: The Seychelles
It was the destination of choice for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the royal wedding and it's not exactly hard to see why. North Island is as exclusive as it is naturally spectacular. The best bit? With just 11 villas you only have to share this paradise on earth with some rather cute critters, like the Giant Aldabra Tortoise,<a href="http://www.north-island.com" target="_blank" title="North Island" rel="nofollow"> north-island.com<br /><br /></a>Other idyllic options for February include South Africa, Tobago and Brazil. For newlyweds in the mood for South America, Brazil's <a href="http://ibiti.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Reserva do Ibitipoca</a> offers back-to-nature tranquility, with 4000 hectares of land containing waterfalls, wildlife, forest and lakes.<br /><br />If South Africa takes your fancy, we recommend making a pilgrimage to the <a href="https://www.destinology.co.uk/hotels/sabi-sands-game-reserve/singita-lebombo/9842/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Singita Lebombo Lodge</a>, which offers a refreshing twist on the classic safari lodge, with modern comforts amidst the untamed beauty of Kruger National Park.<br /><br />Honeymooners travelling to Tobago could check out <a href="https://www.castararetreats.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Castara Retreats</a>, promising to allow guests to kick back and get close to nature with 15 lodges sitting high on a hillside, surrounded by tropical vegetation, boasting beautiful beach views.
If David Attenborough's series wasn't enough to tempt you across the globe to discover the delights Down Under, perhaps this gorgeous photo of the Whitsunday Islands will. Or maybe the fact that Taylor Swift chose the award-winning qualia resort on Hamilton Island as the place to soak up some sun is enough to convince you that this far flung destination really is honeymoon heaven,<a href="http://www.qualia.com.au" target="_blank" title="qualia" rel="nofollow"><em> qualia.com.au<br /><br /></em></a>If you're not keen on long-haul holidays, consider Dubai as your March honeymoon destination. Hot all year round, the jewel in the Middle East's crown offers unrivalled warm weather and amazing shopping. We recommend the newly opened <a href="http://www.palazzoversace.ae/en/default.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Palazzo Versace</a> hotel which houses sensational restaurants and a 16th century ornate exterior.<br /><br />New York is another great option for March - beating the Christmas tourist rush and seeing the sights before the heat sets in. We recommend <a href="https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-nomad-hotel?affID=uk_ppc_gen_kw_the%20nomad%20hotel_mt_e_cr_66333046763_ntw_g_dv_c&c3api=3230,66333046763,the%20nomad%20hotel&gclid=CNGomsu_w88CFYJuGwod-XwINQ" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The NoMad Hotel</a>, which has exquisitely decorated rooms and a critically acclaimed restaurant and cocktail bar to allow you to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw.
APRIL: St Lucia
There are few locations in the world as spectacular as the setting of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. The sprawling former plantation is hidden in a secluded valley and bay between St Lucia's most famous landmarks - The Pitons. Everywhere you look is an Instagrammable view and April is the perfect time to get snapping, <a href="http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach" target="_blank" title="viceroy" rel="nofollow">viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach<br /><br /></a>Other optimum April options include Zimbabwe, Jamaica and Hawaii. Our hotel of choice in Hawaii is <a href="https://www.stregisprinceville.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">St Regis Princeville</a>; it has breathtaking ocean views and offers you massages, chilled towels and fresh fruit while you lounge by the infinity pool.<br /><br />For a more active April experience, Zimbabwe is the one for you. <a href="http://www.theluxurysafaricompany.com/zimbabwe/mana-pools/rukomechi" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Ruckomechi Camp</a> is set on the banks of the Zambezi river and offers cruises in addition to on-land safaris and nature walks. <br /><br />In Jamaica, we'd plump for the <a href="http://www.carrier.co.uk/destinations/caribbean-bermuda-mexico/jamaica/jamaica-inn/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jamaica Inn</a>, promising long lazy breakfasts on the veranda, relaxing massages in the outdoor spa rooms and fruit punch on the private beach.
Tuscany in Spring…we can't think of a finer place to be right now. Temperatures are balmy, but not overwhelming and the landscape is a lush shade of green. Castello di Casole - A Timbers Resort, a gorgeous 10th century former castle is a stately place to take in the views,<em><a href="http://www.castellodicasole.com" target="_blank" title="castello di casole" rel="nofollow"> castellodicasole.com<br /></a><br /></em>If you're dreaming of further-flung destinations for your honeymoon in May, Barbados is an ever-popular option. Hit-up <a href="http://www.elegantresorts.co.uk/the-sandpiper/p" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Sandpiper</a> hotel where you can switch from beach to pool side in a matter of seconds thanks to the white sands on its doorstep.<br /><br />Fiji should be on the table for your May 'moon, especially if you're keen for total privacy. <a href="https://www.scottdunn.com/luxury-holidays/australasia/pacific/fiji/mamanuca-islands/vomo-island-resort" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Vomo Resort</a> has a private island you can escape to with just a picnic and a two-way radio. <br /><br />Morocco also makes for a good May destination and is only just over three hours on a plane from the UK. For a true taste of luxury, stay at the <a href="http://www.mandarinoriental.com/marrakech/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mandarin Oriental in Marrakech</a>, offering the feel of a traditional riad on a grander scale.
If culture is top of your honeymoon hotlist then head to Peru and its mind-blowing Inca Trail. Don't be put off by the tourists at Machu Picchu. There's more than enough room for everyone and once inside the UNESCO world heritage site you'll only have eyes for the mountain views and incredible feats of the Inca civilisation. Make the trip all the more romantic at rustic chic Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes, <em><a href="http://www.inkaterra.com/inkaterra/inkaterra-machu-picchu-pueblo-hotel/" target="_blank" title="inkaterra" rel="nofollow">inkaterra.com<br /><br /></a></em>If the South Pacific is on your travel bucket list, the Cook Islands are worth considering for your June honeymoon. Retreat from the world at the <a href="https://www.scottdunn.com/luxury-holidays/australasia/pacific" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pacific Resort Aitutak</a>i, which holds host to an open-air spa, 27 rooms that are all on the beach and two dining options.<br /><br />If staying closer to home is more what you had in mind for your honeymoon in June, Crete in Greece is worth considering. Spend your days sunbathing and feasting on food and wine overlooking the Aegean Sea. Stay at <a href="Daios%20Cove" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Daios Cove</a>, home to a private beach and three restaurants.<br /><br />June is also a good time to head to Asia and sample what Malaysia has to offer. Our top accommodation pick is <a href="https://www.destinology.co.uk/hotels/langkawi/the-datai-hotel/9858/?rmsrc=1&pid=ppc-FE&_$ja=tsid:82302%7Ccid:10112280%7Cagid:36430887548%7Ctid:kwd-32915510%7Ccrid:117383358068%7Cnw:g%7Crnd:12304962852802084432%7Cdvc:c%7Cadp:1t2&gclid=CLa5xL7Fw88CFVTNGwodBh8I4A" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Datai Langkawi</a> in Kedah. It's surrounded by tropical rainforest and is an ideal option for a secluded and tranquil honeymoon.
If it's animal action you're after you can't go wrong with the Maasai Mara in July. It's THE place to tick off the Big Five and if you're lucky you'll catch sight of the biggest event in the wildlife calendar - the wildebeest migration. Your base can be just as impressive as the wildlife - Sir Richard Branson's latest African retreat Mahali Mzuri has a dozen luxury tents and front-row seats of the migration, <em><a href="http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/mahali-mzuri" target="_blank" title="mahali" rel="nofollow">virginlimitededition.com/en/mahali-mzuri<br /><br /></a></em>France is a fabulous option for July honeymoons too, if you're wondering where to honeymoon when in the year. Close to home, Paris isn't known as the city of love for no reason. If you're looking for a palatial residence boasting a restaurant with huge glittering chandeliers, shack up in the <a href="https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/hotel-plaza-athenee/?gclid=CJa_kYbGw88CFTMW0wod46kGUA" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hôtel Plaza Athénée <br /></a><br />For an African adventure of a different kind, head to Botswana. Stay at the <a href="http://www.andbeyond.com/nxabega-okavango-tented-camp/?gclid=CPm30trHw88CFUieGwodOJwFbA" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">And Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp</a>; it overlooks a lagoon and has plenty to offer nature lovers. The beds have been positioned to take in the best of the views and even have both indoor and outdoor showers.
Everyone who's anyone is hopping over the North Sea these days to enjoy the metropolitan magic of Amsterdam. So get on trend and go Dutch with a honeymoon full of museum trips and cycling along canals in this urban delight.Book a canal view room at Hotel Pulitizer, which is right in the historic heart of town, <em><a href="http://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com" target="_blank" title="pulitzer" rel="nofollow">pulitzeramsterdam.com<br /><br /></a></em>For a Latin American honeymoon in July, Ecuador is a must visit. Stay at the <a href="https://www.audleytravel.com/ecuador/accommodation/hacienda-zuleta" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hacienda Zuleta</a>, a working farm two hours from the capital of Quito. The accommodation is set high up in the Andes, and is designed to feel like a private home. <br /><br />For a grown-up take on Florida head to the <a href="http://www.littlepalmisland.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Little Palm Island Resort and Spa</a>. This private island is reached by seaplane or boat and has no TVs or phones (or theme parks!), just beaches, pools and oceanfront dining.
SEPTEMBER: Bora Bora
Rub your eyes in disbelief because Bora Bora in the flesh is even better than it looks in this picture. Blue lagoons as far as the eye can see and perfect powder beaches are French Polynesia's specialty, but the sunsets are real reason to go. Watch the sky turn a romantic shade of peach melba with a bottle of champagne in hand from the deck of your overwater suite at Four Seasons Bora Bora, which has unrivalled views of the awesome Mount Otemanu, <em><a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/" target="_blank" title="four seasons Bora bora" rel="nofollow">fourseasons.com/borabora<br /><br /></a></em>As the temperature at home starts to cool off, Bora Bora isn't the only destination that promises heat in September. Kenya is a good option for adventurous types; we recommend staying at the <a href="https://www.thesafaricollection.com/properties/sasaab/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sasaab Lodge</a>. The bush hideaway is exquisite, complete with open-air bathroom and plunge pool. If you can tear yourself away from your base there are bathing elephants to observe and camel rides to undertake.<br /><br />Newlyweds after a food-led wedding should travel to British Columbia in Canada; Vancouver is a paradise for foodies and contemporary-cool <a href="http://www.fairmont.com/waterfront-vancouver/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fairmont Waterfront </a>is a great spot for your culinary adventures.
OCTOBER: The Galapagos Islands
<p>Forget the HMS Beagle, the brand new state-of-the-art Santa Cruz II ship is the only way to discover Darwin’s natural delights such as the eerie marine iguanas and lazy beached sea lions. On board you’ll find 50 modern cabins with spacious decks for whale watching, two hot tubs and even a gym, <em><a href="http://www.santacruzgalapagoscruise.com" target="_blank" title="santa cruz" rel="nofollow">santacruzgalapagoscruise.com<br /><br /></a></em>Another great October honeymoon destination is Mozambique, especially if you opt to stay at <a href="https://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/mozambique/azura-benguerra" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Azura Benguerra Island</a>; it is set on an island in the Bazurato National Park, and staying there is like being cast away on a remote island, but with butlers, a spa, cocktails and fine dining. <br /><br />Japan is another choice for your October honeymoon, with Kyoto being a really romantic option. It is home to ornate golden temples and zen gardens as well as to the <a href="http://www.suirankyoto.com/en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Suiran</a> accommodation, a former private villa with just 39 rooms. </p>
NOVEMBER: Cape Town
Cape View Clifton is the perfect winter warmer. The clue's in the name - the outlook is really quite incredible, but the interiors are rather lovely to admire too. Light and bright and in the style of a very luxurious beach house you'll feel right at home honeymooning here, <em><a href="http://www.capeviewclifton.co.za" target="_blank" title="cape view" rel="nofollow">capeviewclifton.co.za<br /></a></em><br />Vietnam is also popular with November honeymooners; we recommend staying at <a href="http://www.thereveriesaigon.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Reverie Saigon</a>, the highest hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. It has panoramic views which can be enjoyed out of floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a spa to indulge in relaxing treatments.<br /><br />November is a good time to take a trip to New Zealand; just as it gets chillier in the UK, New Zealand temperatures start to climb. Stay at <a href="http://www.crabcove.co.nz" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Crab Cove</a> for quirky hobbit houses with saunas and unrivalled ocean views. <br /><br /><br />
<p>Shakti 360° Leti may be the world’s most Instagrammable escape: a magical mountain hideaway amid the soaring beauty of the Himalayas. The four enchanting guest cabins are designed to delight, with vast beds, pashminas and duvets for snuggling, and glass walls to maximise those once-in-a-lifetime views, <em><a href="http://www.shaktihimalaya.com/destinations/shakti-360-leti/" target="_blank" title="shakti" rel="nofollow">shaktihimalaya.com</a></em></p> Escape the December chill with a honeymoon to the Bahamas. At the <a href="https://www.itcluxurytravel.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">One & Only Beach Club</a> you can choose to lap up the luxury in the indulgent spa or take part in complimentary yoga classes and tennis games. <br /><br />December is also great time to take a trip to America, namely California. The year round sun will keep you nice and warm, and imagine the festive delights at Disneyland! Take a road trip further into the state and stay at <a href="https://www.audleytravel.com/usa/california/accommodation/post-ranch-inn" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur</a>. The clifftop accommodation holds host to an award-winning spa and three heated pools, and you can even indulge in tai chi and stargazing sessions. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/promotions/honeymoons-for-all-seasons-from-turquoise/22063.html" target="_blank" title="turquoise ">Click here for more inspiration on where to honeymoon in your wedding season.</a>