The honeymoon year
28 Sep 2012
The honeymoon year
If you’re having difficulty deciding where to book your ultimate honeymoon holiday, try one of these suggestions from Andrew of Wedding and Honeymoon Escapes.
JANUARY: The Caribbean
The relaxed pace, beautiful beaches and friendly hospitality of the Caribbean’s small islands, like St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and Antigua, are legendary and the idyllic setting for a relaxing, romantic honeymoon. The warm sunshine of the high season with temperatures ranging from 26 to 30C is the perfect antidote to the English winter.
Chill out on the beach and take a dip in the warm, blue water or indulge in the many water sports on offer, from snorkeling and scuba diving to kayaking. Whatever you want to do, you can do it all in your own time – no pressure!
FEBRUARY: South Africa
A world in one country with City life, beaches and wonderful game viewing, South Africa has it all. February is in the South African summer with little rainfall and plenty of sun.
Take time to visit the Winelands and Garden Route tour from Cape Town which brings to life the most interesting areas in South Africa’s Western Cape Province or perhaps get up close to the “Big Five” on a Safari adventure in one of S Africa’s many national parks.
If time allows why not spend part of your honeymoon in Namibia, a land of wide open spaces and a friendly and hospitable people who will welcome you with open arms and do everything they can to make your stay memorable.
MARCH: The Maldives
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a series of ancient coral reefs, islands where the pace of life is relaxed and the nearest thing to paradise with bright blue skies, all-year sunshine and fantastic diving and snorkelling in the clear blue warm water teeming with countless varieties of fish.
Consistent temperatures of 30C and the dry season make March the ideal time to be there. Take a boat to one of the uninhabited islands for a day or two playing Robinson Crusoe. Night reef fishing trips offer a chance to catch and grill your own barbecue.
A romantic dinner under the stars or just lazing around in your private bungalow watching the endless turquoise waters while you are treated to a spa treatment in the room – the recipe for the perfect honeymoon.
For an adventurous honeymoon in an unusual location Vietnam has it all. It is a country of spectacular beauty and contrasts from the Red River and Mekong Deltas, green rice-paddy fields and beaches to soaring mountains and dense and misty forests.
The capital city and cultural centre of Hanoi, mixes East and West with a rich history of more than 600 pagodas and temples as well as French colonial buildings. By contrast Halong Bay to the east offers glimpses of everyday life on the bay and you can stay overnight or spend a few hours aboard a traditional junk touring among the 1,969 limestone islands or take a look at Hue to the south to explore the famous Perfume River and the Imperial City’s showcase of Vietnamese history.
Spectacular sunrises and wonderful beaches make this archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean a special place for a truly romantic and relaxed break from the real world. Why not consider island hopping?
Diving, sailing and water sports on the turquoise waters are a year-round attraction.
From May to September are ideal times for hiking and for exploring the trails to find some of the rarest and most beautiful plant and animal species in the world. This is the home of the legendary palm tree, the Coco-de Mer, which grow the Sea Coconut, a double coconut also called the Love Nut.
With its French history and Creole culture where else would you find a local liqueur called Coco d’Amour for a bedtime nightcap?
For a lavish five-star honeymoon in Europe where the sun is not too hot to bear Cyprus is the place to go.
This island in the Mediterranean was once given by Anthony to Cleopatra as a gift – the ultimate love token – and its romantic history continues with Richard the Lionheart, who fell in love with and married its Queen Berengaria. You can bathe in the same sea as the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, visit a nesting site for rare turtles at Lara Beach or walk among the pines and cedars of the Troödos Mountains.
With this kind of history and its year-round sunshine the perfect, romantic honeymoon has to be guaranteed. Love is plainly in the air!
The exotic Indonesian island of Bali is the one place in the East where you can go during the UK summer and feel comfortable with year-round daytime temperatures of 23 to 30C. Nicknamed the Island of the Gods this romantic paradise has something for everyone.
Peace and quiet, stunning beaches, water sports and a colourful, spiritual and varied culture are all waiting for you. The island’s dance and music are famous, as are its many wonderfully-elaborate Hindu temples. Perhaps indulge in a little gentle browsing and bargaining for the many local arts and crafts to take home a special memory.
If you want to be pampered after the hectic run-up to the wedding Bali is the place to be, with several hot springs and numerous yoga and well-being centres and spas offering the wonderfully relaxing Balinese massage, usually done with oil and involves long, Swedish-style strokes.
August is the best time to visit Kenya if you dream of a safari as part of your honeymoon. This is the peak of the wildlife migration season. You won’t be disappointed if you spend a few days in the famous Masai Mara game reserve this time of year.
Perhaps follow it with some relaxation time at Mombasa Beach by the Indian Ocean and finish off the day with a romantic candlelit dinner served in the open under the stars.
Round off your honeymoon with a stay on the nearby “spice” island of Zanzibar A short flight fro Kenya. This cultural melting pot is a favourite for its romantic paradise beaches of white sands fringed with banana palms, mangroves and coconut trees.
SEPTEMBER: Amalfi Coast
For a five-star European honeymoon and plenty of cultural sights to explore the Amalfi Coast on Italy’s Southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, a place of lemon groves and historic old towns and villages and beautiful cliff-side properties.
Whether you stay in Sorrento, Amalfi or Positano or take in a tour of a few days stay in each to sample a mix of ancient history and natural beauty. Pompei and the Vesuvius volcano are within reach as is the Natural Reserve of the Ferriere, the Scala Mountains and the Canneto River.
Multicultural Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is a dream destination for honeymooners where the relaxed mixture of people of all faiths lives in a harmony unlike anywhere else in the world.
Nothing will be too much trouble to help you relax in this paradise of lagoons and endless white beaches when you want to enjoy the sea or just to soak up the sun.
If the seemingly miles of beaches, the natural hospitality of the Mauritian people and the huge range of different types of food are not enough , why not pay a visit to some of the spas, where you can put yourself into the capable hands of experts and allow yourself to be carried away by your senses.
For a bit of variety try Grand Bay, a shopping and leisure paradise that is also the area Mauritians head for when they want a fun-filled night out.
The start of Australia’s summer is the Northern Hemisphere’s winter making it the perfect time to escape the grey skies for a once in a lifetime trip.
There is so much to see and do in Australia that you may never want to leave! On the Eastern coast there is so much choice, from Gold Coast in South East Queensland, the many fine surfing beaches, the Great Barrier Reef and some truly stunning national parks. Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are all within reach, the choice is yours.
If you have time how about a quick hop to the North to visit Darwin and Alice Springs and the famous Ayers Rock, also called Uluru.
Thailand is the capital of chilled-out spa therapy and wonderful food blending the influences of China and India into something uniquely Thai.
The daytime temperatures range from 20-30C and along the coastal tail are the limestone islands of Ko Tao and Kho Phi Phi Don, all tall palms angling over pearly sand. Ko Tao is the place to learn to dive. It is an island blessed with crystal clear water and coral reefs shallow enough for beginners to explore.
Head to Chiang Mai, for rides on the elephant trail and perhaps learn more about the unique Thai culture and take a cooking course.
To explore more of this ancient country you could also take an excursion to climb the mountains around Mae Hong Son.
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