Over the last year, we have been sharing the best places to honeymoon by each month of the year. Whether you want to honeymoon right after your summer wedding in June or you can’t get away until December, every corner of the globe has its merits during certain seasons. In case you missed our month-by-month round-ups of where to go and where to stay each month for your newlywed getaway, we are bringing the best places to honeymoon by season to one spot. Hang on to those itchy travel feet because you just might want to make a practice out of honeymooning all year long when you get a load of these spots by season.
Best Winter Honeymoon Destinations
Winter weddings are still catching on in popularity and so are winter honeymoons. Some couples choose to honeymoon in the winter merely from a logistical standpoint. With more time off around the holidays, couples can have lengthy honeymoons but not always the most desirable destinations to choose when it comes to weather conditions. Frankly, we couldn’t disagree more that winter isn’t a good time to honeymoon.
Beginning with the weather debate, some couples will write off the winter honeymoon if they want a warm, soft sands experience. However, December, January, and February constitute summer in the Southern Hemisphere. You can skip winter in the Northern Hemisphere and head for spots like Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia throughout the winter months.
While you and the birds head south for the winter, you can unwind and relax on your summer south of the equator at a number of luxury accommodations like the Southern Ocean Lodge in Australia and the Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia. The Southern Ocean Lodge sits on Kangaroo Island near a towering cliff. Besides its views of the Southern Ocean, guests are treated to plush king beds and floor to ceiling windows.
The Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia, on the other hand, features natural and remote surroundings for your winter honeymoon. Surrounded by the Gulf of Thailand, the resort features private plunge pools in each villa for optimal relaxation.
Even if you don’t have the time to escape all the way to the Southern Hemisphere, your winter honeymoon can still involve warm temperatures. December, January, and February can also be a great time to head for Central America and the Caribbean. You can still get those warmer temps without traveling as far. January and February are prime times to head to locales like Panama and Costa Rica when you can expect minimal rainfall and warm weather. While in Panama you can honeymoon at the romantic El Otro Lado. Located in Portobelo, just 30 minutes from Panama City, the property features private retreats with local artwork and modern amenities.
Then again, some couples would prefer to honeymoon in the winter for the snow. In December, nothing beats the Christmas markets and skiing in the French Alps. And as one should do while in the French Alps, you can hole up at a chalet like Chalet One Oak. Settled into the charming mountain village of Combloux, the venue features a designer kitchen, fireplace and close access to the famous Megeve Ski Resort. Honeymooners can also keep closer to home on a winter honeymoon to Montana. A winter wonderland throughout the season, especially by February, snowbirds can appreciate all of the winter sports and activities at the Resort at Paws Up. Perched on 37,000 acres of Montana landscape, the resort features Big Sky luxury for winter honeymoons with its private residences.
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Best Spring Honeymoon Destinations
Wedding season picks up speed in the spring and with good reason. Temperatures start to rise and flowers begin to bloom. Couples getting married in the spring face appealing spring honeymoon destinations. While March’s weather can be a bit of a gamble throughout most parts of the world, climates calm by April and May. Spring also falls in the shoulder season around the globe. Crowds are at a minimum and as a result, prices aren’t sky high.
Spring, in particular, is the prime time to take that African honeymoon you have always envisioned. Honeymooners are treated to prime game viewing conditions as many animals head out in the open for watering holes, especially in spots like Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. March is one of the best times to head to Tanzania as the weather dries out and game viewing heightens. Set on the Selous Game Preserve, honeymooners can enjoy a classic East Africa safari experience at Azura Selous. The property lends luxury-tented villas so you can get right up close and personal with the wildlife.
Honeymoons in the spring can also take advantage of the shoulder season in Europe, a continent that can sometimes overwhelm in the busy high season. With fewer crowds and warmer temperatures, locales like Italy prove ideal in the spring. Couples are treated to a wealth of festivals in Italy during March, April, and May. You can live out those Under the Tuscan sun fantasies at Borgo San Pietro. A fixture in the idyllic Valle Serena, the boutique hotel provides couples with that dose of history as it occupies a restored 13th-century villa.
The spring months are also good times to go a bit more exotic with your honeymoon destination selection. With fewer crowds to battle, you get a much more end of the world feel in places like Rajasthan, India, and Marrakech, Morocco. Settled in northwestern India, Jawai Leopard Camp provides a fine honeymoon escape with its classic safari camp vibe. Guests stay in one of 8 luxury tented suites, each featuring their own private deck.
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Best Summer Honeymoon Destinations
Summer offers the best of honeymoon conditions in many respects but couples have to take the good with the bad. Summer honeymoons can also mean scorching temperatures and high humidity in the Northern Hemisphere along with more and more crowds. The summer honeymoon in June, July, and August means more careful planning but there are still loads of destinations that have their merits in the summertime.
For many couples, the summer honeymoon is appealing for optimal beach conditions. Places like Greece, Fiji, the Maldives and Zanzibar are appealing in the summer months for their sandy shores. Greece, in particular, provides honeymooners with warm waters and plenty of islands to explore in the summer. The Blue Cave Villas on Zakynthos lend that typical Greek getaway with infinity pools and sea views. The Ionian island hideaway positions honeymooners near secluded beaches during stays at one of the property’s four unique villas.
The summer is also a good time to travel around the U.S. Couples will find conditions on the east coast like in Maine to be comfortable for sightseeing and being outdoors. Out west, Colorado shines with those warm days and cool mountain nights. To get in all the hiking you’ll want on your honeymoon, newlyweds can settle into Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The small exclusive resort exudes Old West charm throughout its 12 private cabins.
And while summer might mean more crowds, June, July and August can also produce culturally rich travels. Museums, galleries and pretty much every attraction you’ll want to experience will be open. Spots like England, rich in manor homes, castles and world-class museums can be enticing to couples in the summer as the gloom and gray is mostly kept at bay. Belmond Le Manoir makes for a great honeymoon hideaway in the village of Great Milton in Oxfordshire, England. The boutique hotel sweetens stays by also housing one of the country’s most esteemed restaurants.
The culture continues down to Stellenbosh, South Africa. The premier wine and dining destination outfits with the Clouds Estate, a luxury venue just 45 minutes from Cape Town. Contemporary rooms feature views of the surrounding vineyards and mountains.
In Depth Summer Honeymoon:
Best Fall Honeymoon Destinations
Like spring, fall can be an attractive time to honeymoon as it too occupies a shoulder season stretch. The crowds of summer have all gone home, leaving newlyweds with many of the most romantic destinations to share with mostly just each other. Autumn also proves colorful for honeymoons with many destinations seeing their trees change to brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds. In addition, couples have the chance to get away for longer honeymoons over the Thanksgiving holiday in November.
Fall foliage trips make for idyllic honeymoon backdrops, especially in New England. Vermont sees its best colors in October while much of the region starts to see the leaves change beginning in September. For a honeymoon retreat amidst the foliage, couples can head to Twin Farms in Vermont. The inclusive resort provides unique accommodations in Vermont with all of the New England charms. Couples can cozy up in one of the 10 freestanding cottages and appreciate a gourmet menu and fine wines.
If leaf peeping isn’t quite your cup of tea, fall honeymoons are appealing for their shoulder season gems. Places like St. Barts, Brazil, and Italy provide a much calmer and quieter honeymoon escape. Brazil entices during September, as the summer season hasn’t begun just yet, leaving lower prices and fewer crowds. Insólito Boutique Hotel sets up in the Brazilian resort town of Armação dos Búzios. For honeymooners, the locale can’t get any sweeter in the fall with warm waters and 26 beaches to enjoy those shores from in town.
In St. Barts, a fall honeymoon is perhaps at its best in November when the rainy season has ended. The droves of vacation goers haven’t arrived for the busy season just yet. For a glamour filled honeymoon spot, many couples select La Banane for their fall honeymoon hideaway. Just 10 minutes from the Saint Barts Airport, the retro-chic boutique hotel only features 9 rooms for an exclusive and private feel.
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