As we put the April showers out of sight and mind, we move into May, an ideal time to take your honeymoon. May is still considered the shoulder season in many popular destinations, lending couples fewer crowds to battle and more alone time. The weather in the northern hemisphere is also starting to heat up and summer is on the horizon. With fewer tourists and lower prices, couples who honeymoon in May can get a great deal of bang for their buck. From the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu to the breathtaking beaches of Bali, here are our picks for the best destinations for honeymoon in May.
Couples seeking a more adventurous honeymoon can look towards Peru. Gifted both in natural and man-made attractions, the South American country covers in lush Amazon terrain, snow-sprinkled mountains, Pacific coastline and colonial architecture. You can roam the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu and the mysterious Nazca Lines or get lost down Cusco’s cobblestone streets. Peru, in particular, shines in May, especially if you want to hike to Machu Picchu. It is one of the best months to do so in terms of weather and crowds. If you do plan on hiking the Inca Trail, you will need to secure a permit several months in advance.
Before you set out for Machu Picchu, honeymooners can adjust to the altitude in Cusco at the Inkaterra La Casona. The 16th-century manor house boasts antique furnishings and local art throughout the property. Located in Cusco’s art district, the historic building was once home to Simon Bolivar and Spanish conquistador Diego de Almagro. Inkaterra La Casona lends 11 suites for couples to choose from, equipped with extra large bathtubs and heated floors.
Floating right off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas have long been a popular honeymoon destination. Known for its sandy beaches, fishing, and near perfect weather, the coral-based archipelago features more than 700 islands. May is one of the best times to honeymoon in the Bahamas as rates drop and the weather is still warm. Couples don’t have to worry about hurricanes raining on their parade and the humidity hovers at relatively low levels.
As the Bahamas are comprised of hundreds of island, couples can often have their own island during their stay. Musha Cay makes that possible, located in the Exuma chain of islands. Owned by David Copperfield, the resort sits on its own 150-acre island, lending couples utmost privacy during their stay. With sugar-like sands and warm waters, honeymooners can appreciate an exclusive private island experience. Multiple villas are available for rent with rooms equipped with wrap-around porches and classic four-poster beds. Musha Cay lurks 85 miles from Nassau.
Marrakech is one of those cities where you can step back in time and get lost in the mazy souks. The Moroccan city intoxicates with its intense and colorful medieval medina. Honeymooners will find May to be the prime time to visit the city. Not only are the surrounding hills and valleys blooming with colorful flowers but also the weather is comfortable and warm. The summer crowds also haven’t arrived, lending a more private experience for couples.
The chaos of the city can be a bit exhausting for honeymooners. It is best to stay just a bit outside of Marrakech at Taj Omayma. Twenty minutes from the heart of the city, the boutique property provides a relaxing and calming getaway from the city while still being close to it. Throughout its 16 rooms, guests can enjoy traditional Moroccan design with modern touches. Continental breakfast is served each morning as well. Couples will delight in the 25-meter pool, on-site spa and golfing close by to the property. Taj Omayma also appreciates views of both the mountains and the desert, lending couples the epitome of a North African vacation experience.
Montauk, New York
Perched at the easternmost point of Long Island and roughly 120 miles from New York City, Montauk relishes in its detachment. The beach community has become a favorite for fishermen and surfers over time. The surrounding area yields idyllic honeymoon conditions with picturesque towns and long stretches of beaches to roam. With a laid back spirit, Montauk is often a favorite of travelers looking to get away from it all. May provides Montauk with a calm before the storm feel. The crowds of summer mostly arrive at the Hamptons and Montauk after the Memorial Day weekend. Couples who choose to honeymoon in May in Montauk won’t have to battle intense traffic but can still enjoy the surrounding beaches and towns.
For a beach chic getaway, the Surf Lodge in Montauk provides a fine honeymoon spot. The boutique hotel carefully balances relaxation and sophistication to provide the perfect spot for a honeymoon in town. Its rustic bar and water views could have you lingering a little bit longer. If you choose to stay on into the summer, the Surf Lodge rewards with concerts on weekends and holidays.
There might not be a bad time to visit Tuscany, but May certainly has its merits. A visit during the month of May provides honeymooners with a quieter Tuscany. Temperate and comfortable temperatures make it possible to sightseeing and wine taste without weather getting in the way. Home to some of the world’s best art and architecture, Tuscany fills with fertile landscapes dotted with olive groves and world famous vineyards. Couples honeymooning in May will also find a wealth of festivals in the area during the month, many of which a bit quirky like the Corso dei Ceri in Gubbio in which teams race up a mountain carrying a 9-meter high candle.
Tuscany offers countless accommodation options for honeymooners, but it might be most appealing to stay in medieval digs while in the area. Monteverdi Tuscany provides just that with its collection of restored 12th century stone buildings. Located in the Tuscan village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Monteverdi Tuscany sits just 45 minutes from the Florence airport. In addition to offering luxury rental villas, the property also includes a hotel with six suites and four luxury rooms. Throughout Monteverdi Tuscany, guests will find a blend of both historic and modern touches. Some rooms outfit with more unusual amenities like a fireplace and copper soaking tub.
Known for its rich spirituality and paradise feel, Bali makes for a popular honeymoon spot no matter the time of year. The Indonesian island lends couple's idyllic honeymoon conditions from its breathtaking beaches to its terraces of rice paddies. Bali in May sees the end of the dry season for the island. Considered one of the best times to visit, May also falls in the low season, making it easy for couples to find good deals on accommodations, attractions, and cuisine.
And when in Bali, couples should have their own villa. Semara Uluwatu Resort makes that possible with its selection of large private villas spread out across seven hectares of tropical gardens. Each villa comes with a dedicated butler and chef. Couples can enjoy suites with king sized beds, private patios, flat screen televisions and private outdoor showers. Semara Uluwatu Resort boasts a cliff-side location in Bali.
Louisville might not sound like a typical honeymoon destination. The largest city in Kentucky, however, provides a great deal of art, history and of course bourbon to drink if your honeymoon needs to be in a quick and easy location. Right smack in the middle of Bourbon country, you can tour the many distilleries in the area. Couples can also hop aboard the historic Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat in the nation, or get lost in Old Louisville, home to one of the largest historic preservation districts in the country. With a city park system designed by Frederick Law Olmstead of Central Park fame, Louisville provides plenty of green spaces for long walks as newlyweds.
May is undoubtedly one of the best times to come to town, especially if you can score a ticket to the Kentucky Derby. Held the first week of May, you can attend the iconic sporting event or partake in other activities going on in town for the weekend.
Louisville also lends a number of boutique hotels for honeymooners. The Brown Hotel offers that historic vibe and old Louisville charm. Built in 1923, the property is also known for being the birthplace of the Hot Brown sandwich. In addition, the downtown also offers the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville. The boutique hotel features not just an on-site spa and restaurant but also a contemporary art museum.
Mozambique seems almost designed for honeymooners. With its extensive coastline, turquoise waters, well-preserved corals, and colonial style architecture, the southeast African country is a beauty no matter how you slice it. Beach bums will delight in 1,500 miles of beaches in the country alone. May proves to be one of the best times in Mozambique. The month ushers in cooler and drier weather as the rainy season finally subsides. With clear skies and sunshine, May is also one of the best times to take a safari in Mozambique as many animals head out in the open to watering holes during this time.
Couples looking for the perfect spot to honeymoon in Mozambique can look no farther than the Azura Benguerra Island. Considered one of the last untouched beach destinations, the island sits in the middle of a protected marine preserve. Couples can appreciate being surrounded by warm clear waters and soft sands while honeymooning on the island. The property features 17 villas with thatched roofs and palm tree gardens. Each villa is set up for a honeymoon with private infinity swimming pools and butler service.
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