Honeymoon Destinations in August
Where to go on Honeymoon in August
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
August is one of the most popular months for a wedding in the UK – mainly because of the high chance of good weather. But when it comes to honeymoon planning, you need to consider that August is peak school holiday time, airports are crowded and prices tend to be inflated. If you’re looking for a deal, it’s best to travel at the very end of August after most families have arrived home.
So where to go on honeymoon in August? If you want a short haul honeymoon, rather than heading to the popular spots in the Med, don’t forget about the wonderful places the UK and Northern Europe has to offer. It’s an ideal time to visit countries that can be chilly and wet at other times of the year such as Scandinavia or even Iceland.
If you decide to go long haul, avoid the Caribbean as this is the start of the hurricane season plus it tends to be hot and humid. You’re better off heading to islands such as the Seychelles, Ko Samui or Bali, all of which tend to enjoy fine weather and won’t be busy with families.
UK and Ireland in August
August is the perfect time to take advantage of sunny skies at home (hopefully!). Standards in UK accommodation have risen dramatically in recent years and you can find incredibly romantic places that rival anywhere in the world.
In the private grounds of Gilpin House, a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the Lake District, the newly-opened Gilpin Lake House is a gorgeous bolthole with just six suites where you can drink champagne in a lakeside hot tub and dine in the main house.
Scotland is wonderfully romantic whether you’re striding across the heather, taking boat trips on lochs or tucking into a dinner of hand-dived scallops and Highland beef. This five-night honeymoon starts in Edinburgh, takes in Loch Ness and includes a stay on a private island off the west coast of Argyll. See more ideas in Scotland.
In the hills of North Wales, I love Pentre Mawr Country House with its safari-style canvas lodges and outdoor hot tubs. If Cornwall or Devon are on your honeymoon hit-list, remember to book early as this is peak season. The Cary Arms in Babbacombe is a Devon highlight, while Gwel an Mor on the north coast of Cornwall has some lovely Scandinavian-style lodges.
One of the best ways to experience the UK on honeymoon, and even better if you’re watching the pennies, is to go self-catering. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars has some quirky “glamping” options, whether you fancy a Romany caravan or a yurt with a Georgian twist.
Sheepskin has a beautiful collection of cottages and honeymoon retreats in Wales. My favourites include Tailor’s Cottage in Snowdonia, Red Kite Barn hidden away in a forest in mid-Wales and Hafod Glan Gwy on the banks of the River Wye.
Also check out Rural Retreats which has some wonderful self-catering houses and cottages – see their properties for two.
A short ferry ride or flight will take you to Ireland where warm hospitality awaits in gorgeous country house hotels. Pick from a selection of special experiences including whale watching, whiskey tasting and foodie tours. Rent a classic car such as an Alfa Romeo Spider or MGB Roadster or stay in three different country hotels on this touring honeymoon in County Wexford and County Cork.
Short Haul Honeymoons in August
When it comes to Europe in August, I’d say it’s wise to pick and choose. You don’t want to be engulfed by the crowds, the overwhelming heat and – let’s face it – loads of families!
Iceland is a surprisingly hip destination in summer with beautiful places to stay like the Art-Deco Hotel Borg. Take a dip in the romantic Blue Lagoon, visit geysers, volcanoes, glaciers and mountains. In the first half of August, you can even enjoy a whale watching excursion under the midnight sun.
A cruise is a great way to see the Mediterranean – or the Baltic – in summer, though I suggest you avoid the huge floating hotels and opt instead for one of the new generation of small luxury cruise ships where the emphasis is on spacious accommodation, great food and service. Try the SeaDream Yacht Club which has just 57 cabins and 96 crew, or Seabourn. Details from The Luxury Cruise Company.
Another way to beat the crowds in high summer is to take a romantic cruise on a tall ship with the upmarket Star Clippers. Its Mediterranean cruises gets to the small ports that big ships cannot reach, and casting off at sunset with the giant sails flapping overhead is a magical experience.
Italy’s Amalfi coast is wonderfully romantic and – typical of the region – has temperatures of 28ºC and an average 11 hours of daily sunshine. I recommend you rent yourselves a villa or apartment with CV Travel, or you could hop on a ferry to the iconic island of Capri, one of the most stylish honeymoon locations in Europe. I love the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.
For fabulous Italian beaches it’s hard to beat Sardinia, home to some great hotels including Forte Village – famed for its spa and sporting facilities – and lesser known gems such as the charming and friendly Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo with just 65 rooms and suites set on a beautiful bay, and the stylish boutique Coluccia Hotel & Beach Club.
Less well known is the fascinating southern Italian region of Puglia where you’ll find historic towns and unspoilt beaches. Stay at the five-star Borgo Egnazia Hotel which has villas with private pools and a world class spa, or the intimate Il Melograno which dates back to the 16th century.
The rolling countryside and hilltop towns of Tuscany make a perfect setting for an August honeymoon, and if you pick the right hotel you will be safely insulated from the peak-season crowds. My recommendations include Borgo San Felice which has rooms dotted throughout a charming hamlet, and Villa Campestri, an elegant manor house set in acres of lawns and wooded parkland. See this selection of honeymoon hotels in Tuscany.
Even if you love Italy, you might want to avoid cities such as Venice and Rome at this time of year. They are simply too hot and crowded.
The Cote d’Azur in the South of France can get busy but not if you escape to a stylish hotel such as Le Mas de Pierre. If you want something more quirky – at a budget price – see this collection of boutique hotels including two beauties in Provence: a peaceful adults-only B&B and a stunning hillside retreat where you can sleep beneath the stars.
If you fancy Greece or Turkey, I would choose a remote rural hideaway rather than a hotel in a busy resort. In Turkey, I recommend the adults-only Mandarin Boutique Hotel which has just eight rooms and a peaceful swimming pool surrounded by quite countryside. All the rooms have four-poster beds and Jacuzzi.
Another great choice in Turkey is Badem Tatil Ev in Selimye, a perfect retreat for honeymooners. The hotel has 12 bedrooms set in flower-filled gardens with lovely views of the bay. There’s a large infinity pool and private beach club. In the Greek islands, Santorini is impossibly romantic, though it does get busy in August.
For island hopping head to Croatia. Arrive by private water taxi at the glamorous Villa Vilina on the traffic-free island of Lopud, or check into Hotel Podstine which overlooks the waterfront near funky Hvar Town. Hotel More has just 35 rooms, each with a panoramic view across the Elaphiti Islands. See more honeymoon ideas in Croatia.
Mallorca (29ºC temperatures, 10 hours of sunshine) makes a perfect short-haul honeymoon destination, with its elegant hotels, quiet resorts and rugged countryside: you can stay at a villa for two with private pool.
Long Haul Honeymoons in August
While the monsoon season engulfs much of Asia, there are a few areas in this exotic part of the world that escape the rains. The Indian state of Kerala (29ºC temperatures, 6 hours of sunshine) is a great honeymoon destination in August. You can combine a stay in a charming boutique hotel with a rice boat cruise along the backwaters – see this 14-day private honeymoon in Kerala.
Bali is another good option for this time of year with 29ºC temperatures and 10 hours of daily sunshine. I recommend these hotels, including Puri Ganesha, a laid-back luxury hideaway with wonderful organic food, Bambu Indah, which has antique houses set amongst rice paddies, and the gorgeous Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali.
A third option is the island of Koh Samui – it’s a laidback, dreamy place where you can dine barefoot on the beach and enjoy Thai massages for two in stunning romantic hotels such as Napasai and the Four Seasons. Expect 31ºC temperatures and 6 hours of daily sunshine.
If you want a dash of adventure, consider Peru which is at its best during our summer. Try this best-selling 8-day Highlights of Peru private tour which costs from £2,660 per person including flights from the UK.
I love this range of classic US fly drives updated for modern-day honeymooners. Try the California Highlights Trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 10 nights, with stays at Hotel Zetta in San Francisco, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park and the luxurious Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Prices start at just £1,925 per person, including flights and car hire.
One of the smart places for an exotic honeymoon in August is the Seychelles (27ºC, 9 hours of sunshine) has some of the world’s best beaches and doesn’t have to break the bank. Just Seychelles has found some charming small hotels such as Coco de Mer and Black Parrot Suites, along with gorgeous island resorts such as Denis Private Island.
Mauritius is another great choice with 26ºC temperatures and 8 hours of sunshine. At fab hotels such as LUX* Le Morne and Trou aux Biches, newlyweds are spoilt rotten. Find more honeymoons in Mauritius.
Head to Kenya for an incredible safari honeymoon. The Masai Mara is at its best between July and September and if you get the dates right you might even witness the wildebeest migration. Romantic places to stay include Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp close to the Masai Mara and Segera Retreat on the Laikipia Plateau. Expect 28ºC temperatures and 8 hours of sunshine on the coast, but cooler at altitude.
August means warm sunny days and cool nights in Zambia and Malawi where I recommend this exciting honeymoon package. It kicks off with three nights at Stanley Safari Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia, where you’ll enjoy Victoria Falls, take trips on the Zambezi River and see white rhino in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Then head to the intimate Luangwa River Camp in the unspoilt South Luangwa National Park in Zambia where you’ll see elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo. Top it all off with four nights of luxury relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi National Park at Pumulani.
Or you could watch humpback whales off the coast of Madagascar, one of the world’s fastest-growing and most thrilling honeymoon destinations. Stay at the idyllic Vakona Forest Lodge and trek into the rainforest to spot lemurs, then flop on a pristine platinum beach at the secluded Anjajavy Hotel. Combine them on this 11-night Madagascar honeymoon. It’s not very hot in August: about 20ºC, with 7 hours of sunshine.
In Namibia the weather is ideal for touring (24ºC, 11 hours of sunshine) and it’s the best time of year to see desert elephant and black rhino. The country’s vast colourful desert scapes make for a cinematic and romantic backdrop. See shipwrecks dotted along the Skeleton Coast, climb the world’s tallest sand dunes, take a hot air balloon ride over the desert and stay at fabulous lodges such as Wolwedans Dune Camp and Ongava Tented Camp. This Ultimate Namibia itinerary will give you a flavour.
The East African island of Mozambique (26ºC temperatures, 8 hours of sunshine) is a chic feet-in-the-sand destination. You’ll love the squeaky white sand beaches, sailing trips on traditional dhows, sand dune camping and fresh seafood. Stay in a barefoot luxury lodge such as Ibo Island Lodge or Vamizi Island Lodge.
See my pick of the best safari honeymoons in Africa.
A dream honeymoon in the Maldives (30ºC, 7 hours of sunshine) can be quite affordable if you go all-inclusive. One of the most popular hotels for honeymooners is the Kuredu Island Resort where six nights all-inclusive cost from £1,259 per person including flights. It offers endless pearl white beaches, two pools, four restaurants, great diving and snorkelling and a choice of styllish villas and bungalows.
What if you’re not the regular honeymoon type? You don’t want beaches, spa treatments or pampering at luxury hotels. Here are a couple of ideas…
You could book an adventure honeymoon anywhere from Uganda to Argentina to Peru. If you have more than a couple of weeks, book a round the world honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand – you can even create a honeymoon list service so your wedding guests can pay for individual components.
Last updated: 16 February 2015
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