Honeymoon Destinations in August
Where to go on Honeymoon in August
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
August is of course one of the most popular months to marry in the UK as chances are you’ll have a sunny day. When it comes to honeymoons, you have 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 in late August after most families have already gone.
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 all the wonderful places the UK and Northern Europe has to offer. It’s the ideal time to visit countries that can be a bit 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 temperatures can be very hot. Better to head to castaway islands such as the Seychelles that are enjoying good weather and don’t attract large numbers of families.
UK Honeymoons in August
August is the perfect time to take advantage of sunny skies at home (hopefully!). Standards in UK accommodation have risen dramatically and with the right guidance, 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 honeymoon 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 offers serious “glamping” 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 and Devon. My recommendations 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).
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!
Italy’s Amalfi coast is wonderfully romantic – I recommend you rent yourselves a villa or apartment with CV Travel. Or 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, a world class spa and golf.
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 a great selection of 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.
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. If you crave simplicity and solitude I would recommend a tiny island such as Alonissos. In Cyprus you could escape the crowds at the Anassa, a five-star luxury hotel with one of the best spas in Europe. If you prefer a contemporary-styled beachfront hotel, try the four star plus Almyra.
Another great destination for island hopping is 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. If you want the perfect view, try Hotel More where the 35 rooms each have a panoramic view across the Elaphiti Islands. See more honeymoon ideas in Croatia.
Stay at a restored farmhouse in Mallorca with Vintage Travel then you can escape the crowds when you want to. Or if you want a sunbathing fly and flop honeymoon, head to the wonderful ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort in Tenerife.
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 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 collection of private honeymoon tours in Kerala.
Bali is another great option for this time of year – I recommend these hotels in Bali 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.
California is a very cool honeymoon destination. You could hit the road in an open-top car, lodging at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley and Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite National Park before hitting the bars of LA. Top it off with a stay on a Polynesian beach at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
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 which is warm and sunny with low rains and is less likely to attract families than other long haul destinations during peak school holiday time. And it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Elite Vacations 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.
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.
August means warm sunny days and cool nights in Zambia and Malawi where I recommend this exciting Lake and Bush honeymoon. Recover from your wedding at Pumulani, a stunning beach lodge on Lake Malawi, then head south to Mkulumadzi Lodge for rhino tracking in the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Your final stop is Tena Tena, a luxury tented camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park where you can view elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe and hippo.
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.
In Namibia the weather is dry and it’s the best time 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 is a chic feet-in-the-sand destination this year. 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.
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 truly special experience.
A dream honeymoon in the Maldives 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.
Try another month…