Honeymoon Destinations in June
Where to go on Honeymoon in June
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
June is among the most popular months for a wedding. And – good news – June is also one of the best months of the year for a honeymoon.
The weather in all those romantic European destinations is at its best with long sunny days and gentle breezes. The scorching heat of July and August has yet to arrive, which bring with it, of course, all those families on their summer holidays.
And because this isn’t yet technically high season, there’s a strong chance you’ll get a bargain with travel companies keen to get the holiday season off to a good start. European hotels and resorts will be all spruced up after the low season and ready and waiting to spoil you rotten. And don’t forget the same is true of hotels across the UK.
If you have your hearts set on long-haul, the Caribbean offers great deals in June which is officially low season, but well before hurricane season. Africa is also an inspired choice.
June Honeymoons in the Mediterranean
Mallorca is at it most fragrant this time of year. The orange blossom is still out and everything’s fresh and calm yet there’s a great buzz in the restaurants as the new season gets underway. Expect temperatures of 25ºC and 10 hours of daily sunshine. Hire a villa for two with Vintage Travel for the ultimate in privacy and Catherine Zeta Jones-style luxury (she owns a villa on the island) and make sure you don’t miss out on the trendy bars and restaurants in Palma.
The Cote d’Azur in the South of France is wonderful in June. You could stay at Le Negresco in Nice, or the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, or if you want to escape the crowds hide yourselves away at an elegant hotel like Le Mas de Pierre. Nice enjoys 22ºC temperatures and 9 hours of daily sun in June.
Inland from the Cote d’Azur, there are many gems in Provence including Domaine Les Roullets, a stylish adults-only B&B, and Metafort, a peaceful retreat in the Vaucluse area with stunning views, infinity pool and a small spa.
The Aegean and Lycian coasts of Turkey are warming up nicely but are still green and quiet. A great option is the Mandarin Boutique Hotel, a romantic adults-only hideaway with just eight rooms set in unspoilt countryside near the resorts of Fethiye and Oludeniz. It’s very affordable and each double room has a kingsize four-poster bed and Jacuzzi for two.
Sardinia has a great climate in June (26ºC and 10 hours of sunshine) and the water offers outstanding visibility if you like snorkelling or diving. A great tip is to honeymoon at Forte Village before the families arrive and indulge in the fabulous Thermae Spa. Other gems include the stylish Hotel Sporting which has its own private beach and the charming and friendly Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo which has just 65 rooms set on a beautiful bay.
June is a great time to be in Croatia – expect 25ºC and 9 hours of sunshine in Dubrovnik. You’ll avoid the summer crowds, staying in glamorous hotels, taking boat trips to tiny picturesque islands and dining al fresco at charming pavement restaurants. Arrive by private water taxi at the glamorous Villa Vilina on the traffic-free island of Lopud, or check into Hotel Podstine near trendy Hvar Town. Find more honeymoon ideas in Croatia and the latest special offers.
Few places are as romantic as the tiny volcanic Greek island of Santorini where chic white-washed hotels are carved into the steep rock faces. My favourites include Grace Santorini. Other dreamy escapes in Greece include Naxos, and the tiny hidden gem of Onar on the isle of Andros.
In Italy, the Amalfi Coast is a classic honeymoon destination combining old-school elegance with great service and marvellous restaurants. You can rent one of these wonderful apartments and villas. Or head south to unspoilt, historical Puglia where I recommend the new five-star Borgo Egnazia Hotel – it has sexy pool villas set amid olive groves, gourmet dining and a top spa and golf course.
Sicily is the largest island in the Med and combines dramatic landscapes – including the smoking peak of Mount Etna – with charming countryside, antiquities and romantic hotels including the 19th-century Art Nouveau Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, and Villa Angela, a hillside boutique hotel near Taormina.
Another option in Italy is to catch the ferry across the Bay of Naples to the magical island of Capri, for a stay at the glamorous Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.
June is also an excellent month to visit Venice before the summer crowds descend. Citalia has a great choice of hotels in the city including the intimate five-star deluxe Ca’ Sagrado, the beautiful low-key Hotel Londra Palace near the Bridge of Sighs and the legendary Danieli.
Other Honeymoon Destinations in Europe
If cities, art museums and authentic restaurants are your thing, how about combining a couple of classic destinations, perhaps Seville, Cordoba and Granada in Andalucia or Rome, Florence and Siena in Italy.
June is a wonderful time to be in Paris and it’s not too hot (21ºC, 7 hours of sunshine). The key is to pick the right hotel – I recommend the five-star boutique Lancaster off the Champs-Elysées, and the charming Relais Christine on the Left Bank.
Or enjoy the timeless Italian countryside of Tuscany where you can stay in one of these villas for two, all of which have either a private or shared swimming pool.
Alternatively, head north for the midnight sun in Iceland. You can soak in natural hot tubs, see geysers and volcanoes and even stay up all night at hip bars in one of the world’s most exciting and beautiful destinations. Best places to stay include the funky Hotel Marina in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, and the Hotel Ranga, which is set on the banks of a salmon river with a backdrop of glaciers and mountains.
Or saddle up for an independent cycling tour of Italy. You pedal gently through gorgeous rolling countryside, visiting vineyards and eating picnics, while your luggage is transported each day from one charming hotel to the next.
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UK Honeymoon Destinations in June
Beach or countryside? If you’re beach babes, I recommend The Cary Arms, a beautiful retreat in coastal Devon, or Gwel an Mor on the north coast of Cornwall. If you prefer self-catering, try a seaside hideaway such as Barnacles in Fowey, Cornwall. Find more romantic properties for two across the UK.
If you love the wild of the countryside, I recommend this collection of honeymoon hideaways in Wales from Sugar & Loaf. How about Phistle Brook Yurt with its own shepherd’s hut, or Starlight Cottage, a converted hayloft in the Black Mountains.
Expect long, long days in Scotland where the welcome will be warm and the countryside stunning. I love this self-drive luxury honeymoon that kicks off at a five-star hotel in Edinburgh and includes stays at a lodge on Loch Ness and a private island off the coast of Argyll. You can also upgrade to a classic car – how about a Mini Cooper or Austin Healey?
For romance it’s hard to beat the Lake District and there are few spots more enticing than Gilpin Lake House set in the private grounds of a Relais & Châteaux hotel. It has six spacious suites, a lakeside spa and indoor swimming pool.
Or you could hop across the Irish Sea to Ireland and stay in charming bijou small hotels on a Romantic Escape, or enjoy a private foodie tour. Push the boat out on a Luxury Irish Honeymoon which takes you from Dublin to County Clare and one of the Aran Islands.
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Long Haul Beach Honeymoons in June
The Caribbean is perfect in June: prices are low, the weather is fine and there are no crowds. The best hotels for honeymooners include Anse Chastanet on St Lucia (30ºC and 8 hours of sunshine), Jamaica Inn near Ocho Rios and the super-stylish Laluna on Grenada. In Barbados (31ºC and 8 hours of sunshine) you could escape the crowds at The Atlantis on the East Coast.
If you want an adults-only all-inclusive, you should consider Sandals. It has recently-opened resorts in Barbados and Grenada both in beautiful beachfront settings. See the latest offers from Sandals.
Mexico is one of the best-value Caribbean destinations. Five-star hotels at sensible prices include Secrets Capri Resort & Spa, which has a Jacuzzi in every room, and Secrets Aura Cozumel on the tropical island of Cozumel (32ºC and 7 hours of sunshine) which is great for scuba diving.
If you crave a “pure beach” experience, I recommend tiny Anguilla which offers miles of endless blinding white sand and crystal clear seas. You can also dine around at stylish beachfront restaurants.
If you just want to get away from it all, I recommend the all-inclusive Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, which is very good value.
For something really intimate and characterful, this collection of the best small hotels and resorts in the Caribbean has some real hidden gems. Or check out Essence of the Caribbean which has a lovely collection of B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels such Fond Doux Estate on a working cocoa plantation in St Lucia, A Stone’s Throw Away in the Bahamas and Petite Anse in Grenada.
Alternatively, you could set sail on a tall ship to explore the small ports of the Caribbean that are inaccessible to big cruise ships. Star Clippers combines the romance of sailing with luxury accommodation, beach barbecues, deck-top sundowners and watersports organised by the crew. Find more honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean.
Many destinations in Asia are wet in June but Koh Samui (31ºC, 6 hours of sunshine) is an exception. This charming island in the Gulf of Thailand has a superb collection of romantic luxury hotels including Napasai, set on an isolated beach amid cashew, palm and coconut trees.
It’s also a good time to be in Vietnam – expect 33ºC and 6 hours of sunshine in the capital, Hanoi. You could combine the main cultural sights with three nights of indulgence on the beach at the Nam Hai hotel in Hoi An on this Vietnam and Luxury Beach private tour, or kick back on a slow-paced Cambodia to Vietnam trip which takes you to the Angkor temples then by boat along the Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Saigon.
Bali (30ºC, 9 hours of sunshine) is also a great choice in June. My recommendations include the Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali, the laid-back haven of Puri Ganesha and the great-value Gajah Mina Beach Resorton on a surf beach in the island’s south-west.
Borneo has superb white-sand beaches (and great weather in June) but you can also see orang-utans, monkeys and pygmy elephants on a series of jungle and river adventures. Finish off your time there with a stay in a treetop chalet at JapaMala on Tioman Island.
Adventure, Safari, Mountains
The best way to see America is on a road trip. Exsus has a wonderful modern reinvention of the classic US fly drive that is ideal for honeymooners. Sample itineraries include the California Honeymoon Road-trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles (11 nights). Or you could explore the best of America’s National Parks on the Yosemite, Sequoia and Joshua Tree option.
To combine time behind the wheel and on the beach, try this trip to Miami and the Florida Keys with some fabulous luxury bells and whistles. Prices start at just £2,450 per person for a two-week trip including flights and rental of a convertible car.
For fly-drive adventures you should also consider South Australia which is perfect in June. Wine lovers will love this tour of the Barossa Valley and if you want to stay in fabulous unique hotels, check out this Luxury Lodges of Australia tour that will take you to Kangaroo Island, Uluru, the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.
June is a lovely time for a two-centre honeymoon in Africa. Head to Kenya (22ºC; 7 hours of daily sunshine) where low season prices can still be found and the landscapes are gloriously lush following the rains. A popular combination with a safari in Kenya is a luxury beach stay in the Seychelles (25ºC). Try this 12-night Safari and Beach combination featuring three nights at Kichwa Tembo in the Masai Mara followed by a stopover in Nairobi at The Norfolk Hotel and ending with seven nights at the boutique Carana Beach Hotel in the Seychelles.
You could stay in a couple of the most fabulous camps in Botswana where June temperatures average 22ºC and 9 hours of daily sunshine. Head to the Okavango Delta for Africa’s most glamorous places to stay including Pom Pom Camp and Selinda Camp. For the ultimate in understated luxury take a peek at Zarafa Camp – you can also view big game from a mokoro canoe, gliding silently through the delta with an expert guide.
It’s the start of the dry season in Zambia and Malawi where the plains will be green and lush – perfect for this honeymoon package which combines Stanley Safari Lodge in Livingstone, where you can visit the Victoria Falls, with Luangwa River Camp in the spectacular and unspoilt South Luangwa National Park and luxurious surroundings of Pumulani on the shores of Lake Malawi.
It’s the dry (and cool) season in Namibia (20ºC, 10 hours of sunshine) and the best time of year for spotting game, including the endangered Black Rhino. Stay at intimate lodges and camps, such as the Wolwedans Dune Camp and Ongava Tented Camp, from where you can climb the world’s tallest sand dunes, take a hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert and visit the white saltpans of Etosha. This Ultimate Namibia itinerary is perfect for honeymooners, or you could try a self-drive option.
If it’s beaches you want, head to Mozambique (25ºC, 8 hours of sunshine) which is an inspired alternative to the Seychelles and Mauritius in the rainy season. This idyllic island of silky white beaches is perfect for boat trips on sailing dhows, barefoot luxury lodges and snorkelling in turquoise waters. Check out this island hopping honeymoon.
Madagascar combines pristine white-sand beaches with exciting wildlife experiences including whale watching off the east coast. This 11-night Madagascar honeymoon combines rainforest, adventure and a secluded beach, or you could opt for a two-week private wildlife holiday. See more of my safari honeymoon ideas.
In South America, Peru sparkles during summer – this is the best time to combine beach, jungle and a trip to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. This 8-day Highlights of Peru private tour costs from £2,660 per person.
June is also good month for a honeymoon in Japan. You might get a few showers in Tokyo (25ºC, 4 hours of sunshine) but you’ll find glorious weather in the northern island of Hokkaido. Find detailed ideas for honeymoons in Japan.
If you crave total relaxation after the hectic wedding experience, there are few places more sublime than Ananda in the Himalayas, a beautiful spa retreat beside the Ganges River in India. Set on a Maharaja’s private estate, it provides world-class spa treatments, plus there are options to go trekking and white water rafting.
Indonesia is one of Asia’s most exciting destinations. This romantic adventure through Java and Lombok includes a stay at the Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, encountering orang-utans in the Kalimantan rainforest, sunrise at Mount Bromo and a stay at Jiwa Jawa Resort – ending with a few days on the beach at the gorgeous Lombok Lodge.
Last updated: 29 December 2016
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