Honeymoon Destinations in March
Where to go on Honeymoon in March
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
March is the month when we’re all desperately looking forward to spring, but in reality the weather in the UK and across much of Europe is still chilly. But go just a little bit further and there are some fabulous mid-haul honeymoon choices and of course plenty of long-haul escapes to make all your wedding guests green with envy. In 2018, Easter Sunday falls on 1 April.
Mid Haul Honeymoons in March
Mid haul – a flying time of between 3 and 7 hours – offers the best value-for-money honeymoon if you’re looking for guaranteed sunshine without spending too much money on flights, or too long in the air.
Egypt and Morocco are both romantic destinations that are warming up nicely in March. It’s 5 hours flying time to Egypt where you can take a Nile cruise and explore the Valley of the Kings. Kick off your honeymoon with a few nights in Cairo to see the Pyramids.
It’s only a 3-hour flight to Morocco where you’ll find warm sunny days and pleasantly cool evenings. Combine a stay at the fabulous Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains with the souks and mosques of Marrakech where you could stay in a stylish riad such as maison mk.
It’s only a 4-hour flight to Madeira which offers perfect conditions for an outdoorsy honeymoon with accommodation in romantic restored quintas.
If you are happy to fly for 6 hours you can get to the Arabian Gulf, with an average 10 hours of daily sunshine and temperatures of 32°C. For glamour and buzz you can’t beat Dubai and its fabulous array of hotels. I love The One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court which is stylish and intimate. Away from the crowds of Dubai, the Fairmont Ajman and the all-inclusive Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Fujairah are both exciting options.
Caribbean Honeymoons in March
It’s high season in the Caribbean and a great time to enjoy the glorious beaches, warm hospitality and superb hotels. Expect average highs of 30°C, with eight hours of daily sunshine. I recommend this collection of small luxury hotels in the Caribbean and – if you’re on a budget – these charming B&Bs and guest houses.
Mexico combines great beaches with vibrant culture and ancient Mayan ruins – you should combine time on the beach with some sightseeing. The five-star hotels are great value, including my recommendation, the adults-only Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
If you want to indulge yourselves in an adults-only, stress-free environment, look at Sandals which has a great collection of all-inclusive resorts including recently-opened properties in Barbados and Grenada. See the latest offers from Sandals.
Beach babes should consider the long thin coral island of Anguilla which has more than 30 perfect white-sand beaches, some fantastic hotels and a great collection of high-end restaurants. Top hotels include the Moorish-styled Cap Juluca, the Four Seasons (which has stunning rooftop suites with private pools) and CuisinArt which has an excellent spa.
Jamaica has it all: magnificent beaches, verdant mountains, local culture, busy nightspots, great food and stylish hotels, the best of which is Jamaica Inn. Another island with plenty to see and do beyond the beach is St Kitts where you can zip-wire through the rainforest, visit forts and sugar plantations and tour the island on a scenic railway. Stay at the stylish Belle Mont Farm or – if you want resort facilities – the St Kitts Marriott. In March there’s also a chance to see turtles nesting on the beach.
Cuba is another exciting Caribbean honeymoon destination. Great hotels include Hotel Moka, Cuba’s only eco-resort, the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, a five-star adults-only resort, and Paradisus Rio del Oro, which is set in tropical gardens and offers complimentary scuba diving. See the latest special offers.
Another way to explore the Caribbean is on a cruise. There are dozens of ships plying the region but I would recommend a small intimate luxury ship such as SeaDream Yacht Club or Seabourn, where all the cabins are suites with a private balcony. Find details and the latest special offers from The Luxury Cruise Company.
For old-school romance on the ocean waves, you could take a tall ship cruise with Star Clippers. Or rent your own private villa for two on a small charming island such as French-speaking St Barths and Jamaica.
If your budget is modest but you crave an authentic West Indian experience, see Essence of the Caribbean which has a charming collection of B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels such as Fond Doux Estate on a working cocoa plantation in St Lucia, and A Stone’s Throw Away in the Bahamas.
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March Honeymoons in the Americas
For romance it’s hard to beat a road trip across America – especially with a few luxuries added along the way. You could even rent a convertible Mustang. The luxury tour operator Exsus says its most popular itinerary for honeymooners is the classic 10-night California Highlights Trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Or spend time exploring America’s National Parks on its private tour to Grand Canyon and the Rockies.
March is a great time to visit Central America. For something out of the ordinary, I recommend Guatemala and Belize – both fascinating and beautiful countries, but very different to each other. The dreamy lakes, dramatic volcanoes and jungle-clad Mayan ruins of Guatemala combine perfectly with the laid-back Caribbean beaches of Belize to create a fantastic twin-centre honeymoon. You’ll stay at Francis Ford Coppola’s La Lancha Lodge in the jungle, and Matachica Beach Resort on Ambergris Caye.
There is never a bad time for a honeymoon in Brazil. I would start with a few days in Rio de Janeiro before crashing on a beach in Bahia for some stylish rest and relaxation. Find out more from local experts Dehouche.
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Africa and the Indian Ocean
A safari in Africa is increasingly popular with British honeymooners, and there are great opportunities to combine bush and beach for a fabulous, unforgettable experience.
Botswana is home to some of the most romantic safari camps on the planet, including Selinda Camp and Zarafa Camp in the Okavango Delta where you can view big game from a mokoro canoe. You can even take a riding safari, a walking safari or go quad biking on Kubu Island.
Tanzania is a good choice in March and its luxury camps combine very nicely with the exotic island of Zanzibar. A classic combination might be Selous Serena Camp where you can enjoy bush walks and boat trips along the Rufiji River, and Fumba Beach Lodge set on a long white sand beach.
Another inspired choice for honeymooners is The Residence Zanzibar, which is set in 80 acres of lush forest and tropical gardens with a mile of pristine beach.
In South Africa, the Western Cape is at its best in March, while East Africa is enjoying its dry season. You could enjoy a safari in Kenya then take a direct onward flight to the Seychelles where the turquoise waters will be calm and clear.
You should avoid Mauritius at this time of year where cyclones are possible. See more ideas for safari honeymoons.
In the Maldives, you can bag a great value honeymoon by going all-inclusive. Popular choices include the four-star Kuredu Island Resort which has a choice of villas, suites and bungalows set on 3km of white sand beach, plus two pools and four restaurants. Six nights all-inclusive start at just £1,539 per person including flights.
For a step up in luxury, NIYAMA Maldives has gorgeous pavilions with private pools and an underwater nightclub. You can spend a night at sea in a luxuriously-fitted traditional sail boat, complete with a personal chef and butler.
If you’re up for a major adventure and don’t mind the long flight, New Zealand is just at the end of its summer in March, a lovely time to go and explore the luxurious lodges and natural wonders of this unique country. We recommend a self-drive honeymoon which includes heli-hiking on glaciers, kayaking with dolphins and bathing in natural hot springs.
Honeymoons in Asia and Beyond
What could be more magical than India. Take your pick from palaces, beaches, temples, wildlife safaris, city shopping and romantic train rides. To see the classic sights – including the Taj Mahal – try this 14-day Rajasthan private tour.
You can now combine India and the Maldives on an exciting two-week honeymoon from less than £1,800 per person. Start in Rajasthan with a private tour of the most romantic sights – including the Taj Mahal – then take a five-hour flight to the Maldives for a a stay at the fabulous all-inclusive Cinnamon Dhonveli.
Another great honeymoon destination in March which combines culture and beaches is Sri Lanka. Weather patterns vary across the island but March should be reasonably dry and not so humid. Find honeymoon ideas in Sri Lanka and choose from a great selection of hotels including Vil-Uyana, Amanwella and Castlereagh.
A lot of flights to the Maldives go via Dubai or Abu Dhabi so it makes a lot of sense to combine the Maldives with the Arabian Gulf. Depending on what type of honeymooner you are, choose between the culture and natural beauty of Oman and the glamour and buzz of Abu Dhabi.
Vietnam is another good destination for a culture-meets-beach honeymoon in March. Try this Luxury Saigon, Mekong and Beach private tour which is ideal for couples. If you want to see more sights, check out this classic two-week Sumptuous Vietnam trip which visits Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay.
Malaysia is experiencing its dry season and Thailand is another good option with its vibrant capital Bangkok, the islands of the south and the jungle adventures of the north.
March is cherry blossom time in Japan, an inspired honeymoon destination, particularly if you are foodies. It’s a land of dazzling cities, ancient culture, superb mountain and beach scenery. I recommend this selection of honeymoons in Japan.
Another country in Asia at its best in March is Borneo. Best known for its orang-utans, it also has romantic white-sand beaches, fascinating indigenous culture and great walking. If you feel fit and adventurous, an overnight climb of Mount Kinabalu is magical.
Short Haul Honeymoons in March
March is a great month to visit Venice. With few tourists, you can really appreciate the beauty of the city and crisp spring sunshine on the lagoon can be incredibly romantic – and if you really want to do it in style, you can travel there by Orient-Express. This selection of hotels in Venice includes the stunning Ca’ Sagrado which overlooks the Grand Canal.
The Cote d’Azur in France enjoys a long season and offers glamour, sophistication, beautiful countryside and elegant classic hotels such as Le Negresco in Nice, the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco and Le Mas de Pierre in Saint Paul de Vence. Inland from the coast, i-escape has a lovely collection of boutique hotels in Provence including Domaine Les Roullets, an adults-only B&B, and Metafort, a peaceful retreat in the Vaucluse area.
It’s also an interesting time to visit Iceland with its hip bars and restaurants and stylish boutique hotels such as the Art-Deco Hotel Borg. Although the spring days are getting longer, you still have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. I recommend a stay at the Hotel Ranga which is set amid mountains and glaciers on a salmon river with its own geothermal outdoor hot tubs.
If you really want to embrace winter, why not head for the snowy wilderness of the Arctic. Artisan Travel offers a great selection of romantic honeymoons in the magical wilderness of the Arctic Circle. You can stay in one of these ice and snow hotels including a glass igloo where you can lie back and gaze up at the Northern Lights.
Last updated: 31 March 2017
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