Honeymoon Destinations in November
Where to go on Honeymoon in November
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
November is a tricky month for a honeymoon. With winter settling in across the UK and Europe, most of the popular destinations are long haul. You might get lucky in the southern Mediterranean and enjoy a week of sunshine, but it’s risky: you could find yourselves sheltering from rain showers and struggling to find restaurants that are open.
Assuming you want guaranteed bikini weather, you will need to fly a little further. Fortunately, you don’t need to jet half way across the world. You’ll find excellent temperatures in Egypt and Dubai and lots of sunshine in Morocco and Tunisia (although you will need a cardigan in the evenings). The Canaries and Madeira will be warm and sunny.
Once you get beyond Europe there are plenty of options. Africa, Asia, South America and Australasia are all possible, as are the paradise island resorts of the Indian Ocean.
Of course if you’re more interested in culture, cuisine and cosying up round a log fire, then there are destinations closer to home where there are no crowds and hotel rates are low.
Short Haul Sunshine in November
I’ve called this section “short haul”, but I’m stretching the definition a little. In the summer months a flight of more than five hours is typically classified as “long haul” but in November you need to fly a little further to get a reliable dose of sunshine.
The closest destination to consider is Morocco which is wonderful in November and just three hours flying time from London: you can expect 22ºC temperatures and an average 7 hours of daily sunshine. Consider all the cash you’re saving by not taking a long-haul flight and treat yourselves to a honeymoon at riad such as maison mk in Marrakech along with a few nights at Sir Richard Branson’s ultra-luxurious Kasbah Tamadot in the lower Atlas Mountains.
You can fly to Egypt in around five hours and the weather in November is excellent. You could kick off with a visit to the Pyramids in Cairo (25ºC and 8 hours of sunshine) followed by a luxury Nile cruise. The Red Sea resorts are currently considered off-limits but the rest of Egypt has the green light.
Seven hours flying time gets you from the UK to the Arabian Gulf where 31ºC temperatures and 9 hours of sun mean you can enjoy long days on a sun lounger. However, humidity is very low so it won’t feel oppressively hot. Take a direct 6-hour flight to Dubai where you can treat yourselves to some pure indulgence in some of the world’s most spectacular hotels. I recommend The One&Only Royal Mirage and the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm. For five-star luxury at all-inclusive prices, try the JA Palm Tree Court.
If you want more of an authentic taste of Arabia, head to neighbouring Oman – a romantic and exotic country with some stunning world-class hotels. Explore the colourful and historic city of Muscat before escaping to Six Senses Zighy Bay for some beach time. Head south to the Wahiba Sands for some serious dune driving and a night under the stars in a Bedouin camp.
Another option is to head west into the Atlantic. It’s just four hours flying time to Madeira, where you can expect 22ºC temperatures and 6 hours of sun. The island is home to some stylish hotels including many restored quintas (country houses) including Quinta da Bela Vista and Quinta da Casa Branco.
Africa and Indian Ocean Honeymoons in November
There’s never a bad time to go to Africa for a honeymoon safari. The obvious time is the dry season, not just because of the lack of rain but because the wildlife congregate around water holes. However, the rainy season can be extraordinary: the bush springs to life, the rivers bulge and the skies light up with electric storms.
In Kenya you can expect a smattering of rain in November, although you’ll still have seven hours a day of sunshine and temperatures of 24ºC in the capital Nairobi and 31ºC on the coast, with 9 hours of daily sun. So a Safari and Beach combination makes a lot of sense. See this selection of honeymoons in Kenya.
Tanzania is better still. Rainfall is low in November and you can expect 8 hours of sunshine and temperatures of 3 2ºC. One of my favourite places is Selous Safari Camp where you can enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks and boat trips along the Rufiji River. You can also combine Tanzania with Zanzibar.
November marks the dawn of summer in Southern Africa. Kick off in beautiful Cape Town, which offers 22ºC temperatures and 10 hours of sun. The lack of water and vegetation makes this prime game-viewing season, especially in the Kruger region. If you really want to treat yourselves, head to Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve for a luxury honeymoon in the bush.
Mauritius is ideal in November: it’s just before the humid summer season and you can expect 9 hours of sunshine and temperatures of 29ºC. There’s a great selection of beachfront hotels, including the gorgeous Trou aux Biches.
You can expect some rain in the Seychelles, along with temperatures of 29ºC and 7 hours of daily sunshine. The specialist tour operator Just Seychelles knows the islands intimately and recommends some charming small hotels such as Coco de Mer and Black Parrot Suites, along with barefoot island resorts such as Denis Private Island.
Other Long Haul Honeymoon Ideas
Sri Lanka is a fantastic choice for a honeymoon in November because the dry season has begun, but flights are still at low-season rates. The capital, Colombo, typically enjoys 30ºC and 7 hours of sun. Sri Lanka has everything: gorgeous beaches, cultural treasures, wildlife parks, great food, friendly people and low prices.
It also has some stunning boutique hotels, including Vil-Uyana, Amanwella and Castlereagh. Although you could flop on a beach for a fortnight, many honeymooners take the opportunity to explore this beautiful country. I recommend a 15-day private tour, Sri Lanka Uncovered which includes wild leopard viewing in Yala National Park plus time spent in Kandy and Galle and on a tea plantation.
For a two-centre honeymoon with the best of two worlds, I love this Sri Lanka and Maldives option, the ultimate culture and beach combination.
Few destinations are more romantic and exotic than India. In Rajasthan you can expect 28ºC and 8 hours of sun with lower humidity, and you’ll avoid the high season December crowds. Try this classic Rajasthan private tour or combine legendary hotels such as The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai and the spectacular Oberoi UdaiVilas on the banks of Lake Pichola. See Enchanting Travels for more honeymoon ideas in India. Also try this selection of luxury honeymoons in India.
It’s also a great time of year to visit Kerala in South India. On a 14-day private tour of Kerala you can enjoy an overnight cruise on the backwaters, stay in a luxury hotel on Kovalam beach, explore tea estates, spice plantations and colonial Cochin (31ºC, 6 hours of sun).
Few destinations are more fascinating than Japan – particularly if you love culture and food. The weather is sunny and mild (17ºC and 5 hours of sun in Tokyo) and a carpet of red and gold autumn leaves blankets the countryside and temple gardens. See some detailed suggestions for honeymoons in Japan.
In Southeast Asia, Bali is a bit wet at this time of year, and you should avoid the Gulf coast of Thailand and Malaysia (which includes the island of Koh Samui). Better options in Thailand are Phuket and Khao Lak (31ºC, 7 hours of sun) where I recommend The Sarojin which has just 56 rooms set in 10 acres of tropical beachfront.
For something more adventurous, head to Cambodia where you can explore the jungle-clad temples at Angkor, sleep on a Floating Lodge and walk with elephants in Mondulkiri. See a full range of honeymoon itineraries in Cambodia.
For true long-haul adventures, you can’t get much more remote than The Cook Islands in the South Pacific. November brings temperatures of 27ºC and long hours of sunshine to explore the delights of Raratonga and the incredible Aitutaki.
If you like your South Pacific islands with a French twist, consider Tahiti which first become widely known in Europe due to the paintings of Paul Gaughin. You could take a cruise around the 118 gorgeous islands and atolls of Tahiti or stay at romantic Le Taha’a, which has its overwater suites and beachfront villas with private plunge pool.
Australia and New Zealand are iconic honeymoon destinations where you can find everything from boutique hotels to grand lodges, coral reefs to glaciers. November is the start of summer but before the Christmas rush, so a great time to head Down Under. One of my favourite spots is fabulous Hayman Island Resort in the Whitsundays.
In New Zealand, I recommend a self-drive honeymoon as the best way to explore this stunning country. This 23-day Grand New Zealand itinerary includes Mount Cook National Park, Rotorua, the Bay of Islands and Milford Sound Cruise and costs only £2,129 per person (excluding flights).
Another option is to buy round-the-world flight tickets and plan some fabulous stopovers Down Under.
November is not the best time to visit much of the Caribbean. This is the tail end of its hurricane season, and it can be windy and wet. However, if you head to the north of the region the weather is excellent and it’s low season for hotel rates. That means Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
South America is another option. In Argentina you’ll find late spring sunshine and the start of the glamorous international polo season. There’s a myriad of cultural events in Buenos Aires (25ºC and 8 hours of sun) as the capital gets into full swing for the summer months. Find out more from the local specialist operator Dehouche.
Costa Rica is a fascinating friendly country that is easy to get about. You’ll discover rainforest, volcanoes, lush national parks, stunning beaches and beautiful lodges. Fab places to stay include the Arenal Manoa, which has a beautiful rural setting and heart-stopping views of Arenal Volcano. In the capital San Jose you can expect 24ºC and 6 hours of sun – perfect sightseeing weather.
If you’re not interested in hot weather on honeymoon, why not head north to Iceland. It’s only a short flight to reach this exciting wintry wilderness where you have a great chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights. Unwind at the stunning Hotel Ranga which is overlooked by glaciers and mountains and has its own geothermal outdoor hot tubs, from where you can watch the world’s greatest light show.
I also recommend Artisan Travel which can arrange a romantic snowy honeymoon in the Arctic Circle. You can view the Northern Lights – perhaps from the comfort of a cosy bed in a glass igloo. Or enjoy the thrill of a husky safari and snowmobiling ride on an adventure honeymoon in Finnish Lapland.
Last updated: 29 December 2016
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