Honeymoon Destinations in September
Where to go on Honeymoon in September
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
The final weeks of summer can be the most romantic time of year to go on honeymoon. The poet John Keats famously described autumn as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, and there’s a relaxed vibe to September if you choose to stay in the UK or Europe. In recent years the weather in the UK in September has been excellent.
In the Mediterranean, conditions are perfect. The crowds have gone and there isn’t the frenzy of peak season. Air temperatures are settling down, but the sea is still blissfully warm enough to swim.
And as the crowds disperse, so the prices come down. All the families are back at school and work. In popular cities and resorts, there isn’t the scramble for tables at restaurants and you might find you have the beach almost to yourselves.
And if you go long-haul, there’s that wonderful feeling of escaping to an exotic destination while everyone else heads back to work. Here are my tips for the best honeymoon destinations in September.
UK Honeymoons in September
Everyone’s favourite summer haunts of Devon and Cornwall will be breathing a collective sigh of relief as the hoards depart but the warm weather and long September evenings stay.
The Cary Arms in Devon is a beautiful spot to enjoy long romantic evenings on the stepped terrace overlooking Babbacombe Bay. There’s even a marriage pod if you want to tie the knot here too. In Cornwall, Gwel an Mor is set in beautiful countryside and has luxury lodges with private hot tubs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
If you’re always fancied a safari but can’t get the cash together, take a look at Pentre Mawr Country House in the beautiful Vale of Clywd, where you can stay in your own luxurious canvas lodge with outdoor hot tub. Who said Wales wasn’t exotic!
There are good deals to be had when you book with self-catering companies such as Rural Retreats which has high-end properties across the UK ranging from lighthouse keepers’ cottages to converted barns.
It’s hard to beat Scotland for romance – dine on hand-dived scallops and Highland beef, sleep in a lodge on the shores of Loch Ness and ihide away on a private island off the coast of Argyll. See a selection of ideas in Scotland.
Mediterranean Honeymoons in September
The Mediterranean is the obvious place to head in September as it’s just so damn sexy at this time of year. Hotels and resorts are much less frenetic than in peak season but it’s still hot and sunny. Many tour operators offer cheap deals in September so it’s worth looking around for a bargain.
I love the Greek islands where Santorini will always come top of my honeymoon list for its romantic boutique hotels – such as Grace Santorini – and intimate feel. In September you can expect warm and sunny weather with blissfully warm seas and no crowds, often a problem in high season on its narrow cobbled streets. You can also rent a hideaway house for two.
Another beautiful, though less developed island is tiny Alonissos, a perfect place to unwind after a stressful wedding. You could rent a beachfront house such as Sea Horse Cottage see the many other self-catering ideas on offer from Greece specailist GIC The Villa Collection. Other small island options include Naxos which combines superb sandy beaches with a mountainous interior and friendly seafront tavernas. Best place to stay is Kavos.
Cyprus is still basking in the heat in September. Treat yourselves to a week at trendy Almyra in Paphos before perhaps moving on to big sister Almyra for some serious five-star luxury and pampering one of the best spas in Europe. Find more honeymoons in Cyprus.
Another hot destination is Turkey where I recommend the Mandarin Boutique Hotel, a gorgeous adults-only hideaway in unspoilt countryside near the resort of Oludeniz. It has just eight rooms, each with a kingsize four-poster and Jacuzzi.
Exclusive Escapes has some stunning boutique hotels in Turkey, including Hotel Villa Mahal which was named most romantic hotel in Europe by Condé Nast Johansens. Each of the 13 rooms has a stunning sea view plus there is a lovely infinity pool and candlelit dining under the stars.
Italy is hard to beat for romance. For beach, activities and a great spa, head to one of these fabulous hotels in Sardinia. The families will have departed and you’ll have the run of the place to yourselves. If you want culture with your beach try the gorgeous southern Italy region of Puglia where the five-star Borgo Egnazia Hotel fits the bill with its private-pool villas, top spa and golf course. Or indulge at these fabulous hotels in Tuscany.
The island of Capri is a hopelessly romantic, charming little destination with some superb hotels. I recommend the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.
Venice is a good option in September once the summer crowds have drifted away. Do it in style by travelling on the Orient-Express. Citalia has a great choice of hotels in Venice. Or combine Rome, Florence and Siena.
The ultimate Italian honeymoon? Try Positano on the Amalfi Coast combined with the medieval town of Ravello and lovely Capri. Our friends at Exsus call it The Italian Job.
In Spain, you could rent a villa for two in a quiet corner of Mallorca, or tour the cities of Andalucia. Great places to stay include the Hospes Las Casas Del Rey de Baeza in Seville and the Hospes Palacio de los Patos in Granada.
For glamour on a budget, explore the glorious islands of Croatia, swimming in clear turquoise seas, taking boat trips and dining al fresco. See our pick of the honeymoon hotels in Croatia and the latest special offers.
For some quirky boho-chic, head to the DDG Retreat, a gorgeous eco-friendly hideaway in the hills of Andalucia. It has five private individually-designed casas plus a lovely spa, infinity pool and hammam.
Other Short Haul Honeymoon Ideas
In the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, this is a great time of year to stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot or one of these amazing honeymoons in Morocco. To give you an idea of what’s available, check out this 8-night luxury coast and desert honeymoon.
Take a luxury train journey in Europe, boarding in London. You could soak up the splendour of the Danube, travelling by rail to Nuremberg then taking a romantic 8-night cruise through Austria and Germany to Budapest. Or take a tour of Venice, Florence and Rome.
Africa and the Indian Ocean
September is the best month for big game safaris in Botswana as the dry warm weather forces animals to congregate at watering holes. There are some magnificent camps the best of which include Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta and Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero in Chobe National Park.
In East Africa the large herds have migrated into Kenya’s Masai Mara making this a classic time to enjoy a safari honeymoon.
September brings spring to Southern Africa. The weather is dry and getting warmer day by day. The lack of water and vegetation makes this prime game-viewing season, especially in the Kruger region. Or head to Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, for a memorable honeymoon in the bush.
It’s the dry season in Namibia and a good time to view desert elephant and black rhino. The vast desert landscapes of Namibia will blow you away, whether you’re flying over the Skeleton Coast, climbing the world’s tallest sand dunes, taking a hot air balloon ride at dawn or gazing over the white salt flats of Etosha. There are wonderful places to stay, like Ongava Tented Camp and Wolwedans Dune Camp and exciting itineraries such as this Ultimate Namibia private tour.
September is the start of the hot dry season in Zambia and Malawi – a great to view game. I love this Lake and Bush honeymoon which includes a relaxing stay at Pumulani, a beach lodge on Lake Malawi, Mkulumadzi Lodge where you can track rhinos Tena Tena, a luxury tented camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, where you will see elephant, leopard, lion, giraffe and hippo.
Find more more ideas in Africa.
In the Indian Ocean, the big honeymoon hitters of Mauritius, Seychelles and the Maldives are perfect in September. The weather is sublime and there’s much scope for combining Mauritius or the Seychelles with Southern Africa.
If you’re on a budget, but have your heart set on the Indian Ocean, check out less expensive resorts like Trou aux Biches in Mauritius, plus these charming b&bs in the Seychelles with Elite Vacations. In the Maldives, check out the all-inclusive Meeru Island Resort which offers high-quality honeymoons at 3 star prices.
Zanzibar is another honeymoon hotspot in September with intriguing Stone Town and some of the most cast away hotels in the world with an exotic Arabic twist. Try combining Siwandu Camp with Fumba Beach Lodge then journey by traditional dhow along the coast to Unguja Lodge.
In northern Africa, Egypt is hot and sunny in September but not absolutely baking, making it a great choice for an exotic honeymoon without a super long flight. Combine a luxury Nile cruise with Luxor and some beach time on the Red Sea. Recommended places to stay include the boutique Mena House in Cairo.
Other Long Haul Honeymoons in September
September is not the best month to visit the Caribbean – this is the middle of the hurricane season and even if you dodge a big storm you may still experience some wind and rain. The same applies to Florida, but if you like the sound of America, head west to California for its eye-popping natural wonders and buzzing hip cities.
In California, rent an open-top car and drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles staying at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley and the gorgeous Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite National Park. You can even combine California with a luxury beach break in Bora Bora.
In South America, Peru is a real “bucket list” destination – 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 is a best-seller.
September is actually a perfect time to visit the South Pacific and you’ll find fabulous beaches and colourful culture in Fiji. It’s not just sun, sand and sea, though: you can visit traditional villages, dive with sharks, explore by traditional canoe and go island-hopping by wooden schooner. Find out more.
September is a perfect time to visit Kerala in Southern India. On this private 9-day Essence of Kerala tour, 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. Find more honeymoon tours in Kerala.
For a total union of mind, body and soul, a spa honeymoon in the Himalayas could be calling. Book a private villa at Ananda and emerge the most chilled wedding couple on the planet after even the most stressful wedding.
This is also a perfect time to visit the magical Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan where you can stay in super-luxe hotels, go trekking and enjoy the colourful spiritual atmosphere of this unique destination.
If you’re not beach-’n'-spa types, you could book an adventure honeymoons with Explore in destinations as diverse as Uganda, Argentina and Peru. Its team of travel experts will help you find the perfect bespoke trip.
And finally, you could make all your friends very jealous by planning a round the world honeymoon if you’ve got the time to spare. Austravel has a great honeymoon list service, so you can even get your friends and family to contribute.
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