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    Best Honeymoons Flying from Manchester Airport

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    * Direct non-stop flights from Manchester to Caribbean

    * World of options if you change planes in Dubai or Abu Dhabi

    Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expertBy Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons


    Who wants to start their honeymoon with a drive down to Gatwick Airport around the M25, or a stressful change of aircraft at the nightmare that is Heathrow? If you live anywhere near Manchester, it’s worth looking for honeymoons with flights departing from Manchester Airport.

    The good news is that flights with Emirates to Dubai and with Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi have opened up the world. Although you’ll need to change planes in the Gulf if you are flying further, this is much less stressful than a change of aircraft or airport in London. And you may have the option of spending a few days in Dubai or Abu Dhabi to start or finish your honeymoon.

    There are also direct flights from Manchester to the Caribbean, the USA and Canada, and – of course – across Europe. Here’s my guide to the best long-haul options.

    Maldives

    You can fly from Manchester to the Maldives via Dubai or Abu Dhabi and it’s worth looking out for the latest special offers. For luxury, I recommend Niyama and Huvafen Fushi. If you’re looking for a good-value all-inclusive, try Meeru Island. These flights via the Gulf also open up some interesting two-centre options. You can combine the Maldives with Sri Lanka (just a short flight away) or try this great-value India and Maldives honeymoon. Another option is combining Maldives and Abu Dhabi.

    Mauritius

    Mauritius is another paradise beach destination you can reach from Manchester via Dubai or Abu Dhabi. It’s very popular with honeymoons and offers year-round sunshine. Check out the latest special offers, For luxury, I recommend the eight Beachcomber hotels and the delightful Trou aux Biches. Another great option is to combine Mauritius with South Africa – most couples prefer to head off on safari first then relax on the beach in Mauritius.

    Cape Verde Islands

    If you want to fly direct, it’s just a six hour flight from Manchester to the Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic Ocean. They are roughly halfway between Brazil and the West Coast of Africa, with influences from both. The climate is excellent all year round and it’s only a one hour time difference so no jet lag. See the latest special offers.

    Seychelles

    If you want glamour, spectacular beaches and incredible wildlife encounters, head to the stunning islands of the Seychelles which you can reach from Manchester via Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There’s a great selection of boutique hotels and luxury resorts and private islands along with honeymoon deals.

    India

    India presents a world of colourful honeymoon options. Among the most popular choices is this 15-day Classic Rajasthan private tour. You fly into Delhi from Manchester via Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Enchanting Travels has a range of authentic tours using the same flight options. If you want to escape the crowds, discover the stunning Ananda in the Himalayas.

    Barbados

    Direct flights with Thomson from Manchester to Barbados makes this an easy and glamorous option. Indulge yourselves at the recently opened all-inclusive Sandals Barbados or if you prefer somewhere more intimate, try Little Good Harbour or the beautifully restored 18th century Bellevue Plantation House. On the quieter East Coast, the Atlantis Hotel is a great choice. Or opt for self-catering with this beautiful selection of villas. You can also join a tall ships cruise sailing out of Barbados with Star Clippers.

    Jamaica

    There are direct year-round flights from Manchester to Jamaica. I’m a big fan of Jamaica Inn which is steeped in old-world glamour. Sandals is also an option if you want to go all-inclusive.

    Dominican Republic

    You’ll also find direct non-stop flights from Manchester to Dominican Republic. This is one of the best value destinations in the Caribbean, but it also has some high quality all-inclusive hotels, so it’s a great option. Head for Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa or Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana. If you want an intimate boutique hotel, I suggest Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana.

    Africa safari honeymoons

    Kenya is one of the best (and not overly expensive) safari destinations for honeymooners. You can fly into Nairobi from Manchester via Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Botswana offers luxury high-end lodges and exciting wildlife encounters – it can be combined with MozambiqueMauritius or South Africa. Robin Pope Safaris has a great honeymoon package in Zambia and Malawi, while Abercrombie & Kent offers the sizzling duo of Tanzania and Zanzibar. For all-out luxury it’s hard to beat Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba in South Africa. For something different, consider this 12-night Classic Madagascar honeymoon.

    South America

    Several destinations in South America can be reached from Manchester with a change of plane at New York or Madrid. Personally, I would favour Madrid because the immigration process is so much easier. For example, you could head to Argentina with flights to Buenos Aires via Madrid, or style it up in Brazil. A huge growth destination is Chile, with its incredible deserts, mountains, lakes, volcanoes, beaches and wine regions. Again, the Madrid option is best. If you’re heading to Ecuador & the Galapagos you can fly via Amsterdam: KLM has five flights per day into Quito. Further north in Central America, Costa Rica has direct flights from Gatwick, but most people flying from Manchester would choose the Madrid option.

    South East Asia

    Although there are currently no direct non-stop flights from Manchester to South East Asia, you can reach most destinations in the region with a change of aircraft in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi. So, IndonesiaCambodiaVietnamBorneo and Myanmar can all be reached with relative ease. If you want to laze on a beach in Thailand, I recommend The Sarojin in Khao Lak, while Bali is a truly magical honeymoon destination – my favourite hotels include the COMO Shambhala Estate and Puri Ganesha.

    USA and Canada

    The sheer numbers of Brits travelling to Florida means there are plenty of direct flights, whether you want to join the families in Disney World or do something more grown-up like the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island or hang out on Miami’s South Beach. You can fly to California via New York, and access a huge array of fly-drive options. How about this 22-night Grand Tour of the West. There are no direct flights from Manchester to Montreal, but you can fly to Toronto as a gateway to explore French-speaking Québec.

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