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Honeymoon Destinations in August

honeymoons in August

Where to go on Honeymoon in August 2019

By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

August is a popular month for a wedding, but when it comes to honeymoon planning, remember that August is peak school holiday time, airports are crowded and prices are high. If you’re on a budget, delay your departure until the end of August after most families have arrived home.

So where to go on honeymoon in August? In Europe, the Mediterranean is the obvious choice, but don’t overlook the UK. It’s also an ideal time to visit Scandinavia and Iceland.

Avoid the Caribbean as this is the start of the hurricane season, plus it will be hot and humid. You’re better off in Mauritius, Ko Samui or Bali.

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UK and Ireland in August

August is the perfect time to take advantage of sunny skies here (hopefully!). Standards in UK accommodation have risen dramatically in recent years and you can find incredibly romantic places that rival anywhere in the world.

In the private grounds of Gilpin House, a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the Lake District, Gilpin Lake House is a gorgeous bolthole with just six suites where you can drink champagne in a lakeside hot tub.

Or choose wild romance in Wales with this exciting range of honeymoon hideaways from Sugar & Loaf that include bijou cottages for two, shepherd’s huts and luxury yurts. Their best properties include Starlight Cottage, a hayloft conversion in the Black Mountains with spa room and sauna.

Rural Retreats has some wonderful self-catering houses and cottages across the UK – see their properties for two.

Scotland is wonderfully romantic whether you’re striding across the heather, taking boat trips on lochs or tucking into a dinner of hand-dived scallops and Highland beef. This six-night honeymoon starts in Edinburgh, takes in Loch Ness and includes a stay on a private island off the west coast of Argyll. Or rent a Ferrari 360 Spider for a short break tour of the Highlands.

Across the Irish Sea, warm hospitality awaits you in Ireland in the country’s gorgeous country house hotels. Pick from a selection of special experiences including whale watching, whiskey tasting and foodie tours. This touring honeymoon covering County Wexford and County Cork lets you stay in three different country hotels.

European Honeymoons in August

When it comes to Europe in August, you need to pick and choose. You don’t want to be engulfed by the crowds, the overwhelming heat and – let’s face it – loads of families!

A cruise is a great way to see the Mediterranean – or the Baltic – in summer, though I suggest you avoid the huge floating hotels and opt instead for one of the new generation of small luxury cruise ships where the emphasis is on spacious accommodation, great food and service.

Another way to beat the crowds in high summer is to take a romantic cruise on a tall ship with the upmarket Star Clippers. Its Mediterranean cruises get to the small ports that big ships cannot reach, and casting off at sunset with the giant sails flapping overhead is a magical experience.

Iceland is a surprisingly hip destination in summer too with beautiful places to stay like the Art-Deco Hotel Borg. Take a dip in the romantic Blue Lagoon, visit geysers, volcanoes, glaciers and mountains. In the first half of August, you can even enjoy a whale watching excursion under the midnight sun.

For the classic Mediterranean beach and coast, the package resorts of Ibiza may be heaving in August, but you can escape to some seriously sexy hideaway retreats and enjoy the boho charms of this very special island.

Mallorca (29ºC temperatures, 10 hours of sunshine) makes a stylish alternative, with its classy resorts, great food and rugged countryside: you can stay at a villa for two with private pool. Or head to the cool hills of Andalucia where DDG Retreat is a stylish boho-chic hideaway less than an hour’s drive from Malaga airport.

Italy’s Amalfi coast is wonderfully romantic and – typical of the region – has temperatures of 28ºC and an average 11 hours of daily sunshine. I recommend one of these fabulous hotels, including the Palazzo Avino which has incredible views, its own exclusive beach club and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Or you could hop on a ferry to the iconic island of Capri, one of the most stylish honeymoon locations in Europe. If you want to stay there, head to the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.

For fabulous Italian beaches, combined with sightseeing and gorgeous places to stay, you can choose from a wonderful range of hotels and villas on Sicily including the romantic Alba Palace Hotel or The Ashbee.

Even if you love Italy, you might want to avoid cities such as Venice and Rome at this time of year as they are going to be hot and crowded, but it’s a great time to soak up the romance and old-school glamour of the Italian Lakes.

The rolling countryside and hilltop towns of Tuscany also make a perfect setting for an August honeymoon, and if you rent a private villa you will be safely insulated from the peak-season crowds. Try one of these villas for two – including La Fornace near Florence, which has a private swimming pool, Jacuzzi, air-conditioning and wifi.

Another smart choice in August is the French island of Corsica. I can’t promise the beaches will be empty, but you won’t find the crowds of other European islands and it retains a lot of class and natural beauty. This collection of romantic places to stay includes hotels, apartments and villas for two.

If you fancy Greece or Turkey, choose a remote rural hideaway rather than a hotel in a busy resort if you’re travelling in August. In Turkey, I recommend the adults-only Mandarin Boutique Hotel which has just eight rooms and a peaceful swimming pool surrounded by quiet countryside. All the rooms have four-poster beds and Jacuzzi. In the Greek islands, Santorini is impossibly romantic, though it does get busy in August. To dodge the crowds, you could rent a villa for two.

Or on Cyprus, the five-star Asimina Suites is adults-only, with a superb spa and private sandy beach, while some of the suites have a private pool.

For island hopping head to Croatia. Best options for romance include Hotel Podstine which overlooks the waterfront near funky Hvar Town, and Hotel More which has just 35 rooms, each with a panoramic view across the Elaphiti Islands. See more honeymoon ideas in Croatia.

Long Haul Honeymoons in August

While the monsoon season engulfs much of Asia, there are a few areas in this exotic part of the world which escape the rains.

Sri Lanka has some lovely romantic hotels such as Vil-Uyana and Amanwella. This 12-day East Coast Sri Lanka Journey is designed for summer honeymoons and includes the stunning beaches of Passekudah and Trincomalee.

If the Indian Ocean is your dream trip, a honeymoon in Mauritius is one of the smartest choices for August, with 26ºC temperatures and 8 hours of sunshine. At fab hotels such as Trou aux Biches, newlyweds are spoilt rotten.

Bali is another good option for summer with 29ºC temperatures and 10 hours of daily sunshine. I recommend these hotels, including Puri Ganesha, a laid-back luxury hideaway with wonderful organic food, and Bambu Indah, which has antique houses set amongst rice paddies.

Another option is the island of Koh Samui – away from the main resorts, it’s a laid-back, dreamy place where you can dine barefoot on the beach and enjoy Thai massages for two in stunning romantic hotels. Expect 31ºC temperatures and 6 hours of daily sunshine, unlike most of Thailand.

Or how about beautiful Tahiti and French Polynesia? August is one of the best months to visit these beautiful islands – you could try a cruise between a few, whether you fancy a private yacht or a luxurious small cruise. You’re not short of choice when it comes to hotels in Tahiti either, from barefoot luxury to five-star service.

Adventure lovers should also consider a honeymoon in Peru which has its best weather during our summer. This 14-night Highlights of Peru private tour is packed with thrills including Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon, Arequipa, the Ballestas Islands, a flight over the Nazca lines and Machu Picchu.

Another option in Peru is the Belmond Andean Explorer, a 1920s-style luxury train journey.

Or  see my pick of the best safari honeymoons in Africa. How about this romantic adventure in Africa which combines the game reserves of Tanzania with pristine beaches in Zanzibar at the Baraza Resort.

Kenya is another great choice for an incredible safari honeymoon. The Masai Mara is at its best between July and September and there’s a high chance you will witness the wildebeest migration, one of nature’s great spectacles. Romantic places to stay include Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp close to the Masai Mara and Segera Retreat on the Laikipia Plateau. Expect 28ºC temperatures and 8 hours of sunshine on the coast, but cooler at altitude.

August means warm sunny days and cool nights in Zambia and Malawi too where I recommend this exciting honeymoon package.

It kicks off with three nights at Stanley Safari Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia, where you’ll enjoy Victoria Falls, take trips on the Zambezi River and see white rhino in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Then head to the intimate Luangwa River Camp in the unspoilt South Luangwa National Park in Zambia where you’ll see elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo. Top it all off with four nights of luxury relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi National Park at Pumulani.

Or you could watch humpback whales off the coast of Madagascar, one of the world’s most thrilling honeymoon destinations. Stay at the idyllic Vakona Forest Lodge and trek into the rainforest to spot lemurs, then flop on a pristine platinum beach at the Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge. Consider this 12-night Madagascar honeymoon. It’s not too hot in August: about 20ºC, with 7 hours of sunshine, but a great time of year for whale watching.

In Namibia the weather is ideal for touring (24ºC, 11 hours of sunshine) and it’s the best time of year to see desert elephant and black rhino. The country’s vast colourful deserts make for a cinematic and romantic backdrop. See shipwrecks dotted along the Skeleton Coast, climb the world’s tallest sand dunes, take a hot air balloon ride over the desert and stay at fabulous lodges. Options include a self-drive honeymoon and a classic fly-in honeymoon.

The East African island of Mozambique (26ºC temperatures, 8 hours of sunshine) is a chic toes-in-the-sand destination. You’ll love the squeaky white sand beaches, sailing trips on traditional dhows, sand dune camping and fresh seafood.

American Sky has some great multi-centre honeymoons if you want to explore more of the US – steer clear of the big cities like New York, which is humid and hard work in August, in favour of San Francisco or the glorious scenery of the northern states.

Or head to Canada where the Rocky Mountaineer is one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, with fine dining and all drinks included.

In Australia, you could book a berth on The Ghan, a luxury train that runs between  Adelaide and Darwin, taking you to the Outback, the vineyards of the Barossa Valley and Uluru.

>> Visit our homepage for the full choice of 101 honeymoons or try our fun quiz to find the right destination for you. See our sister site for recommended holidays in August.

Last updated: 25 April 2019

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