Honeymoon Destinations in August

Where to go on Honeymoon in August 2022

By Jane Anderson, Editor

If you’re planning an August honeymoon, remember this is peak school holiday time and you’ll need to book well in advance. If you’re on a budget, you could delay your departure until the last week of August when prices take a sharp dip.

Where to go? The Mediterranean is the obvious choice, but the UK is still proving popular in 2022 (so book well ahead). It’s also an ideal time to visit Scandinavia and Iceland.

The best long haul destinations in August include Mauritius, Koh Samui and Bali, along with the Caribbean and Sri Lanka. Follow the links below for details of dates and prices.

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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!

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.

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.

For fabulous Italian beaches, head to the charming island of Sardinia where you can be pampered at an intimate and friendly hotel such as the Gabbiano Azzurro or the Hotel Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort.

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. There’s Lake Como with its grand lakeside hotels and a local ferry service that will take you between iconic places such as Bellagio and Tremezzo. Or pick a quieter location such as Lake Iseo  where you could stay at  Hotel Araba Fenice, a charming 19th-century villa recommended for foodies.

Another smart choice in August is the French island of Corsica. I can’t promise the beaches will be empty, but it won’t be as crowded as 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. The tiny Bademli Bahçe Hotel is also for adults only.

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. Paxos is a gorgeous island and rarely feels crowded – the Purple Apricot Hotel is an eclectic hideaway for adults only.

Iceland is a hip destination in summer 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. Go in the first half of August when you can join a whale watching excursion under the midnight sun.

One 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.

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 that escape the rains.

If the Indian Ocean is your idea of heaven, 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.

The Thai island of Koh Samui – away from the main resorts – is 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.

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. See this selection of hotels in Tahiti, from barefoot luxury to five-star service.

Adventure lovers should also consider a honeymoon in Peru which has its best weather during our summer. You could take a ride on the Belmond Andean Explorer, a 1920s-style luxury train journey. 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.

Sri Lanka has some lovely romantic hotels such as Ulagalla Resort and Cape Weligama but you’ll miss out if you don’t take a bespoke private tour with car and driver, to see national parks, temples, caves and tea plantations. Try this 14-day Sambol & Surf trip or a more classic Quintessentially Sri Lanka itinerary.

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.

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 The Wood Shack in  Abergavenny and these Shepherds Huts beside a stream in the Brecon Beacons.

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 tour of the Highlands.

Across the Irish Sea, warm hospitality awaits in Ireland‘s finest 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.

Africa is a great choice in August

It’s one of the best times of year for a safari. 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 a 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.

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.

See my pick of the best safari honeymoons in Africa.

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