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Honeymoon Destinations in March

Where to go on Honeymoon in March 2020

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

March is the month when we’re all desperately looking forward to spring, but in reality the weather in the UK and across much of Europe is still chilly. But go just a little bit further and there are some fabulous mid-haul honeymoon choices and of course plenty of long-haul escapes to make all your wedding guests green with envy. In 2020, Easter Sunday falls on 12 April.

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Europe, Africa and Middle East Sunny Honeymoons in March

If your heart is set on Europe or a relatively short flight from the UK, mid-haul – a flying time of between 3 hours and 7 hours – offers the best value-for-money honeymoon to find guaranteed sunshine without spending too much money on flights, or too long in the air.

Egypt and Morocco are both romantic destinations that are warming up nicely in March. It’s 5 hours flying time to Egypt where you can take a Nile cruise and explore the Valley of the Kings. Kick off your honeymoon with a few nights in Cairo to see the Pyramids first.

It’s only a 3-hour flight from the UK to Morocco where you’ll find warm sunny days and pleasantly cool evenings. For bells-on luxury, stay at the fabulous Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains. If your budget is tighter, check out this seven-night honeymoon featuring a hot air balloon flight and stays at a stylish riad in Marrakech, a desert camp and a kasbah in the Atlas Mountains.

It’s only a 4-hour flight to Madeira which is perfect for an outdoorsy honeymoon with accommodation in romantic restored quintas. In the Canaries (21ºC, 7 hours of sun), Tenerife offers plenty of things to do – from whale watching to climbing a volcano – and lovely hotels including the adults-only Red Level at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, and The Ritz-Carlton Abama. It’s also 4 hours flying time from the UK.

For some sunny islands with a difference, it takes less than six hours to reach Sal and Boa Vista in the Cape Verde islands from the UK. With their mix of African and Portuguese influences, unique landscapes and sandy beaches, there’s everything from all-inclusive Oasis Salinas Sea and five-star Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort on Sal to Iberostar Club Boa Vista on Boa Vista. Or get a taste of some of the less-visited parts of Cape Verde with an island-hopping itinerary or a tailor-made honeymoon.

If you are happy to fly for 6 hours you can get to the Arabian Gulf, with an average 10 hours of daily sunshine and temperatures of 32°C. For glamour and buzz you can’t beat Dubai and its fabulous array of hotels. I love The One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court which is stylish and intimate. Away from the crowds of Dubai, the Fairmont Ajman and the all-inclusive Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Fujairah are both exciting options.

Caribbean Honeymoons in March

It’s high season in the Caribbean and an ideal time to enjoy the glorious beaches, warm hospitality and superb hotels. Expect average highs of 30°C, with eight hours of daily sunshine. I recommend this collection of small luxury hotels in the Caribbean.

Mexico combines gorgeous beaches with vibrant culture and ancient Mayan ruins – you should combine time on the beach with some sightseeing. The five-star hotels are good value too.

Beach babes should consider the long thin coral island of Anguilla which has more than 30 perfect white-sand beaches, some fantastic hotels and a great high-end restaurants. Top hotels include the Moorish-styled Cap Juluca, the Four Seasons (see the rooftop suites with private pools) and CuisinArt which has an excellent spa.

Jamaica has it all: magnificent beaches, verdant mountains, local culture, busy nightspots, fabulous food and stylish hotels, the best of which is Jamaica Inn. Another island with plenty to see and do beyond the beach is St Kitts where you can zip-wire through the rainforest, visit forts and sugar plantations and tour the island on a scenic railway. Stay at the stylish Belle Mont Farm or – if you want resort facilities – the St Kitts Marriott. In March there’s also a chance to see turtles nesting on the beach.

Other outstanding Caribbean hotels include Anse Chastanet on one of the prettiest beaches in St Lucia. In the north of the island is the gorgeous 30-suite East Winds which offers a cosy friendly vibe and all-inclusive dining.

Or for old-school romance on the ocean waves, you could join a tall ship cruise with Star Clippers with a choice of several different routes through the islands of the Caribbean.

Explore more honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean.

March Honeymoons in the Americas

For romance it’s hard to beat a road trip across America – especially with a few luxuries added along the way. You could even rent a convertible Mustang with the luxury tour operator Exsus Travel which says its most popular itinerary for honeymooners is the classic 10-night California Highlights Trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Or head out to the desert for a romantic drive through Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Southern California.

On the opposite coast, there’s plenty to tempt in Florida where fashionable South Beach and gorgeous seafront hotels such as Ocean Key Resort & Spa and South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island are best combined on a fly-drive.

Or look south to Chile where you can explore superb countryside from the lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert to the glaciers and lakes of Patagonia – not forgetting the renowned wine region. The best time to visit is from November to March.

Argentina with its gauchos and tango, the spectacular glaciers and stunning lake scenery of Patagonia, and the elegant style of Buenos Aires before exploring the country’s famous vineyards. Local specialists Dehouche have offices in the country for insider gems to transform your trip.

You can also get some great ideas for a honeymoon in Brazil from Dehouche. I would start with a few days in Rio de Janeiro before crashing on a beach in Bahia for some stylish rest and relaxation.

For another tempting destination if you fancy more than the beach, consider a honeymoon in Costa Rica. The Volcano & Cloud Forest itinerary is ideal for a more active option, with the chance to try everything from white water rafting to zipwiring, or the Costa Rica in Style honeymoon explores the highlights with some added luxury.

The rainiest months are coming to an end in Peru as well: and while you might see some showers along the way, especially in the Amazon, you’ll also see fewer crowds at Machu Picchu. This Highlights of Peru honeymoon features all the country’s big highlights – Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon, Arequipa, the Ballestas Islands and Lima.

See more honeymoon ideas in the Americas.

Africa and the Indian Ocean

A safari in Africa is a classic honeymoon, and there are plenty of opportunities to combine bush and beach for a fabulous, unforgettable experience this month.

Tanzania is a fabulous choice in March with the Great Migration underway in the Serengeti and the chance to see the big cats hunting. Its luxury camps combine very nicely with time to chill out on the exotic island of Zanzibar. This 12-night honeymoon combination features game drives in the Serengeti, a stay at the Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp and beach time at the fabulous Baraza Resort.

In Botswana it’s the end of the green season, when the bush is lush, visitor numbers are low and there are newborn animals to view in Chobe National Park – also home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in Africa.

In South Africa, the Western Cape is at its best in March (24ºC and 9 hours of sunshine). This 12-night Luxury Cape and Coast honeymoon includes Cape Town, a safari and a stay at the Oyster Box Hotel near Durban. In the Winelands, you could treat yourselves to a luxury stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle (it’s also a fab place for a wedding).

Or stay at Ulusaba in the Kruger National Park, also from the Virgin Limited Edition Collection.

East Africa is enjoying its dry season: you could enjoy a safari in Kenya then take a direct onward flight to the Seychelles (31ºC and 8 hours of sun) where the turquoise waters will be calm and clear.

But avoid teaming Africa with Mauritius at this time of year where cyclones are possible. See more ideas for safari honeymoons.

Another Indian Ocean honeymoon alternative is a stay in the Maldives, you can bag a great value honeymoon by going all-inclusive. Popular choices include the four-star Kuredu Island Resort which has a choice of villas, suites and bungalows set on 3km of white sand beach, plus two pools and four restaurants.

For a step up in luxury, NIYAMA Maldives has gorgeous pavilions with private pools and an underwater nightclub. You can spend a night at sea in a luxuriously-fitted traditional sail boat, complete with a personal chef and butler.

A lot of flights to the Maldives go via Dubai or Abu Dhabi so it makes a lot of sense to combine the Maldives with the Arabian Gulf. Opt for the glamour and buzz of Abu Dhabi or go for the triple: Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Dubai in less than two weeks.

Honeymoons in Asia and Beyond

What could be more magical than India. Take your pick from palaces, beaches, temples, wildlife safaris, city shopping and romantic train rides before temperatures begin to soar for summer.

Feel the good vibes on the beaches of Goa. As well as the promise of 30ºC and nine hours of daily sun, there are plenty of things to see and do.

You could combine India and the Maldives on an exciting two-week honeymoon. You’ll start in Rajasthan with a private tour of the most romantic sights – including the Taj Mahal – then take a five-hour flight to the Maldives for a a stay at the fabulous all-inclusive Cinnamon Dhonveli.

Another great honeymoon destination in March which combines culture and beaches is Sri Lanka. Weather patterns vary across the island but March should be reasonably dry and not so humid. Find honeymoon ideas in Sri Lanka and choose from a tempting selection of hotels including Vil-Uyana and Amanwella.

You could also combine Sri Lanka with the Maldives – a wonderful mix of culture and lazy beach time. This two-week twin-centre honeymoon is one of the most popular ways to do it.

Vietnam is another good destination for a culture-meets-beach honeymoon in March, one of the best months to see the country. If you want to see all the sights, check out this classic two-week Vietnam in Style honeymoon which visits Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Con Dao and Halong Bay.

For a more unusual honeymoon, the Philippines delivers natural wonders, paradise islands and white sand beaches – March’s sun makes it a perfect time to be by the coast. It’s known for its diving but the snorkelling is also world class, and you could swim with turtles, trek through rice terraces, climb a volcano and stay in a tribal village.

March is cherry blossom time in Japan, an inspired honeymoon destination, particularly if you are foodies. It’s a land of dazzling cities, ancient culture, superb mountain and beach scenery. I recommend this selection of honeymoons in Japan from specialists Inside Japan tours.

Or this unique itinerary whisks you by train between Tokyo and Kyoto, discovering ancient traditions, sipping tea with geisha and soaking in onsen hot springs.

If you’re up for a major adventure and don’t mind the long flight, head to New Zealand. It’s a lovely time to visit, towards the end of summer. Try a self-drive honeymoon and explore mountain ranges, glacial lakes, forests, hot springs and dramatic coastlines. You can also rent a motorhome.

In Australia, Qualia is a gorgeous beachfront hideaway, which can easily be combined with Sydney, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. See more honeymoons in Australia.

European Honeymoons in March

March is a great month to visit Venice. With few tourists, you can really appreciate the beauty of the city and crisp spring sunshine on the lagoon can be incredibly romantic – and if you really want to do it in style, you can travel there by Orient-Express. This selection of hotels in Venice includes the stunning Ca’ Sagrado which overlooks the Grand Canal and 14th century former palazzo The Danieli.

If you’re an active couple, a cycling or walking tour is a good idea for March when the heat of summer is yet to arrive and the roads are quiet. Check out these walking and cycling honeymoons for foodies. How about walking in Catalonia or Burgundy by Bike. You’ll be guided to best local restaurants and your luggage is transported each day from one hotel to the next.

The Mediterranean can be warm and sunny in March if you head as far south as possible. Cyprus is far south as you can go before hitting the Middle East and it’s low season so you can expect some fantastic special offers. Check out the prices on five-star pads such as the Elysium Resort Hotel and the Asimina Suites.

It’s also an interesting time to visit Iceland with its hip bars and restaurants and stylish boutique hotels, such as the Art-Deco Hotel Borg. Although the spring days are getting longer, you still have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. I recommend a stay at the Hotel Ranga which is set amid mountains and glaciers on a salmon river with its own geothermal outdoor hot tubs.

If you really want to embrace winter, why not head for the snowy wilderness of the Arctic. Artisan Travel offers a magical selection of romantic honeymoons in the wilderness of the Arctic Circle. You can stay in one of these ice and snow hotels including a glass igloo where you can lie back and gaze up at the Northern Lights.

For more cosy ideas in the snow, you could snuggle up at the unique Treehotel in Sweden or try ice fishing and a husky safari on an adventure honeymoon in Finnish Lapland.

>> Also see my pick of the best honeymoons at Easter.

> See our sister site 101 Holidays for expert tips on where to go on in March and find where’s hot.

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Last updated: 5 December 2019

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