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Honeymoon Destinations in March

Where to go on Honeymoon in March 2021

Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expertBy Jane Anderson, Editor

If you’ve been forced to push your wedding back to 2021 by the coronavirus, March is an ideal month to set a date. It’s less busy than the peak months of May and June and you can find fabulous weather at mid-haul and long-haul honeymoon destinations. Easter isn’t a factor this year: in 2021, Easter Sunday falls on 4 April.

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North Africa and Middle East

Mid-haul – a flying time of 3-7 hours – offers the best value-for-money honeymoon if you want 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. Expect 30ºC temperatures and 10 hours of daily sunshine. Kick off your honeymoon with a few nights in Cairo to see the Pyramids.

It’s only a 3-hour flight from the UK to Marrakech where you’ll find 23ºC temperatures and 8 hours of sun. 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 (18ºC, 6 hours of sun) where you can stay in a romantic restored quinta. Tenerife (21ºC, 7 hours of sun) 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 4 hours flying time from the UK.

It takes 6 hours to reach Sal and Boa Vista in the Cape Verde islands (25ºC, 8 hours of sun). With their mix of African and Portuguese influences, unique landscapes and sandy beaches, best places to stay include the all-inclusive Oasis Salinas Sea and five-star Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort. Or how about an island-hopping honeymoon?

It’s also 6 hours to the Arabian Gulf (32°C, 10 hours of sun). 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.

The Caribbean

It’s high season in the Caribbean and an ideal time to enjoy the glorious beaches, warm hospitality and superb hotels. Expect 30°C, with 8 hours of sun across the region. I recommend this collection of small luxury hotels in the Caribbean.

Beach babes should consider the long thin coral island of Anguilla which has more than 30 perfect white-sand beaches, some fantastic hotels and 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 magnificent beaches, mountains, culture, 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 and visit sugar plantations. 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.

For old-school romance on the ocean waves, you could join a tall ship cruise with Star Clippers with a choice of routes through the Caribbean. Explore more honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean.

The USA

For romance it’s hard to beat a road trip across America – especially with a few luxuries added along the way. You could 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 (22ºC, 9 hours of sun). Or head out to the desert for a drive through Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Southern California.

South America

In Chile 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.

Argentina offers gauchos and tango, the elegant style of Buenos Aires and famous vineyards. Local specialists Dehouche can uncover insider gems for you.

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 R ‘n’ R.

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

The rainiest months are coming to an end in Peru: while you might see some showers along the way, especially in the Amazon, you’ll also encounter 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 safaris

Tanzania is a fabulous choice in March with the Great Migration under way in the Serengeti and the chance to see big cats hunting. It combines nicely with the exotic spice island of Zanzibar (33ºC, 8 hours of sun). This 12-night honeymoon features game drives in the Serengeti, 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 (32ºC, 8 hours of sun) – 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, 9 hours of sun). 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.

It’s also the dry season in Kenya and a great time of year for a safari. See more safari honeymoons in Africa.

Indian Ocean

From Kenya you can take a direct onward flight to the Seychelles (31ºC, 8 hours of sun) where the turquoise waters will be calm and clear. But avoid Mauritius where cyclones are possible at this time of year.

The Maldives are a great choice in March (32ºC, 9 hours of sun) and 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.

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 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 two weeks.

Asia

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 30ºC temperatures and 9 hours of daily sun, there are plenty of things to see and do.

You can 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 stay at the 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. Best hotels include 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.

It’s one of the best months to visit Vietnam. 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. Expect 33ºC and 7 hours of sun in Saigon.

For a more unusual honeymoon, the Philippines delivers natural wonders, paradise islands and white sand beaches. It’s known for its diving but the snorkelling is also world class, and you can swim with turtles, trek through rice terraces, climb a volcano and stay in a tribal village.

March is cherry blossom time in Japan. It’s a land of dazzling cities, ancient culture, superb mountain and of course amazing food. I recommend this selection of honeymoons in Japan.

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.

Europe

March is a great month to visit Venice. With few tourists, you can really appreciate the beauty of the city with crisp spring sunshine on the lagoon – if you really want to do it in style, 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 in March. 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 southern Mediterranean can be warm and sunny in March. Cyprus is as far south as you can go before hitting the Middle East and it’s low season so you can expect some fantastic 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 hot tubs.

If you really want to embrace winter, head for the snowy wilderness of the Arctic. Artisan Travel offers a magical selection of romantic honeymoons in 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: 31 January 2020

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