Honeymoon Destinations in October

Where to go on Honeymoon in October 2021

jane small Honeymoon planningBy Jane Anderson, Editor

If you’ve pushed back your wedding plans because of the pandemic, you’ll find that October is a great month for a honeymoon. The autumn colours provide a lovely setting for a wedding, then you can jet away for some gorgeous weather at knockdown prices, with sun across the Mediterranean, glorious city breaks across Europe and wonderful beach destinations.

You’ll find guaranteed sunshine in Morocco, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi  and Dubai , or you can venture further to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. All are on the Amber List, so if you’re fully-vaccinated you don’t need to self-isolate on your return. More than ever, in 2021 I strongly advise you to book with a trusted tour operator with flexible terms. Click the links below for details about prices, deposits and booking policies.

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European Beach Honeymoons in October

In the first half of October you can enjoy fabulous weather and no crowds across the Mediterranean. Rent a villa for two in Mallorca, discover the glamorous Amalfi Coast including the chic Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, or find a friendly little hotel in Corsica.

Later in the month it’s wiser to head to the southern Med – perhaps to the pristine Italian island of Sardinia or the more southerly Greek islands including volcanic Santorini. Here you can expect 25ºC temperatures and 8 hours of sun. Furthest south of all is Cyprus where the mercury can hit 28ºC in October. Check out these deals on five-star hotels.

In the Greek Islands, you can rent a villa for two with either a private pool or beach access. See more honeymoon villas with a pool or hot tub, and hotels with private pools.

If you want a gorgeous luxury hotel, head to the MarBella Nido, a boutique adult-only resort in a lovely corner of Corfu. Stay in a suite with private pool, and enjoy a choice of restaurants and bars and a full-service beach with watersports.

Temperatures on the Portuguese island of Madeira hover around 24ºC with 7 hours of sunshine, and it’s only a four-hour flight from the UK. As well as some great hotels and dramatic mountainous landscape, you can go whale watching, enjoy picturesque walks or take your pick from canyoning, big game fishing, paragliding and scuba diving. Stay at one of the restored mansions (quintas) such as Quinta da Bela Vista or Quinta da Casa Branco.

Not far away in Tenerife there’s more whale watching, as well as star gazing and the less explored green north of this sunny Canary Island: the adults-only Red Level at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora is ideal if you’re travelling over half-term, while foodies will love the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque. For a true honeymoon splurge, it’s hard to beat the The Ritz-Carlton Abama.

In Turkey, head to the Mandarin Boutique Hotel, which has eight double rooms, each with a four-poster bed and Jacuzzi. See more honeymoon ideas in the Mediterranean.

City and Countryside in Europe

October is a perfect month to explore Europe’s cities – and you’ll avoid the crowds and sweltering heat of summer. The Italian cities are especially welcoming – cherry pick from Rome, Florence and Siena or combine all three in an Italian trio.

Few places are more romantic than Venice and October is a great time to be there (21ºC, 6 hours of sun) after the summer crowds have dispersed. Best hotels include the five-star deluxe Ca’ Sagrado with views over the Grand Canal, the low-key Hotel Londra Palace and the legendary Danieli.

Tuscany in October is still warm but the summer crowds have gone and prices are marked down. Tucked away in the countryside amid hilltop towns and rolling hills you’ll find a fabulous array of villas for two. For example, La Casanova in the heart of Chianti costs from £784 per week.

If you have the budget, treat yourselves to a journey on the Orient-Express all the way from London to Venice. You will travel through Europe passing glorious scenery whilst enjoying gourmet cuisine, champagne and fine wines. Find details here.

Autumn is a romantic time of year in Spain too, with plenty of romantic city breaks. Sleep in a palace and feel like royalty – I recommend the Hospes Las Casas Del Rey de Baeza in Seville and Hospes Palacio de los Patos in Granada.

Just beyond Europe – but still only three hours flying time from London – is Morocco with guaranteed warmth in October: expect 28ºC and 8 hours of sun in Marrakech. If you’re sticking to a stricter budget, go for this seven-night Classic Honeymoon which includes a hot air balloon flight plus stays at a riad in Marrakech, a romantic desert camp and a converted kasbah. If you want to turn up the luxury dial, check into Sir Richard Branson’s ultra luxurious Kasbah Tamadot in the lower Atlas Mountains.

Long Haul Honeymoons in October

Fly another couple of hours and you can find yourselves in the Arabian Gulf with 36ºC and 10 hours of daily sunshine in October. And because it is such a huge flight hub, there are interesting options for two-centre honeymoons. You could head to the Maldives and Abu Dhabi – a great value combination – or splash out on a treble: Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Dubai.

In October spring is well underway in South Africa. The weather will be dry and warm (25ºC in Johannesburg) and the lack of rain and vegetation makes this prime game-viewing season as animals concentrate around water sources. This is especially true in the Kruger area of South Africa. If money’s no object, consider Ulusaba Private Game Reserve which offers a sensational honeymoon experience, or Mont Rochelle in the Winelands (a great place for an intimate wedding).

In East Africa the large herds have migrated into Kenya‘s Masai Mara. This is a good time to stay in some of the most romantic safari lodges in the world such as Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park, Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp near the Masai Mara and Segera Retreat on the Laikipia Plateau. For the ultimate in privacy and seclusion, check out Sir Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri.

It’s hot and dry in Zambia and Malawi making it prime game viewing time. Check out this honeymoon package which combines a trip to Victoria Falls, stunning wildlife safaris in South Luangwa National Park, and a relaxing beach retreat at Pumulani on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Another recommended two-centre option is a safari in Tanzania followed by Zanzibar for a beach escape. Zanzibar is as exotic as it sounds: the Arabic capital Stone Town is endlessly fascinating while the beaches are home to some of the world’s most chilled castaway hotels.

For more beach honeymoons, it might be off-season in the Caribbean but in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius (27ºC, 8 hours of sun), the Seychelles (29ºC, 7 hours of sun) and the Maldives (30ºC, 8 hours of sun) are all perfect in October. Ask your tour operator about combining Mauritius or the Seychelles with Southern Africa too.

If you’re on a budget, but have your heart set on the Indian Ocean, check out these stylish hotels in the Seychelles, or the five-star Trou aux Biches set on a white-sand beach in Mauritius. See more honeymoons in Mauritius.

In the Maldives, you can bag a great value honeymoon by going all-inclusive in the Maldives. I recommend Meeru Island which offers four-star honeymoons at three-star prices, and Kuredu Island Resort which has a choice of villas, suites and bungalows set on a 3km white sand beach.

Find more value honeymoon packages for a range of budgets.

A great two-in-one combination if you want to combine culture with beach is this twin-centre honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. This is also a great idea if you want to get married in one destination and honeymoon in another as weddings in Sri Lanka are good value for money and very exotic. You can’t get married in the Maldives, unless at least one of you is a Maldivian resident.

If India has always been calling you, October is an ideal month for touring – dry but not overwhelmingly hot. You can combine India and the Maldives on a fabulous two-week honeymoon. Start with a tour of Rajasthan by private car, taking in the Taj Mahal and the palaces of Udaipur and finish with a relaxing stay at the all-inclusive four-star Cinnamon Dhonveli.

October is also the start of the tourist season across south-east Asia. You could take a private tour of Vietnam and stay in hidden gems like the Hoi An Chic Green Retreat. If you feel you want somewhere different, how about the Philippines – late October is a great time to visit to avoid high season prices.

This month is also a lovely time to visit Japan as the heat of summer is replaced by the warm colours of autumn. Soak up the stunning sights, sounds and smells of Tokyo before exploring the mountains, gardens and hot springs.

It’s also the end of the drier months in Tahiti – how about a cruise through the islands of French Polynesia or a stay at one of these luxuriously romantic hotels in Tahiti.

Alternatively, head to the Cook Islands including stunning Aitutaki. It’s a great option to team with New Zealand.

And it’s also the end of the dry season in Peru if you’ve always wanted to see Machu Picchu, the Andes and Lake Titicaca. For a truly luxurious way to discover the country’s Incan treasures and the colonial charm of Arequipa, board The Andean Explorer for a rail journey complete with designer cabins and even an on-board spa.

Last updated: 6 October 2021

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