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Honeymoon Destinations in September

Where to go on Honeymoon in September

jane small Honeymoon planningBy Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

The final weeks of summer can be the most romantic time of year to go on honeymoon with September’s relaxed vibe as autumn approaches.

In the Mediterranean, conditions are perfect. The crowds have gone, families are back at school, the sea is blissfully warm and prices are low. And if you go long-haul, there’s that wonderful feeling of escaping to an exotic destination while everyone else heads back to work.

Here are my tips for the best honeymoon destinations in September.

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UK and Ireland Honeymoons in September

Everyone’s favourite summer haunts of Devon and Cornwall will be breathing a collective sigh of relief as the hordes depart but the warm weather and long September evenings stay.

There are good deals to be had when you book with self-catering companies such as Rural Retreats which has high-end properties for two across the UK ranging from lighthouse keepers’ cottages to converted barns. See their special offers.

If you want privacy and to enjoy the outdoors, head to one of these romantic hideaways in Wales which include cosy cottages for two, rustic huts and luxury yurts. In the Lake District, the Gilpin Lake House has its own luxury suites and Michelin star restaurant.

It’s hard to beat Scotland for romance as well – you could dine on hand-dived scallops and Highland beef, sleep in a lodge on the shores of Loch Ness and hide away on a private island off the coast of Argyll. See a selection of ideas in Scotland including this inspiring six-night Luxury Honeymoon. Find more honeymoons in the UK.

Or hop across the Irish Sea to experience this Luxury Irish Honeymoon which takes in Dublin, County Clare and the smallest of the three Aran Islands. This and other honeymoons in Ireland can be tailor-made to your individual requirements.

Europe and Mediterranean Honeymoons in September

The Mediterranean is the obvious place to head in September as it’s just so damn sexy at this time of year. Hotels and resorts are much less frenetic than in peak season but it’s still hot and sunny. Many tour operators offer cheap deals in September so it’s worth looking around for a bargain.

I love the Greek islands where Santorini will always come top of my honeymoon list for its romantic boutique hotels – such as Grace Santorini – and intimate feel. In September you can expect temperatures of 25ºC and 10 hours of daily sunshine, with warm seas and no crowds, often a problem in high season on its narrow cobbled streets. If you value self-sufficiency and freedom, rent one of these villas for two in Greece.

On the Greek mainland, Halkidiki has superb beaches and is home to the lovely sister hotels Ikos Oceania and Ikos Olivia, which offer five-star all-inclusive honeymoons at value prices. New resort Ikos Dassia has also opened in Corfu in 2018 with Ikos Aria following in Kos in 2019.

You can expect to sizzle in Cyprus and you can expect to find some cracking deals on five-star hotels such as the Anassa and the Elysium Resort Hotel in Paphos, and the Four Seasons in Limassol.

Another hot destination is Turkey where I recommend the Mandarin Boutique Hotel, a gorgeous adults-only hideaway in unspoilt countryside near the resort of Olu Deniz (30ºC and 11 hours of sunshine). It has just eight rooms, each with a kingsize four-poster bed and Jacuzzi.

Italy knows all about romance. The ultimate Italian honeymoon? Try Positano on the Amalfi Coast combined with the medieval town of Ravello and lovely Capri.

For beach and exploring, including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sicily is one of Europe’s best island destinations – The Ashbee has five-star service and a cable car down to the pool, while Verdura Resort is well worth the splurge for its private beach and range of restaurants. The Italian island of Capri (25ºC and 8 hours of sunshine) is a hopelessly romantic, charming little destination with some superb hotels. I recommend the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.

For more old-school glamour, head to the Italian Lakes where’ll find some great deals in September. Or hide yourselves away at one of these fabulous villas for two in Tuscany.

September is also a fabulous time to get on your bikes and enjoy a cycling tour of gastronomic areas such as Piedmont and Chianti in Italy. Find more details from Headwater.

Venice is another option in September (24ºC and 7 hours of sunshine) once the summer crowds have drifted away. You can even do it in style by travelling on the Orient-Express. Citalia has a great choice of hotels in Venice. Or combine Rome, Florence and Siena.

In Spain, you could rent a villa for two in a quiet corner of Mallorca, where you can expect temperatures of 26ºC and 8 hours of daily sunshine. I’m personally a great fan of Ibiza where you can stay in a fabulous boutique hotel or rent a villa to share with friends and family. Or for a Spanish island with a difference, check out these luxury honeymoons in Tenerife.

Feeling more active? How about a tour of the cities of Andalucia. Great places to stay include the Hospes Las Casas Del Rey de Baeza in Seville and the Hospes Palacio de los Patos in Granada (28ºC and 8 hours of sunshine). Or check out the boho chic of DDG Retreat, not far from Malaga, where you can escape from the world between days out.

You should also consider the charming and sophisticated French island of Corsica which has a great range of romantic places to stay including the four-star Hôtel le Pinarello beside a gorgeous white sand beach, and Casa Acciana, a stylish one-bedroom villa with private pool.

Find more honeymoons in the Med.

Beyond Europe Honeymoon Ideas

If you’re looking for something a little different to the classic European beach resorts and cities, but don’t want to fly too much further, there are some exotic options across north Africa – ideal for a short-haul honeymoon from the UK, for example.

In the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, this is a great time of year to stay at Sir Richard Branson’s gorgeous Kasbah Tamadot. In Marrakech you can expect 32ºC temperatures and 9 hours of sunshine – stay within the cool thick walls of a luxury riad near the souk. See a full range of honeymoons in Morocco.

Laid-back Essaouira has beach and surf as well as year-round sunshine. Combine it with Marrakech on a Sea and Souks short break, while the Grand Circle adds in the Atlas mountains and Sahara desert too.

In northern Africa, Egypt is hot and sunny in September – with temperatures of 26ºC and 7 hours sunshine in Cairo – but it’s only a five-hour flight from London. Combine a luxury Nile cruise with the ancient sites of Luxor and the Pyramids.

Or try a tailor-made honeymoon in Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa. Sal and Boa Vista are the most popular islands, but you could try an island-hopping itinerary to add São Vicente and Santo Antão to the mix as well.

Africa and the Indian Ocean

September is a great month for big game safaris. In East Africa the large herds have migrated into Kenya‘s Masai Mara (29ºC and 9 hours of sunshine) making this a classic time to enjoy a safari. This 12-night Safari and Beach combination is particularly popular with honeymooners. You can also see the Great Migration starting to return to the Serengeti in Tanzania as it comes to the end of the dry season here.

September is the beginning of spring in South Africa. The weather is dry and getting warmer day by day. The lack of water and vegetation makes this prime game-viewing season, especially in the Kruger region. Or head to Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, for a memorable honeymoon in the bush. Branson also owns Mont Rochelle, a gorgeous boutique hotel in the Winelands, along with Mahali Mzuri, an exclusive tented safari camp in Kenya.

It’s the dry season in Namibia (27ºC and 11 hours of sunshine) and a good time to view desert elephant and black rhino. The vast desert landscapes of Namibia will blow you away, whether you’re flying over the Skeleton Coast, climbing the world’s tallest sand dunes, taking a hot air balloon ride at dawn or gazing across the white salt flats of Etosha. Options include a classic fly-in honeymoon and – for the adventurous – a self-drive option.

September is the start of the hot dry season in Zambia and Malawi – a great month to view game. I love this honeymoon package which combines a thrilling trip to Victoria Falls (and a boat trip on the Zambezi River) with fabulous game viewing in South Luangwa National Park (staying at the intimate Luangwa River Camp) finished off with four nights relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi at Pumulani.

Or combine unique African wildlife and the Indian Ocean coast in Madagascar. At this time of year, you could see migrating humpback whales while this Classic Madagascar honeymoon could bring you face to face with eight species of lemur.

Find more more honeymoon ideas in Africa.

In the Indian Ocean, the big honeymoon hitters of Mauritius (26ºC, 7 hours sunshine), Seychelles (28ºC, 8 hours sunshine) and the Maldives (30ºC, 7 hours sunshine) are ideal in September.

Just Seychelles is the stand-out tour operator for the Seychelles (now served by direct British Airways flights). It recommends the gorgeous Banyan Tree combined with the barefoot luxury of Denis Private Island.

Many of the flights to the Maldives go via Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Qatar, so it makes sense to combine the Maldives with the Arabian Gulf. The combo with the most wow factor is Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Dubai with well-timed connecting flights, while the Maldives and Abu Dhabi lets you stay in a beach bungalow at the four star-all-inclusive Cinnamon Dhonveli before the glamour of Le Meridien Abu Dhabi.

For the Maldives alone, there’s a string of fabulous island resorts including Huvafen Fushi and the gorgeous NIYAMA Maldives.

If you’re on a budget, but have your heart set on the Indian Ocean, check out less expensive resorts like the all-inclusive Meeru Island Resort in the Maldives and Trou aux Biches in Mauritius, which offer high-quality honeymoons at three-star prices.

Zanzibar (30ºC, 8 hours sunshine) is another honeymoon hotspot in September with intriguing Stone Town and some of the most cast away hotels in the world such as Baraza Resort. Combine Zanzibar with safaris in Tanzania on this 12-night honeymoon.

And Sri Lanka is a great place to combine beaches, culture and natural wonders. Stay at romantic hotels such as Vil-Uyana and Amanwella and go in search of leopards in Yala National Park.

Other Long Haul Honeymoons in September

September is not the best month to visit the Caribbean – this is the middle of the hurricane season and even if you dodge a big storm you may still experience some wind and rain. The same applies to Florida, although if you like the sound of America, head west to California for its eye-popping natural wonders and buzzing hip cities – why not get behind the wheel of a Mustang Convertible to explore Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Southern California.

Or explore the Canadian Rockies on one of the world’s most scenic train journeys,  the Rocky Mountaineer.

In South America, Peru is a real “bucket list” destination, and great value. Late summer is a good time of year to combine beach, jungle and a trip to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. This two-week Highlights of Peru tour works really well. You should also consider a journey on The Andean Explorer, a luxury 1920s-style train that crosses the Andes in style.

Or chill out on the island of the Gods with a Bali honeymoon – escape to a remote retreat in one of the unspoiled corners of the island, or recuperate at the health retreat of COMO Shambhala Estate. Neighbouring car-free Gili Air is home to this luxurious hideaway.

It’s also a great month to visit Vietnam, whether you fancy checking in to one of the luxurious resorts like Fusion Maia in Danang and super deluxe Six Senses Con Dao or exploring further afield: the two-week Vietnam in Style tour ticks off the classic spots while Vietnam: Beyond the Ordinary takes you off the beaten track.

>> Visit our homepage for the full choice of 101 honeymoons or try our fun quiz to find the right destination for you. Our sister site, 101 Holidays, also has details on holidays in September and where is hot in September.

Last updated: 16 September 2019

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