In this guide we will look at where in the world to go following your autumn wedding – that’s September, October and November by the way – helping you make sure you get the most out of your honeymoon.
We know the seasons are different all over the world – and pretty darn changeable in Britain for that matter – but, for the sake of making these Groom List guides on where to go when easy to use, we have broken the year down into four seasons of three months each.
Honeymoons in September
As we in the UK come to terms with the demise of summer and the onset of nine months of dreary greyness, most of the rest of Europe still basks in warm sunshine. Now is the perfect time to pick up a great end-of-season deal across France, Italy, Greece or Spain. Beat the crowds and save money, what could be better than that?
It is the dry season across most of East Africa, and in Kenya you can catch the end of the annual wildebeest migration. A trip to Kenya would not be complete however without a visit to Lake Nakuru, home to tens of thousands of flamingos! Tanzania is also a great safari option, especially when twinned with a luxurious escape on the tropical island of Zanzibar.
If East Africa just doesn’t seem far enough away from home, you could head all the way out to the South Pacific. For a beach honeymoon like no other the idyllic Polynesian islands of Fiji and Tahiti are simply out of this world.
September is a great time to visit Australia, especially the north of the country. Queensland – and its capital Brisbane – offers the perfect mix of city, beach and wilderness; or venture in to the rugged Northern Territory for a true taste of rural Australia. The rest of the country will also be pretty pleasant, but bear in mind that temperatures will have only just started to climb out of their winter depression.
Honeymoons in October
Australia continues to leave winter behind with the weather getting warmer in the south and the north not yet reaching its peak humidity. October is still outside of peak season so it won’t be too busy and the prices are generally lower.
The rainy season is coming to a close across most of South East Asia, with showers restricted to a short burst in the afternoon or early evening. How about Malaysia where you can combine the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur with the calm tranquillity of stunning beach resorts?
If you fancy your honeymoon even hotter, you could try heading out to the Middle East. Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar have all seen dramatic, much-storied development in recent years. Luxurious hotels, tax-free mega-malls and golf resorts are dotted all over the place; most within a stone’s throw of pristine white sand beaches.
The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is a bit windy in October, but both the Seychelles and Maldives are fantastic. Warm air and calm seas make them both ideal places to go diving and snorkelling. East Africa remains good in October with Tanzania and now Mozambique proving to be popular destinations. Head to South Africa for a more cosmopolitan adventure where the summer heat is beginning to shine through.
Honeymoons in November
It’s late spring / early summer in New Zealand throughout November and if you don’t mind travelling to the other side of the world the stunning scenery, fabulous food and fine wines all make for a magical trip. The mid-summer crowds have not yet arrived either, helping to keep prices down. Australia is equally wonderful in November; head for the southern island state of Tasmania for an adventure filled honeymoon, or to Melbourne – one of the most outstanding cities on the plant.
For an even more exotic honeymoon why not head to Cambodia? It’s the start of the dry season here and temperatures have not yet reached uncomfortably hot levels. Cambodia feels like Thailand did twenty years or so ago, with still undeveloped beaches, rugged rainforests and remote hilltop villages. That’s not to even mention the array of cultural attractions; how about the world’s largest temple complex at Angkor Wat for starters.
South Africa remains a strong choice, as do the Indian Ocean islands, but if you really want a taste of island luxury then the Caribbean is most definitely back on the menu. The hurricane season has been and gone leaving the countryside looking lush and fertile. Daytime temperatures are up over 25 degrees across the region and with so many great island destinations you will be spoilt for choice.