Whether you have chosen an autumn wedding for the beautiful scenery and milder temperatures or had your hand forced by the coronavirus pandemic, October is an apt choice for a honeymoon whatever the circumstances. Your big day may have had some unforeseen disruptions and delays but lucky you can look forward to an uninterrupted honeymoon in a sumptuous destination that is perfect for you and your partner. October is out of season for a lot of places, so will cost a lot less which is great news after emptying the budget on a plush wedding. Here are some of the alternatives you may want to consider for your dream honeymoon in October;
This beautiful country has so much to offer and you’d be hard-pressed not to find something suitable for people of all tastes in Malaysia. The unique combination of dense rainforest, stunning scenery, great weather and contrasting cultures within make this a fascinating honeymoon destination. The diversity of activities is enthralling. You can comfortably go island hopping from here to see more of this part of the world while you visit. There are private idylls scattered around in the sea for some luxurious relaxation opportunities in quaint towns such as Penang. You can take in the magnificence of Malaysia with the hustle and bustle of capital city life in Kuala Lumpur or absorb some old-school Asian charm across this great nation.
The chance to go whale watching at Hermanus is phenomenal and could well be the highlight of your time in South Africa. If not then settling for hiking across the Table Mountain National Park, sampling the Umi and Paranga beaches at Camp’s Bay, or enjoying a romantic road trip across The Garden Route will have to suffice. Wash it all down with one of the many Vinyard offerings by tasting some of South Africa’s finest wine.
With significant tourist attractions in Durban, Kruger National Park, Cape Town, Johannesburg, South Africa has a vast depth of culture to explore, not to mention the sublime weather and immense safari options. Honeymooners staying at famous venues such as The Table Bay Hotel, One & Only Cape Town, The Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, and Lions Sands Game Reserve will have an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Treating yourself to not just 5 but 7 stars of luxury and being treated like royalty sounds appealing. This is achievable in all the opulence and glamour of Burj Al Arab where many A-listers from the corporate and celebrity world mix and relax in their leisure time. There are many other luxurious options of course and this up-and-coming dynamic City can even be treated as a vibrant city break rather than an entire vacation.
Dubai seems to be the epicentre of everything at the moment and is certainly a plausible reason to honeymoon there. Its growth and development into one of the most lucrative and attractive places on earth is certainly iconic and draws people in. Outstanding in its own right, Dubai is also perfectly suited to combine a two-centre honeymoon with surrounding areas to really cap off a special holiday for you and your partner.
Linking up with Abu Dhabi, The Maldives, Sri Lanka amongst others offers prospective double or even mind-blowing triple destination honeymoon extravaganzas if you wish. The beauty of Dubai being so international and a hub of travel is that nothing is impossible and everything is on the table if you want it.
World-class hospitality, constant smiling, and infectious adventure are all part of the St. Lucian culture. Combine that with the average Fahrenheit temperature of 82-degree heat and pristine beaches, you have yourself quite a honeymoon destination. October is well suited to honeymooners and this Caribbean Island provides heaps of beauty and a whole lot of luxury to go along with it. The seemingly endless beaches go on forever and with the sway of the palm trees in amongst the spectacular views of the lush valleys and hills in the distance, St Lucia epitomizes romance. It is not difficult to see why this destination is one of, if not THE most popular honeymoon choices for newlyweds. Despite their similarities, St. Lucia stands out from the other Caribbean islands due to the two awe-inspiring soaring volcanic spires called the ‘Pitons’, a sight you do not want to miss out on.
Among the tourist attractions in Tahiti are Mount Orohena, Papeete Market, and Robert Wan Pearl Museum. Honeymooners can indulge in romantic ventures such as adventure sports, absorb magnificent coral reefs, and spend leisurely time by the beach. Recommended accommodation runs right through Tahiti with the most popular being The InterContinental Resort, Pension Te Miti, and Manava Suite Resort. Put your camera filters away because you simply will not need them! The scenery is unmatched with its beauty and enthralling views of the natural landscape which will transfix you with its colour and imagery.
The soft sand and coral reef combination will make you never want to leave. Being able to cruise through the French Polynesian islands is blissful and honeymooners in October will be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the last of the migrating humpback whales before they return to Antarctica, a sight to behold. The home of the first-ever apartment over water which has caught on so well in tourism in recent years, the stunning accommodation offers luxurious comfort, amazing sun-sets, and inviting exotic views of the clear Pacific Ocean.
The ‘Land of Smiles’ is not only beautiful and welcoming but charming and thrilling all in one.
The many markets offer a rich, cultural feeling that you can really embrace in this part of the world. Bangkok is renowned for being a hive of activity and a hub of fun for all types of people. Thailand does not disappoint with its extensive colourful pastimes which include exotic scenery, memory-making elephant rides, and the picturesque splendours of the Khao Sok National Park. The mix of islands with fantastic beaches and exotic sceneries is something to behold, each one catering to all kinds of necessities and desires in their own individual way. The good weather in October brings the best out in islands such as the Krabi, Koh Lanta, and Phuket. There will also be fewer crowds of tourists here but maintaining the sumptuous conditions despite the odd shower at the infancy of the dry season.
Wilderness welcomes you from the early morning lights at the Victoria Falls at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia to the thrilling encounters at Devil’s Pool. This stunning East-African country is no doubt an underestimated honeymoon destination with a lot to offer. Romantic stays for honeymooners in Zambia Tongabezi Lodge, Time and Tide Chongwe Camp, Chinzombo to name a few provide ample opportunity for freshwater fishing and canoeing to unwind around the many safari and wildlife experiences this hidden gem of a honeymoon destination can provide you and your partner.
Take in the mesmerizing scenery while you’re on Nacimiento Trail, cruise away with endless options to suit your personal taste, get snap happy at the top when you visit the famous Manhattan Beach Pier, Santa Barbara Courthouse and enjoy entertaining evenings at the lively beach town of Montecito. California is not only beautiful but it is the definition of fun. A great place to soak up the sun and let your hair down whilst embracing the stunning exterior of this picturesque State on the West Coast of America. Choose from highly recommended places such as Post Ranch Inn, Montecito Inn, SeaVenture Beach Hotel, The Meritage Resort, and Spa to make the most of your California honeymoon. Indulge in the many water sport activities available and relax on the beautiful beaches in between while you embrace California as the natural beauty spot you chose to spend your holiday of a lifetime on.
Indonesia is truly an enthralling encounter with the exotic and is one of the most-visited countries for honeymooners. Its global popularity is stemmed from the romance, beauty, and relaxing nature of the destination which has encapsulated the honeymoon dream for so many over the years. The island of Bali in particular seems to attract honeymoon bookings for fun. Its glowing reputation for a warm welcome, azure water, and plenty of lush greenery is very attractive for those seeking a calm and re-energizing break before heading back to normality. You can mix your trip up with a visit to one of the many waterparks, visit temples and take in the breath taking sunset at Tanah Lot Temple. The Viceroy Bali, Kamandalu Ubud, and Four Seasons Resort Bali all come highly recommended while you bask in the 27-degree Celsius power of the sun that takes over the Indonesian skyline.
October coincides with the beginning of the tourist season across south-east Asia. It is an ideal opportunity to mix your honeymoon relaxation with various activities whilst you recharge your batteries in your downtime. Many decide to take a private tour of Vietnam which includes tropical forest, underground river, limestone karsts, and network of caves in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park whilst using the Hoi An Chic Green Retreat as their base to fit everything in. Other suitable options include Banyan Tree Lang Co, Fusion Maia, and L’ Alyana Ninh Van Bay. You will be able to go boating and caving in Halong Bay, laugh to your heart’s content during a water puppet show, and absorb all the nature you can handle with fantastic views from Long Bien Bridge.
You can factor in guaranteed heat and plenty of sun in north Africa and the Canary Islands if you are dead set on topping up your tan at all costs. Venture further to the Indian Ocean to sample the delights of places such as the Maldives, Seychelles, and Mauritius amongst others which will cater to all your needs.
The excitement of doing something different and making your honeymoon an adventure can be fulfilled with a plethora of thrilling and intriguing options across Europe and in various African and Asian countries as well.
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