Once the ‘save the dates’ have been sent out and the wedding planning is underway, husbands and brides-to-be will be looking to book their dream getaway, and honeymoon specialists Kuoni has made the job that little bit easier, by handpicking a few of its favourite destinations and researching the best time of the year to travel.
So, whether you’re tying the knot in festive December, frosty February or in the middle of the great British summertime, find the best places on the globe to catch the some rays – with SoBristolWedding’s 12-month guide to the hottest beach honeymoons.
Whether you’re after water sports and a thriving nightlife or moonlit dinner on the beach and secluded bays, there’s something to suit every couple at one of Thailand’s largest islands, Koh Samui. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the sparkling ocean and stunning beaches, Koh Samui offers a host of excursions, with dive trips, waterfalls visits, a trip to a legendary Full Moon Party, or the chance to see where the film The Beach was inspired at Ang Thong National Marine Park.
Alternatively, flock to St. Lucia for some fun in the sun at what is touted as one of the world’s most romantic destinations.
An archipelago of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is a beach lovers paradise, with some of the world’s best dive sites waiting to be discovered along with stunning expanses of white sand, crystal clear waters and top notch accommodation, to offer the ultimate hot honeymoon.
Those looking for a festival vibe combined with a beach break should head to Brazil this month, with Rio Carnival taking to the streets of the city to offers newlyweds an experience of a lifetime before relaxing on Copacabana Beach.
Dubbed ‘the fairest land that eyes have beheld’ by Christopher Columbus, Jamaica has attracted travellers for centuries. With warm waters, pristine beaches, breath-taking sunsets and an abundance of tropical wildlife. Averaging at 30 degrees Celsius and with little rainfall, you're almost guaranteed a perfect beach holiday, while Dubai and Sri Lanka are also good options for a March honeymoon, before the temperatures get too hot to handle.
Unspoilt and superbly undeveloped, St Vincent and the Grenadines are natural paradises, boasting idyllic shores, peaceful evenings and a sense of solitude, with hot weather all year round on the beautiful islands. Perfect for couples looking to escape, the islands are ideal for hiking, sailing and whale-watching, while the April Bequia Easter Regatta offers the chance to see some world-class yachting.
While it might take a while to get there, it’s sure to be worth it, with crystal clear waters, powder white beaches and rugged mountains as a backdrop at the exotic French Polynesia. Boasting an array of romantic retreats, Tahiti, Moorea, Tikehau and Bora Bora are all beautifully secluded islands, surrounded by lagoons and rainforests, perfect for exploring in the sunshine.
What’s more, if island-hopping and snorkelling is your thing, the Seychelles are also a popular choice for May, boasting eight hours of 30 degree sunshine every day and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
While we might begin to see a bit of tropical weather in Great Britain around this time, for guaranteed summer weather, you can’t go wrong with the Indian Ocean escape destination of the Maldives. Sugar white beaches, frothy waterfalls, coral reefs and vibrant forests, this is a world of tropical colours, bursting with natural attractions, world-class hotels and heavenly beaches.
If you’re looking for a trip a little closer to home, Italy is a firm favourite for summer honeymoons with its lesser explored and unique regions of Puglia and Basilicata, making the perfect place to get off the beaten track and explore its sandy bays and quaint harbours.
July signals the start of the Bermuda warm season, offering sunny skies without being too humid, as well as natural wonders, historic sights, a relaxed atmosphere and the chance to soak up some sunshine on its glorious pink sands. Despite some familiar British customs, such as afternoon tea and a love for cricket, Bermuda offers one thing that Britain cannot – a perfect climate, making it the perfect getaway for a hot holiday with a British feel.
However, if you want to get away from it all, Maui will transport you to a different world, with black and white sandy beaches, volcanic landscapes and spectacular sunrises.
Powdery beaches, a world-famous Caribbean coast and the chance to swim with whale sharks, dolphins and turtles are just some of the attractions that lure in honeymooners to Mexico. Whether you want to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum, enjoy water sports and dive to the world’s largest underwater sculpture museum, or simply take a stroll along miles of white sand beaches, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Similarly, if you’re looking for a summer holiday honeymoon minus the tourists, escape to Fiji's tropical hinterland, for hot weather, next-to-no rain and palm fringed shores, for an escapists’ idyll.
A jewel in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar offers everything from idyllic beaches and great lakes to wide-open grasslands and breath-taking mountains. For a truly romantic honeymoon, the hot air balloon rides over the Serengeti are unmissable, with the chance to spot wildebeest, rhinos, hippos and lions, while if you’re sticking to the beach, look out for its diverse marine and coastal wildlife, with the whale shark migration season running from September.
If you’re looking to dive headfirst into a beach holiday, Oahu in Hawaii is known to be a surfing Mecca, with huge waves throughout September, pristine beaches and the chance to snorkel with colourful fish in an underwater paradise.
The sun may have set in Great Britain, but in the Bahamas, the sunshine never ends. From sipping on rum, exploring underwater shipwrecks and dozing on a beach hammock to island-hopping and swimming with pigs on Pig Beach, the Bahamas is a world away from the drizzly autumn weather of the UK, making it the perfect time to escape and prolong the summer holiday.
Boasting the best time to visit, Egypt sees ten hours of sunshine every day throughout November, highs of 27 degrees Celsius and sees very little rainfall, without being too humid or dry. Boasting plenty of sandy beaches, bustling ancient cities, bucket-list destinations and warm water, perfect for some deep-sea diving, the cold weather of Britain will seem like a different planet.
If you can handle a little bit of a longer flight, November is the perfect time to visit Barbados for a beach getaway, and don’t worry, you can recover from your jetlag with a rum-based cocktail on a white-sand beach, while working on your tan.
Take a step back from the December festivities and enjoy quiet getaway at one of the sleepy fishing villages of Goa. Relatively untouched by mass tourism, you can expect a laid-back holiday with plenty of space on the endless beaches to stretch out on. With shaded palms, uninterrupted sand, and the chance to explore some authentic local markets, you’ll be able to enjoy an alternative winter holiday with all heat of a paradisiacal summer resort.
For more holiday inspiration call Kuoni Bristol on 0117 927 2009.
By Alice Lloyd
Thursday 21 January 2016
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