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Honeymoon Destinations in June

Honeymoon Destinations in June

Where to go on Honeymoon in June 2019

Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expertBy Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

June is among the most popular months for a wedding. And – good news – it is also one of the best months of the year for a honeymoon.

The weather in all those romantic European destinations is at its best in June, with long sunny days and gentle breezes. The scorching heat of July and August has yet to arrive, which brings with it, of course, all those families on their summer holidays.

And because this isn’t yet technically high season, there’s a strong chance you’ll get a bargain with travel companies keen to get the holiday season off to a good start. European hotels and resorts will be all spruced up after the low season and ready and waiting to spoil you rotten. And don’t forget, the same is true of hotels across the UK.

If you have your hearts set on long-haul, the Caribbean offers great deals in June which is officially low season, but well before hurricane season. Africa is also an inspired choice.

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June Honeymoons in the Mediterranean

Mallorca is at it most fragrant in June. The orange blossom is still out and everything’s fresh and calm yet there’s a great buzz in the restaurants as the new season gets underway. Expect temperatures of 25ºC and 10 hours of daily sunshine. Hire a villa for two with Vintage Travel for the ultimate in privacy and Catherine Zeta Jones-style luxury (she owns a villa on the island) and make sure you don’t miss out on the trendy bars and restaurants in Palma.

It’s a similar picture in Ibiza where you can soak up the bohemian vibe before the summer crowds descend. I’ve found some wonderful places to stay far from the busy resorts, including this romantic finca and this boho agriturismo.

The Aegean and Lycian coasts of Turkey are warming up nicely but are still green and quiet. A great option is the Mandarin Boutique Hotel, a romantic adults-only hideaway with just eight rooms set in unspoilt countryside near the resorts of Fethiye and Oludeniz. It’s very affordable and each double room has a kingsize four-poster bed and Jacuzzi for two.

It’s already getting hot in Andalucia, so it’s a good idea to head for the cool air of the hills where you can check into DDG Retreat, a small chic hideaway with romantic tented suites with outdoor bath and shower, or Casa Pino with its own private plunge pool. See the special offers.

June is the arguably the perfect month for Cyprus. Temperatures hit 30ºC but it’s not stifling, as it can be in July and August, and you can still find special offers at luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons and the Londa Beach Hotel in Limassol.

Sardinia has a great climate in June (26ºC and 10 hours of sunshine) and the water offers outstanding visibility if you like snorkelling or diving. A great tip is to honeymoon at Forte Village before the families arrive, and indulge in the fabulous Thermae Spa. Other gems include the stylish Hotel Sporting which has its own private beach, and the charming and friendly Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo which has just 65 rooms set on a beautiful bay.

June is a great time to be in Croatia – expect 25ºC and 9 hours of sunshine in Dubrovnik. You’ll avoid the summer crowds, staying in glamorous hotels, taking boat trips to tiny picturesque islands and dining al fresco at charming pavement restaurants. Arrive by private water taxi at the glamorous Villa Vilina on the traffic-free island of Lopud, or check into Hotel Podstine near trendy Hvar Town. Find more honeymoon ideas in Croatia and the latest special offers.

Few places are as romantic as the tiny volcanic Greek island of Santorini where chic white-washed hotels are carved into the steep rock faces. My favourites include Grace Santorini. Other dreamy escapes in Greece include Naxos, and the tiny hidden gem of Onar on the isle of Andros.

Halkidiki on the Greek mainland has award-winning beaches and is home to both Ikos Oceania and Ikos Olivia, which offer an innovative five-star all-inclusive experience (with dine-around options) at great prices. If you prefer the idea of privacy and self-sufficiency, you could rent a villa for two in Greece.

In Italy, the Amalfi Coast is a classic honeymoon destination combining old-school elegance with faultless service and fine dining. Stay in one of these wonderful hotels.

It’s also a lovely time of year to enjoy the sparkling waters of the Italian Lakes where you’ll find classic waterfront hotels on the shores of Lake ComoLake Garda and Lake Iseo.

Sicily is the largest island in the Med and combines dramatic landscapes – including the smoking peak of Mount Etna – with rolling countryside, ancient sites and romantic hotels including the 19th-century Art Nouveau Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, and Villa Angela, a hillside boutique retreat near Taormina.

Another option in Italy is to catch the ferry across the Bay of Naples to the magical island of Capri, for a stay at the glamorous Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.

Other Mediterranean honeymoon destinations that are perfect in June include the French island of Corsica which has a great selection of hotelsvillas and apartments.

June is also an excellent month to visit Venice before it gets really busy. Citalia has a selection of handpicked hotels in the city including the intimate five-star deluxe Ca’ Sagrado, the beautiful low-key Hotel Londra Palace near the Bridge of Sighs, and the legendary Danieli.

Other Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

If cities, art museums and authentic restaurants are your thing, how about combining a couple of classic destinations, perhaps Seville, Cordoba and Granada in Andalucia or Rome, Florence and Siena in Italy.

June is a wonderful time to be in Paris and it’s not too hot (21ºC, 7 hours of sunshine). The key is to pick the right hotel – I recommend the five-star boutique Lancaster off the Champs-Elysées, and the charming Relais Christine on the Left Bank.

Or enjoy the timeless Italian countryside of Tuscany where you can stay in one of these villas for two, all of which have either a private or shared swimming pool.

Alternatively, head north for the midnight sun in Iceland. You can soak in natural hot tubs, see geysers and volcanoes and even stay up all night at hip bars in one of the world’s most exciting and beautiful destinations. Best places to stay include the funky Hotel Marina in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, and the Hotel Ranga, which is set on the banks of a salmon river with a backdrop of glaciers and mountains.

Or saddle up for an independent cycling tour of Italy. You will pedal gently through gorgeous rolling countryside, visiting vineyards and eating picnics, while your luggage is transported each day from one charming hotel to the next.

Another thought: you could rent a big house in Europe to create your own fantasy wedding and/or reception. Check out the Big Day collection in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with accommodation from 10 to 72 guests, some with space for up 200 guests.

Find more honeymoons in Europe.

UK Honeymoon Destinations in June

Beach or countryside? If you enjoy self-catering, try a seaside hideaway such as Barnacles in Fowey, Cornwall. Here’s a collection of romantic properties for two across the UK.

If you love the wild countryside, I recommend this collection of honeymoon hideaways in Wales from Sugar & Loaf. How about Butterfly Meadow Yurt near Hay-on-Wye with roll-top bath and its own wood-fired pizza oven, or Starlight Cottage, a converted hayloft in the Black Mountains.

For a touch more luxury and elegance, head to Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, a Palladian mansion with just 42 rooms set in 500 acres of park and woodland near Bath.

Expect long sunny days in Scotland where the welcome will be warm and the countryside stunning. I love this self-drive luxury honeymoon that kicks off at a five-star hotel in Edinburgh and includes stays at a lodge on Loch Ness and a private island off the coast of Argyll. You can also upgrade to a classic car – how about a Mini Cooper or Austin Healey?

For romance it’s hard to beat the Lake District, and there are few spots more enticing than Gilpin Lake House set in the private grounds of a Relais & Châteaux hotel. It has six spacious suites, a lakeside spa and indoor swimming pool.

Or you could hop across the Irish Sea to Ireland and stay in charming bijou small hotels on a Romantic Escape, or enjoy a private foodie tour. Push the boat out on a Luxury Irish Honeymoon which takes you from Dublin to County Clare and one of the Aran Islands.

See more UK honeymoon destinations.

Long Haul Beach Honeymoons in June

The Caribbean is perfect in June: prices are low, the weather is fine and there are no crowds. The best hotels for honeymooners include Anse Chastanet and East Winds on St Lucia (30ºC and 8 hours of sunshine) and Jamaica Inn near Ocho Rios. In Barbados (31ºC and 8 hours of sunshine) you could escape the crowds at The Atlantis on the East Coast.

If you want an adults-only all-inclusive, you should consider Sandals. It has recently-opened resorts in Barbados and Grenada both in beautiful beachfront settings. See the latest offers from Sandals.

Two of the best-value Caribbean destinations are Mexico and the Dominican Republic where you’ll find five-star hotels at sensible prices with great weather (32ºC, 7 hours of sunshine). For something intimate in the Dominican Republic, check out the all-inclusive Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, which has just 96 rooms and an Endless Privileges® package.

If you crave a “pure beach” experience, tiny Anguilla offers miles of endless blinding white sand and crystal clear seas. You can also dine around at stylish beachfront restaurants.

Cuba is a great option if you want to combine beach with culture – check out the adult-only Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, set on a tropical island, or the hideaway Hotel Moka, Cuba’s only eco-resort.

For something really intimate and characterful, this collection of the best small hotels and resorts in the Caribbean has some real hidden gems.

Alternatively, you could set sail on a tall ship to explore the small ports of the Caribbean that are inaccessible to big cruise ships. Star Clippers combines the romance of sailing with luxury accommodation, beach barbecues, deck-top sundowners and watersports organised by the crew. Find more honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean.

Many destinations in Asia are wet in June but Koh Samui (31ºC, 6 hours of sunshine) is an exception. This charming island in the Gulf of Thailand has a superb collection of romantic luxury hotels.

It’s also a good time to be in Vietnam – expect 33ºC and 6 hours of sunshine in the capital, Hanoi. You could kick back on a slow-paced Cambodia to Vietnam trip which takes you to the Angkor temples then by boat along the Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Saigon.

Sri Lanka works well if you avoid the south-west coast. This 12-day East Coast Sri Lanka Journey is designed for summer honeymoons and includes the remote unspoilt beaches of Passekudah and Trincomalee.

Bali (30ºC, 9 hours of sunshine) is also a great choice in June. My recommendations include the laid-back haven of Puri Ganesha and the great-value Gajah Mina Beach Resorton on a surf beach in the island’s south-west.

Adventure, Safari, Mountains

The best way to see America is on a road trip. Exsus has a wonderful modern reinvention of the classic US fly drive that is ideal for style-seeking honeymooners. American Sky allows you to combine a stay in New York City with Las Vegas, Boston, Cancun or Barbados. You can get married in Vegas or hit the road on a fly-drive trip across Florida.

For fly-drive adventures you should also consider South Australia which is perfect in June. This Wildlife and Wine tour around the wine regions includes a stay on Kangaroo Island, where you can encounter kangaroos, sea lions, possums, penguin colonies and koalas, explore national parks and relax on Pacific beaches. Or head to Southern Queensland where you’ll stay on a working cattle station then hit the coastal trail to discover Noosa, Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

June is a lovely time for a two-centre honeymoon in Africa. Head to Kenya (22ºC;  7 hours of daily sunshine) where low season prices can still be found and the landscapes are gloriously lush following the rains. A popular combination with a safari in Kenya is a luxury beach stay in the Seychelles (25ºC). Try this 12-night Safari and Beach combination featuring three nights at Kichwa Tembo in the Masai Mara followed by a stopover in Nairobi at The Norfolk Hotel and ending with seven nights at the boutique Carana Beach Hotel in the Seychelles.

It’s the start of the dry season in Zambia and Malawi where the plains will be green and lush – perfect for this honeymoon package which combines Stanley Safari Lodge in Livingstone, where you can visit the Victoria Falls, with Luangwa River Camp in the spectacular and unspoilt South Luangwa National Park and luxurious surroundings of Pumulani on the shores of Lake Malawi.

It’s the dry (and cool) season in Namibia (20ºC, 10 hours of sunshine) and the best time of year for spotting game, including the endangered Black Rhino. Stay at intimate lodges and camps, climb the world’s tallest sand dunes, take a hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert and visit the white saltpans of Etosha. This classic fly-in tour  is perfect for honeymooners, or you could try a self-drive option. You can also combine Namibia with Cape Town.

Botswana is home to some of the most luxurious camps in Africa. It’s not just about indulgence, but also the chance of up-close encounters with big game, whether you’re floating silently through the Okavango Delta in a mokoro canoe, or exploring the beautiful Chobe National Park.

If it’s beaches you want, head to Mozambique (25ºC, 8 hours of sunshine) which is an inspired alternative to the Seychelles and Mauritius This idyllic island of silky white beaches is perfect for boat trips on sailing dhows, barefoot luxury lodges and snorkelling in turquoise waters. Check out this island hopping honeymoon.

Madagascar combines pristine white-sand beaches with exciting wildlife experiences including whale watching off the east coast. This 12-night Madagascar honeymoon combines rainforest, adventure and a secluded beach. See more of my safari honeymoon ideas.

In South America, Peru sparkles during summer – this is the best time to combine beach, jungle and a trip to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Tucan Travel is great value and says this 14-night Highlights of Peru tour is most popular with honeymooners. Some newlyweds also opt to join a small group tour.

June is also a good month for a honeymoon in Japan. You might get a few showers in Tokyo (25ºC, 4 hours of sunshine) but you’ll find glorious weather in the northern island of Hokkaido. Find detailed ideas for honeymoons in Japan.

If you crave total relaxation after the hectic wedding experience, there are few places more sublime than Ananda in the Himalayas, a beautiful spa retreat beside the Ganges River in India. Set on a Maharaja’s private estate, it provides world-class spa treatments, plus there are options to go trekking and white water rafting.

Last updated: 10 March 2019

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