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Honeymoon Destinations in November

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Where to go on Honeymoon in November 2019

Jane Anderson honeymoon expertBy Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

November is a tricky month for a honeymoon. With winter settling in across the UK and Europe, most of the popular destinations are long haul. You might get lucky in the southern Mediterranean and enjoy a week of sunshine, but it’s risky: you could find yourselves sheltering from rain showers and struggling to find restaurants that are open.

Assuming you want guaranteed bikini weather, you will need to fly a little further. Fortunately, you don’t need to jet half way across the world. You’ll find excellent temperatures in Egypt and Dubai and lots of sunshine in Morocco (although you will need an extra layer in the evenings). The Canaries and Madeira will be warm and sunny.

Once you get beyond Europe there are plenty of options. Africa, Asia, South America and Australasia are all possible, as are the paradise island resorts of the Indian Ocean.

Of course if you’re more interested in culture, cuisine and cosying up round a log fire, then there are destinations closer to home where there are no crowds and hotel rates are low.

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Short Haul Sunshine in November

I’ve called this section “short haul”, but I’m stretching the definition a little. In the summer months a flight of more than five hours is typically classified as “long haul” but in November you need to fly a little further to get a reliable dose of sunshine.

The closest destination to consider is Morocco which is wonderful in November and just three hours flying time from London: expect 22ºC temperatures and an average 7 hours of daily sunshine. Consider all the cash you’re saving by not taking a long-haul flight and treat yourselves to a honeymoon at a luxury riad in Marrakech perhaps with a few nights at Sir Richard Branson’s ultra-glam Kasbah Tamadot in the lower Atlas Mountains.

You can fly to Egypt in around five hours and the weather in November will be excellent. Kick off with a visit to the Pyramids in Cairo (25ºC and 8 hours of sunshine) followed by a luxury Nile cruise.

Seven hours flying time gets you from the UK to the Arabian Gulf where 31ºC temperatures and 9 hours of sun mean you can enjoy long days on a sun lounger. However, humidity is very low so it won’t feel oppressively hot. In Dubai you can stay at some of the world’s most spectacular hotels. I recommend The One&Only Royal Mirage and the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm. For five-star luxury at all-inclusive prices, try the JA Palm Tree Court.

Another option is to head west into the Atlantic. It’s just four hours flying time to Madeira, where you can expect 22ºC temperatures and 6 hours of sun. The island is home to some stylish hotels including many restored quintas (country houses). Try Quinta da Bela Vista or Quinta da Casa Branco.

In the same region, Tenerife is well served by direct flights from across the UK and has some gorgeous hotels including the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque and The Ritz-Carlton Abama.

Africa and Indian Ocean Honeymoons in November

There’s never a bad time to go to Africa for a honeymoon safari. The obvious time is the dry season, not just because of the lack of rain but because the wildlife congregate around water holes. However, the rainy season can be extraordinary: the bush springs to life, the rivers bulge and the skies light up with electric storms.

In Kenya you can expect a smattering of rain in November, although you’ll still have seven hours a day of sunshine and temperatures of 24ºC in the capital Nairobi and 31ºC on the coast, with 9 hours of sun. So a Safari and Beach combination makes a lot of sense. See this selection of honeymoons in Kenya.

Tanzania is better still. Rainfall is low in November and you can expect 8 hours of sunshine and temperatures of 32ºC. Try to stay at the Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp which is a great base to encounter big cats, rhino and elephant. Combine it with beach time in Zanzibar on this 12-night honeymoon.

November marks the arrival of summer in South Africa. Kick off in beautiful Cape Town, which offers 22ºC temperatures and 10 hours of sun. The lack of water and vegetation makes this prime game-viewing season, especially in the Kruger region. If you really want to treat yourselves, head to Ulusaba Private Game Reserve or Mont Rochelle in the Winelands; both properties are owned by Sir Richard Branson.

South Africa or Kenya make a great two-centre combination with an Indian Ocean island such as the Seychelles or Mauritius.

Mauritius is ideal in November: it’s just before the humid summer season and you can expect 9 hours of sunshine and temperatures of 29ºC. You’ll find a great selection of beachfront hotels, including the gorgeous Trou aux Biches and the (great value) all-suite five-star Heritage Le Telfair set on a dazzling white-sand beach.

You can expect a little rain in the Seychelles, but perfect temperatures of 29ºC and 7 hours of daily sunshine. British Airways now flies direct. The specialist tour operator Just Seychelles knows the islands intimately and recommends Raffles Praslin if you want a resort hotel, and Denis Private Island for barefoot isolation.

Off the west coast of Africa are the Cape Verde Islands which offer tropical beaches and dramatic landscapes, plus direct six-hour flights from the UK. In November you can expect 9 hours of sun and 28ºC. This is a great destination for bargain hunters. See the latest offers.

Other Long Haul Honeymoon Ideas

Sri Lanka is a fantastic choice for a honeymoon in November because the dry season has begun, but flights are still at low-season rates. The capital, Colombo, typically enjoys 30ºC and 7 hours of sun. Sri Lanka has everything: gorgeous beaches, cultural treasures, wildlife parks, great food, friendly people and low prices. It also has some stunning boutique hotels, including Vil-Uyana and Amanwella.

For a two-centre honeymoon with the best of two worlds, I love this Sri Lanka and Maldives option, the ultimate culture and beach combination.

Few destinations are more romantic and exotic than India. In Rajasthan you can expect 28ºC and 8 hours of sun with lower humidity, and you’ll avoid the high season December crowds. Combine legendary hotels such as The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai and the spectacular Oberoi UdaiVilas on the banks of Lake Pichola.

A popular two-centre is India and the Maldives and this two-week honeymoon – the ultimate cultural thrill followed by beach chill out.

You can also take advantage of the great flight deals to the Maldives via the Arabian Gulf by stopping en route for a few days of excitement in Abu Dhabi. Or push the boat out with a unique triple: Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Dubai.

Few destinations are more fascinating than Japan – particularly if you love culture and food. The weather will be sunny and mild (17ºC and 5 hours of sun in Tokyo) and a carpet of red and gold autumn leaves blankets the countryside and temple gardens. See some detailed suggestions for honeymoons in Japan.

In Southeast Asia, Bali is a bit wet at this time of year, and you should avoid the Gulf coast of Thailand and Malaysia (which includes the island of Koh Samui). It’s a great time of year to visit Cambodia where you can explore the jungle-clad temples at Angkor, sleep on a Floating Lodge and walk with elephants in Mondulkiri.

Another really exciting destination in Southeast Asia is the Philippines – it’s great for island hopping, diving, trekking through rice terraces, swimming with turtles and climbing volcanoes – and you won’t be surrounded by swarms of other tourists. See a pick of honeymoons in the Philippines.

For true long-haul adventures, you can’t get much more remote than The Cook Islands in the South Pacific. November brings temperatures of 27ºC and long hours of sunshine to explore the delights of Raratonga and the incredible Aitutaki.

If you like your South Pacific islands with a French twist, consider Tahiti which first become widely known in Europe in the paintings of Paul Gaughin. You could take a cruise around the 118 gorgeous islands and atolls of Tahiti or stay at romantic Le Taha’a for overwater suites and beachfront villas with private plunge pool.

It’s a great time to head to Australia before the Christmas rush. This Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive is proving a huge hit with honeymooners, and no wonder. As well as taking in the two iconic cities, it includes whale-watching, wine-tasting, spectacular beaches, national parks and Phillip Island, home to penguins, kangaroos and koala bears. Wow!

In New Zealand, I recommend a self-drive honeymoon as the best way to explore this stunning country. This 23-day Grand New Zealand itinerary includes Mount Cook National Park, Rotorua, the Bay of Islands and Milford Sound Cruise.

Another option is to book a round-the-world honeymoon taking advantage of great flight deals and free stopovers. This is a great choice if you can both take some time off work together and fancy an extended honeymoon.

Or if you have a month to spare, consider this trip of a lifetime to Australia and New Zealand.

November is not the best time to visit much of the Caribbean. This is the tail end of the hurricane season, and it can be windy and wet. However, if you head to the north of the region the weather is excellent and it’s low season for hotel rates. Best destinations include Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

South America is another option. In Argentina you’ll find late spring sunshine and the start of the glamorous international polo season. There’s a myriad of cultural events in Buenos Aires (25ºC and 8 hours of sun) as the capital gets into full swing for the summer months. Find out more from the local specialist operator Dehouche.

Chile is a thrilling option if you love the great outdoors. Stay at a luxury desert camp amid the volcanoes and dry salt lakes of the Atacama, parts of which have never seen rain, and explore the breathtaking frozen wilderness of Patagonia. The wine is pretty good too.

Costa Rica is a fascinating friendly country that is easy to get about. You’ll discover rainforest, volcanoes, lush national parks, stunning beaches and beautiful lodges. In the capital San Jose you can expect 24ºC and 6 hours of sun – perfect sightseeing weather. See more honeymoons in Latin America.

Head North

If you’re not interested in hot weather on honeymoon, why not head north to Iceland. It’s only a short flight to reach this exciting wintry wilderness where you have a great chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights. Unwind at the stunning Hotel Ranga which is overlooked by glaciers and mountains and has its own geothermal outdoor hot tubs, from where you can watch the world’s greatest light show.

I also recommend Artisan Travel which can arrange a romantic snowy honeymoon in the Arctic Circle. You can view the Northern Lights – perhaps from the comfort of a cosy bed in a glass igloo. Or enjoy the thrill of a husky safari and snowmobiling ride on an adventure honeymoon in Finnish Lapland.

Last updated: 14 October 2018

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