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Honeymoon Destinations in October

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Where to go on Honeymoon in October 2019

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I’m surprised more couples don’t choose to get married in October. The autumn colours in the UK can provide a great setting for a wedding, then you can jet away for some gorgeous weather at knockdown prices.

In early October you can expect sunshine and warm seas across the whole of the Mediterranean, with great deals even in the most glamorous destinations. Later in the month you may need to stick to the southern parts of the Med for guaranteed good weather, and you will probably want to avoid halt-term week when flight prices are higher and more families are travelling.

It’s a great time of year for a European city break – a much more civilised experience without the crowds and the searing heat of summer. You could combine a couple of cities, such as Florence and Rome, or Seville and Granada. There are some wonderful beach destinations within a five-hour flying time, such as Morocco, Egypt and the Canary Islands. The heat of Dubai is only seven hours away.

If it’s a long-haul escape you’re after, October offers plenty of fabulous options including the big hitters of the Indian Ocean – the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius. It’s off-season in the Caribbean (good for bargains, but with a risk of stormy weather) and there are exciting possibilities in Africa and Asia.

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Short Haul Beach Honeymoons in October

In the first half of October you can enjoy the northern Mediterranean – rent a villa for two in Mallorca, find a friendly little hotel in Corsica, go island hopping in Croatia or stay in a stylish hideaway on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini. How about a glamorous hotel on the Cote d’Azur. As a general rule, you can expect temperatures of around 23ºC with 8 hours of daily sunshine and warm seas.

Later in the month it’s safer to head further south – perhaps to the pristine Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia, the more southerly Greek islands, Andalucia, or Puglia in the south of Italy. Here you can expect 25ºC temperatures and 8 hours of sun. Furthest south of all is Cyprus where the mercury can hit 28ºC in October. Check out these deals on five-star hotels.

In Turkey, head to the the adults-only Mandarin Boutique Hotel, which has eight double rooms, each with a four-poster bed and Jacuzzi. In the Greek Islands, you could rent a villa for two with either a private pool or beach access.

If you want an all-inclusive, I recommend the five-star sister hotels Ikos Oceania and Ikos Olivia, both in the Greek region of Halkidiki. They offer great value, particularly at this time of year.

You won’t find better beaches than on the island of Sardinia. Stay at Forte Village which has a world-class spa and extensive sports facilities, or the quiet and charming Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo. See more honeymoon ideas in the Mediterranean.

Further west, the Algarve enjoys fabulous weather long into October. Best hotels for honeymooners include Vila Vita Parc and the Lake Spa Resort.

The Portuguese island of Madeira offers 24ºC and 7 hours of sunshine at the end of a four-hour flight. It has some great hotels and dramatic mountainous landscape. You can go whale watching, take picturesque walks or take your pick from canyoning, big game fishing, paragliding and scuba diving. Stay at one of the restored mansions (quintas) such as Quinta da Bela Vista or Quinta da Casa Branco.

Egypt is a great choice for an exotic honeymoon without a painfully long flight. Choose from a great selection of Nile Cruises which you can combine with a beach break on the Red Sea. You could kick off your trip to the Pyramids in Cairo where you can expect 30ºC and 9 hours of sunshine.

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The Italian cities are especially welcoming in October. You could cherry pick from Rome, Florence and Siena or combine all three in an Italian trio. Few places are more romantic than Venice and October is a great time to be there (21ºC, 6 hours of sun) after the summer crowds have dispersed. Best hotels include the five-star deluxe Ca’ Sagrado with views over the Grand Canal, the low-key Hotel Londra Palace and the legendary Danieli.

If you have the budget, treat yourselves to a journey on the Orient-Express all the way from London to Venice. You will travel through Europe passing glorious scenery whilst enjoying superb cuisine, champagne and fine wines. Alternatively, depart from Venice and spend one romantic night on the train en route to Prague, another fabulously romantic city, before getting back on the train for the overnight journey to Paris. Three amazing cities in one mind-blowing honeymoon. Find details here.

Autumn is a romantic time of year in Paris where our recommended hotels include the five-star Lancaster set in a former private residence just off the Champs-Elysées, and the charming Relais Christine. You can also travel there on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Tuscany in October is still warm but the summer crowds have gone and prices are marked down. Tucked away in the countryside amid hilltop towns and rolling hills you’ll find a fabulous array of villas for two. For example, Due Leoni in the ancient Montebuoni hamlet has gorgeous gardens, a swimming pool and a shared tennis court.

Just beyond Europe – but only three hours flying time from London – is Morocco with guaranteed warmth in October: expect 28ºC and 8 hours of sun in Marrakech. If you’re keeping costs to a minimum, go for this seven-night Classic Honeymoon which includes a hot air balloon flight plus stays at a riad in Marrakech, a romantic desert camp and a converted kasbah. If you want to turn up the luxury dial, check into Sir Richard Branson’s ultra luxurious Kasbah Tamadot in the lower Atlas Mountains.

Long Haul Honeymoons in October

Fly another couple of hours and you can find yourselves in the Arabian Gulf with guaranteed hot weather and sunshine in October. Dubai divides opinions among travellers but it’s hard to beat for glamour, glitz and raw energy. It’s hot, too: 36ºC with 10 hours of sun. Rather than head to the biggest, flashiest hotels, I recommend the more discreet surroundings of The One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court.

Because the Arabian Gulf is such a huge flight hub, there are interesting options for two-centre honeymoons. You could head to the Maldives and Abu Dhabi – which which is great value – or splash out on a treble: Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Dubai.

In October spring is well underway in South Africa. The weather will be dry and warm, and the lack of rain and vegetation makes this prime game-viewing season as animals concentrate around water sources. This is especially true in the Kruger area of South Africa. If money’s no object, consider Ulusaba Private Game Reserve which offers a sensational honeymoon experience, or Mont Rochelle in the Winelands (a great place for an intimate wedding).

In East Africa the large herds have migrated into Kenya‘s Masai Mara. This is a good time to stay in some of the most romantic safari lodges in the world such as Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park, Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp near the Masai Mara and Segera Retreat on the Laikipia Plateau.

It’s hot and dry in Zambia and Malawi making it prime game viewing time. Check out this honeymoon package which combines a trip to Victoria Falls, stunning wildlife safaris in South Luangwa National Park, and a relaxing beach retreat at Pumulani on the shores of Lake Malawi.

In the Indian Ocean, the big hitters of Mauritius (27ºC, 8 hours of sun) , the Seychelles (29ºC, 7 hours of sun) and the Maldives (30ºC, 8 hours of sun) are all perfect for October honeymoons. Ask your tour operator about combining Mauritius or the Seychelles with Southern Africa.

If you’re on a budget, but have your heart set on the Indian Ocean, check out these stylish boutique hotels in the Seychelles, or the five-star Heritage Le Telfair set on a white-sand beach in Mauritius. See more honeymoons in Mauritius.

In the Maldives, you can bag a great value honeymoon by going all-inclusive in the Maldives. I recommend Meeru Island which offers four-star honeymoons at three-star prices, and Kuredu Island Resort which has a choice of villas, suites and bungalows set on a 3km white sand beach.

A great two-in-one combination if you want to combine culture with beach is this twin-centre honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. This is also a great idea if you want to get married in one destination and honeymoon in another as weddings in Sri Lanka are good value for money and very exotic. You can’t get married in the Maldives, as it’s a Muslim country.

Another recommended two-centre option is a safari in Tanzania followed by Zanzibar for a beach escape. Zanzibar is as exotic as it sounds: the Arabic capital Stone Town is endlessly fascinating while the beaches are home to some of the world’s most chilled castaway hotels.

October is a great month to visit Madagascar (25ºC, 8 hours of sun), an exciting “new” honeymoon destination. On this 12-night Madagascar honeymoon you can track down lemurs in the rainforest while staying at Vakona Forest Lodge then chill on a pristine beach and swim in turquoise seas at the secluded Manafiafy Lodge.

If India has always been calling you, October is an ideal month for touring – dry but not overwhelmingly hot. You could combine The Taj Mahal Palace in buzzing Mumbai with the romantic Oberoi UdaiVilas on the banks of Lake Pichola.

You can also combine India and the Maldives on a fabulous two-week honeymoon. Start with a tour of Rajasthan by private car, taking in the Taj Mahal and the palaces of Udaipur and finish with a relaxing stay at the all-inclusive four-star Cinnamon Dhonveli.

October is also the start of the tourist season across south-east Asia. You could take a private tour of Vietnam and stay in hidden gems like the Hoi An Chic Green Retreat. If you feel you’ve done the backpacking route and want somewhere different, how about the Philippines – late October is a great time to visit to avoid high season prices. This private Grand Tour will give you a hint of the highlights.

October is also a lovely time to visit Japan as the heat of summer is replaced by the warm colours of autumn. Soak up the stunning sights, sounds and smells of Tokyo before exploring the countryside and the famous hot springs.

If you both have a few weeks to spare, how about a round-the-world honeymoon, taking advantage of great flight deals and free stopovers.

Of course, you may want to restrict yourself to Australia, in which case this collection of luxury honeymoons should get you inspired. For example, you could head to South Australia for this Wildlife and Wine self-drive tour, which includes vineyard visits and a stay on Kangaroo Island.

New Zealand I recommend a self-drive honeymoon. This 22-day Grand New Zealand itinerary features a host of natural wonders along with the big cities.

How about combining both countries on this 31-day Australia and New Zealand blockbuster.

Last updated: 14 February 2019

>> Visit our homepage for the full choice of 101 honeymoons or try our fun quiz to find the right destination for you. Our sister site, 101 Holidays, has expert recommendations for holidays in October, and details on where is hot in October and where’s hot in Europe in October.

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