August is one of the most popular months for a wedding in the UK – mainly because of the high chance of good weather. But when it comes to honeymoon planning, you need to consider that August is peak school holiday time, airports are crowded and prices tend to be inflated. If you’re looking for a deal, it’s best to travel at the very end of August after most families have arrived home.
So where to go on honeymoon in August? If you want a short haul honeymoon, rather than heading to the popular spots in the Med, don’t forget about the wonderful places the UK and Northern Europe has to offer. It’s an ideal time to visit countries that can be chilly and wet at other times of the year such as Scandinavia or even Iceland.
If you decide to go long haul, avoid the Caribbean as this is the start of the hurricane season plus it tends to be hot and humid. You’re better off heading to islands such as the Seychelles, Ko Samui or Bali, all of which tend to enjoy fine weather and won’t be busy with families.
When it comes to Europe in August, I’d say it’s wise to pick and choose. You don’t want to be engulfed by the crowds, the overwhelming heat and – let’s face it – loads of families!
The resorts of Ibiza may be heaving in August, but you can escape to some seriously sexy hideaway retreats. Or soak up the romance and old-school glamour of the Italian Lakes.
Iceland is a surprisingly hip destination in summer with beautiful places to stay like the Art-Deco Hotel Borg. Take a dip in the romantic Blue Lagoon, visit geysers, volcanoes, glaciers and mountains. In the first half of August, you can even enjoy a whale watching excursion under the midnight sun.
A cruise is a great way to see the Mediterranean – or the Baltic – in summer, though we suggest you avoid the huge floating hotels and opt instead for one of the new generation of small luxury cruise ships where the emphasis is on spacious accommodation, great food and service.
While the monsoon season engulfs much of Asia, there are a few areas in this exotic part of the world that escape the rains.
Sri Lanka has some lovely romantic hotels understandably popular with honeymooners.
Bali is another good option for this time of year with 29ºC temperatures and 10 hours of daily sunshine.
A third option is the island of Koh Samui – it’s a laid-back, dreamy place where you can dine barefoot on the beach and enjoy Thai massages for two in stunning romantic hotels. Expect 31ºC temperatures and 6 hours of daily sunshine.
Or go all the way to South Australia which – unlike other parts of the country – is at its best in August. Explore the glorious Barossa Valley on this Wine Country fly-drive or how about a Luxury Lodges of Australia tour that takes in Kangaroo Island, Uluru, the Daintree National Park and Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef.