October 31, 2015

Orkney, Scotland

WHY GO: Indulge in all your Downton Abbey daydreams at this northern archipelago off the coast of Scotland with green-topped islands and sandstone cliffs.

WHERE TO STAY: The family-run Kirkwall Hotel  is located in a storybook-perfect Victorian building that overlooks Kirkwall's historic harbor and is steps from shopping.

WHAT TO DO: Take a day trip and stand in awe at the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, an ancient and eerie ring of standing stones, northeast of Stromness. Experts still don't know how the stones were brought here or what the circle means. With the weather moving in and the water lapping at the shore, it makes for a supernatural sight.

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October 30, 2015

Sonoma, California

WHY GO: World-class wine, delicious food and unsurpassed scenery—what's not to love about this pretty locale?

WHERE TO STAY: Forestville's Farmhouse Inn  just added cozy-chic barn rooms to its wooded grove. For the “In-Room Somm" program a sommelier will customize a wine tasting that will be brought right to your room. Cheers!

WHAT TO DO: Guests at Farmhouse Inn get exclusive access to wineries not normally open to the public, such as Kistler and Kosta Browne. You'll also want to indulge in the local fare—these California chefs were doing farm-to-table long before it was a trend.

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October 29, 2015

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

WHY GO: It's the stuff honeymoon fantasies are made of: crystal-clear waters, picturesque mountains and a coral reef swirling with colorful fish. No wonder it was recently voted one of the best islands in the world by US News and World Report.

WHERE TO STAY: The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora  is located on a coral reef that encloses a turquoise lagoon. Swoon!

WHAT TO DO: Charter a helicopter to take you around towering Mount Otemanu, then touch down on a neighboring island for a tour of a black pearl or vanilla bean farm.

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October 28, 2015

Exciting Honeymoon Tips For You

Having an affordable honeymoon doesn't equate to spending time in an unknown town, or going to a cheap motel somewhere. It's possible to save money and still have an amazing time! All you need is a dash of imagination and a huge dose of creativity. Before you even brainstorm on how to budget your money, you should determine how much you as a couple are willing to spend. It's essential to determine a specific amount so that you can plan your activities accordingly.

Below are essential honeymoon tips that you should keep in mind if you're on a budget:

1. You can go on a cruise. Not all cruise ships go around Europe and last for 2 weeks to a month. You can go for a long weekend full of lovin' if you take advantage of an all-inclusive cruise package. Going on a cruise would be wonderfully romantic and cost-efficient at the same time.

2. If you and your partner love the outdoors, you can go and camp. I'm not referring to really roughing it as camping has gone a long way. You can choose to book in a camping cabin. This will cost you so much less than you would if you're going to stay at a hotel.

3. Plan to take your honeymoon during off season. This will allow you to go on a vacation in some hot romantic beaches. Search online, you can discover amazingly affordable travel packages.

4. You can try swapping homes. Home exchanges are becoming popular these days – you get to swap homes with someone living in another country or state. This way, you don't need to worry about spending money for accommodations. You only have to shell out money for your fare and food. Before you even try this out, look for reputable home exchange networks, so that you can go on your honeymoon free from worries.

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October 27, 2015

New Jersey – place for honeymoon

Wedding is one of the most scared and pure social institutions. It marks the union of two individuals into life long companionship. Both the bride and groom take vows for sharing their happiness and sorrows. Wedding is followed by honeymoon. Honeymoon is a much-awaited occasion. Make it memorable, as it comes once in a lifetime. Look out for an exotic honeymoon destination within your budget. It would be advisable to hire a travel agent for a tension free honeymoon.

New Jersey is a great romantic honeymoon destination. The vacation rentals of New Jersey offer great accessibility to several states. This would make your romantic vacation more enjoyable. Northern Skylands region offer an adequate opportunity to both of you to spend some beautiful moments. You can relax by the lake or hike on Appalachian Trail. If you want to spend some great time on New Jersey shore then do not bother. New Jersey is a delight for beach lovers, as they are in abundance.

If you are looking for a little adventure then you may also go for surfing, scuba diving and swimming. Enjoy all these activities with your beloved and make your honeymoon simply memorable. If you are interested for some stand out spots then pay a visit to historic cape may, ocean city, Long Beach Island and brigantine. You will be provided with adequate privacy in condo rentals or cottage rental.

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October 26, 2015

A Romantic Bath With Your Partner In A Bath Tub

Your honeymoon is a time of firsts: first bath together, first massage, first picnic, first vacation… so plan to make these firsts perfect. Surprise your future husband or wife with a honeymoon gift to enhance your honeymoon. There are so many different types of gifts that you can give, so it depends on your personality and style. Here is an idea to consider:

What can be more enticing than a romantic honeymoon bath! Make sure your resort room can accommodate 2 people in the tub and then get the supplies. Surprise your spouse with a candlelit room and a bathtub full of scented bubble bath and oils. You can even bring bathtub games to spice up your bathing experience. The Romantic Spa Kit is a great gift idea that includes all you need to create the perfect bathtub ambiance

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October 17, 2015

Honeymoon In Kurseong

Kurseong derives its name from the Lepcha name 'Khar-syang' which means the 'land of the white Orchids'- which Kurseong is known to be abundant of. Kurseong is the Anglicized version of the Lepcha name and was given by the first British entrants into Kurseong.

Kurseong is an all-weather hill resort which falls on the Siliguri-Darjeeling-Kalimpong alpine-tourism circuit which attracts tourists for cool, serene and lazy holidays. Kurseong is a quiet and serene Hill Station which offers a peaceful relaxed atmosphere in lush green and pleasant hilly environs which is not as crowded as Darjeeling

Darjeeling or Kalimpong. The Kurseong climate is cool round the year and not bone-chilling cold like in Darjeeling in winter which is why Kurseong is perfect as a moderately cool and comfortable holiday destination throughout the year.

Kurseong is a great place to relax, take a break from hectic lifestyle and even spend time healing and restoring your health. Kurseong is set amidst high-yielding tea gardens producing some of the costliest teas in the world, hill slopes, surrounded by Waterfalls, Deer Park, Temples, Buddhist Monasteries with a presence of the Indian Air Force.Apart from a hill-holiday, Kurseong is also known as a school-town owing to the several top notch schools established by the British and still in great demand today namely, Goethals, Victoria and Dow Hill among others.

Kurseong also has a Doordarshan Relay Centre and a TB Sanatorium. Kurseong was once the headquarters of the Himalayan Railways which made it an important centre of commercial activity.

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October 16, 2015

Honeymoon In Nepal – A Mountainous Experience

Match the heights together with a honeymoon in Nepal, home to the highest mountains in the world. This enchanted land strikes a chord in every honeymooner's heart with its natural beauty. The landscape is astounding – wildlife and floral forests, terraced farms carved off the hillside, gushing rivers and waterfalls and the ever-present aura of the majestic Himalayas.As for the cities, choose between the historical and the cultural, the rustic and the scenic. The capital, Kathmandu, is a throbbing cosmopolis where you can spend many an hour enjoying the rush of adrenalin at one of the famous casinos, browsing through the bazaars and shopping malls, and dining at the amazing eating joints.

The ancient city of Patan, with its rich cultural legacy; Bhaktapur, the city of devotees; Pokhra, with its gorgeous lake, a take-off point for trekkers, rafters and mountaineers; Chitwan, the wildlife paradise where you can live in the lap of nature or the lap of luxury; Tansen and Gorkha with their panoramic Himalayan views; and Lumbini with its Buddhist heritage. Nepal has a little of everything for that special honeymoon experience.

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October 15, 2015

Honeymoon In Switzerland – A Memorabale One

Switzerland is a beautiful paradise which never ceases to surprise even the most seasoned travellers, with its wealth of captivating contrasts. Its beautiful scenery ranges from snow – capped peaks to palm lined lakes. Mighty glaciers give way to verdant valleys, bustling city centers to idyllic Alpine village. It is a focal point of international air, road & rail traffic and easily accessible within hours from major European cities.

The famous tourist centre between the Lakes of Brienz and Thun, connected by a large network of rail, boat and bus services, and several mountain railways to many excursion including Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe.

Located at the western end of Lake Luceme, this town is the starting point for excursions to Pilatus, Rig, Mt. Titlis and Stanserhorn Mountains. Enjoy the casinos, nightclubs and boat trips on the lake.

Zurich, Switzerland's largest city is surely among the most beautiful in all of Europe, and even today, it retains much of its 19th-century charm. Situated on the northern shore of Lake Zurich in the heart of the country, the city is both large enough to offer all amenities to its visitors and small enough for you to discover on your own. Zürich's clubs and bars is an exciting place for anyone who wants to turn night into day.

Mt. Titlis – Engelberg
The most famous holiday resort in Central Switzerland is at the base of Mt. Titlis. In summer you can go river rafting , bungy jumping , pony riding and of course, go up to Mt. Titlis.

Jungfraujoch is one of Switzerland's most attractive excursion destinations and vantage points. Experience the high-Alpine winterworld at close quarters, in all four seasons and whatever the weather. The Jungfraujoch is also a small village not lacking in the appropriate amenities for its guests. And for Alpinists the "Joch" is the starting point for many a memorable tour.

Mt. Pilatus
The Golden Round trip is simply an exceptional experience. Travel by nostalgic lake steamer from Luzern to Alpnachstad and then with the world's steepest cogwheel railwat(48% gradient) up to Pilatus (7000 ft). A unique and impressive panorama of 73 mountain peak.

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October 14, 2015

Honeymoon In South East Countries

Talking about the  south east countries such as Vietnam and Thailand for the honeymoon is the next best thing to happen after your marriage. In both these countries the service is impeccable, not only can you have a cheaper holiday but the beauty of these countries is amazing. There are many recommended places i have been recently while travelling south east asia, it basically depends on what is your preference.

Islands Honeymoon
For a Honeymoon in island areas one should go with south down near Phuket Thailand, there are numerous islands including Phi Phi which is where the beach movie was filmed. The scenery is amazing and breathtaking and seafood is plenty. And the beaches are full of snorkeling and diving options.

Another place we would recommend in Cat Ba Island in northern Vietnam which is a beautiful scenic island adorned with national park and breathtaking views. If Vietnam is your place of choice this Island is spectacular for Honeymooner Travel.

Mountain Honeymoon
For mountain places we would recommend Chang Mai area in Thailand and for Vietnam we would suggest Da Lat. They both are very scenic and have a number of romantic places for the Honeymoon needs.

Beach Honeymoon
The last one we would like to recommend is for the sole beach lovers, you could choose the beach option above or just go with a nice beach town. In Thailand there a couple of beautiful places however our preference here would be Nha Trang in Vietnam. All its major Hotels face the ocean with breathtaking room views and beach activities to keep you well and truly busy.

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October 13, 2015

Gangtok in India – a place for honeymoon

Gangtok will score 9 out of 10 as a honeymooners paradise. Its a wonderful place. My friend Manish, went last year in the end of april. If u like calm and natural beauty first go to Peling. Its in west sikkim. U can spend 2 days in pelling. In Gangtok dont miss Yumthung, Gurudungmar Lake, Changu Lake & Baba Mandir. There is a place called "Tukla" ( – 6 C on april 25, 2006) some 40 km after Baba Mandir. Checkout with ur agent or tour operator for visiting this place. its a restricted area.

Know about Gangtok: Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim has emerged into the mainstream travel destination of the Tourism Industry, with more and more tourist coming to this little Himalayan state every year. Sitting on the lap of the majestic Himalaya, Gangtok in Sikkim has developed into a cosmopolitan delicacy where old-world charm and hospitality exist along with the modern age of Information Technology. One can find a harmonious blend of diverse culture and religion in Sikkim Gangtok. The people of Gangtok have a strong bonding with their age-old traditions and customs. Despite of these, Gangtok is definitely not behind the rest of the world in terms of urbanisation – broad roads, flyovers, posh markets, state-of-art hospital, educational institutes, fast food outlets, discotheques, and all other modern amenities that the heart can desire for.

Journey to Gangtok in Sikkim
Airport : Nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal( 124 kms.), from where scheduled flights operates to and fro from Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati. The Bagdogra airport is connected to Gangtok by a helicopter service operating between Gangtok – Bagdogra – Gangtok.

Railhead : Two nearest railway station are at Siliguri (114 km) and New Jalpaiguri (125 km) stabilizing link to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Lucknow and other important cities in India.

Road Transport : Gangtok is connected with all weather mettaled road with Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok etc. Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is connected by all weather road to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and also to all the District headquarters within Sikkim.

Private Taxis, Jeeps and Landrovers ply regularly on the Gangtok- Siliguri Highway and are available for transfer of passengers between Gangtok and Siliguri/ New Jalpaiguri Junction/ Bagdogra, and also for local sightseeing at fixed rates and may be reserved through Tourist Bureau, Govt. of West Bengal, Gangtok.

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October 12, 2015

Money Saving Tips for Honeymoon Cruises

Airfare:  If you are looking to save money on a cruise honeymoon, pick a debarking location that won't cost you thousands of dollars in airfare. Find out what ports are closest to your home town and what types of cruises leave from those ports. Some cruise ships are scarse during certain seasons, so look into what destinations are options for your month of travel. If you can buy your tickets with miles, then this can also decrease your expenses significantly. Another option for lower airfare is to try to arrange your flight on your own to see if you can find a better deal than what the packages offer.

Off Season Cruises:  here’s where you may find a big honeymoon cruise discount. May and September are the low season for an Alaska honeymoon cruise (kids are in school too, and the ship might be a little quieter). For the Gulf of Mexico, January to March is the high season, so consider a Caribbean cruise during the off season (around June).

Book Well in Advance:  some cruiselines offer honeymoon cruise specials when they are booked 6 months or more in advance. If you've got your dates and wedding plans all in order, this could be the way to go.

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October 10, 2015

Honeymoon Hotel Room Entry Check List

What to look for

  • Is the bed the size you want?
  • Is the bathroom clean?
  • Do you have a view of the ocean?
  • Do you have a "Do Not Disturb sign?
  • Does the TV work?
  • Do the faucets drip?
  • Do the lights work?
  • Is there a TV remote?
  • How does the in-room safe work?
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October 9, 2015

Honeymoon Cruise Dream

Have you ever dreamed of a cruise?Intimate dinners with family or perhaps someone new? A close evening of dancing followed by a moonlight stroll around the deck, watching the full moon? Perhaps you dream of a huge family reunion as you go from port to port and re-establish closeness. Whatever your fantasy, it undoubtedly is peaceful, joyous, and loving.

The opportunities on a cruise are almost unlimited for parties with old friends, or to seek out new friendships, or having an extended vacation with family and friends. When you book a cruise you open a door to a new way of life.

Being at sea is a great way to spend the first days of your married life together. There's nothing like romantic cruises to de-stress from your wedding. For the most part, everything is taken care of for you, so you have little to worry about. Just relax and roam the open seas! Make sure you pick the best honeymoon cruise for your style and preferences. All cruise ships are not the same in food service, cabin quality, expenses, entertainment and type of crowd. Although cruises have gotten a bad wrap for being "party ships", this isn't necessarily true, depending on which cruise line you choose. So do your research!! Luxury liners are a huge trend for high class travel and some cruise ships offer great packages that are affordable. A registry is also a great way to afford extra perks, like excursions or upgrades, while on your cruise. A lot of the upper scale ships include things like Champagne and flowers that are extra expenses on cheaper lines. But there is much to be said about an inexpensive cruise line from a local port – it's a great way to save on airfare!

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October 8, 2015

Bora Bora in French Polynesia

Bora Borais an island located in French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean. It is a small group of islands belonging to Tahiti. The small islets are scattered in the vast ocean like small spots on a huge sky blue cloth. Beautiful landscape of Bora Bora inspired me to write a poem on it.

The beautiful Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is simply an amazing romantic getaway for Honeymoon couples. Here you can enjoy the luxury of your own private swimming pool or an AC beach suite with an attached Jacuzzi. Every room has a mini bar, tea and coffee makers, TV and stereo players. You can go diving, kayaking, golfing and parasailing. Pamper yourself with a body massage. You can also enjoy horse riding, sunset cruise and if possible, a helicopter ride too ! as far as food is concerned, you can indulge in a variety of wholesome dishes accompanied by drinks.

The Le Meridien Bora Bora is another favorite place for the couples. The Beach Bungalows with private gardens and the unique Overwaters Bungalows give you the facilities of tea/ coffee, mini bar and a TV. You have the freedom to select from a wide variety of water sports like, canoeing, surfing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and many more ! Enjoy a Polynesian style barbeque by the beach side.

Bora Bora airport is located at a distance of 20 minutes from Vaitape. The southern part of Bora Bora has a coral garden with shoals of fishes and corals. You can also spot some of the rare and beautiful fishes like manta ray.

Bora Bora attracts millions of visitors from destinations all over the world.

Best time to visit: Due to ideal location of Bora Bora, it can be visited throughout the year. September can be called the best month for paying a visit to Bora Bora. Advance bookings recommended.

Travel Essentials: You should have a valid Passport and a Visa to enter Bora Bora. Keep a copy of necessary documents besides the originals.

Accommodation: Bora Bora offers a wide range of resorts for a comfortable accommodation. All resorts in Bora Bora offer an array of facilities to make your honeymoon the most memorable event of your life. The resorts in Bora Bora offer exclusive honeymoon packages for a dream honeymoon.

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October 7, 2015

Maui, Hawaii – top honeymoon destination

The beautiful island of Maui provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle you have left behind. One of its most popular destinations is the city of Lahaina. Of course, you will want to enjoy your hotel and all of the luxuries it can provide but the attractions offered here just might draw you out. Go swimming and snorkeling in the water, hike the mountains or just play in the sand. Think of the memories, and that fabulous tan, you can take home with you.

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October 6, 2015

Other Long Haul Honeymoon Ideas in November

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, promises 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, Amanwella and Castlereagh. Although you could flop on a beach for a fortnight, many honeymooners take the opportunity to explore this beautiful country. I recommend this 15-day private tour, Sri Lanka Uncovered which includes wild leopard viewing in Yala National Park plus visits to Kandy, Galle and a tea plantation.

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. Try the classic Rajasthan private tour or combine legendary hotels such as The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai and the spectacular Oberoi UdaiVilas on the banks of Lake Pichola.

It’s also a great time of year to visit Kerala in South India. On a 14-day private tour of Kerala you can enjoy an overnight cruise on the backwaters, stay in a luxury hotel on Kovalam beach, explore tea estates, spice plantations and colonial Cochin (31ºC, 6 hours of sun).

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

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). Better options in Thailand are Phuket and Khao Lak (31ºC, 7 hours of sun) where I recommend The Sarojin which has just 56 rooms set in 10 acres of tropical beachfront.

For something more adventurous, head to Cambodia where you can explore the jungle-clad temples at Angkor, sleep on a Floating Lodge and walk with elephants in Mondulkiri.

For true long-haul adventures, you can’t get much more remote than The Cook Islands in the South Pacific. November brings temperatures of 27C and long hours of sunshine to explore the delights of Raratonga and the incredible Aitutaki. Or head to fabulous Fiji, where you’ll find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and warm friendly people. Best places to stay include the five-star Yasawa Island Resort.

Australia and New Zealand are iconic honeymoon destinations where you can find everything from boutique hotels to grand lodges, coral reefs to glaciers. November is the start of summer but before the Christmas rush, so a great time to head Down Under.

In New Zealand,  self-drive honeymoon is the best way to explore this stunning country.

Another option is to buy round-the-world flight tickets and plan some fabulous stopovers Down Under.

November is not the best time to visit much of the Caribbean. This is the tail end of its 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. That means 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.

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. Fab places to stay include the luxury La Paloma Lodge amid the forests of the Osa Peninsula and the Arenal Manoa, which has a beautiful rural setting and heartstopping views of Arenal Volcano. In the capital San Jose you can expect 24ºC and 6 hours of sun – perfect sightseeing weather.

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October 4, 2015

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 daily 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.  Selous Safari Camp where you can enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks and boat trips along the Rufiji River. You can also combine Tanzania with Zanzibar.

November marks the dawn of summer in Southern 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 Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve for a luxury honeymoon in the bush.

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. There’s a great selection of beachfront hotels, including the gorgeous Trou aux Biches.

You can expect some rain in the Seychelles, along with temperatures of 29ºC and 7 hours of daily sunshine. The specialist tour operator Just Seychelles knows the islands intimately and recommends some charming small hotels such as Coco de Mer and Black Parrot Suites, along with barefoot island resorts such as Denis Private Island.

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October 3, 2015

Short Haul Sunshine in November

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: you can expect 22ºC temperatures and an average 7 hours of daily sunshine. You could combine an exotic city like Marrakech or Fes with time relaxing on one of Morocco’s beautiful beaches, a stay in the Atlas mountains (where temperatures will be lower) or a trip into the Sahara desert. For added romance, you can add a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise.

Or consider all the cash you’re saving by not taking a long-haul flight and treat yourselves to a honeymoon at Sir Richard Branson’s ultra luxurious Kasbah Tamadot in the lower Atlas Mountains.

You can fly to Egypt in less than five hours and the weather in November is excellent. You could kick off with a visit to the Pyramids in Cairo (25ºC and 8 hours of sunshine) followed by a luxury Nile cruise then a stay on the beaches of the Red Sea (26ºC and 9 hours of sunshine).

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. Take a direct 6-hour flight to Dubai where you can treat yourselves to some pure indulgence in some of the world’s most spectacular hotels.

If you want more of an authentic taste of Arabia, head to neighbouring Oman – a romantic and exotic country with some stunning world-class hotels. Explore the colourful and historic city of Muscat before escaping to Six Senses Zighy Bay for some beach time. Head south to the Wahiba Sands for some serious dune driving and a night under the stars in a Bedouin camp.

Another option is to head west into the Atlantic. You’ll find great weather in the Canaries – just four hours flying time from the UK – and in nearby Madeira. Tenerife is not all noisy package resorts – it has some spectacular hotels, the best of which is the ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort. Expect temperatures of 22ºC and 6 hours of sun.

The Portuguese island of Madeira is home to some stylish hotels including many restored quintas (country houses) including Quinta Jardins do Lago or Quinta das Vistas.

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October 1, 2015

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.

In October spring will be well underway in Southern Africa. The weather is dry and warm, and the lack of rain and vegetation makes this prime game-viewing season as game concentrates around water sources. This is especially the case in the Kruger area of South Africa. If money’s no object you should consider Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve which offers a sensational African honeymoon experience.

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.

October is hot and dry in Botswana (31ºC, 9 hours of sun) making this another excellent safari destination. The lodges in Botswana are some of the most luxurious in Africa, although they aren’t cheap. Take a look at Pom Pom Camp and Selinda Camp in the beautiful Okavango Delta where you can view big game from a mokoro canoe, or Jack’s Camp in the Kalahari Desert.

It’s also 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 less expensive resorts such as these charming B&Bs in the Seychelles with Just Seychelles.

In the Maldives, you can bag a great value honeymoon by going all-inclusive.

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.

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 11-night honeymoon in Madagascar 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 Anjajavy Hotel.

If India has always been calling you, check out this great selection of luxury honeymoons. October is a great month for touring – dry but not overwhelmingly hot. See the classic sights – including the Taj Mahal – in style on this 14-day Rajasthan private tour or combine The Taj Mahal Palace in buzzing Mumbai with the romantic Oberoi UdaiVilas on the banks of Lake Pichola and the gorgeous beachfront Leela Goa.

October is also an excellent time to visit Kerala in Southern India. Private 12-day Serenity in the South honeymoon which takes you from Chennai to Cochin, including a romantic night on a houseboat on the Kerala backwaters along with wildlife, temples, forts and spice plantations.

October is also the start of the season in most parts of south east Asia. You could combine adventure and romance in Cambodia or take a private tour of Vietnam – perhaps combined with a Pandaw Cruise down the palm-fringed Mekong into Cambodia. If beaches appeal, try the Sarojin in Khao Lak.

Not beach types? Explore, a leading adventure travel operator, has a great range of adventure honeymoons in destinations such as Uganda or Argentina. You can join an escorted group but you may prefer to ask the team of experts to design a private tour to suit your needs.

You can combine beach and adventure in Indonesia where this honeymoon adventure through Java and Lombok is truly remarkable – witness the sun rise at the 8th-century Borobodur temple in Yogyakarta, see orang-utans and proboscis monkeys in the Kalimantan rainforest, ride horses beneath an active volcano in Surabaya before unwinding at the gorgeous beachfront Lombok Lodge.

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 don’t mind a long flight you’ll love Australia and New Zealand. Great honeymoon spots include Hayman Island Resort in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands, while in New Zealand I recommend a self-drive honeymoon.

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