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.