Spring is a very popular time of year to get married, which means that a lot of couples find themselves jetting off on honeymoons on the other side of the world where it happens to be autumn. It might not be the intense summer that sun-seeking honeymooners want, but don’t be so quick to brush aside the season. Autumn brings out cooler temperatures with enough warmth in the air, fewer tourists, and a gorgeous colour scheme.
So take a look at these stunning destinations and get planning!
Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to infinite vineyards, this stunning 8,000-acre estate with a beautiful French Chateau centrepiece is filled with breathtaking gardens, valley and vibrancy that perfectly sets the tone for a wonderful autumn honeymoon in the mountains. The striking scenery is filled with lush brown, orange and green trees paired with vast foliage, making it the perfect place to escape the city and enjoy all autumn has to offer.
ABC Islands, Venezuela
The ABC Islands stand for Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, a trio of isles located near Venezuela. During autumn these divine islands are all storm-free and relatively warm with a prime spot just below the hurricane belt. Filled with a crazy nightlife, windsurfing, cool breezes and private beach coves along the coastline, these islands are the perfect destination for a laid-back honeymoon.
Hamilton Island, Australia
Known for its pristine beaches and colourful marine life, Hamilton Island is its own paradise on earth. If you don’t want to stray too far from home for your autumn honeymoon, Hamilton Island is a great beachside escape, with near-perfect weather all year round (thought you might get some rainy days – it can be romantic). As one of the most popular Whitsunday Islands, this stunning destination is filled with its fair share of romantic abodes.
It’s no surprise that Paris made it on this list of perfect honeymoon destinations for autumn. The stunning City of Lights exudes romance with popular tourists sites like the Temple of Love, Luxembourg Palace, Love Lock Bridge and of course, the Eiffel Tower. Although there may be a coolness in the air at this time of year, Paris is still the perfect destination for autumn (and maybe just all year round) as the summer crowds thin out and the prices are much more affordable.
Dubai is known for its crazy heatwaves, with the highest temperature reaching 52.1°C in the summertime. However, during autumn temperatures can be anywhere up to 39°C and humidity is at its lowest, making it much more comfortable than summer travel. Filled with lavish surroundings and VIP venues, Dubai is perfect for an indulgent honeymoon getaway.
Vermont, United States
Situated in the stunning Northeast, autumn trees turn shimmering red and gold, making Vermont the perfect leaf-picking season. Enjoy your honeymoon with some fresh-pressed apple cider and sightseeing in quaint and historic towns like Brattleboro, Jeffersonville, Montpelier and Stowe, all of which are filled with museums, galleries and one-of-a-kind shops. This destination is perfect for a laid-back, authentic autumn honeymoon.
Craving a fun-filled autumn adventure, but still want to have the perfect beachside escape? Then Sardinia is the place for you! During autumn, this destination’s flight and ferry prices are dramatically reduced, so you can save and still experience the perfect honeymoon. Not only that, but the weather is still gloriously hot and tourism is extremely low, so you can enjoy some much-deserved alone time with your new husband or wife in the gorgeous Italian city.
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Written by Ellen Kirkness