Honeymoons in Paradise: November

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Samantha Chua

November is a tricky month for a honeymoon in paradise. With winter settling in across the UK and Europe, newlyweds need look beyond Paris and London for a romantic getaway. Luckily, there are still plenty of paradise on earth this time of the year where there are no crowds and hotel rates won’t break your budget.

1. Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco is wonderful in November and you can expect 22C temperatures and an average of seven hours of daily sunshine.

Where to Stay

Treat yourself to a honeymoon at La Mamounia in Marrakech. The regal hotel is set in lavish royal gardens, styled with Moorish opulence, The hotel counts Winston Churchill and other luminaries a guest. Book a room according to your preferred view: Koutoubia Mosque, the gardens or the Atlas Mountains. For a more feminine feel, the Baldaquin Suite comes with a decadent but cosy sitting area and a balcony with garden views.

Image via La Mamounia

What to Do

There are few more pleasurable ways to spend time in Marrakech than wandering around the seemingly endless maze of markets in the Medina. Every section in the bazaar has its own specialty: carpets and textiles, woollen hats, spices, kaftans and blankets. Tired after a day of shopping? Head to one of Marrakech’s seriously indulgent hammams and spas for a thorough scrub down.

2. Cairo, Egypt

Weather in Egypt this time of the year is excellent with moderate temperatures and eight hours of sunshine, giving you plenty of time to get out and about.

Where to Stay

The upscale Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah has more than 400 contemporary rooms with views of the Nile. The hotel also has it own riverfront promenade and a deck that houses an open-air bar floating on the water. The heated outdoor pool is right on the water and guests an seek refuge from the scorching sun in one of the lovely surrounding cabanas.

Image via Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah

What to Do

Start the day with a visit to the world famous Pyramids in Cairo on the back of a camel, followed by a luxury Nile cruise. The Egyptian Museum located in downtown Cairo is not to be missed. Embark on an adventure through time Inside the great domed, pinkish building, housing glittering treasures of Tutankhamun and other great pharaohs lie alongside mummies, jewellery and other grave goods of those whose names are lost to history.

3. Khao Lak, Thailand

Although Southeast Asia is a bit wet this time of the year (avoid the Gulf coast of Thailand and Malaysia), Khao Lak is an emerging holidaymakers darling offering seven hours of sunshine and minimal rain this time of the year.

Where to Stay

The Sarojin is the place to be a for a completely indulgent honeymoon. Only 56 rooms set in a 10 acres of tropical beachfront, it’s a dreamy honeymoon location. The guest residences come with white linen, stone floors and wood accents. The rooms are housed in individual two-storey buildings and outside each residence is a private sundeck and sala.

Image via Audley Travel

What to Do

Once you have enough of the sunshine and lapping waves (who would?), The Sarojin also offers plenty of unique experience, including Shipwrecked – where you are taken through an enchanting mangrove forest aboard the resort’s luxury boat and enjoy a private dinner on a perfect, pristine sand isle while watching the sun set. The experience comes complete with your personal butler and a traditional Thai long tail boat to ferry you back to the resort.

Image via The Sarojin

4. Siam Reap, Cambodia

November is the start of the Cambodia’s dry season and perfect to explore the Angkor ruins. No visitor to Cambodia should miss out on the spectacular Angkor Temples, especially if you are planning on a Southeast Asia getaway. However, there are many other sights in Cambodia that will cater to your adventurous spirit.

Where to Stay

Get the royal treatment at Amansara, the former guest residence of King Sihanouk. The chic hotel offers airy, open-plan rooms opening onto private courtyards and water features. For the aspiring yogis, the hotel also hosts sunrise sessions on the Roof Terrace.

Image via Amansara

What to Do

The Angkor Temples are every bit as wonderful as you’ve heard. However, it’s important to allow enough time to see enough of the highlights in the vicinity of Angkor Wat. The sheer scale of the temples and the intricate detail carvings within are utterly mesmerising. Book a guide to take you on a sunset or sunrise tour – this spectacular view is not something you would want to miss.

Image via Honeymoon Backpackers

5. Costa Rica

November in Costa Rica is a treat with temperatures hovering around the twenties and six hours of sun daily – perfect sightseeing weather.

Where to Stay

Set in 500-acre of tropical forest with a river winding through the grounds, El Silencio Lodge and Spa offers a trip back to nature. Take in the panaramic views from and outdoor hot tub and feast on natural, organic food. All rooms have dramatic views courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a hot tub on each deck.

Image via El Silencio Lodge and Spa

What to Do

The 2,000 acre Hacienda Pozo Azul is an ace park and working ranch in the tropical rain forest. For the adventurous couple, try white-water rafting on the Sarapiqui River, or sail over the trees and river on a canopy biplane. Otherwise, explore the nearby Sarchi town renowned for its art and crafts.

Ms Zigzag says: With wedding season in full-swing in November in Australia, many couples are heading off on their honeymoons this month. We hope you find a touch of paradise on your travels. Enjoy! 


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