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    Best Winter Honeymoons

    By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

    If you’re tying the knot in the winter months, you have a choice of whether to go for a romantic snowy getaway or fly a little further in search of the sun. Here’s my roundup of the best winter honeymoons.

    Blue Lagoon, IcelandWhale-watching in IcelandMeet the husky dogs on a sledding tripWhat could be more romantic…?

    Icy Romance

    The atmospheric landscapes of the Arctic in winter are deeply romantic when you create your honeymoon with The White Circle, a leading specialist in the winter wonderland destinations of Finnish Lapland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. From glass igloos to luxury tepees with hot tubs, this is no ordinary honeymoon experience and activities range from husky sledding to ice fishing.

    Enigmatic Iceland has plenty to offer honeymooners from October to March when the magical Northern Lights are a sight to behold. Stay at the romantic Hotel Ranga on the banks of a salmon river with a backdrop of glaciers and mountains. In winter, view the Aurora Borealis for the hotel’s splendid geothermal hot tubs.

    It’s only a seven-hour flight to the French-speaking province of Québec in Canada. This Winter Wonderland honeymoon is only available between January and Marchand includes dog-sledding, a stay at The Ice Hotel Québec and a stay at Hotel Sacacomie, a luxury wood-built lodge overlooking endless miles of lakes and forest.

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    Winter Sun Honeymoons

    If you don’t want to travel too far, TenerifeDubai and Oman are reliable places for winter sun. In Dubai, best places to stay include The One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court and the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm which has a private cinema, spa and vast seafront infinity pool.

    Oman is spectacularly romantic. You can go snorkelling in the Damaniyat Islands, venture into the Hajar Mountains and stay at a desert camp on the dunes of the Wahiba Sands.

    Tenerife is a great option with excellent winter weather and cheap four-hour direct flights from many UK airports. Stay at the adults-only Red Level at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora or the fabulous The Ritz-Carlton Abama. Whale and dolphin watching is available all winter.

    Morocco is only three hours flying time from the UK – you can expect sunshine but not genuinely hot temperatures. Treat yourselves to a stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot.

    It’s just six hours flying time to the Cape Verde islands which offer year-round sunshine and temperatures of 24ºC – 30ºC, endless sandy beaches and an exciting mix of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences. With direct charter flights and low prices on the ground, it’s tremendous value too. See the latest offers.

    If you’re prepared to travel further afield, there are plenty of winter sun honeymoons options. The winter months from December onwards is a great time to visit the Caribbean as it’s reliably warm and dry, but not stiflingly hot. Though remember that from December to February this is high season, so be prepared to pay the higher prices. Having said this, you’ll get excellent value for money at all-inclusive resorts including the Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and Sandals LaSource in Grenada. The Dominican Republic is another value for money Caribbean island.

    If you’re going for a blow the budget honeymoon, check out Necker Island, another Branson property, but this time on a private island in the British Virgin Islands.

    Anse Chastanet on St Lucia is another legendary hotel located in the spectacular south of the island with views of the Pitons and renowned three sided rooms, with the fourth ‘wall’ open to nature.

    If you love boutique hotels and want to combine a couple of Caribbean islands, check out The Essential Detail, a group of locally run gems from Jamaica to the Grenadines. Or if it’s a private villa you’re after, check out Oliver’s Travels who have a wide choice from one up to six bedrooms or more – perfect for both intimate honeymoons and family weddings.

    If you prefer somewhere with a Latin feel, head further south to Guatemala and Belize, both still balmy throughout the winter months. Stay in Francis Ford Coppola’s La Lancha Lodge and dive the Blue Hole if you dare. See more honeymoons in the Caribbean.

    Florida is ideal for a fly-drive honeymoon: you can combine the glamour of Miami with the Keys, the Gulf Coast and Gold Coast. Gorgeous places to stay include the Ocean Key Resort & Spa and the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.

    Certain areas of Africa are superb in the traditional winter months of the UK. January is a great time to visit Tanzania as the spectacular migration is in full flow and you can combine a safari with a five-star beach stay in Zanzibar.

    Kenya is beautiful in January with fabulous game viewing, romantic lodges and jaw-droppingly gorgeous white sand beaches all in the same country.

    And of course South Africa is at its driest and warmest in our winter time whether you choose to explore Cape Town, the Garden Route or go on safari – or all three. This Ultimate Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger honeymoon includes light aircraft transfers to stunning hotels, lodges and wineries. It’s easy to combine South Africa with either Mauritius or the Seychelles.

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    Which brings us to the Indian Ocean in general. Another key winter sun honeymoon hot spot. The Maldives are reliably hot and sunny from January to March when classic honeymoon hideaways like Niyama come into their own.

    The Seychelles offer spectacular island hopping within one destination and if you’re feeling more adventurous for nature, head to Madagascar, where I recommend this unique 11-night honeymoon that combines adventure, nature and a touch of luxury. See my complete guide to honeymoon ideas in the Indian Ocean.

    Asia is another great region for winter sun honeymoons. Vietnam has a complex weather system and most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and rain, though the dry cooler season is generally in the winter months. Combine the exciting city of Saigon with jaw-droppingly romantic hotels like the Six Senses Hideaway.

    Myanmar is too interesting to treat as a winter sun destination – you’ll want to explore the many fascinating sights and the best time to do this is in the dry season from October through May. Take a two-week private tour The Essence of Myanmar to see Yangon, the temples of Bagan, Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach. Or upgrade to include a River Cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy.

    It’s a similar story with Cambodia where you can explore the temples of Angkor Wat, cruise the mighty Mekong and immerse yourselves in the café society of Phnom Penh.

    Bali is always going to be a winner for honeymooners with its beautiful culture and gorgeous resort.

    Sri Lanka was described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful island of its size in the world’ and is perfect for a winter honeymoon with incredible honeymoon hotels including Vil-Uyana and Amanwella.

    If neighbouring India is more your thing, check out this two-centre honeymoon – Magic of India and Maldives – which costs from under £1,800 per person for two weeks.

    But of course, for an epic winter sun honeymoon escaping the cold weather of the UK, you can’t beat Australia. Best destinations include the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef.

    And if you want to a genuine castaway island, the South Pacific is honeymoon heaven, such as The Cook Islands and gorgeous Tahiti.

    Last updated: 29 August 2017

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