Best Winter 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.
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.
Winter Sun Honeymoons
If you don’t want to travel too far, Morocco, Dubai 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.
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.
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 Secrets Resorts & Spas 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.
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. It’s also an easy two-centre with the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
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.
Cambodia is another beguiling winter honeymoon where you can explore the temples of Angkor Wat, cruise the mighty Mekong and immerse yourselves in the café society of Phnom Penh.
If neighbouring India is more your thing, head south to Kerala for Portuguese influences and rice boats on the backwaters.
But of course, for an epic winter sun honeymoon escaping the cold weather of the UK, you can’t beat Australia. Bridge & Wickers know the country inside out and will take you to all the best places including the beautiful Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef.
Last updated: 22 November 2016