Honeymoon Destinations in February
Where to go on Honeymoon in February
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
By the time February rolls around, everyone is tired of winter in the UK. Most couples want to escape the chill and find some sunshine on their honeymoon. They will find perfect weather in the Caribbean, Asia, the Indian Ocean and parts of North and South America – but if you know where to look you can also find good weather closer to home.
If your honeymoon runs over Valentine’s Day, there will be even more romantic packages on offer than usual. And if you’ve left it late to book a trip, you may also find some great winter deals.
Caribbean Honeymoons in February
It’s peak season across the Caribbean with perfect temperatures, long days of sunshine and cooling sea breezes. This is not a bargain time of year to travel but with the Pound buying around $1.60, the region is not outrageously expensive.
St Lucia is always a good choice for honeymooners but especially so in February with good underwater visibility for snorkelling and diving. I recommend the glorious Anse Chastanet which is set on one of the island’s best beaches, and the all-inclusive Sandals Grande St Lucian which butler service and a huge range of activities and dining options. See the latest offers.
If you want a pure beach experience, it’s hard to beat the Turks & Caicos Islands where you’ll find endless miles of white sands, pristine seas, dunes, private island resorts and world-class diving. Best options for honeymooners include the sophisticated Grace Bay Club and the Asian-influenced spa resort of Parrot Cay.
Another perfect honeymoon destination for beach lovers and foodies is the unspoilt coral island of Anguilla which is a perfect place to kick back, swim and sunbathe, try a couple of spa treatments and dine at great restaurants. Best places to stay include Cap Juluca, the Viceroy (I love the rooftop suites with private pools) and CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa.
If you want somewhere with more than just beaches, try Jamaica. Stay at Jamaica Inn, a small friendly and stylish beach hotel, and rent a car to explore waterfalls, colonial estates, mountains and fishing villages. If your main priority is to be pampered and not have to raise a finger, check out the adults-only all-inclusive Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, which has butler service and a funky little beach club.
If you crave privacy rather than the attentions of hotel staff, why not rent your own private villa for two on some of the most charming islands in the Caribbean such as St Barths or Bequia in the Grenadines.
On a budget? The Dominican Republic is very competitive on price compared with elsewhere in the region, especially if you go all-inclusive. I recommend Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana.
Cuba is another exciting honeymoon destination that offers more than beaches. I recommend two five-star adults only resorts: Melia Cayo Coco has stunning rooms built on stilts over a lagoon, while Paradisus Rio del Oro is set in tropical gardens beside beautiful Esmeraldas Beach and has free scuba diving. However, you should also spend a few days in the capital Havana, where you can visit a cigar factory, sip mojitos in historic bars and dance at a salsa club. See the latest special offers.
For more inspiration, see this collection of the best small hotels and resorts in the Caribbean.
February is a great month to head to Hawaii for some uplifting Pacific sunshine. Each of the islands is different, so it’s best to spend time on two or three, then you can combine surf beaches with volcano tours and ultra sexy hotels. For maximum glamour, treat yourselves to a USA West Coast stopover on the way – a great place to treat yourself to a new honeymoon wardrobe en-route.
Florida has great flight deals from the UK and there’s a lot more to the Sunshine State than Disneyland. I recommend Palm Beach County which offers 47 miles of sandy beaches and some of the continent’s most luxurious honeymoon hotels including The Breakers, The Four Seasons Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach.
It’s summer time in South America and if you’ve always wanted to sample this great continent, an extended honeymoon could be the perfect opportunity. Head to Brazil where you can see the sights of Rio de Janeiro, take a leisurely cruise on an Amazonian riverboat, then kick back in trendy Trancoso on the Bahia coast.
Argentina is one of the hottest honeymoon spots around and great value for money once you’re there. There’s the party capital of Buenos Aires and the incredible vistas of Patagonia, not to mention cutting-edge hotels.
For lovers of nature and adventure, it’s hard to beat Costa Rica, a delicious combination of rainforest, volcanoes, surf beaches and amazing wildlife. Journey Latin America recommends this Coast and Cloudforest which it says is a big seller amongst honeymooners.
Nearby Guatemala and Belize are astonishingly beautiful and wildly different. The magical lakes, mountain villages and Spanish colonial architecture of Guatemala combine perfectly with the jungle and lazy Caribbean beaches of Belize to make a perfect twin-centre honeymoon. Hotel highlights include the Ka’ana Boutique Resort and Spa and Francis Ford Coppola’s La Lancha Lodge.
If you’re feeling altruistic, why not book a honeymoon with a heart and incorporate some worthy deeds into your romantic escape with Hands Up Holidays such as helping residents paint murals in the slums of Rio.
Honeymoon Destinations in Asia
February is a great month to visit Thailand. The climate is not scorching hot, but the peak season is winding down so hotel rates are low. There’s an incredible choice of to-die-for hotels that will bend over backwards to make your honeymoon the most romantic ever, such as the Sarojin in Khao Lak and the Banyan Tree Phuket. Don’t miss out on the spa treatments, as Thailand is one of the best places in the world for quality pampering.
If you want to give something back, how about a volunteering honeymoon in Thailand? You’ll stay in the best eco-hotels, and enjoy exciting trips such as a luxury rice barge cruise to Ayutthaya while spending a few days helping to renovate an orphanage.
February is the driest month of the year for Vietnam, making it a hot favourite for adventurous couples. Explore a dazzling array of sights and stay at fabulous hotels such as the sleek and sexy La Residence in Hue and the romantic Six Senses Hideaway in Ninh Van Bay. Find out more about Vietnam.
If India has always been on your honeymoon radar, February is a great time to visit. It’s the start of the summer season but temperatures are still pleasant. You could visit Delhi, the Taj Mahal, temples and forts on a 14-day Classic Rajasthan private tour. See more ideas in India.
Alternatively, head south to dreamy Kerala in Southern India for a romantic houseboat experience on the backwaters and plenty of culture in cities such as Cochin with its beautiful boutique hotels and lakeside hideaways. See this collection of private tours of Kerala.
For a beach holiday you could laze on the glorious white sands at Leela Goa. You can even design your own honeymoon in India.
For something off the usual honeymoon trail, treat yourselves to a total rejuvenation at Ananda in the Himalayas, a beautiful spa retreat. This region is at the beginning of its pre-monsoon season, so be prepared for cooler temperatures at night.
Other Long Haul Honeymoons in February
The Indian Ocean islands of the Maldives are a good option in February. There are fabulous resorts to choose from such as the ultra romantic Huvafen Fushi with its underwater spa.
You can save significantly if you book an all-inclusive honeymoon package loaded with romantic extras such as private dinners on the silky white sand. For the Maldives on a budget, try Meeru Island.
For all-out luxury, try NIYAMA Maldives which has 87 studios and pavilions – most with a private pool – spread out across two secluded islands, along with an underwater nightclub and a chance to spend a night at sea with a butler and private chef in a beautifully-restored Maldivian sail boat.
You can also very easily combine the Maldives with a stay in Sri Lanka which is just an hour’s flight away and provides a wonderful contrast: culture followed by lazing on a perfect beach. This twin-centre honeymoon is one of the most popular ways to combine the two destinations.
Going all the way? How about Australia where you’ll find some amazing places to stay including the gorgeous Hayman Island Resort. Or you could explore New Zealand on a romantic self-drive honeymoon. You could be heli-hiking on glaciers, kayaking with dolphins, horse riding through the bush, bathing in natural hot springs – and staying at gorgeous boutique hotels. The most popular choice for honeymoons is this 23-day Grand New Zealand itinerary which costs from just £1,875 pp (excluding flights).
If you are backpackers at heart, Explore, the adventure holiday specialist, has a great selection of honeymoons in destinations such as Uganda, Cambodia and Chile. You can choose to join an escorted group or have your own private tailor-made itinerary designed.
Short Haul Sunshine
There are plenty of short haul getaways in February that will take you to the sun, though you shouldn’t expect scorching temperatures.
Madeira is a wonderful island for honeymooners with its romantic quintas (restored country houses) and dramatic mountain scenery. If you enjoy walking, trekking or even something a bit more hardcore like abseiling, Madeira is a great destination. Find out more about Madeira.
Tenerife is a well-known winter getaway for Brits, but it has a surprisingly chic side, especially in the north, and some fabulous honeymoon hotels where you’ll be spoilt rotten. I love the ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort.
February is also a good month to visit Dubai – you’ll find guaranteed sunshine and it’s only a seven-hour flight from the UK with a great choice of regional departures. Indulge at the stylish Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage, one of the city’s most sophisticated each hotels, which you could combine with a few days of tented luxury at the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa.
In neighbouring Oman, you’ll enjoy a more authentic Arabian experience. Check out the luxurious beachfront Six Senses Zighy Bay but don’t miss the chance to sleep under the stars in the desert and explore remote beaches where turtles lay their eggs.
Other Short Haul Honeymoon Ideas
The great cities of Europe might not be hot, but you can avoid the crowds and get great deals on hotels in February. Head to the great Spanish cities of Andalucía including Seville, Cordoba and Granada, you’ll get warm weather and an authentic experience without the hordes of holidaymakers. More about Andalucia.
Italy is always romantic. You could line up a mini tour of Rome, Florence and Siena or enjoy Venice at its most atmospheric. February is Carnival in Venice, so make sure if you want to go at this time that you book well in advance. Pick of the hotels include the boutique Ca’ Sagrado on the Grand Canal, the four-star Hotel Londra Palace near the Bridge of Sighs and The Danieli, a former palazzo dating back to the 14th century.
Another option is to head north. Explore the snowy wilderness of Iceland for cosy bars, stylish boutique hotels and the chance to share a magical glimpse of the Northern Lights. Check out this romantic Northern Lights Getaway with prices from just £680 per person.
I also recommend The White Circle which can arrange a snowy honeymoon in the ethereal wilderness of the Arctic Circle. At the Luosto Log Cabins in Finland you can have fun on a snowmobile and husky safari before getting cosy before a real fire. The company’s Abisko package in Sweden includes a night at THE ICEHOTEL® as well as three nights in a mountain lodge.
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