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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. Also see my tips for the best honeymoon destinations at Christmas.

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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.

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Winter Sun Honeymoons

If you don’t want to travel too far, Tenerife and Dubai 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.

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.

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 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.

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 and the cost of a Caribbean honeymoon.

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.

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 12-night Classic Madagascar 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.

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.

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Adventure Honeymoons in Winter

Certain regions of Africa are superb in the Northern Hemisphere winter. 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 winter 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.

If you want somewhere classy but understated, consider Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle in South Africa’s Winelands, also a great venue for a wedding. It’s easy to combine South Africa with either Mauritius or the Seychelles.

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.

Winter is the best time to visit most of Central and South America. You could combine culture and nature by pairing up Ecuador & the Galapagos, live it up in Argentina or explore the wildly contrasting landscapes of Chile (check out this amazing Volcanoes, Glaciers & Deserts private tour).

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.

But of course, for an epic winter sun honeymoon escaping the cold weather of the UK, you can’t beat Australia. This Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive is a popular choice and includes whale-watching, wine-tasting, beaches, national parks and penguins, kangaroos and koala bears.

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: 21 June 2018

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