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Honeymoon Destinations in February

Where to go on Honeymoon in February 2020

Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expertBy Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

By the time February rolls around, most people are ready for some sunshine. The best destinations for honeymooners include the Caribbean, Asia, the Indian Ocean and parts of North and South America – but you can still find good weather close to Europe.

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 deals on late winter sun.

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Caribbean Honeymoons in February 2020

It’s peak season across the Caribbean with perfect temperatures (around 28°C), an average nine hours of daily sunshine and cooling sea breezes. 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 small friendly East Winds which has just 30 suites and all-inclusive fine dining.

Barbados offers direct flights, buzzing nightlife and sophisticated restaurants. Check out Little Good Harbour on the less-busy east coast.

Another tempting honeymoon destination for beach lovers and foodies is the unspoilt coral island of Anguilla which is a wonderful place to kick back, swim and sunbathe, try a couple of spa treatments and dine at great restaurants. Best places to stay on Anguilla include Cap Juluca, the Four Seasons (I love their 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, then rent a car for a few days to explore waterfalls, colonial estates, mountains and fishing villages. Or a lesser known option is unspoilt St Kitts where you can go zip-wiring in the rainforest, visit former sugar plantations and ride on a scenic railway. Stay at Ottley’s Plantation Inn or the stylish Belle Mont Farm.

The Dominican Republic is also very competitive on price compared with elsewhere in the region, especially if you go all-inclusive.

For more inspiration, see this gorgeous collection of the best small hotels and resorts in the Caribbean.

Struggling to pick a Caribbean island? Then a Caribbean cruise is the solution, especially aboard one of the romantic tall ships from Star Clippers. As well as the classic routes through the Leeward and Windward Islands, you could choose a cruise around the evocatively named Treasure Islands, including St Kitts, St Barts, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.

The Americas

How about getting behind the wheel for a luxury road trip across America? The specialist tour operator Exsus Travel offers some really stylish touches. Their most popular route for honeymooners is a classic California Highlights Trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles over 10 nights. For something a touch more adventurous, how about a self-drive tour of Las Vegas and Southern California including a stay in Palm Springs.

Florida is the perfect size for a fly-drive honeymoon. You could stay a few days on Miami’s glamorous South Beach before driving south to the Keys. Stylish hideaways include the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island on the Gulf Coast and Cheeca Lodge on Islamorada.

It’s summer in South America and if you’ve always wanted to sample this fascinating continent, an extended honeymoon could be the ideal 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. If you time it right, you can enjoy the Rio Carnival in February too.

Argentina is one of this year’s hottest honeymoon destinations 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.

Chile is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting destinations on Earth from the lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert – there are places where it has never rained – to the mysterious beauty of Easter Island. This Classic Chile honeymoon hits the highlights of the mainland, or experience a different side of the country on this intriguing Lakes & Fjords trip.

For lovers of nature and adventure, it’s hard to beat Costa Rica, a delicious combination of rainforest, volcanoes, surf beaches and amazing wildlife. This two-week Costa Rica in Style trip includes stays at luxury hotels and lodges. If you want to keep the spending down, try this 12-day Costa Rica Highlights private tour.

Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

February is the driest month of the year in Vietnam, making it a favourite destination for adventurous couples. This two-week private honeymoon, Vietnam in Style features Hanoi, a cruise in Halong Bay, Hoi An, the buzzing city of Saigon and the superb beaches of Con Dao.

If you’ve been to Vietnam and got the T-shirt, how about the less visited Philippines – an archipelago of almost absurdly beautiful islands and beaches and natural wonders.

If India has always been on your radar, February is a great time for a honeymoon. It’s the start of the summer season but temperatures are still pleasant. Check out these honeymoons in Goa (28ºC and 10 hours of sun).

And in nearby Sri Lanka it’s the best time of year for blue whale watching. Whet your appetite by taking a look at these stunning lesser-known hotels: Ulagalla ResortChena Huts and Sisindu C.

Other Long Haul Honeymoons in February

The Indian Ocean islands of the Maldives are a good option in February (32ºC and 10 hours of daily sunshine). There are fabulous resorts to choose from such as the ultra-romantic Huvafen Fushi which has an 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, you could also try Meeru Island.

For all-out luxury, take a look at NIYAMA Maldives which has 87 studios and pavilions – most with 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 very easily combine the Maldives with a stay in Sri Lanka too which is just an hour’s flight away and provides a wonderful contrast: a heady dose of culture followed by lazing on a perfect beach. This twin-centre honeymoon is one of the most popular ways to combine the two destinations.

You can combine India and the Maldives on a two-week honeymoon as well. A private guide and driver will meet you in Delhi and you’ll visit the Taj Mahal, take an elephant ride to the Amber Fort in Jaipur and see temples and palaces in Udaipur. It’s then a five-hour flight to the Maldives where you’ll stay at the all-inclusive Cinnamon Dhonveli resort. More details.

You could even combine Sri Lanka, Maldives and Dubai on an exciting three-centre honeymoon that works out at great value.

Going all the way? How about Australia where you’ll find some amazing places to stay including Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, and Longitude 131º overlooking Uluru.

See more of the sights Down Under from the windows of a train as part of a two-week itinerary travelling from Adelaide to Darwin’s beaches, through the Outback, the Barossa Valley vineyards and Uluru, including a trip on board The Ghan.

Or explore New Zealand on a self-drive honeymoon. That’s assuming you prefer the idea of heli-hiking on glaciers, kayaking with dolphins and horse riding through the bush to lying on a beach for two weeks. There’s luxury too, with stays at gorgeous boutique hotels. The most popular choice for honeymoons is this 23-day Grand New Zealand itinerary.

How about wearing flowers in your hair in an idyllic South Pacific paradise – Tahiti (formerly known as French Polynesia) and The Cook Islands await. Most popular places to stay for honeymooners include Te Manava Luxury Villas and Le Taha’a.

Fancy a safari? Kenya avoids the worst of the heavy rains falling on Africa this month – you’ll see newborn animals and a good chance of big cats hunting, along with luxurious camps like Mahali Mzuri to stay in along the way or the elegant colonial Cottar’s 1920s camp with its vintage game drive vehicles.

If you fancy safari and beach, combine it with nearby Zanzibar on a Kenya & Zanzibar Honeymoon, while Tanzania and Zanzibar is another safari and beach combination to consider; the tempting white sands by Baraza Resort are hard to beat.

Tanzania itself is an ideal destination for a February safari honeymoon too. Try the classic Classic Northern Tanzania route including a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, while the Serengeti is an essential part of any itinerary. Discover it with bonus butler service at  Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp, or Sanctuary Kusini.

Further south, South Africa is another great bet for February, particularly at the Cape and along the Garden Route. Choose this Luxury Cape and Coast honeymoon or team Cape Town with the Cape winelands plus safari too on a Ultimate Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger escape.

Gorgeous Mont Rochelle hotel is in Franschoek in the heart of the winelands and you could also combine this indulgent spot with an equally indulgent South African safari on a Winelands and Wildlife honeymoon, staying at Ulusaba – the treehouse suite at its Safari Lodge is particularly special.

Botswana is home to Africa’s most romantic camps and it’s the “green season” so, although there’s a risk of rain showers here, you can expect fewer tourists, lower prices, brilliant colours and plenty of newborn animals. You’ll want to combine the Okavango Delta with Chobe National Park.

Europe, Africa and Middle East Sunshine

There are plenty of February getaways that are just three or fours hours’ flight from the UK to 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 and even abseiling, Madeira is a great destination. Expect 17ºC and six hours of daily sunshine. Find out more about Madeira.

It’s only a four-hour flight to Tenerife with departures from regional airports across the UK. Spend the money you save on a fabulous hotel such as the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque or The Ritz-Carlton Abama. The island is packed with things to do including year-round whale and dolphin watching.

Further south and just a slightly longer flight, Sal and Boa Vista in the Cape Verde islands get their share of African sunshine on the beach this month too. The five-star Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort is the island’s most luxurious place to stay or if you’re looking to get away from it all, Spinguera Eco Lodge on Boa Vista has just 12 cottage-style rooms.

If you want something a bit more exotic, head to Egypt. Begin with a tour of the Pyramids in Cairo (23ºC and 8 hours of sun) followed by a relaxing Nile cruise.

Closer to home, Morocco has an impressive choice of beautiful hotels for honeymooners from converted riads in Marrakech to glamorous desert camps, although expect chilly evenings in the Sahara this month – and not forgetting Sir Richard Branson’s sumptuous Kasbah Tamadot. See a full range of honeymoons in Morocco.

February is also a good month to visit Dubai – you’ll find guaranteed fine weather (26ºC and 8 hours of sun) and it’s only a six-hour flight from the UK with a choice of regional departures. Indulge at the stylish One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court, one of the emirate’s most sophisticated hotels, or the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm, which has a private cinema, spectacular spa and huge oceanfront infinity pool.

Other European Honeymoon Ideas

The great cities of Europe might not be hot in February, but you can get fantastic deals on hotels. Head to the Spanish cities of Andalucía including Seville, Cordoba and Granada, where you’ll find warmer weather than the UK and an authentic experience without the summer crowds. See more ideas in Andalucia.

Paris is romantic at any time of year. Travel by First Class Eurostar, stay in a luxury boutique hotel such as the five-star Lancaster or the charming Relais Christine on the Left Bank, and enjoy the city free of tourists.

And Italy is always romantic too. 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 (8-25 February in 2020).

The best hotels for honeymooners 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. Make your arrival even more memorable by travelling on the Orient-Express too.

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. I recommend staying at the lovely Hotel Ranga on the banks of a salmon river overlooked by glaciers and mountains. After dark, you can sit out in geothermal hot tubs, watching the light show overhead.

I also recommend Artisan Travel which can arrange a snowy honeymoon in the ethereal wilderness of the Arctic Circle. You could sleep in a glass igloo and gaze up from the warmth of your bed to view the Northern Lights, or try a husky safari and snowmobile ride on a thrilling adventure honeymoon in Finnish Lapland.

Last updated: 16 September 2019

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