Honeymoon Destinations in February

Where to go on honeymoon in February 2023

Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expert By Jane Anderson, Editor

February is a smart time to travel with relatively low prices. The best long-haul honeymoon destinations include the Caribbean and Mauritius, but you can also find good weather in the Canary Islands and Madeira  and in Morocco, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Caribbean Honeymoons in February 2023

It’s peak season in the Caribbean in February with perfect temperatures (around 28°C), an average nine hours of daily sunshine and cooling sea breezes. Barbados offers direct flights, buzzing nightlife and sophisticated restaurants. Check out Little Good Harbour on the less-busy east coast.

If you’re looking for some glitz and plenty of activities on site, head to one of the couples-only all-inclusive Sandals Resorts. They boast superb locations and they are specialists in creating romantic honeymoon experiences.

If you love deserted beaches and fine dining, head to the unspoilt coral island of Anguilla which is a wonderful place to kick back, swim and sunbathe. Stay at Cap Juluca, or the Four Seasons (I love their rooftop suites with private pools) or Aurora Resort.

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.

If you want somewhere with more than just beaches, try Jamaica. Stay at Jamaica Inn, a small stylish beach hotel, then rent a car for a few days to explore waterfalls, colonial estates, mountains and fishing villages.

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. You could choose a cruise around the evocatively named Treasure Islands, including St Kitts, St Barts, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.

Europe, Africa and Middle East Sunshine

There are plenty of February getaways that are around fours hours’ flying time from the UK to take you to the sun, though you shouldn’t expect scorching temperatures.

Madeira (18ºC, 6 hours of sun) 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.

It’s only a four-hour flight to Tenerife (18ºC, 7 hours of sun) with departures from regional airports across the UK. Spend the money you save on flights 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 whale and dolphin watching.

February is 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.

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.

Fly a little further and you reach, Sal and Boa Vista in the Cape Verde islands. The five-star Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort is the island’s most luxurious place to stay while Spinguera Eco Lodge has just 12 cottage-style rooms.

Or head to Egypt. Begin with a tour of the Pyramids in Cairo (23ºC and 8 hours of sun) followed by a relaxing Nile cruise.

Indian Ocean

The Maldives have emerged from the pandemic as one of the world’s most desirable destinations. The Indian Ocean islands are a good bet in February (32ºC and 10 hours of daily sun) and there are fabulous resorts to choose from such as the ultra-romantic Huvafen Fushi with its underwater spa.

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.

It’s only a 90-minute flight from the Maldives to Sri Lanka: this twin-centre honeymoon is one of the most popular ways to combine the two destinations.

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

Africa in February

Do you dream of 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 and the elegant 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. Try the Classic Northern Tanzania route including a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, while the Serengeti is an essential part of any itinerary. Enjoy butler service at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp.

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 Winelands on a Ultimate Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger escape.

Gorgeous Mont Rochelle is in Franschoek in the heart of the Winelands. You can also get married at this luxury boutique hotel or combine it with an equally indulgent safari on a Winelands and Wildlife honeymoon, staying at Ulusaba.

Botswana is home to Africa’s most romantic camps and it’s the “green season” so, although there’s a risk of rain showers, 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.

The Americas

Get behind the wheel for a luxury road trip across America. How about a self-drive tour of Las Vegas and Southern California including a stay in Palm Springs?

It’s summer in South America. Head to Brazil where you can see the sights of Rio de Janeiro (31ºC, 7 hours of sun), take a cruise on an Amazonian riverboat, then kick back in trendy Trancoso on the Bahia coast. If you time it right, you can experience the Rio Carnival in February.

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 (29ºC, 9 hours of sun) 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 (32ºC, 8 hours of sun), a delicious combination of rainforest, volcanoes, surf beaches and amazing wildlife. Try this two-week Costa Rica in Style trip. If you want to keep costs 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 (33ºC, 7 hours of sun) 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, 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. Expect 32ºC and 9 hours of sun in the capital Colombo.

Australia and the South Pacific

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.

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

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 warm weather and no 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 three-star Balzac or the charming Relais Christine on the Left Bank, and enjoy the city free of tourists.

Italy never fails to charm. You could line up a mini tour of Venice, Florence and Rome 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 (11 – 21 February in 2022).

The best Venice hotels for honeymooners include 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.

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 The Aurora Zone 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.

> Visit our sister site 101 Holidays to find where’s hot in February and where’s hot in Europe along with more expert recommendations for February.

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Last updated: 23 June 2022

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