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    Honeymoon Destinations in February

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    Where to go on Honeymoon in February

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

    By the time February rolls around, most people are tired of winter. Honeymooning couples will want to escape the chill and find some sunshine. The best destinations include 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 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

    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.

    Barbados offers direct flights, buzzing nightlife and sophisticated restaurants. Check out Little Good Harbour and the beautiful Atlantis Hotel on the less-busy east coast. Sandals Barbados is the island’s only adults-only all-inclusive. See their latest offers.

    Another great 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 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, and rent a car for a few days to explore waterfalls, colonial estates, mountains and fishing villages. 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.

    Grenada is a small charming island and it’s worth considering the all-inclusive Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa set on a stunning beach.

    One of the best-value Caribbean destinations is Mexico where I recommend the new Hard Rock Hotels. If you like total relaxation by day and partying at night, head to Playa del Carmen and the adults-only Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Heaven, or the nearby Hard Rock Hotel Cancún.

    The Dominican Republic is also very competitive on price compared with elsewhere in the region, especially if you go all-inclusive. Again, the Hard Rock is a great choice here. The Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana offers live music and parties, 9 restaurants, 15 bars, 12 swimming pools and a casino.

    Cuba is another exciting honeymoon destination that offers more than beaches. I recommend two five-star adult-only resorts: the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria is set on its own private island, while Paradisus Rio del Oro is in tropical gardens on 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 salsa clubs.

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

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    The Americas

    How about getting behind the wheel for a luxury road trip across America? The most popular route for honeymooners is a classic California Highlights Trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles over 10 nights. Alternatively, you could discover America’s greatest National Parks on this stunning Grand Canyon and the Rockies itinerary. I also love American Sky’s range of California honeymoons which includes some budget options.

    For maximum glamour and romance, head to Hawaii. You can go island-hopping, get married, or combine it with Las Vegas or San Francisco. If you want to dip your toes into the surf culture, stay at the classic Moana Surfrider a Westin Resort on Waikiki Beach.

    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 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. If you time it right, you can enjoy the Rio Carnival in early 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 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. See both on this Giants of Chile honeymoon, or try this Country of Contrasts tour.

    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 self-drive tour hits all the main attractions, or you could combine it with Nicaragua. If funds are tight, this 11-night Value Costa Rica tour is a real bargain starting at just £1,414 per person excluding flights.

    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.


    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 (33ºC and 10 hours of daily sunshine). Don’t miss out on the spa treatments, as Thailand is one of the best places in the world for quality pampering.

    February is the driest month of the year in Vietnam, making it a favourite destination for adventurous couples. This two-week Culture & Coast private tour is popular with honeymooners, visiting Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay.

    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. You could visit Delhi (25ºC and 9 hours of daily sun), the Taj Mahal, temples and forts on a 14-day Classic Rajasthan private tour. You can even design your own honeymoon in India.

    In Sri Lanka it’s the best time of year for blue whale watching. This 15-day itinerary, Sri Lanka Uncovered, is one of the most popular private tours for honeymooners.

    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.

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    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, 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 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.

    And you can now combine India and the Maldives on a two-week honeymoon. 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.

    Other great two-centre honeymoons at this time of year include Oman and the Maldives and the Maldives and Abu Dhabi.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    Closer to home, Morocco has a great choice of beautiful hotels for honeymooners including Sir Richard Branson’s sumptuous Kasbah Tamadot.

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    Other Short Haul Honeymoon Ideas

    The great cities of Europe might not be hot in February, but you can get great deals on hotels. Head to the great Spanish cities of Andalucía including Seville, Cordoba and Granada, where you’ll find warm weather 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.

    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 (3-13 February in 2018; 23 February – 5 March in 2019). 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.

    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: 19 December 2017

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