Honeymoon Destinations in January

Where to go on Honeymoon in January 2023

Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expert By Jane Anderson, Editor

A honeymoon in January is an unusual – but clever – move. If you’re thinking about booking your honeymoon in January, congratulations!

It’s clever because there are a lot of deals around. Most people have maxed out their credit cards over Christmas and are hibernating at home.

True, you won’t find hot sunny destinations in Europe, but it’s a great time to visit Mauritius and the Caribbean, and you can also find winter sun closer to home in Madeira or the Canary Islands. Another option is a short “mini moon” followed by a “proper” honeymoon later in the year, perhaps in the Mediterranean.

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Caribbean Honeymoons in January

January is a wonderful month to honeymoon in the Caribbean. There’s a buzz in the air and the weather across the region is reliably hot and dry. Expect temperatures of around 28ºC and an average 9 hours of daily sunshine.

Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados and Jamaica all have direct flights from the UK. Barbados has stylish restaurants, lively bars and fabulous hotels. I like Little Good Harbour, a small chic retreat, and The Atlantis on the quieter, less-developed east coast.

The stunning island of Anguilla covers less than 35 square miles and is lined with pristine platinum-sand beaches. Best places to stay include the Moorish-styled Cap Juluca, the Four Seasons (check out the Rooftop Suites with private pool) and Aurora Resort.

Jamaica has character and style in spades, and there is lots to see and do. Stay at Jamaica Inn, a beautiful small hotel with a low-key friendly vibe and outstanding food.

In St Lucia you can go zip-wiring in the rainforest and visit a walk-in volcano. Stay at the spectacular Anse Chastanet.

January is still high-season in the Caribbean, but there are ways of cutting costs. You could go all-inclusive at a less expensive destination such as the Dominican Republic – it is rich in beaches, culture and natural beauty. See a selection of the best honeymoon hotels in the Dominican Republic.

If you want to blow the budget, Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island sets the bar very high. If you’re looking for all-inclusive treats, head to Sandals where the water sports, golf, gym classes and gourmet dining are all in the price.

One way to beat the crowds in high season is to take a romantic cruise on a tall sailing ship with the upmarket Star Clippers. Its Caribbean cruises get to the small ports that big ships cannot reach. Casting off at sunset with the giant sails flapping overhead is a special experience.

Europe, North Africa, Middle East

Tenerife is the best mid-price option if you want more-or-less guaranteed sunshine (though don’t expect tropical heat: more like 20ºC and 6 hours of daily sunshine). Flying is easy and cheap and best places to stay include the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque and the The Ritz-Carlton Abama.

Morocco is only three hours’ flying time from the UK, and you can expect sunny days and cool evenings: 18ºC in Marrakech with 7 hours of sun. If you’re splashing out, stay at Sir Richard Branson’s stylish Kasbah Tamadot. If you’re on a budget, this seven-night honeymoon includes stays at a riad in Marrakech, a luxury desert camp and a kasbah in the Atlas Mountains – plus a hot air balloon flight.

It’s a five-hour flight to Egypt where Cairo promises 19ºC and 7 hours of sunshine. You could start with a few days exploring the sights of Cairo including a visit to the pyramids at sunset. Follow that with a luxury cruise on the Nile.

Head to Dubai and you only need to fly 6 hours from the UK for nailed-down bikini weather: 24ºC and 8 hours of daily sunshine in January. There’s a huge selection of hotels although I recommend the One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court which is intimate, stylish and has impressive facilities.

And if you’re not a sun seeker? What is more romantic than sharing a view of the Northern Lights? Go to Iceland in January and you’ll have a very good chance. Stay a couple of days in the capital Reykjavik before heading to the Hotel Ranga on the banks of a salmon river, surrounded by glaciers and mountains. After dark, soak up a breathtaking view of the night sky while reclining in the hotel’s own outdoor geothermal hot tubs.

I love The Aurora Zone which has a tempting selection of winter honeymoons in the Arctic Circle. You can stay in a hotel carved from ice and snow or a glass igloo where you can gaze up at the Northern Lights from the warmth of your bed, or stay in a unique Treehotel in Sweden.

Africa Honeymoons in January

January is a perfect time to visit Tanzania as this is peak migration season (32ºC and 8 hours of sunshine). At Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp you’ll enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles and bush walks, encountering rhino, elephant and big cats. You can combine this with a stay on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. See more about this safari and beach combo.

A safari in Kenya is another hot favourite for January, offering excellent game viewing and some of the world’s most romantic lodges. You can easily twin this safari with some luxury beach time on Zanzibar. One of the most popular trips for honeymooners is this 10-night Safari and Beach combination featuring the beautiful Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp and small and exclusive Breezes Beach Club. Expect 32ºC and 9 hours of sun on the coast.

January means mid summer in South Africa which is at its driest, warmest and most popular so book early, especially if you want to spend time in cosmopolitan Cape Town (25ºC, 11 hours of sun). Regional flights make it easy to combine South Africa with Mauritius or the Seychelles.

The best safari lodges include South Africa’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve and Kenya’s Mahali Mzuri. Either can be combined with a stay at Mont Rochelle in South Africa’s Winelands. All three properties are owned by Sir Richard Branson.

It’s “green” season in Botswana which means occasional rain showers, but also lower prices, fewer tourists, lush greenery and the chance to see newborn animals. The Okavango Delta will be particularly beautiful. See my pick of the best safari honeymoon lodges in Africa.

Asia Honeymoons in January

January is one of the best months for a honeymoon in Asia. Vietnam is a great choice, particularly now there are direct flights from the UK. You can enjoy this two-week Culture & Coast private tour, taking in the big-hitting tourist sites. You could also combine Cambodia and Vietnam or stay at the luxury barefoot Six Senses Hideaway. Expect 31ºC in the south and 20ºC in the north of Vietnam.

Among the less obvious choices in Southeast Asia is the Philippines – an incredibly beautiful country of paradise islands and natural wonders with friendly English-speaking people. One day you could be walking up one of the world’s smallest volcanoes, another you could be swimming with turtles in a marine reserve. Expect 30ºC temperatures and 7 hours of sun.

If you’ve got your heart set on Bali, January is a lovely month to visit (30ºC, 8 hours of sun) but be prepared for a few rain showers. This gentle island won’t disappoint with its welcoming people, rich culture, fabulous food and ultra romantic hotels. Best places to stay include the Puri Ganesha, a laid-back luxury hideaway in the north of the island, and the great-value Gajah Mina Beach Resort on a surf beach in the south-west. See this selection of hotels in Bali and the latest special offers.

The Maldives has its dry season in January (30ºC, 9 hours of sun) and resorts are falling over themselves to be the most romantic in the world with overwater villas, underwater spas and even 24-hour spas. If you’re on a budget, there are some all-inclusive options which mean you don’t have to worry about the final bill at checkout.

NIYAMA Maldives is a sexy blow-the-budget resort. It offers pavilions with private pool plus an underwater nightclub and the chance to spend a night at sea in a luxuriously-fitted traditional sail boat, complete with your own personal chef and butler. I also love the ultra-luxe Huvafen Fushi.

You can very easily combine the Maldives with a week in Sri Lanka on this fabulous twin-centre honeymoon as the two destinations are just an hour’s flight apart. You can get married in Sri Lanka (but not in the Maldives as it’s a Muslim country).

India is all about culture, adventure and fabulous food and in January honeymooners should head to the beaches of Goa for 28ºC temperatures and 9 hours of sun. See more honeymoon ideas in Asia.

Other Long Haul Destinations

Possibly the best long-haul honeymoon destination that you’ve not yet considered is the Cape Verde islands. This Atlantic archipelago offers year-round sunshine (24ºC in January), superb beaches, dramatic landscapes and fascinating culture – a mix of Africa, Brazil and Portugal. And it’s a six-hour direct flight from the UK. See the latest special offers.

If you’ve always hankered after a honeymoon on the other side of the world, now’s one of the best times of year to visit Australia. Popular spots for honeymooners include Longitude 131º overlooking Uluru, Paperbark Camp on Jervis Bay and Harbour Rocks in Sydney.

For beach lovers, you can’t get much more remote than the South Pacific where the paradise islands of Tahiti (26ºC, 7 hours of sun) and The Cook Islands await. Best places to stay include Te Manava Luxury Villas and Le Taha’a.

Costa Rica (30ºC, 7 hours of sun) is a dazzling destination offering luxury eco-hotels, wildlife and adventure, from active volcanoes and rainforest adventures to pristine beaches set in national parks. This 12-day Costa Rica private tour is ideal.

Chile is packed with natural wonders, from the vast colourful moonscapes of the Atacama Desert to the immense glaciers and lakes of Southern Patagonia. Best time to visit is November to March. You could also discover the wonders of Patagonia in neighbouring Argentina.

January is a perfect month to explore Brazil – you’ll miss Carnival but it’s warm and sunny enough to hit the beach and Rio de Janeiro (31ºC, 7 hours of sun) is one city with a year-round buzz. South America specialists Dehouche can tailor-make honeymoons to cover more of the country from the Iguacu Falls to Brazil’s famously chic beach destinations. Fernando de Noronha in one of the most luxurious white sand retreats.

> Visit our homepage for my full choice of 101 honeymoons or try my fun quiz to find the right destination for you. Also see our sister site 101 Holidays for more ideas of where to go in January, and where is hot in January.

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Last updated: 10 June 2022

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