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When it comes to planning the perfect honeymoon, the winter months are often overlooked by British newlyweds. However, with a little research – and help from a specialist travel company like Away Holidays – it soon becomes clear that winter can be the ideal time of year to get away on your first trip as a married couple.

With this in mind, in this guide we highlight some of the best destinations you may want to consider for a December-through-February honeymoon. From Southern Hemisphere gems like Australia and South Africa to luxurious locales like Dubai, below we delve into some exceptional locations, all of which offer truly unique, yet equally magical, ways to celebrate a new marriage during this time of year.

Best honeymoon destinations in December

Traditionally the most festive month of the year, December can be a fantastic time for a winter wedding. However, while a ceremony with a Christmas backdrop can certainly be idyllic, newlyweds can be forgiven for wanting to escape the cold and typically wet British weather that is likely to accompany their big day when it comes to the subsequent honeymoon. For this reason, if you’re looking for a warm-weather, post-wedding getaway, you’ll likely need to search beyond Europe.

One destination that ticks all the boxes for a December honeymoon is the Caribbean. Whether you are looking to spend a romantic Christmas on the white sand beaches of Barbados or enjoy a more active getaway exploring the rainforests and waterfalls of St Lucia, there is a warm-weather honeymoon for every couple in this stunning part of the world.

The Maldives is another destination that dazzles in December. With its crystal-clear waters and world-renowned overwater bungalows, this tropical paradise is the perfect place to escape the cold climates and fast-paced way of life common in Northern Europe at this time of year.

Finally, if you don’t mind long-haul flights, a trip to Australia could represent your perfect honeymoon. While the UK is stuck in the depths of winter during December, it’s summer in the southern hemisphere, meaning it’s hot, hot, hot Down Under. Whether you want to explore some of the world’s most stunning beaches, take in city culture in Sydney and Melbourne, or head to the Great Barrier Reef for the diving experience of a lifetime, there is something for every newlywed in this fantastic country.

Best honeymoon destinations in January

January represents a time of new beginnings, making it a very appropriate month to get hitched. However, January in the UK is also a dark and chilly time of the year that will have many newlyweds dreaming of more tropical climes. Luckily, if you’re willing to look outside of Europe, there are plenty of destinations made for January honeymooners.

If you are searching for a January honeymoon that combines warm weather with unrivalled culture, look no further than Thailand. From exploring Bangkok with its historic temples and bustling markets to venturing into the tranquil countryside and postcard-perfect coastlines, Thailand can provide a diverse and immersive experience. This winter getaway destination is also made for foodies. If you and your partner love trying new culinary delights, this Asian paradise will not disappoint. 

If decadence and luxury is more what you are looking for in a honeymoon destination, January is an excellent time to visit Dubai. Its warm January weather provides the perfect backdrop for couples to not only escape the cold, but also enjoy some of the world’s most opulent resorts and most extravagant dining experiences – ideal for honeymooners.

Best honeymoon destinations in February

Usually the coldest month of the year in the UK, newlyweds looking for a warm-weather getaway have no choice but to travel abroad in February. Fortunately, there are a range of stunning destinations across the globe that fit the bill.

If you are looking for an exotic location that allows for relaxation and exploration in equal measure, Sri Lanka is the destination for you. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, this island nation boasts stunning beaches and beautiful cities. Whether you want to spend your honeymoon chilling on the golden shores of Mirissa or taking in the culture in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka caters for all tastes.

If going on safari is on your bucket list, why not think about a South African honeymoon? Although it’s the wet season, a February safari in the Kruger National Park can be spectacular. However, South Africa offers so much more than safaris. Once you have ticked off the ‘big five’ and taken in the awe-inspiring natural landscape, why not spend some time in the nation’s iconic cities? From Cape Town with its famous Table Mountain and stunning coastal scenery to Durban with its cultural diversity and culinary delights, South Africa offers an exhilarating blend of wildlife, culture and vibrant citylife.

Finally, Vietnam is another fantastic option for a February honeymoon – especially if you and your partner like a travelling getaway. During this time of year, conditions are at their best, with dry, bright weather common across the country. This makes moving from city to city as easy as it is cheap. From the bustling streets of Hanoi, with its rich history and world famous street food, to the karsts of Halong Bay and golden sand beaches of Hoi An, there is so much for honeymooners to do in this welcoming nation. 

If you are planning a winter honeymoon and would like help booking your getaway, get in touch with our team here at Away Holidays today.

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