Summer weddings have their appeal, but the array of honeymoon destinations for winter may make you want to postpone your post-wedding getaway until the chill begins to set in. Not only will you have some romantic travel plans to look forward to, when the summer months have drawn to a close, but you will also have the cream of the honeymoon crop to choose from.
Read on to discover the best luxury winter honeymoon destinations, from the beaches of the Caribbean and Thailand, to the finest multi-centre options.
Tropics of Love
The Caribbean has long been one of the best winter honeymoon destinations. Not only is the weather spot-on for those seeking a romantic celebration, but the setting is everything your heart could desire; the swaying palms, the powdery sands and cocktails sipped as the sun sets on a balmy evening are all components of the perfect honeymoon.
Jumby Bay Island on Antigua is one of the Caribbean’s most picture-perfect winter honeymoon locations. The cosy and colourful suites feature an outdoor bath and shower, lit by lanterns, in a tranquil private courtyard, while out on the beach, you can find a shady hammock to lounge in, before snorkelling in the crystal waters. Alternatively, Hermitage Bay offers wonderfully private suites nestled in the foliage of the hillside, complete with their own pools, from which you can soak in the sea views together.
St Lucia is another of the best honeymoon destinations for winter. The striking Pitons mountains make a stunning backdrop for a day in paradise, where pristine rainforests and beachfronts make for ample romantic strolls. Stay at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa to enjoy peace and quiet in an adults-only setting.
If you’d rather experience the magic of Mexico on your winter honeymoon, it’s the perfect time to go. Its colourful culture and flavoursome cuisine make for a dreamy honeymoon, and Viceroy, Riviera Maya is a match made in heaven. At this adults-only sanctuary, set along the Caribbean Sea, spend days lazing on the beachside and enjoying tropical cocktails, before a private candle-lit beach dinner under the stars rounds your honeymoon off exquisitely.
Thailand is one the most popular winter honeymoon locations. Known for its stunning beaches, peaceful culture and superb spas, the lush landscape of the ‘land of smiles’ will spark honeymoon envy from newlyweds across the world.
The award-winning boutique resort, The Sarojin, will leave you star-struck in Thailand. The Romance Manager and Imagineering Team can pull out all the stops to create unique memorable moments. Private dinners are an art form here, and can be set up in a cradle of candlelight by the jungle waterfall or out on the beach under the palm leaves. In fact, every night here has the promise to be special, whether you are watching a film at the outdoor cinema under the night sky, sharing a Champagne sunset or simply relaxing in your suite with a romantic turndown.
Basking in summer sun while we endure the cold in the UK, Australia is one of the hottest honeymoon destinations for winter. Having always drawn in adventurous types looking to spread their wings, a honeymoon to Australia can incorporate anything you want; city, diving, wildlife, a secluded lodge…
In New South Wales, Sydney is the first stop for many, though there is also the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains for outdoors types – Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley sits within its own 4,000-acre wildlife reserve, where your luxurious lodge is your gateway to this stunning terrain. Up in Queensland, diving enthusiasts shouldn’t pass up the chance to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Qualia, Great Barrier Reef is perfect for honeymoons; its adults-only policy promises peace and quiet, while romantic experiences include Champagne and oyster-tasting or a sunset cruise aboard the luxury charter cruise.
If you want to make the most of two winter honeymoon locations, a twin-centre option is for you. The Maldives is a champion destination when it comes to romance, and luckily for those looking for winter honeymoon ideas, the best time to visit is between November and April. Pair it with a stay in Dubai and enjoy the playground of the city, before heading to your Maldivian retreat to be pampered. Our Heavenly Combination with Jumeirah is ideal for winter honeymooners.
Alternatively, consider combining Sri Lanka and the Maldives. From the lush and diverse landscape of Sri Lanka, where you can meet rare and wonderful wildlife, take authentic cooking classes and visit sweeping tea plantations, continue to Huvafen Fushi, the super-stylish adults-only Maldivian resort with a difference.
South Africa is also a great option. One of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town offers a flourishing restaurant and arts scene nestled between the iconic Table Mountain and beautiful Camps Bay. Our Romance in the Rainbow Nation journey will take you on a captivating tour from Cape Town to the Winelands and North West Province for a safari. South Africa is also well-paired with Mauritius, where you can wind down on tranquil sands – the best time to visit Mauritius is before February, which is when the cyclone season starts.
Some Like it Cold…
If you have visions in mind of cosying up while the snow falls outside, the world of ski offers plenty of romantic honeymoon destinations away from the beach. Aspen, in Colorado, is one of the United States’ prime ski resorts, offering a great après ski scene with plenty of music, bars and nightclubs. The Little Nell sits in the heart of the glamour, boasting fantastic food and a lively atmosphere. Viceroy Snowmass, meanwhile, is a beautifully sleek Aspen hideaway boasting a sumptuous spa where indulgent treatments make a much-needed honeymoon treat.
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