Though summer honeymoons tend to be the most popular, it’s actually those chilly post-wedding getaways that really prove to be a wonderful dream come true. Winter away the cold weather blues with your newest lifelong partner by snuggling up in front of a roaring log fire or by taking to the ski slopes. If you’re looking for something warmer, maybe even escape to balmy temperatures and endless sunshine at a more tropical locale. Anything’s possible come holiday time.
What’s more is that not only can couples save loads of money, dodge heavy crowds, and more easily find stellar accommodations, but winter honeymoons actually serve as the perfect way to turn up the heat and the passion in any new marriage. Find winter romance at these seven best honeymoon destinations for the month of January.
Visit These 7 World Destinations For Your Honeymoon This January
1. Swiss Alps
Those who don’t mind the cold weather can honeymoon away in the heart of a winter wonderland. Nothing and nowhere is quite as splendid as Switzerland in December and January, as you can take in the joys of an après ski atmosphere at luxury resorts such as, St. Moritz, Davos, Gstaad, Wengen, Verbier, and the Royal favorite, Klosters, which all offer superb winter scenery and natural Swiss beauty – high peaks, sheer valleys, massive mountains, and cool lakes.
Sporty couples can choose to ski and snowboard to their utter delights, while less active honeymooners can take advantage of the thermal spas, idyllic villages, and lake cruises in the area. And if all fails, just cuddle up close with your new spouse with your feet up by a cozy fire with some glasses of wine or a mug or two of rich hot chocolate. Don’t forget the strawberries and marshmallows. Mhm.
Come January, there’s a buzz in the air and in the weather around the Caribbean region that’s not only reliably warm and dry, but super stellar for any winter getaway. You and your boo can expect an average of nine hours of daily sunshine, along with beaches, culture, and natural beauty that’ll serve as the perfect post-Christmas playground. Try out Barbados and Antiqua-- and paired those up with the likes of St. Lucia, Mustique, St. John, or bigger islands, such as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, or Puerto Rico.
From watersports, wildlife, nightlife, and fantastic food, to world-class resorts and the constant sight of mountainous islands covered in lush rain forests, swaying palm trees, and golden shores, newlyweds will find themselves savoring the beginning of lifelong marital bliss with some of the world’s friendliest people and in some of the most romantic retreats. Those looking for even more luxury and sophistication can also head down to Providenciales (or Provo), which offers honeymooners with the best beaches in the world, as well as coral reefs, rich sea life, legendary water sports, and all the modern convenience you desire. Try staying in Grace Bay and make sure to canoodle in seclusion at gorgeous spots such as Chalk Sound National Park.
It’s got one of the most diverse, unique, and mind-blowing landscapes in the world—easily making it an obvious choice for any honeymoon any time of year, but even more so in January, when the country is in the midst of summer. No other spot in the world can match New Zealand’s ability to deliver a balance of relaxed beach living, luxuriously unique accommodations, and mind-blowing scenery, with award-winning wine, Michelin-worthy dining, exhilarating activities, and super long sunny days that’ll allow couples to road trip easily across the iconic North and South islands.
Find white sand beaches for swimming, picturesque mountains for hiking, stunning glaciers for helicoptering, and crystal fiords for diving, as well as chances to do bungee-jumping and to experience traditional Maori culture. Adventure on, honeymooners!
4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copa… Copa… Copacabana. Yes, folks, the latest host of the 2016 summertime Olympics is truly a magnificent country that can and should be visited any time of the year—but especially so in January, as it’s the perfect spot for couples hoping for a honeymoon adventure that’s chock full of nothing but fun.
Let loose and get your wild on at the world capital of partying in South America this winter, where balmy temperatures of 104ºF stay put even in the months of December and January. Lounge away lazy days every day with a Caipirinha in-hand and make sure to stay in town until February, when newlyweds can enjoy the ultimate post-wedding blow-out during Carnival.
Take a walk on the wild side by going on a safari honeymoon this winter. Honeymoon the cold weather away in spots like the Serengeti in Tanzania or in Zanzibar, Kenya, and maybe even South Africa alongside ubiquitous wildlife, lush green landscapes, and an all-round enjoyable atmosphere that’ll have you and your sweetie pie satisfied until the very end.
Be sure to splash out on a hot air balloon ride over the Ngorongoro Crater to explore vast skies and vast pristine wilderness in the most magical of ways, or to enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles while visiting Tanzania, where it’ll be peak migration season. Expect eight hours of sunshine each day, as well as bush walks and boat trips along the Rufiji River, and beach stays in nearby Zanzibar at the Fumba Beach Lodge, the small and exclusive Kasha Boutique Hotel, or The Residence Zanzibar, which has over sixty pool villas set in eighty acres of lush forest and tropical gardens on a mile of pristine white sand beaches.
6. Lapland Region
Spend the first few weeks of marriage Frozen-style, amidst unique igloo hotels, tree houses over snow fells, and cool cocktail bars made from ice. Couples looking for a winter honeymoon should look no further than the Lapland region of Northern Finland, which offers picture-perfect natural beauty with the chance to also witness the phenomenal Northern Lights. These beauties are visible almost every other clear night from September to March, making January the ideal time of year to take in one of the most beautiful sights on the planet.
What’s more is that you can easily discover spectacular snow adventures by taking on husky tours, reindeer sleigh rides, backcountry skiing, and ice-swimming. There’s even polar night, or Kaamos, which lasts for about a month over December and January—it is a truly unique thing to experience with your significant other. Snuggle up in the dark and get that romance on.
Another classic destination for any winter break, Thailand is another honeymoon favorite. Imagine winter days spent within a plush hotel or inside an island beach hut on the Southside of the island, which is surrounded by rugged cliff sides, the Andaman Sea, and iconic natural scenery in spots like Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi, and Ko Lanta. You’ll also find endless white sand beaches and awesome diving options on Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Pha Ngan. There’s even incredible food and fun nightlife in the grand metropolis of Bangkok, along with awe-inspiring cultural pursuits in the northern regions of the country. The possibilities are utterly endless.
Couples seeking more peace and quiet will definitely find a nice big slice of serenity, privacy, and romance at famed area spas boasting a Thai warmth and graciousness that will make any traveler want to stay. Let’s just say that Thailand proposes one of the most seductive vacation spots in the world and is no doubt a superb honeymoon choice for all.
This article was written by Pamela Chan.