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Today we are talking honeymoons and what better time to be thinking about jetting off to a warmer climate than when the weather is as as cold and rubbish as it is at the moment! With an increase in the number of couples opting for a winter wedding, to add a touch of fairytale magic to their nuptial, the issue arises of where to find some sun, romance and relaxation following their special, but often chilly, big day.
It may be grey and gloomy in the UK, but if you’re willing to get on a plane there are many places where it’s summer and the beach is awaiting. Here are a selection of dreamy locations to unwind after your perfect wedding.
Brazil’s second-largest city may not immediately come to mind when thinking about romantic honeymoon spots, but Rio de Janeiro offers something to suit everybody’s tastes. From horseback riding, to the 1920s glamour of Copacabana Palace, to hot beaches and the idyllic island retreat of Ilha Grande just a few kilometres away, this vibrant and exciting destination has so much to offer. Parque das Ruinas, or “Ruins Park,” offers visitors a romantic stroll atop a hill with panoramic views of all that the city has to offer. Rio’s longest beach, Barra da Tijuca, is an 11 mile stretch which offers many secluded spots to spend the day. Or, if you fancy a beach with a spectacular backdrop, Botafogo Beach is set in the shade of Corrovado Mountain and the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. For more travel information click here.
If all you desire is total relaxation on beautiful sandy beaches, then Barbados might be a better option. This coral island is sunny and warm all year round, with average temperatures reaching 23 -29º C during the day, dropping slightly at night.
One of the top honeymoon destinations for Brits, this Caribbean island is just 21 miles long and framed by an expanse of white tropical sand. Crane Beach was voted one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world by television series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Read more about the beauty of Barbados’ beaches here.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Barbados’ capital city of Bridgetown; the area provides access to diving and snorkeling, rum tours and horse racing. For a more tranquil setting, Harrison’s Cove offers sparkling clear water running from waterfalls into emerald pools, or you can just relax and watch the turtles go by—particularly in St Lawrence’s Bay, where they come in close hoping for a treat from passersby.
For the option to enjoy buzzing nightlife, visit twinkling temples, or escape to an idyllic island; Thailand has a lot to offer those honeymooners who want an abundance of choice. This welcoming country in Southeast Asia is perfect to visit during our winter months as the monsoon season ends in October and the island is blessed with an abundance of sunshine.
Once you’ve made the journey to Thailand, you’ll find that money for relaxing, eating and enjoying yourself goes a long way. For folks who want a buzzing break soaking up the culture, then Bangkok is your place. Thailand’s capital city is brimming with cherished temples. A particularly romantic spot can be found atop an 80-metre-high artificial Golden Mount where you’re greeted by the temple of Wat Saket and 360-degree panoramic city views. To escape from the hustle and bustle you have a choice of hundreds of islands to visit for a romantic retreat. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the most popular island destination is Phuket, however, it describes Koh Phi Phi as the most “unique and attractive clusters of islands in the world” and an “idyllic island retreat.”
Nestled in the Indian Ocean is the Maldives, the smallest of Asia’s countries. The nation has a rich history evident today in its culture and food, having been governed by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The Maldives is brimming with beautiful all-inclusive resorts where you can relax in the warmth of the Indian Ocean knowing that everything is taken care of.
Also referred to as the Maldive Islands, the Maldives is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands, including Addu Atol (which is in the shape of a heart, making it quite the destination for newly-weds). The extreme south of the island is surrounded by barrier reefs and filled with palm trees and small lakes. Holidays in the Maldives will always be a warm and sunny experience whatever the time of year, but our wintertime is their driest season.
For an Asian-North American experience, Hawaii is a popular honeymoon destination offering sunny skies and a pleasant climate all year round.
With an average flight time of just over 14 hours from London, this is a trek—however, once there, this US state is made up of six islands with something to meet any couple’s expectations. From the cosmopolitan Oahu to the big island of Hawaii, explore the lush valleys of Kauai and the small town charm of Lanai or soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Molokai.
Perhaps the most romantic experience can be found on the island of Maui, where you can lose yourself in the beauty of wilderness or snorkel with sea turtles and humpback whales, which are particularly prominent in the winter months. This romantic spot does have a reputation for being expensive, but it’s possible to avoid beach fees and expensive meals if you do your research. For invaluable tips click here.
If you can handle the 22-hour flight, then Sydney comes highly recommended for a truly cultural experience which, in true Aussie-style, comes with a laid back approach. This sparkling city offers a wealth of cultural options as well as many beautiful beaches—including the world famous Bondi beach. Known as the “Harbour City,” Sydney is Australia’s oldest and most cosmopolitan burg. Two of the world’s biggest cultural icons can be found here, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge—enveloped with national parks, waterways and surf beaches. For a down-to-earth wine tasting, Hunter Valley is a two-hour drive away, where you will find tranquil country charm in this beautiful area steeped in history
For an exhilarating experience without wearing yourself out this metropolitan hub is definitely a consideration.