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The Best Honeymoon Destinations in December

There’s fewer things more romantic than a wedding at Christmas and while you’re feeling festive and joyous as you marry your loved one, it’s handy to have a honeymoon just around the corner to whisk you away from the cold weather and, let’s face it, significant chance of rain.

The Caribbean is perfect for a honeymoon in December – head to the British Virgin Islands or St. Kitts & Nevis for plenty of days blessed with sunshine, while the Maldives is looking its best at this time of year, too.

Sri Lanka is another great option, where you can take advantage of a dry window to squeeze in its many gems, while most of Thailand opens up fully again following the rainy season. If you fancy an island that often flies under the radar, then Malaysian Langkawi is brilliant either on its own or twinned with Thailand.

Its spring in New Zealand, so prepare to be wowed by its floral displays, while Dubai and Oman have cooled following their long, hot summers. On the contrary, Cape Town is warming up in anticipation of its own summer. But, if you wanted to embrace the cold weather during your honeymoon in December, you could visit New York City at its Christmassy best or hit the ski slopes in Canada.

Destinations

The Best Places to Honeymoon in December

Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka

With emerald-wrapped mountains, multi-coloured prayer flags fluttering in the gentle breeze and ancient history unmistakably laced within its landscapes, Sri Lanka is a wonderful honeymoon destination in December. Prepare to be tantalised by crumbling ruins which lie within the jungle of Anuradhapura, the Tea Country is a wondrous landscape you’ll instantly fall in love with and national parks are abound with heart-stopping wildlife.

Why visit in December?

  • Both the southern reaches of Sri Lanka and its Cultural Triangle are enjoying dry spells, so you can combine two amazing corners of the country.
  • Dodge early December and the Tea Country will enter its dry season, looking beautifully lush and green following the rains.
  • Make your way to the south coast to Mirissa and you’ll be able to spot blue whales and dolphins.

More about honeymooning in Sri Lanka.

Australasia

New Zealand

If you’re planning a honeymoon in New Zealand, then get ready to have your eyes widened and be permanently open-mouthed. Prepare for immense landscapes, marvellous Maori culture, dramatic coastal scenery and healthy wedge of adventure. There’s something for everyone in New Zealand so whatever kind of honeymoon vibe you’re going for you’ll find it here, whether it’s a relaxing stay or an epic journey.

Why visit in December?

  • The comfortable temperatures that New Zealand’s spring brings means it’s perfect for both relaxing and also thrilling adventures.
  • Wherever you are in the country, you’ll witness spectacular floral displays blooming during spring.
  • If a visit to Milford and Doubtful Sounds is on the cards, then you’ll be treated to their waterfalls looking their best at this time of year.

More about honeymooning in New Zealand.

Asia

Thailand

Nowhere fires the senses quite like Thailand. It has an incredible patchwork of landscapes, sizzling food fills the air with spices and the splutter of tuk tuk engines make Bangkok instantly recognisable by sound alone. A December honeymoon in Thailand is like a heightened sensual journey, one that will leave you in awe as you travel around the country. Beyond the mainland, there’s plenty of tropical islands on which to unwind, too!

Why visit in December?

  • Both northern Thailand and the islands which lie in the Andaman Sea enjoy warm and dry weather.
  • Phuket is also in its dry season, so you can hop around several parts of
  • The jungles of Khao Sok National Park are looking their lush and beautiful best, following the monsoon season.

More about honeymooning in Thailand.

Indian Ocean

Maldives

Home to what are often called the world’s best beaches, the Maldives is a romantic holiday of a lifetime. That makes it perfect for a honeymoon in December, where you can escape the hecticness of a wedding and it just be you and your loved one relaxed on pristine white sands. Go snorkelling in the mint-green lagoons and soak up this postcard-perfect paradise with a gentle swing in a hammock strung between two palms. Now, that’s a honeymoon!

Why visit in December?

  • You’ll have perfect weather – a very low chance of rain, low humidity and warm and sunny days.
  • If you’re based on an atoll (like Southern Ari Atoll) in the western side of the Maldives, you can snorkel and dive with manta rays and whale sharks.
  • The waters are at their clearest, so it’s the best time for snorkelling and diving.

More about honeymooning in the Maldives.

Caribbean

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis represents a time-honoured glimpse of the Caribbean, where its wilds have been left untouched to blossom into a gorgeous emerald landscape. There has been so little human interference that there’s said to be more donkeys than people on the island of Nevis. It’s a perfect honeymoon destination in December for newlyweds looking for a mellow slice of the Caribbean, where you soak up your surrounds with a glass of rum in hand to toast your marriage.

Why visit in December?

  • December is one of the driest months of the year in St. Kitts & Nevis, with temperatures pleasantly warm.
  • The dry and warm weather makes it ideal for exploring the islands’ wild interior.
  • If you fancy having a party atmosphere on your honeymoon, the country’s annual Carnival (also called Sugar Mas) occurs in the run-up to Christmas.

More about honeymooning in St. Kitts & Nevis.

Middle East

Dubai

From the atmosphere-puncturing Burj Khalifa to the unashamedly luxury malls, Dubai was designed to impress. With supersized shopping centres, incredible water parks and superb sands, it’s the perfect playground for loved-up couples to let their hair down and embrace the glitz and glamour that transfixes you as soon as you see the city for the first time. Whether you’re relaxing or letting your hair down, a honeymoon in Dubai is 100% playtime.

Why visit in December?

  • It’s one of the ‘coolest’ times of year to visit Dubai, with temperatures averaging around the mid-20s.
  • It beats the rain you can sometimes get in Dubai in January and February.
  • It’s also a great time for visiting the Maldives, so combine the two for a great twin-centre honeymoon.

More about honeymooning in Dubai.

USA & Canada

Canada

Framed by towering peaks, wild islands and a beautiful harbour, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city where you’re always reminded that nature is never far away. If you’re looking for a honeymoon in December which combines the city with the great outdoors, then you can’t go wrong with British Columbia in western Canada. Then, the lakes, mountains and alpine forests are your oyster to explore. If you’re visiting at this time of year, pack your skis!

Why visit in December?

  • Even though it’s winter, Vancouver actually experiences quite mild weather – even if you might get some rain.
  • It’s the best value time to visit Canada as the country enters its winter period.
  • It’s the best time to go skiing! There’s plenty of mountain resorts lying just outside Vancouver where you can hit the slopes.

More about honeymooning in Canada.

Asia

Malaysia

Malaysia can often fly under the radar when you consider that Indonesia is its Southeast Asian neighbour. But if you want to get an all-encompassing taste of the region on your honeymoon in December, then there’s nowhere better than Malaysia, with beautiful beaches, idyllic islands, fusion food, rich rainforest and its captivating capital, Kuala Lumpur. Its unsung peninsular part of the country is perfect for hopping around while Borneo endures its monsoon season!

Why visit in December?

  • The western half of Peninsular Malaysia is now enjoying its ‘dry’ season after the heavy monsoons.
  • You can combine the capital Kuala Lumpur with the idyllic island of Langkawi, with its forested interior and gorgeous beaches.
  • Langkawi lies so close to Thailand, you could easily have a great twin-centre honeymoon.

More about honeymooning in Malaysia.

Caribbean

British Virgin Islands

From above, each one of the British Virgin Islands appear like eye-popping emerald drops floating in the Caribbean Sea. Sugar-white sands studded with gigantic boulders, lagoons harbouring multi-hued coral and tangles of jungle made for walking all combine for ‘wow’ moments which will litter your honeymoon here. If you fancy trying to combine a few of the islands in one trip, then hopping between them on a sailing honeymoon as a great way to see more of the British Virgin Islands.

Why visit in December?

  • It’s during the dry season in the British Virgin Islands, where you’ll be treated to great weather.
  • The waters are at their clearest and most gentle, making it perfect for snorkelling and diving the islands’ incredible marine worlds.
  • The calm waters also making it ideal for sailing among many of the islands.

More about honeymooning in the British Virgin Islands.

Africa

South Africa

Even though the best time for going on safari may have ended, South Africa offers so much more for a honeymoon in December. Cape Town is a city bursting with beauty and you can’t help but be spellbound by its lively waterfront, fascinating history and the iconic Table Mountain, which you can’t escape no matter where you are in the city. Beyond, the Garden Route lives up to its reputation as one of the great drives, winding along a gorgeous stretch of epic coastline, while the Winelands are a place where you can relax with a glass among natural splendour.

Why visit in December?

  • It’s Cape Town’s summer, so warm, dry and sunny days will be aplenty.
  • You can catch the last of the southern right whales in early December, before they return to Antarctica.
  • It’s great weather right across the Cape, so you can take a road trip along the Garden Route and explore the vineyards of the Winelands in addition to Cape Town.

More about honeymooning in South Africa.

Middle East

Oman

Sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see. Bedouin nights under a blanket of stars. Time-honoured trading cities where you’d expect to bump into Lawrence of Arabia. Oman is the Middle East of old, where rugged chasms hide cooling wadis and charming heritage is abundant, even in the capital, Muscat. Oman even boasts beautiful beaches, near the tropical city of Salalah, so the country can combine adventure and relaxation in one honeymoon!

Why visit in December?

  • It’s winter in Oman, so you’ll miss the scorching summer weather.
  • Temperatures won’t be unbearable in the desert, so you experience camping in the dunes comfortably.
  • Particularly in early December, the country will be quiet in terms of visitors, making it a great time to visit.

More about honeymooning in Oman.

USA & Canada

New York City

The Big Apple. Gotham. The City That Never Sleeps. Whatever you want to call New York City, it’s a hundred-mile-an-hour experience where you could wander for hours on end past its cloud-kissing skyscrapers, architectural marvels and characterful neighbourhoods. If you want to slow it down (and you probably will on a honeymoon!), then Central Park is a rectangular emerald paradise where you can find a sense of escapism in the unlikeliest of places!

Why visit in December?

  • New York City is simply magical in the build-up to Christmas, with stunning decorations and the famous Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center.
  • Get lucky and you’ll see the city blanketed in snow, adding to that wondrous wintry feeling.
  • New York City is arguably one of the best places on the planet to be for New Year’s Eve.

More about honeymooning in New York City.

Highlights

Our Top December Honeymoon Resorts

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