While many of us dream of sunny summer wedding days, February weddings are blessed with cosy nights, candlelit venues and guests can’t wait to dust off those January diet fads in pursuit of a good knees-up. February brides also have a savvy honeymoon secret up their sleeve. They know that February is the best time of the year to visit many parts of Asia and the Caribbean, perfect if you are looking for barefoot bliss and paradise beaches on your luxury honeymoon. For those with a taste for the unusual, February also comes up trumps for dare devil skiing, wildlife lovers and far flung adventures. So, without further ado, we give you Original Travel’s top 5 luxury honeymoon destinations for February.
A safari holiday might not be the obvious choice for a luxury honeymoon, but it should be. Tanzania is the perfect combination of bush and beach and home to one of the greatest animal migrations on Earth. Honeymooning here in February means you will be just in time for the Wildebeest calving season, so you can expect lots of baby wildebeest bouncing around and sightings of lions are more common. Finish off with a week of 'bare-foot' paradise on the island of Pemba (just North of Zanzibar) at Fundu Lagoon, set along two miles of white sandy beach, gin clear waters and palm trees to boot.
Cambodia is fast becoming the South-East Asian luxury honeymoon destination of choice. In February, the baking hot months of March and April are just around the corner, which means temperatures are a consistent, and more agreeable, 27 degrees centigrade and the weather is dry. The beaches on the south coast will be bathed in sunshine and the chance of rain is unlikely. Cambodia has all the scenic splendour and dreamy beaches of its popular neighbour, Thailand, but it still feels relatively undiscovered. The Cambodian people are so hospitable and you can top up your beach tan with culture galore at sites like Angkor Wat; home to 500 ancient temples. Finish-up at the glorious Song Saa Private Island meaning ‘sweethearts’ (it’s every bit as romantic as the name suggests) and unwind in an overwater villa before wandering hand in hand through virgin rainforest. It’s no surprise that couples find a luxury honeymoon to Cambodia seriously life enriching.
3. New Zealand
For couples that want a luxury honeymoon of epic proportions, New Zealand couldn’t be more perfect: jaw dropping landscapes, extreme sports, fine wines and a creative culinary scene that will take you by surprise. More than a third of the country is protected by National Parks, making New Zealand a playground for active couples, and once the adrenalin has worn out; New Zealand offers the very best standards of luxury and romance. Eagle’s Nest, North Island, is set atop a private peninsula overlooking the Bay of Islands. Their one bedroom villa is set in complete privacy and the floor to ceiling glass windows brings the dramatic outdoors, indoors. In the evening, look out for beaming star constellations, preferably from your hot tub with a glass of Marlborough’s finest Sauvignon in hand.
In February the weather is warm and balmy and residents will have returned to work and school after the holidays, giving you more opportunity to roam freely.
4. St. Lucia
What better way to kick off married life that with some good old fashioned R&R? The beach honeymoon is a guaranteed stress buster after hectic wedding preparations. For those honeymooning in February, the Caribbean islands are in full bloom this month and the lush greens, piercing blues and golden sands all come together for a picture perfect honeymoon postcard. For diversity of landscape and activities, St. Lucia is our top choice. Sugar Beach is a collection of white washed villas and rooms with huge four poster beds. It also has its own PADI dive centre, rainforest spa and butler service so you can flit between snorkelling, massages and cocktails with total ease.
5. The Dolomites
Not after a ‘fly and flop’ or lying-on-a-beach-doing nothing type of honeymoon? Then let us direct your attention to the polar opposite… the luxury ski honeymoon. February in the Dolomites brings some of the best snow and the dry air makes the freezing temperatures surprisingly comfortable. The Hotel Rosa Alpina is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group and perfectly placed to explore over 800 miles of slopes. Its salubrious location in San Cassiano means that there is no shortage of Italian charm, fine food and chic spas; convenient for a 48-hour wedding detox before hitting the white stuff.
Original Travel is a creative travel company which takes a thoughtful approach to creating tailor-made luxury honeymoon to perfectly fulfil your needs. The team use personal insights and exceptional knowledge of destinations worldwide to craft trips. For inspiration please visit www.originaltravel.co.uk or contact us on 020 7978 7333 / [email protected]