If you’re honeymooning over the Christmas and New Year period then expect prices to generally be pretty high – book as far in advance as possible to get the best prices (waiting till the last minute might not work at this time of year).
Many times we can do advance registration before the flights are released so think about at least 18 months in advance.
A lot of tropical destinations – so the Caribbean, Far East etc – see the beginning of their busiest season in December, but you might be able to find some good deals at the beginning of the month.
If you’re not after sunshine, heat and beaches, then you might still want to consider USA or Canada where the cities in particular can be absolutely magical in the run up to Christmas.
If you are looking for something a little cooler then why not consider a Winter honeymoon in Lapland? Sweden‘s fabulous ICEHOTEL opens in early December and would make a fabulous choice for a more unusual honeymoon. Spend a night in the striking “cold accommodation” – even if the idea of thermal undies might not be quite what you had in mind for your honeymoon attire – before warming up on the following nights in one of Northern Light Hotel Chalet’s where, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from your skylight.
December is a great time for honeymoons in India; you could head north to explore the Golden Circle where you can visit Agra (for the Taj Mahal), or perhaps south to explore Kerala, spreading your time between the old town of Kochi, the peaceful backwaters (and by the sea at one of the state’s low-key beach resorts.
Head to the Far East
Cambodia is another excellent choice; many people don’t think to head here for beaches, but it has some of southeast Asia’s least-developed beach resorts, and a few days marvelling at Angkor Wat would be a really special way to spend your honeymoon.
For a more traditional Asian island experience, choose Thailand – both coasts will be out of the monsoon by December, so you can make the most of some fantastic weather.
As the rainy season retreats from the Caribbean, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice: particularly worth considering are Barbados, Grenada, and Puerto Rico. Or, for a bit more action and wildlife, head to gorgeous Costa Rica, where you can combine cloud forests and cool highlands with lazy beach days.
When it comes to celebrating New Year, Sydney is really hard to beat – after a few days in the city, head up for some time by the sea in Queensland, in relaxed Byron Bay, or exploring the wild beauty of Tasmania.