Believe it or not, January is actually a very common month for weddings, since it allows couples to plan and organize the details of the event over the Christmas and New Year holidays. The only downside to a January wedding is that the cold weather in much of the world doesn’t always make it easy to find a warm honeymoon destination. Thankfully, there is no shortage of incredible honeymoon destinations that offer couples plenty of romance, scenery and excitement in January.
Go Skiing in the Swiss Alps
Not all couples want to spend their honeymoon in a tropical place, and some would actually much prefer the outdoor adventure of a skiing vacation. Since January is typically the perfect time to hit the slopes, the incredible beauty of the Swiss Alps is a great choice.
Villages like Spiez and Gimmelwald in Switzerland are the ultimate romantic destinations for a January honeymoon. Couples can spend the day skiing or snowboarding and riding the cable cars through the Alps, and then they can spend their evenings in front of a fire, sipping wine and enjoying hearty rustic Swiss fare.
Enjoy Hawaii During the Off Season
Since the Hawaiian Islands have relatively stable weather throughout the year, it is just as wonderful to visit in January as it is in July. Although places can certainly be crowded during the Christmas vacation period, mid-January sees a stillness and peace on the island of Hawaii.
In places like Captain Cook, couples can walk through traditional coffee farms, kayak with the dolphins at sunrise, explore ancient Hawaiian temples and enjoy the scenic beauty of the island. In addition, there are a number of charming inns and bed and breakfast establishments that are perfect for anyone in search of romance on a honeymoon.
Vacation on a Budget in Scottsdale, Arizona
Couples living in the United States and on a tight honeymoon budget often think that they won’t be able to soak up the warm weather in January. However, Scottsdale boasts an average of 330 sunny days per year and an average temperature in the 70s even in the winter, which means that it always feels tropical.
While on a honeymoon in Scottsdale, couples could sneak a kiss in front of the iconic LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, hike along Piestewa Peak or even enjoy a romantic picnic along the canals. Since most of the hotels come with lavish outdoor pools, swimming or tanning is also a great option.
Embrace a Winter Wonderland in Vermont
Couples who don’t want to escape winter weather might enjoy stepping back in time and staying in a rustic cabin or luxury lodge in Vermont. The town of Rutland in Vermont, despite being home to just 18,000 people, boasts more than 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Anyone in search of romance and breathtaking winter scenery will love skiing through the many excellent ski resorts in Vermont, indulging in the area’s fantastic cheeses and staying in some of the charming bed and breakfasts. Although there is little in the way of nightlife, nothing can compete with this rural area’s charm, beauty and opportunities for romance.
See Santorini Without the Crowds
The Greek island of Santorini is nothing short of spectacular during any time of the year, but it can be perfect for honeymooners in January, especially if they are in search of seclusion. Many of the big hotels are closed during the winter, which means that there are far fewer tourists on the island overall.
Although the weather is certainly cooler in January than it is in the summer, it is far from cold. Visitors can still tour through the city’s amazing architecture, take long walks on the stunning white sand beaches and enjoy some of the best Greek food imaginable. In addition, they get to enjoy all of this in solitude, which makes it perfect for intimacy and romance.
More Destinations for January
- Tour Ancient Mayan Ruins in Tulum, Mexico
- Enjoy Japan’s Hot Springs in the Middle of Winter
- Be Pampered at a Spa Resort in Langkawi, Malaysia
Just because it is January, that doesn’t mean that newly married couples have to abandon hope of a fairytale honeymoon. These incredible destinations provide plenty of romance whether they are warm and tropical or charming and wintery.