Some couples buck the usual summer wedding trend and decide to get married around the holidays, specifically in December when they can take advantage of extended vacation days for a longer honeymoon. If you are honeymooning in December, you don’t have to feel like your destination options are limited. If you are getting married in the 12th month, you should consider these honeymoon destinations.
In Thailand, you will find beaches, palaces and temples. Thai people are known for their friendliness and their laid-back lifestyle. From November through February, Thailand experiences its pleasant cool season. Travelers can enjoy the lush landscapes that were created by the recent monsoons.
If you are honeymooning in December, you should consider Koh Samui, which is one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is home to the Infinity Koh Samui Thailand Retreat, an attractive estate for newlyweds. The property rests on a hillside and is bordered by tropical jungle. The grounds overlook the bay of Bang Po and the island of Koh Phangan. Just a one our flight from Bangkok, the retreat is full of amenities such as a gym and pool. Throughout Infinity Koh Samui Thailand Retreat’s 67 apartments, guests can appreciate a high level of privacy and great views.
With its unique wildlife, compelling natural scenery, water sports, sparkling beaches and rich heritage, Australia makes for an attractive honeymoon location no matter the season. However, in December, honeymooners can experience the country at its most idyllic (remember, December is the height of summer for the Southern Hemisphere). While things get hot and humid throughout the country from October through March, Australia attracts couples looking for balmy weather and plenty of activity.
If you are considering honeymooning in Australia, it can be difficult to narrow down your itinerary. A good starting point for couples seeking privacy is one of the country’s islands. On Kangaroo Island, you can stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge. Right near a soaring cliff, this boutique hotel boasts stunning views of the wild coastline and the Southern Ocean. Throughout 21 suites, guests can appreciate floor to ceiling windows, plush king sized beds and high tech amenities.
Other couples seek out Lord Howe Island for a bit more privacy and seclusion. The island in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand is home to Capella Lodge, another boutique offering in Australia for honeymooners. All the nine suites in this breathtaking property have stunning views.
The French Alps
Comprised of colossal peaks, glistening blue skies and mountain passes, the French Alps offer up some of the most dramatic scenery in all of France. Stretching along the southeastern region of France, the area boasts legendary resorts, the highest mountain in Western Europe and some of the best skiing on the continent. December is a particularly appealing time to visit. Many of the towns open up Christmas markets and the first big snow fall of the year showers the ski resorts with white gold.
For couples looking to honeymoon in the French Alps, you might want a bit more privacy than resort accommodations can provide. Chalet One Oak offers peace and quiet in the charming village of Combloux. With amazing views of Mont Blanc, the private French chalet sits just five minutes from the lifts of the famous Megeve Ski Resort. Couples can enjoy a classic Alps ski vacation with a number of luxury amenities including an in-room Jacuzzi in the master bedroom.
Cambodia might not be on your honeymoon radar. The country is known for its lush jungles, temple ruins and idyllic beaches. But it isn’t all about nature in Cambodia. The country also has bustling cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. For couples looking for a December honeymoon spot, Cambodia can be an attractive choice. The climate features cool and breezy conditions from November through March.
One of the best spots to honeymoon in Cambodia is on one of the country’s private islands. Song Saa Private Island gives couples a beautiful and remote setting on the Gulf of Thailand. Newlyweds are just 30 minutes from the port city of Sihanoukville. The property has 27 villas, each with 180 degree views and their own private plunge pools.
Which of these corners of the globe would you like to visit for a honeymoon in December? Share your pick with us in the comments below.