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Choosing a honeymoon spot can be a dizzying (though exciting!) decision, on top of all the wedding planning. There are a number of ways to make a choice, depending on whether budget, climate or sightseeing is your first priority. Although great weather and optimal sight-seeing equates to high season and more expensive hotel room rates, the perks may be well worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. If you are looking to flee the extreme heat (or cold…depending on where you are located) of January, here are a few of our favourite honeymoon destinations to consider.

1. Maldives

The climate in the Maldives in driven by monsoons. In summer, from May to November, there are strong winds with a lot of rain and storms. The best time to enjoy Maldive’s turquoise water and white sandy beaches is no doubt between the months of December and April, with January promising the best weather.

Where to Stay
As a tourist paradise, many of Maldive’s archipelago’s islands have transformed into luxury hotels and stylish resorts. One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives live up to its name: sprawling across its own island, the boutique resort has its own diving centre, sun spa, climbing wall and three pools to choose from.

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For couples chasing the stunning coastal view, W Retreat & Spa Maldives’ Ocean Villa is a sure delight. The sprawling master suite features panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and your own private infinity plunge pool.

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What to Do
The tourist paradise has no shortage of things to entertain its visitors. The capital of Maldives, Male, is small and peaceful, with small mosques, a large bazaar and many tea rooms.

Diving fans will probably delight in discovering the underwater world in Ari, South Male and North Male. Swim with the rays and sharks up close or marvel at the vibrant corals underwater before relaxing with a massage or spa treatment.

2. Myanmar

Out of this world at any time of the year, January is the best month to visit Myanmar. The region promises lots of sunshine during this first month of the year. Formerly known as Burma, the South-East Asian country is quickly rising to become an economy powerhouse in the region. A series of reforms undertaken by the government also saw the country fast becoming a tourist favourite.

Where to Stay
Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar as well as a history-filled one. Given the number of sights within and nearby the city, it’s a great place to stay for your Burmese honeymoon adventure. Belmond Governor’s Residence is the former home of a Yangon governor, transformed into a luxury hotel. Set in the midst of a lotus garden, the teak mansion offers a tranquil sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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From its pagodas and temples in the misty mountains where the Himalayas begin, to its blissful, never-knew-existed tropical islands, Myanmar is a honeymoon destination unlike any other.

Amongst the country’s many temples and pagodas, Shwedagon Paya is a must-see. Visible from almost anywhere in Yangon, this is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites. The 99 metre-tall zedi (bell-shaped monument), adorned with 27 tonnes of gold leaf and thousands of diamonds and other gems, is believed to enshrine eight hairs of Gautama Buddha as well as relics of three former Buddhas.

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3. Coast of Mexico

The coast of Mexico is vibrant, warm and exuberant – and the best time for to visit is January. It is hot, but not-too-hot, with barely any rain at all.

Where to Stay
The Cape at Los Cabos is a reimagined surf retreat. Its all glass, clean lines with a dash of Southern California style will delight even the fussiest minimalist. Splurge for the villa that is kitted out with a private plunge pool, kitchen and your very own butler.

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Recoup after a long-haul flight with a gentle “Just Landed” rub down, or roll back those wedding preparation stresses with a signature anti-ageing massage for a blissful start to your marriage.

What to Do
Nature has carved some amazing formations at Los Cabos, and El Arco is perhaps the most famous. A signature icon of Los Cabos, the limestone arch carved by time, wide and wind runs down to the water’s edge and into the sea. From a distance, the formation looks like a dragon, and up close the arch frames sky, sea and sand for picture-perfect photos.

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4. Canada

For newly-weds seeking reprieve from the heat, January in Whistler, Canada is the perfect place to be. Right in the middle of the skiing season, you’ll find that January in the ski resorts are not as busy after the Christmas break. Even if you are not a seasoned skier, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking, snow-covered slopes.

Where to Stay
Fairmont Chateau, located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain is the embodiment of mountain luxury. The resort is elegantly decorated with warm, earthy tones throughout its finishes. After a full day of exploring, relax into one of the three outdoor slope-side whirlpools or enjoy a spa treatment at the on-site Vida Spa.

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What to Do
Although Whistler is well-known for skiing, the alpine region has plenty of other things to offer its visitors. Explore the forests and trails surrounding Whistler in the uniquely Canadian way – pulled by a team of exuberant sled dogs. For food lovers, the Whistler Tasting Tours will take you through a multi-course dinner in four of the local favourite restaurants, a chocolate shop and a brewhouse.

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5. Iceland

Iceland has become increasingly popular amongst travellers for its natural wonders. And January is one of the best time to visit for honeymooners; it is not as cold as one would imagine it to be, and it is one of the best times to see the magnificent Northern Lights. The natural phenomenon lights up the skies in dancing shades of various colours and the truly magical experience is sure to be one of the most memorable ways to start off your marriage.

Where to Stay
Hotel Budir is a small country hotel two hours’ drive away from Reykjavik on the dramatic landscape of Sanefellsnes Peninsula. Located next to a wide and windswept beach, guests can often spot seals bobbing around the inlet. One wall of the hotel is covered in artist’s impression of Icelandic fairy tales and another has pictures dating back to hotel’s inception.

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What to Do
The scarcely populated island makes it a popular spot for viewing the Northern Lights, but Iceland has much more to offer. The Nordic nirvana is a rugged landscape that is mind-blowing – lighthouses, shipwrecks and glaciers that stretch as far as the eyes can see.

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The country that seems to be in a perpetual winter is also home to some of the best natural hot springs. Blue Lagoon is a milky-teal heaven amidst a black-lava field. The super-heated water is rich in blue-green algae, mineral salts and fine silica mud, which is amazing for conditioning and exfoliating the skin. You are guaranteed to emerge from the springs invigorated and relaxed.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So many romantic places to visit in January – Iceland is definitely on my ‘must see’ list!

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If a honeymoon in the City of Dreams tickles your fancy you’ve come to the right place. Although it’s a popular destination and your bucket list probably has some of the same items on it as most tourists, there are a few hidden gems in the Big Apple that we are willing to share. There’s so much to discover in New York that will make you fall in love all over again!

What To See And Do:

1. The High Line

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Located on Manhattan’s West Side, you’ll find a rejuvenated historic freight rail line. The High Line has now been transformed into a public park elevated above the streets. It’s approximately 2.3 km long, giving you enough space to wander the landmarks as you go. Stroll hand in hand as you take in the views of the Hudson River and the city. Along the way you may come across some performances and art installations. These are all part of a plan for the park to showcase cultural attractions. There’s still more work to go on the High Line Spur which is set for completion December 2017.

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2. The Berlin Wall

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While you’re visiting New York why don’t you get a glimpse of Europe too. In 1989 the Berlin Wall was torn down and a few hundred pieces were sent all over the world. New York is now home to five of those pieces, all of which are on public display. You’ll find the pieces scattered throughout the city in the locations below:

1. The 520 Madison Avenue Berlin Wall – Midtown, Manhattan
2. The Kowsky Plaza Berlin Wall – Battery Park, Manhattan
3. The United Nations Berlin Wall – Murray Hill, Manhattan
4. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Berlin Wall – Times Square, Manhattan
5. The Intrepid Museum Berlin Wall – Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

Why not experience a bit of history on your romantic escape. See if you can tick all five off your list.

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3. The Met Cloisters

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To add to your European experience while in New York visit the Met Cloisters. The Met Cloisters is where you’ll find art, architecture and gardens celebrating medieval Europe. Be encapsulated by the magnificent arch ways and fall in love with more than 2000 artworks and architectural elements. The best part is when you purchase a ticket to enter, it is also valid for other branches of the museum including The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer.

Where To Eat:

1. One if by Land, Two if by Sea

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One of the most romantic spots you’ll find in the city is One if by Land, Two if by Sea. There are three spaces to choose from, the Constitution Room, the Main Dining Room and the Mezzanine, all of which use lighting to create the perfect scene. The restaurant is available for private functions and is known to host weddings throughout the year.

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The pictures are enough to persuade you to make a reservation and the menu will only have you wanting to go even more. There are two options for the menu a Three Course Prix Fixe and the Seven Course Chef Tasting. My mouth is watering for the rack of Colorado lamb with granny smith and potato gratin, braised leeks and sunchoke veloute, yum!

2. The River Café

What could be more romantic than getting a bite to eat while gazing over the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty. This one may not be a secret to all, but for those of you visiting New York for the first time, this one needs to be on your list. Since 1977 The River Café has impressed locals and tourists from all around the world with their impressive menu.

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The River Café holds a high reputation and is known for producing the most world class chefs of any American Restaurant. They are known for the creation of the term ‘free range chicken.’ Having been featured in films, television programs and being recognised as bringing the most New Yorkers and tourists into Brooklyn (other than Coney Island), this is an experience not to be missed.

Where To Stay:

1. The London

For a honeymoon of luxury you will appreciate all that The London has to offer. Priding themselves on being the experts in modern travel, The London will have you feeling relaxed and on top of the world.

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If you want to splurge a little during your honeymoon, and by all means you should, the specially designed London Sky Suites by David Collins have a lot to offer. Located 50 stories above Manhattan and occupying two floors, is your private getaway. You’ll have views of Central Park or the Manhattan skyline that you’ll be able to take in from a bay window. The bath has been tiled with hand-cut designs and boasts complete luxury. If you don’t feel like soaking, try the double rain shower head – either way this retreat will have you not wanting to leave.

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The London is located in the perfect place to tick off some of those more common bucket list items. Located in the heart of Manhattan, you’ll find plenty of activities to fill your itinerary with. Visit Central Park, Times Square and treat yourself with something from the Tiffany & Co flagship store.

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2. The Library Hotel

Are you imagining something a little different for your stay in New York? For something quirky try The Library Hotel. The rooms are adorned with books each exploring a topic within the category it belongs to.

The Love Room features the only private terrace with views of Madison Avenue, the New York Public Library and the city skyline.

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All rooms include continental buffet breakfast, wine and cheese in the Reading Room, WIFI and entry to the New York Sports Club. And with a selection of over 6,000 books, these are just a few things to help make your stay more comfortable.

Located in the midst of all the action, you’ll find the empire State Building, Central Park and plenty of other activities around to fill your time.

While ticking off the big ticket items in New York don’t forget to seek out the hidden gems and your own adventures. Wherever you go and whatever you see, this amazing city will have you falling in love and never wanting to leave.

 

Ms Chinoiserie Says: You’ll never tire of looking for hidden treasures in this vibrantly creative city; so many more reasons to fall in love with New York!

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If you and your beloved are looking for a romantic getaway, secluded from the hustle and bustle of capital cities then the Cook Islands is the place to book for your honeymoon! Renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches, clear blue water and snorkelling, the Cook Islands is the ideal place for that special one on one time. What more could you want? Here are six things to love…

1. Luxury Beachfront Accommodation. On the beautiful island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, Heliconia Hideaway, offers unique and private beach front accommodation offering luxury and peace of mind. Located on the front of one of the prettiest beaches on the island and surrounded by breathtaking tropical foliage, Heliconia Hideaway definitely lives up to its name with private access to the beach, privacy, size and features, offering you and your partner a perfect opportunity to take in all that the South Pacific Islands have to offer. Image via Heliconia Hideaway. 

2. Te Vara Nui Village. A perfect way for you and your new husband to immerse yourselves in the culture and experience a great night would to book a Cultural Village Tour with Night Show and Buffet Dinner in Rarotonga. This 5-hour activity combines a fun and interactive cultural village tour, followed by a spectacular over water night show with an Island/Western fusion buffet dinner.  You two will be automatically transported to an inner sanctum of tropical gardens hidden from the rest of the world, where tantalizing food and exquisite competition winning dancers light up the hearts and minds of guests with their fire, and the sounds of the passionate troupe of 10 drummers, ukulele and conch shell players. How romantic! Image via Trip Advisor

3. Snorkelling Adventures. With such pristine waters it would be wrong for you and your hubby not to indulge yourselves by going snorkelling! Aroa Marine Reserve is renowned for its warm clear waters, mesmerising views of coral and fish. So why not get hold of a pair of flippers and snorkel and enjoy an afternoon together exploring the waters of the Cook Islands. Or why not go out a bit further in the sea and explore the Wreck of the Matai? This historic land piece has been located in the waters of Cook Islands since 1916. What better way to see and understand more about the island. Image via Trip Advisor. 

4. Koteka Winery. Discover the unique flavours of banana wine at Muri’s Koteka Winery or visit the winery’s stall at Avarua’s weekly market. The wine is mixed with whatever fruit is in season – anything from passionfruit to mango or orange. There’s also vodka and fresh vanilla pods for sale. Grab a bottle of this fresh local brew and watch the sunset on the beach while sipping away on this tropical blend. Honeymoon bliss! Image via Lonely Planet

5. Island exploring. An island worth exploring is the Aitutaki  Island. A nice lush island with gorgeous bird species and enchanting turquoise waters, Morurakua is a perfect place for you two love birds to explore and have a beach picnic. Pick up some local produce at the Aitutaki Market and laze around for the afternoon on this beautiful secluded island. Image via Cook Islands Tourism

6. Trek time. If you and your new spouse are looking to get a bit of exercise in whilst on your indulgent honeymoon, then Cross-Island Track would be ideal. The three to four hour guided hike from the north to south coasts via the Te Rua Manga (Needle) is Rarotonga’s most popular walk. This vigorous walk will allow you two to see beautiful views of natural scenery, waterfalls and learn about the history of Cook Islands. And why not snap a photo when you reach the top! Image via Lonely Planet. 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Beautifully relaxing; swimming in the aqua blue waters and walking the scenic trails sound heavenly!