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When many of us think of a romantic honeymoon, we picture lounging by the pool or swimming in crystal clear waters by day and al fresco dinners that go long into the hot summer’s night. However, there is something equally dreamy about rugging up and exploring winter wonderlands on your honeymoon, and filling your days with icy outdoor adventures, arm-in-arm to keep each other cozy! 

We speak to travel expert Naomi Neilson about the best places to go in the world over the next few months for a winter escape. 

Places to Chase the Cold: Lapland
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There are so many breathtakingly beautiful places across the globe that are celebrated for their dusting of snow and crisp, mountain air. If you’re heading to the romance of the cold for your honeymoon, you may also experience the bonus of the stunning Northern Lights or clear night skies that shine bright with thousands of stars. If you’re an adventurous and sporty couple, pack your skis and head up the picturesque Swiss Alps. Or if you prefer the comfort of a warm crackling fire and a place with a cosy heart, check out some enchanted historic towns. Every honeymooning couple can find somewhere perfect in the world to chase the cold!

Zurich, Switzerland

The stunningly beautiful city of Zurich is a winter wonderland. With the advantages of sitting on the river and a lake, and being close to the Swiss Alps, this romantic honeymoon destination has some of the most breathtaking views in Switzerland. Dotted with an array of scenic locations and attractions, Zurich is the absolute perfect place to start chasing the cold.

For the best place to stay, check out the Baur au Lac, the leading hotel in Zurich for more than 170 years. Not only does this hotel offer luxury and unique views of the lake and the Swiss Alps, it is also conveniently close to the celebrated shopping high street. To get the most out of your getaway, take a cosy stroll through Old Town. In Zurich you can also indulge in spas and pampering, spend a day exploring the museums, and take advantage of the winter sporting thrills and go skiing or ice-skating.

Places to Chase the Cold: Zurich
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Hella, Iceland

If you and your beloved  are considering spending your honeymoon in a colder climate, but you’re not quite ready to commit to snow, then Iceland is a perfect choice. Not only does the small town of Hella barely see snow, it’s incredibly romantic underneath the Northern Lights.

Make sure you take the time to explore some of Iceland’s most beautiful scenery, like the glaciers and hot springs. Seek out the incredible natural beauty of the Golden Circle to marvel at the national parks and waterfalls, and experience some of the best of Iceland. After a full day of exploring, come back to the gorgeous Hotel Ranga. Here you can relax into a private hot tub or enjoy the acclaimed restaurant underneath the Northern Lights.

Places to Chase the Cold
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Lapland, Northern Finland

This snow covered region in Northern Finland is stunning. If you time your honeymoon just right you can be sure to be greeted by the Northern Lights every night. With September through to March being the best time to go, a honeymooning couple can always expect to enjoy the cold from the sleds pulled by reindeers as well as other winter adventures including skiing and ice-swimming.

It’s hard to really grasp just how breathtaking Lapland is. The incredibly alluring natural scenery offers some of the best views in the world, and if you’re staying over December and January, you will also get to experience the polar nights, a unique spectacular to witness at least once in your lifetime. For the best views, consider the unique Kakslauttanen where you can sleep in adorable igloo rooms and watch the Northern Lights through glass roofs.

Places to Chase the Cold
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Old Quebec, Canada

Quebec in Canada has been preserved for over 400 years, so walking through the cobblestone streets and experiencing the European feel of the lovely neighbourhoods is like stepping back in time to a more romantic age. As a UNESCO World Heritage site it’s no surprise the walled city wraps you in its historic charm and immerses you in an unforgettable journey.

It would be impossible to miss the history of Quebec when you’re there. Historic neighbourhoods and attractions are only a minute’s walk from any number of the hotels so you’re sure to always be in the centre of art and culture. For the most romantic historic experience, check out the Hotel Le Clas Saint-Louis Quebec, an authentic Victorian hotel in the heart of the city.

Places to Chase the Cold
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Chamonix, France

Sitting in the junction between France, Switzerland and Italy, the adorable resort area of Chamonix also sits at the base of Mont Blac, which gives visitors the amazing opportunity to take a trip up the mountains for panoramic views. With so much on offer, Chamonix is perfect for the adventurous couple with advanced alpine ski experience, or those simply looking for relaxation.

In Chamonix, enjoy candlelit dinners at any number of the hotels. For the best eating under the stars, consider Hotel Le Hameau Albert 1 er or Hotel Les Grands Montents. Not only do they offer outstanding cuisine, they are also incredibly luxurious. Spend your honeymoon either underneath the stars or enjoying a sunset picnic on the mountains. Either way, you’re sure to be caught up in the beauty.

Places to Chase the Cold
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Ms Zigzag says: Outdoor adventures by day and warm, cozy fires by night sets the scene for a very romantic honeymoon indeed! 

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With the weather starting to heat up and summer just around the corner, we think the best place to honeymoon right now is right at home, in Australia! And while you may not want to spend your actual honeymoon in Australia, I’ve noticed the ‘minimoon’ trend becoming increasingly popular, where the just married couple takes off somewhere locally for a few days straight after their wedding to relax, but delays their longer ‘official’ overseas honeymoon until down the track. Lucky you – the more holidays the better, right?!

So whether you’re ‘minimooning’ or honeymooning, here are some suggestions to inspire your next Aussie break or adventure together!

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Palm Cove, Queensland

Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and a rainforest, Palm Cove basically screams ultimate honeymoon destination! With endless white sand beaches and glorious coconut palms, the warm ocean water makes Palm Cove one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Situated only 30 minutes from Cairns airport, Palm Cove has recently risen to become the number one spot in Australia to have your wedding or honeymoon.

Author: Molly Hancock. Full story here.

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Lorne, Victoria 

If you have ever explored the Great Ocean Road, you would have come across the pristine coastal town of Lorne. With only a population of 1,046, the small beach town is ideal for honeymooners wanting to discover one of Australia’s best beaches and holiday destinations.

This small town has spectacular views, food, beaches, walks and spa treatments. So what more would you want when organising your honeymoon? Every part of Lorne has something special to offer, whether it be a romantic walk along the beach or gazing at each other during a candlelit dinner, Lorne is the ultimate honeymoon destination.

Author: Molly Hancock. Full story here.

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Whitsundays, Queensland

When you dream of a honeymoon destination, nothing ticks the boxes more than the beautiful picture-perfect Whitsundays. Made up of 74 islands right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, most of the islands that make up the Whitsundays are uninhabited with only four boasting luxury resorts. A tropical paradise with clear blue waters, pristine beaches, spectacular scenery and sunsets, all you have to do is kick off your shoes and get into holiday mode with nothing more than ‘honeymoon relaxation’ on the agenda.

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays and the Barrier Reef – a perfect place to base yourself right in the central hub. With the Coral Sea on its doorstep, there is no shortage of high quality produce with seafood a favourite across the myriad of amazing restaurants. Airlie Beach offers tropical rainforests, white sandy palm-fringed beaches and a relaxed coastal atmosphere. Laze on one of the many stunning beaches or get active with sailing, helicopter rides, hiking or snorkelling in the crystal blue waters right on your doorstep.

Author: Ms Liberty. Full story here.

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Fraser Island, Queensland

Fraser Island is the definitive tropical island getaway for honeymooners! This stunning piece of paradise is home to world-famous stretches of beaches, lush rainforests, adventure tours and amazing wildlife – and that’s just the start! It’s no wonder couples are falling in love all over again with the island where you can enjoy scrumptious food (and cocktails!) set against the backdrop of picture-perfect sunsets. Romantic bliss! Every corner of Fraser is filled with spectacular sights and things to experience.

Author: Dana Broekhuizen. Full story here.

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Tasmania 

Julia and Julian shared the adventures from their fun Tassie honeymoon with us, and it’s definitely worth a read for those planning on taking a trip across the Bass Strait.

Julia says: “Our honeymoon! Oh, what fond memories! My idea of countless romantic Champagnes and cheeky cocktails were pretty much non-existent as we just found out we were expecting! Although we did indulge in some delicious food, some wonderful sleep-ins and some spectacular Tassie sights!

Our trip started with a cruise on the Spirit of Tasmania. Quite a long haul, but we did enjoy a couple of movies in the cinema and lots of chocolate snacks to pass the time. Upon arriving in Devonport, we were all excited to start the first leg of our journey and drive up to Cradle Mountain for a couple of nights. The higher we got up the mountain, the darker and gloomier the weather became. By the time we reached Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge it was raining, there was a biting wind and we were absolutely freezing! Peppers was toasty warm though and we were greeted with a warm fire burning away at reception and super friendly staff.”

Read full story here.

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Travelling to Asia is close and convenient for Australians and each country and city has something unique to offer, from the total luxury of beautiful beaches, infinity pools and daily massages through to the hustle and bustle of Asian cities that are brimming with cultural experiences that are so different to anything here in Australia. Here are my top picks for places to honeymoon in Asia.

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Ubud, Indonesia 

As I am currently planning a getaway to the tropical paradise of Bali, I thought I’d have a look and of course dream about the perfect honeymoon. I came across the absolutely stunning Komaneka at Bisma, part of the centre of Ubud. It is nestled in the Campuhan River Valley, with picturesque views, nearby sloping rice fields and coconut groves. This resort is luxurious elegance and is designed to make you feel right at home. The resort offers airport transfers to and from Ngurah Rai Airport if made in advance.

Komaneka at Bisma really does offer something for everyone, from pure relaxation through to high intensity cycling and lots in between. While I didn’t even delve into all that Bali has to offer outside of this beautiful resort, if a warm, tropical getaway that has an abundance on offer sounds like your ideal honeymoon, I highly recommend you book in!

Author: Chloe van der Werf. Full story here.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

The Majestic Kuala Lumpur is something truly special. Located in the historic district of the city, The Majestic is adjacent to some of the most interesting tourist attractions in the city – the national mosque, the national museum, the Islamic Arts Museum and the Lake Gardens. It’s also right by Central Station.

This colonial style hotel was built in the 1932, and has all the hallmarks of vintage glamour. From the high ceilings, to polished wooden floors and sparkling chandeliers, the 52 rooms in this wing (18 Colonial Suites, 15 Governor Suites and 2 Majestic Suites) each decorated in sumptuous colonial style, but with all the facility of a modern hotel.

Author: Ms Polka Dot. Full story here.

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Da Nang, Vietnam

When my husband and I planned our honeymoon, one thing was immediately clear to both of us – this would be a relaxation holiday. All of our previous travels had involved exploring urban metropolises, famed historical sites or visiting family and friends, so the idea of getting away from it all to simply relax was incredibly appealing.

We settled on Vietnam as our destination or more specifically, the Fusion Maia resort in Da Nang. Billed as Asia’s first all-spa inclusive resort, Fusion Maia boasts an enviable spa with all treatments included as part of the nightly room rate. This means that on each day of your stay, you will receive at a minimum (I repeat, at a minimum) two spa treatments each – and more if you can handle them. Hello happiness!

Author: Koren Harvey, Marriage Celebrant Melbourne. Full story here.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a great stopover on your way to Europe. However, don’t dismiss Hong Kong as a honeymoon destination! This exciting city is Asia’s answer to New York – pulsating with excitement, it is the perfect melting pot of east meets west. You could easily enjoy a week in Hong Kong by checking out the city’s luxury hotels, spas, dining and cultural sites. Pop over to Macau for a day, or sneak off to one of the outer islands for a dose of nature. Whether you are stopping off in Hong Kong on your way to somewhere else, or checking into one of the city’s luxurious 5 star hotels for your Hong Kong honeymoon, Holidays for Couples has rounded up their top five picks to help you make the most of this city. Rest assured, there’s something to please any couple heading on a romantic holiday to Hong Kong.

Author: Natasha at Holidays for Couples. Full story here.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is a beautiful island off the coast of Thailand. It is surrounded by gorgeous beaches and has lots of things to do and see. We spent equal amounts of time relaxing by the beach and exploring the island (and surrounding islands) for day trips. We both love Thai food and we had a great time choosing different restaurants to eat at each night and rating the meals. We also took a Thai Cooking class with SITCA (Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts). It was an afternoon course where we learned 3 different traditional Thai dishes. It was amazing, there was heaps of food (probably too much!) and we got to take a recipe book home so we could try it in our own kitchen.

Author: Melissa Rae. Full story here.