Not everybody wants the ‘classic white sandy beach, azure blue swimming pool, hot sunshine, and cocktails at sunset’ type of a honeymoon. We take a look at some of those over-looked destinations that might not have a tropical climates but can still get you hot under the collar.
The lovely Lake District
Emma and James married three years ago and spent their honeymoon walking in the Lake District. “Both James and I are very fair-skinned. I am covered in freckles and he has red hair,” says Emma. “Beach holidays are a complete nightmare for us both. We never go brown and if we go anywhere we’re likely to get sunburnt, we have to stay really covered up with hats and total sun block. So a honeymoon somewhere hot was never on the cards for us. Instead we had a mini-moon walking in the Lake District, staying at some fantastic B&Bs and a lovely hotel. When we came back, we weren’t suntanned but we were looking healthy and well, perfect for us both.”
Super-fun skiing in Colorado
Meet James and Belinda who are skiing obsessives. “We met on a skiing holiday five years ago and we’ve gone every season together since. It’s the highlight of our year – we’d much rather be skiing down a mountain than hanging out on a beach, which we’d find boring to be honest,” says Belinda. “We’d only ever skied in Europe and we were dying to go to the States to try out the powder there, so for our honeymoon we splashed out on an amazing trip to Jackson Hole in Colorado. We had a full two weeks, so plenty of time to get over any jet lag and we loved the American skiing culture. If you’re both skiers and want a more action-orientated sort of honeymoon we’d really recommend it.”
Ice cool Iceland
If you fancy going somewhere different and literally cool in every way, then consider a visit to Iceland. Just three hours from London, you can watch the Northern Lights, visit hot natural springs and soak in geothermal pools, scuba dive and quad bike. There’s also a big nightclub scene in Reykjavik, if that’s your thing. It’s a great winter and summer destination and if you go during June, July and August you’ll enjoy 20 hours of straight daylight.
Joy in Japan
Love sushi? Always wanted to visit Japan? Your honeymoon should be a holiday to remember and Japan offers an amazing once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience. It’s one of the top places to go skiing but if you go to the Hakuba Valley in the Japanese Alps you can also see the local snow monkeys keeping warm in the hot springs and dip into a hot tub yourself.
The skiing is amazing for both downhill skiers and snow boarders and you can choose from a luxury hotel to self-catering accommodation. There are plenty of English speakers to help you if your Japanese isn’t up to scratch and the village apparently has a great atmosphere. Get there on the bullet train from Tokyo (a lifetime experience in itself).
If you fancy a city break somewhere a little more unusual then consider visiting Quebec City in French-speaking Canada. It has a beautiful walled old town with cobbled streets, lively cafes, bars and nightclubs, wonderful food and, for some bargain shopping, you’ll find the largest mall in eastern Canada just a 20-minute bus ride away.
You can enjoy ice-skating on the rinks in the city, visit galleries, attend a concert and the food with its French influence is completely delicious. Temperatures in the winter can go down to minus 10C but the days are dry, so you’ve very little chance of coming across any rain. Just wrap up well like the locals and enjoy the freshest of winter air.
Where should you stay? There are a number of hotels in various price ranges and we like the idea of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, which has a private Jacuzzi with a stunning view over the city. Perfect for sharing a glass of Champagne and talking over the wedding! It might blow the budget but who cares? It’s your honeymoon!