THE 13 BEST HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS IN DECEMBER

Looking for the best honeymoon destination in December?

For those searching for the perfect honeymoon destination in December, the options might seem less varied than those available during other seasons. However, through the help of our guide, we guarantee that you will find the perfect honeymoon destination for you and your love.

Ranging from Europe to Asia to Oceania, we’ve compiled a list of the best honeymoon destinations in December so you can enjoy this special occasion together!

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in December – Asia

Bali

Bali is consistently ranked one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world and with good reason.

Newlyweds can indulge in the most romantic activities such as soaking in baths of tropical flowers, dining on the beach surrounded by candles and rose petals or, simply, enjoying a floating breakfast from a private pool.

We recommend staying at Samanvaya Luxury Resort and Spa to experience Balinese authenticity and luxury amid the rice fields.

The more adventurous types can watch a vivid sunrise from the top of Mount Batur, explore the emerald rice fields of Sidemen or ride on horseback across the black sand beaches of Tabanan.

Samanvaya tip – Indulge in a stay at Rice Barn Villa, a unique bamboo house designed with romance and luxury in mind, boasting the best views in the resort, your own private plunge pool overlooking the rice fields, and a gorgeous copper bath tub.

A couple in Bali stands at the edge of an infinity pool with a luxury resort called "Samanvaya Luxury Resort and Spa" behind them.

Japan

While spring in Japan offers views of the famous cherry blossoms, winter is an equally beautiful time to visit this ancient country. Honeymooners can explore the vibrant cityscape of Tokyo, eat seafood on the relaxed beaches of Okinawa or feed free-roaming deer in Nara Park.

Ski enthusiasts can head to Sapporo and enjoy full-scale ski resorts that receive heavy snow in December.

Samanvaya Tip – Japan offers one of the most incredible winter experiences for couples: spend the night at a cozy ryokan, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and evergreens, while soaking in a private onsen.

A pagoda in Japan, on of the best honeymoon destinations in December,stands in the snow

The Maldives

For those seeking the ultimate luxurious and private honeymoon escape, the Maldives will provide everything you desire. Imagine waking up in the comfort of your private, overwater bungalow and jumping into the crystal clear waters below for a morning swim.

Other activities you can enjoy include dinner on a private sandbar, snorkeling, helicopter tours and rejuvenating spa experiences.

Samanvaya Tip – For a truly once-in-a-life-time experience stay at Hurawalhi Island Resort, an adults-only, all-inclusive retreat designed for ultimate romance. Don’t forget to book at table at 5.8, the largest undersea all-glass restaurant in the world.

An overwater resort with private bungalows in the Maldives is one of the best honeymoon destinations in December

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in December – Europe

Malta

Although it’s difficult to find warm European honeymoon destination in winter, Malta offers sunshine, less crowded beaches and beautiful views. Even though it may be too cold to swim in the sea, it’s a great time to take in the sun by the pool, wander the historic streets of Valletta or explore the incredible architecture of Malta’s famed UNESCO sites without the crowds.

Samanvaya tip – Check to see if there is a performance at the Manoel Theater, one of the oldest working theaters in Europe, and enjoy the chance to dress up for a night out with your love.

A doorway in Malta, one of the best honeymoon destinations in December.

Switzerland

For those looking to enjoy a romantic winter wonderland, Switzerland is the destination of choice. Imagine sipping a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fire, while watching the cable cars run up and down the ski slopes of Zermatt.

You can also explore the festive pop-up Christmas markets in larger cities or enjoy an evening stroll while bundled up in your winter jacket.

Samanvaya tip – Take the scenic Bernina Express through the snow-capped Swiss Alps, crossing 196 bridges and enjoying a meal from the comfort of a warm train car.

Switzerland is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in winter because of the snowy ski resorts

Lapland

Situated in the northernmost region of Finland, Lapland is an area of surreal beauty and magical skies. Chase the Northern lights from a husky-pulled sled or wrap up in velvety blankets as reindeer take you through the snowy forests.

Visitors can enjoy an authentic sauna or spend the night in a remote, glass-roofed igloo as they watch the dancing skies.

Samanvaya tip – We recommend staying at Levin Iglut, one of the most beautiful glass-roofed igloos in Lapland, complete with stunning views of the snowy hilltops and the twinkling lights above.

The northern lights dancing in the sky with tree and snow in the background in Lapland.

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in December: The Americas

Arizona

Have you ever experienced the desert in winter? Red rock formations capped in snow, endless blue skies and white-washed adobe architecture set Arizona’s Sedona Desert apart from anywhere else. Located in the breathtaking western United States, this off-the-beaten-path destination is perfect for those looking to experience the great outdoors with the love of their life.

Some activities include horseback riding, jeep tours, balloon rides and hiking while the weather isn’t unbearably hot.

Samanvaya tip – After a day of exploring, enjoy a spa treatment at one of America’s best spa retreats, according to Travel + Leisure. Or, cozy up to a campfire with your love and watch the clear winter skies.

A house in Arizona, USA, situated in the cliff face.

The Yucatán Peninsula

Separating the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula consists of Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.

This world-famous destination offers the quintessential honeymoon experience, featuring all-inclusive resorts, sunny beaches and delicious cuisine.

Amble through colonial-era towns, explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, swim in a refreshing cenote or trek into the jungle with your love.

Samanvaya tip – While many choose to stay at Cancun or Playa del Carmen, we recommend picking Tulum or Isla Mujeres.

A honeymoon destination located in Yucatan Peninsula.

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in December: Africa

Tanzania

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, spend your honeymoon in Tanzania and witness the Great Migration at Serengeti National Park. Starting at the beginning of December, 2 million wildebeests, gazelles and zebras travel 800 kilometers in search of greener grasslands.

Experience the Great Migration from a luxury, tented camp, while soaking in a bathtub or watching the orange sun setting over the plains.

Samanvaya tip – While there are many incredible accommodation choices, we recommend staying at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti located within the national park.

a tree on the Serengeti with sunset behind, located in Tanzania.

South Africa

December is a great time to travel to South Africa and experience summer in bustling Cape Town, enjoy warm, dry weather at the beach or explore the many national parks.

Take a meandering drive along the Garden Route to witness spectacular vistas or relax in the generous valleys of Winelands while enjoying fine dining and even day spas.

The more adventurous of you can enjoy sailing, horseback riding and incredible safari adventures.

Samanvaya tip -If you visit Winelands, we recommend spending a day at Jordan Wines Stellenbosch or the night at their acclaimed luxury suites.

A view of the coast of Capetown, South Africa.

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in December: The Middle East

Oman

Picture yourself nestled in a luxurious bed of silky fabrics, while watching stars shoot across the night sky of the Bedouin Desert. Located on the south eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is a melting pot of cuisine and culture due to its historical location on a bustling trade route.

Meander through vibrant local markets, float in crystal clear seawaters or drive through the rugged Al Hajar Mountains -you won’t be disappointed!

Samanvaya tip – If you have the opportunity, try Shuwa, a type of grilled meat prepared in Oman on special occasions, you won’t regret it. After being marinated in spices and wrapped in banana leaves, the meat is put underground to cook for two days. It’s truly one of the most delectable dishes!

A man leads a camel across the desert in Oman.

Dubai

Often referred to as “the City of Gold”, Dubai is the ultimate opulent destination, featuring designer shopping, world-class dining, glamorous nightlife and many iconic attractions. Once a sleepy port city, Dubai has transformed into a playground of delights.

Visitors can sample dishes from around the world at restaurants lining Jumeirah Beach’s seven kilometer stretch, view luxury cars at Ferrari World, take a desert camel safari or simply relax in a high-rise suite with endless views across the desert, urban expanse and sea.

Samanvaya tip -Experience new heights of adventure by visiting the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

Dubai is one of the top luxury honeymoon destinations in the world.

We hope you enjoy all of our recommendations and enjoy your experience in Sidemen, Bali. We look forward to welcoming you here soon. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sampai Jumpa (until we meet). 

All prices are 000 plus tax/service of 20% and are in Indonesian rupiah (IDR). 

By Eva Johnstone