Inspire me: January

Inspire me: January

We've got something for every couple planning a romantic escape this January, including honeymoon inspiration if you're planning ahead.

Romantic retreats for right now:


January temperatures average 27°C in this cultured Caribbean paradise

Locals swarm the streets for funky music festivals, but if the sweaty jiving becomes too much, head to the misty Blue Mountains: atmospherically cloud-shrouded and distinctly cooler, these peaks offer forested trails and coffee plantations, so you can hike all morning and be on the beach by the afternoon.

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The austral summer means playtime in NZ

Average daily highs of 22-24°C make the outdoor adventures on offer (tramping, rafting, biking, diving, bungying...) even more fun. Plus, flowers are blooming in the southern Alps and sperm whales easily spottable off Kaikoura. Consider flying on/just after Christmas, for cheaper flights and to tag on Xmas leave so you can stay for a month.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

It's dry season in this Central American wildlife wonderland, but everything remains lush from the recent rains, which end in November

You may still get damp in Costa Rica's jungles - but reserves such as Tortuguero and Corcovado (teeming with birds, monkeys and more) are worth a dousing. Dry off on the Nicoya Peninsula's secluded beaches and by rumbling Arenal volcano. 

Not quite right?

The 2013 issue of Unique Honeymoons magzine is on sale 10 January! The award-winning team behind Wanderlust have found romantic honeymoon breaks for all budgets (£100 to £10,000!), spas with soul, exotic itineraries in India, places to stay in the landscapes you love and ideas to add extra sparkle to your honeymoon. Plus there's:

Get your copy for £4.99 from WHSmiths, our online shop or download a digital edition from the app store.
You can also check out more places and experiences the experts rate with our honeymoon advice and peruse handpicked honeymoon trips in our Honeymoon Finder.

Want to honeymoon here?


The Great Migration of wildebeest and other ungulates is a year-round affair, but Feb-March is calving season across the Serengeti's southern plains so take a wildly romantic trip to Tanzania.

Get planning:

Where's good in 3 months time…

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Japan, Maldives, Jordan

Check out more honeymoon destinations in April

Where's good in 6 months time…

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Kenya, Red Centre (Australia), Reunion

More honeymoon destinations in July

Where's good in 9 months time…

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Himalaya, Madagascar, Seychelles

More honeymoon destinations in October

Want the best honeymoon destinations for this year?

6 hot honeymoon destinations for 2013 and 6 more hot honeymoon destinations for 2013

Inspired by this?

Take the hassle out of planning your honeymoon - our Honeymoon Finder has a selection of trips from our trusted tour operators. Or if you want tailor-made honeymoon recommendations straight to your inbox, check out our Honeymoon Wizard tool - romantic expertise, just like magic.

(La Reunion: Thomas McGowan; Seychelles: Fabio Achilli)

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