Aside from being an overall stressful and unusual time for us all, we know Covid-19 has put a hold on many holiday plans. We hope to continue inspiring you during this period with new and exciting travel ideas, so that when the world eventually gets back to its old self, you’ll be ready to take it on!
If, like us, you spend your days dreaming about sun, sea and sangria, then the long winter months can drag on… and on…. and on. While Christmas and New Year provide a welcome – and much-needed – distraction from the cold blustery weather and shorter days, it’s not nearly enough to see us through till spring. And it shouldn’t have to be either.
With so many amazing winter sun destinations around the world, here are our top five places to beat the ‘winter blues’, from the Canaries to Mexico to Jamaica! All you need to do is have your favourite swimsuit, playlist and travel buddy at the ready – we’ll take care of the rest!
This much-loved Caribbean island makes for the perfect winter getaway, and is best visited between November and April to avoid its rainy seasons. Temperatures vary between regions, but rest assured that the popular beach resorts of Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios are guaranteed warm weather all-year round.
With so much to see and do, there really is something for everyone in Jamaica! Whether you’re travelling as a couple, family or with friends, the bustling town of Montego Bay promises a holiday to remember. There’s plenty of hotels depending on your agenda, including Sunscape Splash Resort & Spa and Iberostar Rose Hall Beach All Inclusive. If it’s a romantic beach break you’re after, Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach, with its powdery white sand and crystal clear water, won’t disappoint! Check out all inclusive resorts such as Sunset At The Palms and Grand Lido Negril Au Naturel Resort for ultimate luxury.
Head to Thailand for your winter sun holiday and the only blues you’ll have will be the view of the clear blue waters before you. In *just* 15 hours you’ll be waving goodbye to arctic UK temperatures and saying hello to the tropical climate awaiting you.
Make the most of the country’s breathtakingly diverse landscape and explore as much of Thailand as possible, starting with its stunning islands. Both the east and west coast are home to some of the best beaches in the world. So it’s worth doing your homework and finding the best place for you.
The Gulf islands (Koh Samui, Koh Pha-Ngan and Koh Tao) have the best weather from the end of January to mid-March, while Phuket, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi tend to fare better in December and January. Time permitting, Bangkok – Thailand’s vibrant capital – is like no other and a must-see, as is the ancient city of Chiang Mai, nicknamed the “The rose of the North”.
Fancy a fuss-free, affordable holiday, a little closer to home this winter? Then the Canary Islands have your name written all over them. Comprising eight islands, Tenerife is the largest and perhaps the most well-known, followed by Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.
If the weather is (understandably) your main priority, you’ll be pleased to know that the sun rarely sets on the Canaries. All islands boast an average temperature of around 20 degrees in the winter. They each have a unique personality and stand out for their own reasons, but all make for an ideal family holiday. Why not find out which island is the right one for you?
With its otherworldly beaches, rich culture and incredible culinary scene, it’s no surprise that Mexico has earned itself a reputation among curious holidaymakers far and wide. And (as if that wasn’t enough) it guarantees winter sun, which makes it a winner in our eyes!
Popular resorts Riviera Maya and Cancun are both solid choices and promise a winter you won’t forget (for all the right reasons). The lesser-known town of Todos Santos, on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, meanwhile, gives you a chance to discover another side of Mexico that won’t disappoint. Expect a laid-back hippie vibe, spectacular beaches, restaurants, bars and shops and your choice of luxury hotels.
Cuba: where the beaches are golden, the people as nice as they come and the rum free-flowing. Is there any surprise that it’s among our favourite winter sun escapes? What’s more, with temperatures averaging between 25 and 30 degrees from November to April, you’re guaranteed a sun-drenched holiday that will blow your troubles a million miles away.
While Cuba has certainly grown in popularity over the years, it’s still relatively untouched and oozes rich culture, history and character. You’ll find plenty to do there, from soaking up the Caribbean rays with a Mojito (or two) in hand to exploring its rich underwater world, to touring the bustling city of Havana – Cuba caters to all your travel needs. What are you waiting for?
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