Winter Sun Destinations
There is snow outside or a chill in the air, the nights are long and all you want is some sunshine!
There is only one thing to do! Fly away to somewhere hot and sunny with beautiful beaches, exotic scents and flavours of local fresh foods.
However finding the best destination for sunshine during our European winter is not as easy as just heading south. Some parts of the Caribbean and South East Asia can be unsettled with fickle tropical weather, whilst mid-winter in parts of the Indian Ocean is the rainy season. There are a few European islands that stay warm year round, making them ideal for a winter sun holiday.
Key to your decision will be how far do you want to travel so read on to see what the top Winter Sun destinations are for early 2018.
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Lanzarote only four hours away, is now better known for its boutique properties, unique art, Spanish culture and volcanic landscapes in Timanfaya National Park. Stay in the friendly Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort as an excellent base for exploring the island.
Barbados can be reached in under nine hours. Alongside the beautiful beaches immerse yourself into a comfortable mix of old colonial charm and laid-back Caribbean way of life. For the perfect hidey-hole ‘Little Good Harbour’ ensure a stress-free holiday form start to finish
Costa Rica is perfect for an adventure and about 11hours away. Go in January for less rain, fewer people and a lush landscape. With it pristine coastline and rainforest interior there is so much to do. The delightful hilltop Gaia Hotel & Reserve offers a total island experience.
Tenerife can be reached in 5 hours. The largest of the Canary Islands but easy to lose the crowds. Just head north to the mountains, tiny villages and charming restaurants. It is also the month for the fabulous Santa Cruz carnival. Hotel San Roque is a hideaway place for complete rest and relaxation
Dominican Republic is nine and half hours but worth every minute. With close encounters to migrating whales, cave diving and off road driving this is an island for fun. February is also carnival month. Tortuga Bay melds nature and pristine beach into one beautiful place to stay.
Maldives, hundreds of palm islands set within coral atolls surrounded by impossibly turquoise waters. Heaven. February is the driest of the months combined with great visibility for diving and snorkelling, some of the best reasons to go. Try Kanuhura, a favourite of ours for bare-foot luxury
Cyprus is only four and half hours away and in March the islands flowers start to bloom and there are so few people around. The island is perfect for exploring with a ruggedly beautiful coastline and some of the most extraordinary archaeological ruins. The stylish and understated Almyra at one end of Paphos harbour is in a great location to explore
Cancun is the gateway to beautiful beaches, outstanding natural beauty and ancient ruined cities. Only eight and half hours this destination offers the perfect place to do absolutely nothing but chill. Hotel Esencia is the ideal retreat for a special romantic occasion.
Cambodia is the place to go if you want to see South-East Asia at its most beguiling. In 14 hours you can go to watch dawn break over the jungle temples of Angkor, visit local villages and also go for its immaculate beaches. Phum Baitang is a simple but elegant retreat in 8 acres of lush vegetation and is the ideal antidote to the bustling crowds of Angkor