As we draw ever closer to the end of the year and the beginning of 2018, the colder weather will begin to creep in. Our bikinis and sun lotions will be stowed away for another year and we’ll dream of the glorious than we sustained over the summer months. However, this being said, there is an alternative option. Winter sun holidays are more popular than ever before, allowing us to well and truly chase the sun all year round. If you’re tempted by the thought but are unsure where to go this winter, why not take inspiration from our top six winter sun destinations.
Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand has been a constant favourite with holidayers for many years. Famous for its tropical scenery, delectable cuisine and welcoming atmosphere, this nation is ideal for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the Thai way of life and to discover as much as they can about its history by visiting its ancient temples and lush forests.
For those looking to be enveloped by their surroundings, The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is a superb choice. Situated in the heart of the area once known as the Lanna Kingdom, which translates to “the land of a million rice fields”, the resort is charming and breathtaking all at once. Guests can wake up to views of some of Thailand’s highest mountains which are complemented by rich green rainforests and cascading waterfalls; what better way to start your day.
Known as “the city of gold”, Dubai is renowned for its melting pot of tradition and modernism, merging together to create the vibrant city that it is today. Blessed with sunshine all year round, The Palm, Dubai’s man-made beach, is a spotless location to soak up the sun and thoroughly indulge in some me-time with some of the most luxurious resorts such as the One & Only Hotel. If you fancy taking a break from basking by the water, Dubai’s incomparable retail options can give you the chance to find yourself an extra special souvenir.
Located just minutes away from Dubai International Airport, the Palazzo Versace Dubai is set in the centre of the Culture Village. The resort is magnificently located on a sublime waterfront development with open views of the Dubai Creek, one of the most opulent elements of this amazing location.
The One and Only Royal Mirage features stunning domes, beautiful arches and grand towers surrounded by vibrant gardens and luscious courtyards. Their intimate spa makes this resort a great place to incorporate a spa break into your holiday, and you can even stay in your own Private Garden Villa, enjoying your own private beach.
The Ritz Carlton Dubai is one of Dubai’s most exclusive resorts. Surrounded by 400,000 square feet of landscaped gardens and luscious beaches, it is easy to see why this resort is a popular choice amongst A-List celebrities. Every guest room features a private balcony, and this resort boasts the best restaurants in the world – a perfect place to enjoy an Asian take on Christmas Dinner and then soaking up some sun!
3. The Maldives
People often refer to this gorgeous location as nature’s garden and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by cyan blue waters thriving with vibrant marine life and beaches that appear white in colour, the Maldives is an out-of-this-world winter sun destination. This particular island is also ideal for those who wish to spend their time in a more adventurous nature, thanks to its incredible diving and snorkelling sites.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Maldives that can be your own little sanctuary, the One & Only Reethi Rah offers the ultimate holiday experience to those seeking the pinnacle of tropical Maldives luxury. Set on one of the largest islands in the Maldives and adorned with endless white sand coves and turquoise bays, all villas enjoy beautiful ocean views and direct access to the lagoon. Guests will feel as if they are constantly in a dream-like state as they recline in their water-based temple.
This beautiful destination is the perfect winter sun haven for guests who enjoy exploring paradisiacal surroundings. With palm trees fringing the 10,00km of a coast, deeply mysterious jungles and a cuisine loved around the world, Mexico is the place to be if you want to experience a wilder luxury holiday. The country’s lively history and unique culture make it an ideal place to open your mind and try something new, every day.
Mexico’s Rosewood Mayakoba is a stunning resort, surrounded by an emerald jungle and pristine white beaches. Its private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks and exquisite modern details also make the resort your most comfortable stay yet, offering a luxurious Mayan twist.
5. South Africa
If you’ve ever wanted to go on a safari but found the summer months just too busy, then South Africa should be your go-to winter sun destination. From observing the wildlife roam the Kalahari dunes to relaxing on the numerous golden beaches, South Africa is the gift that keeps on giving. Here, you’ll find some of the world’s most stunning landscapes including the burning Karoo to the famous Table Mountain, all of which can be explored to your heart’s content.
To experience South Africa in all its glory, the Delaire Graff Estate will fulfil all of your wishes and more. Nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Stellenbosch Valley, the resort is a botanical wonderland set against the backdrop of a dramatic mountain range. For world-class wine, hospitality and art, there really is nowhere better.
Entrepreneur and writer Mark Twain once stated that Heaven was copied after Mauritius was created, and it is easy to see why. Take a private jet and fly away from the cold, dreary UK weather and lose yourself in pure paradise as soon as soon as you step onto Mauritius. Tumbling waterfalls, flourishing jungles, crystal blue seas and soft white sands. Whether you’re looking for an adventure holiday in Africa, or a beach Holiday and city break in Port Louis, a luxury holiday in Mauritius will not disappoint. With temperatures hitting between 25°C and 33°C from December – February it is easy to see why people choose to visit this tropical haven. December is the best month to explore the reef and go snorkelling, before you sip on cocktails as you relax in the sun.
For the ultimate relaxing holiday in Mauritius, the St Regis Mauritius is located on the south-western part of the island, on the Le Morne Beach. This stunning resort offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and lagoon.
If you’re looking for an exclusive resort, then the One and Only Le Saint Geran are reopening its doors on December 1st, and taking luxury to the next level. This distinguished resort combines the beauty of the beaches with opulence, creating a truly unique experience.
If you’re looking to book embark on a luxurious winter sun holiday, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our expert team today!