Work out where to go for winter sun with our top suggestions for winter warmer destinations. From Malta to Mexico, discover your perfect winter holiday.
Looking to escape those long, dark nights and the dreary English weather? Taking in those rays and sipping margaritas on the beach could be closer than you think. If you’re in need of some vitamin D, there are plenty of holiday destinations for some much needed winter sun.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to avoid the price hikes of the school holidays, there are even better deals to be had. You can live it up Down Under, or discover a little bit of paradise in the Caribbean. Explore the sparkling waters of the Maldives, or island hop in Thailand. And you can enjoy a spot of luxury too. With 4 and 5-star hotels, and plenty of all-inclusive and adults-only resorts to choose from. So swap the blankets for beach towels, and take a look at our pick of the best winter sun holiday destinations.
Australia is both a country and a continent, in the Indian Ocean. It’s the sixth largest country in the world, and it’s geography is extremely diverse. From the snow-capped mountains of the Australian Alps, to large deserts, beautiful beaches and tropical forests.
Australia’s climate varies greatly throughout the eight states and territories. There are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in the tropical north. The seasons are at opposite times to those in the UK, with summer running from December to February. This makes it the perfect destination for a winter sun holiday.
Things to do
Why not climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivalled views from a height of 440 feet. Or if snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, check out this exciting day trip from Cairns for the chance to see tropical marine life in the clear waters. And how about getting close to nature on a tour from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most popular wildlife destinations.
Where to stay
Stay in the heart of Sydney at the 5-star Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. Boasting a swimming pool and free WiFi, it’s just a 15-minute walk from Circular Quay, where you can visit the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art, or view the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Built in the early 1900s, the hotel is a 20-minute walk from the historic Rocks district. The shopping options of Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building are also within 15 minutes’ walk. Wynyard Train Station and bus stops are just a 2-minute walk away.
Each Caribbean island flaunts its own distinct cultural and historical characteristics, meaning there is always something new and exciting to explore. But they’re all united in offering incredible natural beauty and beaches. Try Cuba for culture, the Dominican Republic for all inclusive resorts, Barbados for delicious food and drink, St. Lucia for adventure and Jamaica for a laid-back retreat.