If the idea of a long, cold January is filling you with dread, why not jet off for some winter sunshine?
After a month of festivities, it’s time to lock the Christmas tree in the attic and put away the decorations, because a much-needed break awaits.
And to help you decide on a sun-filled destination, we’ve listed our favourite winter hotspots so you can get this year off to a toasty start.
Flight time – 12 hours
Average Temperature – 32°C
Say hello to the land of smiles – known as one of the happiest places on earth, Thailand will have you captivated from the get-go.
Spend January soaking up 32°C of pure sunshine on iconic beaches, make a splash in waters as clear as the sky and soak up rich culture with a visit to the temples. It’s hardly surprising that many famous films are set here, from the Leonardo DiCaprio hit The Beach to The Hangover Part II – and there’s even an island dedicated to James Bond.
Find yourself in a whole new world when you explore Phi Phi Island, or head to Bangkok for skyscraper bars. Forever impressing, Thailand offers an exclusive holiday experience.
Apasari Hotel Krabi
Flight time – 4 hours
Average Temperature – 22°C
Forever tempting us, Tenerife is renowned for its eternal sunshine and lunar landscapes. This island is a year-round resort bursting with shops, bars and tasty restaurants – all yours for the taking.
If that hasn’t lured you in, the dramatic coastline will. You’ll find a mix of volcanic black and powder-white sands here, making Tenerife all the more intriguing.
Dominating the island is Mount Teide – Spain’s dormant volcano and highest peak. Stargazing on the top of here makes for the ultimate romantic experience, and it’s also the perfect place to catch the sunset.
Experience the best of both worlds, from thrilling adventures in Siam Park to relaxing poolside. Tenerife is an all-rounder when it comes to unforgettable holidays.
Colon II Apartments
Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Flight time – 10 hours 45 minutes
Average Temperature – 23°C
Mexico is known for its sizzling temperatures and tropical delights, making it a winter favourite among many holidaymakers.
And it’s clear to see why with superb beaches, thrilling watersports, and nightlife that’ll have you up until the early hours. Sunbathe in the morning, snorkel between the coral reefs in the afternoon, then spend your evenings drinking tequila in the legendary Coco Bongo.
Foodies will be in paradise as they indulge in fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, not to mention an endless supply of guacamole and salsa – if that doesn’t tempt you, we don’t know what will!
Grab your sombreros and check out one of the wonders of the world, the Chichen Itza. And if you’re not too busy soaking up the Caribbean sun, go zip-lining through the jungle. This is an adventure you can’t refuse.
Riu Lupita Hotel
Flight time – 6 hours
Average Temperature – 24°C
Just off the coast of Africa, Cape Verde is a sun worshipper’s paradise. These archipelago islands boast a warm exotic climate all year round, making them the perfect winter getaway.
Newer to the holiday scene, Cape Verde has all the same perks of a long haul destination, but with a shorter flight time. Sink your toes into Blue Flag beaches, swim with the turtles and get lost in the island’s Portuguese heritage.
It’s also a well-known windsurfing spot, with surfers flocking from all over the world to catch some waves. We’re not surprised though, with tempting shimmering blue waters at your fingertips – you won’t be able to refuse a dip.
Boa Vista, Cape Verde Islands, Cape Verde
Flight time – 9 hours
Average Temperature – 32°C
Discover India’s hidden gem Goa, where the beaches steal the show and the tropical climate is a real winner. There will be no stopping you once you set your sights on these golden shores.
Although great for topping up your tan, Goa is a watersport fanatics dream with paragliding, snorkelling, diving and jet-skiing opportunities. And when you’re not swimming with the fishes, you’ll be dancing under the moon-lit sky at a legendary beach party.
Add some spice to your adventure and feast on classic Indian cuisine, with peri-peri chilis and authentic curries – the weathers not the only thing that’ll be hot.
Arpora, Goa, India
Escape the January blues and head for one of our dreamy destinations!