So the days are dark and gloomy, the temperature's dropped and your summer tan has faded. Rather than spending your days dreaming about your next summer holiday - which come on, we’re all doing - make your dreams a reality and soak up the winter sun at these exclusive destinations.
If you fancy an adventure off the beaten track, South Africa is the destination for you this winter. See the 'big five' for yourself in the Hluhuwe Game Reserve along the Kwazulu Natal coastline. This area of South Africa enjoys hot summers between October and April with an average sea temperature of 20°C, making it a perfect location for a winter holiday.
Temperatures in Cape Town, on South Africa’s southwest coast, average at around 25°C during the winter periods so explore the Cape Malay culture this winter for a holiday like no other. Think cage diving with Great White Sharks, check out the astonishing views in a cable car up Table Mountain, and explore the exquisite Cape Winelands.
The Canary Islands
With an average annual temperature of 24°C, the volcanic island of Gran Canaria offers long white sand beaches and picturesque towns. Due to the diversity of the island, Gran Canaria is nicknamed as its own ‘miniature continent’, so if you’re looking for a winter holiday that offers rich history and incredibly distinct landscapes that’s just a short four-hour flight away, Gran Canaria is the winter holiday destination for you.
Once you're here, just a quick trip away is Gran Canaria’s neighbouring island of Tenerife. Go whale and dolphin watching on this beautiful island, then hit the water parks and the Jungle Park zoo for an extra splash of family fun. Alternatively, check out the town of La Laguna, it is a Unesco World Heritage site and is filled with rich 16th, 17th and 18th century culture and architecture.
Although October through to February are the cooler months in Dubai, temperatures can still hit over 26°C making it the perfect destination to spend your Christmas and New Years abroad. Swap snow angels for sun bathing, and indulge in luxurious shopping sprees and gourmet buffets across the city. Home to some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers, you can guarantee New Year’s events will be extravagant as you can see the celebrations of the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Atlantis The Palm combined. If this sounds like your perfect trip, get ready for a luxurious, yet action-packed, winter holiday.
South Pacific Islands
The majestic islands of the South Pacific are vibrant and full of rich culture. With average temperatures hitting 27°c over winter, the translucent lagoons of Tahiti, and Mount Otenmanu in Bora Bora to the North of the French Polynesia, are a picture of exotic paradise. Discover your own South Pacific Island adventure, and experience the power of Mana. These islands are some of the most romantic in the world and are the perfect getaway for any couple looking to escape this winter.
Made up of lots of volcanic islands, Indonesia captures the essence of paradise through its white sandy beaches, fertile rice lands and incredible marine life. You will be greeted with comfortable 28°C temperatures while visiting Bali during winter, however as it is the low season keep an eye out for the tropical rainfalls. The Indonesian Islands are full of great nightlife, luxurious spas and wellness resorts, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to get close to dolphins, large mantarays, turtles, Birds of Paradise and orangutans. So start shopping and get prepared for the trip of a lifetime.
Indian Ocean Islands
The Seychelles and The Maldives are gifted with subtropical climates all year round, averaging temperatures between 26°C and 32°C from November to January. This tropical heaven makes these islands the perfect beach holiday destination. The skies are blue, the beaches are filled with white sands, and the seas are crystal clear with warm temperatures. If you want to explore under the seas, the islands of the Indian Ocean are the destination for you. Both the Seychelles and the Maldives offer incredible opportunities to snorkel and scuba dive with some of the best marine life in the world. The resorts are luxurious, and the weather is hot, so get ready for a winter holiday in absolute paradise.
Forgotten about your winter blues? Yes we have too. Indulge in a new swimsuit and chase the sun this winter at these exclusive holiday destinations!