If ever there’s a time when we need a holiday to come and sweep us up off our feet and drop us in a far-away land, January is the month. Take our advice and beat the winter blues with an exotic escape filled with lazy days, great food and plenty of time for exploration. Check out our top picks on where to find some winter sun and more…
Nestled on the coast between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is a small country with a big personality. A place that identifies with the gregarious spirit of Latin America as well as the laid back charm of the Caribbean. It’s a winning choice if you are looking for an unadulterated tropical bliss paired with some untamed adventure. Know that while Belize boasts some of the world’s finest beaches it also home to sub-tropical rainforests that shelter mysterious ancient Maya ruins, the Cayo District and Toledo’s Deep South are peppered with archaeological sites that date to the AD 250–1000.
With its deep spirituality and disarming charm, Thailand holds many secrets and showcases a luscious contrast of buff-coloured beaches and dense tropical jungles, mysterious jungle ruins and a vibrant and historic culture. Some of Thailand’s exquisite natural wonders are only accessible by boat from the mainland, so prepare to experience some of the finest winter fun.
The Great City of Dubai
This great Emirate is the playground of the rich and famous, with the mercury dipping to approximately 28 degrees in winter. Dubai is a shining city of limitless possibility and a genially inclusive culture welcoming you to its exhilarating pace. Winter days may be spent experiencing the sights and sounds of The Dubai Mall with its underwater zoo and over 1000 shops. The cooler evenings beckon you to dune buggy or camel rides out in the desert and a delectable Bedouin dinner under the starry sky.
Situated off the Spanish and Moroccan coasts, Tenerife boasts a gloriously tropical climate and is a relatively cheap and quick flight. Wander through the busy and colourful markets or hike through the rich landscape of Teide National Park in the shadow of Spain’s tallest volcano, Mt. Teide. If you are visiting in February, get ready to be immersed in one of the largest and most vibrant events of the year, Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where the party never ends.
Barbados, Island in the Sun
If getting away from the icy chill of winter is your goal, few places can chase the cold away with as much joy as Barbados. From Bridgetown’s famed nightlife to its proud cricketing history at the Kensington Oval, the island is known for its celebratory mix of music, Caribbean cuisine, and picturesque beaches that open all year round.
Comprising mountains, jungle, beaches and desert, Mexico’s diverse terrain promises that trip of a lifetime that you’ve been planning for. Visitors can choose from the plush resorts of Cancún and Playa del Carmen, to the eco-friendly beach retreats of Tulum. In search of ‘real Meixco’? Then you should head probably to Mérida. Whatever you decide Mexico’ promises a colourful trip jam packed with friendly locals, amazing food and priceless cultural insights.
Oman, you have really got to go there! Home to lost cities, Arabian palaces and a historic fort, Oman is an intriguing mix of old and new. Resplendent mosques and traditional trading towns jostle alongside large complexes and shopping malls. Back on the idyllic coastline, you’ll find a host of luxurious resorts waiting to host you. This is a more subdued version of Dubai were authentic flavours are still to be found and life ticks around at a much slower pace.
Antigua is the Caribbean island you are most likely to find a deserted stretch of beach fringed by azure waters to enjoy all to yourself. The former British colony has 365 beaches –one for each day of the year – making it the ideal choice for people who like to go out and explore, especially by boat.
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