10 Incredible Places for Winter Sun

With four months of the year to make the most of and an inevitable chilly start to 2019, there’s still time to book a winter sun flight. We think our selection of winter sun holidays tick all of the boxes for a quick getaway, so here are a few of our favourites to get you started. Take a look…

Maldives

There is no bad time to head to the Maldives. Even rainy season is fairly dry compared to similar destinations. 26 coral atolls are made up of hundreds of tropical islands, nearly all geared towards luxury tourism.

A 10 hour flight from the UK is definitely worth it if your reward at the end is a Maldivian paradise! Accommodation in the Maldives ranges from floating beach huts to 5 star luxury hotels – take your pick.

Mexico (Cancun)

Mexico’s number one tourist destination is the ideal place to catch some rays during the UK winter months. Just over 10 hours flight from the UK, Cancun boasts highs of 30°C heat between November and March meaning that you can spend days enjoying clear days, miles of white sand beach, popular outdoor attractions and historic Mayan landmarks.

Cancun’s Hotel Zone is where you’ll find the biggest all inclusive resorts, complete with Caribbean sea views and endless entertainment on offer. Downtown, Cancun’s shopping malls, lively bar scene and nightlife will keep you busy until the early hours.

Benidorm

Why not swap the bleak UK winter for sunny Spain? On Spain’s Costa Blanca, Benidorm is a classic seaside resort with a long history and during the winter months temperatures average at a moderate 15°C.

As one of the most popular destinations for Brits, it offers lively nightlife, spacious golden beaches, and a handful of theme parks and water parks. It’s also home to the famous Sol Pelicanos Ocas; the twin hotels featured in hit ITV sitcom Benidorm. Not just a place for adults to enjoy, Benidorm caters well to young families wanting a fun-filled beach holiday with the familiarity of home.

Dubai

Burj Al Arab Hotel and a marina, Dubai

Experience a slice of luxury in Dubai, a premier destination in the UAE. Take your pick of restaurants, hotels and attractions while experiencing world-class service. Thanks to the dry dessert climate, summer here can be intense and humid. Many holidaymakers prefer to visit during the UK’s winter period; anytime between November and March is ideal for bearable temperatures of around 25°C.

Planning a visit soon? The renowned Dubai Rugby Sevens is on between 29 November – 1 December which is another good excuse to visit.

Tenerife

Playa de Las Teresitas, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Did you know that Tenerife sits off the west coast of Africa? With little rainfall, this is the place to go for guaranteed sunshine and majestic landscapes – typical of the Canary Islands.

Whether you’re travelling as a couple, family or group of friends, you can easily combine beach days, mountain hikes, sightseeing, partying and shopping for the perfect winter sun break! And with a few hidden gems dotted around the island that may surprise you, what are you waiting for?

Lanzarote

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Another of the Canary Islands is Lanzarote, renowned for its white sandy beaches, rocky inlets and spectacular volcanic backdrop. It attracts a growing number of runners and cyclists, as well as water sports enthusiasts.

If your dream winter sun break is all about the great outdoors and pleasantly warm days, then choose Lanzarote. Take your pick from popular locations including Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen.

Florida

lifeguard hut Miami beach

For the ultimate beach break, the state of Florida is ticks several boxes. With hundreds of miles of coastline including South Beach, Clearwater Beach and Siesta Key Beach, you can hop from one to the next during your stay. Even throughout the winter months of December, January and February, Florida offers welcoming temperatures of up to 25°C.

Away from the coastline, Florida packs in everything from exciting theme parks to shopping malls to wild Everglades, so you can experience as much or as little as you’d like on your holiday.

Thailand

Traditional long tail boat on the way to famous Maya Bay beach in Koh Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Southern Thailand.

Head to the tropics of Thailand this winter! Whether you’re a budget backpacker or a luxury traveller, there is a slice of paradise on every island.

The best time to visit the islands is between November and March when the monsoon is blowing dry air, lessening the chance of rain. You can expect highs of up to 35°C during the day and balmy evenings.

Malta

Valletta, Malta

Malta’s rich history, scenic towns and clear blue waters attract holidaymakers year after year. With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s a winner all-round. English is one of the official languages of the country and is widely spoken, plus flight times from the UK is around three hours long.

You can experience a taste of Mediterranean life here with tempting cuisine and laid-back lifestyle. It’s easy to island hop to Gozo and Comino to experience the famous Blue Lagoon, historic caves and temples.

Turkey

Kabak bay from Oludeniz. Fethiye / Turkey.

Situated across Europe and Asia, Turkey is a favourite holiday destination around the world. This unique country offers access to the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, Sea of Marmaris and Black Sea, but you can experience so much on land too. From castles to national parks, bazaars to balloon rides, it’s an adventure waiting to begin.

With year-round sunshine, more than 400 beaches and glistening warm waters, you won’t want to leave anytime soon…