As winter settles in and the colder temperatures take hold, the allure of a sun-drenched holiday becomes increasingly irresistible. This winter, why not leave behind the cold and immerse yourself in tranquil beaches, vibrant cultures, and unforgettable adventures? Explore our curated selection of blissful winter sun destinations.
Feel the warmth of Jamaica this winter season
Jamaica offers a wide range of activities and attractions that are perfect for all ages this winter! Escape the winter blues and embrace the vibrant energy of the number one Caribbean island for UK travellers.
Indulge in the inviting allure of Jamaica’s sun-kissed shores. Popular spots include Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios, where you can soak up the sun and swim in the crystal-clear waters or enjoy water sports activities including snorkelling, scuba diving, and kayaking. You can also try your hand at windsurfing or kiteboarding for a more exhilarating experience.
Jamaica’s boundless beauty awaits, experience the island’s diverse landscape from lush rainforests to majestic waterfalls. Take a hike through the Blue Mountains, visit the stunning Dunn’s River Falls, or go on a river rafting adventure on the Rio Grande.
Immerse yourself in Jamaican culture, from reggae music to jerk cuisine, Jamaica has a rich cultural heritage that is worth exploring. Visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, sample local dishes at a street food market, or take a dance class to learn some moves.
Home to some of the Caribbean’s most luxurious spas, Jamaica offers a range of treatments and services to help you unwind and recharge. Many resorts also offer yoga classes and other wellness activities too.
Jamaica is the ultimate winter sanctuary. For more information and to book your trip visit https://www.visitjamaica.com/ .
Explore The Great Outdoors in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Ras Al Khaimah, nestled in the United Arab Emirates, stands as the perfect winter sun destination for those seeking a warm and rejuvenating escape. With its year-round sunshine and pleasant temperatures, this Emirate offers a respite from colder climates. The pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Gulf provide an idyllic setting for relaxation and water activities. Moreover, Ras Al Khaimah boasts a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage, with its rugged mountains, desert dunes, and ancient historical sites. Whether it’s exploring the vibrant souks, embarking on thrilling desert safaris, or indulging in luxurious resorts, Ras Al Khaimah promises an unforgettable winter getaway that combines sun-soaked days with rich cultural experiences.
The winter season is the perfect time of year to explore Ras Al Khaimah’s remarkable heritage dating back to the Bronze Age. The Emirate is dotted with historical sites including ruins and forts, of which four locations – Julfar, Shimal, Al Jazeera, Al Hamra, and Dhayah – were recognised by UNESCO, on its tentative list of Global Heritage Sites. You can also immerse yourself in Ras Al Khaimah’s rich history at Suwaidi Pearls, the region’s first cultured pearl farm.
At an imposing height of 1,934 metres, Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak, is the crowning glory of Ras Al Khaimah. Known as the adventure hub of the Middle East, Jebel Jais offers a diverse range of experiences for adventure seekers of all ages such as Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline, Jais Sky Tour, a series of six exhilarating ziplines stretching 5km and Jais Sledder, the region’s longest toboggan ride.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp promises a thrilling mountain experience where you can learn practical and extreme survival techniques. After a day of adventuring, indulge in unique outdoor gastronomy experiences at the UAE’s highest restaurant –1484 by Puro, offering breathtaking mountain views.
A 5 night stay at Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island on B&B basis for 2 adults flying out from London Heathrow in January and staying in a Deluxe Island Sea View Room from £709/pp, bookable at Destination2.
Wildlife and Wellness Winter Sun for the Eco-Conscious Couple at Nova Maldives
For a strong eco-friendly sanctuary with a commitment to sustainability, opt for Nova Maldives, located on the South Ari Atoll with excellent marine life and a soft luxury concept. Nova focuses on wellness and wholesome holidays, offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences including the chance to swim with whale sharks, manta rays and other marine creatures, and fluro-snorkelling in the dark. Be swooned by the call of the sea in one of the resort’s 76 overwater villas and be pampered by Nova’s very own range of curated spa treatments inspired by “Dhivehi Beys” rituals, and contribute to the environment by planting your own coral frame in Nova’s coral garden.
Expect nothing but warm sunshine and breathtaking marine life year round in this wildlife and wellness haven, a most fitting choice for an out-of-the-world getaway for couples looking to celebrate special occasions together and those who are looking for some down time to unwind and recharge and leave the world behind.
Package price – A 7 night stay for 2 adults staying in a Beach Villa on all-inclusive basis, flying out from London Heathrow in January from £3,129/pp, bookable at Destination2.
Sunny Adventure and Festive Family Fun at Kandima Maldives
Escape the gloom and embrace a winter paradise in the Maldives, where sun-kissed beaches, crystal-clear waters, and tropical bliss await, while the UK shivers in the cold. Set on a 3-kilometer long island in the Dhaalu Atoll, Kandima is a playful and responsible resort specialising in affordable luxury escapes, with a wide range of watersports and aquaholics on offers, such as parachuting, jet-skis, banana boats and diving lessons, an art studio for guests to try their hand at canvas painting and unleash their inner Picasso, the EsKape Spa to pamper guests with signature treatments, destination dining experiences by the sea with the freshest catch, and romantic movie screening nights under the star.
This holiday season, the resort’s Holoworld carnival will take the island by storm with dazzling light installations and music performances that blend fantasy with reality, alongside Pizza Bakes, Kandy Kane Hunt and Gingerbread Cookie Party for parents and little ones to enjoy.
Package price – A 7 night stay for 2 adults 2 kids staying in a Sky Studio on Dine Around All Inclusive basis, flying out from London Heathrow in January from £1,584/pp, bookable at Destination2. Special speedboat transfer offers up to 40% off included!
Short-haul Winter Sun for the Luxury Getaway of the Year at Cullinan Belek
Feeling the chill but don’t want the jet lag of long-haul travel? The Turkish Riviera can offer a respite for those looking for some warm and sunny days this winter. Open all-year round, the 5* luxury lifestyle resort, Cullinan Belek, is the perfect option for a last-minute weekend getaway. Stay at swim-up suites that with views of the resort’s private white sand beach and lush golf courses, and enjoy premium dining and entertainment. The resort comes with its own 36-hole golf-course, 10+ dining outlets and bars, and as many as 13 swimming pools (some heated indoor/outdoor), and features a fantastic 8,000 sq. ft. spa and wellness center, a truly versatile and worldclass offering for all regardless of your interests
With a full house of holiday entertainment lined up to warm you up with good vibes, the resort brings to guests an extravagant series of band performances, gala dinners, Diamond Flash Mob and New Year Cabaret shows this year to kick off a fiery 2024!
Package price – A 5 night stay for 2 adults on all-inclusive basis flying out from London Stansted staying in a Superior Double Room with Golf View from £801/person in January, bookable at TUI.