Where to Head for Some Winter Sun

13 September 2021

Whether you like the balmy temperatures of the Med outside high season or prefer some real heat further afield – in the classic winter destinations of the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean or the Middle East – we have something to tempt you into a winter sun getaway to claim your dose of Vitamin D later this year.

 

Barbados

The festive spirit reigns supreme on this iconic island, where pubs, bars, clubs and parties tempt you to party ’til dawn. No stay is complete without a night out at the legendary Oistins Fish Fry, to feast on seafood cooked at stalls in front of you and dance to calypso, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican ska and old country and western. But of course there’s plenty of daytime fun, too, from lounging on white-sand beaches to active pursuits including swimming near turtles, surfing and cave exploration.

 

Where to Stay and Why: The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, one of Barbados’ most long-standing and elegant resorts, for the 30% savings.

 

Dubai

Fast-changing and super-charged, the best known of the Emirates is a compelling mix of beaches, malls, theme-parks and desert adventures that mean all ages and tastes can have fun and relax as they please. Perennial favourites include water sports, water-park days out, souk shopping, creek tours by traditional wooden abra, falconry and dune-bashing, but however many times you come back there’ll always be something new to discover.

 

Where to Stay and Why: The ocean-themed Atlantis, The Palm with its water park, aquarium and underwater restaurant, for its fantastic added extras on stays of 5 nights or more and its complimentary PCR tests.

 

Gran Canaria

Golden sands, the famed Maspalomas Dunes, rugged mountain landscapes, atmospheric cities, towns and villages including the capital Las Palmas, wonderful cuisine, year-round sunshine… The third-largest of the Canary Islands – almost half of which is is a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – really does have something to offer everyone: beach lovers, those who want an escape into nature and gentle or more adrenaline-fuelled activities in the great outdoors, keen golfers, families, foodies, stargazers and spa seekers.

 

Where to Stay and Why: The Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia, Seaside Palm Beach or Seaside Sandy Beach for their fantastic array of family and adult-focussed offerings.

 

Cyprus

A mixture of sandy bays lapped by turquoise waters and a rich history stretching back thousands of years have made Cyprus a hotspot for European visitors, with major cultural sites here including the Tomb of Kings in Paphos, Temple of Aphrodite and Kamares Aqueduct. While the beaches are the draw for many, the island also has a striking rugged interior perfect for adventurous pursuits, including hiking through the Troodos Mountains and paddling in the Caledonian waterfalls.

 

Where to Stay and Why: The colonial classic Annabelle for its rooftop spa Ouranos, named after the Greek god of the sky and the heavens and offering ‘beyond organic’ treatments.

 

Mauritius

It’s famed for its palm-fringed white-sand beaches, but the island that Mark Twain claimed heaven was modelled on is also the unrivalled setting for an active holiday, too, with diving, snorkelling, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, catamaran sailing and stand-up paddleboarding all on offer. The beaches are almost entirely encircled by coral reefs to discover, and there are shipwrecks to happen upon too. Don’t miss a pirogue or kayak trip through the Ile d’Ambre’s protected mangrove forests.

 

Where to Stay and Why: The modernist hideaway of LUX* Grand Baie, for its rooftop infinity pool and cutting-edge fitness and wellness offerings.

 

To book your winter sun getaway, contact your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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