For some people, getting a fix of vitamin D purely in the summer months simply isn’t enough. So, where could you spend Christmas on the beach? Where’s hot in January and February? Where are the best winter sun destinations when the British winter has well and truly kicked in?
I’ve rounded up some of the top winter sun destinations, both long and short haul, that will have you reaching for your men’s, children’s and women’s swimwear and booking the next available flight.
The Maldives is at it’s finest during the British winter, however there is no bad time to go to the Maldives really. They are small and perfectly formed islands – tiny fantasy sandy islands, mostly with one pristine resort, and are truly breathtaking. They’re family-friendly, and if it’s a heavenly beach holiday you’re looking for, they’re hard to beat.
It’s summer all year round in the Canaries, where the annual average temperatures are in the low to mid 20’s . As well as the well-known destinations – Gran Canaria, Tenerife (pictured below), Fuerteventura and Lanzarote – there are three smaller islands that are less visited and less spoilt, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera, and they’re definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for somewhere less touristy.
For year-round sunshine, spotless beaches and extremely high standards of service, Dubai is a clear winner. The Palm, a manmade sweep of beach packed with superb hotels, is perfect for family holidays or romantic getaways. Just a 7 hour flight from London means it’s ideal for a 2 week getaway, or even a long weekend.
A six hour flight away from the UK and sitting on the Atlantic Ocean, are the islands of Cape Verde, just off the northwest coast of Africa. A mix of Portuguese, Brazilian and African cultures, Cape Verde is still relatively unknown and is therefore a fairly new destination for UK travellers. However it’s popularity is increasing every year due to its gorgeous year-round weather, which is lovely & tropical without being too humid and long daylight hours, so get in quick before it becomes too overcrowded.
As the majority of the world wraps up for a long, cold winter, Australians are grilling their Christmas dinner on the beach. Perth is the perfect place to enjoy a winter sun holiday, as is Sydney where you can spend Christmas Eve on a glass island boat partying on the Sydney Harbour cruise.
A little closer to home, Malta is renowned for enjoying more daylight hours than anywhere else in Europe – about 10.3 hours of daylight during December, compared to London’s 7.8 hours. It’s home to picturesque beaches, stunning coves and the clearest waters in the Mediterranean.
The islands of Thailand are the stuff of dreams. White sand, rustic beach shacks and turquoise seas. There are dozens of islands to choose from, and each one offers something different, like Ko Samui, which is known for its palm-fringed beaches, luxury resorts and sumptuous spas. No matter what time of year you go to Thailand, the country will always be hot, hot, hot, however, November to February are the driest months to visit.
So there you have it, my top winter sun destinations. There really are so many places to choose from though, and these are just a handful of amazing countries that you could be soaking up the sun in this winter.
*this is a collaborative post but all words and photos are my own