Best places for winter sun
For those craving sun-drenched beaches and warmer climes, we’ve handpicked our favourite escapes that offer the ultimate antidote to the winter chill.
Sri Lanka is simply spellbinding – a small teardrop-shaped island fringed by a sparkling Indian Ocean coastline. The diversity of activities on offer makes it perfect for all types of travellers, with endless adventures to choose from. Take an early morning hike through the rolling green hills of Tea Country, search for leopards in Yala National Park and unwind at one of the country’s renowned wellness retreats on the ruggedly beautiful south coast.
From £11,900pp for 14 nights based on our Ultimate Sri Lanka itinerary between December 2022 and March 2023 with flights and transfers included.
Get a true sense of place in one of the most historic islands in the Indian Ocean. A foodie’s nirvana, Mauritian cuisine fuses culinary delights from Africa, India, Asia and Europe. Go kitesurfing in Le Morne, play a round of golf at Anahita, indulge in a private chateau date night at Le Telfair or savour a foodie experience at Flic en Flac.
From £7,500 for 2 adults staying at One & Only Le Saint Géran for 7 nights between December 2022 and March 2023 with flights and transfers included
Savour the finer things in life on an ultimate winter adventure in South Africa. Traverse the vast wilds of the Kalahari with a private guide, in search of the Big Five and other lesser-known creatures. Soak up the buzzing vibes of Cape Town and finish at an exclusive farm hotel in the Winelands. You’ll dine at incredible restaurants throughout and sip on South Africa’s world-famous wines.
From £13,250pp for 9 nights based on our Ultimate South Africa itinerary between December 2022 and March 2023 with flights and transfers included.
An alluring archipelago of over 1,000 ancient coral islets spread out like glittering gems across some 500 miles in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is paradise found. Surf some of the best waves in the world (without the need for a wetsuit), swim with whale sharks and scuba dive with manta rays. Or take it easy with barefoot beach walks, sensational sunsets and world-class stargazing.
From £15,000 for 2 adults staying at Gili Lankanfushi for 7 nights between December 2022 and March 2023 with flights and transfers included
Experience the real razzmatazz of the big city in the sand! With one of the highest densities of Michelin starred chefs anywhere in the world, Dubai’s food scene is to die for. Work up an appetite by flying a sea plane round the Palm Jumeriah, hitting the golf course, or trying your hand at dune bashing on a 4x4 desert adventure. If you’ve got energy left to burn, the nightlife won’t disappoint.
From £9,500 for 2 adults staying at Jumeriah al Naseem for 7 nights between December 2022 and March 2023 with flights and transfers included
Characterised by tropical rainforests, plunging gorges and pristine beaches – all set against dramatic dormant volcanoes – Grenada is a relaxed island that charms everyone who steps on its shores. Wander around the historic capital of St George’s, hike in the mountains and cool off with a dip in Concord Falls, or stick to the sea and sail and snorkel to your heart’s content.
From £10,000 for 2 adults staying at Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa for 7 nights between December 2022 and March 2023 with flights and transfers included