With Valentine’s Day on many people’s radar, February is a popular time to travel for couples. Sri Lanka and Thailand have long lured visitors looking for winter sun, while Egypt is beginning to capture the interest of our guests. For skiers, you can’t beat the Dolomites.
Below are our top picks for where to travel in February.
Wonderful weather and marine life in abundance
A small teardrop-shaped island fringed by sparkling Indian Ocean coastline, Sri Lanka is simply spellbinding. Captivating culture, dramatic scenery, rich wildlife and tantalizing cuisine make it a country we return to time and time again. February in Sri Lanka brings beautiful weather, particularly in the central hills and in the southwest. Expect dry, sunny days and calm seas, not to mention an abundance of marine life. Dolphins, turtles and a variety of whale species frequent the waters at this time. We recommend getting out on a boat trip to see whales breaching close-up.
A fantastic February ski destination
With a vast network of ski runs, wonderful alpine restaurants and scenery that will blow your ski boots off, skiing in the Dolomites is nothing short of a revelation. Situated in the southern Alps in the north of Italy, this UNESCO protected mountain range provides a nice alternative to the more famous French Alps. February in the Dolomites tends to bring the best snow conditions, making it a great option for couples wanting a romantic Valentine’s escape. Add a touch of la dolce vita to your next ski trip.
Cooler weather ideal for sightseeing
Egypt has captured the imagination of intrepid travellers for centuries, enticing us with its ancient wonders, cultural traditions and timeless landscapes. Marvel at the sheer magnitude of the country’s majestic monuments and relics, from the mighty pyramids and the Great Sphinx to vast temples which will dwarf you with their towering pillars. Egypt in February boasts cooler temperatures, making sightseeing in the exposed desert landscape more comfortable, while the weather will still be plenty warm enough to relax on board a Nile cruise or take to the water with the wealth of marine life.
Hot dry weather and lively festivities
The stuff of castaway fantasies, Thailand offers a medley of mystical white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and stylish island hideaways. And it doesn't end there; venture inland to discover eclectic cities, captivating culture and national parks brimming with enchanting wildlife. A popular destination for those in search of winter sun, Thailand in February promises hot, dry weather. The Lunar New Year brings lively festivities up and down the country (particularly in Bangkok, with traditional dragon parades) while in Chiang Mai there is also a flower festival in February.
A great option for half term sun
Antigua is great for a family holiday thanks to its direct flights, abundant beaches, all-inclusive resorts and numerous thrills, from zip-lining to banana boats. Hardly a day goes by when you don’t see Antiguans playing cricket, and when it’s time to go exploring, there’s the charmingly old-fashioned capital, St. John’s. The island’s warm waters are an excellent place for youngsters to discover sailing, and Nonsuch Bay is the perfect place to learn. Reliable winds and two square miles of protected waters make the resort as suitable for beginners as for serious enthusiasts.
Warm & dry weather with clear blue skies
Bhutan is a country where the scenery takes centre stage; spectacular snow-capped mountains descend into wide lush valleys, ancient monasteries cling to hillsides and colourful prayer flags whip in the wind. February is when the skies are clear, the air is crisp and the visibility is superb; this is the season when hiking is especially rewarding and the views of the Himalayas are nothing short of stunning.
Rio's Carnival is in full swing
Carnival is celebrated across Brazil but head to Rio if you want to soak up Brazil's carnival spirit at the biggest street party in the world. Throughout the carnival, the streets are filled with the sounds and sights of Brazil's vibrant culture, a true testament to its incredible history, fascinating people and contagious party spirit. It's an excellent gateway to exploring this vibrant country in all its glory.
Winter sun without the long-haul flight
Throughout the year, Tenerife stays warm and temperate, confirming it as a failsafe destination for sunseekers looking to escape winter's chill. The child-friendly atmosphere and fantastic kids programme make Ritz-Carlton Abama perfect for a fun-filled family holiday all year round. There is also a superb golf course, two Michelin star restaurants, spa and beach club, making Abama a firm favourite among adults too.
Your best chance of seeing the northern lights
February is towards the end of Sweden's snowfall season so its the perfect time to strap on your snowshoes or hop onto a sledge & embark on a wintry adventure through Lapland's distinctive forests. This is also a great time to try and spy the elusive northern lights while cosying up in a remote cottage in Sweden's hinterland.
St Anton, Austria
A great option for a family ski holiday
St Anton is a charming mountain village and a great option for seasoned skiers thanks to its impressive off-piste terrain. That said, little ones also love it here thanks to its superb children's ski school and there are plenty of non-ski activities on offer. You'll also love the lively apres ski scene and hearty Tyrolean cuisine after a day on the slopes.