Where to Go in February
For those craving winter sun, there’s plenty on offer in February, as well as fabulous skiing in the Alps; by now, the snow in the Alps is usually firmly established – perfect for skiing, especially for families wanting to take advantage at half term.
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.
Kerala's backwaters are simply dreamy
This part of India enjoys its driest months from January - April while also enjoying temperate weather, making February one of the best times to take to the backwaters of Kerala and soak up its wonderfully slow pace of life. Kerala is also home to Periyar National Park which is a must for anyone who loves wildlife as it is an excellent place to try and spot elephants and tigers.
A great ski destination for foodies
If your great loves are skiing, exploring and great food, then a luxury ski holiday in the heart of the Dolomites is right up your street. This part of Italy is ideal if you wish to maximise your time on the slopes and take in some of the best views and runs in the Alps. With magnificent scenery, a varied ski terrain which suits all levels and truly exceptional food, there's very little not to like.
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.
Perfect for an exotic half-term escape
This island nation's azure waters and powdery beaches are a beautiful backdrop to an active family break, making it a year-round favourite. From snorkelling in the ocean to try your hand at windsurfing, there is something to entertain everyone; many resorts are all inclusive which makes this holiday destination even better.
A great time to travel to Patagonia
Patagonia boasts some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes; from spectacular mountain peaks to vast glaciers, estancias and turquoise lakes. It’s an adventure playground in every sense, offering superb walking and trekking opportunities, horse-riding and unique terrain to explore. Discover your inner gaucho on an estancia in southern Argentina, take in the dramatic sights of the Perito Moreno glacier, hike the mountains of El Chalten and then cross the border into Chile where you’ll be wowed by the Torres del Paine.
A great option for a family ski holiday
St Anton, Austria
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.