You’re woken by wind howling through your windows. The misty winter snow has evolved into a blizzard and gusts of wind batter your door. Your mittens are torn. The train is delayed. The cat is missing. Forget festive postcards of quaint streets sprinkled with a thin layer of snow – this is the real British winter. And it’s why holidaymakers swap their summer breaks for winter getaways in droves: what could be a better way to spend December than on a sun kissed beach? Below we’ve highlighted our top six winter sun holidays this year. So you can dip your feet into a sparkling ocean instead of a sludgy puddle. Read on to discover more.
Tenerife, The Canary Islands
Let’s start with something close to home. The Canary Islands can be reached with direct British flights and usually only take four hours. And in those four hours, the entire world transforms. Tenerife holidays are both diverse and hauntingly beautiful, from discovering the island’s black sand beaches to its bustling nightlife. Stay at Baobab Suites to make the most of the sun – perfect for exploring the best of the island’s beaches, stunning volcanic scenery and vibrant nightlife.
WINTER IN TENERIFE: Average temperature: 22°C / Average rainy days per month: 4
What could be a more obvious choice than the Sunshine State itself? Florida boasts a warm climate year-round, and a holiday to Miami gives you the best of it: there’s few better places on the planet to swap the English Channel for SoBe, and rainfall for summer rays. Pestana South Beach Art Deco is our place-of-choice for your next Winter Sun holiday. It’s right next to South Beach Boardwalk, and features amenities and decor that whisk you a million miles from the drizzle.
WINTER IN MIAMI: Average temperature: 23°C / Average rainy days per month 2
Cancun’s weather is hot. Really hot. And it’s hot all year. That’s what makes it the most enviable winter sun holiday destination in the world. Ivory-white beaches, lush jungles, waterparks, historical attractions, and a soothing average of 27°C during December makes this Mexican destination a true winter sun paradise. And to make it even better, make sure to book something extra special when you visit. Our recommendations include Moon Palace Cancun, and Unico 20 87 in Riviera Maya – which you can read more about after our spectacular visit this year here.
WINTER IN CANCUN: Average temperature: 27°C / average rainy days per month: 2
Dubai, Middle East
Of course the Middle East is hot. Dubai, it’s built in a desert. But that’s it’s charm. Not only do winter sun travellers get to escape the grizzly chill of the British cold, but they get to experience one of the most incredible cities in the world. Man made islands? Tick. Private beaches? Tick. Desert safaris? Tick. All Inclusive luxury properties? Tick. Gorgeous 28°C temperatures in the middle of winter? Tick, tick, tick. Dubai boasts so many fancy resorts, it’s hard to single one out. But for for a true escape from winter, book the decadent Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa – an upscale getaway in the middle of the Arabian desert. This is a winter sun holiday like nothing you’ve tried before.
WINTER IN DUBAI: Average temperature: 28°C / average rainy days in December: 4
The Maldives, Indian Ocean
Have you ever seen the Maldives in the snow? Most people haven’t, and that’s because it rarely ever gets cold enough for bad weather to occur. This gorgeous country is a dream for paradise-seekers. Even more so when the UK hits sub-zero temperatures. For a real escape from Britain’s winter weather, check out Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, a secluded escape with a PADI Dive School, stunning house reef and a tempting All Inclusive option available.
WINTER IN MALDIVES: Average temperature: 28°C / average rainy days: 9
Now if you want heat, you’ve come to the right place. Phuket holidays are famed for good reason: even in December its temperatures soar to over thirty degrees celsius. The island also boasts a huge choice of beaches from quiet getaways to party centres to family favourites – so choose your beach, kick back, and let the British winter become a distant memory. For a unique luxury experience, make sure to check out the all-pool-villa Keemala – winner of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World awards. Then soak in the rays as your friends back home soak in the rain.
WINTER IN THAILAND: Average temperature: 31°C / average rainy days: 9.3
The United Kingdom
So you’ve settled on a stay-cation. That’s cool. But we guarantee that the only way to catch the warmth is in a tanning salon. And let’s face it – it’s not quite the same. Take our weather figures below for example, then compare it to the destinations above. Still thinking of staying at home this winter?
WINTER IN THE UNITED KINGDOM: Average temperature: 5°C / average rainy days: 16. Yep, that’s two whole weeks of rain.