Winter Sun Holidays
Cheap Sunshine Holidays This Winter
As the nights start to draw in earlier, the temperature gets noticeably cooler and the winter clothes start making an appearance, you know that winter is on the way. Sometimes though, it's nice to have something to look forward to, like a winter sun holiday or getaway. You know, just to help make life in winter that little bit easier when you know you've got a break away that you can get excited about. So we've pulled together some of the best winter sun holidays from our holiday partners. From cheap weekend breaks in Ibiza, to the tropical shorts of Thailand over Christmas, have a browse and see which of our favourite winter holiday deals suit you.
Where To Go On A Winter Sun Holiday
If your budget can stretch and you fancy heading a little further away, Thailand is a great winter sun destination. With December to February being an ideal time to go for sunshine and lower humidity, the beaches of Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya are a great way to get some much needed vitamin D in winter.
Top Winter Sun Destinations
If you don't want to travel too far, the Canary Islands are in the balmy 20s during winter and there's a much higher chance of sun than many other traditional European holiday destinations. Tenerife offers plenty of activities, although many hotel pools aren't heated in the winter which can get a bit chilly sometimes. For some true escapism, try the neighbouring islands of La Gomera or La Palma where holidaymakers are fewer.
The Middle East starts to stretch the budget but flights to Dubai can be as little as £300 per person and there is a wide range of accommodation options to suit, from the budget chain hotels with pool, right the way up to your luxury five-star resorts. Winter temperatures in the UAE sit around the mid 20s, warm enough to wear shorts and skirts, but not too hot to be unbearable.
Time it right and a winter sun holiday in Thailand can be truly magical. It's worth bearing in mind that Thailand does has a tropical climate which means that even on rainy days, there's a short, sharp burst of rain before the sun appears. December is the end of the wet season on Thailand's west coast, while the east should already be through their main rainy period by then.
Holidays In December
As winter really starts drawing in, sometimes we just need some vitamin D. Be careful of the Christmas period where many people are looking to get away so holiday prices can be much higher than other times of the year. Travelling before the holiday season or on key dates like Christmas Day can help to bring the cost down.
Areas of the Caribbean like Antigua and St Lucia are busy from mid-December onwards which is the start of their high season and why many Brits like to head to the Caribbean over the festive period.
Holidays In January
By January, the wet, tropical weather in Thailand should have cleared up, which makes it a great time to visit. It also makes it a popular time to visit and prices can start increasing compared to the quieter rainy season. Combine it with a stopover in somewhere like Dubai or Abu Dhabi and you've got two winter sun holidays in one.
For somewhere closer to home, take a look a Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and the other Canary Islands where the daytime temperatures are in the 20s (although evenings can get a bit cooler).