top 10 winter holiday destinations

It’s that time of year when you start to fiddle with the boiler again, the summer tan has completely faded and those poolside cocktails are all but a distant memory, but if you’re not quite ready to be surgically attached to your jumper just yet then why not head off somewhere for a bit of winter sunshine? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite winter holiday destinations that will simply feel like worlds away from the gloomy British Isles and will be sure to put a smile back on that grumpy face.

Photo courtesy of In My Shoes Travel

Winter in Tenerife

Part of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is often seen as the ultimate winter holiday destination and can boast year round sunshine, very little rainfall and an average high temperature of 21° on the south coast.

Flight times are relatively short at 4 hours and this makes it even more appealing to those who want an easily accessible holiday – especially families with small children. 

Why Not Try Winter in Dubai

Often seen as the playground for the rich and famous, Dubai can often see temperatures reaching 27° in December, great for topping up that tan and enjoying some downtime by the pool or on the beach.

Dubai is also packed with things to do for a family of all ages – skiing inside the Dubai Mall of Emirates, enjoying an exciting day out at Wild Wadi Water Park or just marvelling at that the sharks that swim about the aquarium inside the Dubai Mall – making it one exciting winter sun holiday that you’ll be sure to remember.

Cypriot Winter

Cyprus enjoys 340 days of sunshine a year and blue skies are pretty much standard. It does see most of its rain from December to March, but it’s not much, and the temperatures are still nice and mild compared to the UK.

It’s famed for sandy beaches, lively nightlife and ancient sites making it attractive to everyone from families through to clubbers. 

Happy Cape Town Capers

It may be a 12 hour flight from the UK, but there won’t be any time difference when you step off the plane as it’s in the same time zone as the UK – which means no jet lag! The rewards of a long flight will also be made clear when you set your eyes upon the white sandy beaches, stunning scenery along with world-class wines and fabulous food.

Merry Marrakesh

Marrakesh, the historic city in the desert, is just a 4 hour flight away and is a reliably warm Winter destination for UK holiday makers. It’s known for having excellent boutique hotels.

Enjoy Marrakesh culture by exporing many of its riads (palaces or gardens) and souks (markets).

Winter temperatures rarely fall below a daily peak of 18°, with March enjoying up to 12 hours of sunshine a day.

Winter Down Under – Australia

Yes, it’s a long haul journey, but winter in the UK means summer in Australia, so you’re guaranteed to feel the heat, and with there being so much to see and do in this magnificent country, the hardest part will be fitting it all in!

Just remember that the further north you go, the hotter it will be, and take as much cash as possible, a bottle of larger averages at around $8 (around £4.30), which is not cheap, but on a par with London prices and London will be much colder in December!

Winter on the Orient – Thailand

A popular destination for Brits, this laid back country (known as the land of smiles) enjoys fantastic weather during the UK winter months and is great to visit between the months of November and February with temperatures averaging highs of between 31° to 34°. It also offers fantastic value for money, as the cost of living is much lower than we are accustomed to here in the UK.

Invierno en Mallorca

Mallorca or Majorca, as it’s sometimes known, is the largest of the four Balearic Islands and is popular due to its short flight time from the UK (just 2 hours). It enjoys daily average temperatures of between 24° and 30° at the start of October and many enjoy exploring the sweeping bays and sandy coves complete with turquoise waters. This is a place where there’s something for everyone, whether it be family friendly resorts or strips of bars and clubs, Mallorca has got it all.

Pyramid Winter – Egypt

Egypt offers year-round sunshine with temperatures barely dipping below 20° in winter, and with so much to do see and do – the Valley of the Kings or snorkeling the red sea – this makes it a popular tourist hot spot time and time again. You might want to pack a jumper though as nighttime temperatures can drop making for a chilly evening!


A classic Caribbean destination for white sandy beaches (92km long) this tropical postcard perfect destination has temperatures that rarely go below the high 20s with the sea also boasting a warm average temperature of 27°. The best time to go is in February through to March when the island is at its driest, perfect for enjoying all those first class restaurants.

So, if you’d rather feel the warmth of the sun on your skin instead of shivering with a hot cup of cocoa, maybe you should think about booking a holiday out of season and have some fun in the winter sun!

So, if you’d rather feel the warmth of the sun on your skin instead of shivering with a hot cup of cocoa, maybe you should think about booking a holiday out of season and have some fun in the winter sun!

We have luxury villas in Mallorca and Thailand, so if either of these destinations takes your fancy, get in touch to discuss requirements and availability.

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