The top 3 destinations for some winter sun 2017/18
There’s only so much we can take, of radiators piping out heat and wearing socks to bed - not to mention the dark mornings, darker evenings and the long wait for spring to arrive once Christmas has been and gone.
So why not skip this altogether and head somewhere hot and sunny for a weekend or even a week (or two)? We’ve rounded up some of the most fashionable destinations to consider for some winter sun - to give you a boost, help you relax and get you back into the swing of things.
1. Just to relax - Visit the Azores
This tropical, Portuguese island in the middle of the Atlantic enjoys warm temperatures all year round - with 18°C on the thermometer most days in January. It’s the perfect place to relax and to enjoy some winter sun.
Pack your comfiest trainers and take in the stunning greenery and scenery. Visit some of the natural wonders on the island, such as volcanic hot springs you can bathe in or plan a trip to one of the sea fronts lined with restaurants, where you can sample traditional Portuguese dishes and stock up on pastel de nata (delicious egg custard tarts). Book a whale watching trip for a chance to see one of nature’s mightiest creatures, the blue whale, in the flesh or just spend your time relaxing on one of the island’s man made beaches.
What to pack: You’ll need comfy hiking clothes, shoes that don’t blister and swimwear for lounging in. Take a light jacket for the evening - the Azores is pretty relaxed, so something casual like a women’s military jacket or bomber will do.
2. Sleep all day, party all night - Plan a trip to Rio de Janeiro
Winter is the best time to visit Rio, with Mardi Gras taking place in February the festivities are everywhere. Enjoy samba music wherever you go, parades, costumes and lots of dancing to cure the winter blues.
Book tickets to the more popular events such as the main Sambodromo Samba Parade. If the carnival gets too much you can chill by the hotel pool in your swimwear, while you enjoy temperatures in the mid twenties, while everyone at home complains about the rain again.
What to pack: Take your best party outfits, ready for nights spent dancing and enjoying festivities. Bold colours and a little sparkle are the way forward for both men and women.
3. Beach bum - Get to the island of Phuket
The gorgeous island of Phuket is a paradise chaser’s dream. With crystal clear water, white sand and hot temperatures from December to April, this island in Thailand needs to go on the list. There’s so much to do, from visiting some of the gorgeous beaches around the coastline for those who just want to catch a tan or for animal lovers the Soi Dog Foundation is open for volunteers to spend the day caring for and playing with the animals living there - that have been rescued from the streets. Alternatively, if culture and exploring is more your deal, head out on an excursion to one of the nearby temples or Old Phuket Town - which is an Instagrammer’s dream.
What to pack: You’ll need clothes that keep you cool but that are comfy too if you’re out exploring. Sun dresses or shorts and t-shirts are the best choice - with a bikini or trunks for the beach. Take along a sarong to cover up if you go to a temple out of respect.
Feeling inspired? Get on the travel sites and find the best deal for a trip to one of these fashionable destinations for some winter sun.