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Swap the chilly British weather for warmer climes this winter. How does lying on the beach with cocktails delivered by your very own private butler sound? Get your Vitamin D fix with our seven go-to destinations for a healthy dosage of winter sun. Don’t forget the SPF before you soak up those rays…

1. Antigua

Why Antigua: Blessed with sugar white beaches and lapped by clear azure waters, this Caribbean island is a year round destination with temperatures averaging 24°C during the drier months of December to April.

Where to stay / Jumby Bay Island

Accessed only by short private boat transfer from mainland Antigua, this car-free island is home to some of the most unspoilt landscapes in the region. Estate suites featuring their own private pool and a sun terrace make this the ideal all-inclusive option for families. 

Soak up the sun by… exploring three miles of hiking and bike trails, paddle boarding in the calm Caribbean waters, or simply unwinding in the beachfront infinity pool.

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2. Maldives

Why the Maldives: Far-flung atolls, exotic tropical hideaways and pristine beaches; what’s not to love about the Maldives? During the winter months expect a hot climate with endless sunshine and very little wind.

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Where to stay / Huvafen Fushi

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives, Winter Sun

Regarded as one of the best island paradises in the world, Huvafen Fushi is an adults-only, barefoot utopia. Set within its own lagoon, it’s home to the world’s first and only underwater spa, complete with panoramic reef views.

Soak up the sun by… enjoying an indulgent champagne breakfast during sunrise, followed by a guided snorkel with the resident marine biologist.

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Where to stay / Baros Maldives

Picnic Maldives

Intimate and secluded, this idyllic retreat is perfect for a dreamy romantic escape. Here, it’s all about exceptional service and personalised romance for every couple who visits.

Soak up the sun by... enjoying a gourmet picnic on the sandbank whilst a discreet chef prepares a mouth-watering seafood dinner served by your very own private steward. 

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Where to stay / Constance Halaveli

Overwater villas in the maldives

Set within the North Ari Atoll, Constance Halaveli is the go-to destination for over-water villas – the option between all inclusive and half board brings limitless luxury to this delightful island.

Soak up the sun by… heading on a sunset dhoni cruise where you can sip on a glass of cooling champagne, as the sky slowly fades from a fiery red to deep night filled with glittering stars.

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3. Singapore

Why Singapore: Futuristic metropolis meets eastern chic at this urban playground. The city is hot and humid all year round with short bursts of showers, providing refreshing respite from the tropical climate. 

Where to stay / Capella Singapore

Just a 15 minutes’ drive from the buzz of Singapore’s Orchard Road lies Capella Singapore, an oasis of relaxation and tranquillity set amidst 30 acres of gardens – completely juxtaposed against the bustle of city life. 

Soak up the sun by… unwinding in the outdoor tub of the Constellation Room, where scintillating views of the leafy forest and the shimmering South China Sea await.  

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4. Malaysia

Why Malaysia: For those seeking an enriching travel experience filled with culture and history, Malaysia is the place to be. Benefiting from its close proximity to the equator, daytime temperatures average at around 34°C during the winter months – where you can revel in the respite from the monsoon season’s showers.

Where to stay / The Datai Langkawi

Nestled in an ancient rainforest by the Andaman Sea, this bewitching, back-to-nature resort blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. With over 120 rooms, guests are spoilt for choice. Opt for a Rainforest Villa, raised on stilts, situated in the heart of the forest for the ultimate eco-escape.

Soak up the sun by... getting the best of both worlds: kayak through the mangroves of 550 million-year-old UNESCO Kilim Karst Geoforest Park before stopping off to explore the natural beauty by foot. Complete your day by hanging out in a hammock on the resort’s private beach. 

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5. Mexico

Why Mexico: Blissful days are filled with endless stretches of white powder beaches, luscious emerald jungle and fiery food at this exuberant destination. During the winter months, the country is home to warm, dry days.

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Where to stay / Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Pool at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico

At this all-inclusive resort, Mayan jungles are waiting to be explored, while sandy beaches beg you to leave fresh footprints in the sand.

Soak up the sun by… delving into the array of watersports on offer; kayaking, sailing, swimming and fishing are just some activities available for those looking to make the most of the sun. 

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Where to stay / Grand Velas Los Cabos

Grand Velas Los Cabos

Ideally situated on the shimmering shores of the Baja Peninsula, Grand Velas Los Cabos offers ultimate indulgence. 24 hour butler service, 7 dining options and a plethora of designer suites provide true R&R.

Soak up the sun by… embarking on a whale watching boat trip. From December to May, Baja is the prime location to spot these majestic marine mammals in their home for the winter months. 

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Where to stay / Hotel Escencia

Beach at Hotel Escencia

Originally the home of an Italian duchess, this 50-acre aristocratic haven sits where peacock-inhabited mangroves dissolve into the pristine sands of nesting sea turtles.

Soak up the sun by… relaxing with a cocktail in hand at the Beach Bar, while watching a dazzling Mexican sundown.  

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6.  The Grenadines

Why the Grenadines: Sophisticated and unspoiled, the scattered islands of the Grenadines instil a feeling of laid back charm. Like many of the Caribbean destinations, the winter months between January and April are the ideal time to visit, when days are hot and nights are cool.

Where to stay / Mandarin Oriental Canouan

Perched above the coral blushed sands of Godahl Beach lies the iconic estate, Mandarin Oriental Canouan. Surrounded by the Caribbean’s largest coral reef, this hotel remains the region’s best-kept secret.

Soak up the sun by… setting sail for the Tobago Cays to snorkel in glistening waters teeming with schools of tropical colourful fish and turtles native to the Cays

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7. Oman

Why Oman: Glittering golden sands and an authentic eastern charm beckons. Whilst the desert is occupied by rolling hills of soft sands, the city provides a gateway to exotic and enticing Islamic tradition. Visit between October and March when it’s cooler to avoid the high temperatures of the summer. 

Where to stay / Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel

Hugged by the dramatic Hajar Mountains and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Oman, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel sets the scene for what promises to be a fulfilling escape. 

Soak up the sun by… exploring the ancient forts overlooking the sea that have stood the test of time to tell stories of an era long gone. 

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