If you’re looking to escape the sub-zero temperatures of the UK for a much warmer climate then you may be struggling to decide which destination is best for your winter break. We’ve pulled together our 5 favourite winter sun spots to help you decide
1. Tenerife for Winter Sun
A firm favourite of holidaymakers all year round, Tenerife (the largest Canary Island) and the other Canary Islands feel the benefit of the warmer climate all year round. So is ideal for some winter sun.
Tenerife, home to Mount Teide, which is one of the world’s largest volcanoes, marks November as the first month of their Winter Season, and whilst it still remains warm (24.5ºC) there is often some rainfall in the winter months. Don’t let this put you off however, as there are more glorious days than not.
With the bars and restaurants open all year round, Adeje and Los Christianos are resorts that come highly recommended to stay.
Flights from the UK take around 4-4.5hours and both budget airlines and standard airlines fly to Tenerife from most major airports.
Much like Tenerife, Lanzarote benefits from a warm climate all year round too. A slightly cooler Canary Island, you can expect to see temperatures around 23ºC whilst you’re here. Evenings in Lanzarote in the winter season can get extremely cool, so do make sure that you pack warmer wear as it is a typically windy island but still great for winter sun.
Bars and restaurants are open all year round on the island, so you’ll be able to enjoy a sunshine holiday and be the envy of all at home in the cold.
The Green Caves are a great experience and well worth taking the tour, alongside riding camels in Arrecife is a must while you’re there too.
Flights take around 3.5/4hr from the UK and like Tenerife, Lanzarote is accessible via many major airports. We highly recommend staying at Lanzarote Retreats if you’re looking for an eco-friendly Yurt experience.
3. Las Vegas
Our favourite place to visit in November, Las Vegas, the desert that has it all. With t-shirt weather the norm, temperatures are usually around 21ºC, which is warm enough to wander the Strip comfortably. It has been known, however, to snow during November. These temperatures are much more comfortable than Vegas in the Summer season, where temperatures soar to the 40s.
Regardless of the weather, you can experience artificial climates as you explore all of the hotels and what they have to offer.
Flights to Las Vegas from the UK take around 8-10 hours and you can fly direct from Heathrow and Gatwick as well as Manchester. We recommend flying (if possible) from your home airport into one of these three and then onwards.
We recommend staying centre strip in one of the following hotels; The Bellagio, Ceasars Palace, The Cromwell, The Mirage, The Flamingo, The Linq, Ballys, TI, Venetian, The Cosmopolitan and Planet Hollywood to ensure you’re in amongst the centre of it all.
Not everybody’s first destination, Qatar is growing in popularity and with winter temperatures are 24-29ºC it really is somewhere to enjoy the warmth as you explore Middle Eastern culture. A haven of liberalism, Doha, the capital is experiencing great growth in preparation for the World Cup 2022 arriving.
With shopping malls, lots of traditional (and westernised) places to eat there’s something for everybody. Visit the Souq to discover market shopping with the locals or head to Banana Island for a little bit of unexpected Maldive-style paradise.
You can fly to Doha via Qatar Airways from London Heathrow in around 6 hours. We recommend a stay at The Mondrian for the gorgeous views, beautiful rooms, and great service.
A family favourite, escape the long queues in the theme parks when you visit during the winter months. With temperatures in the high 20s (26ºC-28ºC) it’s perfect wandering weather, whether that be in the parks or at the outlet malls it’s not too hot, nor too cold.
With plenty to do including all of the Disney and Universal theme parks, Busch Gardens and Seaworld as well as the malls and premium outlets. You’ll also want to squeeze in a trip to Boggy Creek to go alligator spotting too!
If you’re going as a larger group as a family of 6 or more then we highly recommend booking a villa in the Kissimmee area. Smaller parties, look for hotels on International Drive.
Have you got any other winter destinations you’ve been to? Drop them in the comments below