Here, we give you the inside track on the best winter sun holiday destinations in 2016/2017, from a taste of the exotic East in Oman to the beautiful and endlessly diverse cities and beaches of Australia. Look ahead and book your holiday now to ensure the warm weather sticks around long after the summer has passed. Not only this, but booking ahead of the late summer rush ensures you avoid soaring air fares and limited availability.
Our experts have come up with some of their favourite recommendations for a sunny winter getaway, so whether you’re after a dose of culture, a desert escape, a safari adventure or an idyllic beach escape, look no further...
Experience everything Thailand has to offer, from the majestic temples and bustling markets of Bangkok to palm-fringed white sand beaches on sweeping coastlines and idyllic islands.
Combining city and beach, this highlights holiday to Thailand has you experiencing Bangkok's intoxicating buzz before transporting you into the jungle-thick Golden Triangle for a few nights spent surrounded by magnificent scenery. You'll then head to Chiang Mai to explore spectacular temples and witness ancient masterpieces before ending your adventure with some blissful relaxation in Koh Samui. As well as whiling away the hours along the beautiful beaches, you can kayak through aquamarine waters, snorkel with exotic sea life and dine on world-class cuisine.
The Middle East, from Dubai to Qatar, is a hot destination for winter 2016/2017, thanks to its gleaming cityscapes, cultural wonders, biblical desert landscapes, eternal sunshine and impossibly luxurious hotels. Oman has all this and more, and on this luxury short break to Oman, enjoy the exotic East by exploring the majestic mosques and labyrinthine souks of Muscat, visiting two-million-year-old caves in the Nizwa mountains and riding a camel over the undulating dunes of Wahiba Sands.
For luxury, style, beauty, aquamarine seas and postcard perfect beaches, the magical Maldives simply ticks all the boxes. Indulge in a week of beachfront bliss at the idyllic Niyama on this memorable Maldives holiday, where you can linger over a gourmet meal of fresh seafood accompanied by panoramic island views, take a dip in the inviting floodlit pools and the sea, and relax on your private veranda, taking in the vistas over the shimmering Indian Ocean. And the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down - as night falls, head to the spectacular underwater nightclub.
South Africa is THE place to go on safari- with its Big Five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinoceros) alongside a variety of other wildlife, as well as panoramic landscapes and unique hotels, lodges and safari camps.
Winter is a fantastic time for a holiday in South Africa, especially when combined with luxurious beachfront relaxation. On this holiday to South Africa and Mozambique, experience a winter getaway with a difference, going on safari with a personal ranger on a private reserve in South Africa and seeing dazzlingly diverse wildlife in their natural habitat - including the Big Five - followed by five days of luxurious relaxation on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mozambique, swimming with dolphins and lapping up the sunshine.
Australia has it all: cosmopolitan cities, incredible beaches and islands, spectacular natural wonders, colourful wildlife - including the iconic kangaroo - and year-round sunshine, making it a perfect destination for a winter holiday.
Take in Australia's highlights on this exhilarating coast to coast wildlife adventure, which starts in Sydney and ends in Perth, via the unspoilt wilderness of Wolgan Valley, the breath-taking views on Kangaroo Island and the underwater adventures at Ningaloo.
Feeling inspired? We can tailor-make any type of trip to suit you, to exciting destinations all over the world, so start planning your dream holiday by giving our experts a call on +44 207 337 9010 or enquire online.