The best places to go on holiday during January
With the festive season well and truly over and detoxes in full swing, what better way to beat the January blues than with a luxury holiday? January is a fantastic time to travel, seeing huge slashes in flight and accommodation prices and superb deals to be found worldwide. Europe’s ski season is in full swing, while further afield, the tropics are enjoying their glorious long sunny, dry months. So, whether it’s a cosy winter getaway you seek, or some much-needed winter sun, our experts are here to advise and inspire you with their recommendations for where to holiday in January.
If you’re one of the many that routinely resolves to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle each New Year, a luxury wellness holiday to Thailand might be just the ticket. Thanks to its situation in the Tropics, most of Thailand is experiencing its perfect weather; deep in the midst of its long, dry season and gloriously sunny for days on end – although be wary of the east coast, where the rains can be heavy at this time of year. Luxury retreats such as Kamalaya in Ko Samui
and COMO Point Yamu
have excellent wellness programmes, where you can detox and de-stress among the dazzling azure waters, white sand beaches and swaying palms of these paradisiacal regions.
A world away, down in the Southern Hemisphere, summer is in full swing. January is New Zealand’s warmest month and a perfect time of year for exploring its world-class great outdoors. Long, bright days make it fantastic for hiking and mountain biking holidays in the South Island or adventure activities in Queenstown, while coastal hotspots such as the Bay of Islands are perfect for topping up the long-forgotten tan from last summer. Festivities post-Christmas continue into the New Year and you’ll encounter plenty of festivals, concerts and events going on up and down the country for all the family to enjoy.
Following the Christmas season, Norway sees a drop in prices and crowds in January, yet there is no compromising on what’s on offer to see and do. Much of the northern half of the country is blanketed in deep, crisp snow, perfect for dog sledding and snowmobiling over its whitewashed terrain. What’s more, the long dark days, while perhaps a little off-putting at first, will increase your chances of catching the Northern Lights tenfold. Skiing is also popular in the winter and a short trip can be easily arranged from anywhere in the country.
British Columbia, Canada
While we’re on the subject of skiing, Canada sees a lull in prices in January and a wealth of deals are on offer for ski holidays in the Rockies. Crowds at iconic resorts such as Whistler and Revelstoke tend to deplete a little in the new year, particularly towards the second half of January, which makes for long, empty slopes and plenty of accommodation choices. Although it varies from year to year, the snow is usually pretty reliable in January, with temperatures still cool enough to keep it fresh and powdery for perfect skiing conditions.
For more suggestions on where to go in January, make an enquiry online today or give our specialists a call on 020 7337 9010.