There’s nothing worse than suffering from winter blues. It’s raining, it’s cold and the warm fuzzy feeling of Christmas has long gone. But what if we told you there are destinations where you can still find sun, sand and luxury resorts?
Antigua is the archetypal sun-drenched Caribbean island with glorious weather all-year round. Just 14 miles from tip to toe, the island’s circumference is ringed by soft, golden beaches – 365 to be precise, one for every day of the year, a fact the charming locals are proud to promote. Leave the sands behind, however, and you will find an island bursting with history and culture. You see it in its colourful villages, in old lookouts and dockyards, where yachts elegantly glide over crystalline waters teeming with marine life.
Temperature: January is, in-fact, the coldest month of the year, but it still averages a gorgeous 25°C, far better than the cold wind and rain back home.
Where to stay
On the south coast of Antigua, Carlisle Bay features spacious ocean-facing suites, tempting restaurants and a host of water sports. Catering to all ages, the resort is great for family and couple friendly facilities.
This adult-only, all-inclusive resort is spread across 25 acres and offers a range of fun experiences and excursions. Enjoy a plethora of dining options and stylish rooms both light and airy.
Once the bastion of the rich and famous, the diversification in recent years has made Barbados a much more accessible destination for every type of traveller. We love Barbados, even more so when it provides a welcome sun-soaked escape from the miserable January weather. Its turquoise bays and incredible beaches are just part of the allure. Travel a little inland from the luxury hotel-laden west-coast and you will discover a vibrant culture, lush gardens and historic buildings like the St. Nicholas Abbey.
Temperature: Not only is January traditionally a quieter month, the weather still reaches an average of 26°C, making it a perfect cure to your winter blues.
Where to stay
Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Part of the renowned Fairmont family, this hotel features a wealth of leisure facilities and water activities. All accommodation overlooks the Caribbean Sea and each one is surrounded by lush gardens. Enjoy a variety of dining options and family facilities.
Crystal Cove by Elegant
A lush, tropical garden surrounds the Crystal Cove Barbados, which operates a premium all-inclusive service. The high standard of dining options are matched by the rooms and suites so elegantly set in a traditional Caribbean village style.
Light, warm and vibrant, Cancun is the magic of Mexico bundled into a singular attractive destination. Not only is Cancun a haven of all-inclusive hotels and warm weather, it is rich in Mayan history and culture. The area caters to many tastes. Escape to the famous beaches for quiet siesta, or hit the party scene for a fun night out, explore the national park just a short trip away, or enjoy a soak in the Caribbean Sea.
Temperature: Cancun is light and warm during January, with an average temperature of 23°C.
Where to stay
An expansive, all-inclusive resort with four residential areas, Moon Palace features spacious, contemporary accommodation and fun experiences like golfing, surfing and the relaxing Awe Spa. This resort is ideal for honeymooners and families, offering its own club for children.
Secrets the Vine Cancun
Another of Cancun’s amazing all-inclusive resorts, this hotel sits on a sugar-white beach, with a plethora of water and land sports to keep you busy. The accommodation at the hotel is spacious and each one includes a private balcony or terrace.
The birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus is every bit the winter-sun destination you hoped it would be. Paired with the all-inclusive hotels, gorgeous weather and golden sandy beaches are the ancient sights, the terracotta houses and stunning mountainscapes.
The traditional town of Paphos is the best-known of Cyprus’ resort destinations, full of historic hotspots and its famous old town. Elsewhere, Pissouri and Limassol are growing in popularity for their equally gorgeous scenery and accessibility for visitors of all backgrounds, whether you’re on a honeymoon or making the most of a family trip.
Temperature: Cyprus catches some of the Mediterranean’s best weather. January is a wetter month, but it’s also still around 17ºC with a refreshing breeze at night.
Where to stay
Minimalist, storied and trendy, the Almyra sits on eight acres of landscaped gardens just a short drive from Paphos Port. The hotel is comprised of modern rooms and suites, each with marble bathrooms and excellent views. The resort offers a comprehensive kids’ club and operates plenty of excellent dining venues.
Parklane, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
On the south-east end of Cyprus close to Limassol, Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa features guestrooms and suites that are both spacious and luxurious, some with private pools that can accommodate a large family. This beachfront getaway also caters to families excellently with a kids’ club and other useful facilities.
There is no bad time to visit the Maldives, particularly when you’re faced with cold weather at home. Made up of 26 sandy coral atolls and incomparable translucent waters, the Maldives make for the perfect winter escape. Every resort is on its own private island and the standard is at the highest level, with overwater rooms and excellent dining facilities. You can enjoy some of the finest diving and snorkelling experiences in the world in the Maldives, as the waters are rich in sea life and colourful corals. Whether you’re travelling as a family, or as a couple seeking adult-only peace, the Maldives has plenty of options available.
Temperature: The Maldives benefits from wonderful weather all year-round. There’s a beautifully mild climate in January and rainfall is low. Even still, the temperatures average around 27ºC during the day and drop slightly to 25ºC at night.
Where to stay
Oblu By Atmosphere at Helengeli
A picturesque resort on the tropical island of Helengeli. The island features 116 villas and suites, each with a blend of rustic and tropical interiors. Accommodation is either on the beach or over water, equipped with open air bathrooms. The resort has its own PADI certified diving school and excellent dining options.
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
An all-inclusive resort that caters to absolutely everyone, while providing a sense of intimacy and seclusion. Kuredu Island Resort & Spa has an overwhelming list of water activities including both snorkelling and diving. Bungalows, villas and suites can be found over-water, with modern interiors. The island has a spa in two locations and many incredible restaurants.
Sat just off the mainland of Thailand, Phuket is a tropical island paradise that is known for its sun-bleached beaches, thriving nightlife and cultural scenery. The diversity of things to see, do, or not do is what makes Phuket such an attractive destination. If an intravenous supply of cocktails and sun is your priority, the beach scene and luxury hideaway resorts are mainly concentrated around the southern and western coasts. Phuket old town is a must visit too, an intriguing blend of restored Sino-Portuguese architecture and busy streets.
Temperature: January is a fresh month, far away from the rainy season. Expect temperatures averaging 27°C.
Where to stay
Banyan Tree Phuket
The Banyan Tree Phuket is a renowned hotel sat near shimmering turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. The luxury hotel enjoys delightful Thai style villas and dining options that range from Thai to Japanese.
The Surin Phuket
Set amidst swaying palm trees and gently lolling slopes overlooking Pansea Bay, The Surin Phuket’s cottages are nestled within tropical gardens, linked by walkways. This is a great resort for couples who are looking for a secluded hideaway with excellent service.
Santa may have packed his bags and moved to the Maldives after a busy Christmas, but there’s more to Lapland than elves and presents. January is one of the most evocative months in the calendar, when the snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and still wilderness are at their most magical. This rugged, vast landscape is ripe for exploration, by skiing, snowmobile or reindeer sleigh rides. Stop for a moment though and the silence is a refreshing antidote for your post-Christmas stress. Perhaps the most attractive pull of Lapland is its excellent views of the Northern Lights and January is a great month for visibility.
Temperature: Let’s not kid ourselves, it’s going to be cold. The weather averages about -9°C, so when out exploring, you need to be wrapped in furs. Sat by the fire at your hotel with a hot chocolate will make you revaluate the term ‘cosy.’
Where to stay
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Home to the famous glass igloos, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness. The focus of the hotel is primarily on its unique accommodation options, like the log cabin and glass igloo with its warm fireplace and sauna. The hotel runs activities in the summer and winter.
Arctic Treehouse Hotel
Accommodation here offers views of the surrounding forest and the Northern Lights at certain times of the year. Rooms are decorated in a modern Nordic style and the on-site restaurant and bar serve contemporary dishes with a twist.