There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sun warming your limbs, effusing your mind and body with a sense of well-being. And even better if you can do this while escaping the bleak and chilly scenes of winter in the UK. We’ve put together a selection of sensational places which are perfect for now, be it a luxurious beach hotel, a fully-staffed African villa or a desert island hideaway.
The rejuvenating qualities of a holiday on a blissfully-idyllic tropical island should not to be underestimated. Days spent by your private pool or on silky-soft beach overlooking stunning seascapes are just what you need right now. Head to Six Senses island retreat Con Dao in Vietnam for a sizzlingly exotic getaway on a whiter-than-white beach heralded as the finest in South East Asia. Or live out your castaway fantasies in style at Azura Quilalea, Mozambique, a private island circled by sensationally clear water where manta rays and turtles drift over fluorescent coral.
If you prefer your sunshine with a slice of city sophistication head to cosmopolitan Cape Town and stay in a private villa. We love luxurious Tintswalo at Boulders Manor, which overlooks Boulders Beach and a colony of African penguins. If you would like to add on a safari, discreet Kwandwe Fort House, a stylish private villa with that comes with a full team of staff, offers game drives in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, outdoor dining in the traditional boma or simply a glass of South African pinotage, poolside.
At this time of year, a spot of pampering is much-needed, and where better to do it then at a luxury wellness retreat. Make your way to Como Parrot Cay, where your mental and physical health is soothed in the Asian-inspired holistic spa, and a healthy dose of sun on the white-sand beach will have your Vitamin D levels soaring. A journey to Chable, on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, can take on deeper meaning with daily dips in the sacred cenote and ceremonial spa treatments in between lounging by your private pool, encased by chattering jungle.
If you’re tempted by any of the above, please give our team a call to start tailoring your trip. For more inspiration, see below for our favourite winter sun destinations.