13 VERY Hot And Sunny Places To Escape To This Winter

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Social Content Editor30 March 2017

So here’s the burning question: where’s the best place to spend winter on the beach? There are the big hitters of course, the Caribbean, the Maldives, Australia, Brazil…the list goes on an on, but which one is for you?

If you’re struggling, take a look at these glorious destinations for a little inspiration. Beach, pray, love – whichever one you fly off to, know that you’re destined to find a spot of winter sun paradise.

The Thai Islands…

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Perfect white sandy beaches, rustic-chic shacks and swaying hammocks – these Thai island beauties are the stuff of castaway fantasies. Dreamy in every sense of the word, go here for beachside bars, scuba adventures and a spot of sunbathing, before leaping headfirst into the turquoise sea.

Best time to go? November through February.


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Buzzing and beautiful, Mexico has an awesome mix of mysterious and ancient cultures. Swim through the bays, explore towering temples and catch the rays beneath the glitter ball gods with all the other sexy fashionistas in the ever so trendy Tulum.

Best time to go? December through April.


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Head to the land of Oz to find your inner adrenaline junkie again. From the Whitsunday Islands to the northern beaches of Queensland, discover vast deserts, lush forests and catch the surf in Bondi. Trust us, you’ll love it so much you’ll never leave.

Best time to go? November through March.

The Caribbean…

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For those keen to experience the high life, the Caribbean has a certain caché. Lux and savvy travellers constantly flock to the pearls of the Atlantic for over the top hotels, stellar beaches and champagne lifestyles. What’s not to love?

Best time to go? December through April.

South Africa…

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Cape Town is simply stunning. From otherworldly beaches to world-class wines and food, you’ll find everything you want here. For something less explored, head to the Overberg Coast for deserted beaches, a handful of exceptional dining hangouts and some of the best moody seascapes in Africa. Truly sensational.

Best time to go? October through April.


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A land of hearts and gorgeous spas, the Maldives are the ultimate luxury destination and are great for those all-out splurge winter honeymoons. Whichever island you choose, know that they’re all perfect. Full of blissed-out beachy nirvanas, go here for fine resorts streaming with a dash of absolute splendidness.

Best time to go? December through March.


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Who could possibly resist the charm of Vietnam? Fascinating, beautiful, charming and every other flattering adjective you can come up with, it’s truly one of the most dashing countries you will ever feast your eyes on. Saigon is wonderful and quirky and let’s not even mention the coast – oh, the coast! Untouched and extraordinarily beautiful, the little islands and dramatic bays are out of this world.

Best time to go? Now through April.


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If you fancy seeing south-east Asia at its most beguiling, then you need to pack your bags immediately and head to ancient Cambodia. A world of jungles and ruins, watch the sun rise over the temples of Angkor Watt and laze about on one of the country’s immaculate beaches. Bliss.

Best time to go? November through April.


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Who would of thought such a gem exists in the middle of the Atlantic. The mythical setting for Shakespeare’s Tempest, Bermuda is a rich and exotic land of perfectly pink beaches, rainbow houses and fabulous hotels. Just don’t get lost in that infamous triangle.

Best time to go? Now through April.


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Kerala is the definition of the three V’s: vivid, vivacious and viridescent – everything you imagine India to be. When you explore the place you’ll find that it’s more of a country within a country as it’s so vastly different from the rest of the place. Is this a bad thing? Of course not. Here you’ll find green spaces that delight and open you to a world of new senses – oh, and the beaches are lovely too!

Best time to go? September through March.


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This glorious slice of mother nature is hot all year round – no wonder the Hula folk are always happy. The real Hawaii is a fiery land of volcanoes, fab walks and swanky five-star resorts that cater to your every need. Some people love that and some don’t but sometimes you’ve just got to say ‘why not?’ Two words: GO NOW.

Best time to go? All year round but December through April are particularly good months.

Malibu, California…

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A celeb haven stocked with enormous beach houses and glamorous boutiques. If you want to be pampered like an A-lister, then Malibu is the ultimate jewel in the Christmas travel crown. Heavenly in every way imaginable, spoil yourself in blissed out spa retreats that outdo the definition of the word contemporary. And don’t forget those flip-flop rock pool raves. Awesome.

Best time to go? All year round.

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