Winter Sun Getaway Destination Guide

Dreaming of a warm winter break? Take a look at these 10 Top Destinations for Winter Sun to spruce your energy levels. Wander through the narrow streets of Malta’s capital Valletta, kick back and relax on the sandy beaches of the Maldives or discover a rich history and culture in southeast Asia.

1Madeira

The beautiful island of Madeira, often referred as the Island of Eternal Spring, boasts a year-round sub-tropical climate with average winter temperatures in the high teens (Degrees C).

Discover Madeira’s dramatic landscapes on a guided tour to the summit of Pico do Arieiro, the island’s third highest peak. Explore Funchal’s historical streets with a stay at Pestana Village, visit gothic cathedrals, shops and restaurants set along the famous harbour. Travel on a cable car to the top of Monte hill, catch a world-famous toboggan ride and hike through the Laurissilva Forest, recognised as part of the World Natural Heritage by UNESCO.

Members of eXpectations Holidays could have explored the Island of Madeira for 7-nights in November staying at the Pestana Village resort.

2Tenerife

Tenerife enjoys a wonderful annual climate with warm winter temperatures averaging 17 – 20 degrees Celsius making it an ideal destination for sun seekers throughout the winter months.

The largest of the Canary Islands offers an array of leisure activities from exciting watersports to sunbathing on popular beaches. Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas offer excellent shopping, nightlife and water parks, most famously Siam Park. Hike along nature trails on the volcanic, Mount Teide and experience whale and dolphin watching in Los Gigantes.

3Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, considered a “Continent in Miniature” for its diverse beauty, benefits from fabulous beaches along its southern coastline. Explore bustling towns and quiet fishing villages alongside stunning sand dunes and lush green terrain in the mountainous region. This island experiences a pleasant annual climate with temperatures often above 20 Degrees Celsius in winter.

Discover the island’s award-winning beaches at Puerto Rico, Amadores and Anfi del Mar. The capital city, Las Palmas invites visitors to enjoy duty-free shopping, bustling nightlife, and great cuisine in excellent restaurants. Admire the network of canals and bridges in the picturesque fishing village of Playa de Mogan.

4Phuket (Thailand)

Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, is a picture of paradise with a rich variety of powder white sand beaches, lush green rainforests and a fascinating history and culture. Visiting Phuket between November to March is generally the best time with long sunny days and temperatures averaging in the high 20’s Degrees Celsius.

Discover Phuket’s outstanding beauty. Visit Karon Viewpoint and admire the stunning coastline views of the popular Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters at Phi Phi Islands, where Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the famous film “The Beach”. For a taste of culture see the Phuket Big Buddha, an impressive 45m high, white marble statue sitting on Mount Nagakerd.

5Goa

The state of Goa in western India is known for its stunning beaches lining the Arabian Sea and a beautiful blend of Indian and Portuguese culture. Goa is the ideal winter destination with plenty of sunshine and daytime temperatures rarely below the mid-20’s Degrees Celsius.

Spend lazy days under a coconut tree on the white sand beach at Benaulim Beach. Explore the vibrant town of Baga, wander around the markets and enjoy the energetic nightlife. Discover the rich history at Old Goa, visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the 16th-Century Se Cathedral.

6The Maldives

Escape to the Maldives for sun, turquoise sea, white sand beaches and divine scenery. Visit between November to February to enjoy long, sunny days with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius.

The Maldives Islands are often described as a string of pearls in the Indian Ocean. Each island boasts stunning lagoons and reefs with a bountiful marine life offering some of the best diving and snorkeling experiences. Visit the delightful capital city, Male with numerous shops selling handmade crafts including coral jewelry. Swing in a hammock between two coconut trees with the gentle breeze blowing off the azure water at the award-winning Medhufushi Island Resort.

eXpectations Holidays members could have enjoyed the peace and quiet during a 7 night stay at the Medhufushi Island Resort.

7Florida

Florida, also known as the Sunshine State, for its mild year-round climate with approximately 230 sunny days and temperatures averaging 16-18 degrees Celsius between November to February.

One of America’s most popular holiday destinations attracts millions of visitors to enjoy its fabulous beaches, world-famous theme parks, including Walt Disney and Universal Studios. Explore Florida’s nature and wildlife parks, including the vast wilderness of the Everglades, listed a World Heritage Site.

Members of eXpectations Holidays could have escaped to the Galleon Resort in Key West to recharge their batteries surrounded by some stunning scenery.

8Antigua

Soak up the sun on the Caribbean island of Antigua situated in the West Indies. This paradise island is surrounded by coral reefs with turquoise water lapping onto white sandy beaches and secluded bays. Antigua’s tropical climate benefits from warm weather all year round with December featuring in the dry season, experiencing temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius.

Antigua is a photogenic island boasting idyllic bays, farmland fruit groves and lush green rainforests. Discover the island’s rich history by visiting the beautifully restored English Harbour and the grand Fort Berkeley built between 1704-1745. Admire Nelson’s Dockyard, the only well-preserved Georgian naval dockyard in the world.

9Vietnam

The fascinating country of Vietnam in Southeast Asia is known for gorgeous beaches along the south coast, rivers in the Mekong Delta region and the bustling cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

The weather varies in different regions, between November to February the north enjoys the dry weather with cooler temperatures of around 17-20 degrees, whereas the south coast welcomes the best weather of the year with pleasant daytime temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius.

Explore Vietnam by floating down the Mekong River on a traditional bamboo boat, passing paddy rice fields and a network of fishing villages. Visit ancient temples in Hanoi City and Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander the ancient streets of Hoi An town. Relax on Vietnam’s best beaches, Nha Trang, and Mui Ne.

10Malta

Malta, set in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, is an ideal destination for a winter break as it enjoys plenty of sunshine with mild temperatures of 12 -14 degrees Celsius throughout November to February, perfect for exploring the island’s heritage.

The capital Valletta is a beautiful 16th Century city offering a rich history along with narrow streets to explore and chic restaurants and bars to admire magnificent views. Marvel at St John’s Cathedral’s fine architecture and be mesmerized by the pre-historic Hagar Qim temple, dating 3,600 B.C. Malta has a rugged coastline with a few sandy coves, including the Blue Flag awarded Mellieha Bay. The picturesque adjoining villages of Qawra, Bugibba, and St Paul’s Bay are also popular holiday destinations.

Members of eXpectations Holidays could have escaped to the amazing spectacle of the New Year’s fireworks displays during their 7 night stay at the Pergola Holiday and Leisure Club.