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We took a look at our favourite winter sun destinations and here is our pick of our ten favourite spots. Between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve - is the perfect time to take your loved ones to warmer weather. In other areas of the world, the sun is shining and the party is just starting. It would be a shame not to take advantage of it. So in no particular order...
It’s one of the most culturally vibrant destinations in the world and with a blend of rum, cigars and salsa, nothing shouts “exotic holiday” quite like Cuba. Independent travel around the island is cheap and accessible. The (almost) peaceful relations with the United States of America and the endorsement of the fashion planet with the Chanel fashion show cruise have once again stained the revolutionary island with the glamour that it had before the Castro revolution.
2. Tulum in Mexico
This is the perfect wintry destination to forget about the first chills of winter. Turquoise water, long white sand beaches, full moon parties, yoga classes, very trendy shops, simply paradise. Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, on the Atlantic Coast, has a magical mix of ancient and buzzy-right-now cultures. Swim in its green ceynotes, discover temples, salute the sun beneath the glitterball gods with fashionistas on the beach in Tulum. Mix it up in colonial Mérida. Go barefoot on Isla Holbox. Stay in a delightful hacienda on the Mayan Riviera.
3. Cape Verde
A set of volcanic islands off the north-west coast of Africa, Cape Verde is known for its blend of Portuguese and African culture. The islands have a proud musical tradition, which we’ve reported on, visiting the buzzing bars and cafes in Mindelo. The island of Boa Vista is a prime spot for windsurfing and boasts stunning beaches.
4. The Sultanate of Oman
Best-kept secret of the East, the Sultanate of Oman is still not a famous destination for tourists. And yet, you just have to meet one person who has been there to see sparks in his eyes. Winter with a temperature of 25°, deserted fine sandy beaches, magic oasis, preserved nature... Now is the time to enjoy because a secret never stays a secret for very long.
5. Phuket, Thailand
March is the last month of the true dry season in Thailand’s south-west – by the end of April expect a few more overcast days and showers. It’s home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, a string of white pearls in the Andaman sea running from Phuket (loved by star DJ Goldie, no less) down to Malaysia. For inspiration, check out our guide to the Trang archipelago, with tips on where to visit to avoid the droves of tourists chasing a snap in Maya Bay.
6. Goree Island in Senegal
You don't stumble upon Goree island by accident, this small island offers the most sweetness of life despite its very tragic history. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this island has unbelievable charm with its colonial architecture, petite streets and some of the most captivating spots to take an afternoon stroll. Its a relaxes winter break for real calm downtime.
The Central American country on everyone’s lips, from Hollywood stars to in-the-know adventurers, is Belize. Leonardo DiCaprio’s eco-island Blackadore Caye is here, the opening of Itz’ana Resort & Residences in December has buzz building around fishing-village-turned-beach-hideout Placencia. Close to the sensational waters of Silk Caye, where manta rays, dolphins and hammerhead sharks can be spotted,
8. The Kerala region in India
Located in the Southeast of the country, Kerala benefits from warm temperatures, a diverse landscape (tea plantations, mountains, lagoons and dreamy beaches) and its fascinating culture. Watch the sunset through the fishing nets of Kochi, stretch out on white-sand beaches, drift through tranquil backwaters on a houseboat on this South Indian Christmas break. And if you feel like taking a little detour: the Maldives are 2 hours away by plane.
9. Essaouira in Morocco
Morocco is the ideal destination for small budgets or for a short winter escape. Where once, Morocco only really gleamed on the map – for British tourists at least – via the (admittedly alluring) souks of Marrakesh, now it can suggest Fes, Agadir and Tangier as accessible reasons to visit. And Essaouira. Pinned to the country’s Atlantic coast 110 miles west of Marrakesh, here is all the food and market frenzy you may expect of any Moroccan city – but also long beaches which are oases for surfers and windsurfers.
10. Paphos in Cyprus
Voted The European Capital of Culture in 2017, the ancient city is the perfect destination for lovebirds who are sensitive to the symbolic power of the place. Cyprus has the mildest climate in the Med, and warms up sharply during March and April, when the wild flowers are in bloom. Aphrodite, the love Goddess, would have sprung from the waters not far from there. Pleasant temperatures in winter, impressive ancient remains and dreamy beaches an hour away by car.