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Top Winter Sun Destinations

Where are the best winter sun destinations? As Europe plunges into the depths of winter, it's only natural that you'll start to dream of endless blue skies, sizzling hot weather and picture-perfect tropical beaches. With so many places to choose from across the world that have balmy, tropical climates, we've selected the top 8 places that you should visit this winter...
BY Emma Hookway
Luxtripper Travel Editor

I can't wait to escape this winter to somewhere hot and sunny in the tropics! Where do you wish to go? 

The Maldives

Let's start with paradise. Located just above the equator in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives' many islands and atolls are blessed with warm weather all-year-round; the best time to visit is during the region's dry season, which falls between December and April. 

Characterised by it's ivory-white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise lagoons and traditional overwater villas, the Maldives is a destination of romance and relaxation, perfect for a honeymoon or a much-needed family getaway. With an abundance of immersive watersports to choose from, you can soak up the warm weather on a tranquil paddle-boarding experience or plunge beneath the waves and discover the Maldives' incredible coral gardens. 

Where best to stay in this tropical wilderness? Heritance Aarah located in the Raa Atoll is perfect for a luxury holiday in the Maldives; with unrivalled Ocean Suites, an exquisite spa offering renowned holistic treatments, and a range of incredible ocean experiences, you can dive, sail and snorkel to your heart's content before unwinding in the sauna of the overwater spa. 


Thailand should be on everyone's bucket list. With weather best between November and April, Thailand is a perfect winter sun destination, its spectacular temples, beaches and food ideal for a cultural journey in the tropics. 

Starting in Chiang Mai, you can try some of the city's delicious street food, as well as visiting some of the many temples that can be found across the city, including the iconic Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple. Enjoy a stay at the Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, where you can experience traditional Thai treatments and therapies at the revitalising Dheva Spa.

Whilst in Thailand, experience the country's world-famous beaches outside of Phuket. On the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, you can discover true tropical island paradise; staying at the The Conrad Koh Samui, nestled between lush coconut grove rainforests, you'll enjoy ultimate luxury in a sea-facing villa with your own private pool. With a wide-range of things to do at the resort, you can adventure on a luxury boat excursion and feel like a VIP or learn how to cook tantalising Thai food at an expert-led cooking class. 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a destination that excites the senses. Located just north of the equator in Central America, Costa Rica borders both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, its tropical weather most optimal between December and April. 

Looking to explore the jungle? At Pacuare Lodge, one of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, you can experience unrivalled adventure in exclusive surroundings. Located on the banks of the Pacuare River, test your skills at whitewater rafting on the fast-paced rapids of the river before retreating to the lodge's spa for revitalising treatments derived from ancient methods.

If you're looking to be closer to the coast, then you must stay at the Oxygen Jungle Villas. With unrivalled views of the surrounding rainforest and the Pacific Ocean, guests staying in one of the 12 exclusive cabins will be surrounded by nature whilst being in close proximity to the resort's spectacular infinity pool. Seeking adventure? You can experience Costa Rica's kaleidoscopic marine life on an immersive snorkelling and diving tour on the beautiful Caño Island off the Costa Rican coast


With brilliant beaches, tropical rainforests and eclectic cities, Malaysia's hot tropical climate is perfect for those seeking an escape from the cold UK weather during the long winter months.

Fancy a city break in the sun? When you fly to Malaysia, you'll touch down in Kuala Lumpur, so you may as well see some of this vibrant capital city before you head to the country's beautiful coastline. Malaysia's food is exquisite, and you can experience the best of Malay cuisine whilst in Kuala Lumpur at the Petaling Street Market, which serves the world-famous delicious spicy noodle soup, laksa! For luxury in the city, you should stay at the Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection, where you can cool off after a day of exploring in the hotel's stylish rooftop pool. 

Looking for beach paradise? At the Pangkor Laut Resort on the beautiful Pangkor Laut Island, you can enjoy true secluded luxury in nature. Surrounded by ancient rainforest and located on a white, sandy beach, you can take a swim in the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea before trekking through wildlife-rich jungle trails. Staying at one of the resort's overwater villas, you can wake up to the sound of the waves from the comfort of your own spacious king-sized bed.


If you're wishing for an exotic Indian Summer this winter, then there's no better place to go than India itself. For a combination of much-needed sun, beaches and culture, India has it all, offering warm temperatures and dry weather all the way from November to March. 

For extraordinary beaches in India, then you must go to Goa; located on India's western coast on the Arabian Sea, Goa is a tropical paradise, offering exquisite seafood, stretches of untouched beach and watersports such as banana boat riding. Staying at Alila Diwa Goa, you can experience the beauty of Goa's rural landscape whilst unwinding in the resort's rejuvenating spa. 

Seeking to discover a different side to India? The Andaman Islands are India's best-kept secret. Secluded island paradises, the Andaman Islands are perfect for a romantic honeymoon in nature. For pure luxury in the Andaman Islands, you should stay at Taj Exotic Resort and Spa, a boutique resort fringed by mangroves overlooking the beach. Surrounded by biodiverse rainforest and unspoilt beaches, guests can experience a range of adventures such as mangrove kayaking, scuba diving and forest trekking. 


Located in the heart of South East Asia, Cambodia is the ultimate winter sun destination, it's beautiful beaches and ancient temple complexes making it a perfect escape for avid intrepid explorers. With the best weather between the months of November and February, you can experience a warm, tropical climate whilst immersing yourself in the rich Khmer culture. 

Looking for temples? Angkor Wat is perhaps the most famous temple complex in the world; a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple was built in the 12th century as a Hindu temple but was converted to a Buddhist temple later on in the century. Whilst staying in Siem Reap on your Cambodia holiday, you can experience tropical bliss at the Belmond La Residence D'Angkor, swimming in the hotel's exotic pool surrounded by tropical palm trees. 

If you're looking for a secluded beach escape in Cambodia, then you should head to Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. A small private island with a strong focus on sustainability, you can fully-immerse yourself in the beautiful natural environment, enjoying unrivalled snorkelling experiences, island safaris and sea kayaking adventures. 


Who wouldn't want to spend their winter in Mauritius? Located off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a Garden of Eden, a beautiful island with tantalising food, picture-perfect beaches and a lush-green landscape. 

Whatever your interests, Mauritius has it all. Think expansive golf courses, vibrant market towns, cascading waterfalls and white-sand beaches. Whether you're seeking a relaxing escape in the sun or an adventure-filled getaway, the best time to visit Mauritius is between December and February, making it the perfect destination to evade a dreary UK winter. 

You can experience the best of Mauritius at Shangri-La Le Touessrok Mauritius. With a 4km stretch of a white, sandy beach and its own private island, you can enjoy an unrivalled Robinson Crusoe experience on your Mauritius honeymoon, dining anywhere and enjoying spa treatments wherever you choose. If you want to dive straight into the Indian Ocean, the resort offers a wide selection of watersports, from undersea walking to paddleboarding! 

St Lucia

Looking for Caribbean bliss? St Lucia is the Caribbean's dazzling emerald isle, it's powdery-sand beaches and lush jungles perfect for a tropical winter escape in the sun. For minimal rainfall, the best time to visit St Lucia is from December to April, when it has endless sunny days and dreamily hot weather! 

Known for its rainforest-covered mountain peaks, St Lucia is host to a wide-range of activities, from jungle hikes in volcanic plugs and thrilling watersports on the island's glistening coastlines to visits to traditional harbour towns and secluded white, sandy beaches. 

For accommodation like nowhere else, Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat is a boutique hideaway set amongst a lush cocoa plantation. With lodges tucked in amongst the beautiful rainforest, you can wake up to views across the mountain peaks on your St Lucia honeymoon, before showering from your tropical outdoor rain shower. For a unique chocolate experience, the resort offers guests the opportunity to blend and taste their own chocolate, as well experiencing unique Cacao Scrub's at the resort's spa.

Feeling Inspired?

If you're looking for some much-need winter sun, contact one of our Luxury Travel Specialists today so you can have dream luxury holiday this winter...

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