As the Christmas comedown hits, there’s nothing worse than facing a long, bleak, and possibly dry January. In theory, normality is something you’ve been longing for. But in reality, you’re dying for the indulgence once again as soon as you settle back into the dreaded routine. So, why not spice things up with a bit of winter sun in January?
Of course, the allure of winter wonderlands can be tempting. But right now, we’ve all experienced enough cold to withstand the rest of winter. So, jetting off to a sun-soaked hotspot is all the more appealing. And, it’s never too late to make that all-important winter holiday booking.
Now, the idea of some winter sun in January can be confusing. When you’re used to wrapping up warm and waking up a little later than usual, the thought of thirty-plus degrees can be incredible. But you have to be prepared – particularly when you’re travelling long-haul.
While there's a range of winter sun worthy destinations in Europe, this precise list is focusing on locations further afield. Because winter can be so cold and life-crushing, it’s nice to treat yourself to lazy days, cosy nights, and island-life. So, to inspire your own travels here’s where to head for winter sun this January.
If you’re looking for sunshine for days and low humidity, the Indian Ocean and the Maldives in specifically is where you should start. Clear, tranquil, turquoise seas with an abundance of water activities await. And while there may be a chance of rain, it doesn’t last long. So, pop along to the spa and give yourself some much needed R&R if it does.
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For a slice of glamour, bohemia, or beach life, LA is where you want to be. In January, the weather is mild, pleasant, and perfect for days exploring or laid on a lounger. Whether you head to a cool and chilled neighbourhood like Silver Lake or somewhere sexy and sophisticated like Venice Beach, you’ll find incredible food and daytime fun in the USA’s Sunshine State.
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Culture-clad coastline with warm days and indulgent nights can always be found at Cape Verde. If you’re looking for a peaceful paradise, this is it. Opt to stay in a rustic, beach-front villa with the family or indulgent five-star resort for romance to remember. Either way, this African gem will ensure you have fun in the sun.
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When white sandy beaches and turquoise seas are what you’re after, St Barts will be calling your name. Despite the devastation caused in 2017, this glamorous Caribbean island is back to its sensational self. Designer shops, fine dining restaurants, and trendy bars are juxtaposed with the island’s historical sites, such as Wall House and Fort Karl. Whether you want to wine and dine or swim and explore, Saint Barthélemy can cover off both.
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Off the east coast of Thailand is the stunning and serene island of Koh Samui. Palm tree-lined beaches and a luscious mountainous rainforest make the nation second largest island an absolute paradise. Here, you’ll find local street fare and five-star resorts alike, both set off with sensational Thai food and a friendly, calming atmosphere.
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If it’s a glamorous setting and big-name hotspots that you’re looking for, the UAE is where you should be. And, more specifically, Dubai. It might be the coldest month this Middle Eastern travel mecca has to offer, but you’ll still enjoy heat in the mid-twenties. Wonder along the Palm Jumeirah, explore The Dubai Mall, tour the Burj Al Arab or spend your days dazing on the beach. Whatever you do, when you do it in Dubai, it feels all the more magical.
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When you want winter sun, Australia is always an option. And for a cosmopolitan and relaxed retreat with all-day beach vibes, head to Sydney. The harbourfront is eternally glamorous, with the likes of the Sydney Opera House glistening in the evening, but there’s also a wealth of water sports and excitement to be had. Perfect for couples and those with kids, Sydney is as sophisticated or serene as you ask it to be.
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Most of the time, when you want to escape the dreariness and dread of Old Blighty’s bitter winters, you need a complete change. Mexico offers you exactly that. Bright days, an abundance of colour, and endless exoticism is always on offer. If you want culture and the perfect climate, Tulum is for you. The stunning Mayan ruins transport you to another time, but the endless blue seas and sensory-overload cuisine set your much-needed chill time off just right.
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Where would you love to jet off to this season? Do you have a favourite hotspot for winter sun in January? Share your most-loved locations with the SOCIÉTÉ community in the comments below.