Luxtripper Travel Editor
Winter is the perfect time to visit Dubai because the weather is hot but not scorching. The city comes to life during this period, as cooler temperatures allow people to spend more time outdoors. A number of events and festivals take place during the winter months, including the Dubai Shopping Festival, the Dubai Marathon, the Dubai World Cup (the world’s most extravagant horse race) and the Dubai Jazz Festival. If Dubai alone isn’t enough, its convenient location makes it the perfect first stop on a multiple destination holiday, before heading to Mauritius or the Maldives for some island relaxation.
December to March is peak season in Sri Lanka, with warm temperatures and clear weather making this the ideal time to relax on the island’s perfect beaches or explore its geographical and cultural wonders. While Sri Lanka is often overlooked as a luxury destination, exquisite high end resorts have been becoming more and more present, making this beautiful island the ideal destination for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path luxury getaway.
There’s no better cure for the winter blues than the sunshine of the Riviera Maya. This idyllic stretch of Mexican coastline comes alive during the winter months, as sun seekers flock from around the world to enjoy the festive atmosphere in Cancun, explore the archaeological sites of Tulum and relax on the beach at Playa del Carmen. December to February is the ideal time to go, before the start of Spring Break.
Mauritius is a well-known winter sun destination, with peak season running from October to April. The weather is generally hot and humid and while there may be some rain, it tends to come in short bursts leaving plenty of time for fun in the sun. Unlike many other island destinations where lying on the beach is pretty much the only activity, Mauritius offers a wide variety of activities to suit all traveller types.
For a winter sun getaway combining beautiful beaches and exotic culture Thailand is as good as it gets. Start with a jungle trek in Chiang Mai and then move south for some good old-fashioned island hopping. Phuket is great for island nightlife, while Koh Samui is perfect for luxury resorts in a gorgeous natural setting. For total escape, run off to a smaller island like Koh Yao and enjoy feeling like you’ve found your own slice of paradise.
Where to stay in Thailand: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort is an exciting place to experience Thailand's rich wildlife, while Four Seasons Koh Samui is the ultimate in island luxury.
While the Maldives are a wonderful luxury holiday destination all year round, they are simply exceptional during the winter months for those seeking complete and utter relaxation. Reality will completely slip away, replaced by dreamlike white sands, turquoise water and overwater villas. Top it off with a nice, long massage in a luxury spa and you will be tempted to stay forever.
A sun-kissed getaway in the Caribbean is the perfect way to restore some much-needed vitamin D to your skin during the dark winter months. The days are long in the Caribbean, so you can spend hours on the beach with a tropical drink in hand or snorkelling in crystal-clear water among a myriad of brightly-coloured tropical fish.
Where to stay in the Caribbean: The Inn at English Harbour in Antigua is a wonderful honeymoon destination, while Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Hotel in St. Lucia is ideal for families seeking island fun and adventure.
While the north of the so-called “Golden State” gets cold in the winter, the south enjoys beautiful weather all year round. San Diego and Los Angeles are both perfect destinations for laid-back beach culture, trendy shopping and fun-filled amusement parks for the young at heart. For a fun-filled multiple destination itinerary, nearby Las Vegas is an exciting stop for nonstop entertainment and the best nightlife in the world.
While Britain endures the peak of winter, South America enjoys the peak of summer. Rio de Janeiro is an especially good place to escape the cold, with gorgeous luxury hotels lining the city’s two most iconic beaches, Ipanema and Copocabana. Walk along the iconic promenade and enjoy the friendly and festive atmosphere that Rio is known for – if you go in February, be prepared for the intense and exciting celebrations of Carnival!
Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro: Belmond Copacabana Palace is a luxurious retreat with immediate access to the city's beautiful beaches.
Another great year-round sunny escape, Hawaii is particularly popular in the winter months, especially among American tourists. Each of the Hawaiian islands has its own distinct personality, ranging from lively beach fun in Oahu to off-the-beaten path luxury in Maui to outdoor adventure in Kauai. The wide range of activities on offer in Hawaii make it the perfect destination for groups and families seeking a variety of experiences.