Top 5 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations

Are you as sick of the British winter as I am? I’ve only been back a few weeks but these chilly temperatures and icy winds are already getting to me. And I’m definitely dreaming about a winter escape.

So when Voyage Privé sent me this fab little infographic rounding up the five best destinations for a winter sun holiday, it send my Wanderlust into overdrive! These are the top five places in the world to escape to in search of gorgeous beaches and perfect weather.

Top 5 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations


With winter temperatures averaging 27°C and some of the most beautiful island beaches in the world, it’s easy to see why Thailand makes the list. I visited in February a couple of years ago and the weather was dreamy – the perfect escape from the British winter! If it’s beach time you’re after, head to one of the islands – my favourites are Koh Lanta and Koh Phangan. Or if you want temples, culture, and amazing Thai food, visit Chiang Mai, a pretty city in the north of the country.

Read more: Where and What to eat in Chiang Mai.

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Find temples and sunny skies in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Canary Islands

Off the coast of northwestern Africa, the Canary Islands are easily the warmest place in Europe during the winter months. Temperatures are often warm enough to sunbathe – making them the perfect short haul winter destination. Ride camels and discover rugged volcanos in Lanzarote. Indulge in some serious luxury at Gran Canaria’s amazing spas. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy some of the various outdoor activities in Tenerife. Whichever island you choose, the weather is sure to be lovely – and there’s plenty to discover!

Read more: Why Gran Canaria is a Great Place for some Winter Sun.

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Soak up some rays at Playa de la Francesca in Lanzarote


When it comes to dream destinations, Mauritius is surely near the top of most lists. With idyllic beaches, a seriously colourful capital city, and luxury hotels straight out of a daydream, this island makes a perfect winter getaway. If you’re not the type to sit still on holiday, Mauritius has you covered. You can swim with wild dolphins, eat your way around the capital on a food tour, explore the islands rum distilleries, or discover some of Mauritius’ stunning waterfalls. And when you’re done being active, you can hit one of those gorgeous beaches for some serious R&R!

Read more: 5 Reasons to Put Mauritius on your Travel Wish List.

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Year-round sunshine and incredible architecture in the middle of the desert… Dubai is a pretty unique winter getaway. It’s all about extravagance in this desert city. Whether you’re taking in the views from the world’s tallest buildings or watching the world’s biggest choreographed water fountain show, Dubai is a city that takes overkill to the next level. With amazing food, insane sights, and seemingly endless luxury, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Dubai.

Read more: Cool Things to do in Dubai.

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Explore Dubai’s incredible architecture


Another ultimate dream destination, the Maldives make a seriously epic winter escape. Luxury blogger Angie calls them the ultimate destination for luxury travel – and it’s easy to see why. White sandy beaches, crystal clear seas, and all those luxurious over-water bungalows – this dazzling archipelago ticks all the right boxes!

Read more: Jess, aka the Travelista, recommends the Hideaway Resort and Spa, which looks like a truly iconic Maldives overwater villa experience.

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Relax on the dreamy beaches of the Maldives

Where’s your favourite winter sun holiday destination? Scroll down to leave a comment and let me know!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Voyage Privé. As always, all words and opinions are completely my own.

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Top 5 Winter Holiday Destinations

About Emily Luxton

Award-winning writer and solo female travel blogger on a mission to explore the world through deeper travel. Lover of fun, adventure, food, Harry Potter, hiking, beaches, and chatting about the weather. Can be bought with cake.


  1. Yes, please! I could so use a bit of sunshine and warmth right now. We’ve been eyeing Lanzarote for a Feb diving trip, but not sure it’s going to happen this year :(

    • Same here – desperately in need of sunshine! Thankfully I’m off to Florida on Wednesday :D Hooray! I think Lanzarote in Feb sounds perfect, hope you get to make it happen!

  2. I could definitely do with some winter sun at the moment, the weather’s making me grumpy! The Maldives would just be the dream really!

    • Wouldn’t it just? I so badly want to visit there, or Mauritius. Lucky for me I’m off to Florida on Thursday – it won’t be super hot but it will be a nice break from the English winter :) January is just tooooo long I think!

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