The Christmas festivities are officially in full swing now that we’ve entered the month of December. But while we’re excited to celebrate the season with our nearest and dearest, it’s no secret that the dark, frosty weather has us all dreaming of a warmer climate.
So if, like us, you’re already planning your post-Christmas getaway – and you’re not just after a European city break – we’ve got just the destinations to help you get that much needed dose of Vitamin D in style. From the luxurious United Arab Emirates to the jaw-dropping wonders of East Africa, here are seven of the best locations to get some winter sun, and where to stay to make the most out of your trip – five of which are courtesy of expert travel site, Trailfinders.
Zabeel House Al Seef, Dubai
The Zabeel House at Al Seef is a chic new hotel located along the shores of vibrant Dubai Creek. Not only does it boasts a smart and contemporary design but it has a host of quirky traits throughout the hotel including a gastropub reaching out over the waters of Dubai Creek and an achingly hip rooftop pool. Dreamy!
Book now via Trailfinders for the best deals in February 2019.
Situated on a hillside amidst lush tropical gardens, this stunning resort in Zanzibar only opened its doors in July 2018. The perfect place to unwind, it is surrounded by Zanzibar’s best beaches and is made with beautiful African inspired architecture, modern interiors and excellent facilities – not to mention incredible sunset views.
Guests who stay 4 nights will receive a discount of 25% off room prices for trips in February via Trailfinders.
Lux Grand Gaube, Mauritius
Having just reopened after a refurbishment designed by Kelly Hoppen, the Lux Grand Gaube is a popular resort for holidaymakers wanting to experience Mauritius at its finest. Enjoy exciting initiatives like alfresco ﬁlm screenings and daily treasure hunt to ﬁnd a message in a bottle holding a treat (from spa treatments to romantic dinners).
Book by 15 Dec 2018 to receive a discount of 50% off all room prices on Trailfinders.
Kempinski Hotel, Muscat Oman
Oman has been one of the trendiest destinations of 2018 and it’s only set to increase in popularity in the new year. Great for adventure lovers and fine dinners, Muscat’s new Al Mouj waterfront hotel, Kempinski, oozes style and luxury. The resort includes ten restaurants and bars (yes, ten) offering an extensive range of culinary experiences including the vibrant and dynamic all-day dining venue, The Kitchen, where guests can enjoy live cooking.
Book your trip by 10 January for a 35% discount off rooms and half broad deals on Trailfinders.
Grenada is the Caribbean island you need to be turning your attention to this winter. Especially following the recent launch the brand new Silversands resort which opened its doors just last month. Set right on stunning Grand Anse Beach, the hotel is in the ideal location for a winter break. Highlights include its 100m long infinity pool stretching from the lobby right out to the sparkling Caribbean Sea, two restaurants and bars with cuisine ranging from Thai to universal favourites and a Lounge Bar with a Rum and Cigar Club.
Holidaymakers receive 15% off all room prices on Trailfinders when they book more than 60 days in advance before arrival.
The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Abu Dhabi
Holiday like an A-lister at the brand new Abu Dhabi EDITION. The brand new hotel launched just last week but has already hosted the likes of Will Smith and Lewis Hamilton. Dubbed the ultimate ‘place to be’ in Abu Dhabi, the hotel offers all the glitz and glam of your Middle eastern dreams.
Not only does it boasts three signature restaurants by Michelin star chef Tom Aikens (a British rock ‘n’ roll steak house, Oak Room, Mediterranean inspired Alba Terrace and the lifestyle focused restaurant Market), but guests can make the most of the Library Bar throughout the evening. The hotel also features a large outdoor pool lined with luxurious cabanas and an impressive spa with both male and female zones including a barber shop and beauty salon. Talk about luxury!
D-Resort Göcek, Turkey
Not only is Turkey great for winter sun, but it is also local enough for an extended weekend trip for the busy bees out there. D-Resort Göcek is a beautiful boutique hotel hidden in a quiet fishing village, just 20 minutes from Dalaman airport.
With everything from incredible views over the Aegean and contemporary pool suites with private terraces, to a white washed colour scheme that not only reflects the Turkish sunshine but is perfect for photo opportunities, it’s a guaranteed quality getaway.