We get it England, you’re cold. If, like us, you’ve been dreaming of sunny shores, carefree days and poolside lounging then we’ve got just the thing to help you flee the cold, grey and glum this winter.
From scenic train journeys through Sri Lanka to swimming with penguins on the beaches of Cape Town, we’ve handpicked six enticingly sun-soaked getaway destinations from Hays Travel, so all you need to worry about is unwinding and relaxing for a week (or two).
Sri Lanka, from £789 per person
Flight duration: around 11 hours
Dreamy sunsets, playful wildlife and incredible cuisine are just a few of the hundred reasons why Sri Lanka should be at the top of your must-visit list. Thanks to its tropical climate, there’s always an abundance of produce like veggies and fruits making it ideal for vegetarians (yay!). Go on an impossibly scenic train journey through Sri Lanka, volunteer at an elephant sanctuary, pick tea leaves during the harvest season or dive with blue whales in the ocean – the list goes on and on.
Dubai, from £439 per person
Flight duration: around 7 hours
From dazzling world-class hotels and stunning choreographed water fountains to camel riding through sand dunes, Dubai is arguably the most luxurious and advanced city in the world. Walk through the world’s biggest man-made island Palm Island (which is both a tourist attraction and engineering marvel on its own), or shop until you drop at Dubai Mall with more than 1,000 stores spread out over 13 million square feet. That’s around 50 football fields!
Las Vegas, from £539 per person
Flight duration: around 9 hours and 45 minutes
The entertainment city that certainly needs no introduction, Las Vegas and its 6 kilometer-long strip is home to some of the largest hotels and casinos in the world. Whether you’re letting loose on a Stag/Hen do, visiting for work or out with the family, this city serves up all kinds of possibilities for travelers. From indoor skydiving and heading into the wilderness on a drive through Death Valley to taking breathtaking selfies at the Grand Canyon, get ready for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.
Singapore, from £669 per person
Flight duration: around 13 hours
Built on a rich diversity of culture and heritage, you’ll have a hard time finding a more harmonious country than Singapore. Popularly known as a shopaholic’s haven, it’s also a food lover’s dream come true thanks to its wide breadth of authentic delights and fusion cuisine. It’s also an absolute paragon when it comes to eco-friendly attractions; think everything from the Botanic Gardens and jungles of Pulau Ubin to Gardens by the Bay, it’s one of the greenest cities that the planet has to offer.
Antigua, from £1199 per person
Flight duration: around 8 hours
Offering warm weather all year round (we’re talking average temperatures of 30 degree celsius), Antigua is one of the driest of the Carribean islands, making it perfect for outdoor and water activities. Enjoy a family adventure sailing around the island, whizz down through the rainforest canopy on a zipline or paddle board at your own pace while catching some sun. Get ready to slather on the sunscreen.
Cape Town South Africa, from £749 per person
Flight duration: around 11 hours
Do beaches, mountains, gardens, winelands and picturesque views sound like a dreamy escape? If your answer is a hard yes, then pack your bags and jump on a plane straight to Cape Town. You can sit on a beach and watch penguins (and even swim with them!), take an unforgettable helicopter ride overlooking the coast, enjoy a glass of wine at the top of Table Mountain and so much more. It’s the perfect holiday blended into one beautiful city.