Ah winter. While there’s no better time to take layering up to the next level, most of us can agree to having a love-hate relationship with the colder months – seriously, we’d most probably list it as ‘It’s complicated’ on Facebook if we could. No surprise then, that an escape to the tropics is becoming a top priority for many of us at this time of year.
Get ready to trade in that winter coat and those thermal leggings for cute bikinis and protective sunscreen, because these are six of the best destinations from Virgin Holidays that’ll have you shaking off the cold and catching some vitamin D.
Sunglasses at the ready, fellow sun babies!
Mexico, from £1,286 per person
Flight duration: around 10 hours and 40 minutes from London
Steeped in a rich history of ancient civilisations, Mexico is more than just clear turquoise waters kissing white sand beaches – not that we’re complaining about those things at all. Tuck into authentic dishes like guacamole, tacos, chilaquiles and more or get immersed in Mexico’s indigenous culture. Expect evenings to be pulsating with infectious tunes and some of the most beautiful sunsets to match. Tequila, anyone?
Dubai, from £572 per person
Flight duration: around 6 hours and 50 minutes from London
Home to a number of record-holding buildings and sites like the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and the Miracle Garden, Dubai is the place to go if you’re looking to tick a number of boxes off your bucket list. Whether it’s riding in a hot air balloon, bashing the vast sand dunes in a buggy, watching a belly dancing show while eating dinner or exploring on a nighttime safari experience, Dubai is filled to the brim with wonderful things to keep you and the family occupied.
Miami, from £556 per person
Flight duration: around 10 hours from London
Being on the cusp of the Caribbean, Miami is basically drenched in sunshine for the majority of the year. Active in the evenings as it is in the mornings, you’ll come across locals out jogging on the beach and roller skating down the boulevard with a coffee in-hand. Hang out at glitzy hotels with incredible art deco interiors or watch the sunset while attending day-long pool parties, and soak in the cityscape that has been burned into our minds thanks to TV and movies. If the little ones are in tow, head to the Miami Children’s Museum for structured mayhem where they can learn, imagine, create and have fun.
Bali, from £801 per person
Flight duration: around 16 hours and 20 minutes from London
Amongst the natural beauty, beaches and amazing food, the nightlife scene in Bali is undoubtedly world-class. On this humble island, visitors can enjoy long walks on secluded beaches, enjoy mouth-watering cuisine, trek up to volcanoes or cool off underneath a waterfall. It’s luscious green scenery makes it the perfect getaway for restful recuperation, while it’s remarkable sandy coasts are ideal for adrenaline-fueled water sports. In a nutshell, it ticks all the boxes.
Barbados, from £642 per person
Flight duration: around 8 hours and 50 minutes from London
This charming Caribbean island has 60 white-sand beaches, plenty of rum to be sipped under the sun and island music wherever you go; Barbados attracts both the elite and backpackers who all want a taste of authentic island life. There are a number of activities to do too; think everything from surfing and kayaking to parasailing and hiking. Fuel up on top-notch cuisine before heading out to dance the night away at beachside nightclub – not that you need any more convincing.
Seychelles, from £1,345 per person
Flight duration: around 13 hours and 15 minutes from London
From breathtaking beaches, delicious food and world-class scuba diving, Seychelles is made up of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean making it a true sea-lover’s paradise. Promising sumptuous sunshine all year round with temperatures rarely out of the 24 to 34 degrees celsius range, the islands are blessed with rugged mountains and verdant jungle which are all relatively untouched and ready to be explored.