Beat the UK Winter and Celebrate 2017 in these 7 Sunny Beach Spots
By January, the cold has taken its toll and our feet are aching to take us to far off, sunny shores. Where to for 2017? From reef-encircled islands to parties on the beach, here’s a look at 7 sunny spots to beat the UK winter.
1. The Maldives
Whether you arrive at your resort via seaplane or speedboat, you’re in for a visual treat of aqua lagoons and impossibly pristine islands. The Maldives provide the ultimate tropical paradise, for swimming, relaxing and soaking up the warm rays.
Fun Island Resort is an affordable choice, with beach front rooms, delicious cuisine and an array of water sports and sporting activities. For families, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma has kid’s clubs, a splash pool and offers for children to stay and eat for free.
2. Barbados, Caribbean
For an exotic holiday with the familiar feel of home, Barbados is a glamorous choice in the Caribbean. The cricket greens will keep you from feeling homesick, while you explore sugar cane fields, plantation houses and, of course, gorgeous stretches of coast.
Luxury hotels and villas sit on beachfront locations lapped by calm water that’s perfect for kids. However, if you head to the east coast, you’ll find wild surf and seclusion. According to Trip Advisor, good budget hotels include All Seasons Resort Europa and Southern Surf Beach Apartments.
Closer to home is the foodie paradise of Malta. In terms of variety, here you’ll enjoy beguiling blue seas, prehistoric temples, hilltop towns and wonderful museums. Limestone cliffs hide sheltered bays and vibrant marinas offer boat trips for snorkelling, sailing and thrilling scuba diving.
If you really want to relax, hire a villa on Gozo. To stay in the heart of the action, try the Blue Sea San Anton Hotel in Bugibba, as a budget-friendly option. Families are well-catered for at Radisson Blu Resort and Spa Malta Golden Sands, with water sports, pools and a spa.
4. Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is renowned for its beaches but it’s also a great spot to stretch your travel budget far. Food and resorts are fantastic value and you’re sure to get many chances to bargain for souvenirs at markets.
Phuket’s Patong Beach is the popular choice for party-goers, with the infamous nightlife of Bangla Road, water sports and loads of beachfront restaurants. However, stay a bit further away from the main strip and you’ll find family-friendly resorts and attractions, like Phuket FantaSea.
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For a taste of one of the world’s biggest parties to mix with your sunny location, head to Rio in February for Carnival. The ‘Marvellous City’ is home to the dramatic Christ the Redeemer statue, over 20 gorgeous beaches, bustling sidewalk cafes, Sugarloaf Mountain and unrelenting nightlife.
For a budget stay, try the ibis Copacabana Porto 2 Hotel, which is two blocks from the famous beach. Families will love Grand Mercure Rio de Janeiro Riocentro, for its central location close to beaches, shopping centres and restaurants.
6. Dubai, UAE
Dubai may not immediately spring to mind as a beach destination, but it’s home to many, with the all-important warm temps to bask in the sun. For the most part, the beaches are action-packed, with games, jet-skiing and patrolling lifeguards. Some are private and only accessible via hotels and it’s at these you’ll find some privacy.
Dubai is well known for its amazing hotels and it may just be worth it to splash out and enjoy the full experience. Atlantis The Palm truly is another world, with marine and water park adventures, including swimming with dolphins.
It’s always swimming weather in Bali, even in a late afternoon rain shower. The island is fringed with stunning beaches, while lush, monkey-filled jungles and traditional villages cover the interior. Here, you can find peaceful,l private abodes by the beach, at spots such as Pantai Geger.
Or, join the hordes and the fun at Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, for shopping, nightlife, bustling restaurants and afternoon drinks on the sand as the orange sun sinks into the ocean. The Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta is directly opposite the beach, with facilities for everyone from couples and singles to families.
Happy sunny winter holidays for 2017!