There are rare feelings that can top this one. Imagine: you leave your home with low clouds and rain, wind, gray all around. You get on the plane. You sleep a bit through it or you just watch the movie… and then you land. You’re already pretty nervous because of everything taking so freaking long and then… you hit the door and you’re bathed in sunshine. People walking around in short sleeves and dresses, smiling and drinking cocktails at all the beautiful beachside bars.
If you are thinking of changing your environment this year and going for something that will allow you to make your friends super-envious when they see your Instagram photos in a bathing suit – you should know which destinations are going to give you the best time. Check out our list and find your favorite. Get well prepared and do your research, and then go for your two weeks of heaven.
Why start with the obvious choice? Though it may not be the first thing to come to mind, Dubai is beautiful during all seasons and all weather conditions – it’s a place you just can’t go wrong with. But there is also a very good reason we are recommending it for this winter summer experience: the so-called ‘Riviera of the Middle East’ will offer you a unique experience that you will never forget. The luxury, the white sand beaches, the modern architecture and perfect temperatures are just going to take your breath away. Book yourself a high-end stay by yourself or with your family: either way you won’t be disappointed. The best time to go is from December to March.
There is nothing unappealing when it comes to pyramids, riding camels and bathing in a warm sea or tanning on beautiful beaches. Either way you should definitely visit Egypt at least once in your life, and why not pick the time when you don’t have similar weather at home. Aside from negative media attention, Egypt is still a safe place to visit. Depending on what it is that you need this winter, choose between Cairo, Luxor or Sharm el Sheikh. A thing you definitely can’t go without visiting is, of course, the Valley of Kings. Combining a history lesson with an amazing view, it will be interesting for both you and even your smallest ones. Also, if you have time, a Nile cruise is a wonderful experience.
If Johnny Depp liked them so much, who are we to disagree, right? You know, those are the names that make you drool when mentioned: Barbados, St Lucia, Cuba, Jamaica… do we need to keep going? Depending on whether you just want to spend some quality time on a beach, go for a romantic cruise or just play some golf (obviously we mean tan) or just humor your partner with this last one – there is a place to do it in one of the islands. All you need to do is get a good bikini and a plane ticket somewhere in between December and April, when the weather is a bit cooler, drier and less humid.
When you dream of spending time relaxing at a wonderful beach, with palms surrounding you and with a cocktail in your hand – you are probably dreaming of Thai islands without knowing it. If you choose to spend your winter holiday here, you’ll enjoy fantastic food, great hospitality from the locals and luxurious hotels with more affordable accommodation. It’s all waiting for you throughout the whole winter season, making your Instagram: #nextlevel #bejealous .
Just a warning before we continue: If you visit Miami once, you are going to go again. And again. And again. Trust us, it is one of those places that you just won’t be able to stay away. No wonder there – the eight and a half mile long white sand beach is everyone’s fantasy, as well as beautiful scenery, great food and drinks and nice people. It is a dream weekend getaway that will fulfill your every fantasy. Which is pretty much the reason you are going to wish to revisit. All the way to April, the temperatures are perfect for a holiday with up to nine hours of sunshine per day, so choose the best timeframe and get going.
Cyprus is the warmest island in the Mediterranean – this fact alone should be enough to understand why we are highly recommending this for your next destination. It means that, even though it is colder during the winter than, say, March or April, it is still a very nice temperature that will have you wearing T-shirts and going for long walks across the beach. No sunbathing and swimming is going to be no problem because you are going to receive such a warm welcome and enjoy wonderful food… and just the scenery may be enough by itself, too.
It’s going to be really hot at Maldives this summer. If you like snorkeling, prepare your mask. This is also the right place for diving and other popular watersports. Don’t you like to think about enjoying warm water and tanning a while your friends back home are choosing their winter coats and wearing gloves? The Maldives are going to take over your heart with their stunning beaches and opportunities to enjoy your favorite summer activities. A trip over there is definitely a great way to treat yourself for Christmas.
The color of the sea in Tahiti is going to make you question all you know about colors: unimaginable shades of turquoise and blue will take your breath away. Over there you are going to feel out of this world – the reefs, the flora and fauna, the people too – it is something you aren’t used to and you are going to wish you could get used to it. Going back home may be a really tough thing to do, though – so if you find yourself being pulled into the airplane, don’t say we didn’t warn you. The bright side is: you can always come back for more.
We think that all our suggestions so far have been stunning, but you have to admit that the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of summer, sea and enjoyment is Hawaii. Who wouldn’t want to get walk around wearing Lei and a flowery dress? Whenever we see them in movies, we can’t help but feel warmth in our hearts – so why not feel warm altogether by actually visiting the place. Enjoy the Hawaiian dances and the beautiful nature surrounding you, because, trust us: this is going to be a holiday you are going to go back in your memory pretty often.
Another perfect choice for goodbye-December-hello-summer feeling. Try Tenerife, with its stunning beaches and warm temps. The sea may be a bit chilly at this time of the year, but you can always go for a swim in your hotel’s pool (tip: make sure your hotel actually has one). And, of course, there is no reason why you can’t use the beautiful beaches for sun tanning and enjoying yourself. Another suggestion could be the island Lanzarote, where you can go for a volcano tour or visit the beautiful lagoons.
Mauritius is a perfect destination to go with your family (but don’t let that stop you for going to explore it by yourself either), with lots of fun activities all members will enjoy. The beautiful scenery goes without saying, that’s for sure. The temperatures can go pretty high here and you will be able to enjoy the charms of its beaches and sea during the eight hours of sunshine per day. For the best of them, go to the north of the island – this is a pro tip. teams of attentive, smiling staff are going to make your stay unbelievably pleasant – this is something that the island is known for around the world. OMG and try the rum. Seriously, try the damn rum.