Thinking of escaping for a winter getaway? How should you decide if it's time for an adventure-packed week on the slopes, or long, lazy days basking in the sunshine?
- Sun holidays can provide the perfect mix of both relaxation and adventure
- The best skiing resorts aren’t always where you expect, some of the quiet resorts have a cosy family feel
- The perfect weather can mean the slopes are the ideal mix of sun and ski
Why chase the winter sun?
Sun-drenched holidays are the perfect way to unwind. With laying on powder white beaches, reading books and swimming in the sea the order of the day, there’s nothing better than grabbing some much-needed winter sun. But where should you go?
Be transported on a cultural journey like no other with the picturesque landscapes of Ha Long Bay or the daunting temples of Hanoi. Colourful and beautiful, bustling but peaceful, Vietnam offers a unique winter escape.
With miles of sandy beaches, you won’t be short of places to kick back and relax but that’s not all there is to Vietnam. The local cuisine is renowned across the world. Devour fresh seafood from the port of Hoi An or gather your own ingredients from the vibrant, floating markets of the Mekong Delta.
All of this comes with balmy, year-round tropical climate so peel off the layers and feel the sun on your skin.
Grand mountain ranges, Saharan dunes and spiced-fuelled souks – adventure awaits in Morocco.
In winter, Morocco’s African sun provides the perfect climate for exploring, offering warm days and cooler evenings with breathtaking sunsets. It’s a prime location for mixing activity-packed days with laidback afternoons and evenings on the beach.
Influenced by a fusion of African, French and Mediterranean cultures, the local cuisine is diverse, and the hospitality is unparalleled.
Belize, Central America
The jewel in Central America’s crown, Belize offers amazing diving, stunning islands and exotic jungles. Home to the second-largest reef in the world, the country is home to 500 different species of tropical fish and the incredible climate makes it the ideal winter sun destination.
Zip line through the trees, roam the jungle and even head to the museum of Belize to soak up the local history. Belize’s wildlife is worth leaving the stunning beaches of Palcencia or Ambergis Cave for. Iguanas, crocodiles and monkeys all call this part of Central America home.
Why hit the slopes?
You don’t have to choose between skiing and sun. Many slalom hotspots benefit from bright, long days, providing the perfect climate for hitting the slopes. But there will be no getting bored here. Luscious, crisp mountainous views and all-day adventure await. Here’s where to head:
Glistening snow, rugged landscapes and the promise of the Northern Lights, skiing in Lapland is unbeatable.
Blanketed white from December to May, Lapland is the ideal place for a winter ski break. The pistes are quieter than those in more prolific ski destinations, giving the feel of a more private resort. Children and beginners will love the abundance of gentle slopes, while advanced skiers can adventure off-piste to get their adrenaline fix.
Off the slopes, there’s tons of fun-packed activities to enjoy, from dog sleighing, to reindeer spotting and ice fishing on one of the many scenic lakes.
If you thought Cyprus was reserved for sun holidays - think again. Troodos is Cyprus’ very own winter wonderland and premier skiing destination.
And it’s not just for budding skiers. Troodos is one of the best places in the region to enjoy adrenaline-fuelled activities, from cycling to hiking in the hilly mountains. One of the best ways to explore the area is in a 4x4 car but be sure to have snow tyres to avoid getting stuck .
Covered in forestry, Troodos’s quiet village is an idyllic escape. You’ll find friendly tavernas, painted churches and cosy stone houses .
Squaw Valley, California
While California is best known for its stunning beaches, on the Cali-Nevada border is the skiing village of Squaw Valley. It’s the perfect place for a winter break for both experienced skiers looking for a challenge and beginners starting out.
A bustling but compact resort village, Squaw Valley has a charming, family feel to it. Expect bustling chalets, live music and play zones for children. Exploring the wider Lake Tahoe area is a must while you’re there, the picturesque lakeside towns, stunning blue lake and forestry makes for breathtaking walks and adventures.
Do you prefer a stint on the slopes or having fun in the sun? Let us know!
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