20 of the best winter sunshine holidays to travel in 2021
Now is the right time to plan your British winter getaway, but with so much in the world to choose from, how do you decide? Maybe it’s sometimes too easy to fixate on the weather, rather than the destination or the type of vacation. We are so obsessed with getting some heat and sun guaranteed that we risk forgetting what we might do when we arrive.
It doesn’t matter so much if all you really want is to plunge into the sand and lie under an umbrella all day. But even if you only go away for a week, you may want to inject a little more variety into your winter vacation. You may enjoy exploring the local culture or enjoying some special meals outside. Maybe you want to have a more active time or have some fun.
We’ve come up with some solutions, covering all the basics with a holiday selection to suit all tastes and budgets this winter: from an African safari to a Nile cruise; from the best restaurants in the Caribbean to a giant water park in Tenerife. And just in case all you want to do is lie in the sun, we’ve also listed what we call Islands in the Sun – our selection of places where you can find really adequate relaxation, in secluded resorts on small islands. where peace and tranquility reign.
Remember that where we can go depends not only on our own government, but on whether the country in question welcomes tourists. Some, like Australia and New Zealand, remain closed, others have other arrival restrictions. Things are changing fast, so before booking and just before traveling, check the latest local regulations. Gov.uk is the best starting point.
The prices listed below are per person for seven nights based on two shares, including transfers and flights unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability. Weather statistics are for the month recommended in the holiday example and are the maximum daily temperatures followed by the average daily sunshine hours.
Sun and food
1. Cape Town Cuisine
25C, 10 hours of sunshine
South Africa is now open to British visitors – great news for this hugely popular winter sun destination and even better news for sun lovers. They should head to Cape Town, which not only has the best concentration of restaurants on the African continent, but also offers a stunning seafront location, and that, perhaps, is its culinary secret. The fish comes straight from the South Atlantic, the meat from the fertile farmland inland and the wine from Cape Winelands, just a cork octopus beyond Table Mountain. No wonder so many talented chefs find so much inspiration in the city. It also offers exceptional value for money: here you can eat like a king for £ 30 a head. Our Cape Town expert Pippa de Bruyn is your guide to the best restaurants in town.
How to do it: Trailfinders (020 7368 1200; trailfinders.com) offers stays at the four-star Kloof Street Hotel from £ 1,099 b & b, which includes a private Constantia wine tour with lunch, a Cape Town food tour and a tour to Cape Point and Peninsula. Departure on selected dates in February 2022.
2. Indulgence in Dubai
24C, eight hours of sunshine
Michelin doesn’t produce a Dubai food guide, but many of the chefs it has awarded stars from other parts of the world have set up restaurants here or make occasional guest appearances. It has become the gastronomic epicenter of the Middle East, offering a variety of high-class menus – you can read our best guide here. After a very hot summer, winter is the high season here for both locals and visitors, so book your tables in advance.
How to do it: Tui (020 3451 2688; tui.co.uk) offers five-star Fairmont The Palm stays from £ 1,769 on a half-board basis, based on a deluxe room. Released on January 13, 2022. Its Ossiano seafood restaurant is one of the best in the city.