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The top 3 destinations for a winter getaway

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With winter at our doorstep, it’s often just that much harder getting through the daily grind. Summer seems an age away, and suddenly the idea of taking a holiday seems far more appealing.

If you’re after a last-minute getaway in search of the winter sun, we’ve compiled our top three favourite destinations to chase your seasonal blues away.

1. South coast, Sri Lanka

What makes this place a great place to escape winter?

Sri Lanka’s heavenly southern coast offers unspoilt beaches and mind-bogglingly beautiful luxury resorts at a price that won’t leave you bankrupt until summer. What’s not to love?

What’s the climate/weather like?

The average temperature in Sri Lanka hovers at around 28 degrees Celsius from June to September, making it warm enough to get a winter tan, but not so hot that you’ll be flambé’d the moment you set foot on the beach.

Where should I stay?

You have a number of great options, depending on your budget. Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa offers boundless luxury, including palm-tree shaded pools, a golf course, spa and suites with a sea view.

Just a half hour drive from Galle, the Cape Weligama resort is nestled in its on corner of paradise, raised 40 metres above the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Whether you’re lounging on the beach or taking a dip in the stunning infinity pool, you really can’t go wrong.

What are some of activities I can do here?

Apart from lazing on the sands of Sri Lanka’s idyllic beaches, you can also explore the historic Galle, a fortified town first built by the Dutch in the 17th century. There’s also the renowned nature reserve of Yala in Thissamaharama, where you can encounter a range of wildlife including tigers.

2. Jeju Island, South Korea

What makes this place a great place to escape winter?

Also known as the Hawaii of Korea, Jeju is a visual treat whether you’re walking along the beach or exploring the countryside. A volcanic island nestled off the coast of South Korea, Jeju is an island paradise beloved by local travellers as a beach holiday escape. With a laid-back vibe and effortless cool, Jeju offers natural beauty and every excuse to relax.

What’s the climate/weather like?

If you’re heading to Jeju in the summertime, you can expect balmy temperatures of about 21-27 on average between June and September. August is the hottest month of the year for Jeju, when the water reaches a heavenly 28 degrees. Rainfall is at its highest in July.

Where should I stay?

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Feel like splashing out to chase away the woes of winter? For a luxurious getaway, The Shilla has everything you need, including a number of whimsical options such as a night “glamping” under the stars on the manicured lawn, as well as midnight swimming. The classy Lotte Hotel Jeju is another stunning resort with beach views, situated on the southern side of the island.

What are some of activities I can do here?

When you’re done lounging on the beach, there’s the stunning Hallasan National Park to visit, home to Korea’s tallest mountain as well as the ‘olle’ walking trails that lead you through lush green pastures. Don’t forget to try the local fare, such as the famous Jeju black pig pork, as well as the fresh seafood.

3. Barbados

What makes this place a great place to escape winter?

This small Caribbean island is a renowned getaway spot, offering world class resorts and desktop wallpaper-perfect beaches. Throw in a dash of a UNESCO World Heritage Site capital and a sprinkle of great nightlife, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect winter holiday.

What’s the climate/weather like?

Whenever you go to Barbados, it’s unlikely you’ll need to bring a cardigan. Temperatures on average sit around 26-27 degrees year-round, although it’s worth noting that there is increased rainfall over the summer months – these spells pass quickly, so you won’t be without blue skies for long.

Where should I stay?

Barbados offers a number of all-inclusive resorts such as The Club, a no-kids-allowed resort. If you’ve got little ones in tow, Turtle Beach is the perfect balance of fun for the kids and sophisticated amenities for mums and dads to relax.

If you’ve got some cash to burn, you can’t go past the luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel, where amenities include a white sand beach, three golf courses, a spa, fine dining, and library.

What are some of activities I can do here?

To be honest, you’re probably going to be spending most of your time at the beach, because, why wouldn’t you? However, if you feel like venturing a little further afield you can also find plenty to see and do in Bridgetown. Admire the colonial architecture and visit the Garrison for a flutter on the races before adjourning to visit the Mount Gay Rum Visitor Centre.

Before you rush off on your winter break, make sure take out travel insurance.


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