Words by Emma Tiernan
February 7th, 2019
Waking up in darkness and feeling the cold air creep through the covers has us dreaming of escaping to sunnier climes. I mean, who can blame us for looking up flights in between meetings, wondering where we could run away to? Hence why we’ve rounded up our top 6 sunny destinations that are guaranteed to wash away the winter blues. From adventure to relaxation, there’s something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Get booking!
When it comes to destinations that have yet to be overrun with tourists, the Andaman Islands are the best-kept secret in the Indian Ocean. Situated roughly 950km off the east coast of India, the Andamans are a collection of over 200 islands. If you’re looking for untouched white beaches, crystal clear waters and unspoilt coral reefs then this is the destination for you. Spend your day exploring the jungle, diving or snorkelling. When you’ve had enough of exploring the almost isolated nature, head to Port Blair where you will find all the restaurants, bars and cafes.
Head stateside for some winter sun. With Miami, you get the best of both worlds — a city break with an amazing beachfront. Miami is known for its funky art deco style, an abundance of art galleries, Latin influences and a killer nightlife scene. Miami also boasts an amazing culinary scene which takes influences from its diverse citizenship. Head to the beach in the morning, explore the art scene in the afternoon, then head out on the town at night.
A popular destination for winter sun seekers, now is the perfect time to visit Dubai as temperatures average between a comfortable 17 and 26 degrees Celsius in comparison to the scorching highs of summer. Spend your days getting lost in the Dubai Mall, exploring the Palm Jumeirah or taking in the sights atop the Burj Khalifa. There is never a dull moment to be had in Dubai and if you fancy getting out of the city for awhile there is plenty of desert safaris you can take from camel riding to dune buggies and sand surfing.
Tulum has been gaining more and more traction over the past few years, becoming a bucket list destination for many. With plenty to do in this vibrant part of Mexico, each day can vary; for example, one day you can hop on a bike and go cenote hopping, explore some popular spots and some hidden gems. The next you can channel your inner Indiana Jones or Lara Croft and explore some of the well preserved Mayan ruins dotted around Tulum. From stunning beaches to Instagram-worthy cafes and an amazing array of restaurants, it’s no wonder Tulum has become such a popular spot.
Situated at the end of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is quite the hidden gem among the travel community. With it not yet being a popular tourist destination, it means that a lot of the country remains to be explored. It also means that you can get some unique Instagram snaps if that’s your game. Discover the wonders of the desert and the barely touched stretches of coastline that Oman has to offer. Muscat, the capital of Oman, is an old port town with a waterfront known as the Muttrah quarter where you will find the Souks and busy fish markets. Muscat is also home to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which is the main and largest mosque in Oman. If you are looking for somewhere a little off the beaten track with warm weather and a side of adventure then Oman is the place to go.
Sri Lanka is fast becoming one of the ‘it’ places to explore in South Asia. If you’re an animal lover then there is plenty to see and do from leopard safaris to getting up close and personal with whales. For the explorer, there is Keya, the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka, as well as the chance to climb the 5th-century fortress, Sigiriya, and discover all the tea farms this country has to offer. Not to mention beautiful beaches and amazing cuisine, the wonders of Sri Lanka are a delight to uncover.
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