Top Ten Winter Sun Escapes
Red Sea Riviera
The Red Sea Riviera , with luxurious hotels, golden beaches and dive centres in abundance. Sunny, slow-paced and teeming with coral, consider it a gentler introduction to North Africa.
Average Temp: 23-25°C.
Long- haul junkies will jump at the chance to visit this sun-kissed paradise on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, with all of its white-sand beaches, spectacular natural resources and rainforest wildlife. The price includes local brand alcoholic and soft drinks, too.
Average Temp: 18-28°C.
Club Med Morocco
Book a family holiday at the point where the desert meets the sea, and you can be assured of two things: sun and sand. Club Med’s Agadir resort also boasts a golf academy, children’s clubs, a spa, horse riding and a smorgasbord of pools, restaurants, bars and beaches.
Average Temp: 20°C.
Thailand Cruise & Stay
After dispensing with the jetlag, enjoying all of its bars, restaurants, pools, fitness centres and entertainment options. Finally, round off your Thai odyssey with three nights in Phuket’s four-star Amari Coral Beach Resort. What’s not to like?
Average Temperature: 29-31°C.
This trip includes Volcanoes National Park, golf, beaches and some of the world’s best surf.
Average Temp: 26-30°C.
Classic Costa Rica
Idyllic beaches, dramatic volcanoes and tropical rainforests are the reasons Costa Rica appeals to travellers looking for a little adventure with their winter sun. , scheduling wildlife-spotting, canopy walks and swamp exploration, plus plenty of time to spare on Pacific coast beaches.
Average Temp: 25-28°C.
Fun in Florida
From Disney World to Universal Studios, the Everglades to South Beach, Florida’s attractions are the envy of the southern states. Throw in two uniquely American cities, Orlando and Miami, and you’ve got one of Ireland’s most popular long-haul markets.
Average Temp: 19-25°C.
Sing like a Canary
The Canary Islands have long been a destination of choice for winter sun-worshippers, with four-hour flights delivering shivering souls to reliable, north-west African climes. Each island has its personality, but Gran Canaria is a good bet for beaches, bars, landscape and cosmopolitanism. Average Temp: 21-22°C.
Bali is Indonesia’s most tourist-friendly island. Its beaches are heavenly, with snorkelling and diving on tap. Adventure enthusiasts can raft and surf to their heart’s content. Day trips (you can drive around the coast in a day) include verdant rice terraces, spas and an embarrassment of temples. And that’s not even starting on the clubbing…
Average Temp: 27°C.
White sands, palm trees and an easy pace of life. That image has a name: Mauritius. East of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, Mauritian culture blends English, French, Chinese, Creole, Hindu and Muslim influences, meaning you can spice up beach days with food, shopping, nightlife and adventure.
Average Temp: 28°C.
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