Pale, anemic sun, peeking wearily through thick grey cloud. Having to pull on thick, heavy layers each time you leave the house and shake the water from your hair as you get in. Yep, welcome to winter. Last week, we brought you a selection of glorious winter getaways full of sparkling snow….buuuuuuut we do get that’s not for everyone. The cold alone is just not for some people and they dream of escaping to heavens of sun, sea and sand. Well, isn’t it lucky that only one hemisphere endures winter at once?! Head south for these incredible trips and to top up your vitamin D with some winter sun…
Head to this verdant, jungle shrouded island in the sparkling Indian ocean. You will see the Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, and Horton Plains National Park…and that’s just in the first few days. There are also plenty of chances to relax and soak up the sun. Visit a tranquil Buddhist temple and see the ancient ruins in Yala National Park to get your fill of culture. This vibrant island is overflowing with wildlife. Keep an eye out for leopards, sloth bears, elephants, and porcupines!
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If you love wildlife and sun then go one step further and head down to sun-drenched Fiji! This incredible trip will take you on the most memorable diving trip of your life. Learn all about the endangered and misunderstood shark species here and the work to protect them. If you don’t know how to dive, this is the perfect place. Then once you know, swim out to record marine species and watch the sharks (in a safe and controlled environment!). Explore coral and mangrove ecosystems teeming with life and engross yourself in life in an island paradise.
For pure relaxation, head to the land down under. Here, you will find yourself in a chalet in your own private area of rainforest. Each chalet is unique and charming. Spend your days exploring the glorious Springbrook National Park, trek through the bush, cross ‘natural bridges’ and generally immerse yourself in this stunning natural environment.
If you don’t mind being a little closer to other guests, and you’re ready for your mind to be blown, Chile’s Montaña Mágica Lodge is the place for you. A foliage veiled volcano which erupts with water, this is a hotel unlike any other. With an indoor spa and wellness centre, all of your needs and wishes will be catered for.
Take a trip to the ultimate winter sun destination, set in the cerulean Caribbean ocean. Fly to Jamaica. Explore the luscious treed highlands, and hike and zipline your way to hidden azure pools. Spend your evenings drinking cocktails on the beach. You will have an incredible array of wildlife to admire, among which the most breathtaking might be the Luminous Lagoon, literally glimmering with life!