Viceroy Bali

There’s no tan, like a winter tan…

We all reach that point sometime in the middle of winter where you just can’t bare another cold rainy day. More than ready to fly away, soak up some sun, lie on a beach and make everyone else back home jealous with unrelenting Instagram posts. Thanks to great deals, points and miles, inspiration is the first and most important step- so here’s where to go for the best winter sun…

a pool with a thatched roof and a building with trees in the backgroundBali

Those ridiculous infinity pools overlooking jungle you see on social media.. yep Bali is famous for them, and even from the U.S. getting there can be as low as $300 round trip. Best of all? It’s guaranteed to be hot all year round. Though it rains more between November-March, the storms are just short bursts, quickly bringing out that bright sunshine and tropical heat, right on queue. Beaches, spas, parties and monkey forests..  it has it all.

a city next to waterDubai

Just when you thought you were out- they pull you right back in. Many people religiously return to Dubai, and why wouldn’t you? With the abundant sun- shining all year round, five star service and impeccable beaches it’s an easy choice. November and December are perfect for being out during the day exploring the city or working on your tan by the pool, and are far less humid than other months- which helps when you’re in the desert. 

a beach with mountains in the backgroundCape Town

Oh the dream of sitting in the glorious sunshine mid January, sipping local South African wine. The fun hardly stops there- why not venture up Table Mountain, catch some world class surf, hike amazing peaks, sample the delectable food scene or just hang by the pool? For those in western Europe, Cape Town is only a one hour time difference if any, with overnight flight, you really could do it for a fun long weekend. 


Where do you even start? Cheap living, divine food, some of the best sunrises on earth? Vietnam has cool, dry winters (average temps 17-23 Celsius) between November and April, making it an extremely pleasant time to explore the beautiful, charming country. Known for its cultural cities, unique way of life and diverse topography- it’s an idyllic winter sun destination. 

a city skyline with a body of waterSingapore

Hot and sunny all year round. Singapore is a very cool city, with the famous Sentosa and Bintan island beaches not too far away. Before heading out- be sure to visit Gardens by the Bay, taking in the truly spectacular Supertrees before venturing over to the Marina Bay Sands for the largest (and best) rooftop infinity pool with spectacular views of the city below. The Singapore Slings hit the spot even more knowing how cold and miserable it is back home!


If you’re looking for blue skies and pictures of sunny beaches with palm trees- stop looking and head to California. The subject of countless songs and more films- California is the easiest spot for U.S. based travelers to enjoy winter sun on the cheap. Especially Southern California, where warmer temperatures are a near lock. If you want to cover it all start in San Francisco and make the spectacular drive down Pacific Coast Highway for some memorable views, ending in LA for some cool hikes, great nightlife and the beaches of Santa Monica, Malibu and Venice. 

Canary Islands

The temperatures may not be extreme, but the weather is about as fair and beautiful as anyone can dream of. Sun, all year round. The Canary Islands, easily accessible from Europe, offer the perfect t-shirt weather you’ve been dying for. If you want to go less touristy, some of the smaller islands such as La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are more authentic, untouched and more realistically priced. 

a hotel with a pool and palm trees
Andaz Maui, a Hyatt hotel.


Unless you’re in Japan or West Coast USA, it’s not necessarily the most convenient place to get to- but it’s worth the trip. Idyllic all year round, Hawaii has something for everyone from swanky resorts, unbelievable beaches and great surf, to good food and beautiful hikes. Do some research on the different islands to see what’s best suited for you. It’s hard to find a more snap worthy place than Kauai. And don’t forget Airbnb to save on those resort costs! Here are tips for finding cheap flights to Hawaii too

a sun shining through the treesSri Lanka

Just south of India, Sri Lanka is perfect- under the radar winter sun destination full of lush rainforest and gorgeous sandy beaches. The best weather is usually between late November and April, making it the perfect escape, without the usual winter sun price tag. It never hurts to make your friends back home ooze jealousy whilst flicking through your Instagram account.

Australia and New Zealand

Yes, the Southern Hemisphere is an obvious one, since it’s the middle of summer during our Northern Hemisphere winter months, but that’s what makes it perfect. If you have the luxury of being able to jet off for a few weeks then hit as much of Australia and New Zealand as you can. Plenty of cool cities and ridiculously stunning scenery to keep you busy and make you never want to leave. Queenstown is a trending destination in 2017 after all!


Whether you love the craziness of Bangkok, the popular beaches of Phuket or the rustic beauty of the Thai islands, you really can’t go wrong. Heading to Thailand pretty much guarantees gorgeous holiday weather between December and April- making it a perfect New Years getaway to get over those Christmas blues.

a beach with a hut and a group of palm treesMaldives

Despite popular belief- it’s not just for proposals, honeymoons or anniversaries. If you’re looking for those dreamy pictures of endless blue water, pools set amongst ocean and beautiful sunsets – then this is the place. With plenty of spectacular hotels to choose from and immaculate sandy beaches, there really is no bad time of year to go.

Featured image courtesy of The Viceroy Ubud- Bali, Indonesia.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Lol. Why would you spend time in singapore’s sentosa beach? Small beach with view of tankers and containers. Get a better beach at Bintan Island just across the strait. Not much resort, but they have bintan lagoon resort and club med.

    How far from singapore? Well, your phone can still show “Singtel Logo” at Bintan Island….

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