We all love the run-up to Christmas but the festive season can be stressful, too – it’s hardly surprising a lot of timeshare owners escape for an annual winter break just after the holiday season. While ski bunnies will be heading for the slopes, sun worshippers have plenty of destinations to choose from where bikini weather still rules, even in deepest mid winter.
Here are some of the top spots worldwide where you can top up your tan this winter:
Of course, taking the whole family on a long haul flight can make a rather large dent in your budget so the shortest journey from Britain – with guaranteed sun – is the Canary Islands. Here you’ll find reliable warmth and blue seas just a few hours from the UK. Although the temperatures won’t be scorching, they’ll steadily rest around the low 20s – perfect for a more active holiday. And as each Canary Island has a character and landscape of its very own, this is a one-stop destination to suit every budget with a fantastic, very comprehensive collection of timeshare resorts to choose from.
A fairly new favourite, the resorts along the famous beaches in Punta Cana have developed and improved remarkably, over the last 10 years, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. Be sure to check out comparison sites and reviews though to make sure you get exactly what you’re after.
RCI http://www.rci.com/ for example has its own YouTube channel where you can check out resorts before you book along with a host of other interactive tools and apps to help you decide which resort to try next!
Mexico’s Riviera Maya
Similar feel to some of the more popular and expensive islands in the Caribbean such as Barbados and Antigua, here you’ll find yourself bathing in the same bath-warm sea. There are a number of big resorts that provide fantastic facilities for all the family along the Yucatan coast, and with something for all budgets, wants and wishes it’s no wonder the Riviera is a perennial favourite with American timeshare owners – the flight isn’t far and temperatures are impressive, even in February.
Similarly, Vietnam may not be top of your list but as one of the most beautiful countries in South-East Asia why not? It is one of the cheapest destinations allowing you to indulge yourself with wonderful food, spa days and hotels at modest prices. You won’t blow your budget on meals – there are so many restaurants that will set you back less than a tenner, all with the magical charm and surroundings of a far more expensive break.
As a country very similar to Vietnam in culture, this is also one of the cheapest non-stop long-haul destinations with costs once you arrive remaining low. With some of the most beautiful islands, beaches and vibrant cities Thailand is not to be missed. However, check with the Foreign Office before you travel to get updated advice as there have been demonstrations recently and it’s always best to know before you go.
Sri Lanka may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re shortlisting sun-seeker destinations but if you’re thinking of heading to the Indian Ocean, drawn by the thoughts of dreamy blue sea and silky white sand, seasoned travellers often report that Sri Lanka can be 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than the Seychelles, Mauritius or the Maldives.