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The Best Destinations For Winter Sun 2021

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When the English weather turns, it’s time to escape…

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If you didn’t make it abroad this summer and the English weather has somewhat disappointed, it might be time to plan a winter escape to top up on your Vitamin D. Get some vitamin sea, while you’re at it, and check out our pick of the best winter sun destinations for 2021 and beyond…

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Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Sugar Beach, is set within more than 100 acres of rainforest in the World Heritage-listed Val des Pitons, with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons. The resort features luxury rooms, cottages, bungalows and villas, each of which has its own private plunge pool. The hotel will also be adding to its art collection and will be introducing an art tour to its offering for the season.

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Double rooms from £350 in the low season, and £895 in the high season | viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

The Beverly Hills Hotel, LA, USA

The Beverly Hills Hotel, LA, USA

Enjoy a picture-perfect winter escape in LA at Hollywood favourite The Beverly Hills Hotel, which has recently unveiled a chic redesign of its iconic cabanas, overseen by the renowned Champalimaud Design. For the first time since its original installation in the 1940s, the iconic pink Martinique banana leaf wallpaper made by CW Stockwell has been featured. The hotel has also introduced a new bike programme, available to guests at the hotel with new and bespoke Linus banana leaf bicycles available for up to two hours every day.

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dorchestercollection.com

Sandy Lane, Barbados

Sandy Lane, Barbados

Known as the first luxury hotel in Barbados, this Caribbean stalwart celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Sandy Lane legends include Aristotle Onassis being rowed in from his yacht while Maria Callas swam ashore with a pet marmoset on her back and Elton John adhering to the New Year’s Eve black-tie dress with a black tie around his thigh, and later giving an impromptu concert at the piano. Care to add to the legends yourself?

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Double rooms from £1,000 in low season, and £1,469 in high season | sandylane.com

The Setai, Miami, USA

The Setai, Miami, USA

If glitzy US breaks are all about star-spotting, keep your eyes peeled for Kardashians, Hadids and Beckhams at The Setai in Miami. The all-suite property offers spacious accommodation in either the 1930s Art Deco building or the modern Setai skyscraper, one of Miami’s tallest and also home to The Setai Penthouse, spanning the entire 40th floor with a Steinway piano, infinity pool and wraparound city to ocean views.

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Rates from £450 | thesetaihotels.com

Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani, Maldives

Soneva Jani is Soneva Fushi’s younger, rather snazzier sibling. All rooms are in water villas with a kitchenette, rooftop dining area, private pool, sitting room, bed with retractable roof so you can sleep under the stars. Opt for a villa with a waterslide into the sea for a Maldives novelty you’ll actually enjoy.

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Doubles from $2,989 (£2,292) B&B | soneva.com

Habitas AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Habitas AlUla, Saudi Arabia

AlUla has winter temperatures ranging from 10-25 degrees between October to April, with temperatures dropping in the evenings. Habitas AlUla specialises in wellness and eco-friendly services, nestled in a desert valley surrounded by sandstone cliffs and palm groves. The resort will host 96 guest villas, made with ethically sourced organic materials, all of which feature super king size beds, premium linen, a private external deck, private external shower, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, plus celestial villas will include private telescopes.

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Habitas prices range from £435-£870 | ourhabitas.com/alula | experiencealula.com

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Best until mid-November, autumn is one of the best times to visit Marrakech as the heat of summer has cooled and the crowds are smaller. Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is situated in 20 hectares of olive groves and gardens featuring 100,000 roses. Enjoy mountain trekking or a traditional hammam or check out the new Discover Essaouira day trip and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site with one of Morocco’s best beach destinations in Essaouira. Highlights include horse riding at sunset, following various film locations of ‘Game of Thrones’ and a tour of the vineyards of the Argan Wine Valley.

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Abercrombie & Kent (abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers 7 nights at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech from £3,490pp | mandarinoriental.com

Hotel Bel-Air, LA, USA

Hotel Bel-Air, LA, USA

The Hotel Bel-Air is celebrating its 75th anniversary, celebrating a history rich in glitz and glamour. A-listers and world dignitaries past and present have been frequent guests, with icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly & Cary Grant all taking up residence at the hotel throughout its history. The Prince of Wales once said “I slept better in the Presidential Suite of the Bel-Air than in any other hotel in the world”.

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dorchestercollection.com

Ant’s Nest, South Africa

Ant’s Nest, South Africa

Situated in The Waterberg, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Ant’s Nest offers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of more than 40 species of game, including giraffe, white rhino and both sable and roan antelope. The main lodge consists of six rooms, each benefiting from its own private veranda and en-suite bathroom. Embark on 4×4 game drives, as well as bespoke experiences such as sundowners and homemade safari breakfasts.

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Luxtripper is offering 7 nights at the Ant’s Nest in a Double Davidson room on fully inclusive basis, from £3,295 per person. The cost includes direct flights with British Airways, safari activities, and return land transfers | luxtripper.co.uk

JOALI Being, Maldives

JOALI Being, Maldives

For something new this season, check out JOALI Maldives, which is launching a new nature immersive wellbeing retreat, JOALI Being, on its very own island nearby (Bodufushi Island). It will be the Maldives’ first pure health retreat and will offer a mix of integrated wellness programmes (and a healthy dose of sunshine, of course). The retreat has been built using Vastu Shastra principles, a scientific ancient Indian system of architecture and design which integrates nature, aiming to “achieve harmony by eliminating negative energies and enhancing the island’s positive energies”.

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From $2,142 per night based on two persons sharing an Ocean Pool Villa on a B&B basis. Immersion Programmes start from $1,665 per person based on a five-night JOALI BEING Discovery Programme. JOALI BEING has a minimum stay of five nights | joali.com

The Resort Villa

The Resort Villa, Thailand

The Resort Villa in Rayong, Thailand, is the ultimate choice for a sustainable luxury stay. Located on Thailand’s idyllic east coast, with expansive views over the Bay of Thailand, The Resort Villa features eight villas sleeping up to 16 guests, multiple infinity pools, 70 plus full-time staff, a home cinema, spa, and 15-metre aquarium. This private haven is also home to a state-of-the-art solar farm at the property, which provides all the power it requires for air conditioning, lights and swimming pools during the day.

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theresortvilla.com

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

Inspired by Bond? Guests travelling this winter will be able to celebrate Ian Fleming’s close association with Jamaica Inn with a James Bond package including outdoor screenings of classic Bond films, themed martini making classes and a tour of iconic Bond locations in Jamaica such as Reynolds Pier and Green Grotto. Former guests at the hotel include Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill.

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Rates start from $520 (approx. £378) per night, including breakfast and taxes | jamaicainn.com

The Saxon & Shambala, South Africa

The Saxon & Shambala, South Africa

Guests can combine a city break in the heart of Johannesburg with a safari experience through the Limpopo bush this winter, with a private game drive spotting the Big Five and a relaxing break at Shambala’s hidden treetop spa. The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in the city’s Sandhurst offers African-inspired fine-dining at Qunu, treatments at the Saxon Spa, and a concierge service providing a range of guided tours across Johannesburg and Soweto. A three-hour road trip will take guests to the Shambala Private Game Reserve set against the Waterberg Mountains, with guided drives and bush walks spotting ‘The Big Five’ and sundowner cruises on the Douw Steyn Dam.

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Rooms at The Saxon start from R 9,450 (approx. £472) per night. All-inclusive stays at Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve start from R 11,000 (approx. £549) | saxon.co.zashambalaprivategamereserve.co.za

Little Kulala, Namibia

Little Kulala, Namibia

Reopened in 2020 with 100% solar energy system, this is the perfect place from which to enjoy the splendour of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. The Big Daddy sand dune is the largest sand dune in the Sossusvlei region and perfect for trekking. Each of the 11suites comes with a Star Bed experience on the deck, and romantic rooftop dinners and star gazing. Activities include drives to the iconic Sossusvlei dunes, guided nature trails, both mountain trails and riverbed trails as well as self-guided walking trails, guided quad bike rides in the desert, guided fat-bike rides, stargazing and sunrise breakfast or brunches and gin stops and sundowners. Why not round off your trip hot air ballooning over the dunes?

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Rates from £467 per person sharing | wilderness-safaris.com

The Residence By Atzaro - Cape Town, South Africa

The Residence By Atzaro – Cape Town, South Africa

This new Villa property launched by Ibiza’s Atzaró Group in Cape Town, South Africa features seven suites, a gym, swimming pool plus a staff suite. The villa has an unparalleled location at the foot of Table Mountain, with stunning panoramic 360 views of the national park, the mountain, Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and beyond.

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Available for bookings from £2,300 per night (minimum nights 3) | Excursions and safaris can also be arranged around the Cape including wine tours, shark cage diving, paragliding and hiking | atzaroresidencecapetown.com

One&Only Le Saint Geran

One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius

The very first five-star hotel on Mauritius, but still unmatched by newcomers to the island, One&Only Le Saint Géran is the perfect spot for winter sun. Positioned on its own private peninsula in the Indian Ocean, the resort encompasses stunning waters of a sheltered lagoon and the sparkling ocean itself. Lined by kilometres of pristine sands with coral reefs on one side and tropical flora on the other, this breath-taking resort doesn’t disappoint.

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oneandonlyresorts.com

Nihi Sumba’s Villa Rahasia

Nihi Sumba’s Villa Rahasia, Indonesia

Fancy a villa break this winter rather than a hotel stay? This paradise offers the ultimate in privacy atop the resort’s Spa Safari. The Nihi Sumba resort is a fifty-minute flight from Bali, and is home to this exclusive villa, the only to be situated within the Spa Safari’s boundaries of rolling rice fields and cliff top views. Enjoy views of the Indian Ocean, the sound of crashing waves, your plunge pool, private bales for dining or spa treatments, bush-cooked meals over an open fire, sunset views and plenty of hiking.

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turquoiseholidays.co.uk | 01494 678 400 

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