Summer might be long gone, but that won't stop avid sun-seekers this winter! Swap frosty mornings for lazy afternoons by the pool and bask in temperatures that rarely drop below 20°C. A holiday at any time of the year is pretty wonderful, but there's something extra special about stepping out in flip flops when you should be in snow boots. Enjoy your favourite pair of sunglasses for a few extra weeks and escape on a winter sun family holiday.
While the rest of the UK battles with rain, sleet and cold winds, you could be treating yourself to a dose of vitamin D. Knowing it's the middle of winter somehow makes the sunshine feel all the warmer! What's more, the fun, fiestas and events don't stop when the summer ends, so there's plenty of entertainment to keep the little ones occupied. That's if you can tear them away from the private pool of course…
This year, winter blues are reserved solely for the colour of the sky. Surprise the kids with a week or two of extra sunshine and whisk them away to a dreamy winter sun destination. Madeira, Cyprus and the Canaries are just a few short hours away – so forget your hibernation tendencies and roll out the beach towel instead! You'll find there's a lot more sand to go around at this time of year, with long, golden stretches seemingly reserved just for you and your family.
If your sights are set further afield, you can't go wrong with the Caribbean. Temperatures clock in at 26°C and counting, and the sea is just as warm! Powder-soft beaches, luscious rainforests, crystal-clear waters and balmy evenings all come as standard. So whether you settle on St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua or the Dominican Republic – you know you're in for a tropical treat.
'Tis the season for family fun! Christmas is all about celebrating with your loved ones, and what better way to welcome winter than with a family holiday? Put the merry into your December with a more relaxed Yueltide, where traditional trees are traded for luscious palms, the turkey turns to burger-flipping on the barbecue, and mince pies aren't half as tempting as a scoop (or two) of gelato. This year your white Christmas could get a major upgrade – happy holidays indeed!
Presents don't come much bigger than a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Orlando, and a chance to mingle with a very famous mouse. Walt Disney World Resort reaches new heights of sparkle, nostalgia and fantasy during the holidays. Combine the most magical place on earth with the most magical time of the year and you've got the winning recipe for a winter sun family holiday to remember!
Outside of Christmas itself, there's more than enough magic to go around in Florida. January brings pleasantly warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine and best of all - free rein of the world-famous attractions. For those of you looking for a low-key start to the year, head out to the Gulf Coast and soak up peace, tranquillity and relaxation on this little stretch of paradise.
Forgo the February freeze and warm the cockles on a week away with kids. The depths of winter might make summer feel like a distant memory, but you have the power to bring it back early with a quick stint in the sun! Dose up on vitamin D ahead of the peak crowds and plan a February half term getaway to ease you into the start of the year.
Lanzarote's subtropical shores are a welcome change from chilling UK temperatures, where sunshine is in strong supply and so are the list of things to do. From enjoying the great outdoors and discovering natural wonders to basking on volcanic beaches, there's never a dull moment on this Canarian crowd-pleaser. Not to mention the infamous Lanzarote Carnival, which runs all the way from late January to early March, will be in full swing! Feast your eyes on flamboyant parades, fantastic floats and an all-round fun-filled fiesta! Now that's a February half term to remember…
If your little ones aren't yet in school, you can take advantage of pocket-friendly prices from November all the way through to March. What better excuse to warm up your winter and treat your tots to a sun-filled holiday free of term-time restrictions? Safety essentials and a flurry of toddler friendly facilities ensure our villas are suited and booted for family-fun year-round, while heated pools save you from sacrificing your big toe to test the water temperature.
Short flights and little to no time difference keeps your family routine in check, so whether you're sunning it up in Mallorca or watching your little ones take their first sandy steps in the Algarve – a winter sun holiday is always a winner!
Because there's no such thing as 'too much inspiration', we've rounded up a selection of sun-seeking destinations and arranged them in a series of handy guides. Take a peak for yourself…
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