No matter how dark and cold the winter gets, remember somewhere out there, the sun is shining, therefore winter is a great time to pack your bags and visit a far off land. How does Mauritius, Florida or Sri Lanka sound?
Winter Sun Holidays in Mauritius
Mauritius, the idyllic beach holiday destination is not only is renowned for it's beautiful clear waters and white sandy beaches, but also has a large selection of top quality five-star hotels. If you are looking for more space and some privacy, a great tip is to rent a villa in Mauritius. You could be sitting on your own veranda admiring the sea views, taking a dip in your very own outdoor spa bath.
You can expect to pay around £350 per person for a week in a villa that will typically sleep 6 to 8 people.
(0845 5002000, www.thevillabook.com). Flights from Heathrow cost from £476pp with British Airways (0870 8509850, www.ba.com).
Winter Sun Holidays in Florida
If you are looking for a children friendly winter sun holiday destination, then Florida ticks all the boxes. You could be visiting top theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Sea-world. The hotel to stay at would be the 777-suite Holiday Inn hotel as it is a complete children's paradise complete with water playground, a huge games room, free nightly entertainment and themed bedrooms. Children under the age of 5 get to eat free and they offer free transport to Walt Disney World, Seaworld and Universal Orlando.
Expect to pay around £750 per person for 7 nights based on four people sharing and flights are often included in the price!
Kuoni (01306 747008, www.kuoni.co.uk)
Winter Sun Holidays in South Africa
A winter safari holiday is an incredible experience, but how does having your very own safari lodge with your own chef and safari guide (ranger) sound? The Djuma Galago Lodge on the Djuma Game Reserve which is part of the Sabi Sands Game reserve and borders on to the world famous Kruger National Park.
Expect to pay about 6,850 SA Rand for the whole lodge and also includes two game drives an 1 bush walk per day with you very own field guide. check out the Sabi Sands South Africa Safari Holiday Guide for more details.
Winter Sun Holidays in Sri Lanka
Bet you never thought of Sri Lanka as an active adventure holiday destination, but there is loads of activities you can do in Sri-Lanka for the adrenalin junkie. Take a white water rafting canoe trip on the Kaleni river and an elephant ride in the rain-forest.
You can organise this trip through Hays and Jarvis (0871 6640246, www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk) and will cost about £990 per person which includes flights from Heathrow airport in the UK, a car with an english speaking guide, half board accommodation at three locations you will be staying (Sigiriya, the high rock fortress, Kandy and a night at The Beach which is an oceanfront hotel near Negombo.)