SOME like it hot in the winter months, while for others it is festive snowy scenes that can brighten the Grinchiest of moods.
So whether you would rather cosy up by the fire or don your cossie by the pool, Jacob Lewis has you covered as we list 21 winter breaks for 2021 when Covid’s all over.
Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Cabrits National Park, Dominica
31C high to 22C low
Bordering Cabrits National Park on the Caribbean’s “Nature Island” is a new 5 star resort from Kempinski.
Connecting guests with the mountainous island’s lush rainforest and glistening seas, the tranquil retreat invites visitors to unwind in its volcanic mud baths and nature garden.
There are four restaurants and bars, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, two floodlit tennis courts and four sparkling swimming pools.
Seven nights’ B&B is from £1,499pp based on two sharing and including return flights, private transfers and access to a UK airport lounge. For details see caribtours.co.uk.
Paradis Plage, Agadir, Morocco
21C high to 8C low
For an active beach break with surfing, spa and yoga, look no further than Paradis Plage.
The 5 star resort in Agadir, oozes traditional Moroccan style, from its beach-front yoga pavilion to the old-world hammam spa.
With four restaurants serving fresh meals, Paradis is a heavenly health retreat and a must-book if you are keen on enjoying a fitness and well-being break.
Seven nights’ B&B at Paradis Plage is from £660pp including wellness programme and return private transfers.
For more information, see healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 297 8891.
Flights from £28.99 one-way at easyjet.com.
Paradise Koh Yao, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
34C high to 24C low
Easily accessible from Phuket or Krabi via a thrilling speedboat transfer, this secluded island is a world away from the everyday.
In a bay surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and rainforest, rooms and suites sit above the beach, most boasting stunning views.
Dining options include The Seafood Terrace, a covered open-air restaurant spilling seamlessly on to the sand, or candle-lit meals on the beach. Don’t miss the yoga studio hidden at the far end of the beach or the spa tucked in a tranquil garden.
Seven nights’ B&B in a Jacuzzi Studio at 4 star Paradise Koh Yao is from £1,239pp based on two sharing including flights and transfers. For details see kenwoodtravel.co.uk.
Unico 20°87°, Riviera Maya, Mexico
28C high to 20C low
Bask in the Mexican sunshine at the 5 star adults-only Unico 20°87° on the white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya.
Set in landscaped gardens, the all-inclusive resort boasts three pools and swim-up rooms by the clear-blue Caribbean Sea.
Unwind at the Esencia Wellness spa with 18 luxe cabanas and hydrotherapy facilities, take cookery or art lessons then dive into the local culture on off-property excursions.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive is from £1,591pp based on two sharing an Alcoba swim-up room including return flights.
To book see ba.com/unico or call 0344 493 0124. For hotel details, see unicohotelrivieramaya.com.
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Gran Canaria Mogan, Gran Canaria
16C high to 10C low
Puerto de Morgan is known as as Gran Canaria’s Little Venice, and a stroll along the canals is a great way to work up an appetite for dinner overlooking the harbour.
Outside of town is the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Canaria Mogan, a modern, family-friendly 5 star resort that boasts two heated pools, a children’s splash pool, kids’ club, a full-service spa, 24-hour gym and outdoor sports courts.
Restaurants include The Larder for breakfast, two pool bars, and Filini serving Italian specialties.
Seven nights’ B&B is from £539pp based on two sharing including 23kg luggage. Book by Dec 1 at ba.com/grancanaria.
Dhoni Explorer Tour, Maldives
31C high to 26C low
Why be tied down to one holiday island when you can hop between them on your own yacht?
Eschewing large hotels, this G Adventures tour hosts guests on a traditional dhoni-style boat.
Sail the South Malé and Felidhu atolls to explore islands and pristine sandbars, then snorkel with sharks, turtles and stingrays — while also meeting the warm, friendly people who call the Maldives home.
Return flights to Malé are from £836 at ba.com. A seven night full-board cruise is from £1,079pp. See gadventures.com.
Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, Playa Paraiso, Tenerife
21C high to 15C low
This boasts futuristic facilities with a blissful beachfront location.
Whether you want a relaxing romantic retreat or an action-packed family break, this 5 star resort has all you need to create lasting holiday memories.
Kids will love the mini-golf, hip-hop workshops and Xbox showdowns.
There are seven bars and five restaurants, including a sports bar, and swim-up bar, plus three outdoor pools, including a heated freshwater one and whirlpool.
Seven nights’ B&B at the 5 star Playa Paraiso is from £629pp based on two sharing, including 22kg luggage and transfers. See jet2holidays.com.
Hotel Club Siroco, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
21C high to 13C low
This charming, adults-only 3 star resort is in the quietest area of Costa Teguise, just 400 metres from the beach at Playa de las Cucharas.
It is also a short stroll to the heart of Costa Teguise, a town with loads of restaurants, bars and shops.
Self-catering apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen and terrace or a balcony overlooking the garden or pool.
Seven nights’ B&B is from £336pp based on two adults sharing, including flights departing Luton airport.
See olympicholidays.com or call 020 8492 6868.
Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa, St Lucia
29C high to 22C low
Hop on a flight to St Lucia in winter for near-guaranteed Caribbean sun.
Perfect for a spot of seasonal romance, an all-inclusive holiday here includes 5 star dining, premium spirits, incredible service and long stretches of white sandy beaches.
Nearby attractions include dune-buggy off-roading, dolphin encounters, catamaran sailing and tours of the tree canopy.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive in a Honeymoon Luxury room is from £1,939pp based on two sharing including return flights and transfers.
See sandals.co.uk or call 0800 597 0002.
Holiday Village Fuerteventura Origo Mare, Fuerteventura
19C high to 12C low
This attractive beach-side resort boasts more than 40 activities, including water sports, sailing and a dedicated kids’ programme.
Youngsters will love the 4 star holiday village’s volcano-themed water park, featuring a wave pool, slides and paddling pools.
Fuerteventura’s golden beaches and volcanic landscapes make it a fantastic island to explore.
Seven nights’ self-catering in the February half-term is from £155pp based on three sharing. See pierreetvacances.co.uk or call 0870 0267 145.
Return flights from Luton to Fuerteventura for half-term are from £156pp at wizzair.com.
Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados
29C high to 23C low
Jet off to Barbados for a special Chef’s Table dining experience at this 4 star beach house.
With a five-course tasting menu designed by the hotel’s award-winning executive chef, guests can indulge in delicious dishes, paired with fine wines.
Set on 2½ acres of lush gardens on the Caribbean shore, Sea Breeze Beach House is a luxurious all-inclusive, complete with a cocktail lounge, three pools, six dining destinations, a kids’ clubs and teen lounge.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive at the 4 star Sea Breeze Beach House Hotel is from £1,617pp based on two sharing, including return flights.
See ba.com/seabreeze or call 0344 493 0124. Find hotel details at sea-breeze.com.
0C high to -5C low
Combine a trip to this fjord-side city with a stay in an ice dome.
Tromso Ice Domes are seven carved ice suites nestled in the magical Tamok Valley.
Enjoy snowshoe hiking and a dinner cooked on an open fire as well as a thrilling husky safari.
Three nights’ half-board, with two nights at the 3 star Clarion Collection Hotel Tromso and one at the Tromso Ice Dome, is from £1,220pp, including flights, transfers and activities.
Aspen Snowmass Resort Colorado
1C high to -13C low
For something a little off-piste the Breathtaker rollercoaster covers more than a mile of terrain mid-mountain at Snowmass, zooming through the forest on an elevated track at speeds of up to 28mph.
Seven nights’ room-only at the 4 star Limelight Aspen Hotel is from £1,865pp based on two sharing, including flights to Denver, one-way car hire both ways, one day of tubing, three Breathtaker coaster rides and gondola access.
To book, see skisafari.com or call 01273 224 060.
For more information see aspensnowmass.com.
Golden Circle, Iceland
3C high to -3C low
To maximise the chance of spotting the Northern Lights, this four-night tour takes guests to remote locations in South Iceland.
The trip kicks off with a night in capital Reykjavik, followed by visits to glacial lagoons, geysers and waterfalls and fishing villages.
Four nights’ half-board in 3 star hotels with Jules Verne tours is from £945pp based on two sharing, including flights, transfers excursions and guide.
Les Arcs, France
High -1C to low -12C
Home to five ski resorts linked by spectacular pistes, Les Arcs is perfect for newbies and powder junkies.
Come evening, hit the slopes for a night ski toboggan down a floodlit run or visit the surrounding bars and restaurants.
Seven nights’ self-catering at the 4 star Residence Le Belmont at Arc 1800 is from £391pp based on two sharing, including flights and transfers.
See igluski.com or call 020 3553 9940.
Kempinski Grand Arena Bansko, Bulgaria
6C high to -5C low
At the foot of the Pirin Mountains, next to Bansko resort’s main gondola lift, is the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena.
The alpine-style hotel features a spa, pool and Balkan restaurant.
Lift passes in Bansko are a steal from £183.25 for six days.
Seven nights’ B&B at the 5 star hotel is from £739pp based on two sharing, including return flights. Book by December 1 at ba.com.
Rivercatcher’s Ghillie’s Cottage, Corwen, Wales
6C high to 2C low
This cosy winter bolthole boasts a woodburning stove to snuggle up in front of and outstanding views from the private hot tub.
Guests can take romantic walks around the river and four-legged friends are welcome too.
Three nights’ self-catering is from £229.50pp based on two sharing.
See premiercottages.co.uk or call 01490 440 498.
Winter Bison Safari, Bialowieza Forest, Poland
1C high to -7C low
On this winter adventure to a Unesco World Heritage Site, guests will join a small group for a safari like no other.
Stalk bison and wolves in Bialowieza Forest, plus there’s time to explore by yourself and take a trip to historic Warsaw.
Three nights’ full-board in a family-run guesthouse is from £650pp including transfers and guides at responsibletravel.com.
Flights to Warsaw are from £28pp one-way at ba.com.
6C high to -1C low
Plan B is a new, quirky boutique hotel located near the lifts and resort centre of Chamonix.
Offering family rooms and apartments sleeping up to five, it features a fantastic central hub with a bar and restaurant, a spa with sauna and jacuzzi, two bowling lanes and a pool table.
Seven nights’ room-only at Plan B Hotel is from £780pp departing on March 20, including flights and transfers.
See skisolutions.com or call 020 7471 7761.
Bainland Lodge Park Lincolnshire
7C high to 1C low
From their wood-burning stoves to firepits and al fresco hot tubs, each of Bainland’s lakeside hunting retreats offers alpine vibes.
Inside each lodge there is a posh kitchen with Belfast sink, and Le Creuset cookware.
While the bedroom features a king-sized bed and heritage-style bathroom with a rainfall shower.
Four nights’ self-catering in a lakeside hunting retreat at Bainland Lodge Park is from £399.50pp based on two sharing. See bainland.co.uk.
Jeris Hotel, Finnish Lapland
-8 high to -20 low
On this seven-night tailor-made tour in Finland, you’ll indulge in the Arctic spa, watch out for the Northern Lights and take a ride on a reindeer sleigh.
For active types, try ice karting, husky sledding and much more.
Seven nights’ half-board at the 3 star Jeris Hotel is from £1,115pp including flights, transfers, cold- weather clothing, wilderness guides and instructors.
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