Escape the Winter Cold and Indulge in a Radiant Resort Retreat
Having adhered to travel restrictions for so long, travelers are eager to indulge on their next trip. A resort is a great accommodation choice for travelers looking for the ultimate relaxation and caters to guests of all ages, which explains why 28% of global travelers would like to stay in a resort for their vacation this year.* And for travelers in the Northern Hemisphere who are looking to swap their cold climate for warmer temperatures this winter, we have delved into our over 28 million listings across over 153,000 destinations around the world to share five must-visit resorts that are a perfect winter sun retreat for when it’s safe and responsible to travel.
The Canary Islands have it all; beautiful beaches, rugged volcanic landscapes, charming towns and great wine-tasting tours thanks to its endless sunshine! This is an ideal destination for travelers seeking winter sun, as the estimated winter temperatures average between a warm 23 degrees celsius to 19 degrees celsius (73 to 66 degrees fahrenheit) and with little rainfall predicted during the winter season, the vacation is set to be a dry one. Travelers will also be pleasantly surprised to learn that the beaches are quiet during off-peak season.
Where to stay: The spacious Ona Las Rosas consists of well-equipped apartments, each with a private terrace, and boasts an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant, garden area and communal lounge. The private terrace even includes sun loungers, while the apartment complex offers a bar, mini-market on site and games room. A perfect stay under the winter sun!
Experience the magic of Morocco but avoid the scorching summer temperatures by taking a trip to Marrakech during the winter months. Travelers can expect temperatures of around 18 degrees celsius (64 degrees fahrenheit), with minimal rainfall. Swap colder climates for warm temperatures but indulge in festive shopping in the souks, whilst visiting the exotic market place in Jemaa el-Fna square, and experience a sensory overload of fantastic sights, sounds, smells and tastes.
Where to stay: In the heart of an oasis, Residence Dar Lamia Marrakech boasts an outdoor swimming pool for some sunbathing during the winter months and is surrounded by idyllic gardens. The resort has a restaurant that serves delicious Moroccan cuisine, a bar, a spa (with traditional hammam treatments), fitness room and indoor pool.
Venture to the majestic Riviera Maya and soak up the ancient Mayan culture, cool off in the crystal-clear cenotes or experience Bohemian-chic vibes at Tulum. Riviera Maya is the perfect spot for travelers seeking winter sun, as estimated temperatures are a warm and wonderful 24 degrees celsius (75 degrees fahrenheit). The palm-fringed white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya are dotted with lavish five-star resorts - the perfect winter sun paradise for any traveler.
Where to stay: The TRS Yucatan Hotel is an adults-only resort, located a short walk from sandy white beaches and the warm Caribbean Sea and features an onsite spa, pool and aquatic gym. Guests are treated to a butler service 24 hours a day and a VIP beach with glamorous beach beds; ideal for soaking up the glorious winter sun.
Dubai is the ideal vacation for travelers looking to swap cold weather for endless sunshine, as the estimated winter temperature is 21 degrees celsius (70 degrees fahrenheit), with only very small amounts of rainfall predicted for January. Whatever type of trip you’re planning, Dubai can accommodate; traditional Gold Souks in Old Dubai, sand boarding in the desert which you can try at a Full-Day Desert Adventure Safari with Dinner, the biggest fountain display in the world, as well as futuristic skylines and golden sandy beaches.
Where to stay: Experience world-class service at the W Dubai - The Palm, which boasts a private beach area and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of Italian and Latin American dishes. W Dubai - The Palm is a great choice for all types of travelers whether you’re after a relaxing break, a beach trip or family friendly holiday.
The beautiful island of Koh Samui is the go-to destination for travelers on the hunt for winter sunshine, as the estimated temperature during the winter months is a sizzling 29 degrees celsius (84 degrees fahrenheit). Koh Samui is home to the Ang Thong Marine National Park, Na Muang Waterfalls and the Fisherman’s Village, where travelers can browse the outdoor market and purchase local food and souvenirs. Enjoy the warm sunshine as you relax on the pearl-dust beaches, sail on the emerald green waters on a traditional Thai longtail boat or pay homage to the huge golden statue of Buddha at Wat Phra Yai.
Where to stay: Situated on a secluded beachfront, the luxurious Melati Beach Resort & Spa promises rooms with private pools or outdoor bathtubs and the resort boasts two swimming pools, two restaurants and three bars. Seafood and barbeque dishes can be sampled at The View Restaurant’s open-air kitchen and Kan Sak Thong offers local specialties.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 47,728 respondents across 28 markets (1,997 from USA, 1,987 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 1,996 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,994 from Australia, 985 from New Zealand, 1,993 from Spain, 1,993 from Italy, 1,993 from France, 1,984 from UK, 1,989 from Germany, 1,977 from Netherlands, 983 from Denmark, 986 from Sweden, 998 from Croatia, 1,997 from Russia, 999 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,992 from China, 991 from Hong Kong, 1,991 from Thailand, 1,977 from Singapore, 998 from Taiwan, 953 from Vietnam, 1,990 from South Korea, 1,987 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2020.