Escape the Winter Cold with a Radiant Resort Retreat
For travelers in the Northern Hemisphere who are looking to swap their cold climate for warmer temperatures this winter, we have delved into our more than 29 million listings in more than 155,000 destinations around the world to share five must-visit resorts that are a perfect winter sun retreat. A resort is a great accommodation choice for travelers looking for ultimate relaxation that caters to guests of all ages, especially considering more than a quarter (27%)* of global travelers say they plan to stay, or would like to stay, at an all-inclusive resort for a vacation in 2020.
Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands has it all: beautiful beaches, rugged volcanic landscapes, charming towns, lively nightlife and great vineyard tours – thanks to the endless sunshine! This is a great destination for travelers seeking winter sun, as the estimated temperature for November is a warm 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius). The vacation is also set to be a dry one, with only four days of rainfall predicted for the whole month. Even though you can expect almost year-round sun, travelers will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the beaches are quiet during off-peak season.
Where to stay: Perched on a cliff in Tenerife, the Barceló Santiago resort features impressive panoramic views of La Gomera Island and the Los Gigantes Cliffs. After basking in the glorious winter sun, you can cool off with a dip in one of the three outdoor swimming pools and take in the beautiful sea views at the same time, as the nearest beach is only 200 yards away.
Experience the magic of Morocco - without the scorching summer temperatures - by taking a trip to Marrakech this winter. Travelers can expect a temperature of around 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) in November, with only three days of rainfall expected across the whole month. Swap colder climates for a bit of warm, festive shopping in the souks by visiting the bustling market place in Jemaa el-Fna square, 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 surrounded by idyllic gardens. The resort has a restaurant that serves delicious Moroccan cuisine, a bar and a spa (with traditional hammam treatments), a fitness room and indoor pool.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Venture to the majestic Riviera Maya to soak up some ancient Mayan culture, cool off in the crystal-clear cenotes, experience laid-back Bohemian-chic vibes at Tulum, or the lively nightlife in Cancun. Riviera Maya is the perfect spot for travelers seeking winter sun, as estimated temperatures in November are a warm and wonderful 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius). The palm-fringed white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya are dotted with luxurious five-star resorts and make for the perfect winter sun paradise for any traveler.
Where to stay: The TRS Yucatan Hotel is an adults-only resort that features an onsite spa, pool and aquatic gym and is only a short walk from the sandy white beaches of the warm Caribbean Sea. Guests have access to a butler service 24 hours a day and a VIP beach with glamorous beach beds - ideal for soaking up that glorious winter sun.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is the ideal vacation for travelers looking to swap cold weather for endless sunshine, as the estimated temperature in November is a sizzling 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius), with no rainfall predicted for the entire month. Whatever type of trip you’re planning, Dubai can accommodate it: from lively nightlife, the traditional Gold Souks in Old Dubai and skiing in the desert to world-class theme parks, the biggest fountain display in the world, 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. According to Booking.com customers, Palm Jumeirah is a great choice for those interested in relaxation, beaches and family-friendly trips.
Koh Samui, Thailand
The beautiful island of Koh Samui is the perfect destination for travelers on the hunt for winter sunshine, as the estimated temperature in November is 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius). 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, or sail on the emerald green waters on a traditional Thai longtail boat. Pay homage to the huge golden statue of Buddha at Wat Phra Yai, or, if you’re looking for great nightlife, head to the popular Chaweng Beach.
Where to stay: Situated on a secluded beachfront, the luxurious Melati Beach Resort & Spa offers 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 adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 22,000 respondents were polled (including 1,000 each from Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, Brazil, India, US, UK, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia and South Korea; and 500 each from New Zealand, Thailand, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Taiwan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore and Israel). Respondents completed an online survey between August 9 and August 28, 2019.