Top 10 long haul winter sun destinations

Article posted 16 October 2019

Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic

Looking for a luxurious ecological paradise? Our brand new five trident resort in the Dominican Republic has you covered with four dedicated areas that ensure a personalised experience. Whether you seek a moment of peace to rejuvenate or to get your adrenaline pumping with a spot of circus-inspired flying trapeze, Michès is certain to be enjoyed by all.

La Pointe aux Cannoniers, Mauritius

Mauritius in the winter is a joy to behold. Step aboard a catamaran for the virgin beaches and glorious waters of the Northern islands. Jump on a quad bike to run with the deer, zebras and ostriches at the local nature reserve. Our beautiful resort still sparkles from a 2018 renovation and offers a genuine Mauritius experience together with all the sports, water slides and entertainment you could want. Lie back and relax in the Zen Zone while everyone at home turns up the central heating.

La Plantation d'Albion, Mauritius

Truly relax and unwind on a tropical island at our Club Med La Plantation d’Albion. Located in Mauritius’ stunning west coast, the beach is surrounded by turquoise seas and coral reefs perfect for sailing, diving and stand up paddleboarding. At the adults-only secluded Zen pool area, you can continue your pursuit for peace while enjoying the breathtaking views. From the moment you arrive, you’ll find an experience that exhorts elegance throughout.

Finholu, The Maldives

We call it heaven on earth and you’ll be bound to agree with us. Your own private island with eco-luxury bungalows based on the sea. An attentive butler service. This is what a winter break is all about. Finolhu can offer you tranquillity and calm but for those moments when you need a little more excitement you can take full advantage of our local resort in Kani where a carnival of fun sports and activities await. Alternatively, dive into the welcoming warm waters of the Maldives and explore an underwater kingdom of brightly coloured creatures before returning for dinner on the powdery white beach.

Cancún, Mexico

Escape to our Cancun resort on the tip of the Yucatán peninsula. With an abundance of activities and breathtaking excursions, families and groups alike can revel in this water sports paradise. For those looking to explore the Mayan culture, why not switch lanes and head for Chichen Itza, one of the 7 wonders of the world and allow yourself to be immersed in Mexico's rich history.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

It’s your choice. Wind, rain and snow or long stretches of private beach, coconut groves and turquoise lagoons. The Dominican Republic promises the perfect paradise for your luxury family holiday in winter. It’s the small touches that count and additional facilities – such as an expansive five trident private luxury space, a waterpark and baby gym – are the cherry on the cake of this superlative resort. Book now for the super-friendly Hispaniola Island on the Caribbean Sea.

Sandpiper Bay, United States

Situated along St. Lucie River between Miami and Orlando, Club Med Sandpiper is ideal for active family holidays. The whole family will be delighted with the endless choice of activities and excursions on offer. From top-ranked coaches in tennis, golf and football to the adults-only infinity pool and trips to world-famous theme parks, everyone will be spoilt for choice on a visit to the Sunshine State.

Bintan Island, Indonesia

The sheltered bays around this little-known island in Indonesia, just south of Singapore, were once the haunt of Orange Laut pirates when it was a key trading post route in the spice trade between China and India. Nowadays, less than an hour’s catamaran ride away from Singapore city, the rolling white sand beaches compete with some of Asia’s best golf courses. No wonder it’s being touted as ‘the next Bali.’ Make sure you try some of the deliciously crafted delicacies in the two restaurants on-site and feast your eyes on the views and emerald and pearl hues from the Panorama Bar.

Bali, Indonesia

Take a family retreat and immerse yourself in Balinese culture. This lush escape offers more than a touch of luxury combined with activities for all ages to indulge in. The kids can try their hands at our flying trapeze and swing treetop, while you enjoy putting on the greens of Bali’s national Golf club located just 10 minutes from Club Med Bali. Let loose and allow yourself to be charmed by the magic of the island.

Cherating Beach, Malaysia

Our eco-friendly resort will immerse you in a relaxing nature. On any given day you could spot gibbons, monitor lizards or multi-coloured butterflies. Alternatively, head for the white sandy beaches, enjoy the rich culture or sample the gastronomy of the area. There’s also a superb range of sporting activities offered on-site. Families with teenagers will particularly enjoy exploring the forest adventure circuit and will be tempted to enrol in the Sailing Academy after taking an invigorating catamaran trip out to lush islands of vegetation.

The nights are getting darker and the leaves are turning browner. Rather than getting depressed about the end of summer, why not plan a long haul holiday for the winter months instead? There are many places you can go for winter sun where you can top up your tan and beat the blues resulting from morning frost appearing on the car window screen. We’ve chosen five popular destinations from our collection of first rate long haul destinations.

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