With summer now far behind us and the seasons changing, it’s time to start thinking about winter sun. As the nights draw in, chase away those winter blues by booking a midwinter escape with Kenwood Travel. We have a range of destinations that are perfect for you to get to know more intimately. Whether you’re seeking wintertime sunshine on a beach in Barbados or the Maldives, spending time with the family in Florida, or somewhere more exotic like Thailand or Dubai, Kenwood Travel has your travel needs all wrapped up.
As the northern hemisphere shivers, this Caribbean paradise offers the perfect remedy with its abundant winter sun. Picture yourself in a land of contrasts, where colonial architecture and tradition mingle with raw beauty and modernity, and you’ll be welcomed by the Barbadian people who will envelop you with their warm, rich culture. In the culinary capital of the Caribbean, enjoy fine dining, incredible Bajan dishes and sublime seafood. As the birthplace of rum, you can also sample the finest blends. Whilst here, why not combine your stay with a trip to the Kensington Oval, the home of Barbados cricket? Sporting connections continue with the famous attractions along Apes Hill Polo Club, not to mention the impressive golf course at Sandy Lane. Barbados is also a popular cruising destination and with so many surrounding islands, it is perfect to stop off and base yourself for further adventures.
During the colder months, Dubai offers the ideal escape as the scorching desert metropolis cools down in the winter so you can explore the city’s five-star attractions. Dubai oozes luxury, with opulent resorts and sumptuous spas offering a taste of the high life. Stars gravitate towards the shiny malls where they can shop for designer items. Not far from the dazzling skyscrapers, the sandy dunes await ready for desert safari adventures. Explore the cultural side of the city as you seek treasures in the glittering gold souk and spices and heritage at the creek. Furthermore, the warm weather puts it in prime position for elite sporting events such as the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Race To Dubai European Golf Tour season finale where you can watch live action from the best players in the world.
If you are dreaming of sunshine, then California is the place to go this winter. Soak up the sun and surf on Zuma Beach, Malibu, spread out a beach towel on Huntingdon Beach in LA or head along the coast for dramatic landscapes and surf opportunities in Big Sur and Pfeiffer Beach. Don the sunglasses in LA as you go in search of celebrities and stand on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco with flowers in your hair after a delicious meal on the wharf. Then with the sunshine on your face, gaze at the gargantuan granite rock formations of Half Dome and El Capitan at Yosemite’s Tunnel View.
Lanzarote is a volcanic island, which benefits from the Saharan breezes that blow off the west coast of Africa to ensure it is blessed with splendid sunshine in the winter months. Explore the island’s active Mt Teide volcano, the third largest in the world. The volcano has its very own astronomical observatory and is the main feature of the national park. In December, the mercury doesn’t get below 20 degrees, making it the island of eternal spring and a winter escape to remember.
The tropics are ideal for a balmy winter escape and locations do not get any more dreamier than the Maldives during the winter. Imagine yourself on a perfectly secluded sandbank in this tropical paradise, surrounded by emerald-centred islands encircled by white sand as you gaze out into the aqua lagoon. It’s easy to see how the Maldives is likened to paradise on Earth and up there as the ultimate winter getaway. Straddling the equator, the island archipelago enjoys average temperatures of 28 degrees. Here you can spend days lazing in the sun, dipping in and out of the lagoon swimming between the colourful corals with the clownfish and turtles or drifting farther off the reef to spot whale sharks and manta rays. This island archipelago is renowned for its four and five-star luxury resorts dotted across the 26 atolls and its iconic water villas. With such an inspirational landscape, this destination sparks romance, with stunning sunsets and clear warm starry nights and no shortage of deserted islands where you can take your loved one for an ultimate exclusive picnic and castaway experience.
With year-round sunshine, Florida is the place to go to escape the dark nights. Winter getaways to Orlando might include a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort to see Mickey, Minnie and all their friends. Alternatively, head to Universal where you can get early park admission to the amazing world of Harry Potter and enjoy the thrills and spills of the roller coasters and attractions. Upgrade to a Universal Premium hotel and enjoy unlimited fast-track access. Later treat yourself to a round of golf at the glorious courses where the beautiful flowering trees bloom all year round, and between rounds admire wildlife such as birds and alligators. Further down the coast on the Florida Keys, you can swim with manatees and dolphins.
Just as we start pulling our coats on for warmth in the UK, South Africans are wearing shorts and t-shirts as they gear up for their summer. With gloriously warm weather, South Africa is an ideal destination to jet off to during the colder months. Expect dazzling coastlines, dramatic mountains, sculpted deserts, wild canyons, wide open plains and thick forests. Stay in luxury safari tents and see the big five up close and personal, relax in beachside boltholes or be close to the action at city retreats. South Africans love any excuse to get outdoors and host a braai, so on your holiday you can enjoy true hospitality. They are also a great sporting nation, enjoying rugby and cricket. Be it Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, The Bullring in Johannesburg or Centurion in Gauteng province, there are plenty of excuses to get outdoors and enjoy some sporting action.
Thailand is the land of smiles, making it one of the best places to visit in the winter for a dose of sunshine and happiness. Enjoy the opulence of this destination as luxury is spared in the magnificent spas and five-star accommodations. Discover staggering landscapes along the coast of the mainland or escape to the islands from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket for The Beach experience. Adventure snaps at your heels as you explore temples, stay with the hill tribes or experience a Full Moon party, while in Bangkok you can visit the Royal Palace and the floating market.
Let Us Plan Your Winter Escape
Creating unforgettable winter escapes is what we do best at Kenwood Travel. Our travel artists can sculpt the perfect holiday this winter, as we have over 45 years of experience in planning holidays for our discerning customers. Trust us with painting the perfect vision for an ideal holiday – we know how to choose the best. For exclusive holidays to a range of stunning destinations – visit us online to learn more or call 0207 749 9220.