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Pack your sun cream: our winter sun havens
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Pack your sun cream: our winter sun havens

If you’re looking to escape the cold this January, we’ve put together some of our favourite spots where you can catch some winter sun and start 2018 as you mean to go on. Just remember the sun cream!


Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

January is the coldest month in Tenerife, but with an average of 21 degrees, that’s more than warm enough to slather on the sun tan lotion, lie out on the beach and soak up some rays. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain offers amazing views of the island and is well worth a hike. You could of course also just take the cable car!

Hotel Botanic offers a fantastic destination in the Puerto de la Cruz region of Tenerife, just 15 minutes from the international airport in the north of the island, you’ll be enjoying the warm Spanish sun and a glass of Sangria in no time.

The hotel even offers an oriental spa garden, well not a Nuxe Spa ;) but, a wonderful place where you can relax with your preferred spa treatment, where you’ll have plenty of time to think of everyone back in England battling the cold, train cancellations and ice warnings. Perfect.


Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Staying in the Canary Islands, Lanzarote shares the same temperatures as Tenerife around this time of year, perfect for t-shirt and shorts, and strolling around the town or sitting by the pool. Head to the south peninsula of the island to the Playa Blanca district to maximise the warm sun promising 6 to 7 hours of sunshine every day.

‘Playa Blanca’ means ‘white beach’, and delivers on it’s name. White sandy beaches stretch the coastline for miles, and with low crowds, you’ll be sure to find a quiet spot to relax and destress after the busy Christmas holidays.



Cape Verde

Cape Verde still remains largely unexplored by us Brits looking for a short sunny break. It lies just off the coast of West Africa, but with tour operators such as Thomson Airways now offering flights, the five hour flight gets you five extra degrees above the Canary Isles in January, with perfect blue skies and no rainfall. Bliss.

Cape Verde is made up of 10 different islands, so there is plenty of room to explore and island-hop, or if you just want to drop your bags and head to the beach, it offers miles of jet white sandy beaches, calm waves and plenty of options for water sports once you’re rested up.



Barbados needs little introduction, and if you’re an all or nothing person, Barbados tops our list as the ultimate place to jet away to this January. With temperatures around 30 degrees, you’ll definitely want to pack your sun creams for this trip. The sun shines for an incredible 9 hours a day, but the trade winds blow a cool 12 mph making it perfect weather for sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling.

You'll find some of the very best hotels and restaurants in the Caribbean on Barbados' glam west coast. But the island's appeal is far broader than that. For British holidaymakers, it offers a winning combination of the familiar and exotic, with Anglican churches and cricket greens in every village - yet also green monkeys sometimes appearing in your hotel garden.

For the ultimate in luxury, we love the Little Arches Boutique Hotel, just a 30 minute drive from Bridgetown in Christ Church, overlooking a beach called Miami beach. Each room comes with it’s own private jacuzzi, just right for shaking off the New Year’s party.


Let us know what you think of our list, we love hearing from you! Just don’t forget to choose your sun cream and after sun wisely from our incredible range of sun tan lotions, so you can come back glowing, and have every opportunity to make your work colleagues jealous. 

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