Plan a trip this winter for some sun, sand and festive frolic. Visit an exotic destination or laze on a secluded beach. Admire spectacular scenery or live it up with some heart throbbing night life. Hobnob with some of the world’s who’s who at one of the top winter sun destinations.
1. Nelson, New Zealand
There is something fascinating about being in the Southern Hemisphere for a warm New Year. New Zealand beats my choice hands down with terrific beaches, and coasts. The sunniest region in New Zealand, Nelson is home to some of the best premium luxury lodges. Panoramic Bay views, luxury resort facilities, spectacular wilderness with sunny days and cool nights, Nelson is the place to go. Fruit markets, beaches, churches, winter festivals and the Christmas Carnival at Trafalgar Park, Nelson throbs with winter activity. Its waterfront restaurants are seafood gourmet delights, as much as the wine in this region. A must-visit is Marlborough, the sauvignon blanc capital of the wine valley.
Sparkling cyan blue waters, powder sand beaches, resort brands to choose from and the best of snorkelling and diving, Maldives is a truly unforgettable destination. Diving without wet suits, having your own slice of the ocean, and taking your pick of island stays, it is luxury holiday like no other.
Maldives first came to limelight as the fastest sinking island paradise in the world. It is a fragile ecosystem, with barely any resources. Yet the island’s resilience resonates in its build-up as a luxury destination. The economy is centred on tourism. So you can expect the best of bespoke services, with spas, gourmet cuisine, private lap pools and seclusion dominating the holiday. From the glow-in-the-dark beach, to underwater stays, dining or spa options, Maldives is luxury redefined.
If you are looking for lazy beachfront stays and exotic nightlife, then Bali is the place to be. The beaches of Nusa Dua are some of the finest, with the seas so calm you could swim with your kids. You can choose to relax all day and party all night, or visit an ultra chic night club at Seminyak, Kuta or Legian. Wrap-up your holiday with a New Year Eve party like no other, at any of Bali’s party hotspots with fireworks, international music and great food. Beach Clubs, Night Clubs, Rooftop Bars, Casinos, Theatre Shows, Cabaret Shows, Live Theatre and Dinner Cultural Shows, Bali has it all!
4. Orange County, California, USA
Planning a winter getaway for the family? Then Orange County in the sunny State of California is your ideal winter sun destination. Hailed as the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ for the laughter and frolic that surrounds you, Orange County is filled with children-friendly attractions. The Balboa Fun Zone, Orange County Zoo, Adventure City, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Pretend City Museum, Soak City Water Park and of course, the Disney California Adventure Park. What more could you ask for an ideal holiday? With Disneyland getting decked up for the festive season you need not look anywhere else for a Christmas and New Year festive treat for your family.
Orange County has its good share of luxury beachfront resorts, with plenty of water activities to choose from. Swim, surf or sail into the sunset with magnificent views. From the Christmas Boat Parades , Ring of Lights and Fireworks, there are plenty of holiday events lined up for you.
5. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
What better way to start your New Year than on the edge of the world? Bora Bora is a little island in the French Polynesia group of 100 islands in South Pacific. It is known for its spectacular coral lagoons. Magnificent top views of the island from your plane as you touch down and a boat ride to your floating resort, are the perfect introductions to Bora Bora.. The tranquil beauty of turquoise waters surrounding your over-water villa, beckon you to dive in from your own private deck. Have bespoke food service delivered by outrigger canoe and laze in the winter sun. Venture out for lagoon activities like snorkelling, diving or parasailing, and soak in the beauty and romance of this out-of-the-world place.
If you are looking to combine plenty of sun with cultural sight-seeing, then Oman is the place to go this winter. The capital, Muscat, may not be as grand as neighbouring Dubai, which has an overkill of winter tourists anyway; but is an equally sophisticated destination. The charm of Oman lies in its purely Arabic soul, where time seems to be frozen in the pages of ‘Arabian Nights’, and yet so modern. Bedouin nuances greet you everywhere in Oman, from its wind-blown deserts to spectacular rugged mountain beauty and ancient monuments trapped in time. Take dune drives amidst Wadis, soak in the vibrancy of the souks, get up close with camels, and visit some of Oman’s historic forts. Cap it with a sunset cruise in the traditional Dhow boat, for a truly memorable winter trip.
7. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
A fantastic winter sun destination with a rich combination of sun, beach, fun and a slice of colonial history, Bahia in Brazil. With a 1000 km coastline, much of it unchartered territory Bahia offers the best of luxury stays at swanky resorts and colonial towns. Beach-club styled cabanas with kayaking, surfing and swimming to while away your time; and the attraction of El Salvador a couple of hours away. The classic medieval architecture and cultural fusion of Portuguese and Africa lifts your soul. A vibrant modern city with cobblestone streets, ancient gilded churches and museums, Salvador is an intoxicating encounter. Cuisine, music and culture, pulsate with an energy you cannot miss. Salvador, the night life capital of Brazil, is also the perfect place to be over the New Year. So plan your luxury resort fun at Bahai with lazy days in the warmth of the sun, fused with a vibrant culture and travel adventure.
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