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Winter sun holidays

Winter sun holidays: escape to a tropical paradise

Ah, winter. Cold, rainy winter. While snuggling up by the fire on a cold, winter’s day is good, jumping on a plane and escaping to somewhere warm is much, much better.

How does switching the wooly hats and scarves for swimsuits and sun cream sound? Yeah, that’s what we thought. From the glorious golden beaches of Cancun, Mexico to the palm-tree studded coasts of the Caribbean, top up your tan and be the envy of all your (chilly) friends back home.

If like us you’re dreading the winter months and in desperate need of some R&R, you’re in luck: we’ve got winter sun deals down to a T at Virgin Holidays. Though you probably don’t need convincing, here’s the best of the best winter sun destinations, for every kind of traveller. Holiday planning mode: on!

Winter sun destinations and hotels

So, where’s best to go during the winter months? If it’s a tropical paradise you’re after, the Caribbean is a winner, of course. Nightlife high on your list? Mexico’s party capital, Cancun, also happens to boast beautiful weather for winter sun holidays. Between its spectacular scenery, fascinating culture and brilliant nightlife, Cancun has pretty much all you’ll need for the ideal winter sun holiday.

Thailand, of course, is a great pick for a winter sun escape, whether you head straight to the islands or spend some time exploring Bangkok. Forget winter veg soups for warming your insides on gloomy days, this winter you’ll be all about Tom Yum soup. And green curry. And pad thai. And, well, you get the gist.

In Phuket, our Centura Kata Resort is perfect for all kinds of holidayers, with a dedicated kids' club and pool. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa is a dreamy hotel in this equally dreamy city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Alternatively, why not opt for a multi-destination holiday and fulfil those Thai island hopping dreams?

Luxury winter sun holidays

Though anywhere you escape to during winter will feel like heaven compared to the dreary weather and short days back home, there’s always room for more luxury, right? Our all inclusive winter sun holidays are truly something special — you’ll never want to leave, and that’s a promise.

In Cancun, our Le Blanc Spa Resort offers infinity pools, a full-service spa in amongst bamboo gardens, excellent golfing and delicious dining. Our Rayavadee hotel in Krabi, Thailand is widely considered one of the best hotels in the world, in one of the most stunning locations imaginable (think limestone cliffs, palm trees against a white sand and turquoise sea backdrop… bliss).

Well, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for, check out the rest of our incredible winter sun deals and destinations — book yourself the holiday you know you deserve. Go on.

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