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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.

Why book a Winter Sun holiday with us?

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We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist. Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers.

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Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected by email. 

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

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We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

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Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

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