Our Top 5 Winter Escapes
It’s winter, and that means long icy days, bitterly cold nights and sniffles aplenty. But don’t let that get you down, there are plenty of sun-filled retreats on our doorstep and scores of holiday spots further afield that’re sure to warm you up. Pack your bags, say goodbye to the winter chill and say hello to a warmer clime and good times. Here are some great winter-escape ideas to get you thinking…
1. Palm Cove, Queensland
Palm Cove is a cute little beach community in Far North Queensland, about half an hour north of Cairns. The secluded town features a beautiful promenade bordered by paperbark gum trees and sprinkled with snappy restaurants. There is pristine white-sand beach as far as the eye can see and an array of luxury resorts to retire to. Any way you look at it, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing, romantic winter-escape.
2. Seminyak, Bali
Bali may seem like an obvious choice for a winter getaway but it’s an obvious choice for a reason: it has everything you could possibly wish for in a beach holiday destination. Seminyak is a prime example of all that Bali has to offer – located north of Legian and Kuta – it boasts endlessly wide and gorgeous beaches, is host to world-class hotels and restaurants, spas and shopping aplenty plus it has a buzzing nightlife. Just find your spot on the beach and a stunning resort to retreat to and you’ve got it made.
3. Noosa, Queensland
For winter-escape destinations it’s hard to go past the ever-popular and ever-fashionable resort town of Noosa. Envisage a perfect beach with crystal-clear waters and soft white-sand that gives way to magnificent subtropical rainforest. At this beach haven you really do get the best of both worlds: it’s easy to sink into the laid-back, sleepy beach town vibe and just as easy to revel in the upmarket restaurants and designer boutiques.
4. Rakiraki, Fiji
Fiji is most people’s idea of the dream winter-escape and really synonymous with idyllic island holidays. At Rakiraki, on the northern coast of Viti Levu (Fiji's largest island) you can indulge in everything from lazy beach days and spa treatments to extreme sports and diving at world-renowned locations. Viti Levu is adorned with immaculate white-sand beaches and surrounded by expanses of sparkling turquoise water, while the inland is teeming with exotic jungle and vibrant culture at every turn. Whether you're looking to lay by the beach at a decadent resort, go on an adventure with the family or escape on a romantic retreat, Fiji ticks all the boxes.
5. Khao Lak, Thailand
Khao Lak, is a stunning series of white-sand beaches and villages running along Phang-Nga's west coastline - set upon a backdrop of majestic hills and forests - about 70km north of Phuket. If you’re looking for a serene island-escape, where lounging and indulgence is the top priority, then look no further. Relish the exquisite Khao Lak beaches and the peaceful hues of the azure Andaman sea from your decadent luxury resort! For the ultimate romantic winter-escape, soak up the heavenly setting with some peace and quiet at a couples’ only hotel.
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