The excitement of the holidays is over and many of us are yearning for a warm weather getaway... Below are top warm weather destinations to escape the bitter cold this year. It's time to re-energize and rejuvenate while indulging in what you love...
BEST ROMANTIC DESTINATION - MALDIVES
Hundreds of small islands with a single resort on each one. Start your vacation by arriving at your selected island on a sea plane from the main airport. The water is spectacular and most resorts offer spas, bars, restaurants, and water activities. Jump into the clearest ocean to snorkel right from your luxurious overwater bungalow. Relax, enjoy the ocean and your private plunge pool. The Maldives are pure relaxation!
BEST LUXURY DESTINATION - BORA BORA, French Polynesia
If luxury in the sunshine is your thing, nowhere on Earth does it get better than Bora Bora. Fly from Tahiti and take a speedboat to a private island retreat. You’ll find some of the most iconic luxury resorts here – where Hollywood stars flee – all built on tiny atolls in the lagoon (the most revered are the Four Seasons and St Regis). Book an overwater bungalow. Ride a cruiser bike to breakfast, then spend your day in a hammock, or in the lagoon, before sunset drinks looking back on volcanic peaks, Mt Otemanu and Mt Pahia.
BEST GOURMET DESTINATION - CAPE TOWN, South Africa
Not only is Cape Town one of the world’s prettiest seaside cities (it’s surrounded on three sides by ocean and dwarfed by the kilometer-high Table Mountain), it’s also one of the most affordable gourmet cities of the Southern Hemisphere. Populated by Europeans, African and Asians – there are more than 200 restaurants in a city which reflect this multi-culture. Cape Town is also surrounded by some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best wine regions.
BEST GOLF DESTINATION - QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand
You’ll find seven of New Zealand’s best courses all within a 45-minute drive of each other. But these aren’t ordinary courses – courses like The Hills and Jacks Point are some of the world’s top courses, playing out beside enormous lakes, and between mountains in the region’s world-famous landscape. The average high temperature is a comfortable 75-degrees, and courses are surrounded by wineries perched on cliff tops.
BEST SECRET DESTINATION - COOK ISLANDS
How they slip under the radar is anyone’s guess, but these 15 islands set in an area of ocean the size of western Europe populated by barely 15,000 inhabitants are a beachcomber’s paradise. There’s high-end romantic resorts on the island group’s most iconic island, Aitutaki. The main island, Rarotonga, has the right mix of sunset bars and atmospheric restaurants while still being home to empty beaches and an almost entirely undiscovered mountainous hinterland.
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