Whether you didn’t quite get around to booking your summer holiday or you can’t get enough of jetting off somewhere new, a winter holiday is the perfect time to get away – whether it’s to get that extra dose of vitamin D or to soak up the winter festivities.

But where do you go? We’ve listed our favourite winter breaks, from winter sun, skiing and Christmas markets, there’s plenty to choose from.

DUBAI

Dubai only experiences two seasons, hot and hotter. Visit in the winter and enjoy the most comfortable temperatures the destination experiences year-round, with late afternoons still reaching a glorious 25 degrees. The perfect beach weather, we think!

Whichever traveller you are, there’s something for everyone in Dubai. From an array of luxury beach resorts for couples or honeymooners, family-friendly hotels and apartments to central accommodation for those craving a city experience, we’re certain you’ll struggle to make your choice! And we haven’t started on excursions and activities yet. If flopping and dropping is your style, then you’ve come to the right place. The hotels and resorts are made for those seeking relaxation, quality cuisine and delicious cocktails by the pool – or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a trip to one of the many incredible water parks, they’re great fun for the whole family.

For a cultural experience, take an organised day trip to the desert for an insight into the rural surrounds. Oh, and don’t forget to visit Dubai Mall – but be sure to leave extra space in your suitcase!

*Our Dubai specialists Abbie, Louise & Lucie are on hand to advise you on the best hotels, restaurants and things to do and see, from Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab to the famous waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm or maybe you like to spend a night under the stars in the desert… drop them an email or give them a call and they will be able to put together an itinerary fit for royalty.

FLORIDA

Our next destination for year-round sunshine is Florida, a great choice when seeking warmer climes over the long, dark winter. Best known for its theme parks, Orlando, Florida boasts 20 in total –plenty to keep the whole family busy! Whether it’s the little ones, the teens or the big kids, there are parks suited for all, including Disney, Universal and SeaWorld.

For those who want to explore and seek some quiet time, join in with the local guided hikes and take in the serene landscapes – or take the family camping and fishing in one of Florida’s many state parks. Keep an eye out for snowbirds too, where they flock for the milder days and nights.

*Our Josie is without question, our Florida/Disney Princess… what Josie doesn’t know about all things Florida/Disney related isn’t worth knowing.  Give Josie a call or email for anything relating to Florida and or Disney and she will be able to give you all the pointers to make sure your trip is truly magical.

Europe’s Christmas markets

If wrapping up and making the most of the winter is up your street, then why not try a European Christmas market break? It’s never too early to plan for Christmas, which will soon put some sparkle into your festive season – and best of all, you can bag some bargains too. Mulled wine, ice skating, winter warming food… you name it, you’ll find it!

If you just can’t choose where to go, opt for a festive river cruise, encompassing various cities across Europe – it’ll be sure to get you into the Christmas spirit in no time. Our favourite is AMA Waterway’s ‘Magical Christmas Markets’ eight-day cruise from Nuremberg to Vienna. They’ll not only show you four spectacular Christmas markets, but they’ll look after you on-board too. It’ll be sure to make those cold winter nights far more enjoyable as you drift on by and soak up the city views.

*Any one of our Travel Consultants are well equipped to advise you of the best destinations for Christmas Markets, it’s easy… who doesn’t like a lovely Christmas Market in one of Europe’s lovely capitals.

Skiing in France

Skiing is the ultimate way to get close to the fresh, winter air. Whether you’re a ski fanatic or are yet to give it a go, Europe has a range of ski resorts that’ll soon bring out the ski lover in you. France is the perfect choice – just a short hop from the UK, means you’ll be on the slopes in no time. It’s also home to some of the world’s most famous ski areas, as well as delicious food and high-altitude slopes that’ll gear you up for the renowned après ski come the evening. It’s all go on a skiing holiday!

*Our lovely Louise is your go to Travel Consultant for all things Skiing, so whether you’re a beginner and unsure of the best resorts to go to or whether you’re a pro looking for somewhere to challenge your skills… Louise can set you up with everything you’ll need so you’ll be on those slopes in no time.

Lapland, Finland

Tucked away in the most northern corner of Finland, there’s nowhere better to get into the Christmas spirit. Reindeer sleigh rides through the woods, crackling fires and the main highlight, meeting Santa is all possible. But it doesn’t stop there – there’s plenty of opportunities to get stuck into winter sports too. The incredible, snowy countryside has made it the perfect destination for skiing and snowmobiling for the adventure enthusiasts amongst us. So, whether it’s a magical family break or an activity-packed getaway, Lapland’s a great choice. A popular destination, be sure to book your Lapland holiday early for your preferred accommodation.

*For all things Lapland/Northern Lights/Father Christmas, any one of our Travel Consultants have expert knowledge to help you in choosing when and where to go to make the most out of this amazing trip.  Just drop them an email or give them a call and they will be more than excited to help you.

Call us on 01730 711010 or email leisure@meonvalleytravel.com if you need help with your winter holiday.