Bucket list travel experiences to shake off winter gloom
Traditional festive fans may be dreaming of a White Christmas – but others will be wishing to escape winter with a range of exciting destinations and deals to set 2022 off with a bang.
Experts from tour operators and specialist travel firms have put together a list of experiences designed to shake off the wintry blues.
From beach holidays, secluded hideaways and far-flung city breaks, these are the locations that will be appearing on bucket lists for eager holidaymakers.
All-inclusive seven-nights at 5* resort in Egypt from £299 per person
HolidayPirates has a seven-night stay at a five-star Royal Lagoons Resort & Aqua Park in Hurghad from £299 per person based on two adults sharing on an all-inclusive basis.
Enjoy the four outdoor pools in daily temperatures ranging from 22C to 30C. Flights depart from London Gatwick and Bristol between January and April. Flights from Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle are available at extra cost.
Luxurious 5* star adults only hotel in Lanzarote from £463 per person
HolidayPirates has a seven night stay at five-star Secrets Lanzarote Resort & Spa from £463 per person. Breakfast and flights included. The slick hotel has four outdoor swimming pools, a handful of restaurants, including a poolside bar, and a high-end spa with a sauna, hot tub and a gym. Travel from December 2021 until January 2023.
Pullman Panwa Beach, Phuket
Surrounded by lush greenery and nestled on the picturesque shores of Markham Bay, the Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort is the ideal resort for guests looking for a getaway or luxurious break. Relax in the infinity-edge swimming pool, admiring the views of the glistening Andaman Sea, before sipping on a fresh cocktail at the swim up Edge pool bar. While there is plenty to do at the hotel itself, it is an ideal location for island hopping excursions.
Sovereign offers 7-night B&B stay including flights from London Heathrow and private airport transfers for £1,190 per person. Price is based on January 2022 departures.
Dreams Jardin Tropical, Tenerife
Perched on a cliffside, the Hotel Jardin Tropical effortlessly combines luxury with personal elegance within its Moorish architecture, which is fused with Andalusian and Arab influences. Ideally situated on Spain’s Costa Adeje, the hotel is within a mile of the buzzing resort centre, and just 250 metres from the beach and Puerto Colon Marina.
Sovereign offers a 7-night B&B stay including flights from London Gatwick and private airport transfers for £899 per person. Price is based on January 2022 departures.
Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the volcanic island of Tenerife is the perfect place.
The spectacular five-star Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife caters for all types of guests from families and groups to couples and solo travellers. There’s an extraordinary line up of events, concerts, and parties, even in the winter months.
TUI Holidays offers a 7-night stay at the five-star Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife priced from £714pp (B&B), including return flights from London Gatwick and a generous baggage allowance.
Explore ancient temples and markets in Bangkok
Having recently opened again to international visitors, Thailand is sure to be a popular destination this coming season with high winter temperatures. To compliment the incredible weather, travellers should match their visit with a custom-made private tour of Bangkok – Thailand’s biggest and brightest city.
Led by local guide Jay, this full-day adventure will include some of the must-see sites in the city and visitors can add as many elements to the day as they wish.
ToursByLocals offers the eight-hour Bangkok Custom Made Private Tour for £313 for a group of four people (prices vary on group size). The tour includes guiding services, private transportation. Extra costs include, personal expenses, food and admission tickets.
Island hopping on private boat in the Bahamas
If it’s sun, sand and picturesque views that travellers are after this winter – look no further than this incredible private speedboat tour in the Bahamas. Groups will join local guide and skipper Marvin who will whisk them away all over paradise on their very own speedboat. The tour also includes a voyage over to another picturesque island which hosts the world-famous Atlantis Bahamas as well as spectacular houses owned by various celebrities.
ToursByLocals offers the four-hour Private Island Hopping Boat Tour from Nassau, Bahamas for £869 for a group of five. The tour includes guiding services, private transportation. Extra costs include, personal expenses and food.
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Relax on Mexico’s Pacific Coast
With more than 330 days of uninterrupted sun each year, Riviera Nayarit in Mexico has some of the best weather in the world. This balmy climate, together with lush vegetation, white-sand beaches, and laid-back vibe makes it an idyllic retreat for warm weather in winter months.
Visitors can view the breathtaking Hidden Beach, which lies within a crater, so visitors will have to swim through a passage to reach the private shore. The crystal-clear waters have frequent visits from turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales. A limited number of visitors are allowed to protect the surroundings.
TUI Holidays offers seven nights in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit from £889pp based on two adults sharing. Staying at the five-star Dreams Villamagna in a junior suite with garden views on an all-inclusive basis, flying from London Gatwick on January 13, 2022.
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