When the days start to get shorter, and the cool morning air calls for a jacket or a scarf, a holiday to a winter sun destination offers the ultimate escape. Envision yourself lying on a sun lounger by the sea instead of your blanket-covered sofa. But which destination to choose?
White, velvety beaches and warm, turquoise waters can be found in many tropical locations. Here are our suggestions for two very popular ones - Turks and Caicos and Seychelles - to help you choose the one most suited to your needs.
TURKS AND CAICOS
Renowned for both its beaches and its upscale resorts, Turks and Caicos is heaven for travellers who love sports. With a wide choice of watersports such as snorkelling, diving, parasailing and fishing, as well as opportunities for horse riding, golf, and tennis on land, this small archipelago can satisfy even the most experienced globetrotter.
Luxury villas pepper the islands, like the beachfront Villa Paradiso del Mar, a nine-bedroom high-end haven boasting a swim-up bar and private marina access. Or, for smaller groups, the contemporary four-bedroom Villa Islander, which is surrounded by lush vegetation just steps from the beach.
The archipelago of Seychelles is a cluster of heavenly islands scattered over the Indian Ocean. Unique in the world thanks to the islands’ geological formation, their biodiversity, and their pristine natural setting, Seychelles is a destination ideal for honeymooners but also for guests looking for an immersion in nature or a sunny family holiday.
Larger groups can find their ideal accommodation and entertainment at the La Cigale Estate, a nine-bedroom property boasting natural features like a coconut grove, as well as a floodlit tennis court and a choice of pools. Smaller parties will feel at home at Villa Sea Monkey, a fully-staffed, oceanfront property with five bedrooms in the exclusive northern part of Mahe’.