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5 Top Winter Sun Destinations for Couples

Looking around for a sunny destination to escape the grim winter months, or somewhere special as a Valentine surprise? Winter in Europe sounds dreamy, snowy mountains, frosty forest trails and snug log cabins, but that’s not always the reality with bitter winds, grey landscapes and drizzly rainfall. It’s no surprise people seek a warmer climate to lift their mood and brighten up their days.

Book your couples holiday as soon as possible to get the best rates available, it will also give you something to look forward to until those dark cold mornings can be exchanged for deep blue skies and glorious sunshine.

Here are our top five destinations for some winter sun.

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Thailand

As the temperature starts to fall in Europe, Thailand beckons as an exciting place for couples to explore, with sun-kissed coves, constant sunshine and remote jungles, a rich cultural heritage, delicious cuisine made with fresh local ingredients, and a laid-back attitude. Bangkok is a vibrant city, enjoy a cocktail in a stylish rooftop bar or a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River, or go north to Chiang Mai where the vibe is arty and mountain treks offer adventure. Spend some time island-hopping around the southern islands where silver palm-fringed beaches stretch for miles hiding an underwater world of rainbow-coloured fish, and the nightlife is all about pleasure.

Cyprus

Love is in the air in Cyprus, and what can you expect from the place where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, emerged from the waves? Plenty of blue skies and sunshine during the winter months, the third largest island in the Mediterranean is highly appealing for a lover’s jaunt with a fresh and green landscape. Go skiing in the Troodos Mountains in the morning, have a delicious mezé medley at one of the charming old-world harbours’ in the afternoon, visit the richly decorated Byzantine churches and finish a perfect day watching the sun go down whilst strolling along a wide sandy beach.

Sri Lanka

Re-ignite the passion with a romantic adventure in Sri Lanka, a country of myriad charms this natural paradise with endless butterscotch coloured sands, clear Indian Ocean waters, ancient ruins, exotic wildlife and delicious food is remarkable, inexpensive and uncrowded.

Beach lovers can relax in a hammock, surf the waves. or dive and snorkel the teeming reefs, whilst the rainforests offer safari tours around the national parks where leopards, Asian elephants, water buffaloes, and exotic birds live. Head for the hills for a cooler climate and an adventurous hike, taste the best brews at tea plantations or take in the breathtaking scenery by train. Culture vultures won’t be disappointed either as there’s a rich mix of colonial and traditional Sri Lankan influences and no fewer than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore.

Morocco

Ideal for a passionate getaway, beautiful Morocco is a country of diversity, rugged coastlines and stunning beaches, snow-capped mountains, sprawling deserts, and bustling ancient cities, it’s a mix made in heaven for couples.

Marrakech is a city full of atmosphere with twisting lanes and alleyways hiding colourful souks brimming with gifts and the eerily beautiful sound of the call to prayer alongside booming western music. A traditional hammam is a must-have experience for lovers, or dinner by candlelight in a centuries-old palace followed by a tour of the old city in a horse-drawn carriage. You can spend hours people-watching at Djemaa el Fna as musicians, snake charmers, Berber musicians, exotic dancers, and fire-eaters dazzle with their talents.

If the city gets too much then climb onto a camel and see the sights of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains.

Bali

Nicknamed ‘Land of the Gods’, Bali is a unique travel destination with a special vibe due to its tropical climate, a peaceful and rich culture, and generous, friendly people.

Surf on white-sand beaches with sparkling blue waters, dive Bali’s fascinating underwater world, climb up Baturan volcano and witness the most gorgeous sunrise you’ve ever seen, trek the West Bali National Park or cycle lush green rice paddies.

The island is a very spiritual place with over 10,000 intricately carved temples and the majestic Gunung Agung, the highest mountain, believed to be the abode of the gods, and there’s always a colourful ceremony, traditional performance or musical drama to capture.

Ubud, in the heart of the island, is a lively town with lots of one-off boutiques, art galleries, handmade arts and crafts, live music venues, and monkeys! Spoil yourself with an open-air massage and lounge in a gorgeous jacuzzi in a tropical garden and taste the delights of Balinese delicacies.

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