Great Winter Holiday Destinations

Cold, dark winter is around the corner and it’s time to check out some winter holiday destinations. Most people travel to warmer climates to enjoy a break under the warm sun through these coldest months of the year. There are plenty of sunny destinations around the world during this time from the Caribbeans to Middle East to Asia. Most of all, there are all sort of places to fit your preferences and budget too. All you have to do is read through these winter holiday destinations and plan your December vacation at the place that appeals most to you.

Winter Holiday Destinations

Winter Holiday Destinations: Cyprus

Vrissiana Beach Hotel, Cyprus | (c) Photo By Cyprus Hotels Online

The Best Time To Go

The best time to go on a winter holiday is around Christmas and New Years. Usually hotels and resorts around the world have many activities organized during this time. Not to mention the variety of food choices will be better than the normal days too. What’s more, you can even extend your holiday past New Years to enjoy many assortment activities from parties to food festivals to fireworks.

Winter Holiday Destinations In Asia

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a spiritual place with over 10,000 temples. Tiny villages in Bali offer staged traditional dances and the streets are filled with arts & crafts. Beach resorts in Bali have wonderful white sand with a laid-back, tropical ambiance. A day trip to the beach can have you snorkeling or diving in clear waters over colorful coral. For the adventurous types, there are water sports including some great surfing. Bali is truly a heaven and one of the best winter holiday destinations during winter months.

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Sri Lanka

If beautiful beaches and ancient ruins is what you are looking for, Sri Lanka is your ideal winter holiday destination. You can relax on the idyllic white-sand beaches, swim in warm blue waters, explore ancient temples date back to 5th Century BC or sit under exotic palm trees and enjoy your time. With accommodation ranging from friendly basic guesthouses to luxury hotels full of incredible facilities and top-class service, the island in the Indian Ocean is truly one of the top winter holiday destinations.

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Nepal – The Valley of Gods is known for its kingdom nestled in the valley among the snow covered Himalayan range. The clean and clear weather of Nepal during the winter months make it an ideal tourist destination. Renowned all over the world as a premier trekking destination, Nepal trekking can take you through breathtaking mountains. Why not soak up the beauty with the magnificent temples, beautiful mountain views and lush hill terraces this winter?

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Fascinating Malaysia lights up with bustling cities and colossal buildings, world’s tallest twin towers, museums & religious sites, crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and beautiful national parks. You can choose to city-hop to experience the incredible variety of shopping opportunities, lie back and relax on white sandy beaches or take an eco-holiday and climb Kinabalu, which is one of the highest mountains in the region. Experience this winter holiday destination’s diversity of attractions for yourself and enjoy being whisked away into a life you only thought possible in your dreams.

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Winter Holiday Destinations In The Middle East

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Travel to Dubai, an ultra-modern city where the skyline is filled with extraordinary architecture that stretches out to the ancient deserts and beyond. There is an unlimited winter sunshine, pristine beaches and warm water, which makes it a perfect escape from northern winters. Dubai combines the comfort and convenience of modern western world with unique charm and hospitality in the eastern world. What’s more, top hotels in Dubai will guarantee you’re pampered beyond your imagination. Being one of the top winter holiday destinations during the cold months, Dubai offers great shopping and dining experiences you are bound to enjoy.

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Oman is a friendly & tech-savvy place to visit, especially during the winter season. It is considered to be the ‘jewel‘ of the Middle East. Oman offers the very best in beaches, studded with ancient cultures, historic forts and palaces. Traditionally, Oman has been one of the main centers for breeding Arabian horses. The capital Muscat is one of the best places to visit for horse riding during winter time – from October to April. If culture and natural beauty is what you’re looking for this winter, head out to the great winter holiday destination of Oman where you will find everything you need.

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Winter Holiday Destinations In The Caribbeans


Cuba, an all inclusive destination, is a hot spot no matter what time of the year, which makes it one of the top winter holiday destinations. Resorts in Cuba offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for quiet, peaceful place or a party atmosphere. Amazing tropical scenery, old colonial treasures, salsa music, and of course, those famous cigars are all part of the unique spirit of Cuba. It will be a great deal for your money too, which is another reason why Cuba is one of the popular winter holiday destinations.

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St. Lucia, South Africa

Boasting some of the loveliest mountain scenery in the Caribbean is the beautiful island of St Lucia. Winter holidays in this island is something special. It combines the sense of wonder with total relaxation and a whole lot of fun, which will make you want to stay until summer. It’s a truly exotic destination that is unbelievably beautiful. You can explore the island on foot, by mountain bike, or even on horseback. At night the pace is very relaxed. There are wide choices of bars and restaurants with live music, and plenty going on. St. Lucia has something for everyone from shopping to street parties to accommodations. There is no doubt you will enjoy this fun-filled winter holiday destination.

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Holidays in Barbados take beaches to another level. It’s got the powdery white sands, swaying palms and warm waters that are true Caribbean trademarks. You will be surrounded by the sound of calypso, generosity of the locals, fields of sugar cane and aroma of delicious foods. Of course, there is plenty of tasty Mount Gay rum too. Whatever the reason that makes this island so special to you, it is surely one of the best winter holiday destinations.

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Mexico is no strange land for many of us. It offers soft white sands, turquoise seas, excellent all inclusive deals, tequila and colorful festivals, which makes it one of the best winter holiday destinations. Sizzling with sunshine and burning with Spanish party passion, holidays in Mexico are hot stuff but with ultimate relaxation.
It goes without saying that people come to Mexico for beach life and of course the ‘must check myself in‘ places like Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa.

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Though it is dark, cold, raining or snowing at home, the sun is shining and the beach parties are happening elsewhere. No matter what your preference is, no matter what your budget is, these winter holiday destinations will surely give you a home away from home this winter season.

5 Responses to “Great Winter Holiday Destinations”

  1. Crimea says:

    Mexico – just few weeks ago there has been killed Ukrainian guy with his young wife.
    Cuba is amazing for sure and also Domenican republiс…
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  2. Barhi@date palm desert research says:

    I prefer touring hotels that have many activities organized. Thanks for recommending you’re list of hotels during Christmas and New Years.This is also the best time to have fun with the whole family.I loved your lists of hotels, especially Mexico.

    • Shamis says:

      I’m glad that you found it useful for you’re travels during the winter holidays! Make sure you come back and share with us the places you visited :)

  3. Adeline says:

    Lots of great places, Shamis. Although I have to admit, there’s no place I’d rather be spending the holidays than here in the Philippines. We’re probably the country with the longest Christmas season in the world. I’ve just been to the mall yesterday and the Christmas decors are finally up (kinda late actually ‘coz they usually start putting them up the moment that September comes in). It lasts all the way until the first Sunday after New Year. :)
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    • Shamis says:

      Thanks Adeline. I have no doubt that Philippines is a great place to visit during the holidays and with all the decorations it must look very festive. In North America, the decorations usually come up right after Halloween is over :) But it sure does not last long like the Philippines – hope you can capture some pictures of the holiday season there :)