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The Top Five... Winter Sun Destinations

Travel Intelligence

As summer draws to a close and shorter days and darker evenings loom, there is no better time to plan your next escape.

Here are a handful of our favourite destinations for a fix of vitamin D.

Mauritius
The small tropical island of Mauritius, in the southern Indian Ocean, is a melting pot of culture and cuisine. While paradise for those wanting to relax on one of its stunning beaches, which boast snow-white sand and azure waters, its verdant rainforest and incredible underwater world are perfect for the adventure-lovers and thrill-seekers too.

Bali
Blissful, bohemian Bali, in the Indonesian archipelago, is a blend of natural beauty and charming culture. With Hinduism at its heart, you will usually encounter big and bright religious ceremonies and both proud and friendly people. This 'Island of the Gods' is aptly named; from beach to jungle, valley to volcano and surf to spa, it is an all-in-one, all-year-round destination.

Koh Samui, Thailand
Where white sand meets turquoise sea, 'the land of smiles'' third-largest island is a faraway fantasy. A treasure trove of waterfalls and forest, bougainvillea and banana trees, Koh Samui is also renowned as one of the finest yoga and spa spots in the world.

South Africa
From tasting wines from the vines of a world-class winery to spotting the Big Five in a national park, South Africa has more than you'd ever expect to find in one country. Its rocky coastlines are studded with colonial-style homes, its plains teem with wildlife, and the Western Cape, on the country's southern tip, is a sun-drenched hinterland swathed in vineyards.

Dubai, UAE
The glitzy Gulf emirate is record-breaking on many levels, from the world's tallest tower to the busiest airport on the planet. It blends ancient sites with futuristic architecture, and with 85% of its population being expats, the cultural interaction is highly unique. For sunshine, skyscrapers, spotless beaches, snorkelling, swimming and shopping, Dubai needs to be seen to be believed.

Banish the winter blues and chase the sun with a trip to warmer climes…see you on the beach!

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