Travel Top 10s

Hot Island Holidays

With winter just around the corner (sorry) we’ve been seeking out some dreamy island holiday spots that boast year-round sunshine. From the fairy-tale ‘garden island’ of Madeira to the sun-soaked Canaries and dream destinations like Mauritius, these getaways offer sunny temps no matter the month! So there’s no need to ditch the sandals and swimwear just yet…

1 Tenerife

This striking island attracts holidaymakers in their droves, keen to make the most of the sunny clime and affordable prices! Head to Las Americas for nightlife, Los Gigantes for rocky coves, or Santa Cruz in the north for creamy beaches and fresh seafood. Adventurers can journey inland for forest walks, mountain climbs and picturesque villages.

2 Mauritius

This slice of paradise is a treasure trove of luxurious hotels, spotless beaches, and clear spots of cobalt sea. The locals are warm, like the temperatures, and a laid-back party vibe infects the coastline. Culture vultures can enjoy historical sites, foodies a delicious variety of African, Chinese, Indian and French restaurants, and trekkers can head to the incredible Black River Gorges National Park.

3 Lanzarote

With its extensive volcanic surface, the sun-drenched island of Lanzarote attracts tourists throughout both the summer and winter months. There's a pleasant balance of tourist-friendly resorts, remote beaches and independent walking trails. A visit to the black lava fields is a must - head to Timanfaya National Park for alien landscapes and strange rocky formations.

4 Cape Verde

Cape Verde's scorching winter temperatures and low prices have seen a recent rise in its popularity. But this isn't just any beach destination - this dreamy set of Atlantic islands off the coast of Africa feel distinctly exotic with their white sand, hospitable locals, dramatic peaks and lively music scene. You may never want to leave.

5 Bali

Bali has long been on the tourist scene and with good reason! This sunny island has a relaxed, hippy vibe, and a slower pace of life that's so very easy to fall in love with. Water babies will be in their element - as well as fantastic beaches, there's fantastic surfing and diving. The locals are renowned for their friendly natures and with temples and historic sights not far away from the nearest beach, Bali has that little something extra.

6 Gran Canaria

This warm Canary Island is renowned for offering a diverse mix of landscapes. There's green and leafy forests, fields, desert, mountains and a craggy coastline concealing golden beaches. Adrenaline junkies can make the most of the fantastic hiking, cycling and watersports opportunities - or head to the desert for quad biking. Package holidaymakers don't miss out either, with a decent selection of all inclusive beach resorts.

7 Sri Lanka

Tropical Sri Lanka oozes charm with its welcoming locals, palm-fringed beaches, colourfully decorated elephants and flavoursome food. The climate is hot and prices are low, making it an affordable and interesting destination for those seeking island sun. There's also UNESCO World Heritage Sites aplenty, stunning temples and ultra-tasty tea!

8 Fuerteventura

The most famous of the Canary Islands when it comes to beautiful beaches, Fuerteventura is a top spot for those seeking a winter beach resort that's not far by plane. Expect white-sand beaches, turquoise waves and a colourful desert landscape dotted with red-roofed houses. It's an intoxicating place to catch some rays and the focus is very much sand, sea and surf.

9 Cyprus

As well as warm temperatures and low prices, Cyprus has an infectious culture that sees holidaymakers returning year after year. Beyond the beaches, you'll travel back in time to a land of dusty cobbled streets, Roman ruins, traditionally dressed locals and colourful fishing markets. Or head inland for rugged mountains, sweeping vineyards and sun-scorched valleys.

10 Madeira

Just a short journey to winter sun, this balmy Portuguese island offers a lush landscape that's rare for such warm temperatures. The semi-tropical island has green-covered peaks, fertile valleys and exotic flower-filled gardens. Despite the lack of beaches, you'll find beauty spots aplenty with many of the main hotels leading directly out to the cobalt sea. The hillside villages offer a treat for the senses too and many of the local restaurants come complete with spectacular views.

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