Dreaming of a winter getaway? It doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. Here are 10 destinations providing some cheap winter sun for those on a budget.
It’s a Monday morning and you’re commuting to work. You’re compact into a stuffy train carriage full of bleak-eyed, grumpy commuters who cough and sniffle around you – contaminating the air with flu. Your face is still stinging from the bitter wind you endured whilst waiting at the platform and your toes are soggy and numb from the rain.
You look out of the carriage window to avoid eye contact with anyone and a gloomy greyness stares back at you – grey sky, grey buildings, grey tarmac.
You imagine escaping.
You picture yourself strolling lazily along a white stretch of sand on a foreign beach. The feeling of powder-soft sand sinking between your toes, the warmth of the sun on your face, the familiar smell of sun cream mixed with the salty ocean breeze and the sound of gentle waves teasing the shore. You take a slow sip of a sweet and tangy cocktail, letting it cool your sun-kissed lips. The only important decision you have had to make that day is what bikini to wear. Bliss.
Does this daydream situation sound familiar to you? If so, it seems like you’re in need of some winter sun. In this blog post, I’m sharing 10 cheap winter sun holiday destinations, that are not only affordable but also amazingly luxurious. It’s time for you to stop dreaming about it and start living it!
1. Cheap winter sun holiday to Malta
Up to 7 nights, 4* hotel, return flights
Price: from £125
Groupon always have some great deals and discounts on offer for cheap winter sun holidays. As someone who’s booked a getaway through Groupon before, I can’t emphasise enough how much this company exceeded all of my expectations. Groupon really does give you amazing value for your money. Right now, they’re are offering up to a 7-night stay in a 4* hotel in Malta, including return flights. Prices start as low as £125 per person and go up to £305, depending on dates, departure location and how many nights you select.
You can also choose from a selection of stunning 4* hotels:
Pergola Hotel & Spa, Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa, Solana Hotel & Spa (image credit: Groupon.co.uk)
About the location
Mellieha, a northern village of Malta, is home to the largest and most popular sandy beach in all of Malta; Mellieha Bay. This quaint little village is situated on top of a hill, providing beautiful panoramic views of the Mediterranean ocean and fertile valleys.
This holiday destination is perfect for those seeking a lazy beach escape. Spend your days relaxing and sun soaking in the bay and bathing in the shallow, clear water that stretches out for almost a mile. Wander the picturesque cobbled streets of the village and browse the boutique shops for hidden treasures. Indulge in authentic local Maltese cuisine, cooked fresh using recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Or if you’re looking for a little more exploration, there are many historical buildings and heritage sites that are popular tourist attractions. Visit the Popeye Village, where the 1980 Popeye movie was filmed, light a candle and say a prayer in a hidden shrine or the village church, or be at one with nature at the Ghadira Nature Reserve.
You can expect the weather to be sunny with little chance of rain and temperature highs of 17 degrees in January, February and March, increasing to 24 degrees in May.
2. Cheap winter sun holiday to Rome
2-3-nights, 4* hotel, breakfast, return flights
Another website with unbeatable discounts and deals for holidays is Wowcher. As they say for themselves; “Wowcher can make the luxurious things in life affordable, as we look for the best experiences and offer them at a price that’s hard to beat!”. In this case, they’re offering a 2-3-night stay in a 4* hotel in central Rome, including breakfast and return flights for just £139. This is the perfect cheap winter holiday for those who prefer city breaks to beaches or those who only have the weekend to get away.
About the location
Hotel Ariston, is a modern, chic and comfortable hotel located in the heart of Rome, just a few metres from some of Italy’s most iconic landmarks, such as the unmissable Colosseum and Via Veneto. It’s also only walking distance or a short bus ride away from the ancient Roman Forum and Vatican City.
Hotel Ariston (image credit: wowcher.co.uk)
This hotel offers the perfect position to discover spots of cultural interest, historical buildings, exquisite Italian cuisine, chic cocktail bars and the timeless beauty of one of Europe’s most influential cities.
Although it’s not as warm as the Canary Islands, Rome is much milder than England during these winter months. In January and February, you can expect highs of 14 degrees in the Italian capital, with temperatures increasing to 24 degrees by May. But expect some light rainfall up until March.
3. Cheap winter sun holiday to Greece
3-7-nights, 4* hotel, breakfast, return flights
Price: from £169
The North of Greece is an overlooked corner of Europe to most British travellers. But it’s said to be home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Halkidiki in Greece is no exception. Just a Google search of ‘Halkidiki’ will leave you stunned by screensaver-worthy images of a glittering topaz ocean, sun bleached sand, clear blue skies and lush greenery of mountainous backdrops. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to an exotic island without travelling the long distance or forking out two months’ salary.
Luckily, you don’t have to do either of those things. Because Wowcher are offering a 3 to 7-nights stay at a luxury 4* beach hotel in Halkidi, including breakfast and return flights, from as little as £169. This is a gem of a find for a cheap winter sun holiday.
About the location
The hotel of choice: The Secret Paradise Hotel & Spa, is located right on the coastline of the Aegean Sea, offering a breath-taking view of the Thermaikos Gulf and the highest mountain in Greece; Mount Olympus, otherwise known as the home of the Greek Gods.
The Secret Paradise Hotel & Spa (Image credit: wowcher.co.uk)
With how stunning this beachfront location is, you may not need to venture from the hotel. You can spend your days breathing in the fresh ocean air while you enjoy the hotel’s ample facilities, such as an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, roof garden, fitness room and spa. But if a little more excitement is what you need, you can make the most of the water sport activities, such as scuba diving and kayaking, that are right on your doorstep.
There’s also much to do in this Grecian town and something to suit every taste. For those looking to relax, Halkidiki has many stunningly serene white-sand beaches and quaint local restaurants. For those who like to part, it has a vibrant night life when the sun goes down. If you want culture, you can take a trip to the ancient Acropolis or the Museum of Byzantine Culture. If you want adventure, you can explore the rugged inland terrain on mountain bike or on a jeep safari excursion.
You can expect the weather to be a mild 10 degrees in January time, with sunny and cloudy spells alike and sparse rainfall. The temperature then increases to 17 degrees in March and 20 degrees in April.
4. Cheap winter sun holiday to Tenerife
7-nights, 4* hotel, breakfast, return flights
Loveholidays is an online travel agency that my partner and I recently became customers of. Since checking out their holiday offers, I can honestly say I’m annoyed that I didn’t know about their insanely good holiday package deals sooner!
Loveholidays tracks millions of prices every day to make sure they give customers the the lowest price every time and even offer customers a Price Match Guarantee. I found their search system so much easier to use than most other holiday booking websites. You don’t have to search by date or destination; you can search by what matters to you the most e.g budget, board basis, star rating and even temperature.
Whilst browsing for my own holiday, I found this amazingly cheap winter sun holiday: a 7-night stay at a 4* hotel in Tenerife, including breakfast and return flights, for only £268.
About the location
The Vincci Tenerife Golf Hotel is located right in front of the sea, offering guests some of the best views in the capital of Tenerife; Santa Cruz. At this hotel, you can except a stylish stay in the Canary Islands. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace with panoramic views of the glistening Mediterranean ocean, sun yourself on a lilo in the outdoor swimming pool, stroll two minutes to the nearest pebbly beach, or take a trip to one of the best golf courses in Tenerife; the Golf del Sur golf course.
Vincci Tenerife Golf Hotel (image credit: loveholidays.com)
Santa Cruz is a cosmopolitan hub that’s home to stylish restaurants, laid back beaches, exotic parks, colonial architecture, interesting museums and innovative art galleries. If you’re lucky enough to travel in February and March, you’ll see Santa Cruz turn into a party town with the arrival of its annual carnival, making it a lively destination for a cheap winter sun holiday.
The Canary Islands has warm weather all year round. In the winter months you can expect it to be a perfect temperature of 20 – 22 degrees. It’s rare to see clouds or rainfall.
5. Cheap winter sun holiday to Lanzarote
5-nights, 5* hotel, breakfast, return flights
This holiday package is perfect for those looking for a winter escape to a luxurious hotel with five star service and spectacular views, but that’s also budget-friendly and affordable. Loveholidays are offering a star steal of 5-nights in a 5* hotel in Lanzarote, including breakfast and flights, for just £293.
Lanzarote is one of the most popular destinations in the Canary Islands. As it’s the closest of the islands to the equator and Africa, which means it has the warmest climate all year round (it’s known as the land of eternal Spring) and the most gorgeous volcanic landscape.
About the location
(Image credit: Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa)
The stylish Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa enjoys a seafront location on the shores of El Reducto beach, a beautiful stretch of Blue Flag sands serving Lanzarote’s capital, Arrecife. The décor at the luxury hotel is sleek and modern, with 160 fabulous rooms and incredible views of the waves that not many hotels in Lanzarote can boast about. It’s the only 5-star hotel in Lanzarote to have one of the largest beaches of white sand next to it!
Whether you’re travelling for adventure or indulgence, there’s something for everyone here. Pamper yourself with a therapy at the spa, explore the island via bicycle hire, enjoy a decadent a-la carte dining experience or soak up the sea view whilst you sit poolside.
If you’re venturing into the town of Arrecife, Lanzarote there are trendy boutiques and colourful markets, boat trips, beaches and watersports. Furthermore, there are plenty of budget-friendly tours available, such as camel safaris, volcano tours and national park tours.
6. Cheap winter sun holiday to Lanzarote
4-nights, 4* hotel, all inclusive, return flights
Yes, another Lanzarote option. And this one is even more affordable than the one mentioned previously! Clearly Lanzarote is a great location for bargain hunters looking for a cheap winter sun holiday. This time, Wowcher is offering 4-nights at an all inclusive 4* hotel, including return flights, for just £199. Now that is an amazing deal. With the all inclusive offer, you wouldn’t even need to bring any additional euros, if you didn’t want to – all your meals and drinks are included.
(Image credit: Blue Star Costa Bastian)
The Blue Star Costa Bastian is a blissful and comfortable hotel, boasting Spanish decor with a modern twist, a supersize swimming pool, a jacuzzi, games room and a tremendous buffet-style restaurant. Make the most of your all-inclusive amenities, whether you’re chilling in your luxury room, sunning poolside, perching at the bar or indulging in the restaurant.
Within walking distance of the white sand and crystal clear water of the Atlantic Ocean, and situated in the popular Costa Teguise region on the east coast of the island, you’ll be within close proximity to everything you could wish for from a restful winter sun retreat. Along the main promenade and marina, you’ll find open-air restaurants, shops, nightclubs and an abundance of water sports opportunities including a floating Aquapark with inflatable slides leading into the ocean! Head to the lively Pueblo Marinero Square for a bite to eat in one of the many sleek restaurants, after which enjoy meandering through the late night crafts market while listening to the live Spanish music.
With how affordable these winter getaway destinations are, there’s not excuse for you to not start packing your suitcase. It’s time to stop imagining yourself abroad and start living it!