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Winter Sun: Our Favourite Destinations

by Moderator September 2011 - last edited February 2013 by Community Manager

Here in the UK our summer appears to have come to an end, not that we've had much of one to write home about this year. So it's around about now that we start to cast our eyes south and begin dreaming of all the faraway places on our route map.

Over the next few weeks we'll be taking a more in-depth look at some of the red hot destinations that we and Virgin Holidays can take you to this winter, to help you decide upon the perfect winter sun holiday. We'll be bringing you insights, tips and suggestions for some of the most glamorous Caribbean islands, the exciting cities of Asia, the wildest plains of Africa and the desert heat of Dubai. We'll take a close up look at some of our favourite places to stay, the best things to see and do, and the most delicious places to eat and drink. And we'll help you to squeeze every last drop out of your destination by digging just a little bit deeper to find the lesser known experiences that turn a trip from simply special to truly memorable.

 

Inspiration, inspiration...

In the meantime, here's just a handful of the places we'll be exploring to put you in a holiday hunting frame of mind...

 

There's nothing like a bracing early morning dip at Sydney's famous Icebergs Pool at Bondi Beach to start the day off right.

 

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia by Dan Breckwoldt

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia by Dan Breckwoldt

 

Just after sunrise on a game drive through one of South Africa's game reserves is a great time to enjoy the stillness and wait for a hippo to appear

 

Amazulu game reserve, South Africa by Maxine Sheppard

Amazulu game reserve, South Africa by Maxine Sheppard

 

Florida's many theme parks and attractions are not just filled with high speed rides and adrenaline thrills - the parks of the southern state are home to some of the most varied birdlife in all of North America.

 

Florida flamingos by Maxine Sheppard

Florida flamingos by Maxine Sheppard

 

Out beyond the snazzy hotels, beautiful spas, high end restaurants and glitzy shopping malls, much of Dubai's life is lived on the water.

 

View of the Dubai creek, dhows and minarets by Gian Marco Valente

View of the Dubai creek, dhows and minarets by Gian Marco Valente

 

Havana's street life is legendary, but don't forget to look up. There's often even more going on behind the lines of laundry and wrought iron balconies adorning the colourful buildings.

 

Street in central Havana, Cuba by Tzooka on Dreamstime.com

Street in central Havana, Cuba by Tzooka on Dreamstime.com

 

Thinking of going to Jamaica but don't want to spend all your time on the beach? The cliff diving is probably best left to locals, but the island has some seriously good hiking and climbing opportunities in the Blue Mountains and Rio Grande Valley.

 

Climbing in Jamaica by Michael Rolands

Climbing in Jamaica by Michael Rolands

 

For a head start, take a look at all the different places we fly to, and head on over to Virgin Holidays to whet your appetite even further.


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VisitSLTours September 2011
In Sri Lanka, tourist season will begin soon. Best time to visit Sri Lanka is between november to april.
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ToursLKHoliday October 2012
Amazing pics and yes Sri Lanka holiday season is already on.
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Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.