With Winter creeping up on us very quickly, and as much as we LOVE Winter over here at U&I (we can't WAIT until we can start posting about CHRISTMAS!), we are definitely partial to a bit of Winter sun! Who's with us?!
With all of our fantastic partnerships all over the world, we thought we would put together some options for those of you who are planning a last minute getaway, or perhaps a post-Christmas escape. Don't worry, we've not forgotten about those of you who aren't in London and are planning to come and see us over on this side of the pond, we've got some fabulous options for you, too!
Please note that for ALL of the Hotels & Resorts that we recommend below, if you book your stay through U&I Travel, we can get you discounted rates, and other exclusive benefits such as complimentary breakfast, food & beverage vouchers and more at all of these places! To benefit from this, all you need to do is become a member of U&I Travel for just £99 per year. Sign up and get your membership card here.
We've chosen our favourite places for #WinterSun, as well as throwing in some goodies for those who love to hit the snow and REALLY feel Wintery whilst you're away!
ATTENTION BEACH BABES.
1. Let's start with Cape Verde.
Flying time from the UK: 6 hrs.
Situated off the North West coast of Africa, Cape Verde is still a relatively undiscovered (and underrated in our opinion) destination. It's filled with incredible beaches (the picture above says it all!) where you can relax in tropical, clear waters. The people in Cape Verde definitely match the climate - warm and friendly! The temperature there right now is 27 degrees. YES PLEASE.
2. Next up we've got Florida.
Flight time from the UK: 9 hrs.
Florida is one of our faves. This is because it can offer so much for every audience. Whether you want to go away on your own or with your girlfriends and sunbathe at the beach all day, maybe you're a group of lads who want to go and watch some sport games and drink beer, or you could be a family ready to explore the famous theme park attractions such as Universal Studios or Walt Disney World. The pound-dollar exchange may not exactly be in our favour right now, but it surely isn't putting anyone off!
U&I TRAVEL RECOMMENDS:
SpringHill Suites Orlando Altamonde Springs/Maitland
"A refreshing alternative to the predictable hotel experience, the SpringHill Suites Orlando Altamonte Springs hotel welcomes you to an energetic new concept in hospitality. Minutes to shopping and dining in the heart of Altamonte Springs, close to the great theme parks and attractions in Orlando, you'll find a plugged-in, service-oriented setting that provides more than a place to rest."
The St Regis Bal Harbour Resort
This five star luxury resort is "situated at the intersection of art, fashion, and design, the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond St. Regis Bal Harbour offers an unrivaled South Florida vacation experience. Rising 27 stories above the Atlantic, The St. Regis features spacious, luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, all with direct ocean views from expansive balconies. The resort also offers superb amenities, including a 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa, gourmet cuisine at Atlantikós and BH Burger Bar, beautifully appointed Oceanfront Day Villas and signature St. Regis Butler service."
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
"Enjoy relaxed elegance amid the serene natural setting of Cape Coral. Stroll the Promenade Shops or take a water taxi to nearby beaches. The adjacent Tarpon Point Marina offers direct access to the Gulf of Mexico plus kayaking and fishing charters."
Fairfield Inn & Suites Boca Raton
"The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Boca Raton Florida Hotel is located near the intersection of Glades Rd and I-95 next to the Cinemark Palace 20 Theatres and Boomers Boca Raton. Boca Raton Airport (BCT), with Privaira, Signature Flight and Atlantic Aviation FBO's, are directly behind the hotel. Guests enjoy attractions like the Town Center Mall, Mizner Park, Morikami Museum and the Boca Raton Art Museum. The stunning beaches of Boca Raton and Delray Beach are just minutes from the hotel. Golfers enjoy the excellent Boca Raton Florida golf courses nearby."
3. Next up we have the fabulous Dubai!
Flight time from the UK: 6 hours 45 mins.
With our incredible partnership with Jumeirah, it would be SILLY for you to not pop over to Dubai and enjoy our exclusive, luxury benefits! Dubai is one of our favourite destinations, and at U&I we go at least once a year (usually around March/April OR November/December). The weather there during the British Winter is perfect for those who are sun worshippers but who don't like humidity.
We've written a couple of blog posts specifically about Dubai, so if you'd like to read more about it, click here and here!
U&I TRAVEL RECOMMENDS:
Jumeirah Mina Al Salam
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Jumeirah Al Qasr
The Westin Mina Seyahi
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
W Dubai The Palm
Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residences
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Tip: Don't go to Dubai during the British Summer time, unless you want to experience EXTREME heat and humidity. It really isn't too pleasant!
Flight time from the UK: 8 hrs 50 mins.
It's not quite the dry season yet in Barbados, but it will be in December (through until May), so if you're planning a pre or post-Christmas getaway then this could be your perfect choice. Temperatures range from a high of 28°C to a low of 23°C (not bad, eh!), and with clear blue skies, a cool breeze and world-class beaches, you’ll get a true Caribbean experience.