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.
Read all about our partnership with Sandals and find out how you can save hundreds of pounds whilst booking your trip to Barbados with U&I Travel here.
U&I TRAVEL RECOMMENDS
Either of the Sandals Barbados resorts, obvs!
5. Next up, we've got the beautiful Oman
Flight time from the UK: 7 hrs 30 mins.
Oman is one of those places where not many people seem to have visited yet, but as time goes on, more and more people are becoming interested in exploring this gorgeous destination, and we certainly don't blame them! Between November and March, you're looking at a temperature of around 25/26 degrees, which means that during this time, you can really make the most of what Oman is most known for... diving on remote coral reefs, swimming in fjords, and hiking and camping in the desert.
U&I TRAVEL RECOMMENDS:
Al Bustan Palace - A Ritz Carlton Hotel
"Find an alluring blend of old and new, local and global at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, one of Oman's most distinguished luxury resorts. Enviably positioned between the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar mountain range, this Muscat hotel showcases breathtaking features like an expansive private beach, beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, unique restaurants and several lagoon-style swimming pools."
Sheraton Oman Hotel
"One of the city’s tallest buildings, our recently renovated hotel features several facilities to enhance your stay. Make time for a good workout in the Sheraton Fitness center, which has a dedicated space for female guests. Swim in the indoor pool or relax under the sun by the outdoor pool. Indulge yourself with a massage or other treatment in our spa."
6. Let's head on over to Riviera Maya, Mexico
Flight time from the UK: 9 hrs.
Whether you want to visit the eco-lodge hideaways in Tulum or the hedonistic super-resorts in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya is the perfect destination for any traveller.
U&I TRAVEL RECOMMENDS:
The Westin Cozumel
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina
Right sun-lovers, are you satisfied? Good! Now, let's talk to you Ski babies!
We understand that beach holidays aren't for everyone, and some of you would much prefer to whack your ski's or snowboards on your fe
et and get your adrenalin going, whilst swooping down the snow-filled slopes!
At U&I Travel, we can recommend some of our favourite ski-resorts in Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Germany and more, and our partnership with Kempinski, means that we know all of the right people in all of the right places!
U&I TRAVEL RECOMMENDS:
Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains St Moritz
Open: Winter: 6 December 2018 - 31 March 2019 / Summer: 15 June 2018 - 30 September 2018
"Situated in the Upper Engadine and easily accessible by road or rail, the hotel offers five-star luxury in a breathtaking mountain setting. Enjoy dining at three gourmet restaurants, deep relaxation at the Kempinski The Spa, restful nights in the 184 comfortable rooms and suites and 27 luxury residences, and hundreds of miles of pristine slopes on your doorstep."
Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol Jochberg
Open: Winter - 7 December 2018 to 31 March 2019 / Summer - 10 May 2018 to 18 November 2018
"There are numerous five-star hotels in and around Kitzbühel, but none are closer to the Kitzbühel Alps than the Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol. Hiking paths and trails for cyclists, slopes for winter sports - everything is right there on the doorstep."
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
"Set against the backdrop of Colorado's breathtaking natural beauty, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort welcomes guests with a completely transformed product. You'll find our environmentally friendly resort right at the base of legendary Vail Mountain; Eagle Bahn Gondola is a short stroll away, as are the boutiques and hot spots of Lionshead Village."
The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
"Tucked within the exclusive enclave of Beaver Creek, you will find a luxury hotel where the spirit awakens. Year-round beauty invites you to ski pristine powder, hike through lush mountain forests or simply relax by the glow of a roaring fire. At the centre of it all, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch pampers you with luxurious accommodations, a resort spa, locally inspired dining and unmatched ski-in/ski-out access."
Last but not least, let's talk London!
London is a forever-popular destination, particularly during the festive season, with popular tourist attractions such as Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, Harrods, the Christmas lights and shopping on Oxford Street and all the rest that comes with it!
You can read the U&I guide to London here!
We've picked our top 3 London Hotels and Restaurants for those who are planning to visit London over the next few months, and we urge all of you who ARE visiting London to get your hands on a U&I Membership card so that you can save money whilst you're here!
We've got a discount code for those who are visiting London just a week or less so you don't have to pay the full £99. Email us and let us know your travel details so that we can send you your Unique discount code. You can then get your membership card here and make the most of the fabulous discounts and VIP perks that you can get your hands on whilst in London!
W London - Leicester Square
"Step into the spotlight. Experience the glitz and glamour of red carpet premieres in the heart of London's entertainment district, where celebrities and influencers mix it up and Hollywood makes international headlines. All just a short stroll from Soho. Mix and mingle over sumptuous brunch, modern afternoon tea or innovative cocktails at W Lounge. Or escape to Room 913, the hotel's stylish bar."
The Dorchester - Park Lane
If you want to experience true and classic London, then The Dorchester is where you want to be. "Our enviable location in the heart of history and culture makes it the perfect destination for those seeking a true London experience."
Corinthia - Trafalgar Square
"Perfectly located only steps from Trafalgar Square, Westminster, the River Thames and Covent Garden, Corinthia Hotel London combines grandeur and heritage with exquisite, intelligent design. Featuring 225 rooms, 51 suites, 7 penthouses, a world-class restaurant and a truly unrivalled spa, the hotel is a destination in itself."
Tom's Kitchen - Chelsea
Located a stones throw away from the infamous Kings Road, Tom's Kitchen is a Modern British Brasserie which makes for an ideal City retreat. "Seasonality is key to the menu, offering a new concept to our newly refurbished restaurant of Small Plates created by Tom Aikens and brought to you by Head Chef Daniel Whalan and his team. Breakfast and brunch are always a hit at Tom’s Kitchen."
Receive a complimentary glass of Champagne at Tom's Kitchen Chelsea when you show your U&I Membership Card. For groups of 8 people or more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your booking.
Buddha-Bar - Knightsbridge
"Buddha-Bar London Restaurant aims to push culinary boundaries and the menu blends Far Eastern Cuisine with Western tastes and influences. Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other Eastern flavours are stylishly entwined to spearhead a new-wave Pacific Rim cuisine. The extensive wine and sake list compliments the food by featuring a wide selection of both world renowned names and unusual finds, and we pride ourselves to have a unique and experimental cocktail selection."
Receive 10% off your total bill at Buddha-Bar if you show your U&I Membership Card when paying the bill. For groups of 8 people or more, please email email@example.com to make your booking.
CUT at 45 Park Lane
This Modern-American Steak Restaurant is based inside London's stunning 45 Park Lane Hotel (Dorchester Collection). "Positioned at the very heart of the hotel, CUT at 45 Park Lane is a lively delight. From here you can watch the endlessly fascinating buzz of the lobby or the exciting hum of London beyond the windows. The menu features the widest and finest selection of Wagyu beef available in London, alongside their famous pan-roasted lobster and extraordinarily delicious, seasonal salads."
Receive a complimentary glass of Champagne at CUT when you show your U&I Membership Card. For groups of 8 people or more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your booking.
Well, we hope that all of the above gives you a good insight into the wide variety of destinations that you can visit during the colder months here in the UK, and for those of you who are coming to visit us in London, don't forget to let us know so that we can make your stay here as pleasurable as possible!
Don't forget, all of the Hotels / Venues / Restaurants featured in the post are best friends of U&I, so make sure you come to us to make your bookings so that we can get you the best deal!
For those of you who are around in London in November and December, we'd love to see you at our annual festive events. Tickets are already on sale for Christmas with Bublé and the U&I Christmas Carnival!
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Wishing you all a wonderful October!
Team U&I x