Ditch your coat and put your out-of-office on. These (literal) hotspots serve up swimwear weather all year round…
abu dhabi, uae
If you're not sure which direction you want your winter holiday to take, Abu Dhabi's diverse lineup easily caters to every whim. For poolside posing, simply pick from one the city's vast assembly of 5-star hotels or take a dip in the bath-temperature waters of Saadiyat beach.
If you prefer a more varied itinerary, spend the day exploring iconic works of art by Da Vinci, Matisse and Van Gogh at The Louvre museum or immerse yourself in the heritage and beauty of Arabic culture with a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
When in doubt, head to Havana. Rich in music, nightlife and retro vibes, the colourful landscape of the city encompasses all things quintessentially Cuban. Peppered with vintage American cars in a kaleidoscope of colours as well as striking colonial-style architecture, you'll instantly feel like you've stepped back in time.
Thanks to the lush Carribean climate that promises tanning-weather all year round, there's never a bad time to channel your inner Hemmigway and soak up Havana's distinctive, vibrant atmosphere.
Plettenberg bay, South africa
Touted as South Africa’s answer to The Hamptons, Plettenberg Bag (also known as ‘Plett’) is a well-kept insider secret. Perched along the Western Cape Province, the warm waters and empty shorelines make it a hive for surfers and sun-seekers alike.
Boasting some of the best hiking trails in Africa, Plett also has an international standing as an ecotourism haven with the untouched Tsitsikamma National Park and Keurbooms River Nature Reserve a mere stone’s throw away from the city's sleepy hub. Ideal for families, honeymoons and romantic retreats, Plett serves up summer vibes all year long.
cape verde, africa
Not your average sun, sea and sand trifecta, Cape Verde delivers more than just an idyllic Insta-backdrop. Located off the Cape Verde Peninsula in West Africa, this cluster of 10 islands is also known as ‘The Fortunate Isles.’ A fitting moniker when you take into consideration the miles of unspoilt terrain, pristine diving spots and year-round sunshine on each tropical island.
During the day, hop between the ports via boat (and spot a whale or two) before settling down to watch the sunset in Santa Maria, a dock famous for its live-music and fresh alfresco dining.
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If you favour historical sightseeing over bar hopping, Valetta won't disappoint. Malta's capital is known as one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world, so much so that it is entirely preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Expose yourself to as much of the scenery as possible with a day trip from the north side of the city to the south. Stopping to explore the rustic wine bars, ancient ruins and unspoilt beaches dotted throughout, you're guaranteed to fall in love with the elegance of this preserved paradise.