Autumn has just kicked in, the weather's getting colder and the nights are getting darker. it's time to chase that sunshine!
There’s a definite chill in the air that’s making us crave a week or two exploring warmer climes.
Luckily, there are plenty of places to still enjoy a sunshine getaway – whether you’re looking for a once in a lifetime trip or hoping to hop abroad on a short flight for a few days.
Make sure you pack your sunglasses and swimsuit. These are the best places to enjoy some last-minute sun right now….
If you like incredible dining experiences and exquisite wine then Sicily is the place for you. Stunning beach resorts with Mount Etna bubbling away in the background also make this a picturesque destination. With temperatures around 28 degrees, head there now to make the most of the sunshine.
With temperatures still in the high 20s, Portugal is the perfect late summer destination. Beautiful sites, stunning food and good wine. Pick a beach resort around Lagos for a peaceful, luxurious getaway.
Still need to tick this Asian gem off the bucket list? Thaliand’s Andaman Coast is at its best during the British winter. If you tire of Ko Pi Pi or Ko Lanta’s beautiful beaches, island hop to Phuket Town for majestic temples and bustling markets.
Paddy fields, temples, breathtaking beaches, misty volcanos… it’s easy to see why so many tourists flock to Bali and end up staying a little while longer than planned. The island is small but that’s why it’s so appealing. Culture, friendly locals, sybaritic spas, amazing food, miles of unspoilt beaches to explore – you’re never too far from your own piece of paradise…
Many people think of Majorca and they think of big families and partygoers. But, the island has some hidden gems, away from the loud crowds. Beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water makes this the perfect beach spot, and with temperatures still tipping 30, you’re guaranteed blue skies.
Cyprus was the holiday hotspot of 2014, with tourists flocking there to enjoy its stunning beaches and laid back atmosphere. And with temperatures still well above 30, it makes for an ideal autumn destination. Plus, the crowds will have dispersed by now to make it a peaceful and relaxing break.
Considering a once in a lifetime trip? Then New Zealand must be topping the list. Yes, it’s a long way to go for a two week getaway but the Kiwis won’t let you leave without having a good time. Whether that’s trying some adventure sports (they invented black-water rafting and zorbing after all), admiring the majestic views with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand or island-hopping in search of whales, you’ll return with a new perspective.
This one might surprise you. Tenerife has shaken off its party island image, and become a luxurious haven for those in need of a little relaxation. Check in to one of the island’s spas for a week of pampering and 24C temperatures.
Try the gorgeous island of Madeira. Pack your walking boots to conquer the rugged terrain or simply soak up the year-round sunshine by the pool.
Barbados, Grenada, Tobago, the Bahamas or maybe Jamaica? Whichever Caribbean island you chose, sunshine, laughter, sun-drenched beaches and good food is guaranteed…