Where to go in January for a good dose of winter sun? These holidays and hotel offers offer the perfect post-Christmas pick-me-up.
Best January holiday for… Sunshine and rum
With its great weather, beautiful scenery and abundance of rum, Tobago is perfect for sunny January holidays. For Daz-white sand and water the colour of Bombay Sapphire, head to the beach at Pigeon Point – where you’ll also find watersports rentals and buzzing beach cafes.
Inland, you’ll find walking trails through the heart of the rainforest – where waterfalls roar and hummingbirds flutter. Welcome to the wild and wonderful Caribbean.
Where to holiday in January for unforgettable wildlife encounters? It’s dry season in Costa Rica – home of sunbathing iguanas, colourful toucans and sleepy sloths lazing in the treetops.
Meet the locals in Costa Rica (Alamy)
This little slice of Central America is covered in wildlife rich rainforest, which is best explored on two feet, two wheels, or (for the super adventurous) via its many ziplines and rope bridges. If you’re travelling with teens in tow, Costa Rica is a friendly and fascinating spot for January holidays.
Best January Holiday for… Seeing the Northern Lights
Watching the Aurora Borealis light up the night sky is an unforgettable experience – and January is the ideal time to see them on a cruise in Norway’s fjords. We’re delighted to launch a new Northern Lights cruise departing in January 2018 – in the company of special guests: Dallas Campbell, the star of popular BBC science shows Stargazing Live, and Horizon, plus world-renowned astrologer Penny Thornton.
See the Aurora Borealis light up the night sky (Alamy)
During this exclusive Northern Lights watching holiday, you’ll join Dallas for a private talk and Q&A about his globetrotting TV adventures and the science of stargazing. You’ll also take a guided trip with him to beautiful Nordkapp, the northernmost place in Europe – plus hear a fantastic, award-winning talk by Dr Tamsin Edwards about how the entire record of life on Earth is buried deep within the polar ice cap. See the details
With more of Europe’s budget airlines expanding their network to the US (look to Norwegian Airlines and Wow Air for starters), it’s never been cheaper to cross the pond. But while New York and Washington freeze over in January, the temperatures in Los Angeles are similar to spring/summertime Britain.
Downtown LA (Alamy)
Now’s a great time to tick off Hollywood Boulevard, Muscle Beach, Rodeo Drive and more – or take a trip out to Disneyland or Universal Studios.
5. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Best January Holiday for… A cultural city break
Where to holiday in January for a blow-out city break? While Dubai hogs the limelight, neighbouring Abu Dhabi gets bigger and better every year – and in winter it enjoys warm and sunny weather.
Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque (Alamy)
Abu Dhabi has an ever-growing crop of lavish hotels (our favourite is the St Regis on Saadiyat Island, for its gorgeous beach and spa), but this is much more than a fly-and-flop destination. Fill your days with artistic endeavours in the very new Louvre gallery (opening November 2017), watch the polo at Ghantoot, and lose an afternoon in the souk-style stalls of Central Market.
Let’s face it, January is the worst time to detox: it’s bleak, boring, and there’s a lot of leftover Christmas cheese in the fridge. So why not soften the blows of winter with a spa weekend, and leave hitting the gym until… April?
Whether you fancy a spa retreat, a foodie city break, or a fabulous countryside retreat, we’ve sourced some fantastic UK hotel offers to help you save money on your blues-beating staycation – with free afternoon teas, bubbly, room upgrades and more… See the full list of UK hotel offers
While temperatures are moderate at this time of year (hovering around 15C), Marrakech enjoys some very long sunny days – perfect for exploring its markets and medinas in comfort. If you’ve ever visited in summer, you’ll know how sweaty and crowded Marrakech can get – but for January holidays, it’s a real treat.
Djemaa el-Fna square at dusk, Marrakech (Alamy)
What to do on a long weekend break? Feast your eyes on the botanical riches of Jardin Majorelle (the former home of Eves Saint Laurent), haggle for treasures in Jemaa el-Fnaa (there are some divine leather handbags to be found), and head to the hammam for a scrub-and-soak that’ll leave your skin feeling squeaky clean. Now that’s our kind of January detox.