Winter-sun escapes

Winter-sun escapes

Warm climes and good times

Sometimes you just want to get (far) away from it all – a white-sand beach, a jungle-dense island, an alluring city. If you need a dose of sunshine, we have a selection of heart– (and everything else) warming holidays from Cambodia to the Caribbean. 

Just give us a call on 0330 100 3180 (+44 20 8987 4312 from outside the UK), or email [email protected] and we'll find the best hotel matches to get you from chilly to muy caliente.

So grab your beach towel, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy your ultimate vitamin D supplement.

 

Winter-sun escapes

Winter-sun escapes

Indian Ocean

Days spent barefoot on a beach, exploring the jungle and getting to know the local wildlife: a winter holiday in the Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius will leave a smile on your face until summer comes round again. So leave the umbrella jousting and central heating behind to bask on the shore in paradise. We have a range of seven-night stays in some of the Indian Ocean's most beautiful hotels and resorts, with remarkably fleet flight times.

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

This private-island paradise's eco-chic villas are the stuff of romantic Robinson Crusoe fantasies, and it offers top-notch snorkelling.

Smith Extra Dinner at Nine or By the Beach and a cookie-making class for children

Travel time 11hrs 15mins from Heathrow; 30min transfer by seaplane

Find out more about Soneva Fushi
Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

This Mauritian resort hotel, on the eastern shore of the Flacq district, offers a five-star experience under a thatched roof.


Smith Extra A fruit basket and a bottle of wine (champagne for GoldSmiths) and a spa facial each

Travel time 13hrs 45mins from Heathrow; 1hr transfer by car

Find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice
Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Seychelles

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Seychelles

Warning – a stay at this sun-kissed island resort might result in a slightly inflated ego; each of its elegantly dressed modern villas is assigned a personal Man Friday, on-call 24 hours a day.

Smith Extra An hour-long Gentle Soul Massage for two

Travel time 11hrs 40mins from Heathrow; 25min transfer by car

Find out more about Maia Luxury Resort & Spa
Baros, Maldives

Baros, Maldives

This picturesque Maldivian resort has sugar-white sands and romantic overwater villas set in the azure waters of North Malé Atoll.

Smith Extra A romantic sunset cruise with champagne and canapés

Travel time 11hrs 15mins from Heathrow; 25mins transfer by speedboat
 

Find out more about Baros
The Oberoi, Mauritius

The Oberoi, Mauritius

Just the place for a totally tropical fix of Indian Ocean bliss, its no wonder the Oberoi is a honeymooners' heaven.

Smith Extra A bottle of champagne and a 30-minute jetlag therapy massage for two on the day of arrival

Travel time 13hrs 45mins from London; 55mins transfer by car

 

 

Find out more about the Oberoi
Per Aquum Niyama, Maldives

Per Aquum Niyama, Maldives

These luxurious lodges are lapped by the ocean while your every whim is expertly taken care of by a devoted thakru (personal butler).

Smith Extra Free early check-in or a bottle of champagne on arrival

Travel time 11hrs 15mins flight to Male International Airport, Hulhumale island; 45mins seaplane to the hotel

 

Find out more about Per Aquum Niyama

Winter-sun escapes

Winter-sun escapes

Middle East and Africa

The Middle East and Africa are glorious in the winter months: temperatures drop from 'empty the ice in that champagne bucket over my head' to blissfully balmy, so you can explore in comfort. Morocco excites with souk melees and camel-back treks, Dubai's man-made islands and Babel-besting megaliths will make you gasp, Oman's onion-domed luxury hotels and oases offer spa pampering and quad-bike-revving exhilaration alike and Mozambique offers secluded island havens.

Palais Namaskar, Morocco

Palais Namaskar, Morocco

This ultra-luxe hotel has five-star service, luxuriant Balinese-inspired grounds and the guarantee that your room is fully feng shui'd; whether or not it's this that makes your stay so wonderful, we can't say – but it's brilliant, chi-flow withstanding.

Smith Extra A €50 voucher to use in the spa and a private wellness consultation

Travel time 3hrs 40mins from Gatwick; 30min transfer by car

Find out more about Palais Namaskar
Palais Amani, Morocco

Palais Amani, Morocco

Relax in the citrus scented courtyard, peer over the rooftops of Fez from the terrace and indulge in tender tagines at this ravishingly updated riad.

Smith Extra A €50 voucher to use in the spa and a private wellness consultation

Travel time 3hrs 10mins from Gatwick; 45min transfer by car

Find out more about Palais Amani
Heure Bleue, Morocco

Heure Bleue, Morocco

Tucked into the medina walls of Essaouira, Heure Bleu is a cavernous – and luxurious – sanctuary from marketplace bustle and occasionally whipping Atlantic winds. It's just the place to don a robe and lounge around the rooftop pool plotting the occasional meander into town, though adventurous types might find themselves tempted to join the myraid beach-crossing kitesurfers. 

Smith Extra A traditional hammam body scrub for two in the 'Zen Rituals' space

Travel time 3hrs 30mins from London to Marrakech then 3hrs by car to Essaouira

Find out more about Heure Bleue
One&Only the Palm, Dubai

One&Only the Palm, Dubai

In this sprawling resort, set on the man-made Palm Jumeirah archipelago, each lavish ogee-arched doorway leads to a more majestic space – decked out in Moorish detailing and generous gilding.

Smith Extra Evening meal for two and free passes to Aquaventure water park

Travel time 7hrs from Heathrow; 45min transfer by car
 

Find out more about One&Only the Palm
The Chedi Muscat, Oman

The Chedi Muscat, Oman

The Chedi proves that you don't need a hotel strewn with the entire contents of a sultan's jewellery box to feel like a VIP, replacing OTT glitz with calm Omani minimalism.

Smith Extra A Smith hotel voucher for £25/US$40/€30

Travel time 8hrs from Heathrow; 15mins by car 

Find out more about The Chedi Muscat
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Your jaw may slacken a little on the approach to Six Senses Zighy Bay; the resort is sheltered by a lunar-esque Musandam landscape of mountains and desert, set by cerulean waters – it's the kind of place that would make a Bond villain check his credit limit.

Smith Extra A £25/US$40/€30 Smith hotel voucher

Travel time 7hrs from Heathrow; 2hrs transfer by car

Find out more about Six Senses Zighy Bay
Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

Enjoy drives with expert guides, a spa treatment while overlooking the endless plains, and stargazing after sundown – unlike the stampeding hordes, you'll absolutely want to stay put.

Smith Extra A private dinner for two set up on your tent’s wooden deck

Travel time 9hrs 30 mins from Heathrow; 25 minute transfer by car. 

Find out more about Mahali Mzuri
Azura, Mozambique

Azura, Mozambique

These private-island digs are a castaway's dream: secluded beachside villas with roofs like grass skirts, warm weather all-year round and an impressive eco conscience.

Smith Extra Each guest gets a one-hour massage

Travel time 13hrs 10mins from Heathrow; 10min transfer by helicopter 

Find out more about Azura

Winter-sun escapes

Winter-sun escapes

Mexico and the Caribbean

While Europeans pile on layers and shiver under umbrellas, people in Mexico, the southern states of the US and the Caribbean are wriggling into bikinis and banana hammocks for days of sunbathing and swimming. Miami has bar doorways belting out samba beats and beaches peopled by beautiful bodies, Mexico's Riviera Maya accentuates its already breathtaking coast with clifftop Mayan temples, and each Caribbean island – St Lucia, Antigua, Jamaica and Turks & Caicos – has laid-back living (just be sure to sidestep hurricane season, by travelling in December through to March). 

Goldeneye Hotel and Resort, Jamaica

Goldeneye Hotel and Resort, Jamaica

Ian Fleming hid himself away in a whitewashed villa at the heart of this Jamaican hotel to pen all 14 of his Bond books; it's changed a little (for the better) since his day – the swim-up spa alone bagged a nomination for Most Spoiling Spa in the 2016 Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards. 

Smith Extra Two-for-one lunch at Bizot Bar and two 30-minute massages

Travel time 9hrs 35mins from Gatwick; 1hr 30min transfer by car

Find out more about Goldeneye Hotel and Resort
Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

This island stay is architecturally astonishing: walkways, koi ponds and waterfalls are worked into the building; and mod suites are stacked in an attractively higgledy-piggledy manner, each with a whole-wall view of the Pitons opposite.

Smith Extra A one-hour spa treatment for each guest

Travel time 8hrs 55mins from Gatwick; 1hr transfer by car

Find out more about Jade Mountain
Como Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

Como Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

This sun-sprinkled sanctuary was once a wild uninhabited island, which has been groomed into a sleek wellness retreat with an award-winning spa.

Smith Extra A couple's massage at the spa and a bottle of champagne on arrival

Travel time 12hrs 5mins from Heathrow; 1hr transfer by car and boat

Find out more about Parrot Cay by Como
Hermitage Bay, Antigua

Hermitage Bay, Antigua

Hermitage Bay's Asian-inspired Caribbean cottages sit in soul-soothing seclusion, perched by a beach at the end of a long dirt track, miles from anything else.

Smith Extra One hour-long spa treatment

Travel time 8hrs 25mins from Gatwick; 35min transfer by car

Find out more about Hermitage Bay
Esencia, Mexico

Esencia, Mexico

The whitewashed, three-storey Casa Grande (Esencia's main villa) gleams against its green, grassy surroundings, set a mere five-minute stroll – six-minutes at most – from the beach.

Smith Extra A snorkelling trip for two and a cocktail each

Travel time 10hrs 20mins from Gatwick; 1hr transfer by car

Find out more about Esencia
The Miami Beach Edition, US

The Miami Beach Edition, US

Set on a extensive stretch of private beach, guests can not only enjoy two swimmings pools, but an ice skating rink and a bowling alley are situated in the basement. For an extra slice of the tropics opt for the oceanfront bungaloes.  

Smith Extra Signature cocktails each on arrival

Travel time 9hrs 30mins from Heathrow; 20min transfer by car

Find out more about The Miami Beach Edition
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Mexico

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Mexico

Mezcal, Mayan healing techniques and ace Mediterranean-Mexican fusion fare: this whitewashed, beach and jungle-flanked hotel is the ideal Riviera Maya hideaway.

Smith Extra Two 30-minute massages

Travel time 10hrs 40mins from London; 35mins transfer by car

 

Find out more about Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
Laluna, Grenada

Laluna, Grenada

These shore-side Balinese-style cottages offer secluded Caribbean charm, with an extra helping of Italian fashion cred, thanks to the ex-Prada consultant owner and interiors from an Armani-approved designer. Which will explain the comforting Calabrain cuisine served beneath the palms at night.

Smith Extra An hour-long, full-body Balinese massage each

Travel time 10hrs 30mins from London; 10mins taxi drive

Find out more about Laluna

Winter-sun escapes

Winter-sun escapes

South-East Asia

November through March, the climate in South-East Asia is sunny, dry and cool. Thailand's winter season sees Full Moon parties and Pride parades kick off in colourful fashion, Vietnam's islands are host to turtle hatchlings and Cambodia's Koh Rong islands have good-time vibes and lush foliage in full bloom.

Amanoi, Vietnam

Amanoi, Vietnam

Sun worshipers will have no end of places to lay down their beach towels but it's worth sacrificing an even tan to swim by tropical fish weaving through rainbow coral forests and maybe sampling some treatments in the lotus-lake spa. Pilates is hosted in an open-air pavilion. 

Smith Extra A 60-minute massage each for two

Travel time 16hrs from Heathrow; 30min transfer by car

Find out more about Amanoi
Fusion Maia, Vietnam

Fusion Maia, Vietnam

What makes this such a fantastic winter-sun stay? It could be the bold mod-Asian design of the pool-flaunting villas, or its proximity to the beach, but for us it has to be the all-inclusive spa treatments.

Smith Extra A glass of rosé prosecco each on arrival. A set meal and a juice of the day at Fusion Café in Hoi An, for stays of three nights or more.

Travel time 15hrs from London; 30min transfer by car

Find out more about Fusion Maia
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Song Saa was the winner of our inaugural Eco Award and guests have always been able to holiday at this Sihanoukville retreat with a clear conscience – there's a team of marine biologists on staff and the island sits in a in a self-made marine. However, this hotel equally excels at pampering.

Smith Extra An hour-long spa treatment each

Travel time 14hrs 35 mins from Heathrow; 3hr 35min transfer by car and boat

 

Find out more about Song Saa Private Island
Twinpalms, Thailand

Twinpalms, Thailand

Dance into the wee hours as resident DJs take to their beach podium in either of Twinpalms two – yes, two – brilliant beach clubs. If you're feeling a little 'delicate' the next day, you'll have plenty of time to snooze on a day-bed or lounge in herb-infused steam in the spa.

Smith Extra A set three-course lunch for two at the Bimi Beach Club

Travel time 13hrs 10mins from Heathrow; 25min transfer by car

Find out more about Twinpalms
Trisara, Phuket

Trisara, Phuket

With a Sanskrit name that translates to 'Third Garden in Heaven', Trisara is setting the bar somewhat high; however, it delivers in divine scenery, first-class service and exclusivity.

Smith Extra A bottle of champagne on arrival

Travel time 13hrs 10mins from Heathrow; 15mins transfer by car

Find out more about Trisara
The Sarojin, Thailand

The Sarojin, Thailand

Yes, the Sarojin is set by a drop-dead gorgeous beach, but its turquoise-tiled infinity-edge pool, topped with floating veil-draped pavilions, may lure you away from the shoreline – it's even been nominated in the Smith Awards 2014.

Smith Extra An hour's Thai massage for two

Travel time 13hrs 10mins from Heathrow; 1hr transfer by car

Find out more about The Sarojin
Rayavadee, Thailand

Rayavadee, Thailand

Rayavadee is an adage-spurning exercise in quality and quantity: three beaches, four fine-dining restaurants and a smattering of garden-set pavilions provide all-out indulgence.

Smith Extra A bottle of sparkling wine, a special first-night flower bath and a Rayavadee signature gift on departure (a jute box containing a salt and oil scrub pack, shampoo, conditioner, body and hand soap, and Yai-buab)

Travel time 12hrs 40mins from Heathrow; 25min free air-conditioned transfer

 

Find out more about Rayavadee
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