The Hottest Winter Hotspots

Whether you seek sand and serenity, or something a little livelier, we’ve pulled together some of the hottest winter destinations, sure to warm the heart and last in the memory…

THE EAST – Thailand

Thailand is fast emerging as a superyacht hub and offers a vibrant alternative to the Caribbean. The Thai government has invested heavily and created legislation to further attract the superyacht-set to its sandy shores and inviting turquoise waters. With ancient temples to explore, bustling street markets and an array of world-renowned diving spots, Thailand is a diverse winter hotspot with something for all age groups. There’s a calm pace to life here, and you’ll enjoy an array of delicious cuisine too. For ancient traditions, serenity and natural beauty, head to Thailand this winter.

DOWN UNDER – Sydney, Australia

Sydney appeals to all age groups as a cosmopolitan, lively city with a warm, friendly welcome. Of course, October to February marks the peak of Australia’s spring and summer months, so you’ll find temperatures ranging from 38 to 42C. With plenty of VIP nightspots and bars, world-renowned restaurants, and celebrity hangouts, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to A-list events. Leading chefs serve up the tastiest cuisine from around the world, but why not experience a traditional Aussie grill after a day of adventure?

For travelers seeking an unforgettable experience in Australia, Sydney offers a perfect destination to ring in the new year with a bang. Being among the first in the world to witness the spectacular firework celebrations illuminating the iconic Sydney Opera House and the city skyline is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Beyond the dazzling festivities, Australia’s diverse landscapes also beckon adventurers to explore and discover the country’s natural wonders. Surfers Paradise, known for its breathtaking beaches and thrilling water sports, presents an enticing escape for those seeking thrills and spills along the coast. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant city life of Sydney or the adventurous allure of Surfers Paradise, Australia’s tourism promises an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and exploration.


While any island of the Caribbean offers the perfect winter getaway, we’ve chosen St. Barts as the first of two Caribbean hotspots in this feature. Quickly getting back on its feet following Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017, St Barts has an unrivaled hospitality and beauty that makes it a true winter gem. It’s been long-established as a must-visit destination for New Year celebrations, and you’ll enjoy a warm climate almost as warm as the welcome you’ll enjoy from locals.

There are numerous A-list nightspots to enjoy including Le Yacht Club and a whole host of fine dining restaurants for the foodie on board. Shopping is plentiful here too and includes local independents as well as designer boutiques including Ralph Lauren. In addition to the New Year celebrations, the St Bart Music Festival is another popular date for the calendar, taking place in January.


The Bahamas is another region to be quickly getting back on its feet after a turbulent hurricane season in 2017, but the spirit and beauty of this destination remains a hugely popular winter hotspot.

The Bahamas has 700 islands and 2400 cays to explore and is a must for this list. Whether you plan to enjoy a leisurely game of golf, a lazy afternoon under a palm tree, or enjoy one of the many water-based activities, this is the perfect destination for those who enjoy outdoor life. In addition, international and local cuisine can be found at a selection of restaurants and eateries.

There’s a legendary street parade known as Junkanoo, taking place each Boxing Day (26 December), and this is certainly not to be missed if you’re planning a festive break here. A warm climate combined with endless sunshine is matched by warm Caribbean hospitality, so what are you waiting for?


The sunshine state has lots to offer the superyacht-set when it comes to winter charter vacations. The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is an annual highlight each November, attracting thousands of superyacht fans and VIPs to the many restaurants, bars, and eateries. While you’ll find an international food offering, the Latin influence is never far away bringing the heat to any luxury charter vacation. Golf courses, water sports, and horse riding can be found across the state, and it’s the ideal destination for an active family.

Whether opting for the glamour of Miami Beach or the magic of Disneyland and Orlando Studios, there’s something for all the family, and the warm climate continues throughout the winter months.