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?
You could also be among the first in the world to see in the new year with the spectacular firework celebrations?
World-famous landscapes such as the Sydney Opera House await exploration, and there’s a huge selection of thrills and spills to be found with Australia’s impressive water sport offering on the fringe of spectacular beaches.
THE CARIBBEAN – St Barts
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 CARIBBEAN – The Bahamas
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 – Florida
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.
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