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Five Warm Destinations to Escape to This Winter

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It’s that time of year. As the chill hits and those bitter winds begin to bite, it’s the perfect time to start thinking of escape. Just imagine farewelling frosty evenings and greeting glorious, golden sunshine. So where to head to escape those long, dark days? How about one of these wonderful warming destinations?

Port Douglas

Perfect for anything from a quick jaunt to a long, relaxed holiday, Port Douglas is one local spot that’s enticing all year round. Bordered by two World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest – Port Douglas boasts temperatures in the low to mid ‘20s throughout winter. Spend days at beautiful Four Mile Beach, explore or even dine in the rainforest, whale watch, snorkel, and enjoy buzzing bars and restaurants. Just be sure to book your accommodation early!

Morocco

Looking for a northern-hemisphere escape? Morocco promises to be one of the hippest destinations for 2015. This exotic North African gateway offers a striking blend of red sand dunes, bustling Berber villages, traditional tiled teahouses and the spectacular peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Shop in atmospheric souks, ride a camel into the sunset and stay in Bedouin tents at the newest luxury resorts.


Fiji

While most Australians flock to Fiji’s Coral Coast, Mamanuca Islands or resorts close to Nadi, those with an adventurous streak will find hidden gems further afield. Taveuni Island to the north-east of Viti Levu (the main and largest island) is home to spectacular coral reefs, lush rainforest, extinct volcanos, mangroves and wildlife. And in the Yasawa Islands to the north-west, you can laze on pristine beaches, visit villages and swim through watery caves by torchlight. For a truly, indulgent and adventurous getaway, Fiji now offers some ultra-luxe retreats, often on secluded islands. Or see Fiji in a different light with a yacht charter or kayak tour.

Singapore

If you’re looking for more than sand and sea, this Asian gateway is friendly, easy to navigate around and full to the brim with hip hotels, enticing food, a vivid nightlife, and incredible shopping. From the beginning of June to the end of July, make the most of The Great Singapore Sale, with fantastic deals on fashion, shoes, electronics and homewares. Orchard Road is the mecca, but you shouldn’t miss Chinatown, Little India and colourful Kampong Glam. While you’re there, be sure to take time out at Gardens by the Bay and experience dinner or a drink at the architecturally inspiring Marina Bay Sands. Even better, stay at the hotel and enjoy the world’s largest and highest infinity pool, surveying all of Singapore while you swim.

Sri Lanka

In July, the average temperature in Sri Lanka is a balmy 28 degrees. Visitors flock to the golden, pristine beaches, but this versatile country also boasts verdant national parks, cascading waterfalls, ancient palaces and forts, tea plantations, quirky boutique hotels and five star resorts. It’s also home to an eclectic array of wildlife including leopards, boar, wild elephants and birdlife, so why not jump on a Sri Lankan safari?

Ready for adventure?

If you’re already missing warm breezes and sand between the toes then it’s probably time you grabbed the toiletries bag and emergency phone charger and started packing. Even better, drop some hints to a loved one about travel gift ideas that will see you jet off in style.