Make the most of winter with a romantic retreat

Take a look out of the window, what’s the weather doing? If you’re like us, you’re watching the wind and rain stream down. Winter is not all it’s cracked up to be, is it? Let’s change that.

This winter, we’re going to get away from this and enjoy a bit of sunshine. Leave thoughts of trudging through sodden streets, stepping on a loose paving stone so you have a splash of muddy water flick up your jeans, battling with umbrellas determined to turn inside out, well behind while you jet off to paradise.

Whether you’re looking for a city break or just a couple of days lounging by a sun kissed pool, we can take you there. To get the imagination flowing, we’ve picked out a couple of our favourite destinations for your perusal.

Tenerife

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Where better to star than the Canary Islands? Tenerife is one of our all-time favourites. A perfect place to unwind or get adventurous – the choice is yours. Kick back with a few cocktails in the glorious sunshine of resorts such as Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas or grab your hiking boots and discover the wonderful Teide National Park.

Book to visit in February and you can catch the famous Tenerife Carnival. While smaller events are held all over the island, the main party is in the capital of Santa Cruz. It is an explosion of colour, rhythm and music and something that needs to be seen to be believed.

Read more about the best hotels to stay during Tenerife Carnival on our blog post here.

Malta

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Choose from a city break or beach retreat in Malta. Spend days wandering through the winding streets of the capital Valletta or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Gozo – you can do both in Malta. The collection of islands remain warm during the winter months meaning you can dine al fresco watching the world go by without feeling the chill.

Malta has some hugely interesting towns and cities that are perfect for a romantic retreat. Enjoy drinks over candlelight in the vibrant town of St Julian’s or watch the sunset in the rural setting of Comino. Malta is a real underrated gem.

Fuerteventura

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We’re heading back to the Canary Islands for our next winter escape pick – Fuerteventura. Perhaps overshadowed by its bigger brothers of Tenerife and Lanzarote, Fuerteventura is the ideal destination for that perfect winter break. This place is all about the magnificent beaches with the likes of Caleta de Fuste and Ajibe de la Cueva being the perfect places to unwind.

Spend your days soaking up the sun then enjoy a laid back evening in the town of Corralejo and its range of restaurants and bars.

Marrakech

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Try something a little different and spend a couple of days in the exotic destination of Marrakech. Morroco’s beautiful ‘Red City’ is a bustling, vibrant place known around the globe for its incredible markets and unique architecture. Stroll around the tranquil royal gardens or explore Jemaa el-Fna, Africa’s biggest square, there is so much to do here.

Stay in the very best hotels where you can be pampered in luxurious spas and relax in the year-round sunshine.

Alicante

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We’re rounding our guide off with an all-time classic destination – Alicante. You simply can’t beat Spain’s Costa Blanca region and Alicante is one of the jewels of this area. A touch more refined than its noisy neighbour Benidorm, you can enjoy a chilled out day by the marina and watch luxury yachts float in.

If you’re looking for a spot of culture, you can visit the 9th century Castle of Santa Barbara which overlooks the city. Alternatively, you can forget all about that and hit the beach.

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