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Our favourite destinations for last-minute winter sun

Author: Charlotte Boswell

With the UK relaxing travel restrictions and a number of winter sun destinations now open, there has never been a better time to book a last-minute holiday.

Limited availability remains for both flights and hotels, so whether looking for a simple beach holiday or wishing to combine a coastal stay with a tailor-made cultural journey, our travel specialists are on hand to provide impartial advice as well as assistance in navigating the different travel guidelines, rules and regulations.

1 Sri Lanka

The Canary Islands
Sri Lanka

A tropical island of pristine beaches, gleaming Buddhist temples, misty tea plantations and historic hill stations, Sri Lanka has plenty to offer. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the cultural triangle, experience the beautiful scenery of the Central Highlands, search for wildlife in one of the island’s exceptional national parks or stay in one of the excellent coastal resorts.

Click here to discover more about our tailor-made holidays to Sri Lanka. 

2 Maldives

The Canary Islands
Maldives

The tiny coral atolls of the Maldives are scattered over the Indian Ocean and straddle the equator. Renowned as a unique paradise where the emphasis is on pure relaxation, resorts offer white sand palm-fringed beaches, untouched coral reefs, beautiful blue and turquoise lagoons, fabulous wildlife viewing and some of the finest snorkelling and diving in the world.

Find out more about holidays to the Maldives.  

3 Canary Islands

The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands

Lunar-like landscapes, emerald pine forests, rolling san dunes and beautiful beach resorts, the unique islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are fantastic year-round destinations. Just a short flight from the UK, these Spanish Isles are the perfect place for couples or families. 

Contact us to discover more about holidays to Spain and its islands.

4 The Caribbean

The Caribbean
The Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of the world’s most enticing regions. Renowned for its palm-fringed beaches, colourful sunsets and crystal-clear waters, these tropical islands are blessed with beautiful weather over the winter months. A perfect destination for an all-inclusive holiday, the Caribbean claims many luxurious and boutique beachfront hotels that offer world-class service, gourmet food and drink and unmissable experiences. Antigua and Barbados are both home to exotic, sun-kissed beaches - ideal for a relaxing getaway. St Lucia and Grenada are great options for combining beach and adventure as both boast emerald jungles, tumbling waterfalls and secluded bays. Atmospheric Jamaica offers some great family resorts whereas captivating Cuba blends culture, history and beach relaxation.

Discuss your Caribbean holiday plans with one of our travel experts.

5 Morocco

Morocco
Morocco

Gateway to the Muslim world, Morocco is a mysterious land awash with colours and spices, carpets and covered souks. Framed by the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is the epitome of Morocco with bustling souks and vibrant Jemaâ el Fna Square. Visit the snow-capped High Atlas, then travel south to Ouarzazate to explore the many Kasbahs that line this route then continue past Erfoud to the mighty Sahara Desert. To the north are the twin imperial cities of Meknes and Fes, the latter home to one of the finest original medieval medinas in the world, or visit Chefchaouen – an atmospheric blue-washed town set high in the Rif Mountains. End by the Atlantic coast in pretty Essaouira which, with its low white-washed buildings, historic harbour and windswept beach, retains a relaxed and carefree air. Pettitts Travel have led the way in designing tailor-made holidays and tours to Morocco for over 30 years.

Discuss your Morocco holiday plans with one of our travel experts.

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It allows us to answer any questions you may have as well as make suggestions and recommendations for your planned trip.

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6 UAE

UAE
UAE

Located in the southeast horn of the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE combines centuries-old traditions, mega modern skylines and a beautiful coastline. This part of the world basks in year-round sunshine making it a favourable winter destination. Glamourous Dubai and up-and-coming Abu Dhabi suit both couples and families with a range of accommodation from exclusive luxurious resorts, family-friendly hotels and chic beachfront properties. Elsewhere in the UAE, lesser-known Ras Al Khaimah boasts an untouched coastline whereas Fujairah offers some of the region’s best snorkelling. The Middle-East's best-kept secret, Oman is ideal for a more secluded and laidback holiday. Stay in a luxurious beach hotel whilst combining Oman’s cultural sights, desert landscapes and mountainous scenery.

Speak to one of our specialists to discover more about holidays to the UAE and Oman.

7 Florida

Florida
Florida

Home to year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, world-class theme parks, Cuban culture and emerald wetlands, Florida truly offers something for everyone. Stretching from the sun-kissed keys in the Caribbean Sea to the large forests that skirt the Deep South, Florida’s landscapes and cities are diverse and exciting. Experience vibrant Miami, a melting pot of Latin culture, with its stunning beaches, Cuban-inspired food and art-deco architecture or visit the many attractions and theme parks of family-friendly Orlando. Uncover the wildlife of the iconic Everglades by kayak or airboat, relax on peaceful Sanibel Island which is home to some of the region's best beaches and a wildlife refuge or explore the pristine Crystal River which is famous for its large population of manatees. For those looking to recharge, head to Key West, Florida’s most eclectic and fun island. Soak up the Caribbean atmosphere, fill up on Creole cuisine and sip rum cocktails as the sun sets over the glistening ocean.

For inspiration of what to do on your trip to Florida, explore our USA travel itinerary ideas. Based on your requirements Pettitts Travel can design a personalised USA tour designed specifically with you in mind.

8 Oman

Oman
Oman

A land of mountains and sandscapes, endless beaches and lush wadis, Oman is one of the most beautiful and untouched parts of the Arabian Peninsula. This is authentic Arabia, forts and castles dominate the interior and care has been taken to maintain indigenous customs, local dress and Omani architectural styles. The old-world charm of Oman's white-washed capital Muscat is a particular highlight whilst the shifting dunes of the Wahiba Sands and Oman's extraordinary mountainous interior contain the historic fortified cities of Nizwa, Bahla and Jabrin as well as the finest castles of the Sultanate. Salalah, Oman’s southernmost city, has a subtropical feel and to the north the Musandam Peninsula is a majestic region of small villages, dramatic coastal roads and turquoise sea. Pettitts Travel have led the way in designing tailor-made holidays and tours to Oman for over 30 years.

Discuss your Oman holiday plans with one of our travel experts.

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