Winter Sunshine Holidays

Let go of those wintertime blues and explore a destination with sun, sea and sand, what could be better than dining alfresco or lounging on the beach in February or March as the winds howl and the rain pours back home.

So take a pick up your tropical cocktail and enjoy the view from one of these resorts, just a short flight to sunshine.

The Cliff Bay Madeira with Kuoni (Check Availability)

This highly sophisticated retreat boasts spellbinding views, elegant facilities and Michelin-starred dining.

This renowned resort cuts a dramatic figure, perched atop a natural promontory with enchanting Atlantic Ocean views. Beautifully manicured tropical gardens surround the hotel, where you’ll find plenty of secluded corners shaded by palm trees.

After an indulgent Champagne breakfast, take the lift down from the clifftop and make your way to the sunbathing platform by the hotel’s jetty to enjoy views across the bay to Funchal, or there’s direct sea access for swimming and snorkelling. The pool area is equally gorgeous – cool off in one of the two pools or grab a terrace table at the Blue Lagoon Snack Bar & Restaurant for delicious fresh salads and barbecued fish. Dining options are excellent – for bold Mediterranean flavours, choose The Rose Garden buffet restaurant, or for something special, you have Madeira’s first two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Il Gallo d’Oro. Chef Benoît Sinthon combines fresh local ingredients to create a fabulously aromatic menu. After dinner, it’s time for a Madeira Night cocktail and live music at Le Cliff Bar and Bistro.

Twin Rooms have either land, or sea views. Upgrade to one of the lovely Superior Seaview Rooms which are located on the top four floors and include complimentary soft drinks from the minibar and à la carte breakfast at Il Gallo d’Oro.

Lopesan Villa Del Conde Resort & Corallium Thalasso Gran Canaria with Kuoni (CheckAvailability)

This welcoming village-style resort has a peaceful setting near Meloneras promenade and exceptional wellness facilities. This resort impresses from the moment you’re welcomed with a cool glass of cava in the grand lobby – a stunning replica of one of Gran Canaria’s oldest churches, complete with two main towers, a bell tower and a central dome. The resort is designed in the style of a traditional village and the beautifully manicured gardens are dotted with palms that provide welcome shade as you explore the expansive grounds. There's no shortage of activities here, from Pilates and aqua aerobics to tennis and Spanish lessons; but despite its size and impressive range of facilities you can always find tranquil pockets to relax and the magnificent Thalasso centre offers a picturesque setting at the edge of the sea and a revitalising Thalassotherapy circuit. With a great choice of pools, you can swim a few laps, relax by the tranquillity pool, or watch the kids splash around in the children’s pool. A man-made beach edges one of the pools so you can feel the sand between your toes without ever leaving the resort. That said, the small sand and shingle beach of Meloneras is just a ten-minute stroll away.

There’s plenty of choice at breakfast and La Plaza, the main buffet restaurant, also offers themed buffets in the evening. An à la carte restaurant offers grilled meat specialties, and a pool bar and grill is open for lunch. When the sun sets, you can enjoy the regular evening entertainment, work your way through the menu of cocktails at the lobby bar or head to the roof terrace of Tizziri for al fresco drinks.

The spacious Standard Rooms are set in colourful blocks and each has a living area. Upgrade to a Standard Balcony Room for garden views or a Standard Balcony Seaview Room for views of the ocean. The hugely spacious Junior Suites and Senior Suites are ideal for families as they have a living room with a sofabed, as well as a large balcony or terrace and free Wi-Fi.

Vincci Selección La Plantación Del Sur Tenerife with Kuoni (Check Availability)

Perched high above Playa del Duque, this luxury hotel offers a peaceful setting, incredible views and fabulous facilities.

Escape the crowds at this welcoming resort that is firmly focused on relaxation. Ideal for couples and families with small children in search of somewhere quiet to unwind, there are beautiful gardens that house six inviting swimming pools, including a splash pool for children and an adult-only lap pool. Children can try out a range of activities at the mini club while adults can enjoy thermal circuits, including one set in a volcanic cave, at the superb Nammu Spa. Built on a former banana plantation, the resort blends classic colonial-style with chic contemporary touches – pretty courtyards lined with terracotta urns lie just around the corner from sleek pool decks dotted with comfy Balinese beds. The service is exceptional and the friendly staff go the extra mile to ensure that your stay is as relaxing as possible. In spite of its size, the hotel feels very intimate and more like a boutique hotel than a large resort.

You can soak up stunning sea views from the restaurants’ terraces, with fresh pancakes and an omelette station at breakfast and show cooking in the evening at The Buffet Restaurant. The à la carte restaurant, El Colonial, offers local cuisine with modern elements and La Jaima serves Mediterranean dishes during the day and transforms into El Mercado Grill restaurant at night. Spend a relaxing evening at the bar, La Biblioteca. The rooms are set in the main building and either face inland or offer side sea or panoramic sea views. We recommend upgrading to a Direct Seaview Room to make the most of the beautiful ocean views and watch the sunset from your balcony. For extra space and luxurious touches, opt for a Junior Suite Seaview which has a living room area, a romantic four-poster canopy bed and a terrace with full ocean views. The Garden Villas offer a more private setting and feature a four-poster bed and Jacuzzi in your own garden, while the Solarium Top-floor Villas have a roof-top terrace with Jacuzzi and sunbeds.

Hesperia Lanzarote with Kuoni (Check Availability)

A contemporary and well-equipped beachside resort just a short walk from the bustling marina area.

Overlooking a volcanic sandy beach, this resort offers a wealth of facilities as well as great design and slick service. There are fantastic facilities for families including a children’s pool, play area and activities, but also quieter spots for couples or groups. The main pool is a hub of the resort, but the tranquil spa area is a welcome retreat. There’s also a selection of land and watersports available to suit all ages.

There are plenty of dining options and with the marina so close by, you can always eat out if you fancy something a little different. The main restaurant, Botavara, is where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning, with splendid views out over the pool and beyond. In the evenings it offers a different theme each night so you can feast on everything from French to Asian and Mexican to Arabic dishes. Enjoy à la carte Mediterannean cuisine at El Risco (seasonal) and modern Canarian cuisine and tasting menus at the à la carte La Caleta restaurant (seasonal), while the Pool Bar is ideal for light bites at lunch or a tempting ice-cream to help you keep cool.

The rooms and suites are all bright and airy and feature a terrace or balcony. When it comes to room types, the differences are mainly the views. Double Mountain View Rooms offer views of the landscape and mountains. Ocean lovers might prefer to upgrade to a Double Sea View Room and wake up looking out over the water.

Columbia Beach Resort Cyprus with Kuoni (Check Availability)

Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, this romantic resort offers the ultimate in seclusion and luxury.

Sloping gently upward from the sparkling waters of Pissouri Bay, this romantic village-style hideaway has recently reopened following extensive renovations. Designed in the style of a Cypriot village, the hotel provides a mix of luxury and sense of place. At the heart of the resort there is an 80 metre-long lagoon-style swimming pool where you’ll find the swim-up Poseidon Pool Bar – the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing drink. The Blue Flag beach is a fantastic spot for taking part in an array of watersports, while the indoor swimming pool, which is part of the beautiful Hébe Spa, is perfect if you wish to swim in the cooler evenings or retreat from the midday sun.

You have a choice of five restaurants at this resort. At the Apollo Taverna there’s a delectable menu of local mezzes, while regional Italian specialities are served at the poolside Bacchus Italian Gourmet Restaurant. Here, a vast wine menu perfectly complements each of the imaginative à la carte dishes. If you’re down on the beach during the day you don’t have to move too far to order a drink or a hot or cold snack from the seasonal Poseidon Beach Bar. And once the sun sets, the traditional taverna Ouzeri or the chic Eros Cocktail bar are the place to be.

With an open-plan layout, the attractively designed Junior Suites offer a view over the resort’s gardens, with pool or sea views available for a supplement. For a little more space we recommend the spacious Executive Suite which features a seating area and views of the gardens, pool or sea (the latter two views are available for a supplement) from the furnished terrace or balcony. Beautifully refurbished Executive Side Seaview Suites and Executive Suites with a pool or sea view are also available.

The Palace Malta with Kuoni (Check Availability)

Stylish and urban, this lavishly designed hotel enjoys a fantastic Sliema location.

Set in the heart of Sliema, The Palace is elegant, indulgent and has a sense of the grandiose about it. Intricate chandeliers hang from ceilings and a mix of both contemporary and traditional art adorns the walls. With the seafront just a couple of minutes’ walk away and the main shopping centre around ten minutes away, you’ll love its superb location.

The morning starts with a wholesome breakfast at The Tabloid. If you fancy lounging in the sun by a pool, make your way up to the rooftop where a selection of sun loungers line the fantastic infinity pool, offering spectacular views out across the city. Just steps away is the pool bar, serving some wonderful signature cocktails for you to sample throughout the day. The top floor of the hotel is entirely dedicated to leisure facilities, including a spa and fitness room and more.

As evening falls, head to the award-winning TemptAsian Restaurant which offers panoramic views from its ninth-floor location. With an innovative menu that presents Asian-fusion dishes, you can expect to sample a variety of flavours from China, Japan and Singapore. The Tabloid buffet restaurant features a fine dining Mediterranean menu and a Sunday lunch that is complemented by an extensive wine list. Here, you’ll find al fresco tables during the warm summer months so that you can sit out and make the most of the weather. Promising a relaxed atmosphere and lighter snacks, the cool Lounge360 bar is a great place to unwind after a long day. Meanwhile, Talk of Town Café serves breakfast, sandwiches and lighter meals throughout the day and has an all-day bar.

You’ll find the Comfort Rooms within the interior of the hotel, overlooking the central circular atrium. Slightly larger, the Deluxe Rooms feature a balcony with city views while Superior Rooms are larger again and are located on the higher floors of the hotel.

La Maison Arabe Marrakech with Kuoni (Check Availability)

Authentic décor, fine dining and wonderful service combine for an enchanting Moroccan experience.
Nestled in the walls of Marrakech’s medina, La Maison Arabe provides an oasis of calm away from the lively souks. It’s small enough to offer a warm, welcoming atmosphere and personalised service, yet large enough to provide plenty of secluded spots to relax.

Fine dining is offered at Le Restaurant, where you can sample an exclusive local menu underneath a hand-painted zouaké ceiling accompanied by Arab-Andalucian music, or outside by the fountain on the pretty patio. Enter Les Trois Saveurs, lit by teardrop-shaped lanterns, and enjoy French, Moroccan and Asian cuisine inside or al fresco on the poolside terrace. As night falls, head to the 1930s-style Piano-Jazz Bar for classic pre- and post-dinner drinks. There’s also a refreshing central swimming pool in a courtyard strewn with olive trees and roses, and a spa with two hammams.

If you do want to get a little further out of the centre, then make the most of the hotel’s exclusive Country Club, just 15 minutes away by free shuttle service, where you’ll find a second pool in lush gardens and a further restaurant, Le Figuier. Back at the hotel, rooms and suites are housed in two buildings – patio side and garden side – that surround the swimming pool. Each is unique in décor and layout – most feature a fireplace and terrace, and all have a traditional marble bathroom and Wi-Fi.
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