As the winter temperatures grip the UK, many are left with the fleeting flashbacks of warmer weathers gone by. Fear not! Here LOTUS provides a winter sun roundup for some of the top destinations for sun-seekers.
Enjoy a fantasy filled winter in the sun at Fantasia Bahia Principe, Tenerife
The new five-star Fantasia Bahia Principe, opening November 2018, is located on Tenerife’s Costa San Miguel full of sandy beaches and boasting year-round tropical weather. The Fantasia Bahia Principe has a unique offering in the hotel’s main feature – a mesmerising fairytale castle – which features spectacular shows based on Tenerife’s folklore and mythology. Children will love spending time in the hotel’s children’s club and waterpark, whilst teenagers will be thrilled to escape parents and hang out in the teen’s club. Whilst the kids are occupied, parents can relax in one of the hotel’s six restaurants or enjoy a drink in one of its many bars.
A one night stay at the Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife in a standard double room is priced from £175 based on two adults sharing. www.bahia-principe.com
Rock out at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife
With five-star facilities, a full activity programme and an immersive musical experience, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is a great destination for a quick fun and flirty winter getaway. The Tenerife hangout features spacious luxury accommodation, combining contemporary interior designs with the style and energy of the Hard Rock brand, providing the perfect base for rocking and relaxing with the ‘Children of the 80s’ event held on Saturday 8th December. Free for hotel guests and held in the outdoor concert area, partygoers can expect a fun-filled eighties’ vibe with a legendary line-up. At Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, the party never stops with Hard Rock’s signature Sound of Your Stay programme, where guests can create their own playlist, mix up songs on a professional deck, or learn to play a Fender guitar, elevating the musical experience to the next level. In addition, the Rock Spa offers the ultimate in pampering and a relaxing chill-out environment with its thermal waters, beauty treatments and extensive massage menu, including the music infused ‘Rhythm & Motion’ signature spa treatment.
A seven night stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife on a bed and breakfast basis is priced from £750 per person based on two adults sharing, flying from London Stansted on 14 November 2018 with Alpharooms. www.hrhtenerife.com / www.alpharooms.com (0114 407 0241)
Child-free luxury break at the new TRS Coral Hotel (Opens November 2018)
Opening in November 2018, the TRS Coral Hotel is set to be this winter’s hotspot for a luxury holiday away from the kids. Located in Costa Mujeres in the northeast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and 20 minutes from Cancun, the adults-only TRS Coral Hotel – member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ collection – offers an exclusive and tranquil setting to revitalise in the rays of the Caribbean sun. The all-suite hotel brings together the privacy of a small VIP boutique hotel and a reinvented all-inclusive concept, elevated to a luxury level, with exceptional facilities including five à la carte restaurants, a beach club with infinity pool and butler service. Unlimited access to the Zentropia Spa and Wellness Centre offers a peaceful space to relax with thermal water circuit, spa pools, water beds and bubble seats, as well as a range of wellness treatments.
A one night stay at the TRS Coral Hotel in a Junior Suites is priced from £500 per night, based on two adults sharing on all-inclusive basis. www.palladiumhotelgroup.com/en/costamujeres/the-royal-suites-coral-hotel
Exhilaration or relaxation at Suite Hotel Atlantis, Fuerteventura
A mere four-hour flight from the UK, the four-star Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort on Fuerteventura caters to sun-seekers looking for an exhilarating or relaxing all-inclusive holiday. The property is not only located 50 metres from the beachfront, but also finds itself on the door step of the Corralejo Natural Dune Park. For a more relaxing stay, guests can enjoy the exclusive adults-only Premium Club that features a chill-out zone with a private pool, Balinese beds and a chic poolside Bahía Bar. Guests are free to indulge in La Scala Restaurant, which offers an exquisite international buffet and à la carte menu accompanied by local wines. Due to the property’s ideal location and the island’s diverse landscapes, guests can enjoy a range of activities including scuba diving, surfing and kite surfing as well as safaris through the neighbouring 10km of pristine sand dunes and volcanoes of the Corralejo Dune Park.
A five night stay at the Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort from £474.60 per person, based on two adults sharing a Junior Suite on an all-inclusive basis, including flights from London Stansted on 23 November 2018 with Alpharooms. www.atlantisfuerteventuraresort.com/en/ / www.alpharooms.com (0114 407 0241)
Black sand beaches in the Canary Islands
The Canary Island of La Palma offers the ideal setting to experience a tropical and relaxing winter escape. ‘La Isla Bonita’ has been designated an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its unique and diverse landscapes, ranging from laurel forests to volcanic mountains, boasting year round sunshine with temperatures around 21°C in December. Puerto Naos is a recommended hot spot with its colourful houses and palm trees that offer a Caribbean vibe, yet with a twist, thanks to its unique black sand beach. The area has a bustling gastro scene and nightlife from the bars and traditional Canarian restaurants found on the beachfront and in the local town. The area of Puerto Naos is also famed for its waters that are so crystal-clear they allow more adventurous visitors to experience night-time scuba diving.
A seven night stay at the H10 Taburiente property in Los Cancajos area is priced from £463 per person, including flights with Olympic Holidays. www.olympicholidays.com