Looking for somewhere to go to beat the January blues, but overwhelmed by all the choice?
The UK is not always the best place to be in January… cold weather combined with that back to work drudgery means minds are more focussed on sandy beaches and sangria.
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The average temperature in the UK in January is a high of just 7°C and with Storm Brendan and Blue Monday at the forefront of people's minds, getting a dose of Vitamin D from the sun is high on many people's priority lists.
So, if you’re keen to escape another day of de-icing the car, clutching your brolly and navigating treacherously slippery pavements, look no further than this collection of some of the ‘hottest’ and best destinations to visit in the New Year.
These include the best places to travel in January for mild weather, exciting culture and unforgettable experiences.
Long haul holidays include:
- South Africa
Or, if you're looking for hot weather in January that is more short-haul then we recommend:
So, read on for January inspiration, or call one of our Travel Specialists for personalised advice and help with planning your ideal January getaway.
Long Haul Holidays with Hot Weather in January
Is there anywhere more iconic for some hot weather in January than this idyllic Caribbean island? With average temperatures nearing 30 degrees celsius you're guaranteed to get some winter sun. This certainly makes a stark difference to the cold and blustery weather of the UK!
There is so much to love about a luxury break to Barbados. Whether it's award-winning restaurants, incredible 5-star hotels, crystal clear waters or white sandy beaches, you'll want to come back again and agin.
There is plenty to do to keep you occupied as well. You could:
- Grab your snorkel and swim with turtles
- Visit a rum distillery and sample the liquor in its birthplace
- Visit Oistins Fish Fry and taste the incredible seafood
Wherever you stay and whatever you do, you can't help but leave Barbados wanting to go back again.
Flight Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
South Africa: 22°C
UK travellers can find themselves enjoying a warm African climate and plenty of adventure in the Rainbow Nation, with a flight time of approximately 11 hours. South Africa is a wonderfully diverse holiday destination, with a mix of landscapes, cultures and cuisines to keep every traveller fascinated.
January is in the middle of the South African summer, so is ideal for a hot January holiday. And with temperatures hovering around 22°C, you’re sure to soak up plenty of sun while you’re here.
The country is, of course, famous for its wildlife; spot the ‘Big Five’ on safari here in the iconic Kruger National Park, or perhaps head to the Cape of Good Hope to spot some penguins!
South Africa also offers a number of other types of holiday. Try a city break in beautiful Cape Town, visit the Cape Wineland vineyards that produce some of the finest New World wines, or head out to the Garden Route for some of the world’s most breathtaking natural vistas.
No matter which kind of holiday you’re after, with warmer temperatures and plenty of sights to see, South Africa is a superb destination to escape any dreary January weather.
Flight Time: 11 hours 15 minutes
Go to Cape Town in South Africa in January where the average temperature is 22°C
Chile (Patagonia): 22°C
Home to some of the most striking landscapes in the world, a holiday to Chilean Patagonia offers a stunning variety of landscapes and activities during the different seasons.
During January (the height of summer here), you’ll benefit from the longest days and warmest weather (temperatures can reach 22°C), and this is the best time to enjoy the jaw-dropping Torres del Paine National Park and perhaps explore the area on hiking, kayaking or rafting trips.
Stay at the stunning Tierra Patagonia, which overlooks the beautiful Lake Sarmiento, for a holiday combining adventure with the perfect amount of luxury. Culture seekers will also enjoy time exploring the museums and architecture of Punta Arenas.
With this area being 15 degrees warmer than the average UK temperature in January, this is a fantastic option for a sun-soaked getaway that packs in plenty of unforgettable sights and activities.
Flight Time: 14 hours 40 minutes
Here in the UK, rain, sleet, cold winds and lingering colds are all things we’ve come to accept from January.
If you are on a luxury holiday in Malaysia in January, while there might be a few rain clouds, temperatures usually hover around the 28°C mark, so it’s a great place to escape to for some warming sunshine in January.
Those hoping to enjoy a relaxing break on a beach will discover their perfect destination in Langkawi; this archipelago of 99 islands boasts sandy white beaches and crystal-clear waters.
As well as stretching out and soaking up the sun on powdery soft sand and basking in sea views, you’ll be able to unwind in the ultimate luxury here, with top-end hotels like The Andaman offering nothing short of superlative service.
For those who are keen to experience culture as well as warmth, visitors in the first two months of the year are also likely to experience religious festivals and celebrations, such as Thaipusam, which is celebrated with a colourful procession through Kuala Lumpur.
Travel to Langkawi to enjoy drier weather, clear skies and fantastic watersports, or head to Malacca to explore a historic centre surrounded by dramatic scenery.
Flight Time: 12 hours 30 minutes
Get away from the poor January weather with a stay at the Andaman resort
Closer to home yet still warm in January
Whilst you won't be able to top up your tan in Cyprus in January, the weather is certainly warmer compared to the UK. And this milder weather means that you'll be able to visit and discover some of the incredible sights that Cyprus has without the oppressive heat of the summer, or the crowds! You could visit the Tomb of the Kings, Paphos Fort and the Painted Churches in the Troodos region without the long queues that are usually part and parcel of visiting historic landmarks.
The cities of Limassol, Paphos and Nicosia offer great places to dine, architectural sites to explore and world-class shopping to indulge in. Alternatively, discovering Polis reveals stunning vistas of unspoilt natural beauty.
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to stay as well. Parklane is an excellent hotel that ensures the whole family are captivated and content or you could immerse yourself in chic style with a stay at Almyra.
Flight Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Escaping from dreary January weather to a luxury stay in Marrakech might be a great thing to do. Marrakech may be only three hours away from the UK, but arrive here in January and you’ll discover golden sun and warming temperatures that seem worlds away from home.
Culture abounds in Marrakech; visiting the souks or the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Djemaa el-Fna market will fully immerse you in the fascinating history of this main square. At night, the square comes to life and attracts countless tourists to visit the market stalls and watch traditional snake charmers.
For something a little more relaxed away from the bustle of the souk, Yves St Laurent’s Majorelle Gardens and museum make the perfect tranquil sanctuary.
A stay at La Mamounia will ensure that you feel hidden away from the outside world and able to relax, but remain close enough to enjoy the culture and history of this fascinating city as you escape the cold January weather on a short-haul holiday.
If you're willing to head out of Marrakech, travel up into the Atlas Mountains for a completely unique experience at Richard Branson's Moroccan Retreat - Kasbah Tamadot. This boutique-style property is set in peaceful surroundings amidst outstanding natural beauty. The views are spectacular and the accommodation is unlike anything else. The Atlas Mountains are around one and a half hours from the city centre and it is certainly worth the drive!
Even if you don't stay overnight as part of your visit to the Atlas Mountains, a day trip here would be more than worthwhile.
Flight Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Relaxing at La Mamounia in Marrakech
A great destination any time of the year, Tenerife is more than perfect for a hot holiday in January. With temperatures ranging from a low of 15 to a high of 20, you'll find that Tenerife is the right temperature to escape any poor British weather. And to add to this - there are lots of things to do while you are there. With a flight time of just under 5 hours, you'll be relaxing in the mild climate in no time, with the memory of the cold British January weather quickly fading from your mind. Tenerife is a great place for experiences as well including:
- Scuba Diving
- Exploring the towering volcano of Teide National Park
- Thrill-seeking at a Water park
- Playing Golf at a championship golf course
Tenerife is an exceptional destination for a luxury family holiday in January, and at many of the fantastic hotels that we offer in this part of the world you'll be able to unwind whilst your children are expelling energy at a kids club. So, why not get the family together and make some memories in the sun while you wait for things to heat up at home?
Flight Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Ready to escape those January blues on a tailor-made luxury break? Get in touch with our Travel Specialists to find the perfect destination for you.