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, 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 to enjoy the mildest weather, most exciting culture and most unforgettable experiences.
Long haul holidays include:
- South Africa,
- Chile and
If you are looking for hot weather in January that is more short-haul then we recommend:
- Marrakech or
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
Cuba – 21°C
Cuba’s bright colours, warm weather and vibrant atmosphere are the perfect antidote for the cold, wet UK January weather. Head to the capital and explore fascinating Old Havana, full of colourful buildings, fascinating history and photogenic classic American cars; or embark on a tour that takes in Cuba’s lively culture, picturesque mountains and sandy beaches.
As Cuba becomes a more popular holiday destination, more luxury accommodation options are opening here, such as the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, the first five-star Havana hotel for a real pampered break. Keen to get out and explore this vibrant city?
A stay at the luxury Hotel Saratoga means you’ll be perfectly located for exploring: exit the hotel and find yourself right opposite the Capitolio building, enjoying spectacular views of the city’s principal opera house, and the famous Partagas cigar factory.
With an average temperature in January of around 21°C (14 degrees warmer than the UK), a luxury holiday to Cuba is a fantastic option for a warm January break in the sun.
Cuba's warm weather in January is a great escape from typical British weather
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.
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 varying views 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 unforgettable sights and activities.
Malaysia - 28°C
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 luxuriate 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.
Get away from the poor January weather with a stay at the Andaman resort
Closer to home yet still warm in January
Lanzarote - 18°C
Those who think of Lanzarote as purely a nightlight hub are missing out on a simply beautiful short-haul destination that boasts glorious landscapes and plenty of relaxation.
Just four hours away from UK airports, as soon as you set foot on the island’s shores you will you’re your memories of chilly January melt away in front of white sandy beaches and dramatic scenery. Strict building regulations here ensure that the island’s natural beauty isn’t hampered by mass tourism.
A stay at the luxury Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort gives guests fantastic access to the white sand beach of Playa Dorada. If you tire of lazy afternoons spent reclining on the beach, the resort is also close to Playa Blanca Old Town so you can dip your toe in a little culture as well.
The luxury Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort with sights to Playa Dorada
Marrakech - 19°C
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 tourists who go 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 is the perfect tranquil sanctuary.
A stay at La Mamounia will ensure you feel hidden away and able to relax, but remain close enough to enjoy the culture and history of this fascinating city on a luxury short-haul holiday away from the cold January weather.
If you're willing to head out of Marrakech, head 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 totally different. The Atlas Mountains are around one and half hours from the city centre but it's certainly worth the drive!
Even if you don't stay at the Atlas Mountain a day trip here would be worth it.
Relaxing at La Mamounia in Marrakech
Tenerife - 20°C
A great destination any time of the year, Tenerife is, however, still 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 when you are there. With a flight time of just under 5 hours, you'll be relaxing in no time. 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 and
- Playing Golf at a championship golf course
Tenerife is a destination for a luxury family holiday in January so you'll be able to unwind whilst your children are expelling energy at a kids club.
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.