Where’s Hot in January

Looking for somewhere to go to beat the January blues in 2022, but overwhelmed by all the choice?

The average temperature in the UK in January is a high of just 7°C. Would you rather soak up some sun instead? Look no further than this collection of some of the ‘hottest’ and best destinations to visit in January.

These include the best places to travel in the New Year for mild weather, exciting culture and unforgettable experiences.

Long haul holidays include:

  • Barbados
  • South Africa
  • Chile
  • Malaysia

Or, if you’re looking for short-haul hot weather in January:

  • Tenerife
  • Marrakech
  • Cyprus

So, read on for January inspiration.

Long Haul Holidays with Hot Weather in January

Barbados: 29°C

Is there anywhere more iconic for some hot weather in January than this idyllic Caribbean island?

With average temperatures nearing 30°C 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 Barbados. Whether it’s award-winning restaurants, incredible five-star hotels, crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, you’ll want to come back again and again.

There’s plenty to do to keep you occupied on the island too. 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

There are plenty of places to stay to add a bit of luxury to your that will add to your time in Barbados. You could stay at the ultra-luxe Sandy Lane or experience the all-inclusive chic of Sugar Bay.

Wherever you stay and whatever you do, you can’t help but leave Barbados without 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, and visit the Cape Wineland vineyards that produce some of the finest New World wines. Additionally, you could 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

Cape Town, South Africa
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). Undoubtedly, this is the best time to enjoy the jaw-dropping Torres del Paine National Park. Perhaps you could 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°C warmer than the average UK temperature in January, it’s a fantastic option for a sun-soaked getaway that offers more than just poolside lounging.

Flight Time: 14 hours 40 minutes

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia

Malaysia: 28°C

Here in the UK, rain, sleet, cold winds and lingering colds are all things we’ve come to accept from January.

While Malaysia might see a few rain clouds in January, temperatures usually hover around 28°C. It’s a great place to escape for some warming winter sun. 

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, you’ll be able to unwind in the ultimate luxury here. Top-end hotels like The Andaman offering nothing short of impeccable service.

For those who are keen to experience the culture as well as warmth, visitors in the first two months of the year are also likely to experience religious festivals and celebrations. This includes 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

Datai Bay, The Andaman
Get away from the poor January weather with a stay at the Andaman resort 

Closer to home yet still warm in January

Cyprus: 17°C

Whilst perhaps not the height of the Cypriot sun, the weather here in January is certainly warmer than in the UK.

And this milder weather means that you’ll be able to explore some of the incredible sights and attractions that Cyprus has without the oppressive heat of the summer, or the peak season crowds.

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, too. Parklane is an excellent hotel that ensures the whole family are comfortable and content. Or you could immerse yourself in chic style with a stay at Almyra.

Flight Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

Marrakech: 19°C

Escaping from dreary January weather to Marrakech might be just the ticket.

Marrakech may be only three hours 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, with an array of market stalls featuring familiar favourites and more unusual local fare. There’s also plenty of lively Moroccan entertainment to watch. Why not take in a traditional snake charmer performance and enjoy a snack of snails while you’re at it?!

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. The location, however, means you 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 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

Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
Stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan retreat, Kasbah Tamadot

Tenerife: 20°C

A great destination any time of the year, Tenerife is a fantastic option for a hot holiday in January without the long-haul flight time.

With temperatures ranging from a low of 15°C to a high of 20°C, you’ll find that Tenerife is a welcome warming relief from chilly British weather. And that’s not all the island has to offer, with plenty of activities and things to do while you’re 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 cold January weather quickly fading from your mind.

Just some of the top recommended things to do in Tenerife include:

  • Scuba diving
  • Exploring the towering volcano of Teide National Park
  • Thrill-seeking at one of the many excellent water parks
  • Playing a round or two of golf at a championship course

This is also an exceptional destination to take the whole family in January. Many of the best hotels in Tenerife offer great kids’ clubs for little ones to enjoy while you recharge for the New Year.

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

Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Explore the volcano of Teide National Park, Tenerife

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.

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.

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