February is a month for romantics, but rain and chilly weather in the UK is a bit of a mood-killer.
Here’s a selection of the best destinations to head to next February for some sunshine and unforgettable experiences. You don’t have to be in any sort of Valentine’s mood to enjoy these holidays – there’s something for everyone.
Escape the January blues and discover some of the best places to visit in February.
Fancy peeling off the scarf and gloves?
Phuket in Thailand is exceptionally hot in February – providing you with the ultimate winter sun escape. Whilst in Phuket be sure to visit the Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples; steeped in Thai culture, the temples are beautifully decorated with reflective sparkling glass, golden Buddha statues and stunning floral arrangements.
For those who prefer soaking up the sun rather than the culture, Phuket has some of the most perfectly scenic beaches in the world – including the aptly named Paradise Beach. Sit on your own little slice of golden heaven as you indulge in some ‘me time’ on the white sandy beach and dip a toe in crystal-clear waters.
If you can’t decide on just one beach to visit, island-hopping is the perfect solution for taking in as much of Thailand as possible.
Phuket offers plenty of opportunities to explore multiple tropic islands on one trip – talk about the holiday of a lifetime.
Top Experience: Delve deep into Thai culture by visiting the temples in Phuket.
The festival of Tết celebrates the arrival of spring according to the Vietnamese Calendar and usually takes place in late January or February.
While many shops and restaurants close during the festival, the colourful celebrations involving eye-catching processions are a spectacular experience.
Vietnam’s weather can be hard to predict year-round, but February usually brings warmer temperatures and less rainfall than other times in the year. Hanoi has a thriving culinary scene alongside luxury hotels and intriguing architecture. For a picturesque beach getaway try Nha Trang, or for a city full of atmospheric charm and history head to Hue.
Top Experience: You can’t visit Vietnam without tasting Pho!
While not literally ‘hot’, holidays to Iceland in February can be incredibly rewarding. Just remember to pack your thermals!
The icy winters make for some spectacular views, and while the days are short, catching even a glimpse of the natural wonders to be found here make it more than worth it. Dark winter nights are the best backdrop for spotting the famous northern lights.
February is also one of the best times to go whale watching in Iceland; in recent years orcas have been spotted close to the shore in Grundarfjördur.
Reykjavik is a welcoming and charming city, from which the scenic Golden Circle is easily reached. Whilst in Iceland, take full advantage of the Iceland Private Northern Lights Hunt. During the hunt you are taken out in a luxury jeep where there is no light pollution for the ultimate northern lights experience, with views so dreamy it could make any iceberg melt.
Stay at the secluded wilderness retreat Deplar Farm for a true taste of the scenic Icelandic countryside.
Top Experience: Perhaps even more bucket list-worthy than the northern lights, discovering Gulfoss in its wintry majesty is a sight to behold.
Sri Lanka 28°C
February is the perfect time to visit Sri Lanka, with average temperatures in the capital city Colombo hovering around the 28°C mark. The small island’s weather varies region to region, but visitors in February will avoid the torrential rains of monsoon season and be greeted with warm sunshine.
The 4th of February is Sri Lanka’s Independence Day, so keep an eye out for lively parades.
There are many types of holidays and experiences to enjoy in Sri Lanka – try a wildlife tour to Yala or Minneriya National Parks, head to cosmopolitan Colombo for excellent shopping, dining and culture, or dive into Sigiriya or Anuradhapura to learn about the island’s amazing history.
Top Experience: Catching a game of cricket at the scenic Galle International Stadium will provide you with both incredible views and an opportunity to experience a national pastime of Sri Lanka.
Visitors to Argentina in February will find the country bathed in sunshine at the height of the summer.
Buenos Aires can be hot this time of year, but the jaw-dropping landscapes of Patagonia are at their best, and there are a host of exhilarating outdoor adventures to be had. Stay in Bariloche for a mix of picture-perfect views and trips to enjoy skiing, trekking, rafting, kayaking and more.
You’re unlikely to find views much more impressive than those at Los Glaciares National Park, where huge icebergs calve off from imposing glaciers.
If glaciers aren’t your thing, perhaps the bustle of Buenos Aires will fit the bill; the city is a star feature on any tour of South America, a destination which is perfect for customised travel. Make sure your tailor-made tour includes at least a few of the continent’s highlights:
One of our tailor-made tours that fits the bill for the American continent is the Patagonia to Atacama 10-night tour which includes visits to the salt flats and Atacama Desert.
Top Experience: Don’t miss out on the jaw-dropping display of nature that is Iguazu Falls, on the Argentinian border.
Don’t fancy winging it halfway across the world for your February break? Stay a little close to home in Tenerife, in the Canaries – Spain. With a flight time of four hours and thirty minutes, you won’t be wasting a whole day in the air, leaving you with more time to enjoy lapping up the sun rays and exploring this dreamy island.
The largest island in the Canaries has plenty of attractions and excitement to keep you on your toes. If you’re after a relaxing holiday, the beaches of Tenerife will have exactly what you need; look to La Caleta or Bollullo Beach, the latter having Tenerife’s natural black sand. Both of these beaches are away from the hustle and bustle of Tenerife’s large beaches and are perfect for a day out. The volcanic rock island has some stunning vistas due to Mt. Teide (Mountain of the Moon), and the island being positioned so high above sea level.
Great for family short haul february half term or a couples getaway.
With the temperature at 20°, you’ll be able to enjoy the local attractions without overheating. Whilst in Tenerife, check out Teide National Park, the hiking trails of Sendero El Bosque Encantado and observe the dolphins, orca and blue whales who visit the waters of Tenerife.
For a couples getaway we suggest the beautiful resort of Royal Hideaway Corrales Beach on the Southwest of the island, north of Costa Adeje. For families travelling to Tenerife, head to The Ritz-Carlton, Abama – a golfers paradise and the perfect place to enjoy some fun in the sun with your kids.
Top Experience: A must-visit for lovers of climbing and walking – adventure up to the highest point in Spain and the fourth largest volcano on Earth. If you don’t fancy the walk, you can also take a cable car most of the way to the summit.
British Virgin Islands 29°
We couldn’t close off this list without mentioning one of the top destinations in the world for a holiday in February. The Caribbean is perfect at this time of the year because of the shining sun and the relaxing feel of the islands. Break up the monotony of the first few months of the year and swap it for cocktails, surf and sand.
The British Virgin Islands is a group of over 60+ islands in the Caribbean sea, many of them uninhabited. Sunseekers and adrenaline enthusiastic alike will find something to keep them captivated on the islands. For the beach-loving cohort, you can expect idyllic white-sand beaches and warm waters to cool down after a session of laying out.
If you go in for the water sports and more action-based activities, you’ll be spoiled for choice. From kite-surfing into the wind, sailing and scuba diving amongst the fish and reefs, you’ll be able to see the very best of the British Virgin Islands.
You quickly get used to jumping on small boats – basically in the way you’d get in and out of taxis back home – popping over to a tiny island for lunch at a great restaurant or taking a picnic to a deserted beach.
With the temperature hitting highs of 29° you will instantly forget the grizzly weather back home and make up for the winter blues.
If you’re in the mood for a secluded getaway why not stay at Rosewood Little Dix Bay a luxury, eco-friendly resort which sits on a crescent shaped beach on Virgin Gorda. If you feel a little adventurous, you can take the resorts private water taxis out to even more secluded beaches for a day trip.
Top Experience: Visit the beautiful grotto, “The Baths” – surrounded by massive boulders from volcanic eruptions this area is great for swimming, exploring and a bit of bouldering.
So, there’s a few ideas for planning your February holiday. Just because it’s winter in the UK doesn’t mean you won’t be able to build up a tan ahead of summer!