Dreading the cooler weather? The lastminute lovelies might just have the solution for a little extra warmth this winter!
By Kirsty Harrison www.lastminute.com.au
While we can appreciate the benefits of winter as much as the next girl (guilt-free lazy nights at home watching DVDs, copious amounts of hot chocolate and trips to the snow), three months of the cold stuff is a little too much for the lastminute lovelies! Whether it’s the morning rush from the warmth of our beds to the shower, or the hypothermic shock to the system when we step outside the office, winter gets pretty old, pretty quick.
As far as we are concerned the only way to keep winter blues at bay this chilly season is to get yourself a dose of summer. Taking a trip to somewhere where the sun is shining and the dress code involves a bikini is easier than you think.
Catching a cold in winter is sooo 2011, it’s all about catching some rays instead. Our top picks for destinations to head to for a bit of warmth this Aussie winter!
Tropical North Queensland
They don’t call in the sunshine state for nothing, TNQ is sizzling hot, and you don’t even need your passport for this gem. Take your pick from dreamy destinations like Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove and finally tick the Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list. We love the Sea Temple Resort and Spa Palm Cove; not only is it located on the beach front, it’s also super private, adding just the right amount of tranquillity to your winter getaway.
Sa-wat-dee kah Thailand! Make the most of your winter break and pack the suitcase for an overseas holiday. With the Aussie dollar giving you more Baht for your buck, you’ll be able to soak up the sun and the culture in this vibrant country. Our pick is the exotic Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas Samui: Five star luxury at bargain rates? Yes please. Keep an eye on flight specials popping up all the time to whisk you off to the land of smiles.
If lazing by the beach with a cocktail in hand is your kind of holiday then Fiji is the place to be. Renowned for its stunning beaches and friendly island atmosphere, we know you’ll love soaking up the idyllic temperature (26 to 31 degrees all year round!) Fiji holiday packages are a great way to travel to this Pacific hottie: with flights and accommodation already sorted, the only thing you need to worry about is which bikini to pack.
Ahhh Bali… Where beaches, bartering, and Bintang all go hand in hand. With airlines offering some super cheap flights, the dollars you save can be put towards your next trip. For a dose of luxury, we recommend the Bali Dream Suite Villa Seminyak, complete with your own private swimming pool.
With such a great exchange rate, why not escape the cold and hot foot it to our steamiest pick of them all – Greece! Sail the Greek islands by day, and soak up the culture at night. Santorini is where it’s at and a stay at the Astro Palace Hotel and Suites is sure to provide plenty of spectacular Facebook pics that will have your (cold) friends back in OZ green with envy.
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