As darkness comes earlier with each passing day and temperatures drop rapidly to freezing and below, day dreamers ponder fondly about white sands and crystal clear waters. It doesn’t have to be just a dream, however – Europe is home to some of the best resorts in the world that are accessible and comfortable all year round.
Down in the South, the sun is still shining and the beaches are still welcoming visitors from all around the world. All across the Mediterranean area you will find fantastic resorts that will cater to your every need – including your thirst for great weather and better beaches.
There are a number of great activities and tours in the Algarve, a popular beach destination in southern Portugal, that make for the perfect winter getaway. Sit on the beach or eat some delicious local food (or both) and you will feel great, look great and head home with a tan.
If you take a tour in Greece of the islands you would struggle to explain such foreign concepts as snow or scarves or central heating to the locals who know nothing but wonderful temperatures and glistening waves year round.
And if it’s an exotic getaway that you’re looking for, a trip or tour in Turkey promises to leave you enthralled, entertained and crispy brown. Take in the colourful culture and unbelievable local cuisine and come home a brand new, well summered person.
If you can’t make it out of Northern Europe, fear not. The cunning locals have mastered the concept of indoor tropic getaways, like the Centre Parcs of the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France and the unbelievable Tropical Islands resort just an hour south of Berlin. These indoor resorts give you all the benefits of a tropical paradise without the hassle of travel and all the modern comforts you would expect – including saunas, water slides and beautiful indoor flora.
So put out the embers in the fireplace, hang up your scarf and mittens and grab a colourful shirt – there’s no need to surrender to the chills of winter when so many summer resorts are still available to you across Europe. A Resort Members Association is a great way to get special deals on resorts around the world, so keep your eye out for great deals and perfect little holidays deep into the darkness of winter. Turn your walk into a strut when you get home tanned, happy and with a taste for the exquisite.