Add some sunshine to your winter by jetting off to one of these much loved winter sun destinations. Choose from an active water sports holiday, an exotic tour of a far off place or just kicking back and relaxing while topping up on some much needed vitamin D.
High on the winter sun hit list are diving at some of the world’s top dive sites in Egypt or Thailand, or soaking up the sights in Mexico, Argentina or Brazil. Go on safari in Tanzania or South Africa, or just chill in a Caribbean paradise in St Lucia or Barbados. If you don’t mind a long haul flight, join the thousands exploring the beaches, vistas and warm welcomes of Australia and New Zealand.
For something a little closer to home, the Canary Islands are bathed in sunshine all year round, making your winter sun break just a short flight away.
“Beautiful place” We really enjoyed our stay.Linda was very welcoming. The house was very well placed in quiet road but near the centre of Cilaos. Beautiful views from the roof where we ate our breakfast. The house was pretty and we'll equipped.
“Breathtaking villa, stunning views” Myself, my friends and family have just returned (unfortunately) back from a superb holiday at Baan Villa Maphraaw. I don’t unusually leave reviews but felt this deserved one. We booked the villa on the back of all
My wife and i have just spent a week with 7 of our friends at this villa.
It is a perfect place for a getaway trip, situated on hillside with awesome view on coast, palm tree forest and neighboring… More
Thanks for your kind words. Always glad to see a large group of friends having a great time. Hope to see you again one day, Stuart
Reviewed 20 Jul 2011
Stayed here and really was impressed with the villa, even after going up the mountain! The views are stunning, the villa is well laid out and practical for a group to get around and have quiet time fr… More
Thank you for the amazing review. We are glad you were impressed with the villa. We always try to give our guests the perfect holiday so it is great to know that everything went well during your stay. We hope you and your friends can visit Samui again for another wonderful holiday.
“Peaceful spot in a beautiful city” I spent two weeks at this lovely house in December. The accommodation was very comfortable and well furnished. I particularly liked the light airy feel , with each room overlooking a small courtyard or garden. The sp
“Really lovely cottage” We were lucky enough to stay in this cottage for a week. It was so lovely we wished we could have stayed longer. It was situated in a quiet, safe and secure gated estate which was very well maintained and had a lovely commun
My husband & I + 2 friends thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Garden Cottage last November. Wonderful location. The cottage is beautifully decorated and very well equipped. Everything is of an extremely… More
“It is just a wonderfull place close to the beach and it has all the luxury you can wish for.” Best value for money
Me and my family (6 pers) stayed at Mountain Retreat for one week in November last year. What can I say? It is just a wonderfull plac
Reuniting my family who lives on various continents, we stayed with Ian and Theresa just recently. They're both impeccable hosts and upon arrival we had a warm welcome and, after being shown around th… More
“An amazing experience”
Reviewed 27 Jan 2013
A wonderful property, well maintained and far more spacious than we were expecting. The property revolves around the swimming pool and is fabulous. Spacious kitchen, awesome BBQ area, everything you n… More
Reviewed 26 Jan 2013
Excellent owner. Privacy if you want it, there if you need him. Everything was as advertised. We would stay there again!
You won't be disappointed in this choice
We had 18 people, at times, and… More
“Home away from home” Perfect stay, everything you needed was at the villa and manager and owner are very helpful. Staff are brilliant and location was amazing, very quiet and not far from town or shops, local tesco was 10 min walk, the manager arrange
“A Beautiful Villa, with friendly staff and owner”
Reviewed 19 May 2011
A group of 7 of us rented this villa in April 2011 for a week and had a wonderful time; the villa was the icing on top of our holiday.
The place was kept seamlessly cleaned throughout the time; staff… More
“Best holiday EVER” We stayed at Ratnakara for one week in May. In the lead up to our holiday, the owner was exceptionally helpful and communicative, making sure we had every bit of information to plan our holiday and make the most of it. We travelled
“Relaxing, wonderful stay with all the trimmings :-)”
Reviewed 18 May 2013
We stayed at Ratnakara for only 3 nights and wished it could have been longer! The villa is wonderful and charming on a grand scale. It sleeps 10 with enough space for privacy if you are travelling wi… More
“most luxurious stay in Sri Lanka”
Reviewed 10 May 2013
My girlfriend and I only spend a couple of nights in this amazing villa and had the entire place to ourselfs. This had defnitiely been the most luxurious stay in Sri Lanka and we couldn't help ourself… More
“An amazing place to stay!”
Reviewed 10 Feb 2013
We were fortunate to be the first guests to stay in this amazing property, which is spacious, well laid out with an great pool too.
The staff are very attentive to your every need and nothing is to… More
“Wow! A fantastic villa!” We stayed for 7 nights at this villa. Everything was perfect from start to finish. From communication with the owner, to Sue and her team at the management company. The photos of the villa actually don't do it justice! The
Just arrived back from our 9'night stay. Everything it says on the website is true! And the pictures don't lie...the location, view, facilities and daily help from the on-site housekeepers are all fir… More
“Didn't want to leave”
Reviewed 25 Feb 2012
My wife and I stayed here with our 7 month old baby for a month and had a very relaxing and enjoyable time.
The villa offers amazing views from 2 of the bedrooms, lounge area, pool and terrace. The p… More
“the view is amazing”
Reviewed 29 Oct 2012
we stayed for 1 week at this amazing villa on the hill with the most awesome view it was especially beautiful at night most nights fireworks went off we spent lots of time just sitting at night watchi… More
Firstly thank you very much for your constructive feedback, we have taken it on board, and acted up on it.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the amazing views, night time is also one of our favourite times, and despite your feedback we are pleased to hear that you still had a lovely 25th anniversary.
Unfortunately Aye’s mum was taken ill, and she had to return to Burma. We believe provisions were made for providing evening meals, so sorry for this inconvenience.
On the holiday website’s we are using, Jacuzzi/hot tub is in the same tick box, and cannot be chosen separately, we have passed this back to them, and also added it to our web page that it is a unheated Jacuzzi, and not hot tub.
Regarding the privacy issue, we had planted bamboo along the edge of the terraces, however it did not turn out to provide the privacy that we had hoped for. These have now been changed to a thicker, taller and greener plant variety, we have also now planted six 8 meter tall trees between the two houses, and are also installing louvered privacy walls on that side of the house, so guests can now again arrive without their bathers.
The work on the villa next door is now fully completed.
The CCTV has now been included in the info book with the following “You will see that the villa is fitted with infra-red CCTV cameras on the outside of the house. The images are not stored or kept by the owners, and will only be accessed in the unlikely event of an incident occurring. Should this occur trained technicians will gain access to the system at the house to obtain any data, however the storage of data is only xxx hours.
“Amazing stay in Eden Villa” We stayed her for two weeks over Christmas and new year and had an amazing time. The villa itself is lovely, the pictures do not do it justice. Rooms were all a good size and the open plan living and kitchen area are great.
We (two of us) stayed at Eden Villa for 5 nights at the beginning of November and wished it had been longer! The garden was in full bloom and the weather was perfect for sitting on the patio and by th… More
“Lovely villa, great location”
Reviewed 24 Oct 2012
Just returned from 2 weeks in this lovely villa. Nothing was too much trouble for Alistair, who is Davids representative. Beds are very comfy kitchen is very well equipped. Pool looked lovely but a bi… More
“great house and ideal location with good local shops and facilities”
Reviewed 27 Aug 2012
My family stayed in the house for a week in August. It had been recommended to us and we weren't disappointed. We enjoyed it. It was clean and well maintained. The bathroom was great and the quality … More
“STUNNING HOUSE IN A FABULOUS LOCATION” We stayed at Indlwana on arrival in South Africa and again after travelling north to Phinda Rock Game Lodge, Rhino Ridge and Kwalucia Safari Retreat in St. Lucia, all within easy reach. It was a wonderful place
“I want to return to this beautiful, luxurious, home, tastefully furnished, in an idyllic setting.”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2015
What's not to like about this place? - with its spacious, very well appointed interior and masses of outside space, perfect swimming pool and garden with wildlife outside the bedroom window. Its locat… More
Thank you Christine for your lovely comments. We hope you will visit us again soon.
“An African Jewel”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2015
Firstly, our stay here was part of a larger itinerary spanning a 2 week adventure in South Africa. A bespoke itinerary had been created a year ago with Paul and Terry of South African secrets, the own… More
What a great review CasperUk. I hope you will come and visit again soon.