Who here wants to leave this dreary, cold, wet island and NEVER EVER COME BACK?
Ok, a little bit of an over exaggeration, but a winter getaway sounds absolutely ace on a day when you can see your reflection on the path because it’s been pouring all night.
Lucky you, because Emirates has compiled a list of the top five winter getaway destinations, that include the best ways to capture some winter sun; perfect family-friendly destinations; great value getaways and everything in between.
Take a look:
1. The ‘Extra’ Long Weekend – Dubai
For a quick getaway that ticks all the boxes; sunshine, good food and a short flight time of seven hours, now is the perfect time to visit Dubai, when the temperatures are just gorgeous.
For real insight into the local culture explore the ancient alleyways of Al Fahidi Historical District or see the city from above at the Burj Khalif– the world’s tallest skyscraper.
Enjoy some of the best shopping destinations in the world, from the Dubai Mall to the traditional souks (markets).
You can fly from Dublin direct to Dubai twice daily with Emirates from €449.
2. The Relaxing Week in a Slice of Heaven – Seychelles
The Seychelles is famous for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and for good reasons.
If you’re looking for a winter break that conjures up picture-postcard images of azure blue waters, white sandy beaches, a private boat trip around the islands followed by cocktails at dusk, the Seychelles is the winter destination for you.
You can take a helicopter tour of the island, a trip to the Natural History Museum or simply take time out to relax on one of Seychelles’ many idyllic beaches such as Anse Source d’Argent, or La Digue Island.
You can fly from Dublin via Dubai to the Seychelles with prices from €708 return.
3. Child-friendly Winter Break – Maldives
There is never a bad time to visit the Maldives, with plentiful family and child-friendly resorts and hours of beach time for the kids, there is no time to get bored.
Kuda Huraa Island is perfect for families who are craving island living. The kid’s club is loaded with a range of activities.
Plus they also provide complimentary essentials – from strollers, baby monitors, baby bathtubs to organic bath amenities.
You can fly from Dublin via Dubai to the Maldives from €708 return.
4. 10 Night Getaway – Vietnam
Want to experience a different culture this Christmas, then Vietnam is calling your name.
Explore Ho Chi Minh City and its thriving food scene: the soft shell crab at Quan 94 is a must try as is Com Niêu Sài Gò, an Anthony Bourdain top tip of ‘the one place visitors shouldn’t miss’.
Relax in Hanoi on the beautiful beaches and make sure to visit the beach resort Mui Ne; among the 12 best beaches in Asia-Pacific, it still feels like a hidden gem.
You can fly from Dublin via Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City from €768.
5. 2 Week Getaway – Thailand
A popular destination for backpackers from Ireland, the best time of year to visit is from November to March.
From Bangkok head south to Ko Samui, where you can snorkel, scuba dive or kayak through the turquoise waters and in the evening, tantalise your taste buds with world fusion food and tropical cocktails from 9 Gems, a fabulous bar.
For the party-goer, head to Koh Chang or Koh Phagnan to experience the famous ‘Full Moon’ parties, all night beach parties held under the stars.
You can fly from Dublin via Dubai to Bangkok from €702.