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Warm places to escape the cold this winter
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Warm places to escape the cold this winter

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 13 minute read

As the North­ern Hemi­sphere heads into the cold­er months, we’re already lament­ing the loss of our balmy sum­mer evenings. But fret not, because we’ve got plen­ty of ideas on the best win­ter sun hol­i­days! Whether you’re dream­ing of a trop­i­cal Christ­mas sun hol­i­day, or you’re sim­ply want­i­ng to find the ide­al place to top up your tan, we’ve got some great sug­ges­tions on the best places to escape the cold this winter. 

Warm winter destinations homes Bali

Pic­ture your­self loung­ing by this stun­ning pool!

Bali, Indonesia

Although known as being a big hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion, years of tourism haven’t dete­ri­o­rat­ed Bali’s incred­i­ble charm and his­to­ry. Famous for its forest­ed vol­canic moun­tains, rice pad­dies and coral reefs, this incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful island has a lot to offer. Cul­ture-wise, a vis­it to the Tanah Lot, a tra­di­tion­al Bali­nese tem­ple locat­ed on a small, rocky island is a must-see. For nature lovers, Bali has an abun­dance of water­falls, and you real­ly should take the time to vis­it at least one or two. We’d sug­gest detour­ing via Sekumpul Water­falls in the north of the island, or Tege­nun­gan Water­fall which is north-east of Denpasar.

Stay in this tra­di­tion­al Bali­nese vil­la in North Khuta

Warm winter destinations homes Cape Town

Give stag­ger­ing views of the bay from the panoram­ic terrace.

Cape Town, South Africa

One of the best win­ter sun hol­i­days has to be the beau­ti­ful coastal city of Cape Town. Arrange a home swap here dur­ing the country’s sum­mer months, and you’ll quick­ly see that there has nev­er a bet­ter time to vis­it! With a var­ied land­scape offer­ing beach­es, moun­tains, har­bours and gar­dens, there’s a stag­ger­ing­ly wide array of places to explore.

For fam­i­lies and ani­mal lovers, then set aside some time to mar­vel at the amaz­ing Boul­ders Beach, which is home to over 3,000 pen­guins. If beach­es aren’t your thing, then you can relax at the many open-air pools, explore the neigh­bour­ing vine­yards, immerse your­self in a muse­um or see the city from afar by tak­ing the cable car to the top of Table Mountain.

Stay in this lux­u­ry pent­house in the heart of Cape Town

Warm winter destinations homes Morocco

Chil­dren will appre­ci­ate the delight­ful pool at this stun­ning home swap.

Marrakech, Morocco

Mar­rakech is a city that’s full of rich his­to­ry, which makes it the per­fect hot cul­tur­al get­away for those of us seek­ing more than just a beach. All across the city you can take in the stun­ning Moor­ish archi­tec­ture and explore the many mosques, palaces and gar­dens. In the Dje­maa El Fna in the cen­tre of town, you can browse and barter at the many tra­di­tion­al stalls, and mar­vel at the snake charm­ers in action.

Although stun­ning, the city cen­tre isn’t ide­al for stay­ing with chil­dren as it can feel very intense after a few hours. Instead, reach out to our mem­bers to arrange a home swap, so that the kids have some much-need­ed space to relax and play after a day of sightseeing.

Stay in this stun­ning mod­ern home in Mar­rakech, Morocco

Pool and white house with palm tree

Deci­sions, deci­sions… will you opt for the pool or jacuzzi first?!

Barbados, Caribbean

With calm coast­lines to the west and great surf in the south, Bar­ba­dos is the per­fect win­ter sun des­ti­na­tion for what­ev­er kind of beach-goer you are. As a friend­ly and wel­com­ing island, many vis­i­tors love the fact that they feel safe here, which means you can freely explore all that the island has to offer. While the beach­es are unde­ni­ably epic, be sure not to neglect the cen­tre of the island, which boasts amaz­ing sights such as plan­ta­tion hous­es, beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal gar­dens and caves set amongst vast fields of sug­ar cane.

The best months to trav­el tend to be Jan­u­ary to April, mak­ing this an ide­al option for escap­ing the cold. Hotels and hol­i­day rentals can be pricey dur­ing these months, so make your vaca­tion bud­get go fur­ther with a dreamy home swap. 

Stay in this lux­u­ry vil­la with pri­vate pool and jacuzzi

Warm winter destinations homes Belize

Trop­i­cal and dreamy — take us there!

Belize

If you’re look­ing for some­thing more than just a sleepy beach hol­i­day, then Belize is the place for you. Spend your time explor­ing the ancient Maya pyra­mids and tem­ple ruins, mar­vel at the free-roam­ing mon­keys, and go scu­ba div­ing in the famous Belize Bar­ri­er Reef. You could even try div­ing at the famous Blue Hole, or go ziplin­ing through the rainforest! 

With highs of 80°F (27°C), Belize offers guar­an­teed heat, the most invit­ing crys­tal clear waters and the lush­est scenery imag­in­able — mak­ing this one of the top win­ter sun hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions you could pos­si­bly hope to explore. 

Stay at this lux­u­ry beach­front apart­ment in Belize

Warm winter destinations homes Chang Mai

Cool off after a busy day of sight­see­ing in the lux­u­ri­ous pool.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Famous for its lush green­ery and forest­ed moun­tains, north­ern Thai­land offers some­thing quite dif­fer­ent to the more touristy spots. In fact, some of Thai­land’s most excit­ing and bustling cities (like Bangkok) and coast­line resorts (like Koh Tao and Ko Samui) offer up an excit­ing Christ­mas sun hol­i­day prospect — but it’s Chi­ang Mai’s sleepi­er delights that will enable you to real­ly get away from it all. 

With beau­ti­ful archi­tec­ture and a refresh­ing breeze that will enable you to pack in plen­ty of sight­see­ing, the old city is a joy. So much so, that many tourists are hap­py to just inter­sperse mas­sages with explor­ing the night bazaar and try­ing out the local great din­ing options! How­ev­er, if you are feel­ing ener­getic and you feel like explor­ing, then we’d sug­gest tak­ing an ele­phant safari, join­ing a hike to meet the moun­tain tribes or sim­ply head­ing to the many cliff-top tem­ples and nation­al parks. Doi Suthep and Doi Ithanon are per­haps the most famous of these local attractions. 

Stay at this spa­cious tra­di­tion­al vil­la in Chi­ang Mai, Thailand

Pool and palm trees

The shared pool at this love­ly con­do is call­ing you.

Maui, Hawaii

Escap­ing to the Hawai­ian islands dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son is the def­i­n­i­tion of the ulti­mate trop­i­cal retreat — and with reas­sur­ing­ly famil­iar tra­di­tions such as San­ta, it’s not too much of a cul­tur­al shock for younger home swap­pers! So yes, we’d def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend Hawaii for a Christ­mas sun hol­i­day — though add in a few lux­u­ri­ous touch­es to real­ly ele­vate your day. 

Hawaii is known for its unspoiled white sandy beach­es and laid-back lifestyle, so start your Christ­mas Day with a morning’s surf, fol­lowed by Christ­mas din­ner on the beach. This might be a lu’au, which is an under­ground pit that is used to cook del­i­ca­cies such as long rice, pork joints and salmon. If you’re trav­el­ling with kids, make sure you take them to see San­ta — though he might rock up in his red swim shorts and pose for pho­tos by his out­rig­ger canoe! With tem­per­a­tures around 32C, Hawaii offers a great prospect for guar­an­teed warmth in which to make life­long memories.

Stay at this upscale con­do in Maui, Hawaii

Warm winter destinations homes Sonoma

Beau­ti­ful and min­i­mal­ist, this prop­er­ty has it all.

Sonoma Valley, California

Although Napa may be one of the most famous wine coun­ties in Cal­i­for­nia, Sono­ma Val­ley has main­tained its peace­ful vibe, and pro­vides a great win­ter sun hol­i­day option for tast­ing authen­tic, Cal­i­forn­ian wine with­out nav­i­gat­ing the crowds of tourists. Not too far from San Fran­cis­co and dot­ted with fam­i­ly-run vine­yards and stun­ning coun­try­side, this area is the per­fect sun­shine spot, even if you’re not a wine fan.

Sono­ma hap­pens to be a food­ie par­adise, and there are plen­ty of options like farm­ers mar­kets to keep you enter­tained. If you’d rather not cook when you’re vaca­tion­ing, then there are var­i­ous farm-to-table din­ing options in the region, while the cheese trail is a delight! After all that indul­gence, you’ll be in need of a lit­tle exer­cise, so take a stroll in the Arm­strong Red­woods State Nat­ur­al Reserve or explore the beach­es at North and South Salmon Creek. 

Stay at this impres­sive wine coun­try estate in Sonoma

Modern white house with pool

A mod­ern delight, this spa­cious home is gorgeous.

Sunshine Coast, Australia

The Sun­shine Coast is most def­i­nite­ly one of the top win­ter sun des­ti­na­tions. With the most beau­ti­ful pris­tine beach­es, fun towns to explore and plen­ty of water­sports to keep the chil­dren enter­tained, it offers some­thing for every­one. The whole stretch of coast­line is insane­ly pret­ty, but we’d sug­gest putting Coolum Beach, Wur­tul­la Beach and Mooloola­ba on your list — the lat­er has reg­u­lar­ly been cit­ed as one of Aus­trali­a’s top beach­es (high praise indeed), while Wur­tul­la is delight­ful­ly peace­ful. Male­ny, Caloun­dra and Noosa Heads are love­ly lit­tle towns heav­ing with bistros and bou­tiques, while the mar­kets at Eumun­di are incred­i­bly fun. 

If you’re look­ing for epic scenery and great hik­ing options, then the Glass House Moun­tains are stun­ning, while the icon­ic Aus­tralia Zoo is just on the doorstep. Surfers are also in for a treat, as there are sim­ply loads of great spots to hit the waves.

Stay at this spa­cious home in Wur­tul­la, Australia


Have we fired up your desire for a glo­ri­ous win­ter sun hol­i­day?! Then you can view more prop­er­ties here! Or would you like to make your own sug­ges­tions on oth­er top places to escape the cold this win­ter? Then feel free to get in touch with us via the Feed­back tab, so that we can add your sug­ges­tions to this arti­cle. And don’t for­get that if you’re new to Love Home Swap, then you can find out more about how we work, and mes­sage oth­er mem­bers by start­ing your free tri­al today.