With the days drawing in and the temperatures starting to drop, we could all do with a much needed boost of vitamin D to help recharge our batteries at this time of year.
We’ve teamed up with RIU Hotels & Resorts to highlight a selection of top winter sun destinations that are perfect for anyone looking for some last-minute winter travel inspiration.
From short-haul beachside breaks to luxury long-haul getaways, there is a warm, sun-kissed destination to suit everyone this Christmas.
HOTEL RIU GRAN CANARIA – SPAIN – GRAN CANARIA
Fresh from a full refurbishment this summer, the beautiful Hotel Riu Gran Canaria is a perfect 24-hour all-inclusive family hotel situated on the stunning beachfront of Gran Canaria’s south coast, making it ideal for a relaxing and rejuvenating short-haul break away from the chilly British weather.
Located in the south of Gran Canaria, the hotel boasts six outdoor pools, including a beachfront Adults-Only infinity pool and kids’ pools with slides and offers a variety of accommodation including double, family and Adults-Only swim-up rooms with a private pool.
Surrounded by tropical gardens, all rooms are modern and carefully designed with the perfect amenities for families with children and partners who wish to enjoy Gran Canaria’s charm in the utmost comfort.
Guests can enjoy a first-rate culinary experience in the resort’s themed restaurants, with international à la carte cuisine and a generous buffet in the main restaurant with show cooking. Also, with RIU’s exclusive All-Inclusive service you can enjoy snacks and drinks 24 hours a day.
For more information, visit: https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/spain/gran-canaria/clubhotel-riu-gran-canaria/
HOTEL RIU TOUAREG – CAPE VERDE – BOA VISTA
Situated on the beautiful desert-like island of Boa Vista in the stunning Cape Verde archipelago – located off the west coast of Africa – the 24-hour all-inclusive Hotel Riu Touareg is luxury 5 star full service getaway promising an unforgettable experience in this still relatively little known winter sun paradise.
The hotel’s vast outdoor area has a range of facilities including a fresh water swimming pool, three salt water swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, Hammam, gym, solarium-terrace and spa with a range of different treatments and massages.
Dining options include a buffet restaurant with the best cuisine and various themed restaurants with both local and international flavours.
For guests looking for relaxation and tranquility, the Adults Only Deluxe Wing, exclusively for adults over 18, has the best facilities for this.
Cape Verde enjoys warm and sunny weather throughout the year, making it a great destination for a luxury winter getaway. This volcanic island is home to spectacular beaches and a unique, almost lunar landscape, with beaches trapped between tall sand dunes and crystalline waters and palm trees adding a lovely touch of greenery to the landscape.
For more information, visit: https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/cape-verde/boa-vista/hotel-riu-touareg/
HOTEL RIU PALACE PUNTA CANA – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – PUNTA CANA
Located on the idyllic Arena Gorda beach in the beautiful resort town of Punt Cana, on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, the 24-hour all inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana complex is surrounded by world-class beaches and breathtaking tropical scenery to help give your stay a luxuriously exotic touch.
One of the best resorts in Punta Cana, the hotel is home to three outdoor swimming pools, a children’s pool with slides, and direct access to the beach so that everyone in the family can enjoy during their stay.
The all inclusive resort has several restaurants that offer a mouthwatering gastronomic experience, from authentic American buffet breakfasts to the best Italian, Spanish, Japanese and fusion cuisine, and wonderful dinners at the steakhouse located in the pool area. Additionally, the resort’s five bars, one of them by the pool, have all types of beverages, snacks and appetisers available any time of day.
The Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana is located inside the Riu Resort in Punta Cana, where you’ll find countless amenities and facilities including Splash Water World, with numerous aquatic attractions, or the Pachá disco for getting a taste of the best evening atmosphere.
For more information, visit: https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/dominican-republic/punta-cana/hotel-riu-palace-punta-cana/
HOTEL RIU PALACE PARADISE ISLAND – BAHAMAS – PARADISE ISLAND
Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island is a 24-hour all-inclusive ADULTS ONLY hotel located on an impressive white-sand beach on the heavenly Paradise Island in the Bahamas, famed for its stunning powder soft beaches and crystal clear, turquoise waters.
The 350+ room hotel includes two swimming pools, one with a swim-up bar, and a lounger and parasol area with beverage service, and offers direct access to the reserved beach area for some much needed relaxations time under the warm Bahamian sun.
The entertainment programme is the perfect complement to any holiday, with live shows and music throughout the day and into the night. Sports lovers can hit the gym or practice beach volleyball, windsurfing, scuba diving or kayaking around the hotel. And if you need to relax, the luxury Renova Spa has a sauna, whirlpool bath, and a long list of beauty treatments for you to try when you like.
Paradise Island is a heavenly destination where you can spend a well-deserved holiday and enjoy its beaches, landscapes and tourist attractions. During your stay, discover Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, or experience incredible moments such as swimming with dolphins off Salt Cay island.
For more information, visit: https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/bahamas/paradise-island/hotel-riu-palace-paradise-island/
HOTEL RIU PARAISO LANZAROTE – SPAIN – LANZAROTE
Moving back to a shorter hall destination, the fabulous Hotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote is located in the picturesque resort town of Puerto del Carmen, in the southeast of the island of Lanzarote, home to volcanos and beaches of magical colours.
Yet another 24-hour all-inclusive resort, the family friendly hotel offers a wide range of services and activities and has nearly 600 elegantly furnished rooms designed to guarantee a refreshing and relaxing stay on the Lanzarote beachfront.
The hotel has 4 outdoor pools with a sun deck and 2 children’s pools. What’s more, some of the pools are heated, making them perfect for the winter season!
There is fun to be had for all ages with the RiuLand Kid’s Club and RiuArt workshops, allowing little ones to bring out their creative sides and enjoy a variety of fun activities.
For adults, there are live music shows and daily entertainment, delicious regional cusine, a fully equipped gym and daily fitness activities in RiuFit. Guests can also recharge in the Wellness Body Love centre, which offers a wide range of body treatments and massages.
While you’re there, why not discover Lanzarote’s unique and magical landscape and explore the volcanic caves, lava lakes and beautiful golden beaches the island has to offer!
For more information, visit: https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/spain/lanzarote/clubhotel-riu-paraiso-lanzarote-resort/
HOTEL RIU PALACE TENERIFE – SPAIN – TENERIFE
Located in a prime spot, right on the beachfront in the south of Tenerife near Costa Adeje, Hotel Riu Palace Tenerife offers guests an unforgettable Canary Islands getaway with one-of-a-kind surroundings and jaw dropping ocean views.
The hotel’s facilities include 2 outdoor pools, an infinity pool with Balinese beds, a kids pool and a heated indoor pool, so that you can enjoy your vacation on Tenerife.
Foodies can enjoy the best fusion and Spanish dishes and varied buffet breakfasts on the terrace overlooking the ocean. Guests will also find a bar in the pool, a lounge bar and a lobby bar where you can enjoy the best beverages and appetisers.
With the all-day entertainment program, guests can enjoy music and incredible live shows, then, at the wellness center, relax in the sauna and the massage rooms.
The incredible sandy beaches, enviably warm weather and picturesque excursions to Teide National Park, Corona Forestal Nature Park and the Los Gigantes Cliffs make Tenerife a prime winter sun destination for all the family.
For more information, visit: https://www.riu.com/en/hotel/spain/tenerife/hotel-riu-palace-tenerife/