Escape the winter chill and discover the hottest holiday destinations in February. 

After the Christmas festivities are over, the allure of sun-kissed getaways grows ever stronger. And with February Half Term on the horizon, families can also enjoy adventures together in the rejuvenating sunshine. 

From the paradisiacal beaches of the Maldives, where azure waters glisten, to the luxurious hotels of Barbados and the desertscapes of South America, we unveil the hottest places to explore and unwind this winter.

Whether you're craving cultural immersion, romantic seclusion or thrilling outdoor activities with all the family, check out the best destinations to get a dose of daily sunshine during the gloomy winter months. 

1. Tenerife

Average temperature highs in February: 22°C

While much of Europe is bundled up against the cold in February, the Canary Islands are basking in mild, sunny weather, making it an excellent time for a short-haul getaway. 

While all of the islands see plenty of sun, Tenerife's unique natural beauty shines all year round, from the grandeur of Mount Teide to the island's epic lava fields. Step out on a hiking adventure to take in the stunning scenery or soak up the sun rays on one of its many golden sand beaches. 

But it's not just about the landscape; the island also comes alive with culture in February thanks to the fabulous Carnival of Santa Cruz. Get swept up in the lively festivities and colourful costumes, and celebrate Tenerife's unique blend of Spanish and indigenous cultures.

Luxury seekers will find their haven here too, with upscale resorts and exquisite dining featuring fresh seafood and a wide range local wines. 

Where to stay?

The Ritz Carlton, Abama in Tenerife

Overlooking the sapphire waters of the Atlantic Ocean , The Ritz Carlton, Abama is renowned for its distinctive Moorish architecture. This 'pink palace' comprises 476 rooms, all set within a 400-acre estate on the sunny west coast of Tenerife. 

Indulge in Michelin-starred Japanese cuisine at Kabuki and hop on the resort's private train down to the golden sands of Abama Beach. With seemingly endless amenities, melt stress at the award-winning The Ritz Carlton Spa and master challenging terrain on the resort's 18-hole Championship Golf Course.  

2. Mexico 

Average temperature highs in February: 29°C

Mexico is an enchanting destination, boasting a rich tapestry of culture, flavourful cuisine, outstanding natural beauty and ancient history.

As the crowds thin out after the busy Christmas period, February offers plenty of sunshine in an irresistibly tranquil setting. What's more, Mexico's diverse landscapes cater to all tastes, from the pristine Caribbean beaches along the Riviera Maya to the tropical jungle teeming with wildlife and the mystical ruins of Chichen Itza.

Dry season (December to April) is the best time to visit Mexico with pleasant temperatures and minimal rainfall providing ideal conditions for outdoor adventures, be it exploring the Yucatan's freshwater cenotes or wandering around the Mayan archaeological site at Tulum.

Perfect for both families and couples, immerse yourself in Mexico's sincere hospitality, luxury resorts and the joyous ambiance of this captivating country. 

Where to stay?

Ariel view of the Viceroy Riviera Maya.

For the ultimate romantic getaway, stay at Viceroy Riviera Maya, located on Mexico's Caribbean coast. This exceptional adult-only retreat comprises just 41 private villas, each with their own private plunge pool.

Spend your days here lazing on the white sand beach in a palapa-roofed cabana and sample the resort's extensive menu of spa treatments. Plus, taste the authentic flavours of Mexico with special dining experiences, from tequila and taco tasting to tamale cooking classes. 

3. Dubai

Average temperature highs in February: 25°C

Swap the bleak British winter for the glistening skyscrapers of Dubai

Famous for its luxury hotels, high-end shopping and immaculate beaches, Dubai offers warm weather all year round. Sunbathe on its iconic archipelago, The Palm, before indulging at one of its many Michelin-starred restaurants. 

For the ultimate 'fun-in-the-sun' adventure, escape the city and go dune-bashing in the desert. Or enjoy a 'Dubai Sunset Dinner and Safari Experience' to see the city's skyline from a different perspective and feast on Middle Eastern cuisine under the stars. 

And if you can't choose between skyscrapers or unspoilt sands this February, why not twin your Dubai getaway with a luxury holiday in Mauritius and get the perfect balance between city beaches and remote tropical shores? 

Where to stay? 

Exterior Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Soaring 321 meters into the clear blue sky, the Burj Al Arab is one of the finest all-suite hotels in the world. With its innovative sail-shaped design and excellent location off Jumeirah Beach, this extraordinary property is perfect for your luxury holiday in Dubai.   

Enjoy 24-hour butler service, floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic city views, your own private jacuzzi and full-size Hermès amenities in each suite. Just be sure to make a reservation for afternoon tea at the incredible Skyview Bar — it's an absolute 'must do' in Dubai!  


Average temperature highs in February: 32°C

Thailand is a tropical paradise renowned for its captivating culture and awe-inspiring landscapes. It's also an irresistible destination in the depths of winter, with February being the the driest month to visit this Southeast Asian gem. 

Boasting nine hours of sunshine per day, unwind on the stunning beaches of Phuket, Krabi or Koh Samui. For culture enthusiasts, the Chinese New Year festivities, known locally as 'Lunar New Year', add a unique charm to the country at this time of year, with parades, fireworks and delicious street food.

Thailand's dry season is also excellent for exploration; immerse yourself in the rich history and lush jungles of Chiang Mai or taking in the opulence of Bangkok. Whether you seek deep relaxation, adventure, or cultural wonders, a luxury holiday in Thailand promises an extraordinary winter escape.

Where to stay?

Ocean-facing Villa at Rosewood Phuket in Thailand.

Rosewood Phuket is a tropical retreat offering an exquisite blend of contemporary luxury and natural beauty. Nestled around the serene Emerald Bay, stay in one of 71 sea-facing pavilions and villas, each with their own private pool, and sunbathe on the resort's 600m swathe of white sand beach, lined with lush palm trees. 

During your stay, indulge your taste buds at three distinct restaurants, including Ta Khai, which serves authentic Thai cuisine. Plus, soothe your body, mind and spirit with personalised wellness experiences at Asaya. 

5. Barbados 

Average temperature highs in February: 28°C

The star of the Caribbean, Barbados is a favourite destination for those seeking a tranquil getaway during the bleak winter months. This idyllic island boasts platinum sand beaches, a lush centre covered in fragrant blooms and a vibrant culture that combines laidback luxury with authentic hospitality.

Beyond Barbados' plethora of luxury resorts and villas, the island's clear turquoise waters become a playground for snorkelling, diving and water sports, while its powdery beaches offer an idyllic backdrop for some serious relaxation.

Nature lovers will also rejoice that the island is a sanctuary for sea turtles. Visit between February and July to spot the leatherback turtles as they come ashore to nest on the East and South coasts. 

For a splash of colour and culture, the Crop Over Festival (a traditional harvest festival) also reaches its crescendo in February. This annual celebration is a jubilant fusion of music, dance and local cuisine, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in Barbadian traditions while on holiday. 

Where to stay?

Exterior Fairmont Royal Pavilion.

Occupying a prime position on one of Barbados' best beaches, the Fairmont Royal Pavilion is a luxurious beachfront resort known for its refined elegance and unbeatable location. With the West Coast's bright blue waters at its doorstep, the hotel offers 72 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites with private balconies or terraces, as well as butler service.

Savour live-fired meats at The Palm Terrace or sip fruity cocktails at the ocean-facing The Taboras Restaurant, before indulging in complimentary non-motorised water sports in the glorious Caribben sunshine. Oh, and don't leave without enjoying afternoon tea at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion — the hotel is famous for it!

6. Chile 

Average temperature highs in February: 29°C

Looking for somewhere a bit different this winter?

Chile offers a wide range of experiences for discerning travellers. From the otherworldly Atacama Desert with its mesmerising salt flats and stargazing opportunities, to the lush vineyards of the Central Valley, where you can savour some of the world's finest wines, Chile's diversity is its charm.

February is an ideal month to owing to the pleasant weather. Patagonia is in the midst of its summer season at this time, allowing for thrilling adventures in Torres del Paine National Park, while Santiago enjoys warm temperatures for urban exploration. The country also celebrates Fiestas Patrias in February — a lively celebration of Chilean culture.

Visit Chile in February to escape the cooler months and discover the country's spectacular blend of nature, culture, world-class wineries and hot weather, all of which are bound to leave you spellbound.

Where to stay?

Exterior Alto Atacama Desert Lodge in Chile.

Tucked away near the ancient ruins of Pukara de Quitor, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa offers a luxurious oasis amidst the region's rugged landscapes. This unique, eco-friendly retreat boasts 42 spacious guest rooms and stunning views of the Atacama Desert. Explore the nearby salt flats and enjoy stargazing in one of the world's best astronomical locations.

Other highlights of the lodge include the spa with an outdoor mineral bath, a fine-dining restaurant, as well as a range of outdoor activities. The retreat's commitment to sustainability and indigenous culture immersion also sets it apart from other luxury hotels, making it the perfect base in Chile for responsible travellers, nature lovers and wellness seekers.

7. Australia

Average temperature highs in February: 25°C

Top of many travellers' bucket lists, Australia is a dream holiday destination that offers unparalleled natural beauty, wonderous wildlife and endless outdoor adventures.

February is the perfect time to explore this stunning country too; as the Southern Hemisphere's summer reaches its peak, Australia basks in warm, sunny weather.

Discover the Great Barrier Reef, where crystal-clear waters provide exceptional snorkelling and diving opportunities. Explore the vibrant cities of Sydney and Melbourne, attending world-class events and enjoy exceptional al fresco dining. Plus, witness Australia's incredible wildlife in their natural habitats, from spritely kangaroos to elusive Tasmanian devils. 

And for those seeking solitude, the vast Outback beckons with its cinematic landscapes and star-studded nights. Embark on a luxury rail journey on The Ghan, from Adelaide to Darwin, to glide through Australia's epic Red Centre. 

Where to stay?

Exterior Southern Ocean Lodge.

Looking to immerse yourself in Australia's natural beauty? Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxurious eco-retreat situated on the remote west coast of Kangaroo Island. With breathtaking ocean views and an eco-friendly design, the lodge offers a unique wilderness experience.

Stay in one of just 21 stylish suites, complete with private outdoor terraces, and in some cases, plunge pools. Savour a daily-changing menu of South Australian produce and head down the lodge's walk-in cellar to sample world-class regional wines. Plus, enjoy unforgettable wildlife encounters, from feeding the wallabies to walking amongst the seals on Seal Bay. 

8. Maldives

Average temperature highs in February: 28°C

Escape to the unspoilt shores of the Maldives — the ultimate luxury travel destination.

With its 26 pristine atolls, white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and overwater bungalows, these beautiful islands are superb for travellers seeking a romantic and rejuvenating getaway.

Being the sunniest month in the Maldives, February sees perfect conditions for outdoor activities, water sports and underwater adventures like snorkelling and scuba diving. The sea is also calm and the marine life is abundant at this time of year, offering excellent visibility for exploring the vibrant coral reefs.

Between ocean adventures in paradise, pamper yourself in world-class spas, savour the delicious flavours of the Indian Ocean and revel in the sheer beauty of this exclusive archipelago. 

Where to stay?

Exterior One&Only Reethi Rah.

A true island paradise awaits at One&Only Reethi Rah. Located on one of the largest atolls in the North Male Atoll, this luxury beach resort boasts stunning overwater and beachfront villas with private pools and panoramic ocean views.

Choose between 12 beaches with both peaceful and lively atmospheres, play tennis on one of two floodlit courts and drink in spectacular sunsets at the al fresco beachfront restaurant: Fanditha. 

9. South Africa 

Average temperature highs in February: 29°C

A truly dynamic holiday destination, South Africa has something for every kind of traveller.

Whether you fancy a wine-lovers retreat, a stylish city break for couples or a bucket list safari with all the family, South Africa has it all.

Head to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town to hike up the iconic Table Mountain at sunrise, drive down the famous Garden Route to bask on beautiful beaches, stroll through fertile vineyards with a tour of the Winelands or visit one of the country's many game-rich wildlife reserves to spot the 'Big Five' on safari. 

February is one of the hottest months to visit South Africa, so jetting off here for your holiday is guaranteed to cure your winter blues! 

Where to stay?

Exterior Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town.

Steal away to the urban sanctuary that is Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town. Set in its own tranquil gardens on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, this stylish property is well situated near the V&A Waterfront and offers easy access to some of Cape Town's best beaches.

Choose from luxurious garden or mountain-facing rooms and suites, each with elegant marble-lined bathrooms. Between sightseeing, make use of the excellent facilities at the hotel, which includes two heated swimming pools, two floodlit tennis courts and two exceptional restaurants. 

10. Florida, USA 

Average temperature highs in February: 24°C

When the winter's chill leaves you yearning for sunshine, where better to go than 'The Sunshine State'?

In February, Florida continues to boast warm weather, creating the ideal climate for outdoor adventures like watersports and golfing. 

Beyond the brilliant sunshine, this month also offers a more tranquil escape in this popular holiday destination. The crowds thin out in February, giving you the run of the state's pristine beaches — particularly around Siesta Key and down the Florida Keys. You'll also find smaller crows in its major theme parks, should you wish to experience the magic of Disney in Orlando

With something for everyone, nature lovers can enjoy manatee sightings in Crystal River or spot alligators on an airboat tour of the vibrant Everglades. There's also no shortage of cultural things to do in Florida, from immersing yourself in Miami's arts scene to visiting the historic settlement of St. Augustine. 

Where to stay? 

Pool area at Faena Hotel Miami Beach in Florida.

Step into a fantasy world at Faena Hotel Miami Beach. With eccentric, Art Deco interiors designed by Catherine Martin and her husband, Baz Luhrmann (director of visually-spectacular films, such as Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge), the hotel occupies a prime location on the buzzing shores of Miami Beach.

During your stay at this unique property, witness fabulous (sometimes risqué) entertainment at the opulent Faena Theatre, unwind in the hotel's show-stopping spa (the largest hammam in Miami) and admire Damien Hurst's gilded woolly mammoth skeleton, which is displayed on the hotel grounds. 

Enjoy a hot luxury holiday this February

Inspired to escape the cold weather and explore a sun-drenched destination this February? Whether its faraway Florida or the easy-to-reach Canary Islands — a luxury beach holiday or a fabulous city breakspeak to one of our Travel Specialists today to start planning your bespoke winter getaway.

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