The UK has a reputation for being a little chilly in springtime, so it's likely the sunshine of distant shores will start calling your name.

So, if you're wondering where's hot in May for your next escape, don't worry - there are plenty of sunnier destinations where you can enjoy a few weeks of warm weather, both in Europe and further afield, including: 

Where's Hot in May in Europe? 

So, you’ve got your sights set on a May holiday, but you don’t fancy going too far from home?

For the best chance at getting your fill of the sunshine, you’ll want to head to Europe. With temperatures starting to rise, May is the perfect time to visit a number of sunny European countries. Head to Turkey for an escape into the glittering Aegean waters, Greece for a sandy beach escape and some island-hopping, or Cyprus for a little history, culture and exploration. 

Each of these destinations boast toasty average temperatures, plenty of sunshine and overall excellent weather for a spring getaway.

Beach Dreams in Turkey

May temperature: 22°C

The best way to experience Turkey is along its beautiful coastline. There are many small islands and towns dotted along the shores where you can stay in ultra-luxury resorts and enjoy the secluded beaches.

If you want to see the bigger picture, head out onto the Aegean Sea on a private yacht or a gulet. This vast expanse of water is home to hundreds of coves and bays where you can swim and snorkel. It’s also home to some fantastic diving sites, where you’ll be delighted with the chance to dip in the sea.

The winter months will feel far behind you when you’re lounging on the stunning beaches of Turkey, surrounded by its iconic green landscapes, while the gentle waves of the Aegean lap at your feet. It takes only four hours to get to Turkey from the UK and, if you travel in May, you’ll be right at the early end of the summer season - perfect if you want a holiday with fewer crowds.

Stay at Six Senses Kaplankaya in Bodrum, where you can access its three private beaches, dine on sumptuous sustainable meals and take day trips to some of the best diving locations on the Turkish coast.

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Family Time in Greece

May temperature: 21°C

Corfu, Greece

Considered a top-tier sun holiday destination, this year why not head for the Greek islands for a May getaway?

We recommend heading straight to Mykonos - it has everything from beautiful sandy beaches to cosmopolitan nightlife. It's also a fantastic location to bring your family and spend time in the hours of sunshine that gleams on the Aegean Sea. Let the whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets enchant you as you watch the world go by. 

Another of the popular holiday destinations of Greece, especially in May, is Corfu - a perfect spot for both a family holiday and a couples retreat. On the north-western end of the island, you’ll find Ikos Dassia, a stunning hotel that welcomes families to an unforgettable five-star experience.

Sun-seekers will adore laying out on the private Blue Flag-awarded beachfront. If you’d rather be out and about, the hotel hosts a choice of eco-adventures to teach you all about the island and its local wildlife.

If you're set on finding the warmest area in the Mediterranean, head to Crete, which is the hottest destination in the Mediterranean in May. Similarly to Corfu, Crete has plenty to offer, from its beaches to tavernas, making it perfect for a spring holiday.

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Are Greece and Turkey hot enough in May?

The easy answer to this question is yes! The eastern end of Europe is much warmer than the west, making it ideal for a Spring holiday. May is the early season for both Greece and Turkey, so the sea will just be starting to warm up, tourist locations will begin to re-open for the season and it will undoubtedly be warm enough to have a splash in the pools.

Exploring Cyprus

May temperature: 22°C

The last European destination on our list, but by no means the last, is Cyprus.

Cyprus’ charming towns and coastal cities are lovely for enjoying the warm May sunshine. Head out on a day trip to see some of the ancient towns and ruins, medieval streets and historical sites that rest alongside the turquoise water. For a more relaxing experience, spend some time on Cyprus’ Mediterranean coastline and palm tree-lined beaches, a perfect spot for unwinding. 

Cyprus is truly a country that keeps you intrigued; you might spend one day hiking through the Troodos Mountains, followed by a day exploring the quaint villages on the island, before spending your third day taking it easy on the beach.

Stay at one of the fabulous five-star hotels on the coast, such as AMARA - a contemporary hotel with gorgeous sea views, a perfect base from which to strike out across the island.

"AMARA is a wonderful hotel for a relaxing May holiday. Treat yourself to an exclusive spa treatment suite, complete with refreshments and your own private sauna and plunge pool. For something extra special, opt for a Rooftop Duplex Suite with rooftop pool and unparalleled views of Limassol." - Elyse, Travel Specialist

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Venture to the French Alps

May temperature: 16°C

French Alps in SpringFrench Alps in Spring

After the April sun has melted the snow in the French Alps, you can enjoy the warm May sun in the mountains, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of blossoming spring colours and mountainous landscapes with patches of white where the last touches of winter lingers.

This is the perfect escape if you love the outdoors. With some of the most scenic backdrops and beautiful trails, you can hike, cycle, or drive to experience the true beauty of the French Alps. Now that the sun has warmed the mountains, you can even enjoy watersports on the lovely lakes.

Outdoor adventure lovers can discover a world of fun activities in Evian Resort – Hotel Royal and Hotel Ermitage. Enjoy golfing in the sun at the Evian Golf Club, spend time in the soothing indoor and outdoor pools, and partake in family activities from tennis to kayaking and fishing. And with close proximity to Lake Geneva, you’ll bask in unlimited beautiful views that you can see from your balcony.

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Where is Hot in May? - Long Haul Destinations

If you’re willing to take a more extended trip, there are plenty of long-haul sunny holiday options during May. From a beautiful beach escape in the idyllic Caribbean to an isolated atoll in the Indian Ocean, you can easily migrate to warmer climes.

Relax in The Caribbean

May temperature: 24°C

In the Caribbean, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From the turquoise waters of Jamaica to the white sands of Antigua, the region offers an array of gorgeous options for beach holidays. If you’re looking for something quieter than the vibrant resorts, try a smaller Caribbean island like St Lucia or St. Kitts and Nevis - both come highly recommended by our Travel Specialists for a romantic retreat. 

Related: Where to Find the Best Beaches in the Caribbean

The sun shines across the Caribbean year-round, making it one of the best places to grab your slice of warm weather; if you visit in May, you’ll also be staying just before the start of the low season, so rain, or 'liquid sunshine', shouldn’t impact your trip too much! 

Head here for a break and you could be enjoying a swim in the water with turtles or enjoying a more active holiday on one of the surf beaches - try your hand at kite-surfing or paddleboarding.

Whatever takes your fancy, the islands have fantastic hospitality and you’ll often be greeted with a glass of Champagne and fresh tropical fruits. St Kitts’s Park Hyatt Resort, located in the stunning Banana Bay, is just one fabulous option for enjoying these beautiful surroundings in total luxury.

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Bucket List Trip to The Maldives

May temperature: 28°C

Aerial view of Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru

At around 14 hours flight time, you could find yourself in a sunny paradise, surrounded by some of the most crystal clear waters in the world - we're talking about the unparalelled Maldives islands.

This serene location feels aeons away from anywhere else in the world. Here, you’ll find small islands with plenty of accommodation options that literally float on the lagoons. The clear, warm water and sunshine make this a perfect location for getting your hair wet as you dive into the water to meet creatures such as manta rays and even whale sharks - a true bucket list trip!

Each of the resorts in The Maldives is exquisite, with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, plenty of delicious food choices, and a relaxing atmosphere that will immediately put you in the holiday spirit. Stay at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru for a blissful experience in stunning surroundings.

For a more adventurous experience in the Maldives, Constance Moofushi offers the chance to dive into the pristine waters aside laid-back luxury on the exclusive island of South Ari Atoll. Enjoy all-inclusive daily group snorkelling tours and unparalleled boat excursions in the vibrant Indian Ocean, and don’t miss out on the incredible scuba diving in the most desired spots just 30 minutes from the resort. Of an evening, sample the magnificent wine list, with 125 labels from around the world, perfect for combining with ocean views and moon-lit romantic dinners.

"The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is one of my personal favourite hotels. There’s amazing food, extensive activities for children at the kids’ club and stunning overwater spa treatment rooms. Be sure to head down to the Marine Discovery Centre for diving lessons, to learn about the turtle rehabilitation and grow your own piece of coral!" - Holly, Sales Manager

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Retreat to Oman

May temperature: 34°C

Perhaps you’re looking for something a bit different out of your May holiday?

In around seven hours, you could be on the southern coast of the Middle East in Oman. Surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges, golden waterfronts and impressive dunes, the scenery here is simply stunning.

Oman can hit very high temperatures in the summertime, so it’s advisable to visit when it’s cooler. In May, you can expect average temperatures of around 34°C, so while still hot, it's not as searing as the 40°C heat of summer.

While here, you can spot the turtles who visit the beaches, take an intrepid search through Oman’s beautiful forts and head to the dunes at the Wahiba Sands. There are plenty of luxury spots across Oman, including beachfront resorts and hidden mountain retreats. Find a bit of both at Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa; with 21 restaurants and a myriad of activities spread across the three resorts, there’ll never be a dull moment.

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Twin Centre Trip to Florida

May temperature: 25°C

South Beach, Miami, Florida

There are plenty of reasons to take the nine-hour flight to visit Florida in May:

  1. It’s a major spot for visiting some of the world's best theme parks in Orlando, but it’s also fantastic for a beach holiday in places such as Key West, Miami and Clearwater.
  2. There are fewer crowds during May, as spring break and the school holidays are over.
  3. The weather is lovely with long hours of sunshine; the average daily highs are around 25°C.

Families will love the bustle of the Orlando theme parks, including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Studios Orlando ™ and Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. A two-centre holiday is an excellent choice in Florida; spend a week staying at the amusement parks and then transfer to a beach holiday on the coast for a second week. Stay somewhere like the brilliant Ritz-Carlton in the beachy Fort Lauderdale, close to Miami, which is constantly bathed in plenty of sunshine. 

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Dive into Fiji (31°C)

May temperature: 31°C

With endless sunlight in May, Fiji’s 333 islands twinkle like diamonds in the sea.  While here, you'll admire the lush colours of the jungle, the waterfalls and the vibrant coral reefs. It’s a favoured spot for diving, too, especially during the spring and summer months. Jump into the crystalline waters to discover a whole host of marine life as you venture into the deep. Up to 1,500 different species of fish are believed to inhabit Fiji’s pristine coral reefs, so you’re bound to find a scaly creature you’ve not met before!

Beach lovers can embrace the heat by kicking back on a sun lounger, or by travelling horseback across the velvety sands. For those feeling more adventurous, take on the hiking trails of Mount Tomanivi, and cool off under the heavy flow of Vanuatu’s 165ft waterfall. Stay at COMO Laucala Island or Likuliku Lagoon Resort to get involved in some high-speed watersports, too, including water skiing and kayaking! 

Discover French Polynesia

May temperature: 29°C

French Polynesia brings moderate heat in May; it's hot enough for sun lovers, but no deterrent from getting out onto the streets and exploring. You’ll also beat the crowds at this time of year. Bora Bora and Fakarava offer peace and tranquil beauty, perfect for romance, while Tahiti’s capital of Pape’ete is a hive of activity. Explore the national museums, markets and the wide range of eateries offering local delicacies, including freshly cooked fish from the lagoon.

Put your scuba diving skills to the test in the South Pacific, or keep take an adventure with a sailing excursion into the sunset, or a mesmerising helicopter ride over the islands.

Cruise through California

May temperature: 24°C

The Golden State shines all the brighter in May, with lots of sunshine and comfortably warm temperatures. Whether a city break or fly-drive, there’s plenty of essential sights to pack into your American getaway. Start out in the beloved San Francisco, California’s northern city of long sloping streets leading to the sea, bookended by the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Make the most of the warmth and saunter through the city’s streets, stopping by at Alamo Square, Lombard Street and Chinatown en route.

Just beyond the city you’ll find Napa Valley and Sonoma County. These are the state’s sweeping winelands, where you'll be able to enjoy vineyard tours, Michelin-starred restaurants and stunning scenery. Place yourself in the heart of this beautiful region with a stay at Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley, which offers access to Elusa Winery along with bespoke tasting experiences. 

For more details on panning your tailor-made adventure for May, contact us to speak to our expert Travel Specialists. All of our holidays are protected by our travel guarantee. 

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