Winter 2018: Our top 5 sunshine destinations

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Winter 2018: Our top 5 sunshine destinations

Far from the winter cold that reigns in the northern hemisphere, you can revitalise in the tropics and relax under palm trees!

Winter 2018: Our top 5 sunshine destinations

Thailand's heavenly islands

For a change of scenery, head to Thailand and discover paradisiacal islands where all your dreams can come true. Choose islands on the east or west coast for a truly relaxing holiday, two enchanting versions of the ancient kingdom of Siam, each just a one-hour flight from the bustling Bangkok capital.

To the west is the famous island of Phuket, with its long white sandy beaches stretching out before you. Here steep cliffs plunge into the Andaman Sea where thousands of smaller, deserted islands are to be found. To the east are the emerald waters of the China Sea that cradle the islands of Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samui – the second largest island in the country. Although many tourists visit these islands, they have all preserved their environment, architecture, cuisine and culture suffused with legendary Thai kindness.

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Winter 2018: Our top 5 sunshine destinations

The enchanting landscapes of the Maldives

Get out your camera, the photo is perfect – not a shadow of a cloud on the horizon! The scene is more beautiful than a postcard. It is difficult to describe the intense feeling of well-being felt in this archipelago of thousands of isles. You will be amazed by the heavenly beaches lined with turquoise lagoons and crystal clear waters where thousands of multicoloured fish swim. But this dream comes at a price, as only luxury hotels are allowed in this Eden.

In the Maldives, almost every hotel has been placed on its own island. From afar, these small pieces of land – each about one to two kilometres long – look alike, yet each has a unique identity. To make your stay truly unforgettable, make sure you explore several islands, even if just for a day. You will appreciate all the more the incredible variety of Maldivian atolls, among the most beautiful of the Indian Ocean.

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Winter 2018: Our top 5 sunshine destinations

Sensational nautical activities on Mauritius

In the heart of the Indian Ocean, this gem has everything to please you. From the idyllic natural setting to its legendary smiling residents, Mauritius is one of the most welcoming countries in the world. Impossible to resist the beaches with clear warm waters, the coral reefs and the luxurious vegetation, jealously guarded from all urban structures.

In this dreamlike setting, you can practice your favourite water sport or improve your swing on one of the five 18-hole golf courses. The more adventurous will try the Underwater Sea Walk or the excitement of an aqua scooter. Try kite-surfing at One Eye lagoon for even bigger thrills!

On the cultural side, there are many visits to make in villages and to the Port Louis capital, whose colourful market overflows with perfumes of vanilla and spices that will awaken your senses.

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Winter 2018: Our top 5 sunshine destinations

A guaranteed escape, not far from Dakar

Few destinations offer as much diversity and contrast as Senegal. As a gateway to Africa, this pearl of exoticism will seduce you with its wild landscapes, ancestral culture, joyful music and colourful cuisine, as well as the hospitality of its smiling inhabitants, who enjoy interacting with tourists. Many visitors stay in the Dakar region, particularly in the seaside resorts of Saly and Nianing, less than 60 miles from the capital.

This region of the “Petite Côte” is indeed ideal for holidays with either family or friends, as all kinds of activities are available. Do you want to relax? The long natural beaches of the Atlantic are waiting for you. Dreaming of adventure? Visits to see the wildlife are right nearby (monkeys, crocodiles, spotted hyenas, turtles, crowned cranes and more). Are you craving for authenticity? Fishermen in their dugout canoes will show you their catches of fish or shellfish, which you can cook up for dinner.

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Winter 2018: Our top 5 sunshine destinations

Miami, the city on the beach!

Beach, design, culture, business. Miami seduces all generations of people who come for its tropical climate and high energy, the proximity to the Caribbean and the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean. For seaside outings, head to the Miami Beach peninsula with its Art Deco heritage. Beaches and athletic promenades dominate, with trendy restaurants and festive evenings. For culture, head back inland to the Wynwood neighbourhood, a former industrial centre transformed into an open-sky urban art museum, a unique place in the world with buildings covered with frescoes by famous artists. Right near by is the Design District, a showcase of luxury and design, with outsized architecture boutiques that overflow with elegance. Nothing is too beautiful in this city in perpetual movement.

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