Forget the cold-weather blues with these dreamy tropical destinations…
With summer in the UK drawing to a close, the nights are creeping in again and the weather isn’t as warm as it was a few weeks ago. But venture outside of Europe and you’ll discover a vast variety of tropical places that enjoy year-round warm weather, making long-haul holidays the perfect way to escape the UK’s autumn chill.
Here we sat down with online travel agents Destination2.co.uk who told us which four far flung destinations enjoy warm to hot weather throughout the year – so you can make your summer last that little bit longer.
Across the ocean from the futuristic cities of the Malaysian peninsula lies the island of Borneo. The second largest island in the world, Borneo is an incredibly diverse, exotic enclave that’s split into three countries – Indonesia, Brunei and Eastern Malaysia. Malaysia makes up just over a quarter of the island, and provides a quieter alternative to its Western counterpart.
Borneo is covered in dense jungles, so travelling here is a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with a vast array of wildlife and flora. Witness magnificent orangutans in their natural habitat, soak up the sunshine on the pristine beaches or watch the sun set over the South China Sea – Borneo is an adventurer’s paradise.
The rainy season here starts in November, so autumn is a wonderful time to visit this spectacular island.
Seychelles, Indian Ocean
If you’re looking for the ultimate island getaway, the Seychelles archipelago will tick all the boxes. Located in the western Indian Ocean and made up of 115 beautiful islands, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet here.
But it doesn’t just stop at the coastline, experience some of the region’s unique culture in the capital, Victoria. Take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful National Botanical Gardens, or explore the ancient Tempio Hindu. Back to the beach, and you can sink your toes into that famous soft white sand, or snorkel in some of the clearest waters in the ocean. Seychelles is famous for its colourful coral, so exploring the world beneath the waves is a must here.
The best times to visit the Seychelles is April, May, October and November – so if you’re looking for a late autumn / early winter break, this collection of tropical islands could be the perfect place for your getaway.
Located deep within the Northern Desert Belt, summer in Dubai is among the hottest in the world. However, in October the city cools to an average temperature of around 29°C – perfect beach weather!
If you thought Dubai was all glamorous restaurants and towering skyscrapers, think again. This bustling metropolis features miles and miles of post-card perfect white beaches, many of which are privately owned by the city’s extravagant hotels. Away from the sands, Dubai has a wealth of unique and unforgettable experience to offer. Take in breathtaking views from the 148th floor of the mighty Burj Khalifa, or indulge in a spot of retail therapy at the largest shopping mall in the world.
Culture-vultures will be right at home in Old Dubai, where you can explore bustling souks and learn all about the city’s fascinating ancient history. Take an abra across Dubai Creek and immerse yourself in a culture dating back thousands of years, before heading back to your hotel and watching the sun set over the famous Palm Jumeirah.
Mauritius, Indian Ocean
The tropical island of Mauritius is located in the southern Indian Ocean, about 700 miles off the coast of Madagascar. Due to its close proximity to the equator, the island enjoys hot temperatures throughout the year, with the best times to visit falling between May and December.
This tiny speck of green has a lot to offer for such a small island. Horseback ride along a picturesque coastline, explore forest-clad mountains inland or simply relax on some of the best beaches in the world. However you choose to spend your Mauritius holiday, one thing’s for sure – this charming enclave will win your heart.
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