For those looking to escape the grey skies of winter, there’s plenty of great options for the month of February. Many destinations offer discounted accommodation and low cost flights in this off-peak period. It’s a great opportunity to rekindle the romance for those seeking a Valentines escape. We’ve put together some of the best places to visit and where to avoid.
Peak season in the Caribbean, February is one of the best but most expensive times of year to visit. The climate is characterised with long, dry days and very little chance of rain. Humidity levels are also at the lowest with pleasantly cool nights for added comfort.
The islands of St Lucia and Barbados are perfectly suited for a couples holiday. All-inclusive resorts offer five star hospitality in breathtaking surroundings. Enjoy your own private villa complete with plunge pool and indulge in a couples spa therapy. Finish an unforgettable Valentines with an intimate meal for two on the beach.
For those in search of a mid-haul destination, the sun-kissed shores of Morocco are within easy reach – only three hours from the UK. Temperatures remains warm with plenty of sunny days and highs of 20°C. It’s not too hot to explore the ancient cities including Marrakech which offers a treasure trove of cultural and historic attractions.
Travel a little further with a four hour flight and you can enjoy the lively Canary Islands. Boasting a year-round climate, expect an average of 7 hours of sunlight per day. It’s perfectly suited for fans of the outdoors with no shortage of natural wonders. Hike to the top of a snowcapped volcano in Tenerife, take a surfing lesson in Lanzarote or lounge on a black sand beach in La Palma.
Fancy a shopping splurge in a bustling Metropolis? In just under seven hours, you could touch down in the glamourous and sun drenched city of Dubai. Aside from the world class resorts, visitors can enjoy Michelin star cuisine and spectacular attractions from indoor skiing to the worlds largest aquarium.
If you’re willing to travel further, the destinations of Southeast Asia offer the holiday of a lifetime. Indonesia boasts temperatures as high as 31°C with Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam offering similar conditions.
Australasia is another exciting option. Explore the cities of Australia before lounging in the sun in a castaway paradise on the south pacific. Fiji, the Cook Islands and the French Polynesia are guaranteed to overwhelm with some of the best beaches in the world.
In the depths of the icy winter, the cities of Russia including beautiful Moscow and St Petersburg are best enjoyed in February. Pack plenty of warm clothing and look forward to a romantic meal at one of the many great restaurants.
Ski fanatics can also visit one of the European resorts where conditions are at their best with plenty of powdery snowfall. Verbier and Val d’Isere are two of the most exclusive resorts with an array of luxury hotels and chalets overlooking the backdrop of the jaw-dropping Alps. Alternatively, visit the snowcapped pistes of the North America with Aspen and Whistler particularly picturesque during this time of year.
Where to avoid
The Seychelles are best avoided during the rainy season which falls in February. Long showers are common with frequent overcast days. Mauritius and Madagascar can also experience extreme weather conditions with a high risk of cyclones.