We all felt it on Monday morning. That familiar, spine-tingling chill as single-figure temperatures descended across the UK. “But it’s only early November!”, I hear your cry. Well, I’m afraid to say winter is here early, and here to stay. If you’re one of those resilient types who soldiers on through the frost and ever-shortening days without so much as making a fuss, then I truly admire you. Really, I do. However, if, like us here at Clickstay, the thought of six straight months of freezing darkness just seems downright sadistic, then it’s time to book a New Year’s escape to a sunny sanctuary! Medical experts have proven a sun-filled week in the depths of winter has significant physical and mental health benefits…so you actually have a medical excuse to go on holiday! The only question that’s left is where to go! Get inspired by our top 6 winter sun destinations…

Tenerife

A historic safe haven for winter-weary Brits, Tenerife has an average temperature of 20°C in January, putting in on the cooler end of the scale for January sun. Get lucky though, and you could be basking in 26°C for a fraction of the price of going to the Carribean. The Canarian island is well-known for its beach experience, but there’s so much more to it that is often overlooked. The island is steeped in history and has a wonderful food culture. If you’re a nature enthusiast, head north to Anaga national park. Wander around a pre-historic forest, or even climb up a volcano!

Tenerife

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Cape Verde

Known to some as the best-kept secret of the Atlantic, this volcanic archipelago is only an hour’s flight further than the Canaries, well-worth it for those who value the extra five or so degree higher average temperatures than its Canary counterparts. Go island-hopping in Sal or Boa Vista. If hopping sounds like too much work, just drop-and-flop on one of the many stunning, unspoilt beaches. If you want a day off the beach, soak up some of the unique culture of Sao Vicente.

Cape Verde

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Barbados

The mother of all New Year getaways. Barbados is the archetypal winter sun destination, and for good reason! The island has mastered the elusive art of the perfect beach holiday. Its popularity among Britons means there are daily flights, some of which are great value if you book in advance. If you want a day off from the beach, check out the capital Bridgetown to explore the heritage and fantastic seafood.

Beach restaurant, Barbados

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Dubai

For the hardcore sun-seekers, Dubai’s 30°C+ average January temperatures mean it’s the place for you. The coastal metropolis combines breath-taking cityscape of architectural wonders with long sandy beaches, thoughtfully optimised to keep you in a constant state of absolute comfort.

Dubai from above

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Lanzarote

With average highs of 21°C, the fourth-biggest island in the Grand Canaries is a great short-flight option to get your vitamin D hit. Solid beach resort areas Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca have all the necessary facilities for beach lounging.

Town square in Lanzarote

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Phuket

January is right in the heart of Thailand’s dry season, meaning winter sun is practically guaranteed in Phuket. The average January temperature sits at a pleasant 27°C. Dramatic rock formations frame catalogue-esq white beaches which subside into cartoonishly turquoise water. It’s fair to say Phuket is everything you could ever want in a beach holiday. January is the peak time for tourists in Phuket, so make sure to avoid the more popular areas if you’re not a fan of crowds.

Phuket, Thailand

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Antigua

One of the less well-known destinations in the Caribbean, Antigua enjoys a balmy average temperature of 25°C in January. Antigua subscribes to island-time, making it ideal for those seeking complete tranquillity. There has been less development here than other Caribbean destinations, meaning the expansive beaches are unspoilt and sparsely populated. It’s ideal for a romantic getaway, less good for those after a party atmosphere. There are loads of resorts catering to couples, as well as plenty of luxury villas.

Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

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Saint Lucia

This beautiful Caribbean island enjoys average temperatures of 26°C in January. The island is packed with resorts that offer all-inclusive beach experiences, including food, alcohol and even water sports! In short, it’s paradise! For the restless members of the trip there are fascinating tours of local banana farms and rum distilleries. And yes, there are free samples!

St Lucia beach

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What do you think - do you fancy spending New Year's Day somewhere sunny?