As the temperatures drop and the excitement of the holiday season comes to an end, many people are ready to travel to a new destination and warm up.

Thankfully, there are plenty of destinations that can bring relief from snowy days and allow you to explore a new culture, some fabulous cuisine or some breathtaking scenery. While there are hundreds of potential destinations to choose from, these are Turquoise Holidays five of the warmest and most beautiful places to visit in January.

1. Maldives

Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is an archipelago made up of more than 1,000 islands, most of which are uninhabited. In January, the islands boast warm temperatures and infrequent rain, making it the perfect time for a visit. Blue ocean waters and pristine white beaches are the main attractions in the Maldives, but visitors will also enjoy the fresh seafood, the exciting attractions and the luxury accommodation options. For a true splurge in paradise, one of the best options is a holiday at the Six Sense Laamu, which is made up of overwater bungalows.

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2. Bora Bora

On the island of Bora Bora, located in French Polynesia, there is no such thing as winter weather. In fact, the climate is relatively stable throughout the year, and even during the summer’s rainy season the island of lush, green and warm. January is an ideal time to visit Bora Bora and stay in a private bungalow or an ocean villa, and resorts like the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa are a great place to get pampered, soak up the luxury and dine on exceptional gourmet fare prepared by world-class international chefs.

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3. Dubai

While the heat of this Middle Eastern city can feel overwhelming during the summer, in January the temperatures are ideal. Visitors to Dubai can expect plenty of sun, but it won’t be too hot to enjoy shopping and sightseeing at the beach or the local markets, called souks. If you are after a luxury holiday, Dubai certainly won’t disappoint. Hotels like the One & Only Royal Mirage boast splendid decor, beachfront locations and attentive staff that can rival any other accommodation choices on the entire planet.

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4. Thailand

This Asian nation is known as the country of smiles, and that is an apt description of the friendliness and warmth of the Thai people. This alone is enough of a reason to take a flight into the capital city of Bangkok or the islands off the mainland, but there are countless additional benefits as well. In January, the crowds of Christmas have left, and many of the beaches are quiet and secluded. The weather is warm, sun is likely on most days of the month and many resorts even offer discounts for visitors. While there is no shortage of luxury hotels and resorts to choose from in Thailand, a great place to consider is Soneva Kiri. This resort is the height of extravagance and luxury, and it requires a private air flight just to get to the isolated destination. Once you are there, the private beaches, rainforest environment and opulent rooms will ensure that you never want to leave.

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5. The British Virgin Islands

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No mention of places to go for some January sun would be complete without mentioning the Caribbean. It is no secret that the region is an incredible destination for sun-drenched breaks; our pick of this tropical region is the British Virgin Islands. A group of 40 islands of varying sizes, the British Virgin Islands (or BVI, for short) has many luxury hotels and resorts that are the perfect place to relax and pick up a bit of winter sun.  From the largest island, Tortola, down to some of the smallest islands, there are luxury resort scattered across this paradise: relax on the 11km of beach at the Biras Creek Resort, or get pampered at the Peter Island Resort & Spa, there are options galore in the BVI.

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If you would like to learn about even more places to go in January, visit our honeymoon calendar.

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