Whether you want to escape the chill on a secluded sun-kissed beach or experience postcard-perfect snow-covered landscapes, help is at hand. The travel experts  at luxury tour operator Exsus Travel have shared their top picks for a luxury winter escape.



For some winter sun that covers all bases, head to Oman, where you can combine four experiences in one - city, mountains, desert and beach - as well as stay in the kind of luxury hotels that you’ll never want to leave. From venturing onto sand dunes with camels to relaxing on the beach and sipping cocktails by the pool at sunset, Oman offers everything you could want from a winter holiday destination.


Colombia is an ideal winter sun hotspot, for its sheer variety and some of the friendliest people in Latin America. Experience buzzing cities, colourful culture, stunning coastlines fringed by sweeping tropical beaches and boutique historic hotels that are full of character. From exploring the lush landscapes of the Zona Cafetera and tasting some of the world’s finest coffee to being seduced by the sultry Caribbean charm of Cartagena, this country certainly ticks all the boxes.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination for a winter break. Amidst its panoramic landscapes are beautiful beaches where the locals play cricket and lush tea plantations where you can trek the scenic trails and step into the country’s colonial past. As well as encountering wildlife from elephants to leopards, you can take in more of Sri Lanka’s fascinating history by visiting unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which rises dramatically from the surrounding plains.



Iceland is an Exsus favourite, and a winter holiday here offers memorable experiences such as bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon, riding Icelandic horses and diving between two tectonic plates. Stay at the exclusive Deplar Farm, surrounded by snow-capped mountains in the heart of the wilderness, which offers bespoke activities with expert guides such as helicopter trips to the top of a mountain peak. Unwind after adrenaline-fuelled adventures by watching the Northern Lights dance overhead from the geothermal pool.


For a quintessential winter escape, visit Swedish Lapland, where you can go snowmobiling, husky sledding and ice skating amidst epic snow-covered landscapes. Unwind afterwards in cosy lodges and unique retreats such as the wow-factor ICEHOTEL, which is made entirely of ice each year, each suite designed by a different artist – and you can have a go at ice sculpting yourself. This is also a perfect destination for a family Christmas holiday – children will love meeting Santa and watching his elves at work.

To find out more, visit https://www.exsus.com/destinations  or call +44(0)20 7563 1303

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