2nd December 2015

Winter getaways in the sun

DUBAI, UAE - OKTOBER 10: Modern buildings in Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE. In the city of artificial channel length of 3 kilometers along the Persian Gulf, taken on 10 Oktober 2014 in Dubai.

Winter is here and the nights are getting darker and colder. Escape the winter blues by flying away in style on a luxury charter jet to any of these destinations of sun, sand and sea.

Dubai

DUBAI, UAE - NOVEMBER 14: Aquarium in Dubai Mall - world's largest shopping mall , Downtown Burj Dubai November 14, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Larger than life architecture and the playground of the world’s richest, Dubai offers a wide range of activities and attractions. Becoming one of the most visited countries, attracting 13.2 million visitors last year, Dubai presents two very different worlds: a cultural world of the ancient mosques and temples, coupled with exotic spice and jewellery markets, and the world of extravagance, from the Dubai Fountain to the famous 7 star hotel Burj Al Arab, equipped with helipad for those extravagant private helicopter charters, both symbols of Dubai’s luxury lifestyle status.

With temperatures ranging between 25℃ to 30℃ and a flight time of 7 hours, Dubai is a great destination for those seeking shelter from the British cold in a sumptuous location.

Where to stay

Luxury is the key to Dubai. The Grosvenor House offers breathtaking views of the Marina, is just a few minutes from the beach and a 15 minute drive from the stunning seaside restaurant Pierchic.

Attractions

Dubai has plenty to offer, from the glorious beaches at Palm Islands to the 2,722ft structure of Burj Khalifa, which has a Observation Deck with a must-see view. For water lovers, the Atlantis Waterpark offers a wide range of family attractions and for the thrill seekers, The Tower of Neptune is home to the famous 9 story ‘Leap of Faith’ slide, a near-vertical drop into an acrylic tube surrounded by sharks.

Bespoke Air Charter recommends:

The Dubai Mall. The World’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, with over 1,200 retail stores, an aquarium, a zoo and an Olympic sized ice-skating rink.

 

Marrakesh

marrakesh

The historic desert city of Marrakesh encompasses cultural sights with soothing temperatures around 18℃, reaching 21℃ by February. One of Morocco’s major cities, Marrakech is home to mosques, palaces and gardens, and with a flight time of just 4 hours, it’s easily accessible for a weekend getaway.

Where to stay

Enchanted by Marrakesh’s beauty, the Royal Mansour Hotel is stunning and is a sight in itself to behold. Offering 1-3 bedroom options makes this perfect for couples and groups of friends.

Attractions

A must is the Djemaa el-Fna, known locally as ‘the heart of city’. The historic market square is bustling during the day with market traders and snake charmers, before coming alive at night with performers including acrobats, bellydancers and magicians.

A more tranquil sight is the Jardin Majorelle, formerly owned by Yves Saint Laurent. Displaying floral arrangements from five different continents, the centre of these gardens in the cobalt blue villa, built in 1931 and preserved in posterity by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner.

Bespoke Air Charter recommends: The Beldi Country Club. Away from the noise and spice stalls, Beldi Country is an escape into Dominique Leymarie’s eco-paradise. With a spa, a variety of restaurants, it provides an escape for adults, whilst activities including tennis and horse riding are tailored towards the children.

The Bahamas

bahamas

The ultimate winter escape has got to be to the sun-baked beaches of the Bahamas. Surrounded by the sea, the islands of the Bahamas are famed for their white sandy beaches and crystal blue waves. Temperatures should reach between 24℃ to 29℃ and the flight time is 9 hours.

Where to stay

For luxury and design, the Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour features all beach-front suites, marble bathrooms and conjoining rooms for families. Located on the West End of Grand Bahama Island, this hotel has its own marina, two restaurants and a wide range of activities, including boating and scuba diving.

Attractions

Like Dubai, the Bahamas also has an Atlantis Waterpark. Aquaventure is located on Paradise Island and is a vast water-park filled with slides, river rides and even rock climbing, catering to all the family. The park also includes Marine Habitat, an aquarium showcasing a range of exotic sealife, including dolphins, sharks and rays, making it one of the largest exhibits in the world.

Stepping away from the daytime sun and into the night, the Bahamas casinos, the best of which are located on Nassau, have the widest choice of games and offer a great selection of nightlife, from clubs and DJ sets to cocktail bars.

Bespoke Air Charter recommends:

Gold Rock Beach. As for beaches, there are no shortages to places to go, but one of the more famed is Gold Rock beach. A secluded beach, Gold Rock is a national park with BBQ pits and picnic benches, but no other amenities. It is the place to go for idyllic seclusion.