Get the best of CF straight to your inbox.

Subscribe, sit back, and let your mind travel.


Are These The Best Winter Sun Escapes For 2023?

As temperatures drop and the nights draw in, we’re dreaming of escaping to sunnier climes for some winter sun – and from Bali to St Barths, Dubai to the dreamy Caribbean, the options are plentiful.

But rather than settling on just one destination this winter, why not visit two? Luxury travel experts Carrier are not only savvy at creating multi-centre holidays, they’ll also help find the right destination(s) for you, with bespoke, tailored trips designed around you and your loved ones. Known for their discrete, attentive and bespoke service, Carrier will make sure your journey is smooth from start to finish – and you can book safe in the knowledge that their experts are with you every step of the way.

These are our pick of Carrier’s twin-centre trips, each ideal for a winter sun getaway, and each personally curated to make the most of your time away. Exceptional hotels and exhilarating experiences come as standard.

Read on to discover just how easy it is to curate and book your dream holiday.

In partnership with Carrier.

Finding Balance in Bali

From Ubud to Nusa Dua, the mystical Indian Ocean island of Bali is known for lush, tropical forests fed by rich volcanic soil, pristine sand beaches and coral reefs teeming with life. If you want to get away from (and explore) it all, then splitting 12 nights between Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve and The St. Regis Bali Resort is the ideal combination. Located on a working rice paddy field with its own century-old Hindu temple, Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a one-of-a-kind boutique property in Ubud, Bali’s healing centre. Here, Carrier recommends driving through the verdant countryside in a classic VW 181 convertible, passing the local village of Ceking to visit the Sebatu Water Temple and the historic Gunung Kawi. With the beach beckoning, head to the secluded coastal district of Nusa Dua where the The St. Regis Bali Resort offers luxurious villas boasting direct access to white sands, and the chance to try a fun and invigorating Bloody Mary-inspired wellness treatment at the spa.

New Horizons in Grenada and St Lucia

Bring your Caribbean dreams to life with a 10-night island-hopping adventure in Grenada and St Lucia with Carrier. Laid-back luxury comes in the form of the spice capital, Grenada, where you can spend time exploring the charming town of St George’s and the waterfalls of the Grand Etang National Park, before heading back to the game-changing luxury hotel, Silversands, unlike anything else in the region. Set on the world-famous Grand Anse beach, this boutique resort invites you to unwind and slow down, with a serene spa and traditional treatments inspired by locally-sourced ingredients such as bamboo. Next, it’s on to one of the most beautiful islands in the region, St Lucia, where you’ll stay at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in the heart of the rainforest. Built around the atmospheric ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill, it’s the perfect base from which to visit the majestic Pitons and sample the local culture of jazz music and cocoa-infused cuisine. And, for the most adventurous traveller, why not get a bird’s eye view on a guided zipline tour through the coconut and mango trees?

Delightful Dubai and The Magical Maldives

Although wildly contrasting destinations on the surface, Dubai and the Maldives make for a match made in holiday heaven. Start your nine-night trip at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Beit Al Bahar Royal Villas, a striking Dubai landmark whose design is inspired by the shape of a breaking wave. This elegant property has its own private beach, plus 13 restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from, and is within striking distance of Wild Wadi Waterpark – fun for kids big and small. After a few days of action-packed adventure in this vibrant city, the pace eases at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, located on a colourful island just a short speedboat ride from Malé. Relax on the white-sand beach with a good book, indulge in a night spa ritual on a treetop terrace beneath a blanket of stars or swim in the dolphin-rich waters with a local dive expert. Paradise found!

The Call Of The Wild In Rwanda

Earmark seven nights for this incredible journey into the heart of Rwanda that reveals more than just untamed wilderness. Staying at two One&Only properties – Gorilla’s Nest and Nyungwe House – is your best chance of a unique encounter with Rwanda’s abundance of wildlife in the ancient rainforest. Volcanoes National Park is the first port of call, where you will stay in traditional wooden lodges among the eucalyptus trees. As well as discovering majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, guests can form connections to the community with craft lessons alongside local women, and performances of ancestral poetry and dances in the nearby village. After travelling via the scenic route to Nyungwe Forest National Park, enjoy Boma barbecue nights and the opportunity to see 13 primate species, including chimpanzees, swinging and hooting through the canopies, even from your morning yoga mat. On clear nights, you can take a turn on the telescope and hear fascinating stories about the dazzling equatorial sky.

Glamorous Caribbean Gems: St Barths and Antigua

The palm-fringed island of St Barths is the place to see and be seen, attracting a glamorous, cosmopolitan crowd. Join them at the iconic Eden Rock hotel, with a past steeped in Hollywood’s golden age and a glittering present thanks to a two-year refurbishment following Hurricane Irma. The newly added Eden Spa is a tranquil place where treatments use HydraFacial technology and local Ligne St Barth products. After five nights, you’ll transfer effortlessly to the unspoilt island resort of Jumby Bay Island, just off the coast of Antigua, for the remainder of this magical 10-night trip. Inspired by the Antiguan word ‘jumbee’ meaning ‘playful spirit,’ the hotel offers a multitude of activities including snorkelling expeditions, kaya tours, cooking classes, rum tastings, beach BBQs and Wine Down evenings. If you want to really push the boat out, Carrier can book you the fully-crewed private yacht for the day, dropping anchor near magnificent coral reefs and with a made-to-order picnic lunch served on a deserted stretch of powdery white sand.

  • Winter sun escapes taken from Carrier’s latest collection. Order a personal, complimentary Carrier brochure here.

We may earn a commission if you buy something from any affiliate links on our site.

You May Also Like

Any Questions or Tips to add?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *