With the colder months upon us and Christmas around the corner, travellers looking to escape the dropping temperatures can enjoy a sun-drenched holiday, without needing to hop on a long-haul flight, at one of these five European escapes. From family fun on the golden sands of Tenerife with Iberostar Beachfront Resorts to Mediterranean retreats in Turkey with Rixos Hotels or a relaxing getaway in Madeira with Savoy Signature, these five resorts are guaranteed to beat those winter blues. 

 1. Rixos Premium Belek, Turkey  

With warm Mediterranean Sea and reliable sunshine, Turkey is the perfect destination for a winter break. Located on the Turkish Riviera, set amongst pine on the Mediterranean coast, Rixos Premium Belek offers a luxury vacation for couples and families alike. Belek’s sandy beaches and magnificent landscape make it a destination full of natural beauty. Located in the middle of historical, cultural, and natural beauties with proximity to the Taurus Mountains, national parks, and archaeological sites, Rixos Premium Belek is home to pool side bars, delicious restaurants and an abudnace of sporting activities 

A seven-night stay starts from £2,100 based on two adults travelling departing in April 2024.  

2. Rixos Sungate, Turkey  

Located in Kemer on the Gulf of Antalya, on the edge of the Olympus National Park, Rixos Sungate overlooks the Taurus Mountains. With its own beach and spectacular views of the Mediterranean, Rixos Sungate offers guests inclusive luxury. With access to two private piers and a marina, guests can choose to spend their afternoons in the water, swimming in the sea or one of the 12 swimming pools or on land at the Rixos Anjana Spa, cinema, bowling alley or tennis courts.   

A seven-night stay starts from £1,100 based on two adults travelling departing in April 2024. 

3. 5* Iberostar Selection Anthelia, Tenerife 

Iberostar Selection Anthelia has a lot to offer families looking to treat themselves to a joyful winter-sun holiday and is one the best all-inclusive hotels in Tenerife. The 5-star hotel on Tenerife’s golden Costa Adeje is the perfect choice for families with little ones who want to spend hours playing in the pirate boat pool with thrilling water slides. While kids play and learn at Iberostar’s innovative Star Camp, parents can enjoy down time and wander through the magnificent gardens or have an indulgent treatment at the stylish spa. For an unforgettable family day out, whale watching is perfect for all to enjoy the vibrant sea-life. 

Room prices start from £217 per night (subject to change and availability). 

4. The Reserve, Madeira 

The Reserve, an elegant addition to the luxury 5* Savoy Palace on the beautiful island of Madeira, is set to open in January 2024. The hotel will comprise 40 luxury rooms that will take over the entire top floor of Savoy Palace, plus selected rooms from the 8th floor upwards. The rooms cater to a variety of personal choices, from deluxe rooms to pool suites, all of which boast spectacular sea views. Each luxury suite features an individual terrace with its own plunge pool and sweeping vistas of Funchal Bay or magnificent views of the Atlantic. The Reserve will grant guests full access to the extraordinary facilities of Savoy Palace, while adding its own exclusive services, such as a private rooftop pool.  

Double room prices start from €700 per night (subject to change and availability).  

 5. Savoy Palace, Maderia  

Savoy Palace is surrounded by breath-taking views of Madeira with each of the 309 rooms elegantly designed and furnished to reflect true luxury. The Galaxia Skypool on Savoy Palace’s 17th floor offers 360° views of the scenic mountains of the island and the Atlantic Ocean below. The pool features a giant moon at the bottom, which lights up as the sun goes down. Travellers can unwind and relax with luxurious spa treatments at Savoy Palace, offering an extensive range of massage therapies. The hotel also boasts a range of gastronomic experiences; from the Galáxia Skyfood, to the made-to-measure cuisine at Atelier Orchidaceae and the healthy, seasonal dishes at Hibiscus. The hotel’s newest restaurant, Pau de Lume offers local cuisine in a stylish à la carte restaurant overlooking the hotel gardens.  

Double room prices start from £230 per night (subject to change and availability).