Christmas and New Year’s Eve are over, it’s cold outside and winter blues have officially kicked in. Have you ever thought about where’s hot in January?

We’ve got the perfect destinations for you to get your tan on early on in the year and soak up the much-needed sun. Sandy beaches, fresh fruit cocktails, and sea adventures are waiting for you to escape the gloomy weather at home and kickstart 2024 with a bang. New year, new globetrotting you!

1. St. Lucia, Caribbean

Castries Harbour, St Lucia

Weather: Max 28 °C (approx.) | Min temp 22 °C (approx.)

What to do: Visit the Rabot Estate and book a  Tree-to-Bar tour  to see how the plantation creates the treats we know and love. Thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline pumping by booking a zip-lining experience through the jungle, or if you’d prefer a calmer option, explore the canopy walks and see incredible indigenous flora and fauna. 

Where to stay: our magnificent villas in St. Lucia provide you with sensational views, pretty pools and direct beach access for the perfect Caribbean adventure.

Further reading:Top 10 things to do in St Lucia

2. Barbados, Caribbean

Where is hot in January

Barbados’ stunning coastline

Weather: Max. 29°C (approx.) | Min. 23°C (approx.)

What to do: Although Barbados has cooler nights at this time of the year, temperatures will barely go below 23 degrees Celsius, which makes it the perfect winter destination. Known for its large, tropical beaches and emerald green sea, the Caribbean island is great for snorkelling and catamaran trips along the beautiful coastline.

Where to stay: Our beachfront villas in Barbados are the best place to forget all about the winter cold at home.

Further reading: The best reasons to visit Barbados

3. Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Where's hot in January

Camels in Lanzarote

Weather: Max. 23°C (approx.) | Min. 13°C (approx.)

What to do: This Canary Island is renowned for its beautiful beaches and volcanic landscape, which means there are plenty of things to do. The national parks and volcanos are perfect for a day of hiking and exploring the stunning countryside of Lanzarote, while the sea is a great spot for snorkelling and the beaches the place to be for sunbathing. For the kids, head to the aquapark in Costa Teguise.

Where to stay: Our holiday homes in Lanzarote are located directly by the seaside. Have a look and treat yourself.

Further reading: Lanzarote travel guide

4. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Where is hot in January

Tenerife’s volcano Teide

Weather: Max. 20°C (approx.) | Min. 15°C (approx.)

What to do: Tenerife, the biggest of the Canary Islands, is a multi-faceted island. You’ve got the volcano Teide and its national park in the countryside, gorgeous beaches on the coastline, buzzing nightlife, loads of water sports activities on offer and luxurious restaurants dotted across the island. If you want a more authentic experience, head to the island’s north side where you can eat regional food in a traditional atmosphere.

Where to stay: Our luxurious villas in Tenerife will enhance your stay on this beautiful Canary Island.

Further reading: Quiz – Which Canary Island is right for you?

5. Phuket, Thailand

Where's hot in January

Phuket, Thailand

Weather: max. 32°C (approx.) | min. 22°C (approx.)

What to do: Phuket is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. Rightly so, because not only can you find some of the most gorgeous beaches the country has to offer, but you’ll also have the opportunity to climb up to Big Buddha or explore the vivid nightlife. Plus, it’s an easy location for you to do island hopping to Koh Yao islands and experience even more of what Thailand is all about.

Where to stay: Have a look at our villa selection in Phuket and find the holiday home of your dreams. Want to expand your stay in another region? Check out our holiday homes in Koh Yao Noi!

Further reading: A two-week Thailand Itinerary

6. Mexico

Grand Cenote, Tulum

Grand Cenote, Tulum

Weather: max 27°C (approx.) | min. 20°C (approx.)

What to do: Whether you’re looking for bustling cities, local villages, paradise beaches or jungle ruins, Mexico has a magical assortment of activities and adventures. A holiday in Mexico would easily let you forget about those post-Christmas blues as its Caribbean Coast stays nice and hot in January.

Where to stay: Take a look at our villas around Cancun and Tulum that provide somewhere to rest your head on the fabled Riviera Maya.

Further reading: Riviera Maya Travel Guide

7. Jamaica, Caribbean

Jamaica beach

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Weather: max 29°C (approx.) | min. 23°C (approx.)

What to do: Try out river rafting down the Martha Brae River hike up to the achingly beautiful Blue Mountain Peak. Elsewhere, explore exciting Kingston and take a look inside the Bob Marley Museum which is found at the singer’s former home.

Where to stay: Take a look at our stunning Villas in Jamaica that have awesome pools, direct beach access and sumptuous views.

Further reading: Jamaica Travel Guide

So there you have it, that’s where it’s hot in January! Ready to leave the cold weather behind and start the new year with an incredible holiday? Check out our full portfolio of luxury villas on Oliver’s Travels.
If you’re unsure about which destination you want to choose, feel free to contact our free concierge service  and an agent will be happy to advise.


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5 Responses

  1. Ronny

    You mentioned just two of the Canary Islands, but I can promise you its nice on all of them and each is quiet unique.
    If you really want it warm on the Canaries you should choose a place in the southern parts of them, close to the sea, as it gets colder the higher and the more north you go.

    • Rachael

      Hey Ronny – we agree, we just wanted to make sure we included some other destinations as well. But totally agree that the Canaries are all really nice at this time of year 🙂

  2. Maika Komodo Tours

    This is a great blog! I am always looking at new places to go and invite people to Flores Indonesia as well. I am from Flores and it is so close to Bali. We have Komodo Dragons, Padar, Pink Beach and so many more. I Hope you will come one day. Much love – Maika!


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