Ready for a warm, sunny beach vacation away from winter chill? As the darkest, shortest days of the year descend, we long for a healthy dose of sunshine.
Before booking your travel reservations, research vacation destination “personalities.” Beachside travel destinations all offer blue skies, balmy breezes and the sun’s mood-lifting goodness. Beyond such essentials, though, resorts in these warm winter climates offer activities and accommodations tailored to different tastes.
Here are a few spots to consider, whether you are a luxury lover, athletically inclined or focused on family fun.
Once you’ve planned your getaway, be sure to pack wisely. To help you make the most of your precious getaway, choose swimsuits and sportswear for the resort’s activities and ambience.
For: The Jet-Set
Why: The refined, 5-star private island resort offers pristine beaches, impeccable service, signature Sense spa, multiple world-class dining options and an array of activities.
What to pack: Glam swimsuits; sports bras and leggings for alfresco yoga sessions
Where: The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California
Why: Nighttime s’mores roasts; dive-in movies; surf camp; video game lounge; a sport court for teens; and Kidtopia, a club to keep little ones occupied while mom and dad catch some adult time. More to love: eight pools, including the Sandy Beach Family Pool and Splash Landing water play area.
What to pack: Flattering, comfortable swimsuits for all-day activities with the kids
For: Sport Lovers
Where: Laucala Island, Fiji
Why: The Water Sports Centre boasts 14 boats, including a Riviera Open Flybridge for game fishing, Dragon sailboats and Fijian outriggers suited for exploring the archipelago. More active pursuits include windsurfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, Jet-Skiing, snorkeling, diving, nature hikes and horseback riding for discovering paradise. It’s paradise found for golfers, too, at the David McLay Kidd–designed 18-hole championship course with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean.
What to pack: Swimsuits and active wear designed for sporting pursuits