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24th October 2014 names Winter Sun Hotlist for 2014/15

With the clocks about to turn back and the prospect of many long, dark months looming, cheer is at hand with hip hideaway specialist’s Winter Sun Hotlist. They’ve named their top warming getaways for the impending winter season, all hand-picked from their collection of newly featured hotels, guesthouses and villas, and perfect for sun seekers. Choices include glamping in California and a bevy of newly opened beauties from Morocco to Sri Lanka.

Low-Cost USA
Norwegian has recently launched low-cost flights to Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles from London Gatwick, making Florida and California attractive winter-sun destinations this year. At the moment, you can bag a return flight to LA in November from £360 and a return to Fort Lauderdale from just £330. Choose something different…

Big Sur Getaway, California - chill out amongst the oaks and redwoods in a vintage Airstream Trailer (sleeping 2-4), complete with retro-modern décor. This place offers the best of both worlds: a wilderness experience with the home comforts of hot water and a comfy bed, plus a restaurant, grocery store and pub just a short walk away. The property borders Andrew Molera State Park so hiking, biking, birding and beaches are on your doorstep - but it'll be hard to tear yourself away from the tranquillity of trailer life.
From £108 per trailer per night, based on 2 sharing on an accommodation-only basis. Minimum stay of 2 nights

A New Sri Lankan Gem - Rock Villa
Sri Lanka continues to deliver on all counts as a great winter-sun location, and the choice of stylish accommodation just gets better and better.

New to is Rock Villa at Bentota, which only opened in late 2013 and has had no press to date. Previously the home of talented interior designer and boutique hotelier Nayantaru Fonseka (a.k.a. Taru), the original 170-year-old manor house is now a hotel combining contemporary and colonial design (and they’ve also added a restaurant-bar). The palm-spiked gardens are spotted with hammocks-for-2, and Bentota’s southern shore is a mere 60 metres away.
From £94 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis.

More Moroccan Magic - Fellah Hotel
Short, frequent and relatively low-cost flights ensure Morocco remains a great winter-sun option for European holidaymakers. It offers warm weather alongside fascinating culture, plus many excellent boutique accommodation options.

Fellah Hotel, near Marrakech, opened late last year and is a cultural complex of rooms, villas, a restaurant and a working ‘mini-farm’ with spectacular Atlas Mountain views. Set in 27 acres of lush landscaping and vegetable gardens, it has a biblioteque containing 10,000 books, a Thai spa, a heated pool, and an outdoor gym. It also has a great kids’ club with unusual activities themed around the arts, countryside, cooking and culture.
From £116 for a Superior Room, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis

Good Morning Vietnam - An Lam Saigon River
Vietnam goes from strength to strength as a great-value winter-sun destination thanks to the current favourable exchange rate. has introduced An Lam Saigon River, located just a 15-minute speed-boat ride from bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Its teal-green pool is overlooked by frangipani trees, and rooms have luxurious touches including outdoor bathtubs, private plunge pools and either balconies or terraces. The Vietnamese-French fusion food is a real highlight.
From £151 per room per night, based on 2sharing on a B&B basis.

New Thai-tastic Options
Thailand is as popular as ever for classic winter sun and i-escape’s collection has been expanded in preparation for the upcoming season - options include:

Buri Rasa Phangan, Koh Phangan – its design and lovely staff raise this resort above the rest, and it’s yet to be discovered by the English-language press. Set on one of Thailand’s prettiest beaches, it has 65 cleverly located rooms that offer both sweeping sea vistas and a sense of protection from the outside world. This place is a classic tropical haven, complete with fine white sand, coconut palms and sprawling umbrella trees.
From £96 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis.

SALA Phuket, Phuket - a stylish villa and spa resort set on a quiet stretch of the Andaman coast, worlds away from Phuket’s party crowds. It offers modern luxe without the snootiness, and there’s an overall emphasis on healthy relaxation. Simple yet chic villas boast alfresco bathrooms, there’s a choice of pools, and the great food and peaceful atmosphere are particular highlights.
From £52 per house per night, based on 2 sharing on an accommodation-only basis.

And finally, an old favourite is welcomed back to the site…

Golden Buddha Beach Resort, Koh Pra Thong, Andaman Sea, western Thailand
This place offers great value for money, and if you’re looking for utter peace and seclusion in an unspoiled natural environment, then book in now. Expect a stunning back-to-nature island hideaway with stilted wooden houses, rainforest, snorkeling and endless beaches.
From £52 per house per night, based on 2 sharing on an accommodation-only basis.

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