Air Partner - 22 Dec 2016
While December may be many people’s favourite time of the year, the same cannot be said for January. The champagne has been drunk, the presents have been opened, and we have made a whole load of New Year’s resolutions that we know we probably won’t keep. If there is ever a time for a holiday, it’s January: whether you want to chase the winter sun or enjoy soft powder in the mountains, here are Air Partner’s top 10 destinations that are guaranteed to chase away the blues.
Airport: Geneva International or the smaller Annecy airport if you want to arrive closer to the slopes
Recommended private jet: Phenom 100
Geneva is one of our most popular destinations in January and given its proximity to some of the best ski resorts in the Alps, is it any wonder? You can take a quick helicopter transfer to Megève or Gstaad and both Champéry and Chamonix are within a two-hour drive, so the hardest bit will be deciding where to go. Whether it’s the ski-ing or apres-ski you’re after, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Recommended private jet: Lear Jet 45
While the weather here may be slightly more unpredictable than other places, one thing that is always guaranteed is the stunning scenery – and at this time of year, you can sightsee without the hordes of tourists. Whether you are drawn by the glitz of Costa Smeralda or the more rustic atmosphere of Alghero in the north-west of the island, you can be guaranteed an idyllic January break.
Recommended private jet: Citation Jet 2
While January is its coldest month of the year, it is still pleasantly warm and a great time to explore the city without the summer crowds. It is the perfect mini-break destination, with great tapas, great sightseeing and some lovely hotels too – we recommend the Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa. Marbella is only an hour down the road so why not tie this into your trip if it’s nightlife you are looking for!
Airport: Keflavik International
Recommended private jet: Citation XLS
Could there be a more fitting place to visit in winter than Iceland? The country boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, and these are only made more beautiful by snow and ice. There aren’t many places in the world you can experience hot springs, ice caves and the Northern Lights, so make sure it’s on your January wish list.
Airport: Marrakech Menara International
Recommended private jet: Challenger 300
Marrakech is one of our most popular destinations year-round and with its clement weather, fascinating culture and buzzing atmosphere it’s little wonder. The Royal Mansour Marrakech offers the gold standard in luxury accommodation, but if you would prefer something more boutique, there is no shortage of high-end riads to stay at – check out Villa des Orangers or Riad Noir d’Ivoire. January may not be the season of giving but there is no harm in picking up a little something for yourself from one of the many souks…
Airport: Dubai World Central
Recommended private jet: Falcon 2000
No list of winter sun destinations would be complete without Dubai, and January is one of the best times to visit, when the temperature is pleasant in the daytime and cool in the evening. The city has something for everyone, whether you’re after luxury shopping and lively nightlife, dune bashing in the desert or simply relaxing by the pool with a cocktail.
Four Valleys, Switzerland
Airport: Sion or jet straight into the resorts at the smaller Chambery or St Moritz airports
Recommended private jet: Legacy 500
Those who like their skiing with more than a sprinkling of glamour and luxury should head to the enduringly exclusive Verbier, which is less than an hour’s drive from Sion airport. However, if you fancy something a little bit different and “off the beaten piste”, there are plenty of other places in the Four Valleys to explore, such as Veysonnaz and Nendaz. Not that this means you have to skimp on the luxury: Veysonnaz is home to famed chalet Hidden Dragon, which comes with its own chauffeur and private cinema.
Airport: Malé International
Recommended private jet: Gulfstream G550
If you are looking for the ultimate January break then look no further than the Maldives - the hardest thing about this holiday will be choosing which stunning five-star resort to stay at. With its white beaches and crystal lagoons, the Maldives are the very definition of paradise. If you manage to tear yourself away from sunbathing on the beach, make sure to sample some of the world-class diving.
Saint Martin, Caribbean
Airport: St Maarten International
Recommended private jet: Falcon 7x
When thinking about visiting The Caribbean, Saint Martin is often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour Saint-Barthélemy (St Barths), but there is much to be enjoyed on this beautiful Caribbean island. The northern, French part of the island is home to numerous outdoor markets, including Marigot market, where you can sample one of the numerous flavoured rums on offer. With 500 restaurants on both sides of the island, Saint Martin is the place to go for any food-lover. Beaches are also in plentiful supply, so you can top up your tan for the winter months.
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Airport: Chiang Rai International
Recommended private jet: Global Express
This small but stunning city, originally founded as the capital of the Lanna kingdom, is well worth a visit. Not only is it host to numerous ornate temples and bustling markets, but it is also a short drive away from the beautiful mountainous region of Golden Triangle, the point where northern Thailand meets Laos and Myanmar. If you’re feeling brave you can even take a trip through the jungle on an elephant's back!