Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
Crystal-clear water and sandy beaches on 32 kilometers, lined with meter-high gracile royal palms. Here you will find the pure Caribbean feeling. On the eastern tip of the island of Hispaniola, which shares the Dominican Republic with Haiti, the ‘Coconut Coast’ Costa del Coco with the place Punta Cana is located. Unspoiled sunshine averaging nine hours a day, tropical temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius and paradisiacal beaches with about 26 degrees warm seawater provide the perfect setting for water sports of all kinds. Ideal for this is the gently sloping Bavaro Beach, which is also ideal for families with children, and the quieter Juanillo Beach. Away from the beaches with their exclusive hotel facilities, we recommend a day trip by speedboat or catamaran to the Isla Saona, in the Parque Nacional del Este nature reserve. Various snorkel stops and the watching of wild dolphins crown every perfect trip in the Dominican Republic.
Koh Samui (Thailand)
Holidays under the palm trees, only with an Asian flair, you can also do on Thailand’s most famous holiday island Koh Samui. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, east of the mainland, it is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. The island is known for the dream beaches Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach, spiritual yoga and wellness culture as well as a diverse diving hotspot and the scene of the legendary Fullmoon parties. Below-average precipitation, with 28 degrees pleasantly tempered seawater and air temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius during the winter holiday make a sightseeing tour bearable. To have seen cultural and scenic highlights during the sensational holiday on Koh Samui, you should not on the visit of the twelve-meter-tall Big Buddha, Wat Plai Laem, the 20-meter dropping Na Muang waterfall and Khao Thai Kwai without.
Also in the Caribbean, but located west of the island of Hispaniola, is the island of rum, the birthplace of reggae and the home of Bob Marley again. Deeply wooded mountains, hazy rainforests, and reef-lined beaches make Jamaica’s landscape unique and provide ample recreational activities such as hiking, surfing, and snorkeling. The much talked about Montego Bay and Kingston, as the capital of the island nation, is not all that you should have seen during an eventful holiday in Jamaica. Far away from the many all-inclusive hotels, insider tips on Jamaica, such as visiting a rum distillery, a coffee plantation or the impressive colonial buildings in Spanish Town are almost inevitable. Daytime temperatures of 28 degrees and the similarly situated 26 degrees Celsius of the Caribbean Sea give a real holiday feeling.
Caribbean – the third! With a length of around 1250 kilometers, Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea. In addition to pastel-colored houses, colorful vintage cars of the 1950s, rousing salsa dance, Cohiba cigars, Che Guevara or Fidel Castro and the Cuba Libre, above all, the lifestyle and contagious joie de vivre in Cuba is an export hit. During the gray, cold winter holidays, it can be weathered here with daytime temperatures around 26 degrees Celsius and water temperatures around 24 degrees. Three airports on the island are served from Germany: Havana, Holguin, and Varadero – the perfect start for a comprehensive and eventful holiday in Cuba. To let the soul dangle on innumerable sugar-white beaches, like Playa Cayo Coco and Varadero Beach, is only one possibility of the leisure activities. The old town of Havana, the small provincial town of Cienfuegos, the center of Santiago de Cuba, the verdant Valle de Viñales in the island west and the visit to a tobacco factory are must-sees in the tropical paradise.
Air temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius with an average of eight hours of sunshine per day and 22 degrees warm Atlantic – a holiday dream that can become a dream holiday for you in Florida. From Jacksonville in the north, via well-known cities like Daytona Beach, Orlando, Fort Myers, Palm Beach and Miami to the Florida Keys to the south, the southernmost US state has much to offer. Miami, a metropolis with a Caribbean flair, and its offshore peninsula of Miami Beach showcase its skyscraper skyline, bustling Ocean Drive, the colorful Art Déco district homes and, of course, the fine-sand coastline. Take a trip to the Everglades and let yourself be driven by a ranger by propeller boat through reeds and mangrove forests, but beware alligator danger! A drive across 42 bridges to Key West or a trip to Disney World Resort are tips for the sunshine state.
It is also referred to as a pearl in the Indian Ocean and lives up to its name. The diversity of the landscape, the vegetation, the species and the millennial culture with its unique sights make a trip to Sri Lanka unforgettable. Highlights such as the old royal city Polonnaruwa, the rock fortress Sigiriya, the Buddhist tooth temple of Kandy, the cave temple of Dambulla, the visit of an elephant orphanage or a turtle breeding station make the time on the island state for a holiday in the island paradise. Daytime temperatures around 31 degrees Celsius and the 26 degrees warm water pave the way for a perfect beach day at Ventura or Mirissa Beach in February. The contrast is found in the green National Park Horton Plains or the tea plantations around Nuwara Eliya, where it can stay well in temperate temperatures.
Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Desert, dromedaries, beach, sea, luxury, shopping, skyscrapers of superlatives and gold wherever you go – this is a holiday in Dubai! UAE’s second-largest and most populous emirate is popular with Western tourists for its extravagance, western orientation, and hip architecture. The skyline of the eponymous city is dominated by the 830 meters high Burj Khalifa and is thus probably the symbol of the metropolis. Take the lift up to lofty heights, and enjoy a 360-degree viewing platform with a fabulous view of the city streets, the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Desert, with good luck and good visibility even to the Hajar Mountains. You should not miss these breathtaking sights: the Burj Al Arab, the artificially created The Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Miracle Garden, and the shopping malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, where you will not get out of the amazement and the shopping spree any more. Summer, sun, sunshine you get here, at 25 degrees in the air and almost fresh 21 degrees in the water, for free.
The Gambia? That’s in Africa. And there you can go on vacation? Yes! The small country in the west of the black continent was previously regarded as Africa’s quiet beauty and insider tip among African visitors but turns out to be more and more as a destination for a break away from the tourist crowds. The land is completely enclosed by Senegal and has only a small coast to the Atlantic Ocean, where the capital Banjul is located. The landscape of the Gambia river with its wooded, almost virgin forest banks and the savannah behind it defines the landscape of the country. Beach vacation at 32 degrees and 21 degrees Atlantic temperature is not everything: Take a trip into the hinterland and encounter crocodiles, monkeys and colorful bird species to allow the full range of the country during your holiday in the Gambia.
‘Go where the pepper grows!’
This saying is used rather in the jargon, but if you knew that behind it is a real dream goal, you would rather go there yourself. Off the coast of Tanzania, in eastern Africa, is a dream destination of the Indian Ocean with some lonely, sugar-white dream beaches, one of the world’s most beautiful diving areas and rich flora and fauna. ‘How beautiful is Zanzibar!’ You will say because, in addition to the visit of fragrant spice plantations, whose income is a valuable export commodity of the island, one should the Stone Town of Zanzibar City, the Beit-el-Sahel as the palace of the Sultan and the old fortress Ngome Kongwe have seen. An impressive holiday on Zanzibar in pleasant temperatures of 32 degrees Celsius is naturally made by visiting a market with exotic fruits and various spices such as vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, cilantro and cumin that beguiles all the senses.
Western Cape (South Africa)
Romantic ideas are subject to the place where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet. Exactly there is the southern tip of Africa with the belonging to South Africa Western Cape. The dreamlike region along the coast, between Papendorp and the Garden Route National Park, extends into the hinterland, the mountainous Tankwa Karoo National Park and the barren Cental Karoo district. The vibrant heart is Cape Town, the jewel of the Cape of Good Hope, with its characteristic football stadium and the striking, over-crowded Table Mountain with its viewpoint. At sea level, you get the best view of the metropolis from the north of Bloubergstrand and can dangle on this fine sandy place to relax and forget the time.
Spectacled penguins you have never experienced in the wild? Then off to Boulders Beach, where you can not only see the tailcoat wearers but also swim with them. There’s even more wildlife to see in one of the many wildlife parks, including a safari in the Buffelsfontain Game & Nature Reserve. For excellent white wines and fertile plains that offer the best growing conditions for fruit, the nearby towns of Stellenbosch and Worchester are famous. During an eventful holiday in South Africa, the enjoyment should not be neglected and include a visit to the plantations.
Salzburger Land (Austria)
23 ski areas, 2,750 kilometers of piste and the 3,000-meter-high glacier ski area Kitzsteinhorn are the perfect base for a winter holiday in the Salzburger Land. During the winter holiday season, large and small skiers will enjoy a boom and bustle in the cradle of winter sports, between St. Gilgen, the Ski amadé, the Zillertal Arena and the Obertauern. However, the largest and at the same time the most popular ski resort of Salzburg is the region known as the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm – Leogang – Fieberbunn. 70 lifts will take you up to one of the 114 blue, red or black dream packs that will lead you back down to the valley over a total length of 270 kilometers. In addition to tips for mountains and lakes during the winter holidays and night skiing on floodlit slopes, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing and a relaxed spa visit, for example, in the famous spa town of Bad Gastein, sought after leisure activities. Of course, the obligatory après ski must not be missing after the piste fun – with Jagertee and Brettljause even the smallest Hütt’n is equipped.
In addition to the canton of Valais, the most beautiful and popular ski resorts, in particular, have to offer the Swiss southeast. The canton of Graubünden borders on the Austrian and Italian alpine world and may, therefore, offer the most diverse mountain scenery for your holiday in Graubünden. More than 40 ski areas between Samnaun in the northeast and Andermatt in the west and Klosters in the north and Corvatsch in the south are waiting for skiers, piste hobbyists, and sun worshipers. Such well-sounding names as St. Moritz, Davos, Arosa, and the abovementioned monastery are also a magnet for international high society and invite you to shop for shopping and shopping, depending on your budget – celebrity schnapps is not excluded!
Flims Laax Falera with its total of 224 kilometers of piste in red, black and blue and 20 lifts is the most popular Graubünden ski area. At 44 kilometers, even freeride is allowed for all daredevils here. The 3018-meter high Vorab glacier crowns the region and is even skin-friendly all year round. While the snowboard pioneers started their first attempted gliding here in the 1980s, Laax is now considered the snowboarding mecca and offers four snowparks, the world’s largest halfpipe with 90 butts and the Freestyle Academy.
Bavarian Alps (Germany)
Between Allgäu and Berchtesgadener Land lie the 89 ski resorts of the Bavarian Alps. Look forward to 637 snow-white piste kilometers of winter happiness fortunately opened up by 357 lifts. Thanks to many international winter sports events, places like Oberstdorf, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ruhpolding, Inzell or Königssee are also interesting for the winter holidays of amateur athletes. Garmisch Classic, which extends from an altitude of 708 to 2,050 meters, is the most popular ski resort for active holidays in the Bavarian Alps. Around Hausberg, Alpspitze, and Kreuzeck, the snow-sure ski region of Germany can be found here over a length of 40 kilometers. Families and less experienced skiers feel at home on the Hausberg and its easy to intermediate slopes – many ski schools and the Kinderland are also located here. Winter sports enthusiasts will also laugh in summer & winter at the sight of the 2,700-meter glacier ski resort of Zugspitze, whose mountain station with a 360° view platform is also perfect for a breathtaking day trip with panoramic views.
South Tyrol & Northern Italy (Italy)
The northernmost Italian province comprises 39 ski resorts and is mostly rocky-rugged. From the Reschenpass via Innerwolfsch, Klausberg-Ahrntal, Drei Zinnen Dolomites and Alta Badia, all the way to Val Gardena or to the Ortler group: here (almost) everyone will find the right winter holiday resort with the right hotel in South Tyrol. The well-known winter sports resort Val Gardena at 1,563 to 2,500 meters altitude is the most popular ski resort and thus for many a dream destination in the Dolomites. As part of the Sella Ronda, Val Gardena is particularly popular for its short distances and direct access to the slopes, as well as links to Dolomiti Superski, the world’s largest ski carousel. In addition to traditional skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing, you can get an extra dose of adrenaline while ice climbing, as the icy rock faces here, provide the best foundation. You do not need to shy away from a language barrier either, because a high proportion of South Tyrol’s population speaks German for historical reasons.
French Alps (France)
The breathtaking French Alps have more to offer than the highest mountain in Europe, the 4,810-meter-high Mont Blanc. 138 ski resorts alone count the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region with the south-western foothills of the Alps. The most popular areas include the Chamonix Mont-Blanc and Val Thorens / Les 3 Vallées known by the downhill World Cup. Chamonix with its 69 runs of all levels of difficulty on 108 km, 48 lifts, and two fun parks is almost limitless for all gliding fans. The omnipresent Mont Blanc can be seen here from steep runs, tree runs, demanding deep-snow slopes or easy beginner slopes. The highest ski village in the Alps, Val Thorens, is located to the south and sits at 2,300 meters above sea level. As one of the Les 3 Vallées, winter fun and piste fun on 219 signposted runs with a total length of 600 km and 29 ski lifts can be experienced here during the winter holidays. Perfect conditions for an impressive holiday