Where to travel this winter: top blogger share their top destinationsFriday 10 February 2017
Looking for the perfect winter holiday destination? From Columbia to Cambodia via Malaysia, these travel bloggers reveal their favorite sun-soaked spots around the world. Sit back and be inspired...
Song Saa, a private Cambodian island
In the turquoise waters of the Koh Rong archipelago, the 5-star resort Song Saa Private Island offers an idyllic escape. Surrounded by the beauty of a stunning natural landscape, the isolated hotel blends into the lush vegetation, just a few steps from pristine white sand beaches and protected coral reefs. It is from this exclusive address that blogger Lucy Williams treated herself to a boat trip, on the search for the ultimate sea dip and some breathtaking diving spots.
Cherating Beach, a tropical paradise in Malaysia
On the fringes of a protected jungle on Malaysia's east coast, Cherating Beach is an amalgam of picturesque beaches, traditional bungalows and a vast diversity of plant life. Taken straight from a postcard photograph, the landscape contains a wealth of natural wonders like the purple-colored Rafflesia, among the largest flowers in the world. This stunning scenery is where the social media maven Melissa C. Koh chooses to call base during her Malaysian holidays.
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Anguilla, a little Caribbean pearl
The secretive Caribbean island Anguilla has resisted the mass invasion of all-inclusive hotels, receiving less than 150,000 visitors per year as part of a decision to preserve the island's tranquility. Because of this, only a select few are able to enjoy the crystal-clear water and rich marine life with its coral reefs and multicolored fish. Aimee Song is one of the lucky ones invited to discover this idyllic island, sharing her experiences from the cliffs of Crocus Bay.
Tulum, a Mexican El Dorado
An ancient fortress, Tulum is a place where rich culture and history meet idyllic beaches. Bordered by the river Maya, the coastline overflows with unique natural places to swim in: from underwater caves and underground rivers to deep sinkholes. A "gypset" atmosphere pervades throughout, enforced by the wooden furniture in the bars and restaurants along the water. The French blogger Camille Charrière, seen here enjoying the Tulum sun, is a particular fan of the laid-back bohemian decor.
Koh Samui, a Thai paradise on Earth
A small island located off southern Thailand's east coast, Koh Samui is a popular tourist destination, and for good reason. Brimming with sandy coves, small fishing villages as well as rolling green hills that call out to be explored, Koh Samui is also a base from which visitors can discover Ko Taen, a small island known for its snorkeling hotspots. Those who prefer staying - literally - laid back, can enjoy the view from their beach chair like blogger and DJ Alexandra Fedorova.