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Cheapest January sun destinations
  • A survey at the end of last year put Dubai top of the league of cheap destinations for winter sun.

    At the moment, a week-long package, flying from London on 29 January, costs £471 per person on a room-only basis, or full board from £773. This is the cheapest room-only deal for sun in January.

    You won’t exactly be basking, as the temperature is like a fairly normal British summer day - with highs in the mid-20s. However, it should be enough to warm your bones, and will be cool enough to explore some of the sights beyond the beach - including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

  • This is another destination at its coldest in January - with average daily temperatures around 23 degrees. If this is warm enough for you, you can get week-long package from 29 January for £601 per person (room only), or from £985 all inclusive.

    Cancun is known for its beaches, but in these temperatures it’ll also be comfortable enough to explore some of the nearby archeological sites and play a bit of golf.

  • If you want your January sun to be a bit hotter, Barbados is an option, with an average January temperature of 28 degrees.

    Unfortunately you will have to pay for this extra warmth, and prices for a week-long holiday from 29 January start at £628 per person, on a room-only basis.

    The main attractions of Barbados are the beaches. However, if the weather falters, you can always pop into the historic city of Bridgetown.

  • The fourth cheapest destination (on a room only basis) is Saint Lucia, at £610. Unfortunately it’s one of the priciest on our list for all-inclusive, at £1064 for the week.

    January is actually the coldest month here, although average temperatures are still around 26 degrees. If you get the odd day that’s not brilliant for the beautiful beaches, you could always visit the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens or the Sulphur Springs Park.

  • Fifth place goes to Phuket in Thailand, where for £652 you get bed and breakfast, and the average temperatures are much warmer.

    The few months around this time of year are considered the best time to visit, when the average temperature is between 24 degrees and 32 degrees.

    You’re unlikely to need much beyond the beach, but if you want to explore further there's the Wat Chalong temple, and the Big Buddah statue - positioned to provide an incredible view over the area.

  • Antigua is a pricier ��796 for a room-only deal, but takes the title of the cheapest all-inclusive winter sun destination at £983.

    The average temperature is a balmy 25.5 degrees, which is nice for the 365 beaches the island boasts, and yet cool enough for popping into the capital of St Johns for a blast of British colonial architecture, and the lively farmer’s market.

  • This is one of the warmest winter sun destinations, with daytime highs around 28 degrees in January. 

    It’s another destination which makes the list for its all inclusive price - because at the moment you can stay in Montego Bay for a week, for a relatively affordable £949.