The lucky people in the Southern hemisphere with their inversed seasons have something that’s even more amazing than a white Christmas… A summer Christmas. We at Cinta Manis have compiled our favourite beach destinations just in time for the festive season.
Sometimes, during winter, we can find ourselves lacking a little inspiration. The sky’s grey, it’s cold outside and days are shorter. Less sunlight can mean you feel seasonally depressed and without regular exercise, your body can go into hibernation.
We’ve got the perfect solution to those winter blues, and it involves getting into an aeroplane headed for warmer weather. If you’ve never spent Christmas on a beach, you absolutely need to. Take a trip to a summer beach destination this Christmas and soak up your dose of Vitamin D with inspiration from trustworthy TripAdvisor.
Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
While Bali is amazing all year round, summer is truly magical. If you’re looking for a relaxing and affordable winter break, Seminyak has the best serene villas, views and friendly people. There’s something for everyone so you can travel with a group of friends or family hassle-free.
Beach bums can relax on their chairs next to infinity pools, sipping cocktails and tanning. Sporty types can go for hikes or try scuba-diving in the bay. Avid travelers can enjoy museums and guided city tours during the day, too.
Cape Town, South Africa
One of the hottest (literally!) vacation spots at the moment, Cape Town is a world-class beach destination that you can’t miss. From the pristine Clifton, Camps Bay and Muizenberg beaches to the fantastic rooftop views, this seaside city has it all.
The world’s fashion and design capital (as it was voted in 2014), Cape Town is full of happy, sexy and fun-loving people who live all year like it’s holidays. Hike up the world-famous Table Mountain, indulge in the trendy restaurant scene or simply spend your summer floating in the turquoise waters of the perfectly preserved beaches. You’ll soon forget that it’s winter where you come from. Just remember that there is a serious drought at the moment, so be careful when taking long showers! We’re all here to protect our planet.
Byron Bay, Australia
This famous and trendy spot is not necessarily known for the architectural highlights or historic monuments. Byron is best known for its chilled, bohemian and nature-loving vibe. Tourists love the atmosphere and the friendliness of the locals. In Byron you surf, you sleep late, you spend balmy evenings outside and you enjoy good food.
Byron is also a very special place for the Cinta Manis team, as it was one of the places we were inspired in our boho-chic style, our swimwear and our accessories. If you don’t find inspiration along the beautiful shores of Byron and if you don’t feel an innate relaxation when visiting there, you won’t find it anywhere.
The Greek islands are known for their paradisiac views and picture-perfect little towns, so naturally they come to mind when planning a winter break. There’s sun pretty much all year long, so you can easily hop on over from Europe in March for some T-shirt weather.
The city’s ancient history along with its delicious traditional cuisine and friendly, welcoming people tempt tourists every year. Cyprus is definitely one of the most accessible spots for a quick, affordable trip during winter.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
This naturally diverse and little-known destination is becoming trendy quickly. The best time to go is as soon as possible, before it turns into a major tourist attraction. The beaches to the South of Colombo are lined with tea plantations and rice paddies, making for a truly tranquil escape.
With so many wild animals, an interesting culture and delicious, exotic food, Sri Lanka should definitely be on your winter getaway list.
You might already have obligations with friends and family for a white Christmas, but hey… A girl can dream, can’t she? If it’s not too late, there are some great last-minute airfare deals to encourage tourists to jet off into summer.
For your mental health, your physical health and your overall mood, it has been proven that sunshine is absolutely necessary. We’re not complaining about that, because the Cinta Manis team will take any excuse to hit the beach!
-With Sweet Love