Winter Sun: Experience modern style and traditional culture in South-East Asia

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As the weather outside gets colder, it's time to look ahead to a winter sun getaway....

Beat the winter blues with these exotic destinations that have sizzling sunshine all year round...

The Fortress, Sri Lanka

Set on an idyllic beach just 15 minutes away from the historic town of Galle, you will find The Fortress - a chic and contemporary hotel with a relaxed get-away-from-it-all vibe. The property is styled after Galle's Dutch Fort, combing historic Dutch and Portuguese architecture with traditional Asian influences.

Spend your days lounging on the white sands or take a dip in the huge contemporary swimming pool surrounded by palm tress. If you need a bit of action there are water-sports available nearby and a fitness centre on-site to get your pulse racing.

The Fortress, Sri Lanka Winter Sun holidays

In the afternoon stop off at the hotel spa to relax and ease any aches and pains or just take a soak in the huge free-standing bathtubs. When the sun-sets you can choose from a fantastic range of dining options including a unique glass cave wine cellar!

Plus, Sri Lanka's world renowned whale and dolphin watching is best between December and April so you may even get to see a blue whale if you're lucky.

Rooms cost from £919 per adult for 7 nights (based on 2 adults sharing a Fortress room), including breakfast, flights and transfers.

The Fortress, Sri Lanka, Winter Sun holidays

Pimalai, Thailand

Pimalai is a tropical paradise nestled in Thailand's South-west Province of Krabi, Koh Lanta. This hillside estate, which overlooks a crystal clear bay, is known for its luxurious jungle spa and awe-inspiring infinity pool, which is guaranteed to banish stress.

Those seeking a little bit more adventure can visit the hotels' own dive centre, explore the culture-rich surrounding area or walk the 900-metre stretch of white sandy beaches.

Thailand Winter Sun holidays

The 82 rooms, suites and beach villas are dotted around the property and kitted-out with king size beds and stunning views of the sea. Of an evening, venture out to experience some of the local night-life and the few bars, restaurants and shops tucked away in the hills.

It's not the easiest place to get to, but once you've made it you'll never want to leave! Rooms cost from £1,069 per adult for 7 nights (based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe room), including breakfast, flights and transfers.

Thailand Winter Sun

For more winter sun getaways visit the experts at Western & Oriental and their sister company Rainbow Tours.

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