Where to go for a last-minute holiday

Winter is very much here and these last few weeks have been quite chilly. If you can’t wait for the real heat of summer, why not take a last-minute holiday to sunnier climes? That way you can get some vitamin D, some fun or relaxed holiday time, and you’ll bring home new energy. You’ll also be ready to make it until the bright summer sunshine returns to South Africa.

Here are a few places to visit and our tips on what to do while you chase warmer weather on a last-minute holiday.

Mauritius

While it is winter in Mauritius when it is winter in South Africa, winter in Mauritius is warmer. You may not have the soaring heat of a Mauritian summer but you will still need your costume, sunnies, sunscreen, hat, and a few ways to keep cool.

Mauritius is perfect for a relaxed holiday. Whether you’d like to spend your days lying on the beach soaking up some sun or taking a leisurely swim in the pool or the sea, you can do all this and more.

Enjoying some fun at a private pool in a Club Med villa in Mauritius

For those wanting something more active there are plenty of water sports, as well as cycling and walking routes for you to try. Mauritius’ beautiful, lush landscape lends itself to great nature walks. You can work up a sweat while spotting tropical birds, flora, and fauna.

Top tips

For great nature walks with epic views try Black River Gorges National Park and the nature area around Tamarind Falls.

Indonesia

While this long-haul destination will include some serious travel time, you can rest-assured it will be worth it. From water sports to spiritual activities, Indonesia has it all. You’ll want to make sure you have ample time in Indonesia so that you can really enjoy all the country has to offer (and really get value out of travelling so far).

Yum! Some delicious Indonesian cuisine to try while on holiday in Indonesia

Indonesia is perfect for many types of holidays: surfers will love the waves in Bali, fit travellers will love the nature walks and activities in various areas across the country, culture lovers will love learning about Indonesian culture, and foodies will love the food here. While in Indonesia you can also get in touch with your spiritual side by taking a spiritual retreat and learning meditation.

If you are looking for a little bit of everything, you can mix up your holiday activities between spiritual experiences; wellness treatments; fun, sweat-inducing walks; adrenalin-pumping surfing; delicious Indonesian cuisine; and more.

Top tips

If you love marine life, you simply must visit the underwater sea gardens of Weda Bay in North Maluku.

If you are into history and culture, check out Bali’s temples such as the Tanah Lot and Uluwatu temples.

Thailand

Thailand’s many islands boast great nightlife, beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, and more. Thailand is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and disconnect from the digital, at least for a little bit. The country is also a great place to learn more about Buddhism and return home a little more balanced.

A quite space at which to disconnect on a holiday to Thailand

For the ultimate relaxation, book yourself in for a traditional Thai massage with a professional. Hat Karon (Karon beach) is the ideal place to warm up under the sun. It is the longest beach in Phuket and a popular tourist attraction.

While in Thailand you should spend some time in Bangkok where you can visit the Grand Palace. The architecture here is astounding and culture lovers will enjoy seeing the temple of the Emerald Buddha – an important temple in Thai culture.

Top Tips

Visit Erawan National Park to see the falls of the same name and check out Huai Nam Dang National Park for beautiful forests and get scenic mountain views.

Malaysia

Shop until you drop in Malaysia. Part of the country’s tourism mandate is to position it as a world-class shopping destination so there are plenty of opportunities for you to shop. Besides fabulous malls where you can shop to your heart’s content, in August this year you can check out the latest trends at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week.

Enjoying a nature walk in Malaysia with Club Med

While in Malaysia it is also worth checking out Mount Kinabalu – the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It is also located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Kinabalu Park, which is a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia and boasts some incredible flora from the region.

The Cameron Highlands in Pahang are also worth a visit. Experience hiking trails, Instagrammable views, local tea, and tasty delights. There are also a few temples here if you are interested in cultural attractions.

Top tips

Food in Malaysia is divine! Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur is popular for its street food and a must-visit if you would like to sample some delicious local cuisine.

To catch the beginning of the big Malaysia year-end sale, travel to Malaysia at the beginning of October.

Where to stay

There are plenty of accommodation options in these four countries. In Mauritius you can choose between the newly-refurbished Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers; the 5-trident Club Med La Plantation d’Albion; or the luxury Club Med Albion villas.

In Indonesia choose between the picturesque Club Med Bintan Island or the 4-trident Club Med Bali. Both Club Med villages offer excellent water sports, spas, and all the experiences you need to get the most out of Indonesia.

A spacious room at Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia

In Thailand enjoy the peace and relaxation of Club Med Phuket for the ultimate Thai holiday. You can enjoy days experiencing Thai culture or working up a sweat in the great outdoors and spend your evenings partying it up at the Club Med parties. You’ll also enjoy the variety of food available at the Club Med village’s two restaurants.

Head to Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia for a wonderful holiday. It is set amid tropical flora and fauna with the waves inviting you to take a swim or try some water sports. Here, nature is your playground and adventure lies around every corner.

Whichever Club Med village (or resort) you choose, your All-Inclusive package really does include everything. Book your flights with the Travel Agency by Club Med and your package will include your airport transfers. So, your food, drinks, accommodation, in-resort activities, entertainment, and more are all included. Book that last-minute holiday today!