TOP 7 destinations for the best tanning this winter

ТОП-7 направлений для лучшего загара этой зимой

Tour operators named the TOP 7 destinations where you can go this winter for the best tan. There are direct flights from Moscow to popular beach resorts: depending on the destination, the flight will take from 5.5 to 14 hours.

Together with tour operators Coral Travel, PEGAS Touristik, Ambotis Holidays, FUN&SUN, Anex, Russian Express, Space Travel, PAC Group, TEZ TOUR and Let’sfly (part of the Group of Companies “Fly.“) have compiled the TOP 7 beach destinations for the best tanning this winter season.

According to experts, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Cuba, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Hainan are on this list.


Tour operators name a comfortable air temperature among the advantages of a vacation in Egypt, which makes it pleasant to visit sightseeing programs and get acquainted with the rich history of the country. The air in the Red Sea resorts warms up to about +25 °C during the day, and the water temperature usually stays at +20-23 °C.

A relatively short direct flight by current standards is also in favor of the direction: 6-6.5 hours.

“Egypt is suitable for those who want the sea and the sun, but in the absence of sultry heat,” Anex suggests.

Nevertheless, as PEGAS Touristik warns, despite the low air temperature, combined with seasonal winds, it is possible to get burned in Egyptian resorts. Therefore, it is mandatory to use protective equipment.


Thailand is a year-round destination, but from November to April it is especially comfortable to be here, because during this period the dry season begins. The air temperature is kept at +26-33 °C, the water temperature is +28°C.

Picturesque landscapes and dense tropics, fresh fruits and seafood, a variety of beaches and coves, many temples and attractions allow you to get a lot of impressions from a vacation in Thailand.  The sun is quite active in this part of the world, therefore, being in direct sunlight for a long time, it is better to use means with a high degree of protection.

“Sunburn due to humidity falls smoothly and quickly, but at the same time lasts a long time. Do not forget about sun protection, especially in the middle of the day,” FUN&SUN recommends.

A direct flight from Moscow to Phuket and Pattaya will take 9-10 hours.


In the UAE, the sun is the mildest in the winter months, which allows tourists to relax comfortably and go on excursions. For example, in Dubai, you can try a desert safari, go to trendy restaurants and shopping, visit colorful shows, and, of course, get the most out of a beach holiday.

Children will be delighted with the world’s largest aquarium, The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Aquaventure and Wild Wadi water parks and theme parks included in Dubai Parks and Resort.

In Ras al Khaimah, you can find sandy beaches with a gentle entrance to the sea and some of the best thermal springs in the UAE. Sharjah has many museums, art galleries and other attractions. Sharjah is also known for its markets. For example, the Blue Market has the largest selection of gold jewelry. 

You can also go to Abu Dhabi for a beach holiday. The main attractions of the emirate are located on one artificially created island of Yas. For example, Ferrari Park and Formula 1 Circuit, Warner Bros. Park World Abu Dhabi and the Yas Waterworld Water Park.

The flight from Moscow to Dubai will take 5.5-6 hours.


In Sri Lanka, the high season with a comfortable temperature for rest from mid-November to mid-April lasts in the south-west and in the central part of the island, where Negombo, Colombo, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Kandy, Sigiriya and others are located. The air temperature reaches + 25-30°C.

The most beautiful beaches can be found in the south-west of the island, for example, in resorts such as Mirissa or Bentota. At the same time, the most developed infrastructure awaits tourists in Negombo, from here it is also convenient to get to the main attractions and picturesque places in the center of Sri Lanka.

Dickwella, Unawatuna, Veligama and Mirissa are considered resorts for a relaxing, mostly family vacation. In the latter period from November to April, many people come to see the blue whale (at this time, whale migration takes place). Hikkaduwa is distinguished by the presence of trendy cafes and the atmosphere of parties, a large number of young people.

You can stay in luxury hotels on the island. The cancellation of the visa fee for Russians until March 31, 2024 is another advantage for traveling to Sri Lanka in winter. 

A direct flight from Moscow to Sri Lanka takes about 8.5-9 hours.


The period from November to April is the best time in terms of weather conditions to travel to Cuba. At this time, it is dry in the Caribbean, the heat is not as strong as in summer, and it is much easier to bear. Average daytime air temperature: + 25°C, water temperature + 26°C.

According to PEGAS Touristik, January is considered the coolest month in Cuba, so it’s better to stock up on warm clothes for the evening. But there is an advantage in the absence of heat: the sea breeze moisturizes the skin well, the soft sun shines comfortably and a perfect tan is provided. 

By the way, on the island of Cayo Coco, the tan turns out to be very uniform: since the sun is not as hot as in other regions, you can enjoy the beach without fear of sunburn.

Well, the festive atmosphere reigning on Liberty island with incendiary rhythms and the taste of traditional Cuban rum will give you an unforgettable vacation.

The flight time on a direct flight from Moscow to Cuba is 13-14 hours.


The temperature of the water and air here practically does not change throughout the year: +26-28 °C. The sun is very bright here, so you can’t do without sunscreen.

But due to the fact that the hotels are located on the islands, there is no sweltering heat in the Maldives. In addition, bungalows are usually surrounded by palm trees, and there is always shade.

The flight from Moscow to Male takes 9-9.5 hours.


The best place to travel in February in Hainan is Sanya resort, emphasize in the “Russian Express”. The average air temperature is +28-35°C, the water temperature is +29°C. It’s dry and sunny.  Sanya resort is famous for its diverse base of hotels: from premium to economical level.

The flight on a direct Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Hainan takes about 10 hours.

Elena Myagkova

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