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April 18, 2010

DUBAI

Flying time from UK: 7 hours
Typical air fare: Around £450
Temperature: 26°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 8
Chance of rain: 6 per cent
Why go: Dubai’s dry desert climate means hot, rain-free days, and although the coastline can feel over-developed with its glitzy hotels, the sand is soft and the sea warm. Beyond the beach, there are vast shopping malls, spice souks – even an often-derided but much-enjoyed indoor ski slope; and 45 minutes’ drive from downtown you’re among desert dunes, where you can go wadi-bashing or horse-riding.
Get me there: Kuoni (01306 747008, www.kuoni.co.uk) has five nights at the Jebel Ali Goif Resort and Spa from £1,036pp, including flights from Heathrow, accommodation and transfers.
Or try: Oman, Dubai’s much less-visited sibling. It has fewer crowds, footprint-free beaches, medieval forts, Bedouin villages and world-class dive sites.
SUNSHINE SCORE:4
Great heat and great shopping – don’t come to Dubai for peace and quiet though.

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April 18, 2010

CYPRUS

Flying time from UK: 4.5 hours
Typical air fare: Around £190
Temperature: 18°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 6
Chance of rain: 19 per cent
Why go: Cyprus enjoys long, sunny days and T-shirt temperatures well into December. Avoid the popular seasonal resorts and head instead for Paphos, Limassol or Larnaca – working towns that stay open all year. Paphos is a favourite for its beautifully preserved Roman mosaics and attractive harbour: a long promenade with excellent restaurants. Try Hondros, on Apostolos Pavlos Avenue.
Get me there: Olympic Holidays (0870 429 4242, www.olympichoiidays.com) has seven nights’ B&B at Almyra from £486pp, including Gatwick flights.
Or try: Egypt – only 30 minutes more flying time from the UK than Cyprus lies the Red Sea, where you’ll find warmer weather, great diving and sandy beaches.
SUNSHINE SCORE: 2
It’s sunny, but Cyprus isn’t bikini weather- 18°C is the same as London in September.

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April 18, 2010

LANZAROTE

Flying time from UK: 4.5 hours
Typical airfare: Around £120
Temperature: 21°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 6
Chance of rain: 19 per cent
Why go: Lanzarote is the classiest of the Canaries, with whitewashed villages, smooth volcanic sands, family-owned tapas bars and great surf breaks. The island works hard to conserve its natural beauty, especially the dramatic lava patterns in Timanfaya National Park. Eat a scenic lunch nearby at El Diablo, a restaurant created by local artist Cesar Manrique, with a kitchen that uses the volcano’s geothermal heat.
Get me there: Thomas Cook (0870 160 9192, www.flexibletrips.com) has seven nights’ B&B from £289pp, including flights from Gatwick.
Or try: The Cape Verde Islands, another archipelago off the West African coast, with an exotic blend of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures.
SUNSHINE SCORE: 4
If you’re looking for affordable, quick-fix winter warmth, Lanzarote is a good bet.

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