Snow, sleet and constant rain may have brought your mood down since the turn of the New Year. That prosperous and motivated ethic may have been hindered by the monotonous, grey skies, skin-nipping cold and miserable rain fall that only seems to fluctuate between a torrential drenching and a sodden light drizzle.
And with the blossom of spring and shimmer of summer time still an age away, you may be craving a change of scenery (and temperature) after a turbulent start to the year. It’s no surprise that these late winter weeks see many people heading away from the British Isles for regions of a higher climate.
It can never hurt to treat yourself and your family to a luxurious mid-season break. After all, there’s only so much cold, grey and wet you can take.
Head South For The Winter
One of the stand-out places that many people visit throughout the year is the scintillating and glamorous Le Midi – or the South of France as it is more commonly known.
Scoping the warm peripheries of Spain and Italy, the south of France basks between the shimmering blue seas of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. With average temperatures touching the high ‘teens’ around this time of year, it’s no surprise Southern France is one of the most popular seasonal getaways.
France’s close proximity means that travelling is the least of your concerns. Having a reputation for mega-rich yachts, glitzy beachfront hotels as well as being host to some of the world’s most exclusive events, it’s understandable that many people choose to fly privately. Not only is this one of the finest ways to travel, but it also ensures that you experience no travel inconvenience’s during your holiday.
All this talk of expensive-wines, lavish lifestyles and the duly noted ‘finer-things-in-life’ are merely just the starting points of a holiday that will see you exploring a cultured and beautifully region.
So Where To jet off too?
Cannes – Located in the renowned French Rivera, Cannes is a destination that is more than often associated with success, easy-living and celebration. Veneered with luxury shops, restaurants and hotels, its lukewarm setting around this time of year means you really can explore both its historical heritage and modern-day landmarks. Home to the annual Cannes Film Festival, come May, you can brush shoulders and catch a glimpse of some of the biggest film and entertainment stars around.
Nice – Nice la Belle translates as ‘Nice the Beautiful’ and there really isn’t much of an argument. This ornate city is believed to be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Its archaic architecture borders a simply breath-taking seafront meaning you can balance cultural discovery with unparalleled relaxation.
St Tropez – Dubbed “the playground of jet-setters and millionaires”, Saint-Tropez oozes extravagance and indulgence. Glazed with clear blue beaches that wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean, the city is also glittered with iconic history. From its liberation in WWII, to being the birthplace of Bridget Bardot, you really can discover a lot more than you think in one of the world’s most elegant cities.
Monaco – The second smallest country in the world, Monaco is also the most densely populated country in the world. It is unsurprising, in a place labelled as a “tax haven”, that it boasts the world’s most expensive real estate market. But don’t let these expenses scare you away. Drenched in revolutionary history, its season-round warmth only compliments one of the most fascinating and luxurious places on the planet.
The Perfect Getaway
Whilst the South of France may appear exuberant and costly, it really isn't just about the glamour. Its off-the-coast landscapes and in-land villages are a vast with beauty. Its convenience for travel and tourists is unmatched making it one of the most hospitable places around. Not forgetting being home to one of the world's most scintillating and dangerous motor sporting events, the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, in late May.
So whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, a cultural excursion, or simply a break from the stresses of life, just remember that the South of France is just a stone’s throw away.
Charter-A Ltd are a private aircraft hire company who utilize a range of hassle-free private jet hire services to worldwide destinations making your airline travel bespose and private. This article was written by Phil Warrington.