It's been a crazy, stupid year... and how about we end it with some love. Nothing can be more healing for the body and mind than a spot of sun, so why not give yourself a bit of TLC and loving with an injection of winter sun? Forget the winter chill and think blue skies, white sand, punchy cocktails and stripping off into your Boardies® swimwear. There are dozens of options to choose from but we've selected our top five places on the map to hit for a slice of sunny heaven. Remember, whatever destination you pick, there's a Boardies® print for them all.
You certainly get a sense of island time once you arrive in Hawaii. With eight major islands to choose from America's 50th state will keep you busy. Being the birthplace of Mai Tais and surfing, Hawaii will immediately lull you into a chilled out vibe. Hit the Big Island for a blanket of sublime beaches and volcanic terrain. The town of Hilo has a mix of lively restaurants and a colourful farmers market stocked with coconuts. Over in Honolulu you'll find more swanky, skyscraper-style bars with people ready to party. Boardies® Tropicano Swim Shorts will fit right in on the famed Waikiki beach.
The idyllic Indonesian Island of Bali, where a bottle of beer will set you back less than one pound, has long been tipped as the best-value long-haul winter holiday destination. If you're looking to unwind, the volcanic spot is peppered with surfing, yoga and meditation retreats, especially in the cultural capital of Ubud. The balmy temperatures (Bali has an average of 27 degrees Celcius in December) and drifting smell of incense will help you to find a more relaxed state of mind. Take the opportunity to trek or motorbike among the sacred mountains or brush up on your surf skills down on one of the many white-sand shorelines. Be sure to pack a pair of Boardies® Wooden Sunglasses.
Malta's just a three hour flight away from London, and whilst it might not be piping hot in December temperatures stay in the teens. The capital Valletta has beautiful architecture and there's a pretty colourful party scene if you head over to St Julian's. There you'll find a menagerie of late night spots, plus an ocean-fronting casino. If you're looking for some down time, hire a car and go for a roam around the rugged island of Gozo. Think white sand beaches, piercing blue water and gaping cliff edges. This year the Mediterranean archipelago was named as one of the top places to visit by the New York Times.
You don't need to be a honeymooner to go to the Maldives. You can occasionally snag really amazing flight deals to the capital Male and once you're there there's nothing much else other to do than to relax. Once you've found an island to land on (there are 1,190 to choose from) indulge in some typical desert island activities. The snorkeling is sublime, with shoals of colourful fish, graceful turtles and manta rays sailing by if you're lucky. If you're a surfer, we've been told there's some amazing waves to be had. At the end of a water-filled day, there's nothing better than watching the sunset over the endless ocean with a tropical cocktail to hand.
You can saunter along the beaches in Costa Rica and not see another soul for miles. After landing in the bustling capital of San Jose make your way out to the countryside. Perched by the coast, Montezuma is a great place if traveling solo, as the locals will quickly welcome you into the grove. There's a great mix of ramshackle restaurants and bars. At night the streets come alive with performers - think yoga-sculpted people fire dancing and chanting songs. If you're an adventure junkie, then this Central American country will satisfy your appetite. From surfing to canyoning there are a wealth of activities on offer. The jungle offers the opportunity to spot sloths while pumas and poisonous dart frogs are also native to the country. For yogis, Costa Rica has dozens of retreats and centres to nourish the body and soul.