We all love a dose of Winter sun. Here’s our hotlist of year round sun destinations packed with vegan and vegetarian cafés to refuel and rejuvenate.


Bali – Winter temperature: 31C

Bali is hot year-round and is cheapest during November – April. This is due to the rainy season, but don’t be put off. Think short, sharp tropical bursts and glistening jungle and waterfalls. It’s ideal for a Winter sun healthy getaway.

The Indonesian island is a plant based heaven with a clutch of Glowcations dotted around the main tourist areas.

Vibe: volcanoes, designer pools, temples and luxe hotels

Our favourites are:

The smoothie bowl heaven Kynd Community in the luxury beach resort of Seminyak. Don’t miss out on the bespoke mango letters and the juices.

If you’re visiting cultural Ubud, head to Moksa specialising in raw, vegan food with it’s own permaculture garden.

If boho Canggu is more your vibe, then Motion is the go to plant based fitness spot. They support local farmers and sustainability and have an extensive range of organic food options including Paleo, Keto, Alkaline, Vegan and low sugar.

 

Dubai – Winter temperature: 26C

This desert city is not only a stopover hub, but at only 7 hours flight time from Europe, an increasingly popular Winter sun destination. Home to the world’s tallest building and the globe’s largest man made island, Dubai likes to break records.  With an 80% ex pat community, the Aussie brunch scene and plant based eating is also booming. The hotels are first class and so are the growing number of plant-based cafés.

Vibe: white sand, skyscrapers, glitz and shopping

With much of the Dubai eating scene based around hotels and malls, brunch power duo, Tom Arnel and Serg Lopez, have created a stable of independent cafés catering for plant based overs.

Our favourites are:

The white tiled original Tom and Serg  in Al Quoz, AKA the brunch destination in town. All food is fresh, free range and wholesome with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options from smashed avo with fried pine nuts to the salted caramel french toast with blueberry poached pear.

The Downtown bakery and café The Sum Of Us with knockout detox juices and açai bowls, chai puddings and breakfast bowls. Savouries include shakshouka and mushroom quesadilla.

Finally, just two blocks form Umm Suqeim beach, is the laid back, flip-flop friendly Surf Cafe. The menu is massive with an inventive vegan section plus sensational salads, açai and poké bowls.

Phuket – Winter temperature: 31C

 

Thailand has literally hundreds of islands to choose from for Winter sun, but for a healthy café fuelled trip you can’t beat the original castaway fantasy of Phuket. Lying on the west coast, (which has the best weather from December to March) it has over 36 beaches from buzzing Patong to the chilled charm of Nai Harn.

Vibe: chic beach shacks, turquoise sea, sunsets and spas

Our favourite Glowcations lie in the south:

In Phuket Town, The Gallery Café has traditional Thai architecture and a beautiful courtyard – perfect for sipping on a matcha latte or their signature design your own juice and all day breakfasts. There are two other branches on Phuket one in Chalong and one in Rawai.

Also in laid back Rawai we love to sink into in the armchairs and sofas of The Origami Café and indulge in delicate Vietnamese rolls followed by a cooling Nana Bowl, a protein packed fruit smoothie bowl.

Finally, there’s Wilson’s ticking the beach shack box. Our go to dish is the Garden salad with added poached egg and avo. They poach eggs to perfection here and they also make a mean turmeric latte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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