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The official top ten
Winter Sun Holidays

Perfect journeys from December to March…

If you're after a cultural 2019 winter escape, nothing beats Sri Lanka's historic forts and temples, peaceful tea plantations and palm-fringed fishing beaches. Add another dimension to your trip by following the Geoffrey Bawa pilgrimage route by staying in and visiting the great man’s architectural treasures, or for families who want a bit of adventure, we recommend our 'If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka' tour. 

North and South India are perfect if you’re hankering after a dose of even headier exoticism with your winter sunshine. From her balmy backwaters beaches, exquisite forts and palaces, to her vibrant people and colourful saris, India is a tremendously inspiring winter holiday destination, particularly evocative for children.

The vast archipelago of Indonesia is white hot from December to March and holds endless treats for tropics-lovers: emerald paddy fields, whispering volcanoes, pristine white beaches and warm turquoise seas  best explored on a luxury sailing voyage. This is also a great time of year to head to Vietnam for a luxury food tour, or to Laos and Cambodia for Angkor temples, charming cafés and a pampering private island treat. Burma is an ideal destination for adventure seekers and October to March it is the only time of year that hot air ballooning is possible. 

From swimming in see-through seas to able-fingered massages, gourmet food and exceptional service, the Maldives has all the ingredients for an utterly spoiling winter break. The Conrad Rangali is a fantastic all-rounder: it is great for families (it has a kiddie spa which does ice cream facials!) and it has one of the best house reefs for snorkelling and scuba diving. 

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Boutique South India: From Chennai to Cochin

  Boutique South India is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips. Starting in Chennai, begin your trip at Ampersand favourite, The Leela Chennai before journeying on to the charming town of...

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Geoffrey Bawa... An Architectural Tour of Sri Lanka

  Geoffrey Bawa... An Architectural Tour of Sri Lanka is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips. This tour draws pure inspiration from the late, great and talented Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey...

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Gems of North India... The Best of the Golden Triangle & Magical Udaipur

  Gems of North India is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips.This leisurely journey travels through the iconic highlights of India's Golden Triangle plus the fabled city of Udaipur. Discover the Mughal...

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Tiger Blue, Indonesia: The Ultimate Sea Safari

  Tiger Blue is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Family-friendly Itineraries and Top 10 Winter Sun Trips. Feel like the luckiest castaway alive on your tailor-made Tiger Blue itinerary. You will be able...

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A Heavenly Journey through Bali, Indonesia with Alila Villas & COMO hotels

  A Heavenly Journey through Bali is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips. This heavenly holiday captures the very best Bali has to offer staying in three of its finest 5...

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Bonjour Vietnam… A Fabulous Food-lovers Tour

  Bonjour Vietnam is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips. Revel in the French grandeur of Vietnam's colonial past on this comprehensive tour, staying at glorious colonial hotels from start to...

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Laid-back Luxury... From Laos to Cambodia's Angkor Temples & Song Saa Private Island Resort

  Laid-back Luxury is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips. This tour combines Laos and Cambodia's most alluring highlights: a stay in the enchanting former royal capital of Luang Prabang, an...

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The Golden Land of Burma… A Luxury Tour

  The Golden Land of Burma is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips. Having recently returned from Burma, James and Mark have put together their ideal trip to the 'Golden Land'...

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If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka...

  If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Family-friendly Itineraries. This tour is an Ampersand favourite! If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka we are sure that he...

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Conrad Rangali, Maldives - Complimentary Upgrade from Bed & Breakfast to Half Board Offer

  Conrad Maldives Rangali features in Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Destinations and our Top 10 Romantic Retreats.  This romantic resort offers sophisticated luxury surrounded by glorious natural beauty. The resort is split...

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Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India

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Spot #Geisha in #Kyoto at dusk & explore the nightlife in #Tokyo to experience its buzz 🇯🇵
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Explore #China on a tailor-made tour with us to delve into its rich culture, taste its world-renowned cuisine & stay at the exquisite #AmanSummerPalace
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Fine red shells blend seamlessly into the powdery white seashore of the #KomodoIslands to create this natural wonder - the otherworldly #PinkBeach 🏄🏼‍♀️🌊
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