Ideas for the February half-term holidays

It’s not too late to book a half-term family holiday, whether you want to chill on the beach in Thailand, go skiing in the French Alps or rent a villa near Disney World in Orlando. 

If you need a little inspiration before you book, here’s a rundown of ideas for the February half-term holidays…

Koh Samui, Thailand

What’s the weather like in Koh Samui in February?

If you’re heading to Koh Samui in February you’re guaranteed lots of sunshine and hardly any rain. In fact, Koh Samui sees less rainfall in February than in any other month of the year. Daily temperatures can reach up to 86F.

Flight times from London to Koh Samui

You can fly from London to Koh Samui (via Bangkok) in around 13 hours.

Thailand is a good place to visit for February half term

Things to do

Think white sandy beaches, boutique spas and idyllic islands. You can sample traditional Thai cuisine and see the world from a new perspective on an elephant trek. Little ones will love the Coco Splash Water Park, as well as zip-lining over Samui’s rich rainforest. Other kid-friendly attractions include football golf, where you steer a football around a golf course – using your feet, of course – as well as go-karting, kayaking, crazy golf, kids’ playgrounds and beaches galore.

Where to stay in Koh Samui in February

This luxury Koh Samui vacation home is still available for the February half-term holidays.

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Offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a private swimming pool, this pretty villa is located in the Bangrak area, close to the beach, and within easy reach of the popular Fisherman’s Village area.

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Orlando

What’s the weather like in Orlando in February?

The weather in Orlando during February half-term holiday is perfect for little ones. Daytime temperatures begin to creep upwards as spring arrives, and you can expect it to reach a comfortable 73F during the day – warm enough to enjoy Orlando’s water parks. It’s also a good time to visit the theme parks as they aren’t as crowded as in the peak summer months (see our handy crowd calendar for more information). February is a great time for golf too, as you won’t have to endure the stifling heat experienced later in the year.

Flight times from London to Orlando

The average flight time from London to Orlando is around 9 hours.

Places to visit for February half term

Things to do in Orlando during February half term

There’s so much to do in Orlando you’ll find it tricky deciding where to start!

If you’re visiting Orlando for the February half-term holiday, you’ll be in time for the Mardi Gras festival at Universal Studios and the Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Disney World. Kids will love the never-ending theme parks, as well as other highlights like Aquatica and Gatorland. There’s also an array of fantastic shopping and entertainment districts too, like i-Drive 360, Universal Citywalk and Disney Springs.

If you need any more inspiration, there are themed dinners, wacky museums, indoor play zones and animal parks. There’s indoor skydiving too, so your little ones can actually fly – we’re not kidding.

If you stay in one of our luxury villas in Orlando, you’ll have some of Florida’s best golf courses on your doorstep, plus fantastic resort amenities like water parks, swimming pools, restaurants, sports facilities and kiddie play zones.

Where to stay in Orlando during February half term

This expansive Orlando villa is available at discounted rates for February half-term.

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It offers 7 bedrooms, a cinema, a game room and a large private swimming pool – there’s also a Harry Potter-themed bedroom that little ones will love. The beautiful home is located in the exclusive Reunion Resort community, just 5.5 miles from Disney World.

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Chamonix, France

What’s the weather like in Chamonix in February?

If you’re heading to Chamonix in February, you can expect lots of snow and some seriously good conditions for skiing and snowboarding.

Flight times from London

You can fly from London to Geneva, Switzerland in 1 hour, 30 minutes. From Geneva, you can drive to Chamonix in around an hour.

Holiday ideas for February half-term

Things to do

Chamonix is one of the highest and most famous ski resorts in France. It’s also home to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain range in Europe. It boasts stunning surroundings and a whole host of family-friendly attractions that make it perfect for the February half-term holidays.

The half-term week is pretty busy on the slopes, but you shouldn’t let that put you off. You can avoid the waiting times by pre-ordering your lift passes. You can also book skiing lessons so you won’t have to queue for the lifts. Dining in-chalet is a great way to avoid the busy restaurants, or you could even take a packed lunch out onto the slopes.

It’s not all about just skiing either. Chamonix is a great place for non-ski activities like husky dog rides, hiking and snowshoeing. You can chill out at a spa, or visit the surrounding towns with their great shops and buzzing après ski.

Where to stay

This luxury chalet in Chamonix offers breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Chamonix villas

There are 6 bedrooms, as well as first-class facilities including a movie theater, a game room, a sauna, a gym and a hot tub.

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Turks and Caicos

What’s the weather like in February?

Like much of the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos islands have become a year-round holiday destination. The high season runs from around mid-December to mid-April, so if you visit for the February half-term holiday, you’re guaranteed great weather. Average daytime temperatures will be around 80-84F, with a constant trade wind that keeps the climate feeling comfortable.

Flight times from London to Turks and Caicos

Around 10 hours.

February half-term holidays in Turks and Caicos

Things to do in Turks and Caicos in February

There’s the main tourist centre of Providenciales, as well as the quieter islands of Middle and North Caicos, and the historic capital island of Grand Turk. Each area offers its own unique character and charm, but all offer plenty of things to do.

Providenciales, or Provo as it is known locally, is the best known of the islands with a wide range of hotels, restaurants and attractions. In Grand Turk you’ll get a glimpse into Caribbean history, with the area’s Bermudian architecture and traditional laid-back vibe. You’ll find some of the best diving there, too.

Middle and North Caicos are great if you’re looking to find the best of the local environment. There are secluded bays to explore, as well as lush green woodlands and the biggest cave network in the Caribbean.

South Caicos is the centre for fishing, with lobster and conch exported from the islands. You’ll find the historic Cockburn Harbour here too, as well as secluded beaches with gorgeous views over the turquoise sea.

Most of the islands are only around 10–25 minutes by air from Provo, and most of them can be reached by boat.

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos

This elegant oceanfront villa in Providenciales is ideal for a family holiday in Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos villas

There are 3 en-suite bedrooms, as well as spacious indoor/outdoor living areas and a large infinity pool. The property is conveniently located close to Leeward Marina, and just a short drive from the famous Grace Bay Beach area.

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Miami

What’s the weather like in February?

Hailed as a place where the sun shines all year round, Miami is a top choice for the February half-term holidays. Similar to Orlando, temperatures in Miami are starting to heat up for the spring, so you can expect daily temperatures of around 76F.

Flight time from London

Flights from London to Miami International take around 9 hours.

half-term holidays in Miami

Things to do

If you’re visiting Miami for February half term, there are endless kid-friendly things to experience. There are sunny palm-fringed beaches where little ones can splash around and build sandcastles. There’s also the colourful art deco architecture, which is sure to wow visitors of all ages.

For day trips head to South Beach, a great place for swimming and water sports, as well as roller skating along the famous boardwalk. Or head to Miami Zoo, the only zoo in the US located in a subtropical climate. Another great place is Jungle Island, where you can spot exotic birds and a variety of wild animals.

It’s not just the kids that will love Miami, either. For golfers, it’s paradise. The city is also home to world-class spas, great shops and an excellent range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Where to stay in Miami

Set in a peaceful gated community in Palm Beach, this huge 5-bedroom villa is the perfect place for a family getaway.

Miami for February half-term holiday

Fringed by immaculately manicured gardens and right by the waterfront, it features a swimming pool and a hot tub, plus a movie theater and a private boat dock.

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If you’re booking a trip for the February half-term holidays, you can call the Top Villas travel team for any help or advice you need. Additionally, the concierge service can arrange any added holiday extras such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

 

 

Where Millionaires Ski

where millionaires ski

France has long been home to some of the finest ski resorts. World class snow, wine and accommodation attract thousands of millionaires each winter, so where do the rich and famous ski? Where are the best places to indulge your senses and splash some cash? Find out below.

introducing courchevel ski resort

Courchevel is the flagship for millionaire ski haunts and where you’ll find some of the most elusive and affluent guests. Synonymous with glamour, the Courchevel ski resort has had a rapid rise to fame, thanks to a large influx of wealth from all over Europe and most notably Russia.

With the breath taking views of Mont Blanc looming on the horizon, it is easy to see why this resort is so appealing and why the pounds, dollars and Rubles have flooded in. Beautiful landscape aside, the Michelin starred restaurants, world class shopping and well-groomed slopes have helped to draw in the guests and made Courchevel the famous skiing hotspot it is today.

The Courchevel area is split into four main villages; Le Praz, Courchevel, Moriond and Courchevel itself. Courchevel is the main prestigious hub, where the richest can be seen splashing their cash. It’s not unusual to see a Ferrari idling in the McDonald’s drive through, or celebrities visiting pricey shops and restaurants. While you’d be hard pressed not to spend thousands on your trip here, not everything is aimed at the über rich, with plenty of opportunities available for those looking to ski on a budget in both Moriond and Praz.

introducing chamonix

Chamonix is a ski resort at the base of Mont Blanc that is steeped in alpine history. From its Victorian roots, this resort has risen from a simple climbing base to hosting the Winter Olympics, emerging as one of the leading locations for all-mountain skiing – a favourite past time of the ever growing millionaire skiing population. Known as “le grand ski”, Chamonix is a rite of passage for any budding skier, with blissful pistes for all difficultly levels.

Away from the slopes Chamonix has many delightful features that attract the gentile elite. Private accommodation is often extravagant, with most private vacation rentals offering chauffeurs, cigar selections and personal chefs to entertain their guests before they ski. Shopping is also an absolute must here – with an abundance of high end stores suited to those with a higher budget and smaller, niche boutiques hidden amongst the sedate Victorian architecture.

Whereas Courchevel oozes glamour and showbiz, Chamonix remains a cosmopolitan, down to earth location that still meets the demands of the rich and famous.

For more information about any of these resorts or services mentioned, please contact our travel experts.

Top Villa’s Pool of The Week

Located in the perfect hillside destination, this villa includes all you could possibly need for a peaceful vacation away.

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Overlooking an exceptional landscape and set within such a calming environment, there isn’t any place better to stay or a quick getaway. Housing up to 10 guests and including many rewarding amenities, the villa is simply heavenly.

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Positioned under the astounding, clear blue skies is a never ending stretch of luscious greenery to feasts yours eyes on. As there’s an overwhelming nature setting, it places the villa in the best place to relax and let all the everyday worries float away.

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The pool area itself is bursting with quaint features. Using Mediterranean style decor including light colored terracotta tiles, adoring shrubbery and pastel colored walls, it adds an element of differentiation to the usual vacation rental. Boasting an infinity edge pool, leaning over the impeccable view, what better way to enjoy a swim than in such a tranquil environment.

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Delve into the calming waters for a paddle or even just sit amongst the cooling waves to chill and take a glimpse at the incredible view. With seating spots scattered all around, there’s room for all your family to appreciate the scenery and sunshine.

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If this wasn’t enough, entering inside the villa, a bar area is available. Whip up an array of fruity cocktails for you and all your guests to share in the beautiful weather, to create some unforgettable holiday memories.

Experience a taste of the fantastic Saint Tropez today, for more information or to book this villa, click here