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The Best Places to Travel to in February

As the winter chill envelops much of the world, February emerges as the perfect time to escape the cold and embark on a journey that promises warmth, adventure, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, this month offers a plethora of exciting destinations. Here, we’ve curated a list of some of the best places to travel in February, each with its unique charm and allure.

Maldives – A Tropical Paradise

In February, the Maldives is in its prime, offering balmy weather, calm seas, and clear skies. It’s an idyllic setting for romantic getaways and water enthusiasts. Dive into the crystal-clear waters to witness manta rays and whale sharks or simply relax on pristine, powder-soft beaches. The Maldives is a haven for those seeking pure tropical bliss.

Where to stay: OZEN Life Maadhoo

There are over 160 resorts in the Maldives and they are all very different so it’s important to speak to an expert (like us) to find the right resort for you. A personal favourite of ours though is OZEN Life Maadhoo and 4 of the Swords Travel team have stayed there.   Nestled in the idyllic South Male Atoll of the Maldives, OZEN Life Maadhoo stands out as an all-inclusive haven for luxury travelers. Boasting some of the Maldives’ finest all-inclusive offerings, this resort invites guests to experience the epitome of tropical indulgence. From overwater villas with breathtaking views to gourmet dining, a world-class spa, and even an enchanting underwater restaurant, OZEN Life Maadhoo offers an unparalleled all-inclusive experience in one of the world’s most exquisite destinations.

To find out more read Francesca’s blog ‘Just Checked Out… OZEN Life Maadhoo‘.

Seychelles – Island Hopping Adventure

Seychelles is a dreamy archipelago that beckons in February with pleasant weather and vibrant marine life. Explore the picturesque islands, each with its unique character, from the granite formations of La Digue to the lush jungles of Praslin. Seychelles offers an ideal backdrop for island-hopping adventures and nature lovers.

Where to stay: Club Med Seychelles

 Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Seychelles, Club Med Seychelles is located on it’s own private island, just a 10 minute speedboat away from Mahe. As one of the few all-inclusive resorts in the Seychelles, it offers a unique experience.   Guests can engage in a myriad of activities, while young travelers can explore the wonders of the island at the vibrant Kids Club. Club Med Seychelles epitomizes the essence of a tropical paradise, where every aspect of your stay is carefully crafted to ensure an unforgettable getaway for every member of the family. 

Hollie from the Swords Travel team visited Club Med Seychelles in May this year with her family and had an incredible time! 

Costa Rica – Biodiversity and Adventure

February in Costa Rica means dry, sunny days, making it an excellent time for exploring the country’s lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, and pristine beaches. From the captivating Arenal Volcano to the enchanting Monteverde Cloud Forest, this Central American gem offers endless adventures and eco-tourism opportunities.

Where to stay: Tailormade Tour with Audley Travel

For those seeking the quintessential Costa Rican experience, we recommend a multi-centre itinerary that allows you to explore the diverse wonders of this stunning country. Begin at Arenal Volcano for wildlife encounters and thrilling activities. Hike the Osa Peninsula’s jungle trails to spot monkeys, sloths, and toucans.   Relax by your infinity pool or go whale and dolphin watching in Uvita. Escape the crowds in a boutique cloudforest hideaway. This Costa Rica tour reveals uncharted wonders and unforgettable moments.

Discover the full itinerary: Luxury Costa Rica

Venice, Italy – Carnevale Celebrations

Venice in February comes alive with the famous Carnevale di Venezia, a masquerade spectacle that attracts visitors from around the world. Revel in the elegant costumes, elaborate masks, and a magical atmosphere as you explore the city’s intricate canals and historic architecture.

Where to stay: The Gritti Palace

Experience Carnevale di Venezia in grand style at The Gritti Palace. This historic palazzo-turned-hotel on the Grand Canal offers the perfect blend of Venetian heritage and modern luxury, with its proximity to St. Mark’s Square and private water taxi jetty. The Gritti Palace provides luxurious accommodations, canal views, and the perfect setting for indulging in Venice’s famous carnival. Enjoy masquerade balls, parades, and traditional masks within reach of this prestigious hotel. Your Carnevale di Venezia experience at The Gritti Palace will be extraordinary.

New Orleans, USA – Mardi Gras Extravaganza

For a unique and lively February experience, head to New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras celebration. Join the colorful parades, indulge in delicious Creole cuisine, and immerse yourself in the vibrant music and culture that defines this city.

Where to stay: Celebrity Cruises – New Orleans & The Caribbean

Enjoy the incredible Mardi Gras celebrations as part of Celebrity Cruises’ New Orleans & The Caribbean itinerary. Experience the enchanting atmosphere of Mardi Gras in the vibrant heart of New Orleans, where music, dance, and exquisite cuisine come together to create a spectacle like no other. Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of this iconic event while enjoying the luxurious comforts of your Celebrity Cruise. 

Queenstown, New Zealand – Adventure Capital

Queenstown’s southern hemisphere location means February is the height of summer. This charming town offers a myriad of adventure activities, from bungee jumping to jet boating. Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps, it’s an excellent choice for thrill-seekers.

Where to stay: Matakauri Lodge

When visiting Queenstown, New Zealand, Matakauri Lodge is the epitome of luxury and natural beauty. This idyllic lodge is nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. It’s the perfect retreat for those seeking a tranquil escape while still being within reach of Queenstown’s vibrant energy and outdoor adventures.

Mark has visited Matakauri Lodge  and it was by  far his favourite accommodation in Queenstown.

Montafon Valley, Austria – Skiing Paradise

February is the perfect time for a winter wonderland experience in many of the alps in Europe, with conditions being excellent for a ski break.  The Montafon Valley is cradled in the picturesque Austrian Alps. This destination is a haven for skiing enthusiasts and those seeking a touch of alpine charm. Explore the pristine slopes, soak in the idyllic surroundings, and enjoy a magical winter getaway in Montafon Valley.

Where to stay: The Montafon

Nestled in the snowy and picturesque Montafon valley, this Falksteiner hotel is an architectural delight. A sleek and modern building with huge glass windows that let in enormous swathes of light and offer breathtaking views of the mountains. This is a family active hotel brimming with enough activities to keep the kids entertained all day, every day. And with the beautiful Golm ski area on your doorstep, it’s every snow loving family’s little slice of heaven.

To find out more read Francesca’s blog ‘Just Checked Out… The Montafon

Kyoto, Japan – Plum Blossom Beauty

While cherry blossoms get all the fame, Kyoto’s plum blossoms offer an equally enchanting spectacle in February. Stroll through ancient temples and gardens while enjoying the delicate fragrance of these early spring blooms.

Where to stay: Sowaka

For an unforgettable plum blossom experience in Kyoto, choose the Gion district and stay at Sowaka, . The Gion area is known for its enchanting streets and historic ambiance, making it the perfect setting for plum blossom viewing. Sowaka Kyoto seamlessly blends the timeless customs of a traditional Japanese inn with contemporary comforts, creating a harmonious fusion of the old and the new. 

Cape Town, South Africa – A Summer Escape

February marks the height of summer in Cape Town, with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Visit Table Mountain, explore the Cape Winelands, or relax on the pristine beaches of the Western Cape.

Where to stay: The Cellars-Hohenort

For a remarkable stay in Cape Town, The Cellars-Hohenort stands out as an excellent choice. Nestled in a location that serves as a gateway to explore the diverse landscapes of the Western Cape, it offers breathtaking views of Table Mountain in one direction and picturesque vineyards in another. The Cellars-Hohenort not only boasts a fantastic location but also offers a top-notch dining experience. Guests can savor exquisite wines and gourmet delights, making it the perfect place for wine and culinary enthusiasts.

Sydney, Australia – Festival Season

Sydney comes alive in February with a plethora of cultural festivals and events. From the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, this city is a hub of celebrations.

Where to stay: Shangri-La Sydney


Nestled in the heart of Sydney, the “Shangri-La Sydney” stands as an iconic beacon of luxury and comfort. With its stunning waterfront location, this renowned hotel offers guests unrivaled views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge, making it the perfect base to explore all that this vibrant city has to offer. From world-class amenities to exceptional service, the Shangri-La Sydney is a testament to elegance and an invitation to a truly memorable stay. 

It’s a firm favourite of ours at Swords Travel  and Mark, Stuart and Hollie have all stayed here.

No matter your travel preferences, February offers an array of destinations that promise unforgettable experiences. Whether you seek tropical paradise, adventure, cultural exploration, or vibrant festivals, this month has a journey to suit every traveler’s desires. We’d love to help you start planning your February escape today and make the most of this magical time of year.

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