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Four destinations for getting away from the cold

Iberia Plus offers even more benefits when you stay at a Meliá hotel. In addition to earning Avios, as a member of the Iberia Plus programme, you’ll enjoy all the benefits offered by MeliáRewards. Select Iberia Plus as your favourite partner in your MeliáRewards account and you’ll earn three Avios for every euro spent. To help you to make the most of this offer, here are four irresistible destinations to escape to, with sun, fun and high temperatures guaranteed.

  1. 1 Dance to the rhythm of the samba at Carnival in Rio

    This year, Rio’s quintessential event takes place from 9 to 14 February. During this time, Rio throws the world’s biggest party, with costumes, dancing, street parties and a competition between the city’s 12 samba schools. The parade takes place in the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí, designed by Rio’s most globally renowned architect, Oscar Niemeyer.

    • Also designed by Niemeyer is the Gran Meliá Río de Janeiro. Besides being a local architectural gem, it boasts sumptuous rooms of more than 33 metres squared with views to the sea, the mountains or Christ the Redeemer.

    Views from the room. Gran Meliá Río de Janeiro
    Views from the room. Gran Meliá Río de Janeiro
  2. 2 Lie under a palm tree in the Dominican Republic

    Travel and weather experts say that January and February are the best months for travelling to the Caribbean because of the pleasant temperatures (that range from 20°C to 30°C every day) and plentiful sunshine. Exclusive Punta Cana, which boasts fine sand beaches and breath-taking sunsets, is an ideal place for a Valentine’s getaway or (why not?) a surprise wedding. The Paradisus Palma Real, for example, will help you organise a personalised ceremony.

    • If you’ve already said “I do” and are travelling with children, check out the Meliá Caribe Tropical, where you’ll have a complete Kids Zone where they’ll enjoy a broad variety of activities in well-maintained and modern facilities.

    Lie under a palm tree in the Dominican Republic
    Swimming pool. Meliá Caribe Tropical
  3. 3 Explore the Riviera Maya

    Mexico’s Caribbean coast offers endless opportunities to its visitors: whether it’s a day touring Chichen Itza (a spectacular complex of Mayan ruins); scuba diving off the coast of Cancún and visiting the 500 underwater sculptures at the Underwater Museum of Art; or enjoying the Playa del Carmen’s lively nightlife with its broad offer of cuisine and activities.

    • For adults only, the Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla is an all-inclusive luxury resort.  Butlers certified by TIBA (the International Academy of Butlers) offer discreet and personalised assistance.


    Explore the Riviera Maya at Playa del Carmen La Perla
    Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla
  4. 4 Discover Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Puerto Vallarta

    With an average temperature of 22°C in January and February, Puerto Vallarta is an idyllic destination in western Mexico overlooking the Pacific. In addition to the cruise getaways to nearby areas or the endless possibilities offered by its beaches (such the Los Muertos or Las Gemelas beaches), the city’s cultural scene is more dynamic than ever. This year, walking tours of the more significant galleries are organised every Wednesday from 6-10pm: a taste of culture after a day on the beach.

    • If you like golf, the Meliá Puerto Vallarta is located just metres away from the 18-hole (par 71) Marina Vallarta golf course.
    Discover Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Puerto Vallarta
    Meliá Puerto Vallarta