As the British autumn fades, the temptation to jet off for some winter sun kicks in and HomeAway.co.uk provides the perfect solution, listing thousands of holiday homes worldwide available to rent in hotter climes. The site has a huge variety of sunny destinations to choose from, some just a short hop from the UK, like Morocco or the Canary Islands, others more exotic, like Bali or Jamaica. So whatever your budget, your own private place in the winter sun is not out reach.
To provide some inspiration, on www.HomeAway.co.uk we have compiled a list of ten of the best winter sun homes, featuring some of the most gorgeous properties available to rent around the world. Take a dip in the cooling waters near your own beachside villa in Phuket, or sway in a hammock by the pool in Brazil. Sun lovers looking to escape grey skies of home will enjoy browsing through these high-end holiday homes, ranging from a gorgeous open-plan villa among the jungle tree-tops in Bali, to a modern townhouse villa in Marrakech.
Beautiful villa for a romantic honeymoon or family getaway in Ubud
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. From £1,067 per week
The villa almost seems to hang suspended above a steep jungle filled gorge. In all directions there is nothing but trees, but 100m below there are beautiful rice paddies, and in the distance you can see all the way to the ocean. Furnished by Christopher Noto, the exclusive Singapore furniture designer, Villa Kalisha offers understated romantic luxury, with a strong taste of Asian flare.
Luxury large beachside villa with private pool, terrace and amazing views, Phuket
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10. From £3,293 per week
Featuring a state-of-the-art kitchen from Minotti, Italy, and other luxury features such as wine cellar, sauna, massage room and home cinema which add to a chill out area with a 15-meter marble pool, this amazing villa also offers a private stairwell from the cliff-edge pool to a natural, shallow swimming enclave in the sea below.
Luxury 4 bedroom villa, Palm Jumeirah
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £4,830 per week
This beautiful private villa situated near the end of the M frond with wonderful views of the Dubai skyline, has it own private pool & walk through the lounge down the steps to private beach.
Luxury villa with private pool near a golf course, Gran Canaria
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. From £189 per night
This exclusive and beautiful villa offers ultimate tranquillity and privacy and has spectacular views of the mountains and the golf course. A wicker ceiling allows through partial light, protecting you from the sun's rays during the day, making this the perfect place for a relaxing read or chat over a couple of drinks.
A beautiful luxury town villa in Marrakech
5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10. From £1,600 per week
Tastefully furnished and decorated in a modern Moroccan style including paintings and ornaments, the villa has two living rooms with a fully functional fireplace and an office, while also offering in house entertainment facilities (large plasma screen TV, DVD, satellite and hi-fi system with satellite TV in each bedroom). A large dinning room leads off to the private pool and caters for a party of 10.
Large beautiful house overlooking Ferradura Beach
5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10. From £2,436 per week
This beautiful villa is situated within walking distance of shops and restaurants and features a private cinema room and a garden with swimming pool, heated Jacuzzi and decked barbeque area.
7. Jamaica Situated on the Mammee Bay Private Estate with private beach and only minutes from the town of Ocho Rios with its many craft markets, boutiques, duty free shops, restaurant, bars and vibrant night live, this amazing villa features a spacious panoramic lounge and a large private pool with Hot Tub Jacuzzi.
Beautiful Private Villa with large pool & Jacuzzi, Ocho Rios
7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18. From £3,120 per week
8. Mauritius The design and modern architecture of the villa contrasts with its local elements such as thatch and typical Mauritian 'chalis' floors. Bali furniture, wooden openings and marble in bathrooms also give an elegant touch to the villa.
Luxury villa with private pool in the chic area of Grand Bay
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £1,225 per week
9. Egypt Designed by prominent Egyptian Architect Shehab Mazhar, this beachfront White Villa personifies the warm elegance of Mediterranean architecture and features 360 degree panoramic views of the Red Sea, golf course and surrounding mountains.
Luxury Detached Villa on The Red Sea
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. £900 per week
Stylish comfortable holiday home
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. From £108 per night
The charming, newly built estate is situated in a quiet neighbourhood of villas, only two km away from the world-famous Erinvale golf course. The house boasts a spacious living space with high gables and modern, high-quality leather furniture, open fireplace, Flat screen-TV, DVD and access to the terrace.
View the Flickr photo album of our top 10 winter sun holiday homes