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Chill Vibes, Cool Destinations: Our Guide to Winter Destinations in July

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Winter’s different here. While the world up north sips on summer cocktails, our Southern Hemisphere locales offer a cooler kind of fun. From New Zealand’s misty mornings to Namibia’s mild desert days, grab a cuppa (or a glass of mulled wine) and journey through the coolest Avani escapes perfect for a winter getaway.

Auckland: A City Cloaked in Mist

The main entrance and sign at Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences.

Misty mornings? Check. Stylish umbrellas and bustling cafés? Double check. Auckland is a city that thrives under winter’s cool embrace with mist-wrapped mornings and vibrant cultural beats. Hop on a ferry, glide through the harbour, and watch Auckland’s skyline play peek-a-boo through the fog (or explore the nearby islands). Art lover? The Auckland Art Gallery is a warm escape with hot new exhibits. Pure magic.

Where to stay: Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences offers chic, comfortable lodging in the heart of this dynamic city.

Adelaide: Culture and Comfort in the Cool

A silhouette of a crowd at a concert.

Next stop, Adelaide, where winter is the city’s best-kept secret, transforming the streets into a playground of cultural riches and epicurean delights. The city comes alive with festivals and performances, making the most of the cool climes. From truffle hunts (it’s a thing) in the nearby hills to evenings spent in the glow of a lively pub, Adelaide’s winter charms are irresistible. Wrap up your days in a cosy eatery, because nothing beats good food and great vibes on a chilly evening.

Where to stay: Avani Adelaide Residences places you right where the action is, with stylish apartments that serve as your perfect winter base.

Lesotho: High-Altitude Adventures

A group of hikers following a path on a hilly path.

Jump from urban chic to mountain mystique in Lesotho. Here, winter whispers secrets through the snow-dusted highlands. Local lore, horseback rides through frosty trails, and evenings by the fire — get ready to live the tales you’ll tell. Lesotho’s winter is less about the cold and more about the warmth of its people and traditions.

Where to stay: Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino combines local charm with lavish comfort, making it a welcoming retreat after a day in the highlands.

Namibia: Desert Wonders in the Cool

Two cocktails set against a sunset backdrop.

Not all winters are created equal. Experience a different kind of winter in Namibia’s vast landscapes. The cooler weather is perfect for exploring the desert’s hidden facets, from morning safaris that reveal the awakened wildlife to starlit nights that uncover the mysteries of the desert sky. Windhoek offers a vibrant start or end to your Namibian journey, with its blend of African and German influences.

Where to stay: Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino offers a front-row seat to Namibia’s coolest season. Wake up to wildlife safaris where the chill makes for crisp, clear mornings perfect for animal spotting. Desert by day, casino by night — how’s that for a winter wonderland?

Victoria Falls: Winter’s Natural Majesty

A couple with a selfie stick taking photos in front of the Victoria Falls.

While it may be winter, Victoria Falls remains lush and alive. The lower water levels of the Zambezi River reveal the full scale of the falls, creating the perfect backdrop for adventure activities. Moonbows by night — rainbows made by moonlight, seen nowhere else on Earth. Yes, they’re real, and yes, they’re spectacular. Winter at the Falls is the stuff of legends and Instagram photos.

Where to stay: Avani Victoria Falls Resort provides a gateway to the might of the falls, with easy access to both the natural wonders and the vibrant local culture.