Turn winter into summer with a 'hot' city hotel break
As we prepare for the coldest week of the year, with temperatures expected to drop to a frightfully cold -20°C, our friends south of the equator are donning their sunglasses and sun tan lotion as summer begins.
For those who prefer swimwear to knitwear, OctopusTravel.co.uk is offering some great deals that will really warm your bones.
With prices from just £29 OctopusTravel.co.uk has the best deals on hotels in 'summer' cities including Sydney, Auckland, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro.
Beach BBQs will be aplenty in Australia's biggest city with the famous Bondi beach, as well as Manly and Clovelly.
3* DeVere from £83 per room per night - a great choice for the budget conscious traveller, this hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
5* Sebel Pier One from £161 per room per night - this deluxe boutique hotel is the only true waterfront hotel in Sydney Harbour. Occupying one of the best locations in the city this well-known property blends heritage with contemporary chic.
Auckland, New Zealand
A water lover's paradise, Auckland has some of the best beaches, swimming, diving, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and watersports in the country.
2* City Travellers from £29 per room per night - this tidy budget en suite property with no frills to pay is ideal for those wanting more than a backpackers and less than a standard hotel.
5* Hyatt Regency from £74 per room per night - this luxury hotel enjoys stunning views of the Auckland harbour and parks and has a great central location.
Cape Town, South Africa
Explore the diverse attractions and sights of Cape Town, from the landmark beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to the vibrant V&A Waterfront and Cape Town city centre and the award winning wine farms of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
2* Tulip Hotel and Conference Centre from £32 per room per night - a great hotel with competitive prices, The Tulip Inn Hotel is set in heart of the business district and is within walking distance of several bars and restaurants.
4* The Commodore from £192 per room per night - set squarely facing the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this luxury hotel is just a short walk from the Nelson Mandela Gateway, where the boats leave for excursions to Robben Island.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil's party city, Rio de Janeiro is home to samba, beautiful beaches and stunning rainforest.
2* Rios Nice from £30 per room per night - this budget hotel is just five minutes from the famous Flamengo Beach and has easy access to the vibrant nightlife Santa Teresa district with.
5* Intercontinental Rio from £177 per room per night - based in the prestigious neighbourhood of Sao Conrado, this hotel is within walking distance of the luxurious Sao Conrado Fashion Mall and a short drive from world-famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.
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