Destinations for 2017
With Christmas and New Year holidays on the horizon, now would be a perfect time to start thinking about what kind of getaway you fancy in 2017 - if you haven’t already booked it, of course! Whether it's New Year's Eve breaks, easter escapes or summer holidays you're seeking, we have the best holiday destinations for 2017 covered. So why not step out of your comfort zone a little and try somewhere completely different? Your annual trip to the Canaries or Balearics may be a fail-safe choice, but there’s nothing stopping you from exploring an exciting new city or laying your towel down on a sun-kissed beach you've not seen before. Push another pin into your ‘have visited’ map and take a look at these dreamy destinations – who knows, maybe they’ll inspire you enough to book your next adventure on the spot!
If you’re craving a classic Caribbean getaway, the Dominican Republic serves up spectacular white, sandy beaches, lush rainforests and incredible all inclusive resorts. Crowned as one of the most diverse and colourful islands in the Caribbean, Dom Rep’s palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters aren’t the only attraction here – tick off the rum factories, old quarter and the Mount Isabel del Torres in Puerto Plato, island-hop off the coast of Punta Cana or go off-road on an exciting rainforest safari! Once the sun goes down, indulge in fine dining and entertainment at one of our luxury all-inclusive resorts. The dreamy Dom Rep is perfect for wonderful winter sun holidays, but if you want to browse more our top sunshine picks for 2017 are just as tempting.
When you think of white sands, swaying palms, turquoise waters and an idyllic paradise, the Maldives must make it on to your list! Popular with honeymooners, but equally inviting for families and couples, this tropical paradise is the place to rest, relax and enjoy amazing watersports. Explore beneath the surface of the sparkling water and go scuba diving, unwind with an invigorating seafront spa treatment or take a boat ride to one of the 200 uninhabited islands that will make you feel like you’re in a true desert-island dream. For couples holidays, long-haul escapes are the perfect fit.
Less than four hours away from the UK, you’ll find charming and cultural Morocco, bordering both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Mixing modern and traditional influences, Morocco is a unique destination that appeals on so many levels. From the Berber villages in the desert and camel rides at sunset, to the natural terrain of the Atlas Mountains which are a Mecca for hikers, climbers, trekkers and cavers, Morocco brings plenty to the table. However, it’s the major resorts and cities that draw the majority of holidaymakers, thanks to the beautiful beaches of Agadir and Marrakech’s history and culture – and the bargains to be had in the souks and markets!
This fabulous holiday hotspot has been a hit with families for as long as we can remember and thanks to its super-sized beaches, buzzing family friendly restaurants and spectacular theme parks, it’s easy to see why. Florida has (quite rightly) made its name as the ‘Sunshine State’ and offers amazing winter sun and summer holidays. Families should head for the theme park capital of the world and discover rocking rollercoasters, enchanted kingdoms and cool characters at Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld in Orlando, while beach lovers will find heavenly golden beaches and warm waters to check out on the Gulf Coast, plus cracking watersports!
Steeped in a pleasant mixture of ancient and modern history, with architecture that will make your jaw hit the floor, Italy is a stunning country that has more than just bustling cities of culture to offer. Choose to base yourself in cosmopolitan Milan, historic Rome, arty Florence or by the winding canals of Venice, where every day can be packed with exciting experiences and sight-seeing tours. Alternatively, a trip to the picturesque Amalfi Coast or luscious Lake Garda and its sisters in the north, will make for a memorable trip. Wherever you go we're sure it'll be nothing short of Bellissimo!
Oozing with charm and welcoming vibes, Malta’s popularity is slowly on the up as more and more people realise just how special this Mediterranean island is. Benefiting from buzzing resorts like Bugibba and Sliema, Malta is popular with families, couples and groups looking for a Mediterranean retreat. Rich in heritage – some dating back to Neolithic times – alongside its sisters, Gozo and Comino, Malta is a perfect spot for history and culture lovers. Outdoor enthusiasts will also love the rugged coastlines and diving opportunities, and its enviable position in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea means that sun worshippers will be able to bronze their bods with no trouble at all, especially in the popular seaside spots of St Paul’s Bay and Mellieha Bay.
It may take half a day to get there, but what awaits you is so worth the flight time! Situated in Southeast Asia, Thailand holidays are all about beach life and adventures. Choose to wander the buzzing streets of Bangkok, trek through the jungle on an elephant and raft along the Ping River, or take some time out to unwind on one of the nearby islands of Phuket, Ko Phi Phi or somewhere even more deserted. The Khmer ruins, Grand Palace and Wat Arun temple are also worth a look! With breathtaking opportunities at every step, holidaymakers who choose to travel to Thailand will leave feeling inspired, enriched and enthralled.
Whether you're visiting for the coastal city of Dubrovnik, the beautiful architecture or the Game of Thrones film set, Croatia is sprinkled with stunning islands, exciting cities and sizzling temperatures. The Dalmation coast has a mixture of secluded pebble coves and white sandy beaches, with the most spectacular coastline located in the south, but the untouched islands off the coast will make you feel like a true Croatian "Castaway"! When you're not basking on the beach, hop on a sail boat and explore the neighbouring islands or head to livlier resorts Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik for brilliant restaurants and bars.
Mexico is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, with beaches, ecoparks, ancient ruins and lively resorts all joining together to create an incredible melting pot of fun and adventure. Step back in time at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, or swim with dolphins and manatees and get back to nature in the four ecoparks near the Riviera Maya. Soak up the sun on one of the white sandy beaches on a holiday in Cancun, scuba off the coast or island hop to magical Cozumel or Isla Mujeres. If you fancy a shopping spree followed by shaking your hips, join the party in popular Playa del Carmen or the Hotel Zone of Cancun. With amazing deals to all inclusive hotels, this is the place to enjoy family time or simply let your hair down.
Sizzling year-round sunshine is one of Dubai’s biggest draws and the awe-inspiring skyscrapers, cosmopolitan feel and ‘go-big-or-go-home’ attitude all add to the appeal of this UAE hotspot. Visit the world-famous Burj Khalifa, an indoor ski slope (yep, in the middle of the desert!), city-sized malls and record-breaking manmade Palm Jumeirah island - and then shop till you drop! Check out our all inclusive holidays in Dubai and discover this city like never before.
Nestled off the coast of West Africa, the ten Cape Verde islands need to be on your list if you're looking for amazing beaches and winter sun holidays. This archipelago takes the term ‘island-hopping’ to a whole new level! From the sun, sea and surf in Sal or Boa Vista and the culture of Santiago and Sao Vicente, to the volcanoes of Fogo and the unspoilt mountains of Santo Antao – the choice is yours to make.
WEST COAST, USA
The east side of the USA may be iconic for the Big Apple and family-favourite Orlando, but the west coast has more buzz and beaches than just about anywhere. From fun-filled weeks in sin city on your Las Vegas holidays, to cool beach and surf holidays in Los Angeles, this is the home of Hollywood and so much more! Road trips in the USA are a great way to tick everything off your to-do list at your own pace so get behind the wheel and head from San Fran to San Diego, or do the classic Nevada road trip to Vegas, baby!
This gorgeous Central European gems continues to stay that little bit under the radar but its golden beaches and buzzing resorts are a great place for a fun holiday in the sun. Budget-friendly, short haul, perfect for family holidays and with gorgeous sunshine throughout the spring and summer months, Bulgaria could be an idyllic option for some summer sun without breaking the bank. Soak up the rays on the sweeping sands of Sunny Beach nestled on the Black Sea coast, or party hard thanks to the buzzing nightlife of Bourgas. It’s also full of ancient architecture and sightseeing opportunities in Varna and Ravda, while the therapeutic mud baths of Pomorie will make you happier than a pig in, well, mud!
Spice up your annual holiday with a visit to the seventh largest country in the world and experience all that this diverse destination has to offer. Famous for its iconic Taj Mahal and bustling cities, India is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches you can imagine – particularly in the state of Goa on its western coast. Party on Vagator Beach and then retreat to the tropical hideaways in the Western Ghats - this gorgeous corner of the country is a sanctuary for holidaymakers looking for an unforgettable Indian escape. The climate is tropical, with soaring temperatures and a monsoon season between June and September.