Destinations for 2018
With Christmas and New Year holidays on the horizon, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about what kind of getaway you fancy in 2018 - 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 2018 covered. So why not try somewhere completely different and discover a new world of holiday opportunities? Your annual trip to the Canary Islands or Balearic Islands 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 sunk your toes into before. Push another pin into your ‘have visited’ map and take a look at these top holiday 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, the Dominican Republic's palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters aren’t the only attraction here, as there are many more things to do in Dominican Republic. Tour and enjoy a tipple at a traditional rum factory, discover the 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 your Christmas holidays in sun, but if you want to browse more our top sunshine picks for 2017 are just as tempting.
With its glistening white sands, swaying palms and beautiful turquoise lagoons, the stunning Maldives really is a veritable paradise that will take your breath away. A perfect choice for a blissful honeymoon, but equally ideal for unforgettable family holidays, 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 deserted-island dream. The best time to visit Maldives is between the months of November and April. 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 favourite for hikers, climbers, trekkers and cavers, you will find plentiful things to do in Morocco. 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!
Florida is considered one of the world's best family holiday destinations and with its super-sized beaches, buzzing family friendly restaurants and spectacular theme parks, it’s easy to see why. Florida has (quite rightly) earned its name as the ‘Sunshine State’, offering amazing winter sun and summer holidays. There’s a lot of things to do in Florida – you can head to the theme park capital of the world and discover rocking rollercoasters, enchanted kingdoms and cool characters at Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld in Orlando. And, if you are a beach lover, you 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 offering far more than simply bustling cities of culture. 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, heading to the picturesque Amalfi Coast or luscious Lake Garda and its sisters in the north is certain to make a trip to Italy a memorable vacation. Bellissimo!
Brimming with beauty and welcoming vibes, Malta’s popularity continues to grow as more and more people recognise the charm of this pretty Mediterranean island. Benefiting from buzzing resorts like Bugibba and Sliema, Malta is a perfect choice to spend your family holidays in sun. 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 fall in love with its rugged coastlines and diving opportunities. Malta’s enviable position in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea means that sun worshippers will be able to catch a tan with no trouble at all, especially in the popular seaside spots of St Paul’s Bay and Mellieha Bay.
The jewel in stunning Southeast Asia's crown, Thailand holidays are all about brilliant beach life and memorable 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 breath-taking 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 livelier 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 eco-parks 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 Dubai for its world-famous Burj Khalifa, an indoor ski slope (yes, in the middle of the desert!), vast 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, you won't be stuck for things to do in Cape Verde!
WEST COAST, USA
The east side of the USA may be iconic for the Big Apple and family-favourite Orlando holidays, 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 sunny beach holidays. Budget-friendly, short haul, perfect for family holidays and with gorgeous sunshine throughout the spring and summer months, Sunny beach Bulgaria holidays are perfect for those who are craving for sun, sand and sea, but without breaking the bank. Soak up the rays on the sweeping sands of Sunny Beach nestled on the Black Sea coast, or party hard to the buzzing nightlife of Bourgas. Bulgaria holidays are 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 unforgettable Indian holidays. The climate is tropical, with soaring temperatures and a monsoon season between June and September.