TOP 10 LONG HAUL HOLIDAYS
Our luxurious list of top 10 long haul holidays will have you stuffing your suitcase at the drop of a sunhat, whether it's glittering Caribbean waters or fun-loving Florida holidays you're heading for. So get your flight compression socks at the ready, as some of these far-flung beauties are up to a whole day away!
Powdery white sand beaches, cerulean waters, thrilling watersports, pleasant climate, incredible culinary culture, convivial nightlife – Thailand holidays are the ideal getaway for everyone. Discover the pristine paradise of Phuket, explore spectacular beaches including Maya Bay, Railay Beach and Phi Phi Don, hop between idyllic islands on boats or kayaks, scale the sea cliffs of Krabi or elephant trek through the verdant hills in Chang Mai - one of the top 10 places to see elephants. For a faster pace, hit bustling Bangkok where you feast on Thai delights and dance the night away at upbeat clubs and bars.
Where to stay: If you want to be amid the hustle and bustle, in the heart of Bangkok you'll find the fabulous 4* Rembrandt Towers Serviced Apartments or for a gorgeous beach escape Aya Boutique Pattaya Hotel is a hot spot.
It's one of the most-loved family holiday destinations in the world, Florida holidays are all about heavenly beaches, balmy sunshine, amusement parks and vivacious nightlife. The ‘Sunshine State’ is regarded as the theme park capital of the world – a title justified by amusement parks such as Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, not to mention Forever Florida, Ripley's Odditorium and Central Zoo. Florida beaches such as Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach are a bliss if you want to soak up the sun and make a splash in the waters of the Gulf Coast.
Where to stay: If you want to stay near the action, La Quinta Inn International Drive North and Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista are fantastic family-friendly hotels centrally located nearby Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando.
New York, New York! The city is so nice, they named it twice, goes the old saying - and now we know why. New York City has an array of must-sees and must-dos to keep you glued from dawn till dusk. Admire the iconic Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, gaze at the famous Manhattan skyline from the leafy Central Park, go for a cruise on the Hudson river, browse designer boutiques along the Fifth Avenue, catch a Broadway show – it’s no wonder the ‘Big Apple’ is one of the most popular bucket-list trips in the world. In the evening head to the bustling Times Square and you’ll experience why New York is known as the city that never sleeps.
Dubai is truly the brightest jewel in the UAE crown. Bask in the sun on the famous Jumeirah beach, get your adrenaline pumping at award-winning waterparks, join an exhilarating 4x4 desert safari, treat your taste buds at world-class restaurants and more – you’ll never run out of things to do in Dubai. Muse over the towering skyscrapers or admire contemporary architecture including the iconic Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, or explore the city's spectacular shopping scene at the glitzy Dubai Mall and traditional spice-laden souks. If you're here to party, hop between sizzling beach clubs and rooftop terraces, or spend a night at the glitzy marina.
Where to stay: The lively Ramada Jumeirah Hotel offers a luxurious stay that's close to the beach and nearby entertainment, while the Winchester Deluxe Hotel Apartments is a serene spot located in the historic district of Dubai - the choice is yours!
Looking for a holiday that’s a perfect meld of seductive tranquillity and spirited vivaciousness? Then take a tour of the captivating Cancun – a world-class tropical beach retreat. Its glitzy Hotel Zone is an unending party scene, complete with lively bars, cafes and clubs, elegant restaurants and a pulsating vibe. But as you move further inland, you discover the real Mexico. Enjoy a date with history as you explore the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum. Thrill seekers can find an abundance of things to do in Cancun – swim with dolphins and sea turtles, admire underground caves at Aktun Chen, snorkel over underwater sculptures at Isla Mujeres or marvel at the incredible Great Maya Reef.
Where to stay: Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters is Aquamarina Beach Hotel, a family-friendly hotel with plenty of Mexican charm. If you're looking for lively, Grand Sunset Princess All Inclusive is minutes from party town Playa del Carmen and offers ultimate R&R.
Dreaming of sun-kissed beaches fringed by azure waters? Add luxury resorts, exciting watersports, scintillating nightlife, cool Caribbean vibes to the mix and voila - you’ve got a holiday at the tropical idyll of Barbados! Soak up the balmy sunshine at St James and St Peter resorts on the Platinum Coast or head to the party-central St Lawrence Gap for a lively night out accompanied with the famous Bajan rum punch. Water lovers are in for a treat with excellent kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and cruise excursions - or if you can drag yourself off the beaches, go on a culture-tour of the UNESCO-listed capital of Bridgetown and discover Bajan history.
Where to stay: Almond Beach Resort is admired for it's authentic Caribbean hospitality and makes a great base for couples and family holidays.
A long haul holiday to St Lucia transports you to a world dotted with picture-postcard scenery. This tropical gem has much more to offer than white sweeping beaches lapped by sapphire blue sea. Imposing twin volcanic peaks – the Pitons – jutting out of the sea provide a majestic backdrop to this beach retreat. Verdant rainforests, scenic waterfalls and exotic gardens complete the panorama that make St Lucia one of the most popular Caribbean getaways. Hit the beaches for snorkelling or scuba diving, visit cocoa plantations, soak up the upbeat vibe at the seafront bars, clubs and restaurants at Rodney Bay, or head to the candy-coloured villages and barbeque stalls in Soufriere for a retro Caribbean feel.
Where to stay: Bay Gardens Hotel is great for families thanks to its ideal location near the resort's popular beach, restaurants and bars with gorgeous views of Rodney Bay Marina. While couples can check-in at Coconut Bay Resort & Spa for an exotic stay amid swaying palms.
Hailed as the world’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas entices more than 40 million visitors every year with spectacular shows, glitzy casinos, dazzling nightlife, vibrant party scene and, of course, shotgun weddings! From the Cirque du Soleil troop down in Broadway to the thrilling X-Scream Stratosphere attraction, there’s something for everyone in ‘Sin City’. The Las Vegas Strip is thriving with colossal-sized casino resorts, the world's hottest bars and awe-inspiring shows. We musn't forget the city's magnificent shopping malls, superlative restaurants and adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster rides. If the hustle and bustle gets too much, explore the scenic red-rock landscape at the Grand Canyon.
Azure sea and pristine beaches blessed with blonde, white and volcanic black sands is contrasted with looming, rice field-draped volcanic mountains – Bali is a little short of paradise! Nestled in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is a haven for beachcombers. Immerse yourself in the luxury of the cosmopolitan Seminyak and Kerobokan beaches, surf all day long on Kuta, swim in Jimbaran bay, or sunbathe on the touristy Nusa Dua and Sanur beaches – with so many things to do in Bali you’ll be spoilt for choice. As night descends, Kuta, Legian and Canggu come alive with beach parties. For a change of pace, explore Ubud – Bali’s cultural heart. If you’re looking for a rejuvenating holiday, Bali has the highest concentration of spas in southeast Asia.
With 365 stunning beaches (yes, you read that right), life’s truly a beach at Antigua! Whether you wade in the turquoise waters at Dickenson Bay and Jolly Harbour lounge or lounge at Darkwood Beach and Doigs Beach, this captivating Caribbean jewel is an idyllic long haul holiday you’ve been craving for. A change of scenery greets you inland with sheltered bays, verdant rainforests, candy-coloured villages, vibrant beachfront restaurants and bustling shopping areas in the capital St Johns. Outdoorsy travellers can explore mesmerising coral reefs, sail in boats and yachts, hop on island safaris, or zip line through the rainforests. Party owls can let their hair down to the beats of reggae, calypso and hip-hop at Shirley Heights, while culture lovers can explore the island’s maritime history at the English Harbour.