TOP 10 LONG HAUL HOLIDAYS
Whether it's glittering Caribbean waters or fun-loving Florida holidays you're heading for, our luxurious list of top 10 long haul holidays will have you stuffing your suitcase at the drop of a sunhat. So, get your flight compression socks at the ready, as we explore 10 of the best long haul destinations that are totally worth a visit!
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Florida holidays are all about heavenly beaches, balmy sunshine, amusement parks and vivacious nightlife. It's one of the best family holiday destinations in the world and a place to create great family memories. 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.
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New York, New York! The city is so nice, they named it twice, goes the old saying - and now we know why. On your New York City breaks, you have an array of must-sees and must-dos to keep you entertained 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.
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Dubai is probably the most reachable long haul destination from UK airports, taking less than 7 hours when choosing nonstop flights. Once you’re there, you can choose to 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.
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If you’re after long haul holidays for couples, Cancun is the place to go. 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.
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Another great long haul destination for couples is to escape to the sun in Barbados! If you’re dreaming of sun-kissed beaches, luxury resorts, exciting watersports, buzzing nightlife and cool Caribbean vibes, you’re in for a treat! 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 can enjoy 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.
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You don’t have to dread travelling to long haul destination from UK flights when St Lucia is waiting on the other end. This tropical gem transports you to a world dotted with picture-postcard scenery and 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 Islands. 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.
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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.
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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, 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 one the best long haul destinations you’ll come across. 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.