WHERE TO GO FOR SUNSHINE HOLIDAYS 2018
We've rounded up our best beach holiday destinations to help you decide where to go for sunshine holidays in 2018. Serving up the perfect blend of laid-back and lively, these dreamy destinations are a sure bet for fun-loving families, couples holidays and great getaways with friends!
If you want to know where and when the best time to travel is, check out our holiday calendar.
PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
This lively resort on the Dominican Republic’s eastern edge is abuzz with activity, with world-class beaches, colourful towns, castaway islands and upbeat resorts to explore. eastern edge is abuzz with activity, with world-class beaches, colourful towns, castaway islands and upbeat resorts to explore. The region has earned its title (quite rightly) as the Coconut Coast, thanks to a whopping 50-mile stretch of sand backed by pretty swaying palms, so there's plenty of space to lay your beach towel down here! Uncover the unspoilt tropical islands of Isla Saona and Catalina Island, step off the beaten track on a 4x4 safari to the El Limon waterfalls, or take a break from the coast and head into historical cities instead during your Punta Cana holidays.
Or check out our top 8 islands in the Caribbean and find the perfect one for you.
This beautiful Balearic Island is brimming with super-sized beaches, popular resorts and traditional towns making it a perfect choice for fun-loving family holidays. Spend a day sunbathing and swimming in its sweeping coves or discover what the bustling capital has to offer in Palma. Whether you fancy lively Magaluf, the nightlife of Palma Nova, the picturesque beauty of Soller, or to chill out near Cala D'Or, you have plentiful of things to do in Majorca.
If you want the best of both worlds, Dubai serves up glittering skyscrapers, city-sized shopping malls, world-class restaurants and a gorgeous stretch of beach, too. If you're visiting on a stopover or you want a luxurious long weekend, we've got the perfect itinerary if you're spending 48 hours in Dubai.
Sofitel Dubai The Palm is the place to stay if you're feeling fancy but don't want to fork out too much.
With miles of golden beaches, beautiful hotels and a plethora of theme parks, waterparks, watersports and buzzing bars and restaurants, this is one of the most popular holiday destinations – especially as Algarve flights are under three hours away. With a gorgeous climate from March to late October, holidaymakers can escape grey skies most of the year. Choose from the lively resorts of Vilamoura, Albufeira and Faro or head to chilled out Lagos and Praia de Rocha and you could be topping up your tan on the Algarve's sun kissed beaches in no time.
Crystal-clear waters, powder-white sands and iconic longtail boats make Thailand holidays pure paradise. Maya Bay, Railay Beach, Phi Phi Don and PhraNang Cave Beach are among some of the most beautiful in the country with spectacular views to match. Can't decide which stretch to settle on? With so many idyllic islands in close proximity, you can easily hop on a boat and flit between the beaches whenever you please.
Morocco serves up an eclectic mix of Arab, European and African cultures making it a truly enchanting and diverse holiday destination. Plus, its year-round Mediterranean climate means you can bask on beautiful beaches in the summer or visit for a winter getaway instead. Dakhla and Taghazout are recognised as the most attractive stretches in Agadir with rolling waves that are perfect for windsurfers, while the orange sandstone rocks of Leghzira beach in Mirleft, Sidi Ifni, make for fantastic photographs.
While you're visiting, be sure to try a traditional Moroccan tagine at one of the street stalls, sure to add a little extra heat.
Varadero is the most popular beach resort on the island, boasting the longest stretch of beach, with parasols and colourful boats parked on the shore - so you'll always watersports ready! Once you've made a splash in the Caribbean Sea, head to the cultural capital of Havana where colonial buildings, vintage cars and Spanish-style cafes dot the bustling streets.
COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN
Costa Brava’s lively resorts, supersized beaches and traditional towns have made it a hot spot for sunny holidays in Spain,and with Barcelona on the doorstep you get a perfect blend of beach and city! There are hundreds of unspoilt coves and picturesque bays to discover along Costa Brava, but if you want to be in on the action, Tossa de Mar’s two blissful Blue Flag beaches and Lloret de Mar’s five sand and shingle stretches serve up watersports, restaurants and bars, while nearby Calella de la Costa’s sand merge into lively neon-lit clubs! For a change of pace, take a day trip to Girona for its candy-coloured buildings and pretty river.
Thanks to its balmy year-round temperatures, gorgeous golden beaches and lively towns, Tenerife holidays are fantastic whether you want to visit in the summer or winter months. Popular Playa de Las Americas is abuzz with activity both on and off the beach or take time to explore this Canary Island's vibrant, volcanic landscape with the family in Mount Teide National Park.
Holidays in Seychelles (a tiny Indian Ocean archipelago) are all about unwinding. Most visitors head straight for the clearwater beaches and there are plenty to choose from here. Try the pillow-soft sand and frisky sea of Anse Lazio in the far north of Praslin, or the deserted stretches of fairy tale coast in Digue - bliss.