Cruise & Stay
Cruise & Stay is a great option if you fancy extending your holiday and getting to see more of a particular destination. You can spend a week cruising, followed by 3, 4 or 7 nights at one of our cherry-picked hotels or apartments. Or you can do it the other way around and spend 7 nights in a hotel before setting sail.
The soft, sandy beaches of Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona – with their calm, safe waters and full complement of restaurants and bars – are firm favourites with families. The 13-kilometre ribbon of sand at the former fishing village of Ca’n Picafort is also a magnet for those who enjoy the simple pleasures of sunbathing and swimming.
Corfu’s a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades on the holiday front. It’s no slouch in the beach department, with plenty of sand and pebble sweeps cosied up to the Ionian Sea. Pretty olive groves and cypress trees take over as you follow your feet inland, and you’re never far from an historic dot on the radar. Corfu Town and Kavos, meanwhile, take on the mantle when it comes to lively nights.
As far as holiday destinations go, Gran Canaria is part of the world’s vintage collection. The third-largest Canary Island first appeared on the tourism radar as far back as the 19th century, and it’s gone from strength to strength ever since.
At first glance, Barbados appears to play by all the tropical island laws, following the book to the letter when it comes to its coastline. The island is home to more than 92 kilometres of long blonde beaches, which are backed by palm trees and lapped by luminous blue waters. The western coast is especially popular for holidays to Barbados. It’s where you’ll find the resorts of St James and St Peter and has even earned itself the nickname of the Platinum Coast, thanks to the purity of its sand.
All the Caribbean stereotypes are present and correct in Jamaica. Along the coast, you’ve got white sands fringed by palms, and ramshackle beach bars serving up jerk chicken to Bob Marley beats. Inland, meanwhile, hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains vie for your attention. Best of all, the scenery is served up alongside Jamaica’s famous take-it-easy vibe.
If you like your beaches uncrowded, your seas gin-clear and your towns packed with historical treasures, Croatia will be right up your street. Tucked into the country’s south-east corner is the Dubrovnik Region, while further north you’ll find the Dalmatian Coast.
Tenerife’s unerring reputation has been built on the back of decades of good reviews. One of the earliest came from Queen Victoria, who used to take her vacations here in the 19th century. If you want a more up-to-date character reference, you only need to look to the two million holidaymakers who flocked here in 2016.
Costa Del Sol
Britain’s love affair with the Costa del Sol has just passed the diamond anniversary point. It was slightly more than 60 years ago that holidaymakers from the UK started to head to Spain’s southern coast. Today, the relationship couldn’t be stronger. Not only do thousands of visitors travel over here every year, but 300,000 expats now call this place home.