Sure, you’ll find get-me-there images of the Caribbean splashed across the pages of glossy magazines, but that doesn’t mean that close-to-home destinations aren’t worth your time. Spain’s Balearic Islands are holiday favourites year after year, and it’s not hard to see why.
For those who love to dance ‘til the early hours, Ibiza’s nightlife won’t disappoint. And, if you stay in one of our Scene hotels, you’ll be close to the strip, so when you’re all tired out, you won’t have too far to walk back to bed. Menorca meanwhile, is the perfect location if you’re after a bit of R&R – think sheltered coves, shallow waters and fairy-lit marinas.
Spending a few extra hours on the plane normally pays off when it comes to holiday features like weather. Thanks to their locations, destinations like Cyprus, Greece and the Canary Islands are scorchers in the summer months, with temperatures reaching the mid-thirties. And what’s more, the Canary Islands stay warm all year round, so they’re a great choice whenever you’re looking to go.
Cyprus and Greece both have a wealth of history under their belts, and you can tick off an endless list of ancient ruins on holidays there. Historical hotspots include Paphos’ Tombs of the Kings, and Rhodes’ acropolis. But, to bring things back to modern day, you’ll also find plenty of luxe hotels to choose from, like our TUI SENSATORI Resort Aphrodite Hills by Atlantica. This five-star property boasts an award-winning spa, a generous handful of gourmet restaurants, and views that’ll make you swoon.
If waterparks are your thing, move Tenerife to the top of your list. The legendary Siam Park, in Costa Adeje will make even the biggest adrenaline junkie’s pulse race. It’s home to the Tower of Power, a 28-metre- high drop slide that reaches speeds of up to 80 kilometres an hour, along with a lazy river that runs around the whole place.
Whether you’re after a beach break or a jungle adventure, our 787 Dreamliner makes flying long haul easy. This state-of-the-art jet features bigger windows and mood lighting to help your body cope better with jet-lag.
For the ultimate family holiday, it has to be Florida. Its endless list of theme parks and attractions will leave you wishing you had more time to do everything. For starters, there's Universal's water theme park, Volcano Bay. And, Avatar fans can immerse themselves in the film’s alien landscapes in Walt Disney World’s Pandora – The World of Avatar.
Costa Rica’s popularity’s on the rise, too. Thanks to its dense rainforests and national parks, this place is a real-life Garden of Eden. One minute you could be zip lining through the trees, and the next you could be face-to-face with monkeys, sloths and caimans. Plus, this one’s a winner for summer and winter holidays.
If you’re having doubts about going that far with the kids, our article on flying long haul with toddlers should put your mind at rest.
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If you’re wondering how long you should go for, take a look at our article on why 14-night holidays are better for you. Or, if you’re short on time, our round-up of long weekend escapes is the one for you.
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TUI SENSATORI Resort Aphrodite Hills by Atlantica has it all - an award-winning spa, swim-up rooms and a championship golf course. It’s the perfect retreat for a relaxing Christmas getaway.
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