The wait is finally over. Our exciting new long-haul destination, Costa Rica, is now on sale for winter ‘15/16, and we’ve got a stack of other reasons to be cheerful…
We’re making a song and dance about our new star destination, Costa Rica, and for good reason – this Central American treasure serves up tropical beaches, rainforests heaving with colourful creatures, and soaring volcanoes. Its name doesn’t mean ‘Rich Coast’ for nothing. Make a beeline for the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and zip line over the eye-popping flora and fauna. Indiana Jones, eat your heart out.
If you conjure up a quintessential Caribbean island in your mind, Aruba would most likely be it. Chalk-white sands, swaying palm trees and bath-warm waters come as standard – and the best news? From next year we’re extending the summer season to include the first 3 weeks of November, which handily is about the same time we start turning on our heating and dreaming of sunnier climes. We’ve got two revamped RIU hotels to shout about, too – the super-luxe RIU Palace Aruba (pictured below) and the adults-only RIU Palace Antillas.
Our Platinum Lifestyle hotels have that little something extra – think sleek spas and stylish interiors. If it’s an elegant long-haul resort you’re after, book a break at the 5T Avista Hideaway in Thailand (pictured below) – located on a hilltop, it commands a spectacular view overlooking the beaches of Patong and Tri Trang. The brand new Chic by Royalton in the Dominican Republic nuzzles up to a private section of Uvero Alto’s powder-white beach, or if you fancy Jamaica, the adults-only RIU Palace blends a laid-back beachfront vibe with the lively nightlife of Montego Bay, just 10-minutes’ drive away.
We’re now serving up complimentary drinks in Economy on all our long haul flights, but we’ve not stopped there. For summer 2015 we’re also sprucing up our Premium Club offering in a big way, including fast-track through security, lounge access and priority boarding in UK airports. After all, your holiday doesn’t just start when you step off the plane…
Riu has landed on Mauritius’ picture-perfect shores. Opening on 1st March following their top-to-toe makeovers, we’re proud to introduce the adults-only RIU Le Morne (pictured below) fronted by a white-sand beach, and the RIU Creole with its ocean-view pool and a variety of watersports just a stone’s throw away.
Our handpicked Scene collection can’t be beaten if you’re looking for chic retreats and A-list bars. In particular, Scene Style hits the mark when it comes to stylish hotels that put plush clubs in arm’s reach. Our favourites? El Tukan in Mexico, is in the heart of the action on Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue, and Breathless Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has scooped a great spot between the jungle and the Caribbean Sea. As for the B-Lay Tong in Thailand, well, besides having one the best hotel names on our books, it boasts an infinity pool and a swim-up cocktail bar. We’re sold.
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Published: November 27, 2014
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