From mountainside rollercoasters and thrill-a-minute water parks, to massive sandy beaches and lively bars, the Costa Blanca is anything but dull. For the full experience, Benidorm nudges its way to the front of the pack – thanks to its neon nightlife and line-up of home comforts.
Head to the Benidorm Celebrations if nightlife is your number one priority – the DJ-led pool parties are a big hit, and the famous strip is right on your doorstep.
For the relaxation factor, take a look at the stylish Flash Hotel near Benidorm’s Levante Beach. The super-modern rooms all come with big-screen TVs, and the twin pools are set in pretty, palm-lined gardens. You’ve got loads of restaurants a short walk away, too.
And if you want the best of both, the Hotel Helios has a big pool, a smart buffet restaurant, and a postcode right in the thick of Benidorm’s bars and restaurants.
There’s no two ways about it, Ayia Napa is a party town with a capital P. The foam parties and cheap cocktails are a huge draw for young crowds, but it’s got a few surprises in store during daylight hours, too. Every one of its 14 beaches has Blue Flag status – our insider tip is the Insta-worthy Nissi Beach – and the cobbled old town is filled with gorgeous cafés and traditional tavernas.
For a stylish stay just a glow stick’s throw from the beach and bars, take a look at the River Rock. This box-fresh hotel has a sleek, space-age look, with colourful LEDs bringing the place to life after dark.
The Petrosana Hotel Apartments have a more traditional look, with a paint-splat-shaped pool in the middle of whitewashed buildings. They’re still close to the action, though, and every room is set up for self-catering – so if your hangover gets the better of you and you miss the breakfast buffet, no worries.
Corfu is an island of two halves, with the lively south sharing the spotlight with more secluded spots in the north. Kavos is one of the most popular tourist towns, thanks to its eight-kilometre sandy beach and top notch clubbing scene. Watersports are also a big hit here, so you can hit the waves on banana boats, jet skis and inflatable doughnut rings.
You get great views of the coastline from the hillside Olympion Village, which is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of town. It’s got a big pool and a handy cocktail bar on-site, too.
If you’re after something a little more intense, the Ekati hotel puts on regular pool parties and has a 24-hour bar. Kavos’ top clubs are only a five minutes’ stroll from here, so you’re right in the thick of things.
For a stress-busting trip abroad, Ibiza's San Antonio ticks all the right boxes. The shopping scene is only superseded by the beaches and bars, so you can fill your days with retail therapy and relaxation before heading out at night. When the sun goes down, the town transforms into one giant party.
If you want to be front and centre when the music kicks in, the Ibiza Rocks hotel is the place to be. There’s a summer soundtrack to get you in the mood every day, and the live line-up for 2016 includes Tinie Tempah, Example and Faithless.
Es Puchet hotel is a little more laid-back, with a chilled-out pool scene and sleek, modern rooms. It’s in a quieter part of San Antonio, but the nightlife is still just a short walk away.
Bulgaria isn’t hot, is it? Well, with the mercury reaching the late twenties in July and August, you might be surprised. Sunny Beach is the busiest seaside resort, with long ribbons of sand backed by trendy bars and restaurants. It’s one of the new kids on the block, but the nightlife is already being bandied around with Europe’s biggest hitters. And with a name like that, why wouldn’t you?
Five minutes’ walk from the resort’s Blue Flag beach you’ll find the Hotel Palazzo - a turret-topped hotel with two swimming pools and an around-the-clock bar. From here, you can reach the strip in a flash, and the walk home is a breeze.
Cancun has become the go-to place for chilled days by the beach and all-night parties in the lively Hotel Zone. There are 22 kilometres of chalk-white sand, all backed by a line-up of shopping malls, restaurants and bars. In fact, it’s such a big hitter with partygoers that Scene – our nothing-but-nightlife brand – has teamed up with fashion heavyweights ASOS to head out and see what the fuss is about. Check out the latest guide in the video below, but don’t blame us if the holiday envy kicks in.
If you want to live like a VIP, check out the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun. It’s one of the most popular hotels for Spring Break – the US equivalent of the school holidays – and as well as being right on the beach, you can do things like play DJ or rent a guitar to your room. Right at the top of Cancun’s number seven-shaped peninsula, about 15 minutes’ walk from the Hotel Zone, you’ll find the Riu Cancun. This supersized, beachfront hotel is looking mega slick after a top-to-bottom refurb, and it’s got a couple of larger-than-life shopping malls on its doorstep, too.
Last, but by no means least, is Crete’s party capital, Malia. It’s famous for all-night parties and cut-price drinks deals, but the postcard-worthy beaches and cobbled old town are more-than-deserving of a mention, too. Combined, you’re all set for chilled days and vibrant nights.
Some of the best pool parties in town are put on by the Oasis Apartments, a hotel right at the top of the town’s busy strip. Another admired base for partygoers is the Hotel Frixos & Apartments, which has a pool with a swim-up bar and a buffet restaurant. Both hotels are only a short walk from the most-popular clubs and bars, and the banana boats at Glozanie Beach are on your doorstep, as well.
The Senator hotel has three pools, stylish rooms and a buffet restaurant. It’s only a couple of minutes’ walk to the nearest bars, as well.
is only five minutes' walk from San Antonio's crescent-shaped beach, and has extra-large rooms for parties of up to seven.
Ilios Malia boasts a central postcode in Crete’s biggest party town, and comes with an open-sided pool bar and its own pub.
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