There are two kinds of holidays. There’s the typical, annual package holiday (sun, sea and sand)… and then there’s the city break. That’s it, right? Not exactly. Nestled somewhere in the middle is a vacation that takes the basic concept of the former and the explorative spirit of the latter – the luxury holiday.
“Luxury” is a word that conjures up different things for different people, of course, but in this context, we’re referring to the kind of holidays where you really get a chance to spoil yourself. So, if you’re thinking of indulging in a luxury getaway before the end of the year and catching some winter sun, where’s looking good this time of year?
The third largest island in the Mediterranean is a hit with younger and older travellers, thanks to its reputation as both a relaxing haven and a partiers paradise. In truth, however, what it really offers is a little of something for everyone. The crystal-clear waters surrounding Paphos and the party capital of Ayia Napa, the historical monuments (some of which are over 10,000 years old) and a rich and varied culture all add up to one of the most interesting luxury holiday destinations.
One of the most diverse and celebrated islands in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic boasts not only stunning mountains but vast desert scrubland, vibrant city life and some incredible colonial architecture. It’s also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations on the planet and that is primarily because everything about it screams luxury – from the exclusive resorts to the exotic wildlife and everything in between.
The jewel of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a multicultural island paradise with eclectic landscapes that take in everything from rainforests to endless white sandy beaches. World-famous for its diving experiences as well as its exclusive oceanside resorts, Mauritius is all about water sports and sunbathing. If that sounds like your idea of luxury, then jump right in.
Thailand is a country where you can live like a king on a pauper’s salary and it’s for this reason that it is so full of British expats. It’s also a remarkably rich and diverse country that acts as a gateway to Southeast Asia and the rest of what the region has to offer. Come for the temples and the full moon parties but stay for the beaches and the incredible river cruises. Indeed, take a river cruise on the River Kwai and you’ll experience the entire country from a completely fresh perspective, all whilst basking in the lap of luxury.
The Middle East and Africa’s most popular tourist destination is also brimming with luxury potential. It’s got so much more to offer than just the pyramids and if you really want to experience the country at it’s best, consider an epic cruise along the Nile. It’s an experience that we promise will stick with you for the rest of your life.