It’s hump-day, and budget day, so perhaps it’s time for a welcome bit of escapism.
With the end of the first quarter of 2017 rapidly approaching, if you haven’t started planning where to spend your major holiday for this year, here are 5 luxury destinations you might want to consider.
It’s well worth downing tools for five minutes and indulging yourself, if only for the smile it will put on the faces of your children, wife, husband, partner, and you!
Playa Paraiso, Cuba
Where better to start than with Trip Advisors Traveller’s Choice Award winning beaches?
Our pick would be Cuba – a country that has stood in defiance of its influential neighbour, the United States of America, for the best part of three generations, Cuba often gets overlooked in the Caribbean conversation, but its beautiful, sandy white beaches are some of the Caribbean’s finest.
All-inclusive packages to Varadero, the most touristy part of Cuba, are the norm, but Havana is also a beautiful city with plenty of old-world charm and some mightily impressive 5 star hotels.
Although parts of the city are impoverished, Cubans are friendly and hospitable and crime rates low to non-existent. There are plenty of tourist attractions and the history and culture of Cuba are worth immersing yourself in, not least for the fact that the country, in the post Castro era, is likely to change beyond recognition in the next decade.
The Maldives, Indian Ocean
An island retreat in the Indian ocean is the perfect way to recharge the batteries and Elegant resorts are offering 30% off rooms in this quite stunning luxury resort, in Baa Atoll. The Amilla Fushi hotel translates as “my island home”, with the added bonus of something you won’t find in your actual home – critically acclaimed restaurateur, Luke Mangan.
The Sheraton Mallorca Golf Hotel
Looking to keep the family entertained, whilst grabbing 9 or 18 holes on a sublime golf course when you can spare the time? The recently refurbished Sheraton, close to Mallorca’s capital, runs its own kids clubs, and you can take your pick of not one, not two, but three different sets of greens.
And there’s even a pitch and putt.
Mallorca is the perfect destination for those with young families, looking to swap the party atmosphere of neighbouring Ibiza for something a little more refined, and relaxing.
Cape Dara Resort, Pattaya Bay
Thailand is one of the most welcoming places on earth – where the only expectation placed on you is to stay chilled. This private beach resort combines seaside retreat with luxury spa, a fitness centre, kids club, poolside bar and sky lounge.
And should you wish to sample the local nightlife, a thriving centre offers all the incentive you need to party the night away.
The ultimate – 2 hours’ drive from Cancun lies Tulum, one of the world’s most beautiful places with beaches to die for, but it is also fascinating from a historical and cultural point of view. The ruins of Tulum date back to the 13th Century, and as well as being a “foodie hotspot”, Tulum offers the more adventurous traveller plenty of adrenaline fuelled thrills, as well as national parks.
The Casa Malca Hotel looks, quite simply, out of this world.
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