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7 long-haul destinations for 2021

7 long-haul destinations for 2021

After the past year, we cannot wait to be able to safely travel on holiday again. How much do we all need one?!
The idea of jetting off to a far corner of the world is more appealing now than ever before, so why not make your next holiday a BIG one and something really special – you totally deserve it.

Many of you are booking further ahead at the moment and there are some great prices to be had by doing so. So, if like us, you’re longing to go long-haul and only the tropics will do, now could be the perfect time to book. Plus, if you sign up to our emails, you can even get an EXTRA £25 off!*

To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up seven of the best long-haul destinations for 2021 and trust us, they’ll not disappoint. When it comes to long-haul exotic holiday destinations, we really do know our stuff!

This may be just the inspiration you need to start your search.

Cancun

Cancun beach front

Cancun holidays are the optimum tropical escape. Mexico’s Caribbean coast offers silky soft sands and captivating turquoise waters. Plus, when you’re finished relaxing in the sun, you can really let your hair down partying into the early hours along its famous strip!

Stay in Cancun’s luxurious hotel zone with most boasting beachfront locations and amazing All Inclusive packages. Not only can you get your fill of worshiping the sun, with a tantalising cold cocktail in hand, you can also shop until you drop in one of Cancun’s many amazing shopping centres. If ancient sites are more your thing, Mexico also has one of the world’s seven wonders – Chichen Itza, with many day trips bookable from Cancun.

You may have the perception that Cancun holidays are clubbing holidays and only for the youngsters, but they can be as relaxed or lively as you want them to be. You can choose to stay as close or far away from the heart of the strip as you like, with many hotels at the opposite end offering a tranquil escape.

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Dominican Republic

Walkway over sea in the Dominican Republic

Discover your own slice of paradise with a long-haul holiday to the Dominican Republic. Known as the Coconut coast, the resort of Punta Cana is the most popular place to head to and with good reason. The area has beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Despite the two seas, the beaches are protected from big waves making Punta Cana a perfect destination for young families. Plus, outside of hurricane season, temperatures hardly fall below 21 degrees!

Whether you’re wanting a spectacular honeymoon, a sun-seeking beach holiday with friends, a romantic couples’ getaway or even a relaxing family holiday, going long-haul to Punta Cana could appeal to all. The Dominican Republic and Punta Cana have a colourful culture that’s well worth the travel to experience. From vibrant carnivals to the calming beauty of its rich countryside, made up of tropical forests, rivers and vast mountain ranges.

End your days feasting on the the local Dominican food, shop for some handmade souvenirs from local street venders and go for a dance under the stars at Cap Cana’s stylish marina!

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Aruba

The best thing about Aruba holidays is you can go year-round! Aruba is one tropical location not on the hurricane belt and rarely affected by storms but does boast average year-round temperature highs of 30 degrees. Perfect for you sun seekers!

Make sure you plan a trip to the private beach on Renaissance Islands where the famous pink flamingos roam free. Then if you’d like to see a bit more of the island’s history, take a trip to some of Aruba’s best natural settings – Cura di Tortuga natural pool and Arikok National Park.

Aruba screams paradise right from its core and the selection of RIU hotels in Aruba are just that. They’re that gorgeous, just these hotels alone give us enough reason to hop on a plane the second we can!

Riu Palace Antillas

Riu Palace Antillas hotel scene

This adults only All Inclusive hotel in Aruba provides instant access to Palm Beach’s platinum sands, beautifully lined with clusters of endorphin building palm trees! Plus inside the hotel, you have two different pools, one with a sunken bar and there’s a big sun terrace to soak up some much-needed vitamin D.

Hotel rooms are ones of luxury with the option for sea view balconies, 24-hour room service and liquor dispensers which make sure your favourite drinks are available right at your fingertips.

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Riu Palace Aruba

Riu Palace Aruba hotel

When it comes to a luxurious Caribbean holiday, this hotel is the answer! 24-hour all inclusive services, five restaurants serving a range of food to please everyone and the most incredible beach front setting. Enjoy miles upon miles of white sandy beach right on your doorstep! Then if you want to relax even more, you can pop along to the Renova Spa for treatments and a lounge in the whirlpool bath.

On top of that, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi so you can make everyone back home jealous! There’re also two amazing outdoor pools and another specifically for the children. Rooms are nothing other than incredible, equipped with satellite TVS, much-needed air conditioning, a mini bar and beverage dispensers.

This hotel has won over 17 awards and certificates, from Tripadvisors certificate of excellence to hotels.com loved by guests award. It gets top marks from us!

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St Lucia

Tropical beach in St Lucia

St Lucia is 100% one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands. Like the Dominican, it sits between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. You’re spoiled by luscious coastline; every direction leads to paradise. Even when going inland, its lush tropical rainforest, multi-coloured waterfalls and soaring volcanic peaks make for an idyllic island experience.

Take a boat from Marigot Bay and head south toward the natural wonders that are the twin Piton Mountains, they’re even more spectacular at sundown. St Lucia is also home to the world’s only drive-through volcano! Don’t worry, it’s dormant. You can drive right up to the edge and then explore on foot around its still-bubbling craters. If the land isn’t already incredible enough, just wait until you get in the water. See whales and dolphins swimming in the wild or dive deep to explore coral reefs home to schools of colourful fish, eagle rays and even an old shipwreck.

A must hotel stay

If holidaying in St Lucia, our top hotel recommendation has to be a Royalton!

Royalton St Lucia hotel room

The Royalton St Lucia in Smugglers Cove just takes long-haul luxury to an entire new level. When you stay Royalton, you get to enjoy the Royalton All-In Luxury™ concept which means unlimited reservation-free dining among its seven restaurants and 24-hour room service. This hotel even has its own private beach and an extravagant spa, just to tempt you further.

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Jamaica

Palm trees swaying over beach in Jamaica

If you want a luxurious long-haul holiday with a feel-good vibe then Jamaica could be the place for you! When you picture the Caribbean in your mind, Jamaica is sure to encapsulate that reality. From long stretches of white sandy beaches to the brightest blue skies and clearest waters. Jamaica is a true natural beauty and if that isn’t enough to tempt you there, the islands fun-loving vibrant culture should be!

Home to the legend that was Bob Marley, those famous reggae beats will form the backdrop to this holiday. If you’re a big Marley fan, make sure to visit his actual home at Nine Miles! That’s a experience you really can’t turn down. On top of that you can go hiking up the mysterious blue mountains, go snorkelling on Doctors Cave Beach, climb up the Dunns River Falls and raft along Martha Brae river! There is simply so much to do, you’ll never be bored on a long-haul holiday to Jamaica.

Jamaica holidays are colourful, fun and inviting and the food– well that’s deliciously tempting all on its own. Decadent beach bars serve up authentic jerk chicken and may even treat you to some amazing sunset views whilst you sip your way through the local rum.

A Jamaica hotel we love

Luxury cannot be denied at the Bahia Principe Luxury Runaway Bay hotel – It’s even in the name!

Pool area at Bahia Principe Luxury

This hotel is all about amazing service, it even offers waiter service on its own private beach. On top of that you have access to three amazing pools, one which winds its way around the hotels complex and the others with swim up bars.

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Cuba

White sands and turquoise blue waters, a beautiful beach in Cuba

If Camila Cabello hasn’t already put Cuba on your map, then we’re about to! Havana-oh-nana is only one of Cuba’s incredible areas. We’re also big fans of Varadero, which serves up endless amounts of Cuban beauty and a 20km stretch of powdery white sands – undoubtedly one of the Caribbean’s best.

This popular sun-kissed resort really is all about the beach, so if you’re looking to spend some quality time escaping from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a holiday to Varadero could be all you need. It’s the perfect base for those wishing to explore Cuba’s bustling cities yet still have that relaxing, fun-filled beach holiday.

Day trips to Havana can be booked from Varadero, so you can still experience the capitals vibrant, old-world charm and take a ride in those famous classic cars! It’s the best of both worlds, enjoy pockets of classic Cuba and that luxurious, laid-back beach vibe.

When staying in Varadero you’ll only ever be a stone’s throw between your poolside entertainment, adrenalin pumping water sport activities and a nice refreshing mojito. Varadero also has a tee-rrific 18-hole golf course that boasts some incredible sea views, if any of your holiday party wish to work on their swing!

However, if you’d prefer something more middle ground between authentic Cuba and big-scale tourism, you may prefer the resort of Jibacoa. The beautiful beach still does all the talking here, but its location is idyllic for getting about! You can easily travel between Havana and Varadero and to make things even better, it’s home to one of our favourite hotels – Memories Jibacoa Hotel!

Memories Jibacoa Hotel in Cuba

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Mexico

Colourful town on the pacific coast of Mexico

Mexico is such a prime location for a long-haul holiday, we’ve had to list it twice! We cannot finish this list without mentioning Mexico’s pacific coast and the delightful regions of Puerto Vallarta and Neuvo.

Puerto Vallarta has actually been named the friendliest city in the world by some.  It’s authentic Mexican culture, amazing gastronomy and warmth of its friendly people make Vallarta a winner of a holiday destination! With another to die for coast, sprinkled with platinum sand beaches and picturesque coves. The landscape is breathtaking and made even more special by the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains – a stunning contrast between glistening seas and proud peaks.

One of the best ways to experience Puerto Vallarta’s natural beauty is in Tarzan style, zip lining through the jungle on a canopy tour. Then when you’re finished admiring the sights, head to Los Muertos beach and try your hand at a selection of water sports. When night falls it’s time to dance, be that a spot of salsa in a late-night bar on the malecon or as you please to the most recent hits. Cancun isn’t the only place in Mexico with an electric nightlife!

Nuevo Vallarta is the sister resort to Puerto and is purpose built for all your tourism needs. Grand villas are the norm here and it’s seven kilometre stretch of beach is lined by one luxurious hotel after another. If you like an active holiday, Nuevo is jam-packed full of tennis clubs, golf courses and a waterpark. Plus, there’s so many incredible restaurants – your taste buds won’t know what’s hit them.

If you’re an animal lover you may just appreciate Nuevo that little bit more. Time your holiday to just right and you may catch sight of hundreds of humpback whales give birth in the bay or witness the sea turtles come back ashore to lay their eggs.

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Feeling inspired?

Why delay, now is the time to have something to look forward to! Get your next long-haul holiday for an amazing price by booking early and remember you can get an EXTRA £25 OFF* any TUI or First Choice holiday just by signing up to our emails.

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