The winter travel season is almost upon us, and it’s so exciting to see happy holiday-makers booking their dream getaways to faraway destinations after last year’s travel standstill. When you think about this time 12 months ago, we couldn’t even have a staycation, let alone a winter sun holiday to the Caribbean! Given the couple of years we’ve had, we all deserve the trip of a lifetime.
Ready and raring to go? Take a look at our current best selling long-haul holiday destinations for winter ’21 and have a peek at some of our favourite hotels to stay at when you get there…
The Dominican Republic is a land of luxury! This twinkling gem in the Caribbean has everything from spectacular, serene beaches to buzzing nightlife, making it one of our best-selling destinations for the coming winter months. If you’ve been itching to switch off and wind down in paradise, the Dominican will certainly satisfy your holiday craving.
Our Favourite Family Hotel – Royalton Splash, Punta Cana
Families will have a holiday to remember in this gorgeous, lively hotel near beautiful Bavaro Beach. It has three pools (two of which have swim-up bars and one specialising in scuba lessons!), four restaurants, 11 bars and its very own water park! It’s the perfect spot for an All Inclusive holiday that has plenty of relaxation for the adults and endless fun for the kids.
Our Favourite Adults-Only Hotel – Riu Republica, Punta Cana
Want to escape to total tranquility in an adults-only resort? This radiant Riu hotel on the Arena Gorda beach is a little slice of heaven. It’s super stylish, with nine diverse restaurants and an impressive eight swimming pools. You’ll be able to enjoy an exotic cocktail or two alongside a delicious bite to eat at the beach bar barbeque. Total holiday bliss!
Mexico is a country just bursting with character. It has mouth-watering cuisine, white sandy beaches and adventurous excursions galore. There’s no surprise so many people are snapping up holidays to Mexico now we’re allowed to travel there again! With so much culture to discover and sizzling weather all year round, it’s one of our very favourite tropical destinations.
Our Favourite Family Hotel – Bahia Principe Grand Coba, Riviera Maya
Family hotels don’t come much more fun and fabulous than this one! The Bahia Principe Grand Coba has everything you need for an action-packed trip that still allows plenty of time to chill out. Its two unique, lake-style pools, six restaurants and private beach mean you’ll never be bored or go hungry! There’s plenty of live entertainment and a water park to keep the kids busy for hours.
Our Favourite Adults-Only Hotel – TUI Blue El Dorado Seaside Suites, Riviera Maya
TUI Blue hotels can do no wrong in our eyes! This absolute gem on the shimmering Riviera Maya coastline offers endless tranquility and total holiday indulgence in swanky, laid-back surroundings. There are five pools to cool down in and a spa with an impressive 16 relaxation zones! You can try out several bars and restaurants, and enjoy the most stunning beach-side areas perfect for topping up your tan with a cocktail in hand.
Jamaica is brimming with colour and vibrance, from its fruity rum cocktails and bright blue waters to fabulously friendly locals and signature reggae beats. We love sending happy passengers to Jamaica as there’s so much to do and see, as well as idyllic places to simply do nothing but laze in the sun! You can expect nothing but delicious food, sizzling weather and good times that roll on for days in this captivating Caribbean isle.
Our Favourite Family Hotel – Riu Ochos Rios, Ochos Rios
This heavenly hotel is sandwiched between a pristine, white beach and a backdrop of luscious rainforest. The scenery sells it to us before we’ve even got to the amazing amenities and fabulous food! It has two spacious pools, a paddling area for the kids and a gorgeous sun terrace complete with two poolside bars. All this is just a 10-minute drive away from the town centre if you fancy exploring, but even if you don’t, you’ll never be bored at Riu Ochos Rios!
Our Favourite Adults-Only Hotel – Riu Reggae, Montego Bay
The clue is in the name with Riu Reggae! Expect mellow music, enticing cuisine, creative cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun. It’s a 5-star, All Inclusive, adults-only hotel, so you can expect unwavering top service and stylish surroundings. There’s plenty to do on the island, or you can spend your days simply dipping in and out of infinity pools, unwinding in a luxurious spa or being wowed by live shows and music, all in the comfort of your hotel!
Want a jam-packed holiday that’s fun, adventurous and hot hot hot?! Head to fabulous Florida. It’s famous for having the best theme parks and water parks on the globe, as well as miles of breath-taking beaches and delicious, super-sized food. There’s never a dull moment on the Sunshine State, making it one of our most popular long-haul destinations of all.
Our Favourite Family Hotel – Coco Key Hotel and Waterpark – International Drive
If you’re visiting Florida as a family, the likelihood is that you’re going to be VERY excited to venture through world famous theme parks and fun-filled water parks! One of the great things about this hotel is that it’s within easy reach of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando. What’s more, it has its own huge water park with 14 slides! There’s a tiki bar perfect for parents and a range of eateries to refuel in. Family holiday perfection!
Our Favourite Adults-Only Hotel – Glenbrook Villas – Clermont, Davenport and Haines
Don’t be fooled into thinking Florida is exclusively for families – it makes a GREAT adult-only destination as well! We’d recommend staying at the gorgeous Glenbrook Villas, aptly located just a 10-minute drive away from Disney World. You’ll live a life of luxury in your villa, with a private pool, full-sized American kitchen, open plan dining area and spacious bedrooms. These villas are the perfect place to put your feet up after an exciting day exploring Orlando!
The deserted beaches and tropical jungles of Costa Rica make it one of our very favourite long-haul destinations. This colourful country is scattered with luxurious resorts, lively bars and over 100 national parks home to intriguing wildlife. The sky’s the limit when it comes to things to do in Costa Rica. You can surf, hike, zip-line, scuba dive, rock climb or simply sunbathe by a pristine pool all day! Whatever you like to do on holiday, you can bank on Costa Rica for the experience of a lifetime.
Our Favourite Family Hotel – Riu Guanacaste, Playa De Matapalo
Want a holiday that’s filled with scenic views, swim-up bars, sizzling sunshine and a kids’ club so you have time to yourselves as well as plenty of family fun? The Riu Guanacaste will not disappoint! The Spanish style is simply stunning, with pretty archways, bubbling fountains and stone plazas to pass as you make your way to one of four themed restaurants. Combine this with a fabulous beach and a backdrop of striking green mountains and there you have it – the perfect holiday spot!
Our Favourite Adults-Only Hotel – Occidental Papagayo Hotel & Spa
For an adults-only holiday to Costa Rica, we’d recommend a serene stay at Occidental Papagayo. With three tasty restaurants, four sleek bars and live music three times a week, it’s got everything you need for a chilled-out escape. As well as lounging on unspoiled, cream-coloured beaches, you can expect to spy fascinating wildlife right by the hotel! You could head under the sea for a scuba diving experience or see the likes of monkeys, deer and sloths in their natural habitat.
Our package holidays are now booking up for these lavish locations, and it’s not hard to see why! Fancy yourself a long-haul getaway? Take a look at our latest deals and treat yourself to the ultimate post-lockdown pampering.