Choosing your next holiday destination can be a lot of fun. There are so many amazing places to go and things to see. If you’re wondering where to pick this year, we’ve put together some of the hottest go-to destinations for 2017.
Waterfalls, exotic wildlife and amazing beaches in Costa Rica
Take a trip to Costa Rica and experience one of the most diverse destinations on the planet. Filled with a colourful array of plants and animals it has lush rainforests, volcanic mountains and stunning waterfalls. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also spectacular beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
You can sit back and enjoy the sunshine in idyllic seaside resorts such as Playa Tamarindo, or get in some snorkelling and diving to explore the exotic sealife and wild dolphins. You can even go inland for an amazing nature adventure – fly through the jungle on an exciting zipline tour, have a swim in volcanic hot springs or take a trek to discover some spectacular wildlife.
Idyllic beaches and spectacular temples in Vietnam
Vietnam offers a stunning contrast of landscapes ranging from miles of fertile flood plains to picturesque mountain ranges. There’s just so much to explore here including its fascinating history, exotic architecture and delicious cuisine.
For a fantastic twin city holiday start out in the peaceful tranquillity of Phu Quoc. Take in the perfect combination of pristine beaches, tiny islets just off the coast and tropical sealife. This is the ultimate in complete relaxation. Then go on to bustling Ho Chi Minh City. With fascinating culture and history to discover it’s the perfect place for some exciting holiday adventures.
Explore the floating markets on the Mekong Delta or crawl through the labyrinth of the historic Cu Chi tunnels, the choice is yours on a twin centre holiday.
Lively vibe in Havana and relaxing beaches in Cuba
Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands and is known for its carnivals and lively cultural heritage. The island’s landscape is a scenic mix of mountains, rural countryside and fields of tobacco for making their famous cigars. There are also amazing beaches where you can relax and swim in sun-warmed sea.
The capital of Havana is a must-see on the island and is a vibrant centre filled with music and a distinctly party atmosphere. Filled with quaint and beautiful buildings it quickly draws you under its charming spell.
After you’ve partied in Havana you can slow the pace right down in Cayo Santa Maria. Located on an archipelago on the northern coast of Cuba it’s a world away from the busier city centres. You’ll find wide stretches of quiet sandy beaches where all you’ll have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy.
History, fun and tranquillity in Croatia
In Croatia you can get the best of both worlds with some of the most scenic beachside towns and islands as well as lively hubs of nightlife and culture.
The medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik is so atmospheric it was a location for King’s Landing in the TV series Game of Thrones. Steeped in history and UNESCO awarded historic sites it’s also a lively hub of quirky boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars.
For a complete change of pace, head for Kolocep Island where there are no cars and a resident population of less than 170 people. This is a peaceful haven for long scenic walks and quiet time spent relaxing on the stunning beaches.
Family fun and ancient sites in Bulgaria
With amazing coastlines on the Black Sea and a stunning backdrop of mountains Bulgaria is currently one of Europe’ best-loved holiday destinations.
There are purpose built resorts such as Sunny Beach where you’ll find a wealth of holiday activities to compliment your beach days. There are also smaller resorts such as Obzor Beach which sits surrounded by miles of grape vineyards and untouched rural countryside.
If you want to take in a bit more of the local history take a trip to the UNESCO awarded town of Nessebar. As well as ancient sites it has some of the most fantastic beaches on the Black Sea.
Totally laid-back beachside getaways in Goa
When it comes to Goa you’re sure to think of sunny beach days spent relaxing on sandy beaches. If you’re looking for a totally laid-back break, Goa is the right destination. There are small seaside resorts here such as Baga Beach and Candolim where you can completely unwind. And you’ll never be more than a few minutes’ walk from the sea.
You can also take multi-stop tours which include some amazing highlights to make your holiday experience truly unforgettable. Take the chance to see the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra and the spectacular Pink City in Jaipur, or marvel at the vibrant sights and sounds of bustling Delhi.
Stunning temples in Sri Lanka and quiet beaches in the Maldives
For a really exotic multi-centre getaway you might like to try the bewitching combination of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Both are located in the sparkling Indian Ocean, but they each have a distinctive character of their own.
Sri Lanka is a small island just off the south coast of India. It has a scenic rural landscape filled with huge tea plantations, forests, a lagoon and palm-fringed beaches. There’s over two thousand years of history to discover here too. Take in fascinating ruins, churches and stunning Buddhist temples.
The Maldives takes you to a whole new level of peaceful tranquillity and is ideal for a romantic getaway. The surrounding sea is filled with tropical fish and colourful sealife. So it’s also an amazing destination for snorkelling and diving to explore the incredible underwater world.
Family fun and romantic getaways in St Lucia
The small Caribbean island of St Lucia is as ideal for relaxed family holidays as it is for luxury weddings and romantic honeymoons.
It has a perfect backdrop of picturesque mountains and lush greenery to lull you into laid-back holiday mode. Unwind and enjoy peaceful seaside days on the spectacular sandy beaches. If you want a change of pace, there’s plenty to do from trips into the rainforest and mountain treks to snorkelling around the coastline.
From here you can pop over to Barbados which has its own mix of a vibrant nightlife, arts and music scene. Head for Bridgetown to take in live music and browse the markets for local handicrafts. Or take a seat and enjoy watching a game of cricket. Of course, Barbados also has its own fantastic beaches too, so you can still work on your tan.
Nordic cool and the Northern Lights in Iceland
If you’re looking for stunning scenery and lots to see and do, Iceland is one of the coolest holiday hotpots around. You can take in the trendy Scandi style of Reykjavik with its striking mix of traditional Nordic charm and modern chic. There are lively bars, laid-back cocktail lounges and a good mix of excellent restaurants to try.
There’s much more to explore too, such as the amazing open-air hot springs at the Blue Lagoon. Imagine relaxing in geothermal pools even when the temperatures are chilly. There are also several truly spectacular waterfalls such as Glymur. This is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland and is just an hour’s drive from Reykjavik.
Probably the most incredible attraction is the chance to see the unforgettable Northern Lights. You can take trips out to the countryside to do this, or take a boat out to sea away from the city’s glare.
Peaceful beaches and stunning views in the Italian islands
Sardinia is one of Italy’s most beautiful islands and sits in the mild climate of the Mediterranean. You’ll find a different take on Italian culture and cuisine here due to its Spanish Catalan roots and history. It has relaxed family-friendly seaside resorts as well as peaceful hideaways ideal for couples.
If you want to explore a little more of the culture and sights, you could do a multi-centre trip with another of Italy’s beautiful islands, Sicily.
Sicily also has its own distinctive style with Arab and African influences to its culture and cuisine. The island is dominated by majestic Mount Etna and features a landscape of steep cliffs and green valleys. You’ll find family-friendly beaches as well as spectacular rugged coastlines. It’s also an island of ancient castles and fortresses giving it an incredibly romantic vibe with superb views.
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