For many of us, an annual beach holiday feels like a necessity – a moment of calm and respite from our otherwise hectic lives. Most of us missed out on our beach holiday in 2020, which is why we’re looking ahead to 2021 and planning our top beach destinations for that all import week (or two) in the sun. Whether you enjoy powdery sand, rugged coastlines or bustling beachside towns – we have the perfect beach destinations for all, plus the best hotels to stay in when you’re there. Now is the ideal time to book in our incredible Black November Sale, where you can book ahead for your 2021 beach holiday.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and accordingly diverse. It has four main regions; Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lasithi, each with something unique to offer. Whether you’re looking for lazy nights in the old town of Chania or idyllic seclusion in Lasithi – here are our top tips for a Crete holiday.
Japan is a compact and spiritual country that is brimming with unique experiences you won’t see anywhere else. Classic samurai and elegant geishas, Onsen baths and the celestial Mount Fuji, temples, shrines and tea ceremonies are just the tip of the iceberg. Here we dig even deeper; how about roaming the Japanese Alps or enjoying a traditional Kaiseki meal? These 11 highlights bring you closer to the real Japan.
Introducing the Aeolian Islands, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi and Filicudi; seven natural paradises embraced by the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The ultimate destination for beach-lovers, the Aeolian Islands are also climbing the list of the best places to partake in sustainable tourism – helping to protect nature, while you admire and immerse yourself in the beauty of it.
Take it back to basics, before the skyscrapers of Bangkok and the oxygen tanks for deep sea-diving, and venture north to Thailand’s second city, Chiang Mai. Discover a land of temples, jungles, ruins and mountains, of festivals and celebrations – and, of course, markets. The former capital of the Lan Na kingdom, Chiang Mai has stayed true to its heritage whilst embracing the modernism of today.
As a predominantly Hindu country, Bali has an overwhelmingly spiritual atmosphere that can’t go unfelt and is overflowing with extraordinary religious and altogether ethereal sights. You genuinely could spend every minute of your trip temple-hopping – every corner of this magical island has a magical temple to go along with it, and likely more than one – but presuming you also want to spend a …
Beyond the shores of Croatia’s ruggedly beautiful coastline lie over a thousand islands, each with their own distinct Adriatic flavour. Most of these islands can easily be reached via ferry services from Split and Dubrovnik, making an island-hopping detour particularly attractive for travellers. From glamorous Hvar to historical Korcula, here are six Croatian island destinations worth setting sail for.
Mediterranean bliss, ancient-kingdom charm and stunning national parks are just some of the things that Croatia offers, as it slithers down the continent towards Montenegro. But would any holiday here – whether a romantic weekend break or a marvellous long escape – be complete without some downtime kicking back on the beach? No matter where you visit – from Split to Zadar to Dubrovnik – …