Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, but with so many luxurious destinations available, do you go for a spa break or a romantic island retreat? Well, we have some fantastic news for you! Now you don’t need to choose! Enjoy the best of both worlds with our pick of the world’s best island spa destinations.
It might only measure 17 miles by 9 miles, but the tiny island of Malta is a real gem of the Mediterranean and basks in a daily average of ten hours of sunshine during the summer months, as well as six hours in the winter months. Plus, its tiny size means you’ll never find yourself very far away from the beach!
There’s plenty of history and culture on the island, but if you’d prefer to take it easy head to the resort of St Julian’s. Once a fishing village, the resort now boasts some of the island’s best spa hotels as well as a huge selection of restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs.
Known as the sunniest country in Europe, the picturesque island of Cyprus is perfect for anyone in need of some rest and relaxation. Most tourists flock to the beaches and the noisy tavernas of the main resorts, but if you’re searching for a tranquil retreat you’ll love the Troodos Mountains. Here you’ll find the luxurious Casale Panayiotis where you can enjoy facilities such as saunas and steam baths.
And if you ever get bored of the peace and quiet, the livelier resorts are within easy reach too!
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Croatia has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination over the last few years and since it was welcomed into the EU in 2013 it’s set to attract even more holidaymakers. The country has done a very good job of shaking the war-torn image that plagues it during the 1990s, and its numerous islands offer the perfect place to take a dip in the Adriatic’s dazzling blue waters and soak up the summer sunshine.
The glamorous island of Hvar is a regular in glossy magazine, is a favourite with celebrities and offers some truly luxurious spa resorts. At hotels such as the Adriana, you can enjoy relaxing in one of the world’s elading spas after a busy day of exploring the cobbled streets and charming old buildings in Hvar’s old town.
Luxury spa breaks don’t come better than Bermuda! It’s might be a little further away from the other destinations we’ve listed, but it’s well worth the flight to reach these 150 islands. Offering 365 beaches and stretches of glorious pink sands, these stunning islands are encircled by secret coves and inlets and the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean lap at the shores. Bermudians like to take life easy, and as you stroll through the streets past pastel painted houses and white rooftops, you could easily convince yourself that you were back in 1950s Britain… with an American accent that is!
And if that wasn’t relaxing enough, Bermuda is packed full of luxurious spa resorts including the prestigious Elbow Beach.
Hurghada is a city with a lot of diversity, and tourists won’t find themselves lacking in things to do. Beaches, deserts, and theme parks offer a little something for everyone. Here are the ten best things to do in Hurghada.
1. Diving in the Red Sea
This experience is the reason that tourists come to Hurghada. The marine life in the red sea is abundant and colourful, and the waters are crystal clear. Several outfits in the area can rent you the appropriate gear, or get you certified in diving if you have never dived before.
2. Sahara Desert
With the Sahara desert so close, it would be a shame not to visit. Excursions into the desert could be as short as a day or as long as a few weeks. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to see an impressive landscape and a lifestyles that starkly different from your own. Check with local tour guides to see the latest prices and departure dates.
3. Mahmaya Island
Mahmaya is one of the nicest beach areas in Hurghada, and it’s a great place to spend time with the family. You can rent your own small beach hut, made from palm tree leaves. The beach is not too crowded, and it’s easy to get to from any hotel in Hurghada. Make sure you wear enough sunscreen; the Egyptian sun is unforgiving.
4. New Marina
This area boasts trendy cafes and bars, and it’s a great place to take a stroll at night. Perfect for a nice dinner on the town.
5. Horseback Riding
Guests to Hurghada can go on guided horseback rides through the desert. The guides will show you how to mount and ride a horse if you’ve never done it before. The experience of galloping through the sand dunes is no to be missed!
6. Careless Reef
This is an excellent place to go snorkelling. The waters are somewhat sheltered, making for a calm and clear place to see the corals and fish below.
7. Dolphin Dancers
Kids will love a stop at Dolphin Dancers. This live show happens everyday, and it involves upbeat music and dolphin tricks in a spectator pool.
8. El Dahar market
For a bit of culture, visit El Dahar market. This local area is an open air market where you can buy many local products, as well as authentic souvenirs. Be prepared to haggle on the prices.
9. Makadi World
This water park boasts colourful water slides, a pool, and many other water attractions for small children. A day at Makadi world Water Park would be a welcome break for the whole family.
10. Sharm el Naga Beach
Sharm el Naga Beach is perfect for a day of relaxation once you finish seeing all of the amazing places above.
Finally, endless amounts of time can be spent simply discovering the streets of Hurghada. Meeting some of the locals and seeing the areas of daily life is a fun activity in any new place. No matter how long you’re planning to stay in Hurghada, there is always something new to explore in this city.
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Are you looking for somewhere to book for your next holiday, and have you considered a stay in Lanzarote? More than 1.5 million people visit Lanzarote each year, though it’s only been a popular holiday destination since the mid-1980s. Usually there are more tourists than locals on the island, with visitors generally booking to stay in a hotel or a villa.
What makes Lanzarote so popular? These are seven of the best reasons to visit:
Year-round good weather is guaranteed to appeal to British holiday-makers, and tourists from other parts of Europe. Temperatures are typically around 20°c in the winter months and 30°c through the summer, which means that even a winter holiday can include visits to some of the island’s best outdoor attractions.
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Whilst you’re thinking about outdoor attractions, take a minute to consider Lanzarote’s beaches. There are white sand beaches across the island, along with occasional black sand beaches which are a magical sight if you’ve never seen them before. Water sports are popular, and you can go diving off the coast.
Given Lanzarote’s dry and dusty landscape, you might be surprised that its vineyards thrive. Fortunately they do, which means that vineyard tours and wine-tasting sessions can be included on your itinerary. Plan a visit to a vineyard early on, so that you can purchase high quality wine for the rest of your holiday.
Lanzarote is a volcanic island. It’s been a long time since the last eruption, but ash and dust still cover the landscape as there’s been very little rain to wash it all away. Tours can take you up to the volcano area where guides will visually demonstrate how hot the ground can be. You can dine on food cooked over a volcanic crater, or enjoy a camel ride through the mountain landscape.
Lanzarote restaurants are incredibly varied, and usually of a very high quality. You can enjoy authentic Spanish dishes and Canary Island specialities or visit a Chinese, Indian or Italian restaurant. There are also Irish pubs, mostly around the Costa Teguise area, where you’ll find comforting pub meals like the ones served in your local.
Haria lizards are abundant on the island, but you’ll also see other wild animals on land and in the water. Boat trips will take you out to see the dolphins, though you might be even more impressed by the flying fish that dart alongside your boat. Egrets are another common sight on land and over the water.
The Water Parks
Lanzarote water parks are amongst the best attractions to visit, and are guaranteed to tempt you. Temperatures are consistently high on the island, and so you’ll find water parks within the grounds of some of the island’s most popular hotels. Aquapark in Costa Teguise is the only stand-alone water park, but with on-site shops and restaurants it’s somewhere that you can easily spend an entire day.
Do you agree with this list? Do you have any reasons to add? Comment, and let us know why you love to visit Lanzarote.
This post was written by Sarah Lee, a travel fanatic!